Fed Slashes Interest Rates Near Zero, Eases Lending Rules- Florida Realtors

“In addition to a full-percent interest rate cut, the Fed will take other stimulus steps, saying COVID-19 “weighs on economic activity and poses (economic) risks.” The move should benefit adjustable rate mortgages, credit cards and other short-term loans.”

“The Federal Reserve took emergency action Sunday and slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to nearly zero (0% to 1/4%) and announced it would purchase more Treasury securities to encourage lending to try to offset the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The central bank said the effects of the outbreak will weigh on economic activity in the near term and pose risks to the economic outlook. The central bank said it will keep rates at nearly zero until it feels confident the economy has weathered recent events.

The Fed also said it will purchase $500 billion of Treasury securities and $200 billion of mortgage-backed securities to smooth over market disruptions that have made it hard for banks and large investors to sell Treasuries.”

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January 2020 Market Report

      As I write this market report, I realize there are two very important aspects of how we are all evaluating the real estate market today.  Certainly the numbers from the most recent market report of January 2020 tell a story but also the recent stock market tumble in light of the corona virus concerns is top of everyone’s minds.

      Let’s start by talking about January results because they are important to decisions we all will be making today to sell or buy in Florida.  First – January was a great month in Florida Real Estate – especially in Palm Beach County. When comparing to January 2019, January 2020 showed an increase in the number of sales, both average and median prices and total dollar volume.  However, new listings were down from January last year as well as December 2019 – for a myriad of reasons.  What does this mean to our Palm Beach County market? – Well, we now have less inventory and as a result for the market from $300,000 to $599,999 – we have a balanced market – so, therefore, buyer’s make realistic offers and seller’s realize that there is no longer an advantage in a balanced market so before you choose not to respond to an offer – maybe consider a counter!  With inventory trending down this balanced market condition may change – stay tuned. The higher end market, however, is a different story – over $600,000 and upwards of the $1,000,000 mark it is still a buyer’s market – a great amount of homes are sitting – over $1 million shows 19 months of inventory  – reminder that 6-9 months is considered a balanced market. If you are holding out for a cash buyer, we would suggest reconsidering – cash sales as a percent of all sales is around 37% – but with the interest rates so low, the cost of borrowing money is even more desirable. What do we recommend? That we as agents, dig deep into the pre-approvals – talk to the lenders who pre-approved the buyer – have they run credit, have they reviewed tax returns or w2s? IN other words how far into the process did they go and do they have any concerns?    Homes are being sold – the process, as always, needs to be properly managed and homes need to be properly marketed!

 As for our recent turn in the financial markets – and how this will impact real estate in Florida – Personally, I believe homes will continue to move in Florida – we may simply have to adjust how we show and how we all work together to get homes sold.  There is even more value in videos and remote showings – photography is critical.   Also – how we interact at face to face showings – for now we simply don’t shake hands – we just need to be smart about how we do business – in any field right now.

Three New Listings in May! from the All About Florida Homes Team

May has been a busy month so far for our team! It’s a great time to list a home in Palm Beach County (check out why we think so in our most recent Market Report here.)

 

We have three homes just hitting the market. Take a look at…

This 2/2 condo in Lantana, and its breathtaking water views in all directions:

(Get more details here.)

 

…Or this custom built 4 bed / 2.5 bath home is nestled in a manned, gated, Boynton Beach community:

(Get more details here.)

 

…Or this adorable 2 /1 cottage is located in East Delray Beach right off of Atlantic Avenue:

(Get more details here.)

 

Get in touch with us if you – or someone you know – would like more info about any of these homes! You can also see all of our featured properties here. We’re at (561) 571-2289!

 

 

Researching Schools in Palm Beach County? Attend the 10/17 Showcase of Schools!

When it comes to picking the right school in Palm Beach County for your child, a good place is to start is The Showcase of Schools.

The South Florida Fairgrounds is host to this year’s event taking place on Tuesday, October 17th from 4:00-8:00 PM.  Admission is free!

The Showcase is a great opportunity to bring your child to meet educators and students representing public, private and charter schools.  You’ll learn about the various choice, lottery, and academy programs available.  You will also find details on deadlines along with qualifications needed to apply for the various options.

Visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/ to further research the choice programs online.

Selecting schools is a personal and important process, and varies based on the goals you and your child have for his or her education. We encourage you to involve your child on selecting the right school for them. Whether public, private or charter; include them in the process, and take them on the tours. With their input and your guidance you can arrive at the best solution (school) for your family!