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May 7, 2024

If you’re a member of a younger generation, like Gen Z, you may be asking the question: will I ever be able to buy a home

If you’re a member of a younger generation, like Gen Z, you may be asking the question: will I ever be able to buy a home

Tips for Younger Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality.

If you’re a member of a younger generation, like Gen Z, you may be asking the question: will I ever be able to buy a home? And chances are, you’re worried that’s not going to be in the cards with inflation, rising home prices, mortgage rates, and more seemingly stacked against you.

While there’s no arguing this housing market is challenging for first-time homebuyers, it is still achievable, especially if you have professionals on your side.

Here are some helpful tips you may get from a pro.

1. Explore Your Options for a Down Payment

If a down payment is your #1 hurdle, you may have options to give your savings a boost. There are over 2,000 down payment assistance programs designed to make homeownership more achievable. And, that’s not the only place you may be able to get a helping hand. While it may not be an option for everyone, 49% of Gen Z homebuyers got money from loved ones that they used toward a down payment, according to LendingTree.

And chances are you won’t need to put 20% down (unless specified by your loan type or lender). So be sure to work with a trusted mortgage professional to explore your options, find out how much you’ll really need, and learn about any guidelines on getting a gift from loved ones.

2. Live with Loved Ones To Boost Your Savings

Another thing a number of Gen Z buyers are doing is ditching their rental and moving back in with friends or family. This can help cut down your housing costs so you can build your savings a whole lot faster. As Bankrate explains:

“. . . many have opted to stop renting and live with family in order to boost their savings. Thirty percent of Gen Z homebuyers move directly from their family member’s home to a home of their own, according to NAR.”

3. Cast a Broad Net for Your Search

When you’ve saved up enough, here’s how a pro will help you approach your search. Since the supply of homes for sale is still low and affordability is tight, they’ll give you strategies and avenues you may not have considered to open up your pool of options.

For example, it’s usually more affordable if you consider a rural or suburban area versus an urban one. So, while the city may be livelier and more energetic, the cost of living may be reason enough to look at something further out. And if you consider smaller homes and condos or townhouses, you’ll give yourself even more ways to break into the market. As Colby Stout, Research Analyst at Bright MLS, explains:

“Being flexible on the types of home (e.g., a condo or townhome versus a single-family home) and exploring more affordable neighborhoods is important for first-time buyers.”

4. Take a Close Look at Your Wants and Needs

And lastly, an agent can help you really think about your must-have’s and nice-to-have’s. Remember, your first home doesn’t have to be your forever home. You just need to get your foot in the door to start building equity. If you want to buy, you may find making some compromises is worth it. As Chase says:

“An open-minded approach to house-hunting may be one way for Gen Z homebuyers to maintain some edge. This could mean buying in areas that are less expensive. Differentiating needs vs. wants may help in this area as well.”

An agent will help you prioritize your list of home features and find houses that can deliver on the top ones. And they’ll be able to explain how equity can benefit you in the long run and make it possible to move into that dream home down the line.

Recap

Real estate professionals have expertise on what’s working for other buyers like you. Lean on them for tips and advice on ways you can get ready to buy. As Directors Mortgage says, with that support you can make it happen:

 

The path to homeownership may not be a straightforward one for Gen Z, but it’s undoubtedly within reach. By adopting the right strategies, like exploring down payment assistance programs and sharing living costs with relatives, you can bring your dream of owning a home closer to reality.”

 

 

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs or Naples, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how to sell or buy your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single-family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs, or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

April 24, 2024

Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like the 2008 Crash

Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like the 2008 Crash

Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like the 2008 Crash

 

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’ve probably come across some articles saying the number of foreclosures in today’s housing market is going up. And that may leave you feeling a bit worried about what’s ahead, especially if you owned a home during the housing crash in 2008.

The reality is, while increasing, the data shows a foreclosure crisis is not where the market is headed.

Here’s the latest information stacked against the historical data to put your mind at ease.

The Headlines Make the Increase Sound Dramatic – But It’s Not

The increase the media is calling attention to is a little bit misleading. That’s because it’s comparing the most recent numbers to a time when foreclosures were at historic lows. And that lopsided comparison is making it sound like a much bigger deal than it actually is.

Back in 2020 and 2021, there was a moratorium and forbearance program that helped millions of homeowners avoid foreclosure during challenging times. That’s why numbers for just a few years ago were so low.

Now that the moratorium has come to an end, foreclosures are resuming and that means numbers are rising. But it’s an expected increase, not a surprise, and not a cause for alarm. Just because foreclosure filings are up doesn’t mean the housing market is in trouble.

To prove that to you, let’s expand the comparison out a bit more. Specifically, we’ll go all the way back to the housing crash in 2008 – since that’s what people worry may happen again.

The graph below uses research from ATTOM, a property data provider, to show foreclosure activity has been consistently lower since the crash in 2008:

Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like the 2008 Crash

What the data shows is that things now aren’t anything like they were surrounding the housing crash. The bars in red are when there were over 1 million foreclosure filings a year. In 2023, there were roughly 357,000. That’s a big difference.

A recent article from Bankrate explains one of the reasons things aren’t like they were back then:

In the years after the housing crash, millions of foreclosures flooded the housing market, depressing prices. That’s not the case now. Most homeowners have a comfortable equity cushion in their homes.”

Basically, foreclosure activity is nothing like it was during the crash. That’s because most homeowners today have enough equity to keep them from going into foreclosure. And that’s a really good thing for homeowners and for the market.

The reality is, the data shows a foreclosure crisis is not where the market is today, or where it’s headed.

Recap

Right now, putting the data into context is more important than ever. While the housing market is experiencing an expected rise in foreclosures, it’s nowhere near the crisis levels seen when the housing bubble burst, and that won’t lead to a crash in home prices.

 

 

 

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs or Naples, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how to sell or buy your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single-family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs, or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Oct. 2, 2023

Southwest Florida Economic Outlook

Southwest Florida Economic Outlook

October 2023


2nd Quarter 2023 Outlook


The after-effects of Hurricane Ian continue to be felt in the Southwest Florida economy. As rebuilding
continues in Fort Myers Beach and other coastal areas, Lee County continues to experience the larger
effect in tourist tax revenue, down year-to-year by an average of 52.5 percent in 2023 Q2. Real
taxable sales have also followed this downward trend since Hurricane Ian. All counties have followed
a similar downward trend, with the exception of Charlotte County, where the real taxable sales have
mostly been on an upward trend since the lowest point in September 2022.

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Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs or Naples, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how to sell or buy your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single-family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs, or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

July 22, 2023

21 Florida Cities Where Homes Are Selling For Under The Asking Price

While the real estate market here in Florida (or across the country) is not crashing, we are seeing some correction, ever so slightly back to pre-covid and 2021/2022 prices. Inventory is increasing back to the pre-covid levels while prices have seemed to level off and are decreasing slightly. The interest rates are really causing many to not be able to purchase a home, but many still can.

These Cities in the list you will see are still getting 97-98% of the list price which is close to those pre-covid days. Best to know all the data, if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell give me a call at 239-770-6880.



Read Full Article Here

 

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs or Naples, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how to sell or buy your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single-family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs, or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Jan. 26, 2023

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Jan. 16, 2023

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market

It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who closely follows the economy or not, chances are you’ve heard whispers of an upcoming recession. Economic conditions are determined by a broad range of factors, so rather than explaining them each in depth, let’s lean on the experts and what history tells us to see what could lie ahead. As Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, says:

“Two-in-three economists are forecasting a recession in 2023 . . .”

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Dec. 20, 2022

Mortgage Rates Are Dropping What Does That Mean for You

Mortgage Rates Are Dropping. What Does That Mean for You?

Mortgage Rates Are Dropping. What Does That Mean for You?

Mortgage rates have been a hot topic in the housing market over the past 12 months. Compared to the beginning of 2022, rates have risen dramatically. Now they’re dropping, and that has to do with everything happening in the economy.

Nadia Evangelou, Senior Economist and Director of Forecasting at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains it well by saying:

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Dec. 14, 2022

You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today

You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today

You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today

Did the frequency and intensity of bidding wars over the past two years make you put your home search on hold? If so, you should know the hyper competitive market has cooled this year as buyer demand has moderated and housing supply has grown. Those two factors combined mean you may see less competition from other buyers.

And with less competition comes more opportunity. Here are two trends that may be the news you need to reenter the market.

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Dec. 13, 2022

Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities

Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities

Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities

At first glance, the increase in housing supply compared to last year may not sound like good news for prospective sellers, but it actually gives you two key opportunities in today’s housing market.

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Oct. 20, 2022

What’s Ahead for Home Prices

What’s Ahead for Home Prices?

What’s Ahead for Home Prices?

As the housing market cools in response to the dramatic rise in mortgage rates, home price appreciation is cooling as well. And if you’re following along with headlines in the media, you’re probably seeing a wide range of opinions calling for everything from falling home prices to ongoing appreciation. But what’s true? What’s most likely to happen moving forward?

While opinions differ, the most likely outcome is we’ll fall somewhere in the middle of slight appreciation and slight depreciation. Here’s a look at the latest expert projections so you have the best information possible today.

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