ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida remained the top destination of foreign buyers purchasing U.S. residential real estate in 2018, with 19 percent of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States. Florida Realtors® latest report, the 2018 Profile of International Residential Real Estate in Florida, finds that international sales accounted for $22.9 billion this year, down slightly (5 percent) from $24.2 billion in 2017.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. – Want to update your home or business property and give it a new look? For value and satisfaction, think about doing an outdoor remodeling project, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) and National Association of Landscape Professionals’(NALP) 2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features.
The report looks at 13 outdoor residential projects and 10 commercial property projects, highlighting the reasons why property owners complete these projects, the value – both financial and emotional – that these remodels bring, and the increased happiness the finished projects bring homeowners.
When asked which outdoor projects produce the most substantial financial payouts at resale, Realtors ranked standard lawn care service at the top, which recovers 267 percent of the project cost at resale. Next, Realtors named landscape maintenance and tree care, both recovering 100 percent of the cost at resale, and installing an irrigation system, recouping 86 percent.
When it comes to the enjoyment homeowners gain from these projects, a fire feature and irrigation system tied for first, both receiving a perfect Joy Score of 10. Joy Scores range between 1 and 10: Higher figures indicate greater joy from the project.
Eighty-three percent of homeowners who installed a fire feature said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project, and 69 percent of homeowners who installed an irrigation system said they feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project. The next most appealing projects were a new wood deck (Joy Score of 9.8), a water feature (9.8), statement landscaping (9.7) and an overall landscape upgrade (9.6).
This year, the report also covered outdoor projects for commercial properties. The report found that 43 percent of Realtors have suggested a commercial client improve the curb appeal of a property before listing it for sale. The most frequently recommended projects are standard lawn care (39 percent), completing a landscape management service (27 percent) and an overall landscape upgrade (26 percent).
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Buying a home, packing and moving into it is already hard enough. When there are children involved, too, it adds a different set of requirements and stresses, according to the 2018 Moving with Kids report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
For families, moving with children often means a lot of planning and research. Finding a home with the appropriate amount of space, in your preferred school district, and convenient to a job or school location are often priorities for buyers with families.
Using information from NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the report explores the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers with children under age 18.
“For about 50 percent of all buyers, finding the right property in the right location was the most difficult step in the home search process,” noted Eric Sain, Florida Realtors® 2018 president-elect and 2019 president. “Families realize that having a Realtor with local market expertise and a broad range of resources to guide them through the process makes it a lot easier to find the right place to call home. In fact, the study found that 87 percent of all buyers purchased a home through the help of a real estate professional.”
- The average buyer with children under 18 purchases a 2,100-square-foot home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, while the average buyer with no children chooses a 1,750-square-foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Both groups prefer a single-family, detached house.
- Unsurprisingly, schools play a critical factor in the purchasing decisions of buyers with children: 50 percent with children say the quality of a neighborhood’s school district is important compared to 11 percent of buyers without children. Convenience and proximity to schools is also a crucial consideration with 45 percent saying it’s an important factor compared to just six percent of buyers without children.
- 27 percent of buyers with children said childcare expenses delayed the process of buying a home. Those expenses also had an impact on the buying process, forcing buyers with children to make compromises on the house they purchased: 30 percent compromised on the size of their home, 29 percent on the price and 22 percent on the condition.
- Buyers with and without children – 87 percent each – relied equally on the help of a real estate agent during the buying process.
- When it comes to selling a home, 24 percent of those with children chose to sell because their house was too small. Only 8 percent of people without children at home sold their house for the same reason.
- When sellers were asked what they want most from their agent, 22 percent of those with children said they wanted their agent to sell their home within a specific timeframe compared to 20 percent of sellers without children. However, sellers both with and without children expect their agents to provide a broad range of services and manage most aspects of their home sale, 80 and 79 percent respectively.
- For sellers with children, urgent is the word that most often describes their selling situation: 26 percent of sellers with children qualified their need to sell as ‘very urgent’ compared to only 14 percent of sellers without children.
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Generation Z is optimistic when it comes to real estate investments and is showing a lot of interest in homeownership despite a young age, according to a new report by PropertyShark.com, a real estate website.
Generation Z includes those who were born after 1995, with the oldest members of the group being 23 years old. The survey polled more than 2,000 renters, owners and adults living with families.
Eighty-three percent of Gen Z respondents said they plan to buy a home within the next five years – and they’re not letting their youth stand in the way. About 100,000 Gen Zers are reportedly already homeowners, the survey found, and they’re less likely to default on their mortgage than baby boomers, millennials or Gen X mortgage holders.
While those in Gen Z are much more optimistic about homeownership than their older peers, the millennials, they do have one thing in common. Both generations agree that “college debt” is the biggest obstacle that could delay them from becoming homeowners.
As real estate buyers, they could be easy to work with: They dream of plenty of space and amenities, but they say they’re ready to compromise on almost anything to keep their costs to a minimum, the study finds. They show a fondness for suburbs (60 percent), followed by urban living (30 percent).
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ORLANDO, Fla. – More newly-built homes are featuring smart-home technology because builders are realizing more buyers want it and are willing to pay the extra costs.
Recent research from John Burns Real Estate Consulting found that more than 60 percent of new-home buyers say they’d pay more for an exterior security camera and smart locks. Sixty percent of buyers also would spend more on a home with a smart thermostat, the survey revealed.
According to a separate John Burns Real Estate Consulting survey of more than 300 home builders, 53 percent say they now incorporate smart-home technology into new construction. Even so, 42 percent of buyers say they would purchase additional smart-home technology.
Buyer segments differed on which smart-home tech they liked the most, according to the survey:
- Young singles and couples: most likely to choose smart thermostats
- Families: most likely to choose a smart garage responsive to app controls and voice commands
- Older buyers: most likely to pay extra for smart locks
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ORLANDO, Fla. – More home buyers are asking their Realtors about green and sustainable home features, according to the Realtors and Sustainability 2018 report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
The report surveyed Realtors about sustainability issues in the residential and commercial real estate markets and the consumer preferences they’re seeing in their communities. Many clients tell their Realtors that environmentally friendly neighborhoods and home features are important to them when it comes to deciding where and what home to buy.
- 71 percent of agents and brokers reported that promoting energy efficiency in listings is either somewhat or very valuable.
- When asked what they consider to be the top market issues regarding sustainability, agents and brokers listed understanding lending options for energy upgrades or solar panels (36 percent), improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock (34 percent) and the lack of information and materials provided to real estate professionals (30 percent).
- 39 percent of Realtors said they’re comfortable or extremely comfortable answering questions about home performance and efficiency.
- 40 percent of respondents say they’re confident or extremely confident in their ability to connect clients with green lenders.
- 40 percent reported that their Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has green data fields, compared to only 15 percent that do not. Among those that do have green data fields, 37 percent of respondents use them to promote green features, 27 percent to promote energy information and 16 percent to promote green certifications.
- 80 percent said that solar panels are available in their market, and 39 percent said that solar panels increased the perceived property value.
- 23 percent of brokers indicated that tiny homes – 600 square feet or less – are available in their market.
- Transportation and commuting features very or somewhat important to clients: Easy access to highways (82 percent), short commute times and distance to work (81 percent) and walkability (51 percent).
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ORLANDO, Fla. – When it comes to enjoying their home and adding value, homeowners should pay attention to their property’s landscaping, according to The Appraisal Institute.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. – What do homeowners say is the No. 1 priority for kitchens? Storage, according to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane season will be here June 1, 2018, and lasts until Nov. 30. For the next six months, Floridians face an increased possibility of major storms and should take steps to help weather a severe storm. Forecasters predict the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be an active one, anticipating 14 named storms, with seven of those strengthening into hurricanes – and three becoming major hurricanes that are Category 3 or higher.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla – Florida remained the top destination of foreign buyers purchasing U.S. residential real estate in 2017, with 22 percent of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States. Florida Realtors® latest report, the 2017 Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida, finds that international sales hit $24.2 billion this year, up from $19.4 billion in 2016.Read More »