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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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My favorite blog posts are ones that are inspired by reader questions, and today we respond to a doozy from "DC" who asks about investing and student housing. We get all kinds of questions from our readers, but this one is very insightful in that I believe he suspects there could be a problem bre...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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Watch For Trend Changes If you want to know the beginning of the next phase of the housing market recovery, just keep an eye on the relative home supply. You can always track supply levels at The Market Bulletin. The next phase you say….? Absolutely. I believe that the transition from a buyers’ m...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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Tallahassee Home Values have declined by roughly 33% across the entire market coverage area, but we are seeing the rate of decline slow over the past six months. While I am not certain that this is anything more than a seasonal fluctuation, I’ll take it as some moderately positive news for a hous...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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Holy cow, I have to agree with Lawrence Yun on quite a few points that he made during the release of the monthly  Existing Home Sales Report last week. Dr. Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS® explained that existing home sales in March were down compared to March of...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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Pending home sales appear to be testing a new market bottom, as the rate of decline in homes under contract has crawled to a stop. This is very good news, as we cannot expect future home sales to rise if new sales contracts are on the decline. We measure these new sales contracts, which the indu...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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Home sales are falling, just as we predicted each time we tracked the pending home sales information from the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service. We knew if pending sales were falling, then closed home sales had to follow suit. Closed Home Sales Decline In Tallahassee Closed ...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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  Historically, parents of FSU students have looked at real estate ownership as a method of reducing or eliminating the cost of sending their child to college for five (or so) years. As investment properties skyrocketed during the boom of the housing market though, we saw less and less investment...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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  It’s not everyday that you come across a video on the internet and see a college classmate from over 20 years ago. But that is exactly what happened to me this past week. Dave McCormick (my West Point classmate from 1987) is the Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs and he was feat...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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Tallahassee Real Estate Market "Stable" Last week, we saw an interesting article in the Tallahassee Democrat by Steve Liner which sported the exciting headline "Leon a bright spot in economy," concluding the Leon County's real estate market is "thoroughly stable." His article was based upon a rep...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 22
BEWARE OF THE MEDIA!Are you confused about where the market is heading? Well, if you are confused, then you can be sure that your customer is confused. It is logical to expect that your customer's opinion of the housing market is greatly influenced by what the media is declaring (either locally O...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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The Federal Reserve lowered its federal funds rate, so many of our customers are asking us if we think now is the time to refinance their homes. The answer to this will be dependent on internal factors to the home owner. The homeowner must consider:What loan is currently in place (and how much ti...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
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 This is the final post to the blog series regarding the Internal Revenue Code section 1031 tax deferred exchanges. I hope this series has answered some common questions about the process, as well as shed some light regarding the importance of dealing with qualified professionals during the entir...

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