Demand in the Housing Market Was Unleashed in May


Pent-up demand was released into the market during May.
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COVID-19 spread throughout the country in mid-March, and the governor enacted a stay-in-place order for April. Though real estate was deemed essential, many folks from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois (to name a few) opted to shelter in place here in Florida while others left and are now returning to buy. On May 1, beaches, restaurants, shopping districts, and salons began to reopen for business. For real estate, May was an incredibly busy month!

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Coronavirus: Cause for Optimism!


We all need some good news right now. Luckily, I have a few things you’ll want to hear.
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Things continue to look better worldwide, nationwide, and in Florida. Here’s what we’re looking at:
  • April 26 deaths in the U.S. were the lowest since March 31:


  • In Florida, April 26 saw the lowest number of reported new cases in over a month!
  • April 26 deaths in Florida (“only” 17) were the lowest since March 28.
  • Florida is doing much better than the United States overall for both infections and deaths. (FL infections per million = 1,595 vs 3,062 U.S. overall; FL deaths per million = 57 vs. 172 U.S. overall)
  • Your odds of getting Coronavirus in FL are minimal: One Floridian in 641 has tested positive.
  • Your odds of dying from Coronavirus in FL are extremely small: One Floridian in 19,000 has died from it.
The needle is moving in the right direction!

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Should You Trust Your Zestimate?


Getting an online estimate of your home’s value is convenient, but is it accurate?
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A lot of the people we work with want to know what a Zestimate uses to come up with a home’s value and if it’s accurate. Buyers are making offers on properties after looking at Zesitmates and home sellers often consult Zillow to find their home’s estimated value. When people ask about these numbers, the answer is that we don't know exactly how they come up with them. I’ve seen prices that are too high, too low, and once in a while, they’re accurate. When we look at the value of a property, we first look at an appraised value that uses accurate, up-to-date data to arrive at a price. I’ve done appraisals as a real estate broker, and we can adjust a home’s value based on a ton of different factors (location, views, upgrades, updates) that can impact the property's value positively or negatively.


A professional agent will give you
a much more accurate value
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If you’re a buyer or seller, be fair to yourself and don’t use your Zestimate as the final word. To find out what a property is really worth, you should be consulting a professional like myself who can give a much better, much more accurate representation of what a home is worth on the market.

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