Real Estate Market Update

July 20, 2021

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“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia

 

The June Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats continue to show rising home prices, a low supply of homes and strong buyer demand.

 

The median sales price for June is $301,000 an increase of 18% over last June’s $255,000. The average sales price is $373,378 which is a 20.7% increase over last June’s $309,269. Pretty staggering increases. For properties that closed in June, 43.3% sold for more than list price.

 

The price increases are driven by high demand and low available inventory. Many experts are predicting the supply of homes will slowly increase. New home construction is increasing. There have been 8,485 building permits issued in the first 6 months of 2021 for the four counties that Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) tracks. That is over 58% more than the 5,357 permits in 2020 through June.

 

Another good sign for the supply issue is that new listings are up 10.1% over last June with 4,003 new listings. There have been 22,078 new listings in 2021 compared to 21,200 for the first six months of 2020.

 

A survey of Redfin agents shows a slight drop in the percentage of listings engaged in bidding wars. In April, 74.1% of listings had multiple offers, in May it dropped to 72.1% and in June it fell to 65%. It may be buyer fatigue after losing out on several properties or supplies may be increasing some and competition dropping slightly.

 

There were 3,398 pending sales in June in Northeast Florida down 8% from 3,695 last June. We usually see a dip in buyer traffic in June when school gets out and vacations begin. June of 2020 was unusually active as a result of some relaxing of the COVID lockdowns. Year-to-date pending sales are up 18.5%.

 

There were 4,238 homes available for sale at the end of June, down 50% from last June. There is 1.3 months supply of inventory which is down 58.1% from last June but up from 1.2 months in May. A balanced market is 5 to 6 months of inventory.

 

It appears that it will take a few years to get more balance between supply and demand of homes in our area and across the nation. It is unlikely that prices will decline much, if any, until there is a more balanced real estate market.

 

If you have questions or need a trusted real estate advisor, please reach out and we will be happy to share our knowledge as the market continues to change. Have a wonderful summer!

Davidson Cares Welcomes Four New Board Members

July 16, 2021

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Davidson Cares has dedicated nearly a decade to supporting and enriching children throughout Northeast Florida. With the help of the generous and gracious First Coast community, Davidson Cares has raised more than $260,685 for programs to help strengthen families and kids through fundraisers, events, raffles, grants, and community activities.

 

Davidson Cares is proud to welcome four new board members to help further the incredible efforts of this organization. “Davidson Cares is thrilled to welcome these new talents to our team. We are delighted to continue raising money for incredible programs for children and their families,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson.

 

Mirtha Barzaga

Mirtha Barzaga is recognized as one of Davidson Realty’s top real estate agents, both in superior service and production. She launched her business at the height of the economic recession to help customers facing hardship to navigate the real estate process. Thanks to her dedication and eagerness to learn, it was not long before Mirtha’s business took off. Today, Mirtha is regarded as one of Northeast Florida’s premier real estate agents.

Giving back has been a constant throughout Mirtha’s career. She serves as a supporting sponsor for Davidson Cares and Nease High School’s Panther Pride Marching Band and NJROTC. Mirtha also serves on Wards Creek Elementary School’s Advisory Council. Each holiday season, she hosts two food drives to support the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County.

In the workplace, Mirtha dedicates her time to Davidson Realty’s mentoring program to help other agents achieve success in real estate.

 

 

Sally Jaudon

Sally Jaudon, along with her husband Tom Jaudon, own Leigh Insurance Agency in St. Augustine, Florida.  Sally started in the Agency as a CSR managing accounts and now holds the position of Vice President/Business Manager overseeing the day to day operations including marketing, growth & accounting. Sally and her team are passionate about providing service to the St. Augustine community and building relationships with the customers at Leigh Insurance, which was founded nearly thirty years ago in 1992. Since Sally has assumed her position, the Agency has been working not only to provide service to current clients, but to also engage in community involvement and educate those who are new to the area about the importance of insurance in Florida. Sally enjoys working alongside her family in the Agency, and outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, sports & her two dogs.

 

 

Erik Wilson

Erik is the husband of Ingrid, his high school sweetheart, and father of four. Erik is a follower of Jesus. He works for Riverside Homes and Wood Development as CFO and obtained his Masters in Accounting from Florida State with an emphasis in taxation. He also graduated from Asbury Seminary in 2017 with a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling. He has spent twenty years in real estate development and accounting and his faith has led him to walk alongside others in times of need and struggles; hoping to help them lead a life not yet lived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Merrill

Steve Merrill is a Director at Bank of America and is a member of the Client Advocacy and Experience team.  The Client Advocacy and Experience team partners with Sales and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in structuring and delivering complex loan solutions for clients.  In addition they identify end to end process, service and experience gaps and champion solutions appropriately.  Steve joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 and has held numerous positions up and through the acquisition by Bank of America.  Steve attended Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville Florida, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP PRODUCERS FOR JUNE & THE 2ND QUARTER!

July 12, 2021

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The Northeast Florida real estate market continues to be very exciting. We still have a limited supply of homes and very high buyer demand. The sellers are definitely in the best position in this market and there is very little flexibility when asking for an extension because of a delay with a survey, appraiser or lender. This market requires a very skilled Realtor to handle all the moving parts to get a home to closing in a timely manner. The dynamics of this market make it even more difficult to find buyers a home and get it successfully closed under the terms of the contract.

 

I say all of the above, to emphasize the achievements of the top agents we are recognizing this month and quarter. The agents at Davidson Realty are working tirelessly for their customers.

 

The Top Producer and Top Sales Agent for June is Mirtha Barzaga. Mirtha is also the Top Producer, Top Sales and Top Lister for the 2nd quarter. Mirtha had $6.3 Million in closings and $7.3 Million in sales for the quarter helping 17 customers close their home either buying or selling. If you need any assistance buying or selling, give Mirtha a call.

 

 

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Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Yana Austin, Julia Simon, and Melissa Lampugnano to Team of Experts

July 7, 2021

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Davidson Realty is constantly growing as they help individuals and families achieve their real estate dreams. The team at Davidson Realty is proud to introduce three new members to their family! 

 

Yana Austin

Yana Austin comes to Davidson Realty excited and eager to help her clients find their dream homes. As a resident of North Florida since 1995, Yana loves sharing all the wonderful things that make the First Coast such a wonderful place to live with her clients. “Yana is a wonderful addition to the Davidson Realty Team. She treats her clients like family and is a wonderful advocate for them through the process of buying and selling a home. Yana’s passion for people makes her a joy to work with,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Prior to moving to the Sunshine State, Yana lived in Belarus and is fluent in Russian. When she is not working, Yana is likely cheering on her two kids on the soccer field! 

 

Julia Simon

With more than a decade of managing and planning experience, Julia Simon is joining the team of real estate experts at Davidson Realty. Julia has a passion for service and, as an active member of the Northeast Florida community, is ready to serve her clients as they find their next home or investment property. “Davidson Realty is excited to welcome Julia to the team! Julia is hardworking and will go the extra mile for her clients to ensure they truly love where they live. Julia’s knowledge of the area along with her heart for service will be true assets to her clients,” shares Davidson. 

 

Melissa Lampugnano

Melissa Lampugnano comes to Davidson Realty with more than twenty years of experience in the field of internet technology. Along with her extensive experience in technology, Melissa enjoys networking and meeting new people. In 2021, Melissa established her own business dedicated to helping businesses connect to the community through various events. Melissa’s now making the transition to real estate and ready to bring her multitude of talents to serve her clients. “Melissa is dedicated and a tremendous resource to her clients. She is a professional and we are proud to have her represent the Davidson Realty brand,” shares Davidson. Melissa is dynamic and ready to build her real estate career. 

 

If you are interested in a career in real estate with Davidson Realty, call us today at (904) 940-5000.

Pros and Cons: New Construction vs. Resale

July 2, 2021

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Owning a home is likely more difficult now than ever before. With the slim inventory of homes for sale, homes are FLYING off the market. From the rise in home prices to competitive bidding wars, homeowners have to wonder: is it worth just buying new construction?

 

“This question is tough to answer these days. The inventory is slim and prices have gone up on both sides. For most buyers, timeline is the key decision driver when choosing between new construction or an existing home,” shares Davidson Realty agent Shelley Nemethy.

 

 

Pros of Building New Construction 

  • Newness – When buying new construction, you’ll be the first to call this house HOME! Buyers buying new homes enjoy the peace of mind of having a warranty through the builder and fewer renovations.
  • Design – New construction homes also often feature more modern architecture and floorplans. You’ll find more open floor plans, additional bathrooms and spaces that can adapt to the needs of your family. New homes will leave you and your family only to make minor modifications, if any, to feel at home.

 

Cons of Building New Construction

  • Supply Shortages – Due to the Covid pandemic, many industries have experienced limited supply, delays, and labor restrictions. This has trickled down to impact home building as the cost of lumber, metal and other supplies have been affected by the pandemic. In turn, the decreased supply has increased cost which of course is passed along to the homebuyer.
  • Longer Timeline – With a new home build, homebuyers usually have to wait months to get into a new home. With the current shortage of supplies, there is an even greater risk of delays. Some homebuilders limit the number of lots available for sale in an effort to keep on schedule. “If you have time to build, you have more time to save money for closing costs,” shares Davidson Realty agent, Terri Apodaca.

 

Pros of Buying Resale

  • Shorter Timeline – When buying a resale, the closing day is often negotiated in the offer. Typically, new home owners gain possession in one to two months after their offer is accepted.
  • Character – Existing homes generally have more traditional layouts and features that elevate the home. These charming touches provide a unique dimension to an existing home.
  • Location – “Older homes are often in areas more convenient to metro areas and in more established neighborhoods with more development surrounding. Yards are typically more spacious with mature landscaping. Buyers also won’t have to worry about the congestion of construction taking place,” shares Apodaca.

 

Cons of Buying Resale

  • Competitive Market – With so few homes for sale, most homes are receiving multiple offers. Prospective home buyers have to be patient, persistent, and ready to make their best offer quickly to achieve their dream of owning a home.
  • Increasing Home Prices – As a side effect of the low supply and high demand for homes, home prices have skyrocketed making it harder to afford a home that would normally be in reach.
  • Home Improvements – Often buying a resale comes with a few compromises. Upgrades, remodels, and projects could be on your to do list after closing to make your new home the home of your dreams.

 

If you are interested in buying or selling in Northeast Florida, trust the real estate experts at Davidson Realty. Davidson Realty has more than 30 years of experience and has built strong relationships with many of Northeast Florida’s leading home builders. This advantage along with their extensive experience buying and selling resale homes, make them the perfect partners to help you navigate the real estate market. For more information, contact Davidson Realty at (904) 940-5000.

 

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