Do you have a list of changes you’d like to make to your home this year? Completing cosmetic updates is easiest when the weather’s in your favor. In honor of May’s National Home Improvement Month, here are four upgrades ranging from curb appeal projects to large-scale expansions that often yield high returns.
- Replacing doors and windows: Homeowners are often encouraged to consider projects that boost overall curb appeal. Swapping out a wooden front door for a steel model or replacing front-facing windows can pack more of an ROI punch than renovations made inside the home.
- Constructing a deck: Create a beautiful transition from your back door to the outdoors by building a deck. The update turns into a major selling point that can recoup your initial investment when it’s time to move on.
- Adding insulation: Of all the projects listed in Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, adding loose-fill insulation to your attic is the only one with returns that exceed 100 percent of the cost. It can also help reduce year-round heating and cooling costs.
- Building a second-story addition: Even with a slight increase in construction costs, completing a significant two-story addition resulted in a substantial year-over-year increase in value from 2016 to 2017. Adding the extra space will likely catch the attention of buyers.
Home renovations and repairs are on the rise and expected to peak this year. Now’s the time to start planning your investment-savvy home improvements.
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HIGH-INCOME MILLENNIALS ENTER LUXURY MARKET
Texas is a far cry from Italy, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference wandering these acres. The opulent Villa La Isla features soaring ceilings, imported materials and a 6-foot fountain.
When you think millennial, you may not think millionaire. However, many around the country are now earning enough to afford seven-figure #luxury #homes without the help of their parents.
The midpoint sale price in February for an area that includes mostly Orange and Seminole counties was $205,000, which was up about 11 percent from a year earlier.
Despite limited options for buyers, rising prices and interest rates edging up, association members closed 2,423 sales in February. Sales were up 10 percent from a month earlier and basically flat from a year ago.
“We are headed into peak home-buying season with high demand but significantly fewer #homes on the market compared to last year,” said Orlando association President Bruce Elliott, an #agent with Regal R.E. Professionals LLC.
Central Florida’s job and population growth has been depleting the available listings, even as the appetite for rentals has grown in recent years.
One Orlando-area real estate agent said he listed a three-bedroom, one-bath house without central heat/air in the west Winter Park area for $219,000. Immediately, he said, seven investors offered cash with the hope of tearing it down to make way for new townhomes.
During February, Osceola had the greatest increase in sales among Central #Florida counties with 10 percent growth from a year ago. Orange County also had an increase in sales during the 12-month period while Lake and Seminole counties both experienced declines.
Orlando’s housing market wades further into 2017 with markedly fewer houses listed #for sale. Listings in February were down 21 percent from a year earlier and the area had a 3.5-month supply — about a month less than February 2015.
Overall for the area in February, houses sold within 69 days of hitting the market — almost two weeks faster than sales a year ago.
Looking ahead, because association members reported 5,849 pending sales. That is an increase of 8 percent from a year ago and 14 percent from a month ago. Orlando’s pipeline of pending sales in February had about 400 more houses and condos than it did last February.
Elliott said current market conditions make it particularly conducive to sell for owners who have been contemplating getting into the market. And for buyers, he added, getting professional help structuring offers is especially key leading into the most active sales season of the year.
Despite the fact that the median value of a home sold in the fourth quarter of 2016 was lower in 21 of the 27 markets analyzed by HSH.com, the decline in cost wasn’t enough to offset the increase in 30-year fixed mortgage rates, so the salary needed to purchase that median home rose yet again in all but five markets.
The top three most affordable markets and the salary needed there to buy a median-priced house house included Pittsburgh, $$32,373.50; Cleveland, $33,779.45; and Cincinnati, $36,520.35. The three least affordable markets included San Francisco, $160,589.84; San Diego, $113,530.43; and Los Angeles, $98,315.22.
And in case you wondered, if homebuyers in the Orlando metro area put 10 percent down instead of 20 percent, the required salary increases from $50,871.95 to $58,734.31.
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Lake Nona Medical City draws many International Buyers– January 2, 2017 – International home sales in the U.S. declined in the past year, but are at their second highest level in recent years and over six percent of total existing-home sales in value. According to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, interest in U.S. properties continues to grow, signaling that America continues to be regarded by international buyers as a great place to own property.
The survey, which asked Realtors to report their international #business activity within the U.S. for the 12 months ending March 2013, showed that total international sales were $68.2 billion, down approximately $14 billion from the previous year. The decline is attributed to a number of temporary factors, including economic slowdowns in a number of major foreign economies, tighter U.S. credit standards and unfavorable exchange rates.
Of total international transactions, $34.8 billion (51 percent) were attributed to foreign buyers with permanent residences outside the U.S. and $33.4 billion (49 percent) were attributed to buyers who are recent immigrants or temporary visa holders residing for more than six months in the U.S.
“Foreign buyers are experiencing hurdles not only abroad, but also here in the U.S. when it comes to purchasing property,” says NAR President Gary Thomas. “Difficult economic conditions, particularly in Europe, have impacted foreign buyers, but several factors in the U.S. have also affected their purchasing power here. Tight credit standards have made financing challenging for immigrants, and low housing inventories have made finding a house difficult. However, none of these factors appear to be permanent.”
Foreign buyers continue to have a substantial interest in U.S. properties. Over a five year timeframe more than 70 percent of Realtors reported a constant or increasing level in the number of international clients contacting them.
Twenty-seven percent of Realtors said they worked with international clients this year. The most important factors influencing their purchases were the U.S.’s desirable location and the investment potential of the real estate market.
Realtors reported purchases from 68 countries, but five have historically accounted for the bulk of purchases: Canada (23 percent), China (12 percent), Mexico (8 percent), India (5 percent) and the United Kingdom (5 percent). These five countries accounted for approximately 53 percent of transactions, with Canada and China the fastest growing sources over the years.
Canadian buyers were reported to purchase properties with a median price of $183,000, with the majority purchased in #Florida, Arizona and California. Chinese buyers tended to purchase property in the upper price ranges with a median price of $425,000 and typically in California. Sixty-two percent of Mexican buyers purchased property in California and Texas, with a median price of $156,250.
“Many factors influence foreign buyers’ decisions on where to purchase in the U.S., but the most important are proximity to home country, presence of relatives and friends, availability of job and education opportunities, and the climate,” says Thomas. “International buyers also differ on the type of desired property. Some are looking for trophy properties while others are interested in modest vacation #homes.”
Five states made up 61 percent of reported purchases: Florida (23 percent), California (17 percent), Arizona (9 percent), Texas (9 percent) and New York (3 percent).
About half of foreign buyers preferred to purchase in a suburban area, while a quarter preferred a more central city/urban area. A majority purchased a detached single-family home and 63 percent used all-cash.
Based on the reported international transactions, the mean and median prices of purchases were higher when compared to purchase prices of domestic buyers. For the 12 months ending March 2013 the median international home price was $275,862, and for domestic buyers it was $179,867.
The types of homes purchased by international buyers frequently tended to be different from the types of homes purchased by domestic U.S. buyers. International buyers are more likely to be substantially wealthier and looking for a property in a specialized niche.
Home burglaries resulted in $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010, and the average dollar loss per burglary was $2,119, according to the FBI. While the cost of lost property is significant, even more significant is the emotional toll it takes when your home’s security is compromised.
1. Install exterior lighting. Make sure the outside of your home is sufficiently lit, and consider installing lights in shadowed areas. Better yet, install motion sensor lights. Parts and labor run about $1,000 for full installation, and they use less energy than fixtures that are always on. Plus, motion sensor lights are more likely to scare off a would-be burglar when they click on.
2. Reach out to law enforcement. It’s obvious you should call 911 if someone is breaking into your home, but did you know you can request to have a police officer inspect your home for home safety shortcomings? While you shouldn’t call the emergency number to place this request, the direct line to your local precinct should do the trick. It’s a great way to get advice on where your home protection strategy could use improvement.
3. Get involved with your community. Start or join a neighborhood watch group to lower the risk of home burglary and crime throughout your neighborhood. Understand that starting a group takes time, so it’s important to prepare for the commitment. Also, notify your local police department that you’re starting a watch group, and request their assistance for tips on safety and participation. Finally, make sure everyone in the group understands that they should never approach a suspicious individual themselves, but should call the local police to handle the situation.
4. Become a dog owner. Although this shouldn’t be your only line of defense, adopting or buying a dog can help prevent home burglaries, since some burglars might be deterred from breaking in if they hear barking.
5. Consider a home alarm. Home alarm systems are great, but they’re also expensive. Weigh the pros and cons, and consider your neighborhood’s crime statistics before requesting an installation. If you’d like one for added protection and peace of mind, consider getting one without monitoring. The noise of a tripped alarm is usually all you need to keep a burglar at bay.
6. Install a fence. Installing a fence is another way to keep your home safe, and the higher the fence, the better. If you’re handy, you can actually install a 6-foot privacy fence for a reasonable price. You can find some for under $500.
7. Maintain landscaping. Keep all your bushes and shrubs trimmed, cut your grass regularly and maintain the rest of your landscaping. There are two reasons for this: First, you eliminate areas where a burglar could lie in wait, and second, a maintained exterior is a psychological deterrent to a potential thief. He or she knows you spend time caring for your home and are therefore more likely to take steps to protect it.
8. Make your home look occupied. #Homes are prone to burglary when thieves have reason to believe the owners are on vacation. Reduce obvious signs of an empty house by asking a friend or family member to pick up your mail and newspapers each day, and pop inside to open and close a few curtains and drapes. If you’re going on a road trip, ask a neighbor to park his or her car in the driveway, and always be sure to leave a few lights on. If your house looks maintained and full of activity, burglars are less likely to make it a target.
ORLANDO,Florida – Oct. 19, 2016 – The 2017 home buying season will be see a large increase in first-time homebuyers, according to realtor.com’s latest Active Home Shopper Report, and an increased demand for suburban homes. However, buyers will also face greater affordability challenges.
The study, based on September survey data of active shoppers on realtor.com, provides insight into future home buying trends in 2017 by analyzing responses from consumers who plan to purchase homes in the spring or summer of 2017.
According to the report, the percentage of first-time homebuyers could rise as high as 52 percent of all buyers, and increase from 33 percent in 2016.
But this boost in first-time buyers will also make affordability, downpayments and credit scores a challenge, and those issues could become the market’s top problem next year. Currently, the limited inventory of listings is the top barrier to homeownership.
In general, suburban homes are preferred by 43 percent of first-time homebuyers surveyed, likely due to their desire for safe neighborhoods, privacy and the needs of growing families, according to realtor.com researchers.
Top 5 predictions for 2017
1. First-time homebuyers could make up a majority of 2017 homebuyers
According to the survey, first time homebuyers make up 52 percent of prospective buyers looking to purchase in 2017. Millennials lead the pack with 61 percent of potential first-time buyers under age 35. Top reasons cited by millennials for buying: getting married or moving in with a partner, growing tired of their current living space, and planning to increase family size.
“This represents an ‘Oh, shift’ moment in housing,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com. “With so many first-time buyers in the market, competition will be even fiercer next year for affordable starter homes in the suburbs. Those looking to buy may want to consider a winter home purchase in order to avoid bidding wars and higher prices spurred by a potential increase in millennial buyers.”
2. Affordability and mortgage qualifying expected to replace lack of inventory as largest barrier to homeownership
In 2016, 40 percent of home shoppers cited lack of inventory as the largest barrier to homeownership, but realtor.com reports this will potentially shift to affordability and mortgage qualification issues as more first-time home buyers enter the market. Of first time buyers planning to purchase next spring, 37 percent said their largest impediment to homeownership is the downpayment, and 30 percent said finding a house within their budget.
3. Safe neighborhoods, more living space and larger yards top list of key home attributes
Safety, more living space and larger yards as key features is consistent with their top goals of buying: attaining privacy and addressing the needs of their families. A third top objective of first-time buyers is to make a financial investment that will grow over time.
As millennials marry and move in with partners, reasons to purchase are driven by actual or planned growth in their families, and they show strong preference for single-family homes (39 percent) or townhomes (34 percent), and away from multi-family homes (15 percent), condos (10 percent) or mobile homes (2 percent).
4. Competition for the suburbs should heat up
With families and safety on the brain, it’s no surprise that first time homebuyers identified the suburbs as their No. 1 preferred location. In fact, 50 percent of all respondents identified suburban areas as their preferred location. For boomers, their desire for the suburbs can likely be attributed to their desire to be close to family and friends.
Data also show younger homebuyers are more likely than their older counterparts to prefer urban living, the second-most common location preference among millennials after suburbs.
5. Spring and summer will continue to be 2017’s hottest time to buy a house
A majority of all survey respondents were beginning the housing search at the time of the survey and planned to purchase in seven months or longer, indicating spring and summer will continue as the top seasons to buy and sell homes: 73 percent of respondents had been considering homeownership for less than three months and did not expect to purchase a home immediately.
With a much-anticipated speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen looming on Friday morning and a possible Fed rate hike on the horizon in September, average fixed mortgage rates remained flat over the week but still hovered just above record lows, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) released Thursday.
For the week ending August 24, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage(FRM) was 3.43 percent, unchanged from a week earlier but still only 12 basis points higher than the record low of 3.31 percent set in late 2012. At this time last year, the average 30-year FRM was 3.84 percent.
The average 15-year FRM for the week ending August 24 was 2.74 percent, also unchanged from the previous week but down from 3.06 percent from a year earlier.
“Treasury yields were little changed from the prior week and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage held steady at 3.43 percent this week,” said Sean Becketti, Chief Economist with Freddie Mac. “This marks the ninth consecutive week that mortgage rates have been below 3.5 percent. Markets are erring on the side of caution ahead of the second estimate for second-quarter GDP and Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech on Friday.”
The advance estimate for second quarter GDP growth, released in late July, came in at a disappointing 1.2 percent after an ever more disappointing 0.8 percent for the first quarter. The second estimate for Q2 GDP will be released on Friday morning by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Yellen’s speech on “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future” is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST on Friday morning, August 26, as part of the Kansas City Fed’s monetary policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
There has been widespread speculation that a rate hike from the Fed will happen at the next policy meeting, which concludes on September 21. Until then. . .
“Mortgage rates remain in virtual stasis,” said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com. “Quiet financial markets, no imminent threat of a move by the Federal Reserve as of yet and continuing moderate economic data have seemingly lulled markets to sleep for now, but that probably won’t last forever.”
HSH.com reported a slight uptick in the 30-year FRM for the week, from 3.50 to 3.51.
“Despite some increased probability of a rate hike by the Fed, interest rates remain closer to bottoms than not,” Gumbinger said. “We may get some additional indication of the Fed’s intentions from Fed Chair Janet Yellen when she speaks at a global central banking conference in Wyoming on Wednesday, but probably not much in terms of a clean, clear signal that the Fed is poised to act. More likely is that mortgage and other rates keep drifting along in a soft pattern until we get a lot closer to the next Fed meeting.”
A new project is in the works in Lake Nona that’ll pave the way for a first in the growing southeast #Orlando community.
Two new roads, Hitchings Avenue and Watson Street, will create access to 9.7 acres slated for Lake Nona’s first age-restricted community near the Orlando VA Medical Center, documents showed. Lake Nona Land Co. LLC, an entity related to Tavistock Development Co. LLC, this week applied for an environmental resource permit from the South Florida Water Management District for the new roadway project, documents showed.
Winter Park-based Donald W. McIntosh Associates Inc. is the project engineer/surveyor; Orlando-based Aecom Inc. is handling ecological services; Orlando-based Broad and Cassel is the legal counsel; and GAI Consultants Inc. is handling landscape, irrigation and hardscape, documents showed. These are the same companies involved in the development of The Gatherings of Lake Nona age-restricted community, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.
Tavistock also is seeking a permit for The Gatherings of Lake Nona, and has submitted specific parcel master plan documents to the city of Orlando. Plans include 216 residential units, a pool, a 4,400-square-foot clubhouse, shuffleboard, standalone garages and a 218-space surface parking lot, documents showed.
Beazer Homes USA appears to be the builder of the project, documents showed.
The new projects will create plenty of construction, vendor and temporary job opportunities for local businesses. It also will expand the housing stock in Lake Nona, which already boasts more than 11,000 residents and 5,000 jobs in its Medical City life sciences hub.
Pioneers USA, an Orlando missionaries organization, has filed plans with the state to build a new estimated $12 million-$20 million Holiday Inn #Lake Nona Valencia College hotel on more than 6 acres it owns near Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus and the future U.S. Tennis Association complex.
A four-story, 120-room Holiday Inn Express hotel is proposed for the land, which sits on a larger Pioneers-owned chunk of land that’s home to an existing KOA camp ground, a church and other structures. The nearly 100,000-square-foot hotel would take up 2.28 acres and may create up to 200 temporary construction jobs and nearly 100 hotel jobs.
Industry estimates would put the construction cost of a new 120-room hotel at about $101,000-$172,000 per room for mid-range to upscale hotels, or between $12 million-$20 million.
The contractor on the project is Lake Mary-based The Collage Cos., with Altamonte Springs-based Forum Architecture & Interior Design Inc. and Longwood-based Tri3 Civil Engineering Design Studios as the designer and civil engineer, respectively.
There already are several Holiday Inns and other InterContinental Hotel Group hotels near Lake Nona due to its proximity to Orlando International Airport.
This would be yet another investment near Lake Nona, which has been booming in residential, commercial and other real estate development like the USTA tennis complex and Vista Park, a new 4,400-home neighborhood in the pipe line for that area.