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.

 

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.

Newly listed NW Cape Plot: The Gratia Group Featured Lot of the Week

55 wilmingtonCape Coral land for sale is the Gratia Group Featured Lot of the Week. This newly listed lot is located at 55 Wilmington Parkway in sunny Cape Coral, FL 33993. A highly desired freshwater canal lot located in the Northwest Region of SWFL’s largest city is a ROI producing investment listed at only $12,000.

Cape Coral is experiencing a lot of appreciation in terms of prices in the market. As far as existing homes go, inventory is a little low. Realtors of Cape Coral lots have about a three to four month supply, which is great news for sellers because obviously they have a little more equity. They can turn around and sell. Land sales firms in Cape Coral are also seeing lessening inventories. The city has become a hot spot for investors from the north as well as foreign investors, making available lots for sale harder to find! Cape Coral is also seeing a lot of people who want to retire in the area.

Real estate always has healthy economy rebound and many experts don’t think it’s going to change. Cape Coral land is going to continue to see the prices increase. The area is still going to continue to see people coming and retiring and moving, and that creates markets in and of itself! To buy into the hottest area of Florida and get a great deal on property, Cape Coral land experts, Gratia Group, are waiting to help! Give us a call at (239) 333-2221 today!

How to Begin Investing in Real Estate

LandInvestmentsAn unusually long and harsh winter is delaying the start of the spring real estate and land market, but for the investment-minded, continued low interest rates and high demand for rentals appear to outline an opportunity especially when buying investment land.

Institutional investors and their buckets of cash have dominated many markets for the past several years, according to real estate data cruncher CoreLogic. But at the end of 2014, cash sales declined to a national average of 36.1 percent, down from 38.8 percent in November 2013. CoreLogic also reported that the foreclosure inventory declined 34 percent at the end of 2014. That means individual investors are starting to have a shot at lower-priced properties ripe for fixing up and renting and lower priced land investments for sale, real estate professionals say. If you are thinking of tiptoeing into investment real estate, you have two basic approaches.

Buying shares in a real estate investment trust. You can invest in a REIT, but doing so involves buying shares of a portfolio of properties. It’s really more like buying a stock or buying into a fund and a completely different animal from owning real estate directly.

There are three layers of value – the real estate itself, the management and cash flow that supports the trust, and the fund based on the trust. It’s a very different vehicle than buying real estate, but most of us can’t just go out and buy 1 percent of a skyscraper.

Adding a REIT to your portfolio can complement stock and bond funds, but you must be sure you understand how the real estate fund is designed and how its managers will likely extract value from the holdings. You can buy shares of REITs and real estate-based funds, but the performance of the funds is based on both cash flow and gains from occasionally selling properties – a very different scenario from the typical performance drivers of stock and bond funds.

Direct ownership. In a direct ownership you own your investment property. When you own real property as a direct ownership you can fall in line of thinking that your investment is easy money, that there’s not a lot of work, that tenants will pay on time and that pipes never leak. As we all know from real world experience, this is a dangerous way of thinking. Land is a bit of a different story and can end up being a wiser investment as it requires less general care, maintenance and overhead. Your land investment will never call at three in the morning to report an overflowing toilet and appreciates in value much faster than a real property investment.
To learn more about investing in land real estate contact an expert member of the Gratia Group at (239) 333-2221.

North Port Florida Investment- The Gratia Group Featured Lot of the Week

North Port Land for SaleNorth Port, FL is calling investors and home builders alike with the Gratia Group Featured Lot of the Week. A beautiful addition to any investment portfolio or the perfect place to build your dream home, the featured North Port lot is located at Mac Caughey Drive in North Port, FL 34287. Listed for only $12,500 this lot is priced to sell in comparison to others in the vicinity. Enjoy fishing on your freshwater canal, an added investment point. This is an ideal Florida investment land for sale for any portfolio!

North Port is known for its country lifestyle and excellent year-round climate. A haven for wildlife lovers, the city includes a large state forest within its boundaries. Warm Minerals Springs and Park is enjoyed by thousands of visitors on a yearly basis. The city features a large state forest inside the city limits which is enjoyed for recreational activities. North Port provides direct access to the scenic Myakka River which features a variety of wildlife and can be explored with guided tours. Scenic cruises are available on the Intercoastal Waterway. Don Pedro Island State Park is also a popular destination. Babcock Wildlife Management area is an excellent location for hiking, and bicycle riding and offers guided swamp buggy tours. The close by Gulf of Mexico is well known for beautiful beaches and deep sea fishing. The region is home to Port Charlotte Beach State Park and Stump Pass Beach State Park.

To learn more about investing in North Port land contact a member of the Gratia Group sales team at (239) 333-2221.

Why you Should Consider Land a Viable Investment Option

Blog Photo-Land InvestingToday’s world is filled with consumers with a fair amount of disposable income that aren’t aware of their investment options. They are guided by friends and family who are often misinformed too.  The US alone has seen a rise of over 29 percent in the disposable income generated in the country between 2007 and 2012.  What are the people doing with this income?  In the search for investment options, you usually encounter a number of risks. The popular maxim of investing is that the risk you take is directly proportional to the returns on your investment.

Perhaps the starting point for most investors is the low risk option of fixed deposits, mutual funds or commodities.  The more adventurous may gamble on the high risk-high return stock options.  However, if you’re an investor with a medium risk appetite looking to get high returns, you might want to consider buying land investments.  Historically, land has only gone up in terms of value.  Over the last five years, land has shown over 100 percent value appreciation in some areas.  Such growth is indicative of the great potential land holds for investors, yet many haven’t recognized this opportunity so far.

In terms of residential land on the outskirts of cities, you should take into account that already established residential areas may be hard to penetrate owing to few available spaces and high capital that is involved.  Nonetheless, if you do your research you could find spaces that are either in the process of developing or aren’t discovered yet but have the potential to grow.  These spaces provide the best opportunities in land investment.

There are some key indicators you should base your research on before buying real estate for investors including connectivity and access to basic amenities.  Some of the major deterrents to buying land in the past have been misconceptions associated with it.  People often go by the erroneous notion that land does not produce income or produces very little of it.  According to research, land was the investment that provided over 100 percent returns on investment between 2010 and 2013.

The difference with land as compared to other investments is that it is a tangible asset that allows you to adopt a few precautionary methods that reduce the investment risk from medium to low while still maintaining high returns over a long term.  The world is short of habitable land that needs to be able to develop, accommodate, expand, scale up, build, grow or upgrade.

Nonetheless, that’s only a part of the reason investing in land should be an element of your portfolio.  All of the three primary needs for life- food, clothing and shelter – are dependent on land, which provides the investor with a host of flexible options on getting the best out of your land investment.  You could dedicate it to organic farming, tap into a small business idea or build a home on it.  At the same time, it also gives you an option to leave it alone because in most cases it still continues to appreciate steadily and surely.

Despite its promise people are often discouraged from investing in land by their perception of the amount of capital required for it.  Firstly, it is more economical to buy vacant land than a developed property, a number of investors have invested in land using their savings and entirely avoiding dealing with loans and mortgages.  Moreover, if you can find the right places to invest and get in at the right time, the returns could be great.  The additional feature is that land can be a source of passive income over the long term, meaning it requires the customer to do little actively to gain returns.  In essence, land as an investment provides a wider range of business opportunities in a sector that rarely depreciates.

Mutual funds, equities, commodities, residential property and other options all make sense in certain scenarios and so does land.  It is a long-term option that will diversify and add volume to any investment portfolio.  It’s important not to jump the gun on land investment, only venture into it if you’re willing to consider it as a serious option and treat it as a business endeavor.

To learn more about land investments contact a member of the Gratia Group team at (239) 333-2221.
 

Researching Land in Florida for Sale

Florida Land for Sale

Getting ready to buy property isn’t as simple and straightforward as buying groceries.  For starters, it’s typically not purchased regularly.  Because of this, there are many complexities and questions that arise.

When invest in Florida land sales, you’re investing your money, time and future.  All of these are very important.  To help save you from stress and frustration,  we’ve compiled some helpful hints for how to research land for sale before you buy.

Questions To Ask Yourself

There are several questions someone must consider before they buy.  These should include:

  • Where do I want my property to be?
  • What purpose do I want this property to serve?
  • How much am I willing to spend?
  • What qualities do I want?

By compiling a list of your expectations or desires, you will be able to focus on what the important factors are to you.  This will assist you significantly as you create a good, short list of potential properties.

If You Want to Build On Your Property

If your goal is to build a house on the newly-purchased vacant lot, there are a few things to consider when conducting your research.  Most importantly, what is the zoning code for this property?  County offices record all properties, and every county differs in zoning restrictions related to FL land.  Some counties have strict size rules, only allowing construction of a building if the property is of certain acreage.  Other times, you might be able to build a single-family dwelling, but not a commercial building, or vice versa.

Installing Power, Water and Sewage

Not every property has direct access to power lines.  There are off-the-grid properties that might be too far away to set up water and sewage, preventing you from either building or living on the property.

Counties Are Your Friend

As you research lots you will find that the county the property is located in will be your best bet for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Florida lot for sale.  There are many different offices within the county.  For questions pertaining to building or making any improvements to your land, the best department to contact is Planning and Zoning.  For general questions about the property (i.e. its history of owners, who currently holds title to it, etc.) the Recorder’s office will be your best bet. Lastly, questions about property taxes can be answered by the Tax Assessor’s office.

If you have general regarding land, contact an expert member of the Gratia Group land team at (239) 333-2221.  We love to share our vast knowledge of the Florida land market and are a great resource for beginner investors looking to break into the Florida land scene!