Archive for February, 2011
|$10,000 to $100,000||201|
|$100,001 to $200,000||59|
|$200,001 to $300,000||15|
|$300,001 to $500,000||3|
|Total residential sales||282|
Ocala area home sales for January 2011 were pretty good considering sales were based on contracts written during the holidays. Actually compared to January 2009 sales last month were great. In January 09 there were only 135 sales in Marion County as compared to this year with 282 sales. In January 2010 there were 233 sales: a 20% increase in sales compared to 2010. As has been the case for a couple of years now sales were driven by foreclosures. January 2011 had 119 foreclosures accounting for 42% of all residential sales. Active listings are gradually going down and I expect that they will go below the 5,000 mark in the next month or two. I think home sales will be good in 2011 do to the fact that the Ocala area has the lowest median homes prices in all of Florida.
February in Ocala is the last month of our winter. Average temperatures are in the low 70′s. We can still get a light frost until early March but as I write this in early February the grass is already getting a little green. So far this month we’ve had a exceptional amount of rain and that’s a good thing in the dry season.
January was actually warmer then December or so it seemed. It was also unusually wet. I think the winter of 2010-11 will down in the record books as colder than normal.
If you’re up north dreaming of spring then you need to move to Ocala. I plan to start working in my yard next week. Around Valentines day is the best time to prune Crape Myrtle. I’ll also prune some other bushes and start spreading some mulch. I try to get all my gardening done by mid May before the humidity really gets going.
Remember, no mater how hot or humid the summers get, it’s a small price to pay for no winters.
As I watch the news and see one storm after another dump snow on my home state of Massachussetts I’m just glad I don’t live there any more. As a matter of fact, I don’t know why I didn’t move south sooner. One of the things that I looked for when I moved from Maine to Ocala was no snow. That’s no snow or ice ever. A recent blog on CNN states that Florida was the only state with no snow. So if you’re sick of the winter. I mean so sick of the winter that you want to move, then Ocala Florida is the place to be. We have the lowest median home prices in Florida. No where in Florida is 100% hurricane safe but Ocala is about as close as you can get. Property taxes and insurance are lower than in other parts of Florida too. The hot and humid summers are a small price to pay for no winters and if you’re worried about the hot summers, I can always find you a nice pool home.