LONDON, Oct. 11, 2012 /PR Newswire/ -- Property prices are currently low in Florida, making it the best time to buy in years, but could soon be on the rise, according to Florida Realtors®.
"Now is the time to buy in Florida. We're starting to see the beginning of the shift from a buyer's to a seller's market," says Dr. John Tuccillo, chief economist for Florida Realtors®. "Sales numbers and home prices have both been rising, and we expect the trend to continue as more international buyers take note of the opportunities here, and the market's recovery gains traction. There are some real residential bargains to be found for British buyers."
For United Kingdom buyers, bargain prices look even better thanks to the best dollar-pound exchange rate in six months.
Tuccillo and other representatives from Florida Realtors are speaking at the Property Investor Show in London Oct. 11-12, 2012, at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Florida appeals to international buyers for its subtropical weather, beaches and attractions, but many of these buyers also see investment potential, particularly within the rental market. Some would-be landlords enter the market even when they don't plan to vacation in their house, seeking out Florida property that already has tenants.
Florida sales to international buyers accounted for over a quarter of all U.S. international property market sales last year, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), and Florida's popularity is still rising among international investors. Florida Realtors recent research revealed buyers from Canada, Brazil and Venezuela are now joining British buyers in taking advantage of Florida's property bargains.
Florida Realtors research finds that the statewide median price for a single-family Florida home currently is £91,000 (about $146,000 in U.S. dollars), with Orlando the most popular destination for Brits. In Orlando a four-bedroom home with private pool and garden can be snapped up for around £125,000 – 75 percent of a similar-sized home in the U.K.
"Buyers who have been waiting on the sidelines should see this as a sign to jump in before the market escapes them again," says Florida Realtors® President Summer Greene, regional manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st in Fort Lauderdale. "We understand this is a big step, so to help international buyers understand Florida's potential, we've put together a few tips and tricks for Brits looking to buy."
Tips and facts on buying Florida property
Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its more than 115,000 members in 63 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.
SOURCE Florida Realtors