Like the rest of the country, Flagler County and Palm Coast saw a dip in the number of home sale closing in July to the tune of about 28%. 103 homes closed in July of this year compared to 142 in July of 2009. Year to date, the area still remains 7% above last year through August 25th in terms of the number of home sales. August through 8/25/10 has seen 82 closings and is slightly below the same period in August last year when 94 homes closed.
Recently the Flagler County Association of Realtors began transitioning over to Sentrilock lockboxes. These lockboxes add far greater security and peace of mind for sellers.
The common question today is how is ‘the market’ now that the tax credit for new contracts has expired? Remember to qualify for the tax credit the buyer must have signed the contract by April 30, 2010 and closed by June 10, 2010 with the closing date date extended now to accomodate short sales. Since most sales will close within 30 days, May was a real focus as an indicator of the impact of the tax credit and June to a point. So how is the market? Still holding strong in the area. Let’s take a look at the Palm Coast Residential Home statistics:
Everyone is continuing to keep an eye on the housing market nationally and locally to see the effect of the Tax Credit program which ended in April. The terms of the program were that contracts needed to be signed by 4/30/10 and closing occur no later than 6/30/10. Realistically, many of those closings would have […]
Through April of this year, the number of Flagler County residential homes sold has risen 17% compared to the same period in 2009. This period in 2009 saw 378 homes sold with 2010 seeing 442. 83% of those sales were up to $209,000 compared to 81% in 2009. Median price during these periods saw a decline 7% which was driven by the increase in the rise in the number of lower priced homes being sold. See the price bracket breakdown below.
It’s pretty obvious that the internet has become a part of daily life in so many ways. It has become a valuable information resource, improved the way in which we communicate, improved shopping and entertainment, and shows up more and more in the things we own. Like anything, there are people who have been harmed. Some types of harm are financially through identity theft or stolen credit cards, harm to our children who encounter strangers online, and even our reputations can be harmed. As I read the various news stories that emerge here and there about these situations, one thing always seems to come to light as to why . . . when it comes to the online world we tend to forget about everything we have learned in terms of protecting ourselves and appropriate behavior. The truth is that the lessons we learned growing up, the safety precautions we take everyday, and teach our kids still apply online. So let’s start with the first one . . . ‘Locking the doors’.
For buyers searching for their next home, we are in the final stretch to take advantage of the Home Buyer Tax Credit. To qualify for this credit, the contract must be signed by April 30th and close by June 30th or this year. It’s important to understand that an offer made by April 30th does not qualify. The offer must be accepted and signed off on (creating an binding sales contract) by April 30th.
I am often asked what I think will happen over the next year in Real Estate in the area. We all wish we had a crystal ball to see into the future. This is especially true in the Real Estate word over the last few years. The only thing we can do is look at the data, activities, and trends to get a perspective on the upcoming year. My outlook based upon these areas is very positive for the area when it comes to residential home sales.
At the beginning of this year I had said it would be an interesting year for Real Estate in the area. It’s no secret that Real Estate has had it’s challenges in the area over the last few years, but this year has shown some great positives.
Earlier this year when I started www.PalmCoastHomeShow.com, the goal was to provide buyers an easy and powerful means to shop for Real Estate locally in the Palm Coast & Flagler County , FL area as well as provide sellers a means to get the most exposure for their property they wish to sell. As I […]