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February 2016

Found 12 blog entries for February 2016.

Discussion of market pauses, "breathers," slowdowns and questions about a potential housing bubble sprouting have begun to emerge in recent weeks, despite expert predictions just a month or two ago indicating Florida should expect a booming year in real estate. 

While the big dogs at the nation's largest industry watching organizations continue to study the trends and report reassuring findings, local real estate agents around the Florida say they have begun to see trends that warrant a measure of caution among buyers, sellers and agents alike. 

The Miami Sun Sentinel reported this week that South Florida real estate agents "say they're noticing a shift in the market that's giving buyers more leverage than they've enjoyed in the past few years."

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More tourists flooded the greater Daytona Beach area in Volusia and Flagler county last year than ever before in the area's history, state and local officials announced this week. 

More than 9.5 million people visited the area in 2015, tourism officials said. That's 400,000 more visitors than in 2014 and up about 1.5 million visitors from just a few years ago. 

The recovering economy, cheap gas and an especially harsh winter elsewhere in the nation coupled with some great online marketing is being credited for the success.

Of course adding just under 10 million consumers to the local checkout stands in a two-county community with well under 1 million residents has brought more jobs and economic security to the area. But it also has brought a

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In 2015, a Harvard study warned renters and potential buyers that rising rents would be the status quo for the foreseeable future. The researchers' numbers weren't lying. At least not so far.

The World Property Journal reported this month that the latest stats on rental rates show rents skyrocketing in Florida and elsewhere around the country. Topping the list for the highest rental rate increases in the nation during the last quarter of 2015 was the South Florida market with over a 25 percent increase in rental rates. Unfortunately, the problem isn't limited to South Florida. The greater Daytona Beach area ranked 4th in the nation with a nearly 15 percent increase in rental rates. (Two Louisiana metro areas ranked second and third on the list,

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The Wyse Report

Median Home Prices Up Dramatically In January 


(Daytona Beach, FL) –January home sales were strong and steady in the Daytona Beach area, with the total number of sales up slightly over last year. Meanwhile, the market saw a double digit increase in median sales prices last month. 

According to the Daytona Beach Multiple Listing Service (MLS), for the month ending on January 31, 2016, 304 existing single-family homes (detached) were sold in the Daytona Beach area with a median home sales price of $178,250. Those figures represent a 3.4 percent increase in total sales and a whopping 24 percent increase in median sales price, year over year. 


Comparisons to previous months, 2015 and 2014 SFR sales figures are

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Welcome to "Flip Fest" Daytona Beach! No, we're not talking about an acrobatic outdoor festival in sunny Florida. We're referring to a term Trulia used in a recent report graphic to describe house flipping activity in Daytona Beach and other hot real estate markets around the country. The report found Daytona was among the top 3 cities in the nation for highest rate of home flipping.

In his article and report titled "Big Flippers and High Rollers," Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, goes in search of data that could indicate whether housing bubble conditions are emerging amidst the growing real estate market heat in some areas of the nation. A graphic in the article plotted the cities' flip rates on a chart divided into 3 categories

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For Immediate Release: Feb. 15, 2015 

(Daytona Beach, FL) – Even amid rising real estate prices and millions spent revitalizing Daytona Beach and its tourist attractions, the area is still an amazing place for vacationers, snow birds and investors to find fabulous beachfront homes and condos at bargain prices. In fact, Daytona Beach is such a great place to find beach bargains that the Season 9 premiere of HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt show airing this weekend will feature our fair city! 

The show will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 on HGTV cable network stations. 

Daytona Beach is a fantastic place to live, work and play. So it's no surprise that millions of people from around the globe visit our beautiful beaches and awesome attractions each year. And

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An onslaught of home buyers are about to roll in to Florida, including the greater Daytona Beach area. That's the message that went out during a recent gathering of the Florida Realtors Association and hundreds of real estate agents from around the state. And realtors here aren't the only ones who think a market rush is impending.

 "Florida is positioned to become one of the hottest spots in the country with rising demand, positive gains in recovery, really good fundamentals and positive momentum," said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of

What that means for buyers and sellers is this: 

"For homebuyers, this is quite literally the year to buy a home - and the same is true for sellers who want to sell and buy another home," Smoke said.

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Night Club DJThe folks at love to crunch numbers to determine the best spots to vacation, live, work, play and invest. And last month, they crunched the numbers to find the best beach towns in the nation, based on buyers' interests. 

From outdoor activities, to pristine calm waters, to where the best parties are, the results are in. And Daytona made one of their lists!

In the top 10 markets for offering a fabulously fun night life, Daytona Beach and the powder soft sands of The World's Most Famous Beach, ranked number 6.

A longtime locale for college kids kicking up a little Spring Break fun, Daytona Beach caters to more than just the Ramen Noodle lovers that land on our shores for a few weeks each springtime. With millions of visitors from around

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The Wyse Report

For Immediate Release: Feb. 8, 2016 

(Daytona Beach, FL) – An analysis by The Wyse Home Team at Keller-Williams Realty in Port Orange, FL, showed sales and prices of condos and condotels in the Daytona Beach remained strong and steady in January, compared to a year earlier. According to the Daytona Beach Multiple Listing Service (MLS), there were 88 condo sales in January, just 2 sales less than were closed in 2015. Median sales prices, meanwhile, rose by over 8 percent to 155,500. 

“Condo Sales were strong and steady in January, which is typically a slightly slower month for condo sales in the Daytona Beach area,” said Ron Wysocarski, CEO of The Wyse Home Team at Keller Williams Realty in Port Orange. 


January Daytona

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Throaty engine rumbling beneath your seat. Wind whipping through your hair. Leather. Loud music. Mouthwatering Food. Fantastic Fun. Are you ready?? "The World's Largest Motorcycle Event," Daytona Beach Bike Week 2016 is almost here, and this year promises to be what organizers are calling a "lifetime landmark event" with loads of fabulous fun to mark the 75th Anniversary of Daytona's annual Bike Week festivities. 

Wow. Now that's something. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the nation have been descending on Daytona Beach each March for 75 years! It's easy to understand why, though. Our area offers some of the most beautiful scenic rides in the world. Our temperate climate makes those rides all the more pleasant. And Daytona Beach is

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