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Americans bought 5.6M homes last year — the most since the bubble

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Americans bought 5.6M homes last year — the most since the bubble

| 1/25/2021

Americans bought 5.6M homes last year — the most since the bubble

Despite the global pandemic, or perhaps because of it, home sales clocked their best year since 2006. The annual pace of existing home sales in December increased to 6.76 million, seasonally adjusted, up 0.7 percent from November and 22 percent year-over-year, according to the National Association of Realtors’ monthly report. It was a strong finish to a year that saw 5.64 million existing homes change hands, up 5.6 percent from 2019 to the highest level since 2006. More from The Real Deal and the Tampa Bay Times.

Column: Beware of commercial real estate related investment pitches this season

Many commercial real estate investments, including many REITS, are structured in such a way that early distributions and lack of accurate valuations can initially conceal problems with these investments. As a result, don’t be fooled by a pitch that the commercial real estate investment is currently performing as marketed. And, most importantly, do not fall prey to a pitch that you are now being presented with the opportunity to have direct access to investing in commercial real estate opportunities that were previously only available to institutional investors. [Source: Florida Weekly]

As house prices continue at new records, South Florida buyers opt for condos

It’s now officially a trend. Condos are back. After a sales surge of single-family homes through most of 2020, condos were South Florida’s best sellers in December — for the third month in a row. Total home sales rose more than 20% in Miami-Dade and Broward in December 2020 as compared with December 2019, according to the Miami Association of Realtors report. Condo transactions outpaced those of houses in October and November after months of buyers favoring houses. [Source: Miami Herald]

Gov. DeSantis appoints five to Florida Real Estate Commission

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced five appointments to the Florida Real Estate Commission. The appointments include Patricia “Patti” Ketcham, Renee Butler, Patricia Fitzgerald, Randy Schwartz and Richard Barbara. Appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation. [Source: Florida Politics]

Commercial Real Estate: Multifamily interest is ‘at a fever pitch’

When commercial real estate investors start to look at Florida, Jacksonville is increasingly appearing at the top of their lists for multifamily investment, said CBRE Vice President Joe Ayers. “We’re just seeing very favorable fundamentals in Jacksonville and alongside several other Florida markets,” Ayers said. “We weren’t heavily weighted going into COVID on any one industry that was severely impacted like some of our other metros in Florida were. That plays a big role.” [Source: Jacksonville Daily Record]

STAT OF THE WEEK
457
More single-family homes priced under $400,000 were sold in in the section of Hollywood west of the Florida Turnpike than any other area of Broward County between January and October of last year. According to data provided by the Miami Association of Realtors, that added up to 457 houses. [Source: Miami Herald]

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