Miami Real Estate – Third Quarter Market Update – Single Family Homes

Below is a quick snap shot of what the real estate market looked like after the third quarter.  These numbers are derived from the Multiple Listing Service and though they do not include For Sale By Owners and anything not listed on the MLS, they are indicative of what is going on in our local […]

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South Florida Real Estate Market: What is Going On?

The following were all topics in the news last week and all of them have an effect on our real estate market: South Florida home sales surge, prices plunge, mortgage rates fall to lowest levels since May, Florida’s unemployment rate is up, Florida foreclosures are up and may be increasing, another condo developer files for […]

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Don’t Underestimate the Value of Curb Appeal

In the current real estate market, a lot of attention has been given to staging a home to help it sell.   I am a big fan of staging, but think curb appeal is even more important.  After all, it doesn’t matter how nice your home looks on the inside if buyers drive up, take a […]

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Don't Underestimate the Value of Curb Appeal

In the current real estate market, a lot of attention has been given to staging a home to help it sell.   I am a big fan of staging, but think curb appeal is even more important.  After all, it doesn’t matter how nice your home looks on the inside if buyers drive up, take a […]

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$8000 Homebuyer Tax Credit Set to Expire Soon

The government’s first-time homebuyer tax credit is set to expire on December 1, 2009.  That gives buyers a little over 3 months to: qualify for a mortgage find their home negotiate a contract have inspections done get an appraisal get a financing commitment and close on the house by November 30. Any one of the […]

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Buying Real Estate Needs to Make Sense

Two sentences in today’s Wall Street Journal article by Brett Arends sums up all of the often conflicting real estate news these days.  “A real-estate purchase needs to make sense on its own terms.  And measure it on cash flow today, not the hope for capital gains tomorrow.” This advice makes sense in any real […]

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Buying Real Estate is a Long-Term Investment

“Long term Miami will outperform the rest of the country.  In 10,20, 30 years, prices will be rising faster in Miami than in the rest of the country,” states Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors.  The important item in this quote is the time frame. 

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Miami Home Prices Continue to Decline, Presenting Buying Opportunities

Although today’s  S&P/Case Schiller Price Home Index  showed a slight 0.5%  increase in home prices between April and May, Miami had a 0.8% decrease.  Nationally, this was the first month to month increase in three years and has many people claiming that the real estate market appears to be stabilizing as price decreases level off. […]

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Miami Real Estate Market May Be Turning

Could it be?  While it is too early to say for sure, there are definitely signs that real estate market in Miami-Dade County may be turning.   As I have said before, this recovery is going to be location and building specific, meaning some are going to recover faster and with less overall price decreases than […]

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Miami Real Estate – Quarterly Update For Miami-Dade County

Wow, EWM’s Coral Gables office alone had over $24,000,000 worth of transactions this week!  Does this mean the market has finally reached bottom?  Not necessarily, but if we are not there yet in terms of prices,  I think we are in terms of the decrease in sales.  Put in perspective, the lowest level of inventory […]

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