Fishing near Ocala

The above video is by someone I sold a 55+ home to a couple of years ago. He is a kayak fisherman and fishes in the Gulf off of Yankeetown. He has a You Tube channel full of kayak fishing videos be sure to check them out.

You can also fish from shore in the Gulf not far from Ocala. Yankeetown and Crystal River are about a 45 minute drive from SW 55+ communities. The state has fishing docks all along the coast. I like fishing in the Barge Canal. At different times of year you can catch different species of fish including redfish, sea trout (not a real trout), Amber Jack, Sheepshead and Sharks among others.

Just another reason to move to Ocala.

Fishing dock florida barge canal

View from fishing dock

 

Ocala Florida weather report for April 2015

March Azalea in bloom

It has been an unusually warm spring here in Ocala. As soon as March began we had temp’s in the 80′s. That is unusual as March begins kind of cool in the low 70′s normally. As the month went on we had numerous days in the high 80′s which is about 10 degrees above normal. If you follow my weather blogs you know I’m not happy with these warm temperatures. There is nothing I hate more than using the AC in March ! The warm weather has continued into April with more 10 degree above normal temperatures. At least it’s not humid yet. The humidity usually holds off until mid to late May.

I realize you folks that still have snow on the ground have little sympathy for my complaining about the warm weather. If you can’t take another snowy winter then call me, email me or use my Dream Home Finder. Remember my unconditional guarantee. If it ever snows at your new Ocala home I’ll come over and shovel your driveway for free.

 

Ocala Florida Real Estate Market Report for February 2015

$10,000 to $100,000 249
$100,001 to $200,000 147
$200,001 to $300,000 34
$300,001 to $500,000 18
$500,000 plus 9
Total residential sales 457
Median Days on Market 113
Average % of Original list vs Sold Price 91.6%
Active Listings 3601

February was a pretty good month with 457 sales but nothing to brag about. I expected it would be well north of 500 this being snowbird season. We were in the 500 range several times last summer.

Someone asked me if we have a slow season when prices go down. The summer used to be slower a few years ago but nothing like winter up north. We even sell homes here during the holidays.

From my own personal experience as a buyers agent I’m seeing list prices increasing. In the 55+ communities where I do about 90% of my work homes are selling pretty close to list price. We are almost out of a buyers market and moving towards a more neutral market. Well priced homes in good condition are selling. Last year was my best year ever in real estate here in Ocala and this year is even better. 

Statistics used for this blog post are from the Ocala Marion County MLS and are deemed to be accurate at the time this blog was written but are not guaranteed. All information is time sensitive and subject to change without notice. Home sales are for Marion County only and do not include FSBO, homes sold by builders or by auction that were not  listed on the MLS, commercial properties or vacant land. Residential sales do include farms, mobile homes and condo’s.

Ocala Florida weather report for March 2015

Well just when I thought we might make it through a second year without a frost we got a light one the last week of February. That was followed by a week of unusually high temperatures a few exceeding 80. That’s winter in Ocala.

March is a real spring month here. Temperatures in the mid 70′s and 60′s at night. No humidity. Some but not a lot of rain. The grass will green up. The azaleas will bloom. March is a great month.

I’ve already started my yard work. I’m pruning back shrubs that have grown too much over last summer. I’ll repair patches in my lawn. I have a company that fertilizes and does weed control. Later this month or early April I’ll mulch and finally get my driveway pressure washed. I try to finish everything by mid to late May when the humidity arrives. They I sit by my pool for the rest of the summer.

 

Ocala Real Estate Market Report for January 2015

$10,000 to $100,000 226
$100,001 to $200,000 119
$200,001 to $300,000 23
$300,001 to $500,000 19
$500,000 plus 9
Total residential sales 398
Median Days on Market 117
Active Listings 3658

We had only 398 sales in January of course those contracts would have been written 30-60 days earlier during the holidays. Active listing have gone down somewhat compared to previous months. In the communities that I work in the most, the SW 55+ communities, I see list prices going up. I personally have never been busier.

Statistics used for this blog post are from the Ocala Marion County MLS and are deemed to be accurate at the time this blog was written but are not guaranteed. All information is time sensitive and subject to change without notice. Home sales are for Marion County only and do not include FSBO, homes sold by builders or by auction that were not  listed on the MLS, commercial properties or vacant land. Residential sales do include farms, mobile homes and condo’s.

I don’t miss the winters up north at all

Joe’s sister’s house Chelmsford Mass

My sister sends me pictures of what this terrible winter has been like where we grew up in Massachusetts. I never realized how much I hated snow and ice until I moved to Florida where I don’t have it any more. As a matter of fact I don’t even like seeing snow on TV ! My only regret is not moving to Florida sooner.

Ocala Florida weather report for February 2015

So far this has been a warmer and wetter than normal winter. We still haven’t had a hard frost which is some what unusual. A frost is a good thing it kills insects and weeds. If we don’t get a frost in the next couple of weeks it will be the 2nd year in a row without one. It’s rained so much that I turned off my sprinklers to save money on water. 

Typically the temperatures this month average 72 during the day and 47 at night with 3.8 inches of rain. 

It was so warm this week end, mid 70′s I sat on the Lanai and read my Kindle and we had lunch outside. If you have had a terrible winter like my sister up in Massachusetts then think about moving to Ocala. Home prices are just beginning to go up and we still have a good selection of homes.

Ocala Real Estate Market Report for December 2014

$10,000 to $100,000 300
$100,001 to $200,000 174
$200,001 to $300,000 48
$300,001 to $500,000 18
$500,000 plus 7
Total residential sales 547
Median Days on Market 109
Average % of Original list vs Sold Price 89.9%
Active Listings 3749

December sales were up at 547 homes after a disappointing November. I think these fluctuations are just a result of when a contract is written and the number of days it takes to close. Looking at the current number of active listings and current sales we have 6.8 months of inventory which means we are no longer in a buyers market. Don’t be deceived by the 300 sales under $100K. You should assume that the vast majority of these homes will need some sort of work or renovation. As I’ve said before there has been very little new construction since the market crashed in 2007. A sellers market is inevitable. What you buy today should look pretty good in 5 years in my opinion.

Statistics used for this blog post are from the Ocala Marion County MLS and are deemed to be accurate at the time this blog was written but are not guaranteed. All information is time sensitive and subject to change without notice. Home sales are for Marion County only and do not include FSBO, homes sold by builders or by auction that were not  listed on the MLS, commercial properties or vacant land. Residential sales do include farms, mobile homes and condo’s.

Ocala Florida weather report for January 2015

As is typical of winter weather in Ocala the first week end of the year was unseasonably warm with temperatures in the low 80′s and today as I write this the day time temperature never got above 55 in the shade on my lanai. Winter here revlves around cold fronts. It’s warm, usually more like the low 70′s this time of year until a cold front comes thru dropping temperatures to the 50′s for a day or two.

If you’re freezing cold just remember that’s my grass is still green and I have to mow it this week ! Call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder and you can have green grass in January too.

Not all Ocala 55+ have a true HOA

Not all Ocala 55+ communities have what buyers from other parts of the country think of as a homeowner’s association, that being when the builder finishes construction that he turns over the facilities and management to the residents. 

Here and in many parts of Florida the developer retains ownership of the common areas including the clubhouse, pool, fitness center and golf course and manages the community collecting fees for using the amenities. In this type of community the HOA is for social purposes like clubs and activities. Area communities with this sort or structure include Cherry Wood, Oak Run, Ocala Palms, On Top of the World and the Indigo East and Candler Hills areas. 

Communities where the residents do control a homeowners association are Summerglen, Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club, Spruce Creek Preserve, Palm Cay, Spruce Creek North,  and Stone Creek when it gets built out.

I’m not sure one is better than another. Oak Run is one of my favorite communities. You get a lot of bang for your fees at Oak Run and the fees pretty much remain the same.

Joe Dallorso
Fontana Realty
7668 SW 60th Avenue #200
Ocala FL 34476
352-598-4340

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