Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / by Hunter Habib
BONITA SPRINGS, Florida | May 3, 2019 – New construction communities in Estero and Bonita Springs are sprouting up like weeds overnight. In previous years, a main focal point when buying real estate in Southwest Florida was being within a mile or two of the beaches. “Location, Location, Location” is what this is most commonly referred to in the industry, as the resale value on a beach-centric home is increasingly larger than one beyond the sights of the shoreline. Although the resale value of a home is top priority to a buyer when making a purchase, it is not the only consideration. Agents in the SWFL market are finding that buyers are looking towards new construction communities more now than before as homes near the beach do not offer the same rich amenities and square footage at the same price point.
According to the Bonita Springs-Estero REALTORS® (B.E.R.) Media Committee, with reporting from the SWFLAMLS, year-to-date sales in new construction, pre-constru ...
Monday, April 8, 2019 / by Hunter Habib
Is it April already? It sure is and that means we are steadfastly moving into our spring selling season in Southwest Florida. Homeowners with active listings in the market continue to implement price repositions going into springtime. While the winter selling season is more than halfway behind us, there is still time to list as well as implement a price reposition. Based on our historical data, springtime has also been a steady selling season. If you currently have your property listed and you’ve received little to no activity or offers, chances are a price reposition is necessary. However, you have not missed your window – the spring selling season will still offer time to get it sold! Just be sure to price according to market value and an experienced real estate agent can help you understand what that market value is for your property.
For buyers, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of a new construction purchase versus a r ...
Monday, April 8, 2019 / by Hunter Habib
Fort Myers has landed on a list of the best places to live near the beach in the country, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report, eclipsed by only two other Florida locations and spots in Hawaii, California and South Carolina.
The national magazine reported Fort Myers was No. 6, while Melbourne was No. 1 and Sarasota was No. 3, with the most access to the ocean, sand, and sunshine as well as being a great place to live. Rounding out the top five were San Diego (No. 2), Honolulu (No. 4) and Charleston, South Carolina (No. 5).
"The 20 Best Places to Live Near the Beach in the U.S." were culled from the magazine's overall "Best Places to Live list," which includes factors such as affordability, job market, morning commute and access to quality health care.
Fort Myers was noted for its proximity to the sands of Fort Myers Beach and the canals of Cape Coral.
The magazine's real estate editor Devon Thorsby reported ...
Monday, March 11, 2019 / by Hunter Habib
Happy March, everyone! Since the end of 2018, our team has been tracking an emerging trend, which has indicated a slow start to the 2019 year. Late last year, we started noticing a change affecting sales and made mention of the “shifting market” in our February 2019 Market Introduction. Now that we’re in March, the trend has been confirmed. The change has affected both January and February sales as reflected in the area’s decrease in pended sales. However, this trend does not in any way suggest a downturn or any reason to become concerned with the market. The shift can also be short-lived, as our market is experiencing normal behavior as we continue to balance out.
However, you’ll still want to make sure you’re working with an experienced REALTOR® in a shifting market, no matter how short-lived the shift may be. For instance, lower priced homes are still receiving multiple ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / by Hunter Habib
There's good news for buyers in the Naples-Fort Myers market. Home price increases have tapered off, according to Metrostudy, a national housing market research firm. The base sales price for a new home today averages 1 percent less than it did a year ago. Meanwhile, the annual price gain for resales — or homes that have already been lived in — has declined to between 2 percent and 3 percent a year, in line with the 50-year historical average.
"We're in the mature stage of the housing recovery. I do think we're going to see a couple more good years in the housing market, but it's going to be less growth and less price appreciation than say in 2013 or in 2014," said David Cobb, a regional director for Metrostudy.
Metrostudy's research is based on activity seen in master-planned communities, not on scattered lots in areas such as Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Golden Gate and Golden Gate Estates. The report includes single-family homes, as well as townhomes and dupl ...