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Palm Beach County Real Estate Market Update - March 2020

Amid these unprecedented times, The Pearl Antonacci Group is endeavoring to keep you educated on the latest trends in the Palm Beach County real estate market, as we all prepare ourselves for whatever the future may bring. Whether you have already begun the process of buying or selling your home or are planning to in the near future, arming yourself with the most up to date information is more crucial than ever. See our latest Palm Beach County real estate insights for March of 2020 in the market report and graphs below.

The following analyses group single-family homes, townhouses, and condos together for the sake of efficiency, and review the recorded statistics from March 2020 and compares

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Opportunity Zones in Real Estate

Savvy real estate investors throughout Boca Raton and Delray Beach are already taking advantage of the savings that a little-known change to the tax code has provided. Dubbed “Opportunity Zones,” these designated sections encourage new development and investments in distressed areas by way of preferential tax treatment.

The best part? Local examples of Opportunity Zones in Delray Beach are currently available for development.

Defining an Opportunity Zone

Opportunity Zones came about as a result of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The “Investing in Opportunity Act” contained in this legislation allows State and local governments to work together to identify economically-distressed areas ripe for reinvigoration via private capital.

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Learn more about Zillow's online home valuations

Thinking of selling your home and wondering what it’s worth?  You may want to be careful about the home value estimates you see online because many are either far above or far below the true market value. 

Boca Raton home sellers who set their expectations on inaccurately overestimated home values may fall victim to overpricing their homes for sale which will ultimately lead to frustration because they don't sell.  When a home is overpriced, it will languish on the market for months, causing multiple price reductions as they "chase the market" and most likely result in a lower sale price than if they had priced it right from the beginning.   

Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com's Automated Home Value Calculators

Zillow and Trulia have become the

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National real estate sales data collected from 2014 - 2017 can predict the best time to sell in Boca Raton. The data compares the average national home sales price each year to the average home sales prices per month, and national home selling time to the average speed of home sales per month.

Based on this research, if you time your home sale correctly, you could make more money on the sale or sell the home faster than you could if you sold it at any other time of year.   

When to Sell in Boca Raton to Make the Most Money

Over the timespan of 2014 - 2017, June was the best time to close on your home sale in Boca Raton. Home sales that closed in June sold for 9.47% higher than the average home selling price for the year. This information suggests

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Top 10 Real Estate Market Predictions for 2018

Top Predictions for the Real Estate Market in 2018

Compass goes public, economy soars, Congress pivots on homeownership tax benefits and more

As we approach the end of yet another year, one of the biggest questions on most everyone's minds, especially those of us in the real estate industry, is "what is going to happen next year?"  Brad Inman of Inman.com recently reviewed his past predictions about the real estate market, some of which came true and some not. Two years ago as we approached the year 2016, Brad Inman predicted that Donald Trump would be elected President of the United States.  That obviously came true.  Last year, Inman predicted that Zillow would expand overseas in 2017 and NAR would choose a woman CEO; didn't happen. 

Inman

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2017 will be all about being nimble, responding quickly to market changes and keeping your clients informed

Key Takeaways

  • There is solid optimism about the housing market in 2017, with 27.43 percent of respondents saying they are extremely optimistic.
  • More than half of this survey's respondents (52.21 percent) expect President-elect Donald Trump to have a positive effect on the U.S. housing market.
  • A strong majority (71.24 percent) of respondents have plans to expand their businesses next year.
  • Nearly 50 percent of respondents think unit sales will go up in 2017, and 75 percent of those surveyed think that prices will go up.

Special Report survey respondents and some of the industry’s top executives were nearly

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What will happen to mortgage rates, affordability, inventory and more

Key Takeaways

  • Mortgage rates are likely to continue to increase throughout 2017.

  • There will not be any easing in inventory, and affordability will still be a challenge in big markets.

  • The potential is there for a large number of first-time buyers to enter the buying market, but they will face new challenges.

It’s been one unprecedented 2016, between the Brexit vote, the continued persistence of low mortgage interest rates and an election that seemed to temporarily throw markets for a loop.

What will the 12 months encompassing 2017 hold in store for housing?

Inman asked eight different experts to give their take:

  • Steve Cook, editor
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Properties coming to the market are being priced at record highs. Experts watching the economy state that these prices are not indicators of another market crash on the horizon. The term “housing bubble” is a scary one, but that is not what is happening today.

CoreLogic reports that two times as many urban markets are overvalued. This means that prices are inflated compared to the incomes of people looking to buy in these areas. This is a comparison between the second and first quarter numbers of this year. The values on these homes are not expected to fall anytime soon, which is the opposite of what a bubble is. Bubbles eventually burst. These home prices are high because there is limited inventory in desirable areas. Not because of sketchy selling

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Upping the ante on Mizner Trail

In November, there was news of a proposed settlement of the lawsuit resulting from Palm Beach County’s approval last June of development on the old Mizner Trail Golf Course. I can report that in December there was a second offer.

The main plaintiff in the lawsuit, which argues that the county’s approval is illegal, is the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association. It’s the umbrella group for all the homeowner associations in Boca Del Mar, between Camino Real and Southwest 18th Street west of Military Trail. Mizner Trail is one of two golf courses in Boca Del Mar, which was developed 40 years ago. The other plaintiffs are a small number of residents.

The first offer was $250,000 to the improvement association. The

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According to Freddie Mac's latest U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook, U.S. home sales in 2015 will show increase to the numbers associated with a normal real estate market. Here is their projection:

"We are projecting a 4 percent rise in sales to 5.6 million, which would mark the highest level of annual sales since 2007."

And their optimism was seconded by both the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

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