Ocala weather report for April 2014

Wild Flowers SW 80 Ave

Looking back at March it was an unusually wet month. March 2014 was by far the wetest March since I moved to Ocala in 2004.

April is a fantastic month here in Ocala. The day time temperatures are in the 80′s. It is dry with no humidity yet. The nights are cool in the 60′s. There is very little need to run the AC. When it does get a little too warm it is only in the late afternoon and it cools off by dark.

If it is still cold and raw where you are you really need to move to Ocala. Call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder before prices go up.

Ocala Consignment Furniture Shops

If you need to sell furniture or if you want to buy high quality used furniture Ocala has a lot of options. 

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Ocala Real Estate Market Report for February 2014

$10,000 to $100,000 282
$100,001 to $200,000 133
$200,001 to $300,000 41
$300,001 to $500,000 14
$500,000 plus 8
Total residential sales 479
Foreclosures 111
Short Sales 20
Active Listings 3887

February was a great month for home sales in the Ocala Marion county area and it should be this is the height of snowbird season. The worse the winter is up north the better sales are here in Florida. Currently we have a little over 8 months of inventory. We are moving towards a neutral market, meaning not favoring either the buyer or seller. As I’ve said in past reports I think we will be in a sellers market in a year or two simply because there has been so little new construction since the market crashed in 2007.

I’ve sold a couple of houses to people who wanted to take advantage of our low prices before they go up but are they are keeping an existing home up north until prices rise there. This might be something to consider if you are in a position to do that. Interest rates are still very low by historical standards.

Call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder. 

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 Weather Report for March 2014

March Azaleas in bloom

March is a spring month here in Ocala. Actually it begins to warm up the last week of February. The average temperatures in March are in the mid to high 70′s. It is also the dry season with little rain and no humidity.

The winter of 2013-14 was odd. It was the 18th wettest year in the past 121 years. Since I got here in 2004 winters have been very dry sometimes going for weeks without rain. This year I had to drain my pool to keep it from over flowing 2 or 3 times. In the SW where I live we also didn’t get a hard frost. In my 10 years of living here we have always had a good frost and even a freeze or two.

If it’s not spring yet where you live then move to ocala. Call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder. The selection of homes is still great but prices are just starting to go up.

Ocala Real Estate Market Report for January 2014

$10,000 to $100,000 252
$100,001 to $200,000 130
$200,001 to $300,000 24
$300,001 to $500,000 8
$500,000 plus 9
Total residential sales 423
Foreclosures 117
Short Sales 21
Active Listings 3964

January sales were good but less than October and November. However compared to January 2013 sales were great. January 2014 had 423 sales as compared to 357 in 2013. That is a almost a 20% increase ! We are gradually heading from a buyers market to a neutral market which favors neither side. As I stated last month there has been so little building here since the market crash in 2007 it’s hard to believe that we won’t be in a sellers market at some time in the future. After all no new inventory has been added in 7 years.

The hot humid summers here in Ocala are a small price to pay for having no winter. Call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder and I will find you a new home. 

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 extended stay hotels an alternative to short term rental homes

People contact me all the time about short term rentals. Ocala isn’t a resort area and I don’t  know of any short term rentals but extended stay hotels could be an option. All these have a suite set up with a living room and some sort of kitchen.

 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gnvri-residence-inn-ocala/ 
http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/homewood-suites-by-hilton-ocala-at-heath-brook-OCFHWHW/index.html 
http://www.countryinns.com/ocala-hotel-fl-34474/flocala http://www.microtelinn.com/hotels/florida/ocala/microtel-inn-and-suites-ocala/hotel-overview

Ocala Florida weather report for February 2014

Before talking about what the weather should be like in February let’s talk about what the weather actually was like in January. January 2014 was unusually cool with many days never getting out of the 50′s and 60′s. It’s not unusual to get a few days in the 60′s and even a couple in the 50′s but not to the extent we saw this January. Oddly enough even with these low day time temps we didn’t get a hard frost, at least not at my house in SW Ocala. A few hard frosts are very typical of this area and is the reason that plants that grow in South Florida won’t grow here. We also go a lot more rain than normal so much so I had to drain my pool which is unheard of in the dry season. 

Let’s hope February is closer to normal with days in the 70′s and nights in the high 40′s. We should still get cold fronts come thru and drop temps but it should only last a day or two and back to 70.  By the end of this month things begin to warm up and by March the grass turns green again and the azaleas bloom.

If you hate the winter where you live call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder. Prices are beginning to go up. Now is the time to buy.

Ocala Real Estate Market Report for December 2013

$10,000 to $100,000 231
$100,001 to $200,000 106
$200,001 to $300,000 36
$300,001 to $500,000 3
$500,000 plus 4
Total residential sales 381
Foreclosures 102
Short Sales 32
Active Listings 3927

Home sales in December were down quite a bit from October and November. I have no idea why. The holidays are a good time for sales here in Ocala because of all the snowbirds. The worse the winter is up north the better homes sales are here in Florida.

Over all 2013 was a great year. There were 5,673 home sales in 2013 as opposed to 4,602 in 2012  4,461 in 2011 and 4,102 in 2010. As you can see that is a significant difference and a clearly defined trend. 

My prediction for the future of Ocala real estate and this is just my opinion. There has been almost no new home building since the market crashed here in 2007. Almost no new homes have been added to the inventory in 7 years. It seems inevitable that combined with baby boomers wanting to retire this will create a home shortage in years to come thus driving up prices. Kind of logical. Opposing opinions welcome.

Now is time to buy even if you don’t plan to move right away. Call me. Email me. Or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder 

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.

Florida home owners insurance companies rated by size

Is bigger better when securing property insurance?

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 9, 2014 – Florida-owned Citizens Property Insurance retained its lead as the state’s largest residential property insurer in the latest “top 20” numbers released by the Florida Department of Insurance Regulation.

Top 20 personal residential writers in Florida as of Dec. 31, 2012

1. Citizens Property: 1,268,071 policies
2. Universal Property & Casualty: 542,882 policies
3. State Farm Florida: 387,970 policies
4. Security First: 177,589 policies
5. St. Johns Insurance: 175,535 policies
6. Homeowners Choice: 152,446 policies
7. American Integrity: 150,189 policies
8. Florida Peninsula: 139,721 policies
9. USAA: 135,964 policies
10. United Property & Casualty: 117,233 policies
11. Tower Hill Prime: 113,624 policies
12. Castle Key Indemnity (Allstate): 113,344 policies
13. Castle Key Insurance (Allstate): 109,156 policies
14. American Bankers: 104,489 policies
15. ASI Assurance: 101,480 policies
16. Florida Family: 96,190 policies
17. ASI Preferred: 90,340 policies
18. Tower Hill Signature: 77,533 policies
19. Southern Fidelity: 75,124 policies
20. Ark Royal: 74,276 policies

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Ocala Florida weather report for January 2014

It is the first full week of January and a new year. Last night January 6 a cold front went through and we had a hard freeze. We can get a frost here in Ocala and usually get a couple each winter. Every 5 to 10 years we get a hard freeze. Last night it got to 29 and stayed like that for several hours. The last freeze we got was in 2010 and I lost my lemon tree which was at least 12 feet tall. Today will not get out of the 40′s ! That is very unusual for Ocala winters.  Saturday and Sunday it’s expected to hit 80 which is several degrees above normal. I’m telling this story because this is what winter is like here in Ocala. Warm weather, usually in the low 70′s in January, interrupted by a cold front and a couple of cold days and maybe a frost or even a freeze. Then back to warm weather while we wait for another cold front.

If you think the winters here in Ocala sound pretty good compared to where you live then call me, email me or use my Ocala Dream Home Finder and I will find you a house. The market is changing. Now is the time to buy before price go up.

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

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