Ocala Real Estate Market Report April 2015

$10,000 to $100,000 318
$100,001 to $200,000 215
$200,001 to $300,000 63
$300,001 to $500,000 25
$500,000 plus 10
Total residential sales 631
Median Days on Market 105
Average % of Original list vs Sold Price 92.3%
Active Listings 3376

It was an excellent month for home sales in Ocala. As I keep saying the buyers market is coming to an end here in Marion County. Inventory has been going down. The median price of homes being sold is going up. 

As a buyers agent I don’t see the same selection as a couple of years ago especially in the lower priced homes. List prices are going up and selection is beginning to go down. Houses in pristine move in condition are in demand. 

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.

When buying a home there are things you can’t change

When I’m showing homes to buyers I like to say there are things you can change and things you can’t change. You can change the paint colors, you can replace the carpet with some other type of flooring and you can even do a kitchen remodel. You can’t change the lot the house is on. A lot of people want a private lot or a home with a view. It’s hard to change the floor plan in a home in Florida. A block home on a concrete slab is harder to expend and some things like plumbing are beneath the concrete. In 55+ communities the homes are too close together to expend the size other than maybe the Lanai in the back. As a buyer you need to set priorities. Get the things that can’t be changed like a great floor plan or a nice view. Don’t get bogged down on paint or carpet they can be changed.

Ocala Florida weather report for May 2015

It’s been a crazy spring weather wise here in Ocala. March and April were exceedingly warm. Many days being a good 10 degrees above normal. The first few days of May have actually been cooler than many days in the two previous months. We have also had quite a bit of rain for the dry season and a little humidity as well.

In a normal year May is a transition month. We move from the dry season into the wet season. The temperatures heat up to the high 80′s and low 90′s and the humidity returns.

Ocala real estate market report for March 2015

$10,000 to $100,000 313
$100,001 to $200,000 202
$200,001 to $300,000 62
$300,001 to $500,000 19
$500,000 plus 11
Total residential sales 607
Median Days on Market 112
Average % of Original list vs Sold Price 91.8%
Active Listings 3497

March was a huge month for home sales here in Ocala and surrounding Marion County Florida. It shouldn’t be surprising March is always a good month as a result of sales to snowbirds.

As I’ve been saying for a while now from my personal observations the market is changing. Just like several years ago sellers didn’t realize that the market had changed now buyers are going through the same thing. I recently had a buyer who thought making an offer 30% below list price was reasonable. He was disappointed that the seller didn’t take him seriously. The days of low ball offers are over. Nice homes in good condition are selling and the best actually get multiple offers.

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.

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.

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

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