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Should I sell my house during this pandemic and recession?

should i sell my home now during covid-19

Absolutely Yes. If you need to sell your house then you should sell it and you can sell it. The process might be a little different but the end result will be the same.

Why? Because it will take 1-2 years to get past this to a more normalized market. So there is no use in waiting if you have to sell. Click here to learn about the covid-19 corona virus effects on the real estate market and what is predicted to happen to the real estate market.

What are your neighbors doing? They are preparing to sell

Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year? | Keeping Current Matters

Pros to Selling Your Home During The Covid-19 Pandemic

  • The good news is homes are still selling and there is less competition on the market right now.
  • Additional good news
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Have you been wondering if you can still buy a home in this Corona Virus | Covid-19 environment?

Well the answer is yes. But you are right to wonder. Things are not the same. And they do keep changing.

Ok. I call my Realtor to see a home. What's Different?

calling your realtor

 Let's face facts. Physically looking at a home can put your health, the Realtor's health and Seller's health at risk. Anyone can be contagious but not showing symptoms.

The Realtor will request verbal or written Confirmation you are not sick and have not traveled recently.

So many seller's are requiring information confirming you are a serious buyer and are not contagious. This can include signing an affidavit stating you are not currently sick and haven't recently traveled. This

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What is happening in the real estate market right now?

  • The market is still moving with Buyers buying and Homes selling
  • There are less Buyers and Sellers in the market resulting in a net lower sales volume
  • Before the change in the market there were less Sellers than Buyers. This is still the case for now. This has led to prices not being dropped on listings yet, even though there is less Buyer activity.
  • Chief Economist of NAR still forecast a rise in price
  • Don't expect a foreclosure wave due to unemployment with the government's $2 trillion relief package allowed all homeowners with federally backed mortgages to be eligible for up to one year of forbearance (not making a mortgage payment).
  • We expect lending to take longer while the
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National Foreclosure Statistics Summary

Inventory is down 35% from June 2013. That is 32 consecutive months with year over year decline in foreclosure inventory. Florida is still ranked as #2 State with the Most Foreclosures.

Northeast Florida Distressed Property Summary

There are currently 681 distressed properties on the market in Northeast Florida. The average list price is $152,424. Banks are looking to move these properties fast. So we have seen a good number of these properties with a price reduction in the last 30 days. The average price reduction was 5.41% which is pretty hefty.

Luxury Distressed Property in Northeast Florida

Distressed properties do not mean non-luxury properties. The highest prices distressed home is on the

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june2013-42_400Not only do you get a loan with just 3.5% down but you will also be able to save around $10,000 over the life of the loan if you attend classes from the Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) program before shopping for your home.

But that is not all!

2 years with no deliquent payments means another 15 basis-point reduction.



How does this work?

Home Buyers must take the class before signing a purchase contract for real estate. Additional classes will be needed before completing the sale. The actual savings will be in "50 basis-point reduction in upfront mortgage insurance and a 10 basis-point reduction in the annual premium cost. Upfront mortgage insurance premiums are 1.75% of the total loan amount, while annual monthly premium

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In the past if the surviving spouse was not on the mortgage then they could face foreclosure in the event of a reverse mortgage. Effective Aug 4th that will no longer happen as long as the surviving spouse continue payments of taxes and insurance. This is a result of the AARP lawsuite versus HUD.

A reverse mortgage is for 62 years old+ homeowners who have significant equity in their home who wish to take that equity out without being responsible for monthly mortgage payments.

Learn more about the decision here.

So if you are considering a 55+ community or retirement home in our area then things just got better for you. Please contact us to help in your home search.

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The Jacksonville Business Journal reports AV Homes has just bought 80 acres near the St. Johns Center. AV Homes is a developer of 55+ communities in the Orlando and Port St Lucie area. They are expecting to have this community up and going by 1st Quarter of 2015.

The reason for the purchase? The Florida division president, David Smith is quoted saying "The move is congruent with the city's stead popluation growth and strong home sales."

Jacksonville has always had a limited number of 55+ Communities for those wanting to own and not rent.

  • Sweetwater by Delwebb (Duval County)
  • Riverwood by Delwebb (St. Johns County)
  • Cascades (St. Johns County)

So I am sure the Jacksonville population will be happy to have another

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UPDATE: The Phyllis Frankel Realty Group Inc will now credit you the buyer $1,000 at closing of any home purchased over $250,000 when Phyllis Frankel Realty Group Inc is the selling agent. You must mention this blog post and coupon code: 1KCF

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This special is only available through the Phyllis Frankel Realty Group Inc. Phyllis Frankel Realty Group must be the selling agent on contract in order to earn the $1,000.

This incentive is only available on certain quick delivery homes from Mattamy Homes.

A selection of the available homes include the following:

A 3,288sf home on lot 163 in Rivertown. Known as the "The Zinnia C" floorplan. $329,900.

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UPDATE: This special has expired. However, The Phyllis Frankel Realty Group Inc will now credit you the buyer $1,000 at closing of any home purchased over $250,000 when Phyllis Frankel Realty Group Inc is the selling agent. You must mention this blog post and coupon code: 1KCF

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Nocatee Coastal OaksFrom now until June 27, 2014 Toll Brothers at Coastal Oaks in Nocatee at Ponte Vedra is offering a flexible spending dollar of $5,000 and supplier incentive savings up to $6,200 on new construction.

The $6,200 savings is from minimums that must be spent on certain

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moneybag01_120This summer sales event ends July 30, 2014. Now is the time to buy and use that extra money to pay for closing cost or add the wood floors you always wanted. This special is from Providence Homes by Bill Cellar on the Aspiration & Pinnacle Collection pre-sale homes. That means the spec homes (already built) are not included.

You will find Providence Homes in three location east of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, St. Johns and Ponte Vedra.

Durbin Crossing - Ranging in price from $335,000, you will find 100% energy star homes with lots running from 53' - 83'. Get into St. Johns county with lower property taxes and award winning schools.

Legendary Run/Crosswater at Pablo Bay is just a minute or two from the Mayo Clinic off of San Pablo Rd in the

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