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Real estate is ‘as affordable as it gets’

NEW YORK – Feb. 10, 2011 – Now is a good time to buy real estate, according to data from Moody’s Analytics. Home affordability has returned to pre-housing bubble levels or even fallen below the average in many U.S. markets.

In fact, housing affordability by the end of September had returned to or fallen below the average reached between 1989-2003 in 47 of the 74 housing markets that Moody Analytics tracked.

In September 2010, the ratio of home prices to annual household income had fallen to 1.6 – below the historical average of 1.9 between 1989 and 2003. The ratio peaked in 2005 at 2.3.

“Based on incomes, this is as affordable as it gets,” says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “If you can get a loan, these are pretty good times to buy.”

Some of the most undervalued markets include Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Phoenix. But those cities also are facing high rates of foreclosures and more borrowers defaulting on their mortgages that could decrease values further in those cities before they start to improve, Zandi says.

In Phoenix, for example, “it’s become cheaper to buy than to rent,” Jon Mirmelli, a real estate investor in Scottsdale, Ariz., who rents out foreclosed homes, told The Wall Street Journal. “But the question is: can you qualify for a loan?”

Source: “Home affordability returns to pre-bubble levels,” The Wall Street Journal Online (Feb. 8, 2011)

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Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 11:53 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Englewood Area Listing Activity - Jan 29th through Feb 5th

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                             Week  Ending              Week Ending

                              Jan 29, 2010               Feb 5, 2011
New Listings            64                                  63

Pending Listings    57                                  60
Sold Listings            27                                  22

  Res Chart Feb 11, 2011

LAND

                              Week Ending                 Week Ending

                              Jan 29, 2010                Feb 5, 2011
New Listings             33                                     41
Pending Listings     48                                     16

Sold Listings             13                                     22

Land Chart Feb 11, 2011

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 11:29 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

NEW LISTING - Placida Harbour Unit 301
11000 Placida Road
PLACIDA, FL
Outstanding Value in Placida Harbour!

2BR/2BA Condo
$339,000

Year Built1987
Sq Footage1,593
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms2 full, 0 partial
Floors1
Parking1 Car garage
Lot SizeUnspecified
HOA/Maint$983 per month

Description

Fantastic value in Placida Harbour! 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom end unit condo with outstanding views of the Intracoastal Waterway and an excellent rental history. Membership in the Placida Harbour Club comes with a handsome amenity package including guard gated security, a private ferry to Little Gasparilla Island and 7 miles of Gulf front sandy beach. Deep water dock leases are available on rotation or for rent. The property has three club houses - the main clubhouse features a library and conference room as well as banquet and reception rooms, billiard room, fitness facility, sauna and hot tub. There are three heated pools, two illuminated tennis courts and many planned activities. This is the way Florida was and still is at the Placida Harbour Club! A MUST SEE!

Property Features

Central A/CCentral heatWalk-in closet
Tile floorLiving roomDining room
DishwasherRefrigeratorStove/Oven
WasherDryerLaundry area - inside
Balcony, Deck, or Patio

Community Features

Guest parkingClubhouseFitness center
Swimming pool(s)Sauna/SpaTennis court(s)
Gated propertySecured entryElevator

Additional Photos


Exterior

Breakfast Nook

Kitchen

Dining

Living

Intracoastal View
Contact Info
Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker


Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Wednesday, February 09, 2011 2:58 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

NEW LISTING - Placida Beach 503 - $299,000 PLUS 1 YEAR OF DUES
9200 Little Gasparilla Unit 503
PLACIDA, FL
Beachfront - Priced to SELL - Full Gulf views

1BR/1BA Condo
$299,000

Year Built1986
Sq Footage813
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1 full, 0 partial
Floors1
ParkingNone
Lot SizeUnspecified
HOA/Maint$957 per month

Description

*** SELLER WILL PAY 1ST YEAR FEES AND CLUB DUES *** LOVELY ONE BEDROOM UNIT WITH DIRECT VIEW OF GULF. SLEEPS FOUR COMFORTABLE. THE UNIT ENJOYS A GOOD RENTAL HISTORY WITH ON SITE RENTAL AGENT. INCLUDES ALL AMENITIES OF THE PLACIDA HARBOUR CLUB INCLUDING 3 POOLS, CLUBHOUSES, TENNIS. PRIVATE HOURLY FERRY TO THE MAINLAND. BRIDGELESS, COMMERCIAL FREE BARRIER ISLAND LIFESTYLE FOR A PRIVATE, QUIET GETAWAY. COME BUILD YOUR OWN SAND CASTLE.

Property Features

Central A/CTile floorLiving room
DishwasherRefrigeratorStove/Oven
Laundry area - inside

Community Features

ClubhouseSwimming pool(s)Gated property

Other Special Features

Boat Access Only Barrier Island
Additional Photos


View / Patio

Dining

Kitchen

Living

Living

Exterior Front
Contact Info
Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker


Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 1:41 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

New Listing - Placida Beach 504 - $379,900

 

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• 768 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story - MLS® $379,900 USD

 -  Here's your chance to own gulf front property on the pristine 7 mile beach of Little Gasparilla Island. This tropical getaway is located in the Placida Beach condo development that includes exclusive membership in the Placida Harbor Club. The club amenities include a 67 slip marina boat basin, hourly ferry transport from the mainland, 3 clubhouses with heated pools, gated security, tennis courts, and exercise room. The fully furnished unit offers gulf front views from living room, screened back patio, and master bedroom. Other interior/exterior features include ceramic tile, stack washer & dryer, recently updated A/C, and private storage room. There is also a private dock on site with multiple boat slips and electric & water availability. This gives boat owner's the option to bring their vessel and enjoy some fishing and boating in the gin clear waterways. The Ferry offers non-boat owners transportation to and from the Island at their convenience. This is such a unique opportunity to enjoy the secluded feel of Little Gasparilla Island with all the extra activities of the mainland. Unit rents extremely well and offers short-term rental availability.

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Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:32 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Price Reduced on Beach 402

Placida, Charlotte County  -  Announcing a price reduction on Placida Beach Unit 402 - 9200 Little Gasparilla Road, a 970 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bdrm single story. Now $169,000 USD -

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Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:54 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Spotlight Property of the Week - 13074 Via Cassia
13074 Via Cassia
PLACIDA, FL
Build your Florida home on this beautiful building lot in Placida Pointe.

14,849 sqft Vacant Land
$149,000

Lot Size14,849 sqft

Description

Build your Florida home on this beautiful building lot in Placida Pointe. Membership to the Placida Harbour Club is required and includes access to the beach on Little Gasparilla Island, three heated swimming pools, boat dockage (on rotation), tennis,and clubhouses. Everything you need to capture that Florida lifestyle!

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Photo 1
Contact Info
Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker


Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:41 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Fla. economist: ‘We’re in recovery’

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – Jan. 21, 2011 – Economist Hank Fishkind told about 400 Manatee County leaders that Florida’s recovery is in its early stages even if it doesn’t seem like it to some people.

Calling it the “worst recession, probably, since the Great Depression, and at least the worst since 1975,” Fishkind said, “This is the recovery – right now,” Fishkind said. “The momentum is growing.”

Fishkind spoke at an “Economic Forecast Breakfast” sponsored by Whitney Bank and the Manatee Economic Development Council. As evidence of the ongoing recovery, Fishkind pointed to recent improvements, including:

• Job growth in the tourism and convention industries
• Job growth in education
• Strong retails sales at the close of 2010
• Consumer belief that it’s safe to spend money
• $500 billion boost from a 2 percent cut in payroll taxes

Fishkind also expects retirees to return to Florida’s warm shores, but “there is a discernible lag between recovery and population growth,” Fishkind said. “It takes time for people to realize there is a recovery.”

For a true turnaround, however – the kind that everyone sees and appreciates – Fishkind says the state must wait until 2012.

Source: Michael Pollick, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Jan. 20, 2011

© 2011 Florida Realtors®

Posted Friday, January 21, 2011 2:58 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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Price Reduced on 11000 Placida Road, Unit 2903 in Placida Harbour

Placida Harbour, Placida  -  Announcing a price reduction on 11000 Placida Road, Unit 2903, a 2,690 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story. Now MLS® $985,000 USD - Reduced!.

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Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 1:40 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

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NEW HARBOUR LISTING - Unit 1103
11000 Placida Road, Unit 1103
PLACIDA, FL

3BR/3+1BA Condo
$595,000

Year Built1993
Sq Footage2,865
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms3 full, 1 partial
Floors2
Parking2 Car garage
Lot SizeUnspecified
HOA/Maint$1,207 per month

Description

Nicely upgraded spacious unit with sweeping views of Placida Harbour & Marina. 3 Bedroom plus den, 3 1/2 Bathroom and 2,865 sq. ft. under air. Sit out on the large screened lanai and watch the boats in the Placida Harbour Marina. Enjoy the way Florida was meant to be. Ownership of the unit comes with a membership to the Placida Harbour Club. Enjoy the beach and boat lovers community with three heated pools & tennis courts. Membership also includes boat dockage and access to the ferry service over to Placida Beach on Little Gasparilla Island with 7 miles of sandy beach.

Property Features

Central A/CCentral heatFireplace
High/Vaulted ceilingWalk-in closetTile floor
Family roomLiving roomBonus/Rec room
Office/DenDining roomBreakfast nook
DishwasherRefrigeratorStove/Oven
MicrowaveWasherDryer
Laundry area - insideBalcony, Deck, or Patio

Community Features

Guest parkingClubhouseFitness center
Swimming pool(s)Sauna/SpaTennis court(s)
Gated propertySecured entryElevator

Additional Photos


View

Breakfast Nook

Kitchen

Great Room

Living Area

Exterior
Contact Info
Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker


Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 11:10 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Spotlight Property of the Week - 13105 Via Cassia
13105 Via Cassia
PLACIDA, FL
Building Lot - Placida Pointe

18,364 sqft Vacant Land
$95,000

Lot Size18,364 sqft

Description

Reduced to sell! You can build your Florida dream home now or later while enjoying the membership to the exclusive Placida Harbour Club. A home could be built to capture views of the intracoastal from this location!Membership includes a private ferry service to Placida Beach on Little Gasparilla Island with 7 miles of white sandy beach, a clubhouse and heated pool. The mainland amenities include a 68 slip boat basin, two club houses with heated pools, two illuminated tennis courts, library and conference room, banquet and reception rooms, sauna, hot tub and many planned club activities. Conveniently located to several golf courses, fine restaurants, and Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island known for it's world class fishing.

Additional Photos


Photo 1
Contact Info
Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker


Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:55 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Englewood Area Listing Activity

RESIDENTIAL 

                             Week  Ending              Week Ending

                              Jan 1, 2010               Jan 8, 2011
New Listings           43                                   49

Pending Listings    29                                  48
Sold Listings           41                                   16

  Res Chart Jan 14

 LAND

                              Week Ending                 Week Ending

                              Jan 1, 2010                Jan 8, 2011
New Listings              14                                 50
Pending Listings      11                                  31

Sold Listings              29                                   3

land chart Jan 14

Posted Friday, January 14, 2011 8:54 AM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Spotlight Property of the Week - Placida Harbour 2803
11000 Placida Road, Unit 2803
PLACIDA, FL
Top floor unit with sweeping views of the ICW and Placida Harbor down to the Gasparilla Island Bridge.

3BR/3+1BA Condo
$990,000

Year Built1993
Sq Footage2,865
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms3 full, 1 partial
Floors2
Parking2 Car garage
Lot SizeUnspecified
HOA/Maint$906 per month

Description

Utterly spectacular top floor unit with sweeping views of the ICW and Placida Harbor down to the Gasparilla Island Bridge. Comes with an assignable boat dock lease for a boat up to 42 feet. Nicely redone in Tuscan style. Includes membership in exclusive Placida Harbour Club with private ferry to 7 mile sandy beach, tennis, three pools, modern exercise room and more. This property stands head and shoulders above others in the area for the breadth of its beauty and amenities. Call for your private showing.

Property Features

Central A/CCentral heatFireplace
High/Vaulted ceilingWalk-in closetTile floor
Living roomDining roomBreakfast nook
DishwasherRefrigeratorStove/Oven
MicrowaveWasherDryer
Laundry area - insideBalcony, Deck, or Patio

Community Features

Garage parkingClubhouseStorage space(s)
Fitness centerSwimming pool(s)Sauna/Spa
Tennis court(s)Gated propertySecured entry
Elevator

Additional Photos


Exterior

Kitchen

Living

Master Bedroom

Lanai

Aerial
Contact Info
Mindy Ziegler
Placida Properties
(941) 661-4473
For sale by agent/broker


Equal Opportunity Housing

Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 2:53 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Rental Resurgence: Owners of Vacation Rentals Optimistic About Their Rental Business in 2011, According to New HomeAway Report
RISMEDIA, January 12, 2011—As leisure travel continues to rebound, owners of vacation rentals are expressing optimism about their bookings in 2011. In fact, HomeAway, Inc.—one of the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplaces—finds in its latest “HomeAway Vacation Rental Marketplace Report” that eight of 10 vacation rental owners anticipate their rental business this year will be stronger or about the same as it was in 2010.

The year is already off to a good start for some owners. According to HomeAway’s seventh quarterly report, about 60% of vacation rental owners say their bookings for the first quarter of the year (January through March) are about the same or higher than the same time period last year.

“It’s clear an increasing number of travelers are considering vacation rentals as an alternative to hotels,” says Brian Sharples, chief executive officer of HomeAway. “We’ve done a lot of work to promote the benefits of vacation rentals—extra space, added privacy and full kitchens—and that marketing and advertising is having an impact. More travelers are asking themselves, ‘Why hotel when I can HomeAway?’”

Good News for Travelers: Prices Stable, Choices Continue to Grow
The HomeAway report also found that a majority (59%) of vacation rental owners will keep their 2010 rental rates in place this year—good news for travelers looking to stretch their travel dollar in 2011. About 10% will decrease their rental rates from last year, and approximately 31% expect to increase their rates.

While rates look to be consistent in 2011, vacation rental inventory continues to grow. For the sixth consecutive quarter, Austin makes the list of the top 10 fastest-growing cities for vacation rental listings. Last year’s list, comprised of three markets in California (Carnelian Bay, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills), three ski towns (Estes, Colo.; Truckee and Carnelian Bay, Calif.) and two lake destinations (Canyon Lake, Texas; Lake Norman, Illinois) is a change from this year’s list that featured beaches and less traditional vacation rental destinations.

In addition to a greater selection of vacation rentals, travelers will also benefit from owners’ efforts to improve their properties and the experience that travelers have while staying in them. The report found that 59% of vacation rental owners are planning an upgrade to their homes in 2011.

Of those owners who say they’ll embark on an improvement project:
-41% plan to paint the interior of their vacation home
-29% will add new bedding
-23% will update the home’s exterior (landscaping, roofing, painting, etc.)
-21% will add new electronics
-17% will add new furniture
-11% will upgrade the appliances
-9% will make their vacation rental more energy efficient

“For most vacation rental owners, it’s about providing a great vacation experience for their renters,” says Sharples. “They’re looking to create a little piece of paradise that brings families together.”

In fact, when asked how they describe their vacation home to travelers, 19% say they use the word “paradise;” 18% say “retreat;” and 14% use the word “peaceful.” Other descriptors included:
-Private (9%)
-Convenient (8%)
-Cozy (7%)
-Fun (5%)
-Middle of the action (5%)
-Other (12%)

If they could afford to buy another vacation rental today, nearly half (49%) of the owners surveyed say they’d buy in a beach destination—more than any other type of destination. Fourteen percent would buy in a ski or mountain destination; 9% would buy near a lake; and 6% would buy in a big city like New York, Dallas, Los Angeles or San Francisco. The remaining owners would buy in a destination built around family attractions or a mid-sized city like Austin, New Orleans or Santa Fe.

However, for those who are serious about buying vacation real estate with the intent to rent, Sharples says they should consider markets where travelers are looking to vacation. McCall, Idaho, was the fastest-growing destination among travelers looking for vacation rentals in the third quarter of 2010. The resort city in the southwestern part of the state is known for its annual winter carnival. The destinations with the largest year-over-year percent increase (from Q3 2009 to Q3 2010) in inquiries from travelers looking to rent vacation homes:

-McCall, Idaho – up 467%
-New Orleans – up 226%
-Indio, Calif. (near Palm Springs) – up 157%
-Haiku, Maui – up 143%
-Chicago – up 121%
-Canyon Lake, Texas (in Texas Hill Country) – up 118%
-Portland, Ore. – up 115%
-Amelia Island, Fla. – up 113%
-Haena, Kauai – up 108%
-Wimberly, Texas (in Texas Hill Country) – up 108%

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Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:09 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments

Market for Vacation Homes Is on the Rise

Market for Vacation Homes Is on the Rise

 

Posted Monday, January 10, 2011 6:18 PM by Linda Blaine | 0 Comments