Tag: Residential Market trends

Greatest Home Seller in History?

Recently, I was having coffee with a number of my Real Estate peers and the subject of the Saint Joseph Statue was brought up.  I had known about the Statue for some time and have even used it on hard to sell properties.  My parents’ agent used the statue years ago to sell their house.

For those of you unfamiliar with Saint Joseph, he was Jesus of Nazareth’s earthly father.  He was a skilled carpenter and taught his skills to Jesus.  He made sure his family always had a home over their head.  For centuries, people have prayed to St. Joseph when they needed help in finding or selling a home.

Legend has it a group of Nuns in the early 1500’s needed land for their cloister.  They prayed to St. Joseph and then buried St. Joseph medals and continued to pray to him.  Shortly, after their prayers were answered and they received the much needed land.  Their medals were the first “St. Joseph Real Estate Sales Kit”.  Later the medals were replaced with small statues.

St. Joseph Real Estate Sales Kit

Whether you are a believer or not, the Legend is well known in Real Estate circles.  The “Real Estate Sales Kits” are available at many Real Estate Board stores.  Thousands of testimonials are available on online websites that sell the “St. Joseph Sales Kits”.  The statue is buried head down in front of the property.  A daily prayer is recited asking St. Joseph to help.  When the house sells, the owner is to dig up the statue and take it to their new home.  The statue is then buried head up and the blessings follow the family to their new home.

So, if you have a hard to sell property, you may want to look into this historic sales kit.  Will it help?  I can’t say but a little prayer never hurts!


Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant

Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC
Real Estate Services of Citrus County, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
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Pending Home Sales Dip 0.8% in March

Posted on National Association of Realtors on April 27, 2017.


WASHINGTON (April 27, 2017) — Pending home sales in March maintained their recent high level, but momentum slackened slightly in most of the country as dearth supply weighed on activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the South saw an uptick in contract signings last month.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/topics/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 0.8 percent to 111.4 in March from 112.3 in February. Despite last month’s decrease, the index is 0.8 percent above a year ago.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says sparse inventory levels caused a pullback in pending sales in March, but activity was still strong enough to be the third best in the past year. “Home shoppers are coming out in droves this spring and competing with each other for the meager amount of listings in the affordable price range,” he said. “In most areas, the lower the price of a home for sale, the more competition there is for it. That’s the reason why first-time buyers have yet to make up a larger share of the market this year, despite there being more sales overall.”

Pointing to revealing data from the March Realtors® Confidence Index, Yun worries that the painfully low supply levels this spring could heighten price growth — at 6.8 percent last month — even more in the months ahead. Homes in March came off the market at a near-record pace 1, and indicating an increase in the likelihood of listings receiving multiple offers, 42 percent of homes sold at or above list price (the second highest amount since NAR began tracking in December 2012).

“Sellers are in the driver’s seat this spring as the intense competition for the few homes for sale is forcing many buyers to be aggressive in their offers,” said Yun. “Buyers are showing resiliency given the challenging conditions. However, at some point — and the sooner the better — price growth must ease to a healthier rate. Otherwise sales could slow if affordability conditions worsen.”

Yun forecasts for existing-home sales to be around 5.64 million this year, an increase of 3.5 percent from 2016 (5.45 million). The national median existing-home price this year is expected to increase around 5 percent. In 2016, existing sales increased 3.8 percent and prices rose 5.1 percent.

The PHSI in the Northeast decreased 2.9 percent to 99.1 in March, but is still 1.8 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index declined 1.2 percent to 109.6 in March, and is now 2.4 percent lower than March 2016.

Pending home sales in the South rose 1.2 percent to an index of 129.4 in March and are now 3.9 percent above last March. The index in the West fell 2.9 percent in March to 94.5, and is now 2.7 percent below a year ago.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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1 Properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days in March, which is down from 47 days a year ago and is the second lowest since NAR began tracking in May 2011. The lowest was May 2016 at 32 days.

* The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

The index is based on a large national sample, typically representing about 20 percent of transactions for existing-home sales. In developing the model for the index, it was demonstrated that the level of monthly sales-contract activity parallels the level of closed existing-home sales in the following two months.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, which was the first year to be examined. By coincidence, the volume of existing-home sales in 2001 fell within the range of 5.0 to 5.5 million, which is considered normal for the current U.S. population.

NOTE: NAR’s metropolitan area home price report for the first quarter will be released May 15, Existing-Home Sales for April will be reported May 24, and the next Pending Home Sales Index will be May 31; all release times are 10:00 a.m. ET.

Next amazing view!

As promised “last year”, here is the next view at a one of a kind house.  Click on the picture below to take this journey with us.

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Fort Myers / Cape Coral, Florida Market Watch 09-17-2014

Changes in Residential Market  for Fort Myers, Florida and surrounding communities in the past 7 days:

  • New Listings                                               807
  • Sold                                                              589
  • Rented                                                          0
  • Terminated                                                 105
  • Expired                                                         195
  • Back on Market                                           175
  • Extended                                                      286
  • Pending Sales                                              875
  • Price Increase                                              98
  • Price decrease                                             528
  • Withdrawn                                                   125


Good Investing!

Mike Cathell,
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant
Real Estate Solutions of SWFL, LLC

Cell:  (239) 770-6250   Fax:  (239) 288-2505
Email:  InvestSWFL@gmail.com