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9. A diverse economy

by Petur Sigurdsson, Realtor

While the national economic downturn has definitely affected the banking and finance sector, other pillars of Florida’s economy remain strong. Healthcare, tourism, education and government are stable components of the state’s business environment, and the life sciences sector is fast becoming an important driving force in South and Central Florida. According to Enterprise Florida Inc., the Sunshine State is ranked as one of the best states in the nation to be an entrepreneur.

Contact Erna and Petur Sigurdsson, Realtors at The Viking Team, Realty at 321-263-5096 for help buying or selling a home in Longwood, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Seminole and Orange County and the surrounding areas of Central Florida. To Search For Homes For Sale in Central Florida Click Here. 

The upside of Florida real estate: 15 market positives

by Petur Sigurdsson, Realtor

I found this article on the Florida realtors website, there are so many good reasons that they point out in this article, that I have decided to publish one reason a day for the next 15 days. Let’s take a look at some of the opportunities and positive indicators for the future of Florida’s Real estate market.

1. Great prices. Statewide, home prices have fallen 20 percent in the past year. FAR statistics show the existing-home median sales price was $185,400 in the third quarter of 2008, compared with $233,200 in third quarter 2007. By the way, those numbers are still significantly higher than in the early years of the decade: in 2003, the third-quarter sales price was $163,700, which reflects an increase of about 13.3 percent over the five-year period. (The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half for less.)

Contact Erna and Petur Sigurdsson, Realtors at The Viking Team, Realty at 321-263-5096 for help buying or selling a home in Longwood, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Seminole and Orange County and the surrounding areas of Central Florida. To Search For Homes For Sale in Central Florida Click Here. 

What is Fannie Mae trying to do?

by Petur Sigurdsson, Realtor

This article in the Orlando Sentinel by Jerry W. Jackson has kept me thinking since I read it.  I have been wandering what is the real goal here. 

 

Is it to reduce inventory?

Is it to help the consumer?

Is it to be able to control value of homes?

Is it to streamline the banking industry and save money for the banks?

Is this experiment deemed to fail?

Can I with good conscience recommend these pre-approved homes? 

 

So I went into the Multi Listing System and pulled up randomly 8 single family homes in Orange County that all are pre-approved by Fannie Mae, on average these homes are in the lower third of the price range of homes in the subdivisions they are located in, same when it came to price per square feet. 

 

So let me try to answer the questions that I have been asking myself since I saw this article. 

I don’t think this will reduce inventory as I can not see a benefit for the home buyer, any home buyer that I have worked with will wait 1 to 3 months to save from $10,000 to $40,000.

The only time that I can see this program help consumers is when the home that they are looking at and decide to make an offer on, is for coincident in this program.

Looking at the square footage price of the eight homes that are all similar in age, have similar subdivisions, and are priced from $77.93 to $144.93 I don’t think they are trying to control values.  With the proven fact that in one incident it was the lowest price and another incident it was the highest price in the subdivision. This price seems to be more in line with what is owed on the homes.

Yes, I think that Fannie Mae is trying to save money, i.e. salaries, legal fees, attorney cost, and so on.

I do believe that this experiment is going to fail, when the buyer sees that he can save up to a years salary by having a little patient.  Also the fact that there are at this moment mainly investors buying and they will only look at location, price and than condition, I don’t see them wanting to pay for time.

 

This is why I can not tell my customers that they should go out and buy a pre-approved Fannie Mae short sale.  I will continue to look for the best deal in the area that they want to live in.  If a pre-approved Fannie Mae short sale, is one of the homes that we come across, than I will tell them how the program works.

 

Contact Erna and Petur Sigurdsson, Realtors at The Viking Team, Realty at 321-263-5096 for help buying or selling a home in Longwood, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Seminole and Orange County and the surrounding areas of Central Florida. To Search For Homes For Sale in Central Florida Click Here. 

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