Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mayport Road, Jacksonville FL: Welcome on board!

Since the arrival of additional naval ships and the increase in the local population by the Navy, Mayport is beginning to see a rebound in both housing and business segments. 

Investors have been quick to jump on houses that were previously in distress and are now being rented or sold as a need for increased quality and supply of housing is needed. 

Additionally, business, once closed and boarded up along Mayport Road are beginning to show signs of life as the demands of sailors and new families in the community require  the services of the local community.

Mayport has been a longstanding pillar to the beaches area and it is great to see  the rebound and interest in bringing back the restoration and business that once helped Mayport thrive.

Please visit these links and support our veterans, and troops.

- VetFriends: 1,798,025 members (helping veterans to reconnect)

Also don't forget to take a look at Mayport Travel Guide, and plan a "Mayport" vacation with your family, and friends.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Interest Rates and the Impact on Real Estate in 2015

On a macro level, it appears that many agree that we will begin to see an increase in traditional homebuyers return to the real estate industry in 2015.  After years of a "reorganization" of the housing industry, institutional buyers, hedge funds, private equity, cash players/investors have dominated the acquisition market.  With continued low interest rates forecasted for 2015, a slow return to mortgage financing and pent up demand from qualified buyers, housing should see a gradual shift to the a healthy mix of diversified buyers in the coming year.
Of course interest rates play a huge role in all aspects of our economy, and housing is no exception.  The general view is that rates will remain low and this is very good news for the recovering housing markets and for buyers who require financing to participate.

Housing remains a very local issue with national implications.  This is clearly demonstrated as we observe housing values and trends around the country.  As a nation, rates will need to remain on the lower side for the next 3-5 years so that the  potential to enter/reenter the housing market (especially the millennials) have the opportunity to enter the market and purchase desirable housing that is aligned with their budgetary.
Given that housing and all of the related industries and professions which are tied to the housing market make up such a large part of our economy, the government should continue to facilitate all reasonable avenues to promote strong housing growth and assist the housing market in it's return to a healthy sate of supply and demand.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Housing Market

While all indicators seem to point to a strong  economy for 2015 in the US, the housing market continues to play by a different set of rules. 
Not only has housing been largely impacted by bulk purchases though hedge funds and private equity during the past 2-3 years,  but the real estate market itself has seen mixed recovery and even huge gains depending on regional geographic sectors. 

For example, cites including New York, San Francisco, much of Southern California and Miami and the Beaches have all experienced  significant price gains.  Other parts of the country have seen modest appreciation and yet we still read about many areas where defaults are on the rise and markets are softening.  Of course,  we haven't even considered the fact that tight lending standards and the ability to get financing has become nearly impossible and has only recently started to show signs that lenders are once again providing mortgages for buyers who are unable to pay all cash.  The typical buyers/first time buyers have found it very difficult to even participate in the market due to tight lending standards, leaving the a large percentage of transactions being controlled by institutional investors and international capital entering the US

Hopefully in 2015 we will see a return of traditional buyer/seller transactions and mortgage lending will do more to facilitate the process.

In summary, I think this will be a much needed transition if the overall real estate market is going to maintain a healthy position.  It will encourage pent up buyers that are currently trapped in rental housing the opportunity to once again obtain home ownership in a stabilizing housing market.