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Investment home sales up 64.5% – at highest level since 2005

The National Association of Realtors - NAR’s "Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey 2012", covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2011, shows investment home sales surged 64.5 percent to 1.23 million last year from 749,000 in 2010. Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR says investors (ususally with cash) took advantage of the favourable market conditions in 2011 by swooping into the market to take advantage of bargain home prices. Rising rental rates that easily beat the banks low interest rates is another reason for investors to look into real estate. More than 40 percent of investment buyers purchased more than one ...read more

Fastighetsförsäljningen i Sarasota upp med 12.7% i november 2011

Antalet fastighetsförsäljningar i Sarasota ökade med 12,7% i november 2011, jämfört med samma period förra året. Försäljningen översteg även oktobers försäljningssiffra. Marknaden är fortsatt stark och stabil och vi närmar oss högsäsong vilket är mycket lovande för Sarasota som är en typisk vinter destination med en stor vinterturism. Detta konstaterades också nyligen på det populära TV programmet "Today Show" på NBC, där fastighetsgurun Barbara Corcoran menade att Sarasota är en av de bästa marknaderna i USA just nu. Corcoran sa bl.a. att Sarasota är en "vacker waterfront community" som erbjuder boende och besökare "en sofistikerad, urban kulturell upplevelse" vilket driver ...read more

Sarasota Real Estate sales are up 12.7% over last year

Sarasota Association of Realtors reported that the Sarasota real estate property transactions for November 2011 is up by 12.7% compared to the same period last year. The total also exceeded the October 2011 sales figure of 577. The market has remained strong and stable as the winter season gets into full swing, reflecting continued confidence in Sarasota as a destination location. In fact, the Today Show's real estate report from Barbara Corcoran in late November noted that Sarasota was one of the top recovering markets in the nation. Corcoran said Sarasota is a "beautiful beachfront community" that offers residents and visitors ...read more

Sarasota Real Estate market rebound?

Two national studies – one from Realtor.com and one from Trulia – suggest that some Florida markets are poised for a real estate rebound, and that the Sarasota Bradenton real estate market is among those. “This is a positive trend for Florida,” says John Tuccillo, Florida Realtors chief economist. “While Trulia and Realtor.com aren’t completely accurate in home prices and sales – mainly because they base their numbers on only homes listed on their website – it’s useful to look at visitor behavior and note the trends. If Trulia says more visitors are doing a home search in the Miami ...read more

Kan man som utlänning få lån i amerikansk bank om man vill köpa fastighet i USA?

Vi får ofta frågor om hur amerikanska banker ställer sig till finansiering vid fastighetsköp, när köparen inte är amerikansk medborgare. När fastighetskrisen i USA slog till, blev det i princip omöjligt eller i alla fall vädligt svårt för icke-amerikanska medborgare att få lån till fastighetsköp.  Men sedan sommaren 2011 har bankerna börjat se annorlunda på detta, och flera av de stora bankerna har idag program för finansiering av fastighetsköp till utländska köpare. Först måste man inse att varje lokal marknad har sina egna banker och egna lokala förutsättningar. Därför är följande information mer av generell karaktär.   Finansiering av hus eller condo - spelar det någon roll? Generellt är ...read more

Investors see bigger profits in rising rents

The article below is from RIS media and is another proof of the strong rental market we are in right now. The demad for rental housing is huge and investors believe that the strong demand will continue.   NEW YORK – Oct. 27, 2011 – Rental demand and prices continue to soar, and investors are cashing in. Rents are rising at a 5.17 percent annual rate – up from last year’s 4.72 percent rate. If rents continue to grow at their current pace, they won’t be too far behind the record-high reached in 2000 of 6.18 percent, according to Axiometrics Inc. The rental ...read more

Foreigners’ sweetener: Buy house, get a visa

WASHINGTON – Oct. 21, 2011 – Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have proposed a new type of resident visa for foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to purchase real estate in the United States. The proposal calls for at least $250,000 to be spent on a residence, while the other $250,000 could be invested in other real estate. However, the entire amount must be a cash investment. The provision, part of a larger package of immigration measures, would complement existing visa programs that permit foreigners to enter the country if they invest in new businesses that create jobs. Supporters ...read more

Förslag om permanent visum för fastighetsköpare i USA

WASHINGTON - Oct 21, 2011 - Senatorerna Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) och Mike Lee (R-Utah) har föreslagit en ny typ av permanent visum för utlänningar som spenderar minst $ 500.000 för att köpa fastigheter i USA. Förslaget kräver att minst $ 250.000 spenderas på en bostad, medan resterande $ 250.000 skulle kunna investeras i annan fast egendom. Dock måste hela beloppet vara en kontant investering. Förslaget , som ingår i ett större paket av invandrings-åtgärder skulle komplettera befintliga visum program som tillåter utlänningar att resa in i landet om de investerar i nya företag som skapar arbetstillfällen. Supportrar tror att initiativet skulle hjälpa till att ...read more

Listing with us

In a time of global communications and global markets, Signature Sotheby’s International Realty is the only truly International Real Estate brand.  With a worldwide presence of 500 offices in 40 countries. Combined with our local area expertise, sellers receive several compelling benefits from us and the Sotheby's International Realty network. We, Team Nordstrom market all our listings internationally! Per & Helena Nordstrom, Realtors are truly International Real Estate Agents and we offer not only a local marketing plan, but also a truly unique internaional one. For example programs for global print, internet advertising, partnerships with overseas real estate brokers etc. We are specially trained ...read more

Home sales, prices up in Sarasota-Bradenton area in September

Home sales in the Sarasota-Bradenton area rose by 7 percent compared to the same period last year reports Herald Tribune on Friday October 21 2011. The local trends show that Southwest Florida's real estate market is ahead of the rest of the country in terms of its recovery from the Great Recession. Sales nationally fell 3 percent in September, matching last year's figure -- the worst in 13 years. The nation is on pace to sell about 4.9 million homes this year, well below the 6 million economists say is consistent with a healthy housing market. The Sunshine State has seen 143,883 ...read more

Bra rese-sajt för Florida sugna svenskar – www.florida.nu

Min gode vän Gunnar Hedqvist har just relancerat sin rese-sajt http://www.florida.nu/ . Gunnar är Florida bo sedan flera årtionden tillbaka och har en gedigen kunskap om Florida som destination och ett fantastiskt nätverk inom turismindustrin här i Florida. Gunnar låter hälsa att http://www.florida.nu/ är en web sida på svenska, för svenskar om just Florida. Och, inte minst, av svenskar som bor i Florida. Det är den enda heltäckande sajten om Florida och den görs på plats i solskensstaten. Uppdateras varje vecka med ny och aktuell information! Spara webb adressen i dina favoriter tills nästa Florida besök! Av Per Nordström, Team Nordstrom   read more

Antalet hus till salu i USA krymper till rekord låg nivå.

Antalet bostäder till salu i USA är nu nere på den lägsta nivån sedan 2007 rapporterar Wall Street Journal. Totalt rapporteras 2.190.000 bostäder för försäljning i slutet av september, en minskning med 20 procent jämfört med ett år tidigare. På marknader som drabbats hårt av fastighetskrisen som t.ex Miami var minskningen 49 %, Phoenix 48 % och Orlando 46 %. Minskat utbud brukar leda till stigande priser, men det är än så länge för tidigt att dra sådanna slutsatser. Köparna finns, men priset är fortfarande mycket avgörande. Alla letar efter ”good bargins”. Läs mer på http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204774604576631381117760982.html I Sarasota, Florida där vi arbetar,  stämmer ...read more

Sarasota Real Estate Market sales for September 2011 outpace last year

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just reported that September 2011 property sales in the Sarasota real estate market were ahead of last September. A total number of 570 units sold this year compared to only 547 at the same time last year. A small drop in transactions compared to August 2011, when 601 sales were recorded. But this is very normal as the early fall is one of the slower sales seasons in Sarasota. The inventory of "properties for sale" in Sarasota has been dropping for the past nine months, and was 4,430 units at the end of the month. The median price in September was $165,000 for ...read more

Reasons to live in Sarasota

Sarasota is rich of attributes that contribute to its quality of life. We have good schools, and active arts and cultural community. Sarasota is home to the renowned FloridaWest Coast Symphony, the Sarasota Ballet, and the Asolo Theater for the Performing Arts as well as many more theater venues and art galleries. Close to downtown, you will find museums, a botanical garden, and numerous art galleries and festivals.  Sports training and academies, upscale shopping in areas such as St. Armands Circle, and great restaurants. Great golfing, fishing and boating opportunities.  The area is well known for its philanthropy and quality of ...read more

Zillow: Home Values Hold Steady, Foreclosures Slow

Home prices mostly held flat in August, increasing a modest 0.1 percent from July to August, according to Zillow’s latest Home Value Index. Two of the nation’s hardest-hit housing markets, Detroit and Fort Myers, Fla., posted slight price gains in August, now marking several consecutive months of appreciation. But 74 real estate markets experienced slight depreciation in August in home values while 15 housing markets stayed flat, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sarasota is one of the cities in the US with the largest year-over-year increases in average list prices, according to the latest real estate data from ...read more

Vad innebär short sale och foreclosure?

Short sale Kortfattat innebär termen "short sale" att man säljer huset för ett belopp som är lägre än de lån man har med huset som säkerhet. Man brukar säga att man är ”under water” dvs, husets värde understiger lånets. Huset tillhör fortfarande låntagaren, som är säljaren. Försäljningen måste sedan godkännas av långivaren/långivarna, dvs den/de måste godkänna affären & gå med på att efterskänka en del av sin skuld. Så här kan det gå till i praktiken: Fastighetsägare John äger ett hus som han köpt för $300,000 och belåntat till $250,000. John har nu blivit av med jobbet och kan inte längre betala räntor och ...read more

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: A Short Sale Always Wins

This article is written by Christopher Reale,an expert on the short sale process. He is  Director of Short Sale Operations at Lepizzera and Laprocina Title and Escrow Services. Today’s ever changing real estateindustry has brought upon some very challenging questions from our clients. We as counselors, want to put forth the best, non-emotional advice that we can, in hopes that we can help our clients and their families navigate the rough waters of the short sale process. The most prevalent question and one that continues to permeate the industry is: “Why should a seller go through the short sale process rather than letting ...read more

Att köpa lägehet i Florida – en svensk köpare berättar om sina erfarenheter.

2011-10-01 I våras bestämde vi oss för att köpa en lägenhet (condo) i Florida och hittade på nätet bl.a. ett komplex "Waterside Coquina Key" på en ö i sydöstra St.Petersburg. På nätet fann vi en svensk mäklare i Sarasota söder om St.Pete Helena Nordström i Team Nordström, Signature Sotheby's Intl Realty, Sarasota, och kontaktade henne. Vi hade ingen möjlighet att själva åka över och leta condo men fick veta att man kunde lösa allt pappersarbete via internet. Av Helena Nordström fick vi flera attraktiva erbjudande om condon men fastnade till slut för Waterside som tyvärr låg utanför Helenas område men hon erbjöd sig att köra ...read more

Fastighetspriserna i Sarasota på väg upp

Sarasota i Florida är en av de städer i USA med den största genomsnittliga  prisökningen av listpris (begärt pris),om man jämför med samma tidpunkt för ett år sedan. Allt enligt senaste data från Realtor.com. Baserat på uppgifter från augusti 2011 rankas Sarasota som nummer 6 bland de städer i USA där priserna ökat mest. Det genomsnittliga listpriset (begärt pris) var $ 466.785, upp 15,86% jämfört med samma tidpunkt i fjol. Rikstäckande för hela USA , var det genomsnittliga listpriset $ 320.325, en ökning med 2,36 procent jämfört med samma tidpunkt föregående år. Källa: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Realtor ® Magazine Daily News Per Nordström, fastighetsmäklare i Florida, Sarasota menar att man bör se detta ...read more

Home prices rising in Sarasota

Sarasota is one of the cities in the US with the largest year-over-year increases in average list prices, according to the latest real estate data from Realtor.com. Based on August data of 2.2 million listings in 146 markets, Sarasota ranks as  number 6 of the top 10 places for highest year-over-year list price spikes. The average Sarasota list price was $466,785. Year-over-year increase is 15.86% Nationwide, the average list price is $320,325, up 2.36 percent year-over-year. Source: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Realtor® Magazine Daily News   read more

1603 Bayhouse Point Dr, Sarasota – Previous listing

This beautiful second floor end unit has one of the best locations in Pelican Cove!  Fabulous water views over Pelican Cove Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy watching the boats and birds from the spacious screened and glassed-in terrace. Beautifully maintained and updated with paint, tile floors, granite in master bath and tile countertops in kitchen. Cathedral ceilings in living room and master bedroom with visible beams create volume and clerestory windows for extra light. 2 bed rooms +2 baths. Pelican Cove is a gated boating communitythat features 87 boat slips, harbor, 5.5 miles of nature trails, fitness, 6  pools, spa, tennis, ...read more

1601 Pelican Point Dr, Sarasota – Previous listing

Beautiful 2nd floor and waterfront end unit with amazing views of the harbor. Great location in neighborhood. Close to community pool and recreation buildings.  Cathedral ceilings and clerestory windows. Combo living /dining room is perfect for entertaining. Third bedroom is open to living room, could also be used as den or media room. Kitchen has newer appliances, newer water heater. Pelican Cove offers true resort style living in a tropical paradise! Pelican Cove offers sailboat water, boat slips, canoes, kayaking and fishing. 5 community pools, 3 recreation buildings, tennis, fitness, yoga, shuffle board, library, art groups, yacht club, even a Pelican Cove University, etc. etc.  Come ...read more

Snabbare foreclosure processer städar upp fastighetsmarknaden i Florida

Här är en länk till en klart  intressant nyhet som kom idag. Floridas guvernör Rick Scott (som man kan ha många åsikter om...) föreslog idag att ändra lagen så att domstolarna inte längre behöver vara inblandade i handhavandet av foreclosures. Förslaget är lite kontroversiellt i sig själv, det ger bankerna lite större kontroll över foreclosure processen, men det kommer att innebära att man väsentligt kortar ner tiden det tar från det att ägaren slutar göra rätt för sig tills huset är sålt igen. Idag tar det igenomsnitt 638 dagar i Florida!!! I andra stater där man redan infört samma lag går det ...read more

Florida’s governor considers taking courts out of foreclosure process

Florida's governor is considering taking the courts out of the foreclosure process which supporters say will  speed up  the foreclosure process and get houses back onto the real estate market in a quicker phase.  The new concept is already used in 30 other states. For example, court action isn’t needed in Michigan, Arizona, California and Nevada – other states with high foreclosure rates. On average, foreclosure proceedings in those states take from 392 days in Arizona to 511 in California. In Florida it takes 638 days! The theory is that if you can move more quickly, properties can get back on the market, and ...read more

4623 Shark Dr, The Inlets, Bradenton – previous listing

Boaters dream home in The Inlets, Bradenton! Prime oversized lot on cul de sac with approx 180' of water frontage on saltwater canal. Dock, boat lift, seawall (new 2006) & direct access to Intracoastal waterways, Manatee River and Gulf of Mexico. This custom designed Key West-style home, built 1994 offers 3058 sq ft of living area, 4BR+den & 3 baths. Soaring 2 story foyer welcomes every guest into a magnificent Dining room/Great room with raised hearth wood-burning fireplace for cozy family gatherings. Kitchen includes gas stove, a center Island great for entertaining, a planning space, desk, breakfast area. Lots of windows ...read more

1744 Sandspur Ln, Casey Key – Previous listing

Wonderful and unique bayfront property on Casey Key. Tucked away at the end of a private driveway providing the ultimate in privacy and comfort. Over 300 feet of seawall with uniquely designed boat basin and deep water channel running along the north side of property. The home features 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with a fabulous second story designed as a bedroom/bonus area and/or studio. Water views are everywhere and are particularly powerful from the second level. This is a very private property and perfect for the boating enthusiast with plenty of room for expansion. Deeded beach easement. Casey Key, ...read more

759 Fordingbridge Way – Previous listing

Beautiful 2-story home in sought after Woodlands at Rivendell. Great location with only a 5 min walk to Pineview School! Enjoy the Florida life-style in this Boca Grande-floor plan from Lennar Homes. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, den, kitchen with corian counter tops & upgraded cabinetry. Solar heated pool/spa within a screened lanai overlooking a quiet preserve. 2-car garage & brick paver driveway. Rivendell is centrally located in Osprey in proximity of Pineview  School, I75, RT41, shopping, dining, Casey Key & area beaches. Offered for sale by Team Nordstrom in September 2009. Listing #: A3914263 Price: $499,000 Address: 759 Fordingbridge Way City: Osprey State: Florida Zip: 34208 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3/1 Square Ft.: 2950 County: Sarasota Subdivision:The Woodlands at Rivendell View ...read more

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