Valrico Florida Residental Sales By the Numbers

I get alot of questions about when to buy or is the market too high?  Well I wanted to show you some of the numbers in one of my favorite bedroom communities in eastern Hillsborough County (Florida), which is Valrico (zip codes 33594, 33595, and 33596). Valrico is just east of the better known Brandon community and features some of the best schools in area.

Valrico

Income Statistics

We have reviewed income statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1 and Esri forecasts for 2017.  Based on these figures in the exhibit below, the Valrico market is very affluent market compared to both Hillsborough County as well as the state of Florida.

2017 Income Comparison

Home Price Trends

Did you know that historically in most communities in Hillsborough County that the price range under $100,000 is the most popular according to MLS Statistics?  The second price range is between $150,000 and $300,000.  As the sales price increases, the number of sales decrease.

Valrico Sales by Number of Sales

As you can see by the below exhibit, Valrico’s historical price trend has remain steady over the past several years.  As of July 2017, the median sales price in Valrico was $232,500.  Based on this MLS Data, there is no reason to suggest a housing bubble or market peak in the near future.

Valrico Historical Sales Price Trend

Rental Rate Comparison

The Valrico residential rental market is also as strong as the residential sales market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and 2010-2014 American Community Survey, Valrico’s median contract rent is above both Hillsborough County asa well as the state of Florida.

Median Rent

How Much House Can You Afford Instead of Renting?

There are several financing options for home buyers (i.e. conventional, FHA, VA, etc.) and there is a difference changing the term (length of the loan).  Accoding to Rateplug, here is a rough estimate of what a $200,000 house payment would be:

Sample Lender

*FHA loans allow for a 3.5% Down Payment. ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgages) loan payment & interest rates will change during term.

Real estate taxes assume the property has a homestead.

Ins./HOA Dues = Home Owners Insurance/Dues (can vary)

APR = Annual Percentage Rate. ARM Rates may increase after consummation.

PMI = Private Mortgage Insurance

Conclusion

There is no evidence of a market bubble in the near term as we are growing at a sustainable rate.  So the time to buy is now.  Especially considering the cost of renting versus buying.  We did not even address the benefits of writing off interest and real estate taxes on your income taxes!!!  Stop throwing money out the window and let me sell you a home today.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Tampa Bay Residential Real Estate Firms

kwKeller Williams Realty has three of the top 10 residential real estate firms in Tampa Bay Market ranked by Gross Sales Volume Closed in 2016.  The Tampa Bay market comprises Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties.   This list was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires.  Two of the Keller Williams’ offices exceeded the average number of listings and closings.  In fact, one office was ranked first in both closings and listings.  However, Keller Williams Realty lagged the average sales price with these firms focusing on selling higher end condominiums and water front properties versus Keller Williams focus on middle class purchasers.  The following exhibit displays the results of this survey:

Tampa Bay Residential

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

La Collina Spec Home in Brandon Florida

cropped-image1.pngLa Collina is located at the northeastern quadrant of Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Roads in Brandon, Florida.  This location is located in one of the best areas of Brandon including, but not limited to a wide variety of shopping, parks, and restaurants.  Amenities include a clubhouse, playground, a pavilion with a resort style swimming pool, cabanas, trails, and a dog park.  There is an annual CDD fee of $1,303.09 and HOA fees of $306 per month with a $500 capital contribution.  The community features a variety of single family homes with six floor plans:

  • Pricing from $282,990s to $306,990s
  • Square footage from 2,074 to 2,775
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 2

This area is known is for some of the better schools in Hillsborough County.  Currently, the schools include the following:

  • Brooker Elementary School
  • Burns Middle School
  • Bloomingdale High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that a potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task.  Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles.  Due diligence is essential.  Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical” upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

 The builder representative and your real estate agent

A builder representative’s ultimate goal is to sell you a home.  His or her role is to provide a wide range of information to help you in your decision-making, from building restrictions, roads and easements to inspections, warranties, rebates and upgrades.  A real estate agent knowledgeable in new home construction will be able to help you wade through all the data and point out the downsides and upsides of each line item.  Your agent also can look out for your interests in reviewing the builder’s contract, which often contains more legal jargon than consumer friendly language.

There is one spec home available (the Georgia) within the La Collina.  This 2,074 square foot, 3 bedroom home features a designer kitchen with an abundance of counter and cabinet space.  It looks out to the open space of the family and dining room for a great open feel.  The bedrooms are on the second floor and large, with the master suite over 20 feet wide with a huge closet and luxury master bath with garden tub. The laundry room is on the second floor for your convenience.

Georgia Elevation

Georgia 1st Flr

Georgia 2nd

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

3602 W Renellie Circle, Tampa, FL 33629

IMG_6828.JPGThis charming 2 Bedroom/1 Bath South Tampa home, including GUEST HOUSE has it all! (Note: Main House Approx. 999 Sq. Ft) Features gorgeous hardwood & ceramic tile floors, granite counter tops, remodeled kitchen & bath, built-in cherry wood armoire, and much, much more. Nestled in beautiful lush gardens and brick pathways is the private, remodeled, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Guest House, which is leased on a month-to-month basis for $700. This property is located in an area that has seen a lot of redevelopment and could be interim use or immediate tear down.  This property is currently listed for only $299,000

Below is a map of Plant High School Boundaries.  For the 2016-2017 school year, the property was located just north of the southern boundary within Plant High School:

Plant High School Map

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the Plant High School (one of the best high schools in Tampa), I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Granite vs. Quartz

Azalea-Kitchen_thumb.jpgMost of the new homes in the Tampa Bay residential market have granite countertops as standard rather than an option.  Some of the home builders are offers Quartz as an updated option. Granite is a common type of igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture. Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color. Granitic rock is widely distributed throughout the continental crust.  Below are some different colors of Granites:

Various_granites

cropped-hamilton-kitchen-river-bend.jpgDid you know that Granite is actually porous?  Whereas, Quartz is not porous and thus requires no periodic sealing like Granite with the look of any quartz countertop compares to granite.  It is also heat-resistant.  Since quartz is an engineered product, consisting of a minimum of 93% quartz and 7% epoxy binder and dyes.  An engineered product is s a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive.  The two common stones used in producing these products are marble and quartz.  It requires no sealer has the advantage in that it requires no harsh chemicals to seal, nor does it emit harmful chemicals into the air, making it potentially more environmentally friendly.  Because quartz countertops are manufactured, the color and pattern possibilities are limitless—including varieties that are almost identical to granite or marble.  Because of the ease of care, Quartz is becoming more popular.  For example, I know that Lennar now offers quartz as an option.  If you buying a home and you want to get the most for your money, you should consider Quartz.

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

 

FHA Versus Conventional Loan (With and Without Closing Costs) Example

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In today’s economy, it is often hard for buyers to come up with the additional money for closing costs and/or sellers are not willing to pay some or all of buyer’s closing costs to buy residential real estate.  Thus, I have been provided with an example of FHA versus Conventional Loans (with and without closing costs) for a property offered at $179,900.

money-7As demonstrated in the above exhibit, the cost to roll in the additional costs for either a Conventional or FHA loan is nominal over a 30 year term.  These closing costs include, but are not limited to real estate commissions (usually paid by the seller), lender fees (i.e..loan origination fee, loan discount points, application fee, etc.), homeowner’s insurance (in some cases flood insurance is required), real estate taxes, title feees, survey costs, inspections (i.e.pest.and home inspectors), etc.  With the new FHA rules that require mortgage insurance over the entire term regardless of loan-to-value, a conventional loan is a home buyer’s best option (if they can qualify for it).  FHA still is the easiest to qualify for.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgFor more information about finding the right financial product for you, you can contact Stephen Speer at stephenspeer@inlanta.com, or visit his web site atstephenspeer.com.  

You should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Residential Market Insights: July 2016

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HOME PRICES

The median home price was $239,700 in July, which was up 3.8 percent from June and up 4.7 percent from last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $11,000 in the past year alone.

HOME SALES

The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.5 million homes during the month of May. This was an increase of 1.8 percent from April, and an increase of 4.5 percent from May of last year.

INVENTORY – MONTH’S SUPPLY

There was a 4.7-month supply of housing inventory in May, which remained flat from April. The total number of homes for sale decreased by 7.8 percent compared to May of last year to 2.15 million homes nationwide, which was 130,000 fewer listings than May of last year.

CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES

The following is a summary of the current mortgage rates:

Mortgage Type Rate
30-Year Fixed 3.54%
15-Year Fixed 2.81%
5/1-year ARM 2.74%
Historical average 8.90%

Source: This Month in Real Estate

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KWYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link