Archive for February, 2012
As of today the Ocala Marion County MLS states that there were 283 residential home sales here in Marion County. That’s a good month compared to previous Ocala real estate market reports. This should be no surprise since contracts that closed in January were written 30 to 60 days earlier which is the beginning of snow bird season. There were 64 foreclosure sales. That’s about half of what we were seeing in early 2011. There were 29 short sales in January. Short sales don’t seem to be getting any easier to close unfortunately. As of today there are 3,546 active residential listings. If you look at past market reports you can see a steady decline starting about 1 year ago.
I’ve changed the format for my market reports for 2012 beginning with this one. I’d really like feed back. If you liked the old more detailed report then make a comment or send me an email.
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.
I always get this question even though you’d think it’s self-explanatory. Do you have to be 55+ to live in an Ocala 55+ community? At least one person on the deed has to be 55. HOA’s require proof of age in the form of a driver’s license. Some also make you sign an affidavit to that effect. This is true of every Ocala/Marion County retirement community with the exception of Ocala Palms. Ocala Palms is an Adult Community where everyone has to be 21 and over. For more info on 55+ communities in Florida see this State of Florida web site.
The weather this winter has been unusually warm and very dry. Many days in January were in the high 70′s with several days getting close to 80. That’s a good 5 to 10 degrees above normal. We are also in a pretty severe drought. There has only been about one inch of rain since December 1st. This is the dry season but this year is a lot dryer than normal.
Normally I’d give you the average temperature in Ocala for February but here we are on the 8th of the month and it’s still unseasonably warm. I’m not complaining. It’s been beautiful all winter so far. Warm weather in the 70′s with no humidity is just about perfect for me.
If you’re sick of the winter where you are then move to Ocala.