Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Nov. 30, 2022

Tropic Isle Delray Beach Florida

One of my favorite non-gated waterfront communities in Palm Beach county. Nestled back off of Federal Hwy.(US-1), Tropic Isle offers a collection of botanically named streets, with a couple exceptions.
Having lived on both Tropic Blvd. and Gardenia Drive in Tropic Isle, I can personally speak to the experience of living in this beautiful community, devoid of the ostentatious vibe of many gated subdivisions. Everything you could possibly want is just minutes away. The community is beautifully maintained with pride of ownership.
If this sounds like a good fit for you, reach out and let’s talk about your home and dock requirements. Reach me on my personal cell at 754-207-4504. You can start your search here. Follow us on Facebook AllHomesInSouthFlorida.

Nov. 19, 2022

Buyer Guide in South Florida 2023

 

HOME & CONDO BUYER GUIDE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

             An overview of what to expect during the buying process

 

Buyer brokerage fees are typically paid by the seller as agreed in the listing agreement. My services are free to you. I don’t get paid until I get you to the closing table!

 

CONDO-Every condominium has rules regarding pets and rental restrictions which you should be aware of before entering into a contract if these are a consideration. Also, we will want to be aware of any current or proposed assessments which would be added to the current monthly/quarterly HOA fee for a period of time to fix or repair common elements of the condominium.

 

HOME [fee simple ownership which includes single family and town homes]-Some home owners associations (HOAs) are more restrictive than others, especially regarding types of vehicles permitted and fencing. A review of the Rules and Regulations will be important if the community is governed by an HOA.

 

After you find the perfect home for your needs, we discuss the terms of the offer to the seller.

 

PART 1 – THE CONTRACT

The terms will include the following, and are the conditions that the buyer proposes to the seller.

 

Sales price being offered to the seller ***

 

Escrow deposit amount Typically a minimum of 1% of the sales price offer indicating you are serious about buying the home. The higher the deposit, the more serious the seller feels that the buyer is about the offer. This amount is held in an escrow account by an escrow agent [attorney or title company] until closing and then applied to the buyer’s side as a credit towards the closing costs/sales price. These funds are to be presented at contract signing.

 

Name of escrow agent In Palm Beach county the escrow agent is chosen by the seller, and in Broward county the escrow agent is chosen by the buyer.

 

Financing terms (cash, conventional, FHA, VA). If a loan is to be secured, the buyer must get pre-qualified through a mortgage lender and obtain a pre-qualification letter to be submitted with the contract to the seller. The buyer can shop lenders for best rates and terms, but a

lender decision should be made by contract signing. It is important to realize that a pre-qualification needs to factor in the HOA fees, property tax, and home owner’s insurance, not just a principal and interest payment. Property taxes are subject to reassessment after change of ownership. Florida law provides a cap on annual assessments of local Homestead properties [primary residence] to 3% or the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Local Property Accessors Office can provide more information.

 

It is important to have your lender secured by ‘contract signing’. Loan application must be completed within 5 days or the contract is considered cash.  Buyers must comply with their lender requests for information and documentation in a very timely manner. In Florida, the financing period includes the home appraisal. During a sellers’ market, home values are typically not an issue for appraisals coming in at sales price. However, in a buyers’ market, appraisals can be an issue and often require the contract to be renegotiated or terminated if the seller will not reduce the sales price to the appraised value.

 

If the home purchase is CASH, the buyer must obtain a letter of Proof of Funds from their banking or other financial institution to be submitted with the contract to the seller as evidence of their ability to close. The letter or document must include the banking institution letterhead, name on account, amount of funds to cover the purchase including closing costs, and dated within 30 days of closing.

 

Property inspection/right to cancel days- in a sellers’ market the days are usually 5-7 but in a buyers’ market they can be 10-15. The inspection must be completed, inspection report received, reviewed, and either accepted or concerns addressed and negotiated with the seller within this period of time. For a 5-7 day window, this means the inspection must be competed on day 1 or 2 after the contract is signed. *In a sellers’ market, sellers are generally not inclined to offer any concession for repairs. The sale is typically ‘as-is’.

 

Closing date  typically around 30 days for financing and 10-14 days for cash, though a condo purchase can take longer due to the approval process. The closing date can change if both parties agree in writing.

 

Addenda to the contract.

Condominium Rider- Condominium Declaration, Articles of Incorporation of the Association, Bylaws and Rules of the Association, most recent year-end financial information, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, copy of the minutes for the last 4 meetings, copy of H06 insurance policy, and a copy of most recent budget.

Comprehensive Rider Homeowners Association/Community Disclosure. This document outlines the amount due and when, whether an approval is required by the HOA and the deadline prior to closing, payment of fees, assessments, and association charges, management company and contact information.

 

We will request a Seller’s Property Disclosure (if available) which is where the seller would indicate any repairs/replacements/improvements/damage during the sellers’ ownership. Otherwise, we rely on the inspection report.

 

Once the contract terms have been agreed upon by both parties, we are UNDER CONTRACT, and numerous time-lines as outlined in the contract begin counting down. This is more significant for a financing purchase, however, the inspection period is a big hurdle for all parties.

 

PART 2 – NEXT STEPS FOR THE BUYER

 

Schedule the Inspection I will provide names of a few inspection companies for you to contact (if needed), to complete a home inspection. This is an out-of-pocket expense that is anywhere from $350 up depending on size of property. This needs to be scheduled for day 1 or 2 after the contract is fully executed. Some inspectors provide a very intensive inspection service, but you may call a specialty inspector for pool, roof, mold, lead based paint, foundation, etc. as needed. We will request the ‘40 year’ building inspection from the condo association for mid and high rise condos.

 

Application for Approval - Every condo, and many HOAs have an Application for Approval process. The documents will need to be completed by the buyer for board approval within a specific period of time before closing, per the contract.

 

Docs Review of all of the requested documents in the Addenda. 3 day deadline to review upon receipt of documents.

 

Loans – reach out to the lender upon being UNDER CONTRACT. I will forward a fully executed contract to your lender. They will disclose all lender closing costs to you. At this time, carefully following their instructions and requests is imperative to stay in the financing time-line for closing.

 

Contact the Title Company to discuss owner’s title insurance. It is not required in the state of Florida, but the owner's policy helps protect the new property owner from a previous owner's debts, such as being required to pay a lien placed against the property due to the actions or inactions of a prior owner. If financing, lenders require a lender’s policy to protect their interest in the home and that will be part of the lender package.

Wire transfers for down payment or cash sale. All wiring instructions are to come from the escrow agent only. This is very serious due to the rise in fraud around wiring instructions. Every precaution should be taken to ensure security. This can’t be emphasized enough.

They will only give wiring instructions to you, the buyer. Wire fraud is a serious issue and all communication regarding wiring funds is handled securely with the escrow agent only. (see Wire Fraud Prevention).

 

Typical title closing costs [not lender related] – (See attached). All legal matters must be discussed with a licensed attorney only.

 

Contact an insurance company to secure a condominium insurance policy – H06 or a homeowners insurance policy. [I can refer options] If financing, a lender will assist with this service but I have referrals to insurance brokers if you prefer to shop for your coverage.

 

Buyer walk through this takes place 24-48 hours prior to closing. I will arrange a walk-through of the home to make sure that it is in the same condition it was when you signed the contract to purchase. (see attached)

 

Closing As a result of Covid, closings are now available to be scheduled with an online notary in most cases, but are still available in person in a title office or another mutually agreed upon location.

 

Brokerage Relationship   Broker will act as a transaction broker. Broker will deal honestly and fairly; will account for all funds; will use skill, care, and diligence in the transaction; will disclose all known facts that materially affect the value of the residential property which are not readily observable to buyer; will represent all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner unless directed otherwise in writing; and will have limited confidentiality with buyer unless waived in writing.

 

It is extremely important to have EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION by a buyer’s agent, otherwise you are giving up *loyalty to you and you only*confidentiality (by law a seller’s agent has to pass along any information to share that is relevant to the seller’s negotiating power *accountability-the seller’s agent is not accountable to the buyer*obedience- a buyer’s agent must follow your lawful instruction.

 

I’m here to walk you through each step until we get to closing. I am always available by phone for any questions or concerns. View videos, blogs, resources, and homes searches on my website below.

 

Cheryl Hazel

754-207-4504 | cheryl@cherylhazel.com                          Updated for 2023

 

(all referenced 'see attached' documents available with client representation)

                                                                

 

 

 

Nov. 10, 2022

4 Options to Affording a Home Now

THIS MORNING, The CPI (Consumer Price Index) report, a key indicator of inflation that the FED uses to determine how aggressive they will be in hiking rates, indicated that inflation is easing. This means that we could have rate improvements later in this quarter. Experts predict INTEREST RATES WILL COME DOWN 2% in the next 12-24 months.

The biggest issue buyers have right now is AFFORDABILITY. In fact, contract cancelations are at an all- time high, and mostly related to financing. Buyers need to keep in mind that the loan they qualify for right now, does not have to be their forever loan.*

 

 BELOW ARE 4 OPTIONS TO AFFORDING A HOME NOW

 

One lender is offering a program where you can lock in the best interest rate available today and shop for a home with confidence, knowing your locked rate is good for 60 days with no upfront fee. Once under contract, should interest rates go down, you can drop your rate, one time before closing, at no additional cost. Offered on loans that close through December 31, 2022.

 

I can negotiate a seller paid incentive towards your closing costs and/or a 1-0 buydown, 2-1 buydown, or even a 3-2-1 buydown. These buydowns reduce the monthly mortgage payment making your home more affordable. This is also a GREAT INCENTIVE FOR SELLERS TO OFFER in the MLS to stand out above the competition. For specific information on your price point, reach out and I’m happy to refer you to a top mortgage broker to help you decide if this is a good option for your situation.

 

Let’s not discount new construction. National builders are getting hit hard with cancelations as well. Some have had as many as ¼ of their sales canceled since rates went over 5.5%. They are now being very aggressive in buyer incentives and even price reductions, which is almost unheard of in new construction. I can negotiate ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES  that builders don’t normally put on the table.

 

*There are many mortgage brokers out there offering to refinance as interest rates go down, and wave approximately $2000 of lender closing costs. I am happy to provide my best referrals.

 

Reach out today and let’s get you in a new home by the end of the year with the best interest rate possible and a loan program that works for your situation. Call Cheryl 754-207-4504.

Oct. 14, 2022

Flood Insurance in Florida

Most flood insurance policies currently providing coverage in Florida are underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is managed by the Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration which is a part of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

Questions and Answers on Flood Insurance from FEMA

Even if it's not required, flood insurance is still a good consideration  due to Florida's low elevation and high exposure to damaging storms You can purchase a flood policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or a private insurer. Homeowners and renters insurance policies don't cover floods or storm surges. 

High-risk flood areas begin with the letters A or V on FEMA flood maps. These areas face the highest risk of flooding. If you own a property in a high-risk zone and have a federally backed mortgage, you are required to purchase flood insurance as a condition of that loan.

A NFIP policy only offers a maximum of $250,000 coverage. This means if it costs more than $250,000 to replace or repair your home or business, a standard NFIP flood policy simply will not be enough.
 
Flood insurance covers losses directly caused by flooding. A flood is considered an excess of water on land that is normally dry, affecting two or more acres of land or two or more properties. As an example, the damage caused by a sewer backup is covered if the backup is a direct result of flooding.

 Flood maps available at FEMA
Oct. 1, 2022

6 Questions Before You List or Re-list Your Home

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You List or Re-list Your Home.

I believe my Luxury Home Marketing Program can generate more exposure and more excitement for your home than any other agent could achieve for you, leading to a top-dollar sale of your home. See a portion of my Luxury Marketing.

Take a moment to review the 6 questions below, and compare my program to any others you may be considering. It may mean a major difference in the results you get!

1. Has your home been advertised in national Luxury media?

My Solution: Reach affluent buyers via exposure in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, duPont Registry and Mansions Global.

2. Has your home been exposed to International markets?

My Solution: Showcase your home with over 60 international ads in key investor markets throughout Asia, Europe, South America and more.

3. Have you used market list reports that target buyers through postcard mailings?

My Solution: Paid market list reports that select buyers by targeting net worth, net income, and a multitude of criteria specific to the desirability of your home to those buyers. Postcards will be sent to the most opportune buyers.

4. Have you used Big Data to target likely buyers directly online?

My Solution: Target the right buyers based on location, interests, income, and lifestyle with paid Social Media advertising.

5. Has your home been showcased with its own dedicated, mobile response website and video?

My Solution: I'll increase your mobile and web presence with your own responsive website and high quality YouTube video.

6. Have you had detailed reporting at your fingertips?

My Solution: I'll be able to track the activity of all our marketing efforts, including where we get the most views. This will help us to gauge the success of our efforts and allow us to tweak campaigns if necessary.

For a detailed Marketing Strategy tailored to your home, give me a call at 754-207-4504.

June 23, 2022

Real Estate Timing


Real estate FOMO is real. [Fear of missing out] on the RIGHT real estate timing leaves us stuck in a place of inaction. We have probably all bought and sold real estate at a less than opportune time. IT HAPPENS. I personally have sold a property in this market and I made

a lot of money. Could I have made more if I had waited a few more months...maybe? However, I got top dollar, did not pay any closing cost contributions to the buyer, had a quick closing, and I did not negotiate any inspection repairs at all. THAT is what you need to think about in postponing selling your home.

 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND dictates price AND terms. In this market we see MULTIPLE offers, contracts OVER list price, NO appraisal or CASH on top of the appraised value, no seller paid closing costs, either a waived inspection or no inspection contingency. In addition, we currently have under 2 months of inventory so homes are going under contract very quickly.

 

If we look back, year to date June 23rd 2019, using the price range of $800K to $1M in Delray Beach, we see that things were much different. The average sales price was 92.3% of the listing price (not 100.2% like this market), homes sat on the market an average of 126 days (not 24 like this market), Sellers paid closing costs for buyers, Sellers paid for inspection repairs or a price reduction as compensation for repairs, and 1/3 of all listings had price reductions, as is common in a balanced market to elicit a sale. Also, there are price reductions to satisfy the appraised value.

 

Home prices in Florida will always go up, after-all this is paradise, though projected price appreciation slows with graduated reductions each of the next 5 years. I’m in my 18th year of real estate and I have never seen a market like this one! If you own a second home or plan to sell within the next 5 years, you may have FOMO if you wait.

It bears repeating, the decision to wait to sell must include factoring in an average 8% price reduction, having your home sit more days on the market (more showings, more people through your home), NEGOTIATING not only sales price, but closing costs, appraised value, and inspections repairs.

As real estate leans more towards a balanced market, the power shifts away from sellers. This current market is like being in an easy relationship for Sellers. Who doesn’t love an easy relationship?

I’m here to help you navigate this challenging decision. Give me a call and let’s see if this is the right time for your specific situation. If not, I hope to earn your trust, and be your first call when you are ready to sell in the future. Cheryl 754-207-4504.

 

June 5, 2022

Realtors® vs Real Estate Agents

Realtors® are real estate agents. The difference is that Realtors® join the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), which holds them to a higher standard of ethics than real estate agents must abide by. According to the NAR, about half of all real estate agents in the United States are certified Realtors®.

The Realtor® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests, and promote a vibrant business environment.

Realtors® pay membership dues to join the NAR and a state and local board of Realtors®, and they take and pass an online course on the Code of Ethics. They take an oath to adhere to the NAR's standards of practice throughout their career and retake the course every three years to maintain the certification.

 

Click here to view the Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice at the National Association of Realtors. https://www.nar.realtor/

 

 

Code Of Ethics

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) created the Code of Ethics as an enforceable set of ethical guidelines that Realtors® must uphold and are strictly enforced by real estate boards. It states Realtors’® duties to clients and customers, the public, and other Realtors®, which are more limiting than state laws.

The Code of Ethics comprises 17 articles covering different areas of professional standards of practice that must be upheld. Articles one through nine make up a Realtor’s® duty to their clients and customers. Articles 10 through 14 state a Realtor’s® duty to the public. And Articles 15 through 17 define a Realtor’s® duty to other Realtors®.

The following are summaries of the ethical duties realtors promise to abide by:

17 Articles

1.     Promote their clients’ interests before their own and treat all parties involved honestly.

2.     Avoid exaggerating, misrepresenting, or withholding facts about the property or transaction that are within the scope of their real estate license.

3.     Cooperate with other brokers when it is in their client’s best interest.

4.     Disclose with their client if they are working with another member of their existing client’s family.

5.     Avoid providing professional services regarding a property they have an interest in, unless it is disclosed to the client.

6.     Receive the client’s consent and knowledge before accepting any form of payment or commission.

7.     Disclose to all parties and receive consent from their client if a payment is to be received from more than one party involved in a transaction.

8.     Keep personal funds and clients’ funds separated.

9.     Ensure all agreements are clearly and understandably communicated between all parties involved in a transaction, and that each party receives a copy of each agreement.

10. Refrain from discriminating against any person based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

11. Competently abide by standards of practice in their real estate discipline, and do not provide services they are unqualified for.

12. Remain truthful in their advertising and marketing materials.

13. Do not practice law if they are not authorized to do so.

14. Present all evidence and cooperate if charged with unethical practice.

15. Refrain from making false or misleading statements about other real estate professionals.

16. Do not interfere in another Realtor’s® contractual relationships.

17. Handle disputes with other Realtors® through arbitration instead of litigation.

 

 

 

Dec. 31, 2021

2nd Home Shared Ownership

                          South Florida 2nd Home Shared Ownership

For example: Own 1/8 share of a $3.3M dollar south Florida home for 44 nights per year. With a monthly payment as low as $2784 with 30% down for a 1/8 share at $498,000. Financing available. Numerous homes available in different price ranges with a minimum of 1/8 share purchase. Call/text me for more pictures and specifics on availability. Cheryl 754-207-4504 or cheryl@cherylhazel.com. More about Second Home Ownership

 

Pacaso makes second home dreams a reality. If you’ve dreamed of owning a second home, you’re not alone — interest in second homes has been on the rise for some time, and demand spiked in 2020. Still, the cost and responsibility of maintaining a second home puts ownership beyond the reach of most would-be buyers. Now, an innovative real estate service is looking to change all that. Pacaso owners fully managed co-ownership of second homes. Simply put, Pacaso purchases a luxury home and sells ownership in one-eighth shares, which translates to about six weeks of use per year. Pacaso manages the property on behalf of the owners, handling the maintenance, bill payments and more. Owners share the home’s operating expenses (such as utilities and repairs), and Pacaso charges a monthly fee for its services. Because Pacaso sells “shares,” one of the most common questions buyers ask is, “How is this different from a timeshare?” At first glance, Pacaso’s model might seem similar to a timeshare. After all, the home is shared, so owners can’t just show up anytime. But that’s where the similarities end. First, each Pacaso is a one-of-kind, single-family home, not a hotel or condo unit. Pacaso homes receive an interior design makeover, including high-end furnishings and artwork, and owner the convenience, comfort and privacy of a real home. Second, the home is shared by a small owner group. A timeshare, which sells weekly blocks of use, may have 52 owners. Pacaso limits the number of shares to eight, and rentals aren’t permitted. Owners agree to a Code of Conduct to ensure they will treat the home as their own. Third, Pacaso buyers purchase a real estate asset. Each share is real property, and its value moves with the local market. Because a timeshare is not true real estate — it’s “right to use” time — buyers are likely to see the value depreciate quickly. Fourth, owners can use their homes throughout the year. Pacaso’s scheduling app is equitable and flexible, allowing owners to plan stays up to 24 months in advance or book a short-notice stay just two days in advance. Timeshares typically limit bookings to specific weeks, and if they owner an exchange system, owners can expect to pay extra for more desirable dates or locations. Finally, resale is streamlined. Pacaso owners set their price, and a local real estate agent markets and lists the home like any other. Pacaso owners enjoy true second home ownership with fewer hassles. The company has homes in popular destinations throughout the country, with plans to expand internationally.

 

To learn more about local inventory in south Florida, reach out to me at 754-207-4504 or cheryl@cherylhazel.com. 
Dec. 14, 2021

2022 Outlook

What Will 2022 Real Estate Look Like in S. Fla.?

December 14, 2021 By Amber Randall

Experts weigh in, saying prices will keep moving higher – but not as fast – as demand from foreign and out-of-state buyers continues to drive the market.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After a year of record price growth in South Florida housing, what does 2022 hold? We asked experts to weigh in on a range of topics, from affordability to mortgage rates to migration and supply and demand.

Home prices will grow, but slower than the past year

Experts predict that prices for homes should increase, but not at the record pace they did over the past year and a half.

“We don’t expect to see the same price appreciation we had last year, though we don’t expect to see a decline in pricing,” said Eli Beracha, director of the Hollo School of Real Estate at Florida International University.

A realtor.com forecast predicts that South Florida housing prices may rise almost 6% over the next year, while a Zillow forecast predicts that home price appreciation could shoot up by 15%.

A few factors are going to cause slower price growth: more inventory as sellers try to capitalize on the hot market, new developments hitting the market and an increase in mortgage interest rates.

Demand from foreign and out-of-state buyers will continue to drive South Florida’s housing market, but experts also expect new inventory to alleviate some of the pressure that has been fueling the pandemic-era housing boom.

“I see a pretty hot market, with a little extra inventory coming into the marketplace. That may affect the balance a bit, but I don’t foresee a huge relief for buyers,” said Patty Da Silva, broker at Green Realty Properties in Cooper City.

On a national level, home prices could grow about 3%, according to realtor.com. Experts say the market will still favor sellers, as demand and limited inventory will keep the balance in their favor. Bidding wars and multiple offers on homes will probably still be a common.

Another factor in pricing? The supply chain issues and lack of labor. Both will continue to lead to increased construction costs and thus higher prices for buyers, said Brett Forman, executive managing director, eastern U.S. at Trez Capital.

“It is more expensive and the labor, as well as the supplies, are more expensive, so naturally this will lead to price increases from top to bottom making it far more difficult to deliver affordable product,” said Forman.

Rents will rise, tightening the rental market

Rents won’t stop growing in the new year. Factors include dwindling inventory, demand from people who have been priced out of the housing market and newcomers to the region renting before they purchase a home.

“We have such a finite amount of supply to begin with that it’s going to be a strong market through 2022,” said Nathan Zeder of the Jills Zeder Group said.

In fact, experts predict that rents will rise an additional 8% in the South Florida area after seeing year-over-year increases of more than 20%.

“Miami is going to be looking at a lot of affordability challenges,” said Zillow Economist Nicole Bachaud. Her research indicates that South Florida will become the most unaffordable region in the country for renters, relative to income in the new year.

More buildings will come to the market in 2022, as compared to the past few years, but it may not be until 2023 or 2024 that inventory levels catch up with demand and rents start to level off, explained Ryan Shear, managing partner at PMG.

“I don’t think rents will go down next year. There is a time coming, but there isn’t enough supply right now to hamper rent growth,” he added.

Those looking for a rental should be prepared for a competitive market, and should expect to be less picky and expand their search criteria, Zeder added.

Dr. Edward Murray, associate director of the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, noted that “there is a severe shortage which is driving up prices. Adding to the pressure is the fact that most South Florida households can’t afford to buy, so they have no choice but to rent, thus adding to the demand.”

Mortgages rates to inch higher

Low interest rates of 2.8% and lower have drawn buyers to the market, but interest rates are projected to rise to about 3.6% and possibly higher by the end of 2022. Most experts say it’s unlikely that the rise will dampen the market – there is such huge demand for housing in South Florida that a slight uptick won’t have a significant effect.

Many of those flocking to South Florida are coming from states where home prices are substantially more expensive, so they’re less affected by an uptick in mortgage rates.

In fact, news of higher interest rates could cause buyers to swarm the market in the beginning of the year, as they try to beat the increases, said Stuart Rohatiner, CPA with Gerson Preston.

“Even with the rate increases we anticipate; we won’t see them jump significantly in the next 12 months,” said Heather Zatik, Centennial Bank’s senior vice president of commercial lending.

However, rising interest rates can have a negative effect on first-time buyers, causing them to have less purchasing power and pricing them out of the market, Rohatiner added.

“For the average homebuyer, it will be less affordable, and many are likely to be priced out of the market,” said Zatik.

Yes, inventory is coming back, but it’s not enough

A lack of inventory will be one of the biggest issues facing homebuyers this year.

“Inventory is our biggest worry,” said Tony Rodriguez-Tellaheche, owner & managing broker of Prestige Realty Group. “There is a lot of development advertised,” said Ignacio Diaz, co-owner and managing partner of developers Group P6, “but the question is, is there going to be enough supply to meet that demand?”

After years of under-building, it will take a few years before South Florida can catch up to how much housing is needed, experts say.

Affordability

The affordability crisis won’t be solved anytime in the near future, and affordable housing is crucial to making sure workers stay in South Florida’s economy.

“The housing that we have now and that price of that housing is already out of reach for the average worker,” said Skip Miller, on the board of directors with the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County. “Any increase in housing prices will just make that problem worse.”

Existing home prices are already unaffordable to over 90% of South Florida’s households, and the further rise in prices could have the greatest effect on workers in lower wage service sector jobs, explained Dr. Edward Murray, associate director of the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

In terms of affordable housing, Broward County can expect to see five to 10 low-income tax credit housing projects announced, but nothing that will help fully address the dire need for affordable housing, Murray added.

© 2021 South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Nov. 23, 2021

Forbearance Exit Plan

Lenders are handling forbearance repayment in different ways, so you need to know your options. Do you have a Forbearance Exit Plan? Hi, I’m Cheryl Hazel with the Cheryl Hazel Team and AllHomesinSouthFlorida.com at Realty 100. If you are not in a position to take on a larger payment each month to pay back the forbearance amount, you may want to consider selling your home, to benefit from the equity and be able to get into something more affordable. Most homeowners in South Florida have realized an approximate increase in home equity of about 24% in the last year or so.

The ideal position would be to have the ability to refinance into a lower rate and cash out on some of that equity. Unfortunately, lenders are not refinancing homeowners out of forbearance. Unless you are lucky enough to have a lender who will defer your forbearance to the end of your loan term, you are likely in a position to have to make repayments or in a position to have to sell your home. There are several ‘good’ pieces of news for you: you probably have amassed enough equity that will more than cover your forbearance amount and then some, we are in a Seller’s market so there is a lot of Buyer demand which raises the value of homes, interest rates are very low, and best of all - the forbearance has not adversely affect your credit.


First, you need to know how your lender is handling the forbearance repayment. Second,
you need to call your lender and request a payoff so you know exactly what is due. If you make the decision to sell, we can give you an accurate market value of your home so you know what your proceeds will be at closing and how much money you will end up with after the payoff. I know this is a very stressful situation and something that you want to keep private. If you have equity in your home, there is absolutely no reason that anyway needs to know your business. You can get under contract and close without the other party or agent knowing of your forbearance. You will be offered confidential services with my team because we value your privacy as part of the fiduciary responsibilities to our clients. Call me today and let me take some stress out of your life. There are plenty of buyers out there!

Our preferred lender can look at your financial picture to see what you're buying power is for a new home purchase. I’m happy to pass along that contact information to you when you are ready. You can reach me at 754-207-4504 or email me at cheryl@cherylhazel.com. Helping you get what you want, and moving on to a better situation is my goal. For a copy of this information click on this link.

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