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January 03, 2018
All through 2017, Florida’s housing market has been on steroids, with home values, prices and sales all skyrocketing. At the same time, home prices in Florida are lower than in many other large states, and much closer to the national median. Combined with Florida’s very strong economy, this has made the state a magnet for newcomers coming here in search of job opportunities -- and housing. Surprisingly, the biggest challenge for buyers hasn’t been prices, but instead the availability of…
October 24, 2017
AV Homes Has 10,000 Reasons to Buy Your New Home Now   Buying a new home is less daunting when you know what to expect and can minimize surprises. Resale homes often come with hidden “features” that can go beyond just the shag carpet in the living room. As a home ages, it may also begin to boast a few plumbing leaks or an HVAC system that can’t keep up with your home. Repair and replacement costs can skyrocket.   When you buy a newly built home, you’re assured of fewer …
October 06, 2017
As summer winds down in Central Florida, it’s worth noting how hot it was here – and not because of the 90-degree heat or humidity. The real heat was simmering in the real estate market. In Florida and across the nation, the real estate market was exceptionally hot this summer, with home values up 7 percent nationally. The only challenge facing the market has been a lack of inventory in most parts of the country. But at the same time, a strong economy and historically low mortgage rates a…
October 06, 2017
It used to be a widely accepted concept: house hunting operates on a seasonal basis, with March kicking off the busy season that runs through the spring and summer. The season usually extends through Labor Day, and then, as the kids go back to school, the housing market takes a break and things slow down. Normally, sales boom in August as families relocate just before the start of the school year. But as any Realtor knows, there’s little reason to expect this traditional cycle to be oper…
September 27, 2017
This might sound like a contradiction to some people: in July, home sales across the country fell. But at the same time, home prices went up, and housing market analysts are predicting a very robust fall season. How can sales be falling if the housing market is so healthy? That’s because the drop in sales didn’t reflect of a lack of interest among buyers -- far from it. The main reason was lack of inventory. There simply have not been enough homes on the market all year to meet the sky…