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Real Estate Market Update - Summer 2019

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May was a very productive period for the Lisa Barton team, with thirteen sales closing in this month alone. Typically, May is also a very active month in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and reflects a seasonal pattern of high sales in the second quarter—as families move and make plans for the coming school year. In this update, we’ll look at national, state, and regional real estate market trends.

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What is the Rate?

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We asked our favorite loan officer to lend some insight into "What is the rate?" Here's what he had to say:

That’s the first thing most buyers want to know when looking for a mortgage. The answer is not always so simple and will depend on the time of day and the events of the market on any given day. That's why going online for rate information can be confusing. The best way to find out the rate you qualify for is to get up-to-date information from your mortgage professional. He or she will walk you through how the financial markets are performing, and the key factors that impact rates.*

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Staging: Tiny Details, Big Impact

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When selling your home, first impressions are important! Often, to better showcase your home and make a powerful first impression, we’ll recommend using a home stager. A home stager will work with you to highlight your home’s best features and make a powerful impact on a potential buyer. 

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Odom’s Mill Real Estate Market Update

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Odom's Mill is a lovely neighborhood in Ponte Vedra Beach with approximately 250 homes. This community has been very popular with buyers over the last five years. In 2018, our team helped five families find their perfect new homes in Odom's Mill. One property sold before going on the market and another sold for the highest price per square foot ever in the neighborhood!

We've noticed some pretty dramatic real estate market trends in Odom's Mill -- many of which are exciting to home owners! 

Here are some highlights of the positive trends:


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Ponte Vedra Residential Real Estate Market Update (Through February 2019)

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Sales continue to be strong in the Ponte Vedra area, both for the month and year-to-date, when compared with the same months last year.

Macro-economic indicators also continue to be very strong:

  • Near full employment.
  • Signs of rising wages.
  • Recent guidance from the Fed that interest rate increases are unlikely in the coming months, helping mortgage lenders keep 30-year mortgages low, hovering around 4.375%.

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Home Is…

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Working with your preferred licensed real estate agent can have numerous benefits - including helping with property investment opportunities and having knowledge of the real estate tax advantages. Learn more in this video, "Home is..."

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Ponte Vedra Beach Market Update - Winter 2018

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The consensus outlook for the U.S. economy continues to be optimistic for the remainder of 2018 and full year 2019.  Real GDP is projected to grow 2.9% and 3.1%, respectively, for the 4th Quarter 2018 and all of 2019—this compares favorably to 2.2% in 2017.  Unemployment is forecasted to remain below 4% through 2019. Existing home sales, while lower than the past two quarters, are thought to improve to $5.4 million in FY 2019.  The housing market will face some headwind from rising mortgage rates and existing home sales prices.

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