Time to BUY in Greater Sarasota Florida!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with EXIT Creative Realty

Welcome Blogosphere!!  This is my first post to the virtual world...certainly not my last.  I have been active in the Greater Sarasota market since 1992.  When I got into real estate, we were in a Buyer's market (like today).  We didn't bank on listings selling in 6 months either...it was supply and demand.  Today, 11/2007, we face an unnatural market.  During the 2003-2005 period, Sarasota grew significantly in values.  Of course, the stock market correction after 9/11 certainly helped make real estate more REASONABLE as an investment.  The problem is that many people got into investing because it SEEMED so easy.  Everybody was making money and going great guns to satisfy this demand (unfortunately artificial) to create and build homes.

I know that I'm preaching to the choir for those of you from my area.  However, let's take a look at where we are now.

We've seen prices slide down 20-40% across our area from the peak in fall 2005.  We've had two hurricane seasons that have been non-events.  We've seen the Florida legislature pass tax reform to cap annual tax increases to 4% (adjusted only for ACTUAL population growth), we've just passed an amendment to go on the ballot on 1/29 to make our Homestead savings "portable" and to cap businesses and second homeowners of 10% annual, and we had sweeping legislation to reform our insurance industry (making the long term health of our insurance industry sound).

DEAR Snowbirds, Canadians, Europeans, and everyone ELSE looking for a piece of the Sunshine State....MAKE YOUR MOVE NOW!  You have 3 months until Floridians know that they can take their tax savings with them when they move...that WILL make a difference in our market, and it will give optimism to Sellers (not good for you if you're buying).

I believe we are in "the bottom".  We will be here for a few months, but then we will stabilize and get back to growth of 3-7% annual starting in 2009.

If Florida was a mutual fund....IT IS TIME TO BUY.  That's it for this blog.  I hope you liked it. I WILL be back!!     

Comments (2)

Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
Yes it is time for them all to get back out and purchase property again. We need to thrive again.
Nov 01, 2007 09:43 AM
Chris Carr
Metro Brokers/GMAC - Blairsville, GA

I noticed that you posted this blog back in November of last year.  Is things getting better for you down in the sunshine state?  I hope so because most of our market up here in the North Georgia Mountains (Blairsville) come from down in Florida.  I actually grew up in Sarasota and I graduated from Sarasota High School.  It is a wonderful place to live.  Good luck to you and please keep me in mind if you hear that your sellers are selling out to move to North Georgia.  Also vacation rentals are big business up here so if someone has a 1031 exchange and wants a vacation rental I can make it happen.

Make It A Great Day!

Feb 16, 2008 05:04 AM