Home Prices on the Rise

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 SWFL home prices on the rise

Demand for gulf-access Cape Coral homes driving up prices

wink-logoCAPE CORAL, Fla. – The price of paradise is skyrocketing. Only WINK News is learning that waterfront property in Cape Coral is on the rise.

A local realtor tells WINK News over the course of one year from January to January he saw a roughly 24 percent price increase.

That price jump is not lost on David Payne. He lives in upstate New York but spends the winters at his home in Cape Coral. “We bought in 2009, decided we’d like a little bigger home than what we have,” Payne said.

He’s been looking for that bigger dream home on the water for a couple of years. And after watching the market he’s thinking “… maybe hurry the process up before they keep going?” he laughed. “Seems to be they are definitely on the increase.”

Realtor Marc Joseph tells WINK News the demand for gulf access homes is increasing which means the prices are, as well.

He says it’s a good sign of a recovering economy. He believes the prices are only going to go up from here. “The market inventory has gotten very tight. And as we tighten with our market. Prices go up,” said Joseph.

That means you’re going to pay a lot more now hat you would have a year ago.

“As of January the median sale price of saltwater homes, it’s $384,000. If you look back a year ago it was $310,000,” said Joseph. “As long as you believe that the sun is going to shine. People will return. The prices will continue to increase. It’s a prime example of what’s happening right now.”

Paradise for sale. But paradise that comes at a premium. “We were just looking for the deal of the century before. Now, we’re looking for the deal. Hopefully that will work for us!” said Payne.

As for some advice for buyers, Joseph says make sure you do your research, and educate yourself before making that big purchase.

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Successful Future for Cape Coral, FL!

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Economic directors see great futures for Lee, Cape

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The vision for Cape Coral in 2035 is not the same as it was in 1978. Instead of being a bedroom community, it is seen as a bustling city with a thriving economy and a huge corporate presence.

Dana Brunett and Rick Michael, economic directors of Cape Coral and Lee County, respectively, spoke to builders at the monthly Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA) meeting Friday to give them their vision of what they expect the area to become in the coming years.

That means attracting businesses that generate real income, and they agreed that success in Lee County means success in Cape Coral and vice versa.

Brunett said the difference in from six years ago to now is night and day. The days of abandoned homes have become days where worldwide television audiences are seeing what the city has become.

“We’re back on the top 10 lists of best cities to live and work in. We’ve turned the corner,” Brunett said. “The best way to grow is to find out who does it best and do it better.”

Brunett anticipates tremendous growth along the Pine Island Road corridor, which is still in need of utilities and where Sam’s Club and a Wal-Mart neighborhood store will soon be coming, and near the VA hospital and the just-opened National Guard Armory to the north where there are 425 acres waiting to be developed.

“It’s exciting to see how things have changed in the last 2 1/2 years. We’ve gone from ‘I hope’ to ‘It is,'” Brunett said. “We’re looking to recruit businesses and create space for them.”

Michael’s view was the same as Brunett’s, only on a more regional and futuristic level. And he wants to leverage the resources of talent and skill.

By 2035, Lee County is expected to have 1.2 million people, nearly double what is has now, Michael said. That means 300,000 more vehicles and between 200,000 and 250,000 jobs.

Cape Coral is anticipated to have roughly 112,000 more jobs.

“We have 30 Publix in Lee County that employ 5,000 people. We expect 20 more by 2035,” Michael said. “We have 27 Wal-Marts in Lee County now. We expect another 21 to 23 in 20 years.”

However, minimum wage jobs aren’t exactly what either is looking for.

“We want levels in the $80,000 and $90,000 range; larger homes and more spendable income,” Michael said. “We want business to generate business air traffic and more flights out of Fort Myers International Airport.”

In the immediate future, Lee County has already secured Hertz. Michael said, and is seeking to have two more corporate relocations in the fall.

For the Cape, a five-minute video was made on the virtues of making the city a great place to work, live and play. Three businesses have made the move, Brunett said, allowing the video to pay for itself.

“The question I had is how this translates into what kind of transition we can expect in the Northwest Cape,” said Stephen Tate of Interface Financial Group, who lives in the sparsely populated area. “We don’t have the infrastructure up there, and yet it has the most space for businesses to come to.”

Former councilman and CCCIA member Marty McClain said the county has an edge on the city in luring businesses and that the city and Brunett have to decide what he wants in the city.

“Lee County has a few more tools to work with regarding impact fees and other incentives. I think Cape Coral is trying to work with that,” McClain said. “I think we’re going to look at the projects and prioritize what we want to bring in. Dana has done a great job here.”

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Florida News – Disaster Ratings Report

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As always, I’m happy to share useful and valuable information to my blog readers about the Real Estate Market and our SWFL area. Today I would like to share this information about the Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report by RealtyTrac that recently came out. Fortunately for those of us living here in Southwest Florida we haven’t had a serious hurricane in a long while but it’s good to know where we stand on the Disaster Risk Ratings Map. We are currently in Hurricane season so it is advised to stock up and be prepared, just in case. Stay tuned to our blog for more information about Hurricane Preparedness, coming soon!

Hurricane WarningRealtyTrac releases first-ever disaster ratings

IRVINE, Calif. – June 18, 2014 – RealtyTrac released its first-ever Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report, which assigns a natural disaster risk score to more than 3,000 county housing markets nationwide.

Scores assigned to each county’s housing market were based on risk data for three natural disaster events – hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes – and each county was assigned to one of five risk categories based on their score: Very High, High, Medium, Low, and Very Low.

Of the 3,138 U.S. counties analyzed in the report, 373 were classified as Very High Risk, representing 12 percent of all counties. The total number of housing units in those counties was 10.6 million, 8 percent of total U.S. housing units.

However, Florida – which has a reputation for hurricanes – had no counties in the Very High Risk category. Most of the state, and almost the entire coastline, is Medium Risk. While hurricanes do sometimes target Florida six months out of the year, the state faces largely only one type of natural disaster.

One exception to the rule is upper Central Florida, which has occasional tornadoes. Those counties fall into the High Risk category, along with coastal areas around Cape Coral and Pensacola.

Nationally, 271 counties fell into the Very Low Risk category with 3 percent of total U.S. housing units.

The biggest percentage of counties and housing units fell into the High Risk Category: 1,118 counties representing 47 percent of total U.S. housing units. There were 511 counties in the Medium Risk category, 23 percent of the total; and 865 counties in the Low Risk category, representing 19 percent of the total.

“In the past natural disaster data was technically available, but difficult for buyers and homeowners to dig up; however, now the data is readily available online for virtually any U.S. property, and buyers should take advantage of this,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.

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To view a heat map that breaks down county disaster risk, visit the RealtyTrac website.

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Get Expert Help Finding Your Perfect Lot!

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As a Florida Real Estate Agent I always strive to go above and beyond to help my clients in all their real estate needs. Part of what I offer is assistance with buyers that are looking to purchase a lot to build upon. Being a long time resident of Southwest Florida has helped me create good connections with the best, quality home builders in the area. I also am very familiar with the area, roads, schools and shopping locations to help buying find just the right piece of land that meets all of their personal needs and requirements. If you’re looking to purchase a lot to build on, please give me a call at 239-425-2503 and let’s talk about how I can help!

SWFL Lots for SaleBuilders’ bonus: Weak competition from ‘newer’ homes

WASHINGTON – May 27, 2014 – A burst of new-home sales during the previous housing boom stirred up competition among U.S. home builders. After the bubble burst, there was a surplus of fairly new resale homes, which exacerbated builders’ problems: They not only faced lower buyer demand thanks to the recession, but still-interested buyers could get an almost-new home at a bargain foreclosure price.

These nearly new homes boasted modern design, landscaping and interior upgrades, low maintenance requirements, and lower prices – factors that posed formidable competitive challenges for builders.

Now, however, the new home market appears to be swinging in the opposite direction. Almost-new homes – one that would have been built during the height of the recession – are in short supply.

Buyers longing for new homes now must rely on builders since fewer enter the resale market.

The change, in some areas, has put home builders back in the driver’s seat in satisfying new buyer demand.

Source: Forbes (05/22/14) Tobey, John S.

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Good News for FL Homeowners Underwater

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Florida reopens program for underwater homeowners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – May 14, 2014 – Florida housing officials are reopening a program intended to help homeowners who owe far more on mortgages than their houses are worth.

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced this week that the online application for the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund Principal Reduction program (HHF) will re-open on Thursday beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Last year the program accepted 25,000 applications but only extended aid to more than 2,400 homeowners. Nearly $102 million out of an available $350 million has been spent.

Florida homeowners who have remained current on their mortgages but missed out on the opportunity to apply for the program last fall will be allowed to apply. Homeowners could get a break up to $50,000 if they qualify.

First-mortgage eligibility requirements

• Legal Florida and U.S. resident who lives in the home
• Current on the monthly mortgage payment or 60-plus days late on a first mortgage within the past 24 months
• Property purchased prior to Jan. 1, 2010
• Unpaid principal balance up to $350,000
• Loan-to-value ratio greater than 125%
• Total household income less than 140% of the area median income (AMI) as provided by HUD.

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The online application will be available at the official Florida HHF Principal Reduction website. Click here to view original article. 

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Home Prices on the Rise!

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As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. Today I would like to share this article on the rise in home prices in Cape Coral – NOW is definitely the time for you to purchase a home in Southwest Florida if you haven’t already!

Demand for gulf-access Cape Coral homes driving up prices

wink-logoCAPE CORAL, Fla. – The price of paradise is skyrocketing. Only WINK News is learning that waterfront property in Cape Coral is on the rise.

A local realtor tells WINK News over the course of one year from January to January he saw a roughly 24 percent price increase.

That price jump is not lost on David Payne. He lives in upstate New York but spends the winters at his home in Cape Coral. “We bought in 2009, decided we’d like a little bigger home than what we have,” Payne said.

cape coral floridaHe’s been looking for that bigger dream home on the water for a couple of years. And after watching the market he’s thinking “… maybe hurry the process up before they keep going?” he laughed. “Seems to be they are definitely on the increase.”

Realtor Marc Joseph tells WINK News the demand for gulf access homes is increasing which means the prices are, as well.

He says it’s a good sign of a recovering economy. He believes the prices are only going to go up from here.  “The market inventory has gotten very tight. And as we tighten with our market. Prices go up,” said Joseph.

That means you’re going to pay a lot more now hat you would have a year ago.

“As of January the median sale price of saltwater homes, it’s $384,000. If you look back a year ago it was $310,000,” said Joseph. “As long as you believe that the sun is going to shine. People will return. The prices will continue to increase.  It’s a prime example of what’s happening right now.”

Paradise for sale. But paradise that comes at a premium. “We were just looking for the deal of the century before. Now, we’re looking for the deal. Hopefully that will work for us!” said Payne.

As for some advice for buyers, Joseph says make sure you do your research, and educate yourself before making that big purchase.

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Happy Easter from Bob Ashworth.com!

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5 Great Home Tips in Honor of Earth Day

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Since it’s almost Earth Day – April 22nd, we decided this was the perfect time to share some tips on how to be more eco-friendly and cut back on waste and energy consumption. And what better place to start than in our homes? Below are some great tips we found and in honor of Earth Day we share them with you here in our blog!

1 laundryTip 1: Save Energy By Washing Your Laundry in Cold Water Only

Almost all of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating the water, so by simply turning down the temperature, you can really make a dramatic impact on energy use. In fact, washing in cold water costs 5 to 10 times less than using warmer settings

 Tip 2: Save Water By Using As Little Water Possible To Wash Your Dishes

If you have a newer dishwasher, chances are it uses less water than you would hand-washing. Modern dishwashers use only about 3 to 10 gallons of water per load. Some easy tips for your dishwasher: scrape plates instead of pre-rinsing, use energy-saving options when you can, and only wash full loads.

If, however, you don’t have a dishwasher or would rather wash by hand, try to assess how much water you’re currently using and see if there’s any way to cut back. If you wash by filling up the sink or wash bins, figure out how much water they hold and how many times per day you wash. Or, if you just wash under the running faucet, keep in mind that faucets use about 2 gallons per minute.

Home tips Earth DayTip 3: Save Waste and Water By Switching From Bottled to Filtered Water

The bottled water industry is extremely wasteful. It involves millions of barrels of oil each year and the process actually wastes water. Since bottled water is often consumed on the go, most bottles do not actually end up getting recycled. Fortunately, for most of us reading this article, water flows directly into our homes — an amazing gift when you consider all of the places in the world where that is not the case. So why not get yourself a filter and a reusable bottle and fill up from the cheapest and most convenient place — your faucet.

Tip 4: Save Energy and Waste By Switching from Regular Batteries to Rechargeables

Rechargeable batteries embody one of our favorite principles: reuse. While traditional batteries can only be used once, rechargeable batteries, as the name implies, can be used again and again. By using the same batteries over and over again, you cut back on the waste created by disposable batteries. When your rechargeables are eventually used up, though, it is important to recycle them. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, any batteries “can cause serious harm to human health and the environment if they are discarded with ordinary household or workplace waste.” Find out where to recycle batteries (and almost anything else) at Earth911.

Tip 5: Save Waste By Buying in Bulk

Packaging has gotten a bit out of control these days. More and more we’re seeing items that are wrapped with layer upon layer of unnecessary materials. One way to combat that problem is to buy necessities in bulk. If it’s something you use a lot, it’s worth it to upgrade to a larger size or multi-pack. This tip isn’t just relegated to wholesale stores either, although that’s a good place to start. Bring your own containers to stores like Whole Foods, where you can buy items like beans and grains in bulk–and skip the packaging all together!

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2014 – The Year to Buy!

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Home Buying Tips

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. Today I would like to share this article on why 2014 is the year for you to purchase a home in Southwest Florida if you haven’t already!

Why 2014 is a good year to buy a home

If you didn’t buy a home in 2013, you may be kicking yourself now. Home prices climbed nationally an average of 13.6 percent in the past 12 months, according to Tuesday’s release of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index.

Don’t make the same mistake in 2014, suggests Benjamin Weinstock, real estate attorney and partner at the firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek in Uniondale, N.Y.

Market forecasters predict that 2014 will be another year of gains for the real estate market, even though the rapid pace of sales in 2013 cooled off a bit at the end of the year. On Dec. 30, The National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, rose 0.2 percent in November, below the 1 percent rise forecast.

Home prices are expected to rise about 5 percent next year, says Weinstock. Higher mortgage rates will dampen the pace of both sales and price gains, but not bring them to a halt. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is expected to rise from 4.5 percent to 5 percent in the next year.

Even aside from expected price gains, buying a home is almost always a good investment in the long run, says Weinstock. Tax benefits are not to be overlooked.

“When one rents, at the end of the year he or she has a pile of 12 cancelled rent checks,” Weinstock says. “However, the homeowner has a pile of 12 cancelled mortgage checks that are nearly fully tax-deductible in most cases.”

Editor’s note: If you’re shopping, you may want to keep your eye out for the latest design trends in homes for 2014 while you’re at it. Click here to view original article.

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