Monday, June 27, 2016
Despite these tight inventory levels, we are continuing to see strong numbers of sales. Since the first of the year 340 condo and townhouse units and 77 single family homes and half duplexes have closed in the two cities. In the month of June we've already closed 57 condo units with a median price of $211,000. Closed direct oceanfront units above the ground floor this month have sold for between $231and $304 per square foot. Nice direct river units have been closing in a range between $155 and $200 a foot. Thirteen of the 53 new condo listings this month are already under contract.
Since June 1, eleven single family homes have closed at prices between $255,000 for a cute little 1042 square foot home one block from the ocean south of downtown Cocoa Beach to $1.1 MM for a gorgeous 14 year old Key West style open river home with 3985 square feet north of 520.
"I got my own way of talking, but everything gets done
With a southern accent, where I come from." __Tom Petty
Saturday, June 11, 2016
There are Cocoa Beach condo listings on Zillow right now with inflated sizes that I suspect are outright attempts at deception by the owners. I would advise all buyers and agents to begin checking the advertised size against the tax records. A 159 square foot error doesn't sound like much but at $318 per square foot we're talking over $50,000.
Another relatively common error on the MLS is condo fees. Often an agent or her assistant entering a new listing will look at previous listings for the monthly condo fee amount if they don't already know it. If wrong, the error may go unnoticed. Same thing happens with long-listed units. The monthly fees may have changed since the original listing without getting updated. As always, it is up to a buyer and her agent to verify the data being presented to them. The MLS is only as good as the data being input. How about a FSBO? Same deal except probably even more important to question everything. Ultimately, it's a buyer's responsibility to verify everything.
There were 72 condo units closed in the month of May in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. A third of those sold in two weeks or less. Slightly more than half sold for cash. Inventory this morning is at 277 units with 25 of those in buildings yet to break ground. Those looking for a good, fairly-priced property don't have a lot to choose from. We are not seeing the same flow of new listings coming on the market that we were seeing earlier this year which is typical. For those hoping to purchase, this means, as always, know what you're looking for, know what a fair price range is and be prepared to offer quickly when you find it.
I witnessed another crazy closing yesterday. The buyer's lender botched the closing disclosure multiple times with inaccurate numbers and finally got it right just as everyone involved was ready to walk away from the deal. Buyers choose your lender carefully. Experience with the local market and property type is worth far more than the lowest promised rate. The guy in the call center in Texas who promises you a rate three basis points less than the local guy may have no idea what his underwriter is going to require for a Florida condo loan and may find out too late to close on time or at all. Rate means nothing if he can't close the deal.
After a week of daily rain, you can almost watch the grass and plants growing. The annoying sound of Florida's favorite tools, the leaf blower and weed eater, are rarely absent during daylight hours this time of year.
"To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater." ___Bono