Foreign Buyers aren’t Leaving Southwest Florida

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Thousands of foreign buyers are buying investment land across the United States.  Florida is the number one region for sales, holding twenty-two percent of the foreign market.  According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) who conducted a survey involving 4,000 real estate sales of foreign buyers, found that Florida’s greatly reduced prices created a good investment.

Foreign buyers purchased $92.2 billion for houses in 2014. Thirty percent of U.S. real estate agents now say they are working with offshore clients, NAR reported.

The realtors association estimates total international sales from Chinese buyers were $22 billion in the twelve months that just ended in March, 2015.  They report the Chinese are buying luxury homes in Southwest Florida because they are a bargain compared to the $1.5 million they might pay for a small condominium in Hong Kong.  They report that some are paying cash and buying sight unseen. Many are parents who are buying homes in the U.S. for their children to attend college.  Canadian buyers spent almost $14 billion and Mexican buyers spent approximately $4.5 billion in purchases.

Condos are sought after by seasonal and older buyers, causing a short supply of housing to purchase. While supplies are still shrinking, inventory fell by only 5% over the past year.  Supplies have been constraining sales, now they are easing.

NAR suggests that 2015 is starting strong.  Closed sales in all price categories above $300,000 increased in 2014 by double digits, with the $2 million and above price category experiencing the highest increase. The NAR figures indicate that the SWFL regions market prices continue to rise as inventory stays low.  Properties, especially near the beach, are selling faster and closer to the sellers’ asking price.

If you are an international looking to buying land in Florida, contact the state’s premier land investment firm, 9 Core Realty at (239) 333-2221.

 

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9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week: Lehigh Acres Parcel Perfect for Investors & Developers

Lakeridge Lehigh AcresThis week’s 9 Core Realty Featured Lot takes us just east of Fort Myers, to Lehigh Acres, Florida and a huge parcel of undeveloped land.  Located at 212 Lakeridge Blvd. Lehigh Acres, FL 33972 it is close to golf courses, shopping and restaurants and is a perfect Lehigh Acres Land lot for investors & developers.  Listed for the extremely low price of $29,000 and being located in such a desirable area of Lehigh Acres, this lot is expected to sell quickly.

Lehigh Acres is a diverse community of approximately 80,000 residents.  Just 12 miles east of Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres boasts ponds, lakes and canals.  With 175 miles of canals and 16 well-stocked lakes, Lehigh Acres is a perfect place for both fishing enthusiasts and beginners alike to call home.  For a change of pace, the Gulf of Mexico and its nearby barrier islands provide spectacular saltwater fishing opportunities, with bountiful grouper, mackerel, redfish, snapper, snook and trout.  Lehigh Acres’ is also home to four championship golf courses.  With parks, lakes, tennis, and safe roads for bicycling or walking, this charming suburban enclave is the ideal community for families or seniors seeking an affordable and laid-back lifestyle.

To learn more about this lucrative Lehigh Acres lot for investment purposes contact a member of the 9 Core Realty team at (239) 333-2221.

Lee County Real Estate Market is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Lee County Florida LandHousing indicators in Lee County Florida including Cape Coral Land purchases and nationally look good for the most part as does the overall economy, according to experts.  In Lee County, home prices are going up and stabilizing nearly across the board and in some cases have surpassed peak 2005 levels.

A lot of that increase in value has to do with where a property is located.  Neighborhoods broken down by ZIP codes seem to make a lot more sense than when it’s broken down by price range.  It’s about location, not price range, it’s how close you are to the beach, which really drives your value. This rings true also when purchasing investment real estate.

Condos haven’t seen as large a jump in price as single- family homes, but there are a number of reasons for that.  There have been financing challenges in the condo market including foreclosures and unpaid fees and that may have kept that condo market depressed over the past 12-24 months.  As we see home prices stabilize, the condo market will start to grow.

Statewide, the housing market has rebounded nicely from recession lows and economic indicators, which are tied closely to the real estate market, look positive, particularly for the wealthy.  There is a very close correlation, between million-dollar-plus home sales in Florida and the Dow (Dow Jones Industrial Average), so it’s kind of an indicator or where home sales are going to do.

In addition, transportation and infrastructure investments in Southwest Florida could help spur economic development, leading to a stronger local economy and higher home sale prices.

Nationally, the overall economic indicators look good, but the housing market has a few weak spots.  Wage stagnation, the unavailability of credit for subprime borrowers and a lack of lower-income housing are depressing the market.

A bright spot for Florida is the region’s favorable location and constant population growth.  Population growth is Florida’s saving grace.  People just want to be here and that’s what’s driving the real estate market in the region.

To learn more about the current state of the Lee County real estate market, contact a member of the 9 Core Realty team at (239) 333-2221.

 

 

 

Popular Rotonda West- The 9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week

33 Kingfisher Drive Rotonda West, FL 33946The popular Rotonda West development in SWFL, is the site of this week’s 9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week!  The property is located at 33 Kingfisher Drive Rotonda West, FL 33946 is listed at only $4,500.

Rotonda West contains 8,000 home sites with over 5,000 homes completed and is experiencing rapid growth and features the hottest Florida land sales.  Residents are predominantly full-time homeowners and their families, as well as tenants and those who winter in the community.  Many investors have found common ground in the city, building up portfolios through many great deals.

Thirty miles of picturesque canals, lakes and ponds wind through the community and offer fishing and boating opportunities for its residents.  Many exotic and beautiful birds call Rotonda West home, as it is a designated Bird Sanctuary.  Nearby recreation facilities, beaches, theaters, sporting events, and fine restaurants are keep residents of Rotonda West busy!

To learn more about this priced to sell 9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week and how to purchase land, contact a member of the 9 Core Realty team at (239) 333-2221.

SWFL- A Popular Choice Among International Real Estate Investors

SWFL Home

Naples was the 10th most popular city in April for searches by international real estate for investors, according to a survey recently released by Realtor.com International. With a population of 20,000, the city is David vs. Goliath on the list, which except for Naples consists of large metro areas: No. 1 is New York, followed by Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Among Canadians, Naples is even higher on the wish list: fifth, after Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami. Naples and the rest of Southwest Florida have always been favored destinations for Canadians who want to escape that country’s brutal winters. Naples’ high prices and elite reputation may play a role in the popularity of that city in particular.

Among foreigners who actually buy Florida land investments and homes , Canadians are by far the largest group: 8 percent of Lee County’s properties sold each year are bought by foreigners – three-quarters of them Canadian. In Collier, of the 6 percent of homes foreign owned, Canadians make up two-thirds.

Canada’s the only country that has Naples in its top five, but Miami is on most of the other countries surveyed by Realtor.com. That’s especially true of South American and Caribbean buyers. With volatile economies in their homelands, South Florida investment real estate is considered a secure place to invest one’s money.

To learn more about the SWFL real estate scene or to view any of our SWFL land investments, contact a member of the 9 Core Realty Team at (239) 333-2221.

Port Charlotte-Just Listed- The 9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week

1112 WELDON TER PORT CHARLOTTE FL 33953

A perfect Port Charlotte land lot with tons of room is this week’s 9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week. Just listed, this lot is located at 1112 Weldon Terrace in sunny Port Charlotte, FL 33953. This rare double lot, with plenty of space is listed for $13,900.

The zone on the Gulf of Mexico from Venice to Port Charlotte is world famous for its fishing, beaches and beautiful climate. Now it is also one of the best places in the US to find profitable land and waterfront property investment opportunities. The real estate market meltdown is over and land prices have started to rise quickly after reaching bargain levels across the board, usually down 60% to 90% since August 2005. Port Charlotte land prices are moving up and home inventories very low, at seller’s market levels.

To learn more about the 9 Core Realty Featured Lot of the Week, contact an expert member of the 9 Core Realty team at (239) 333-2221.

Using your Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Land and Real Estate

Self-Directed-IRA

When using a Self-Directed IRA for buying investment land there are a number of ways you can structure the transaction:

  1. Use your Self-Directed IRA funds to make 100% of the investment

If you have enough funds in your Self-Directed IRA to cover the entire land investment purchase, including closing costs, taxes, fees, insurance, you may make the purchase outright using your Self-Directed IRA.  All ongoing expenses relating to the real estate investment must be paid out of your Self-Directed IRA bank account.  In addition, all income or gains relating to your real estate investment must be returned to your Self-Directed IRA bank account.

  1. Partner with Family, Friends, Colleagues

If you don’t have sufficient funds in your Self-Directed IRA to make a real estate purchase outright, your Self-Directed IRA can purchase an interest in the property along with a family member (non-disqualified person – any family member other than a parent, child, spouse, daughter-in-law, son-in–law), friend, or colleague.  The investment would not be made into an entity owned by the IRA owner, but instead would be invested directly into the property.

For example, your Self-Directed IRA could partner with a family member (non disqualified person – any family member other than a parent, child, spouse, daughter-in-law, son-in–law), friend, or colleague to purchase a piece of property for $150,000.  Your Self-Directed IRA could purchase an interest in the property (i.e. 50% for $75,000) and your family member, friend, or colleague could purchase the remaining interest (i.e. 50% for $75,000).

All income or gain from the property would be allocated to the parties in relation to their percentage of ownership in the property.  Likewise, all property expenses must be paid in relation to the parties’ percentage of ownership in the property.  Based on the above example, for a $2,000 property tax bill, the Self-Directed IRA would be responsible for 50% of the bill ($1000) and the family member, friend, or colleague would be responsible for the remaining $1000 (50%).

  1. Borrow Money for your Self-Directed IRA

You may obtain financing through a loan or mortgage to finance a real estate purchase using a Self-Directed IRA.  However, two important points must be considered when selecting this option:

Loan must be non-recourse – A “prohibited transaction” is a transaction that, directly or indirectly involves the loan of money or other extension of credit between a plan and a disqualified person. Normally, when an individual purchases real estate with a mortgage, the traditional loan provides for recourse against the borrower (i.e., personal liability for the mortgage).  However, if the IRA purchases real estate and secures a mortgage for the purchase, the loan must be non-recourse; otherwise there will be a prohibited transaction.  A non-recourse loan only uses the property for collateral.  In the event of default, the lender can collect only the property and cannot go after the IRA itself.

Tax is due on profits from leveraged real estate – Pursuant to Code Section 514, if your Self-Directed IRA uses non-recourse debt financing (i.e., a loan) on a real estate investment, some portion of each item of gross income from the property are subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBTI).  “Debt-financed property” refers to borrowing money to purchase the real estate (i.e., a leveraged asset that is held to produce income).  In such cases, only the income attributable to the financed portion of the property is taxed; gain on the profit from the sale of the leveraged assets is also UDFI (unless the debt is paid off more than 12 months before the property is sold).  There are some important exceptions from UBTI: those exclusions relate to the central importance of investment in real estate – dividends, interest, annuities, royalties, most rentals from real estate, and gains/losses from the sale of real estate. However, rental income generated from real estate that is “debt financed” loses the exclusion, and that portion of the income becomes subject to UBTI.  Thus, if the IRA borrows money to finance the purchase of real estate, the portion of the rental income attributable to that debt will be taxable as UBTI.

For example, if the average acquisition indebtedness is $50 and the average adjusted basis is $100, 50 percent of each item of gross income from the property is included in UBTI.

To learn more about land investment and purchasing land through a Self-Directed IRA, contact a member of the 9 Core Realty Team at (239) 333-2221.