Tuesday, July 28, 2020 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):
“The share of first-time buyers increased in March through June—right into the heart of the pandemic period and the surge in unemployment—and is now trending higher than the 29% to 32% average in past years since 2012.” (See graph below):
Why the rise in first-time homebuying?
NAR continues to say:
“The major factor is, arguably, low mortgage rates. As of the week ended July 16, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 2.98%. With rates so low that are locked in under a 30-year mortgage, the typical mortgage payment, estimated at $1,036, has fallen below the median rent, at $1,045. For potential home buyers who were thinking of purchasing a home anyway before the pandemic outbreak and who are likely to re ...
Monday, June 22, 2020 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
By Kerry Smith
WalletHub ranked 145 U.S. cities by affordability, weather, safety and economy. The final list includes 22 Fla. cities with 4 in the top 10 and 9 in the top 25.
ORLANDO, Fla. – WalletHub released its analysis of the U.S. beach towns, and Florida had 22 cities on the list – four in the top 10 and nine in the top 25.
The analysis didn’t look at the quality of a city’s beaches, however, it ranked cities by four primary characteristics important to people hoping to buy a home – affordability, weather, safety and the local economy – but says it used “63 key metrics” to determine an overall ranking.
In the analysis that included all factors – called Best Beach Towns to Live in (Ocean) – Naples ranked No. 1 with Boca Raton third, Sarasota sixth and Vero Beach in 10th place. The study includes a separate ranking for lakeside towns.
However, an interactive chart allows users to focus only ...
Friday, June 19, 2020 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
Naples, Fla. (June 19, 2020) - REALTORS® kept busy in May as pent-up demand for homebuying resulted in a remarkable spike in buyer interest. As a result, showings in May increased 244 percent compared to showings in April. As remarkable, showings in May outpaced showings a year ago, which increased 5.5 percent compared to May 2019. According to the May 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), broker analysts reviewing the report found the data reflected the everlasting desirability of the Naples real estate market, even during the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Despite the restrictions of social distancing, with many REALTORS® conducting virtual open home tours and adopting electronic signings and virtual closings, 599 buyers purchased homes in Naples last month. REALTORS® and brokerages adapted to the challe ...
Friday, May 22, 2020 / by Naples Ultimate Selling Team
Naples, Fla. (May 22, 2020) - Coronavirus slowed real estate market activity in April as expected during Florida's safe-at-home restrictions. According to the April 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), overall closed sales decreased 28.6 percent to 838 closed sales compared to 1,173 closed sales in April 2019. Inventory decreased as well in April by 29.1 percent to 5,394 homes compared to 7,605 homes in April 2019. The April report also confirms home values remain intact.
"Our priority is the safety of Naples residents and our members, as we all continue to practice socially responsible distancing while we conduct business during this health crisis," said NABOR® President Lauren Melo, PA, Licensed Real Estate Broker with Florida's Realty Specialists. "With the assistance of technology, creativity, and cooperation, real estate pro ...