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Canadian Vacation Home loans now available

Sunbelt Lending Services – John Fenech 727-827-1818: We are very excited to announce the news of our new “Canadian Vacation Home” program. Details will follow but I wanted to get the word out to you in case you have any Canadian buyers currently shopping for a 2nd home. Here are some basic guidelines to help you along until we get a flyer prepared:

• Single family homes or condominiums to loan amounts of $417,000
• Condominiums will use our limited review process
• 30% down payment
• 15 year fixed or 30 year fixed rate options available.
• No credit score needed
• Underwritten in our local operation center in Clearwater

This is great news for Canadian’s it’s been a long time since we have had a loan program that would allow Canadian Buyers to purchase other than with cash. When I first started in the real estate business back in 1997 (as a property manager for a vacation rental company) most of my clients on the beach were Canadian.

These changes show the confidence lenders now have in our market. Pinellas County has seem in most of these areas: St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Seminole, Largo, St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks, Sand Key, Belleair Beach, Treasure Island 20%+ appreciation over the past 12 months. We also have inventory levels at an all time low which is just fueling the flames.

If you or someone you know if looking for home they should check out our website’s advanced MLS search :

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Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics for July 2012

Click Here for MLS Date July 2012 Pinellas County Residential Real Estate Report

Residential sales were up just over 17%. Median sales prices were up 4.5% from $114,000 to $120,000 from July 2011 to July 2012. Listings continued to slide by almost 30% for the same time period.

Single family sales were up almost 19% from 759 to 900 over the last 12 months. This puts further pressure on the months-supply of inventory, dropping it 42%, from 6 months to 3.5 months. The median sale price increased by almost $15,000, from $122,000 to $137,600 over the last 12 months.

Condo sales were up almost 16% with the median sales price increasing by about 2.5% from July 2011 to July 2012. Condo listings fell by 25% pushing down the month’s supply of inventory to 6 months.

In the distressed market short sales made up 19% of total sales for July and foreclosures accounted for 14%. This was a significant shift from last year when the two were neck and neck. The median sales price of short sales over the last 12 months has dropped by almost $32,000 from $122,000 to $90,000. The median price of foreclosed properties and non distressed properties had a negligible drop over the last 12 months.

One bright spot has been the days on market for both short sales and foreclosures haves dropped by almost three weeks over the last four months. Hopefully this trend continues and indicates that banks are processing their inventory more efficiently. Unfortunately, the days on market for non-distressed properties has increased by two weeks over the same time period. This is most likely due to increased problems with appraisals, mortgage financing, and insurance.

Click Here for MLS Date July 2012 Pinellas County Residential Real Estate Report

Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics for March 2012

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For the month of March the single family market continues to be the strength of the market. While single family sales are down 3.1% from March 2011 to March 2012, sales are up almost 32% year to date, and the median sales price is up nearly $12,000 year to date. There was 21% increase in year over year sales in the condo market and as well as a 54% increase in month over month sales. However, even with a decrease in condo sales and in listings, there has still been a year over year decrease of 11% and a month over month decrease of 6.5% in the median sales price of condo’s in Pinellas County.

In the distressed market there have been ten straight months where short sales have continued to outpace foreclosure sales as banks are speeding up there short sale approval process. Of the 481 distressed property sales last month 58% were short sales and 42% were bank-owned sales. To give some perspective on how much the numbers have improved in March 2011 foreclosure accounted for 70% of the distressed market and short sales accounted for 30%.

Financing continues to be a problem as cash buyers have accounted for 60% to 65% of the market over the last year. Financing will be a key factor over the next year as the real estate market continues its recovery. Sellers will need to feel confident they can get financing to buy a new house before they will put their current house on the market.

According to David Bennett, President and CEO of the Pinellas Realtor Organization, “The pendulum is just starting to swing back towards a seller’s market. With the number of listings so low sales prices have been starting to increase, hopefully fewer homeowners are underwater and more of them will be able to sell.

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Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics for February 2011

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The real estate market in Pinellas County is showing more signs of stabilization. For the month of
February sales were up for both single family and condo, likely a result of the increases in pending
sales in January. Listings were down across the board and the median sales price remains relatively
unchanged. During the first half of 2010 the first time homebuyer tax credit was impacting closings
while the later tax credit was beginning to affect pending contracts. Since there is no longer a tax
credit, we might have expected sales and contracts to be lower; however sales were up nearly 25%
and pending contracts increase by 17%. Pinellas County’s fire sale prices and low interest rates are
the big driver now in spite of the continued high jobless rate.

For February 2011 single family home sales were up nearly 20% as compared to the same time period
last year. The median sales price for single family homes was down $30,000 or 30% from February
2010, however it remained nearly constant from last month. Listings for single family homes fell 3%
from February 2010. In the first two months of 2010 the median sales price was stagnant, but saw a
modest jump in March.
Condo sales were up almost 24% from February 2010 to February 2011. The median sales price
trended similar to single family homes, declining 28% for the month of February, as compared to
February 2010. However, there was a modest increase from January 2010. Condo listings were down
about 8% from February 2010 to February 2011. This also marks the seventh straight month condo
listings have decreased.

Overall residential market sales increased by almost 25% from February 2010 to February 2011, and
were up 13% from month to month. Overall residential listings were down about 5% since February
2010. The median sales price for residential properties plummeted nearly 29% year over year making
Pinellas County one of the best bargains in the nation.
Cash is still king for the local market, indicating that likely many sales are to investors. There should
start being some modest increases in sales price as the decrease in listings creates more upward
pressure on the sales price. Another bright spot in the market for the month was the modest increase in
non-distressed sales versus a relatively stagnant number of distressed sales.

February 2011 statistics Pinellas County Click Here to download

Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics for January 2011

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Real estate statistics for Pinellas County in January are showing mixed signals. While the volume of sales showed a big
increase over last year, the median price on all residential properties dropped an equally large amount.
January is traditionally one of the slowest months for closings due to the holiday effect in November
and December, so it was unusual to see the numbers of sales climb substantially. January 2011 was
the best January for closings since 2006. However, the number of contracts pending fell slightly. Keep a close eye over the next few months to see how many of these contracts will close.

January residential sales were up over 27% from January 2010 to January 2011. However, the month
to month increases slowed a bit due to the unusually high number of sales in December. The median
sales price for residential sales in January dropped 28% or $36,000 when compared to the same time
period last year.
Single family sales were up almost 36% in January 2011, compared to January 2010. Sales were
down from December 2010 which was not surprising. The median sales price continued its decline
from $135,000 for 2010 to $100,000 in January. The number of pending contracts is about the same
as a year ago and listings remained relatively stable on a year over year basis.
Condo sales in January were over 15% higher than the same time period last year. Median price in
2010 was $114,000, and following along with the single family trend, the January 2011 median price
fell to $75,500. Comparing January 2010 to January 2011 the median sales price for condos dropped
almost 33%, from $113,000 to $75,500. Condo listings dropped nearly 6% and the pending contracts
also dipped by more than 5% since January 2010.
Other key numbers for the month:
 For January 2011 the distressed market accounted for just 47% of all sales, a decrease of 15%
from last year. Currently 48% of all residential listings are distressed properties.
 Overall, the months’ supply of inventory is now about 12 months, with more than 10 months
for single family homes and over 14 months for condos. The supply is about 4 months for
distressed properties and over 11 months for non-distressed.
 The median price for bank owned properties is $60,000 ($101,000 a year ago) while non-bank
properties, it is $144,000 ($137,000 last year).
With financing still predominately all cash and the number of foreclosures and short sales on the
market, we are likely to be working in this market for 2011. By now many Realtors have figured out
how to co-exist with the distressed market. Since 76% of contracts pending are foreclosures or short
sales, we can see that the biggest headache comes from short sales.

Click to download Jan 2011 MLS state from Pinellas County FL

Pinellas County Real Estate Market Statistics for November 2010

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In November residential unit sales were about the same as November 2009. Right now condo sales are the strongest sector of this market with an increase of more than 12% year over year while sales of single family homes fell by 7.5% since last year. Not too surprisingly, the inventory of single family homes grew by more than 7% and the condo inventory remained at the November 2009 level.
After last month’s spike, the median price for single family homes dropped back to $128,000 for a 12.6% decrease from a year ago. The condo median price also fell by 7.3% to $107,000.
There has been a steady increase in pending contracts for the past six months. In November there were 15.72% more contracts written than a year ago. 56% of these contracts are for bank-owned properties, an increase of over 87% from November 2009. At the same time the 17% of non-bank contracts represent a 17% decrease year over year. In the condo market just over 50% of the contracts are for bank-owned properties, an increase of 92.5% from last year. Bank owned single family properties represent more than 60% of the contracts written, an 82.6% increase from a year ago.
Distressed properties for November 2010 account for just under half of all residential sales. The median sales price for non-distressed properties for the month of November is $160,000, median price of bank-owned properties is 37.5% of the median sales price for non-distressed properties or $60,000 and pre-foreclosure/short-sales are selling 80% of the median sales price for non-distressed properties or $127,000.
Another interesting trend to note is the days on market comparison of short sale properties. So far this year the length of time it takes to close a short sale has actually increased by almost one full month. Days on market for non-distressed properties declined by almost three weeks and bank-owned properties days on market have stayed relatively the same for the year.
It appears that the condo market is the bright spot in the Pinellas County with double digit increases in sales during the month of November 2010 compared to November 2009. It also interesting to note condos are selling at 85% of their list price, and single family homes are selling at 80% of the list price. Cash is king locally as 56% of all sales in Pinellas County are all cash.

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Signs of Movement in the Market Ahead

Overall residential unit sales dropped significantly in September and were down 18.5%. Single family home sales fell 22.9% and condo sales dipped by 11.2% compared to September 2009. The market is still taking a breather after all the sales related to the tax credit. All residential listings were up slightly – about a 3% increase. Single family listings increased by 6% and condo listings dropped again by 3% when compared to last year at this time.
The median price for single family homes declined to $130,000, a decrease of 5.1% while condo median price at $114,000 fell by 11.3% from September 2009.
The bright spot this month are the pending contracts – they rose by 10.6% over the September 2009 level. This is the third month of steady growth in this status. Tempering that news there was a 5.2% growth in contracts written for single family homes and a leap of 20.4% for condos, again both due to three months of steady growth after the tax credit fall-off.
Bank owned properties and short sales make up 57% of all the single family pending contracts written in September, while 47% of condo pending contracts were bank owned. Single family bank owned sales reached 52% and 37% for condos. Of the homes available for sale in September, 39% of the single family homes and 27% of condos were bank owned. Finally going forward 44% of the single family new listings and 37% of the condo new listings in September were bank owned.
Right now we’re all waiting to see what impact the foreclosure debacle will have on closings coming up. It could make potential buyers jittery about making offers on foreclosed homes and will probably delay closings while lenders and title companies figure out how to handle the situation. The pending numbers seem to indicate the market is moving again, so we certainly did not need another crisis.

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