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Coral Gables Market Update

The Market in Coral Gables on the move...  +As of August 2019 there were 383 single family homes on the market for sale.  The average LIST price was $3,173,000  The average SOLD price was $1,208,000  The MEDIAN sold price was $901,000  +There are 122 homes out of 383 homes that are priced under $1,000,000, or 32% of the total +There are 261 homes priced over $1,000,000 in the Gables which is 68% of the Total. + Over the past year there were 446 homes sold in the Gables ( 241 were under $1.0M or 54%) and ( 205 were priced over $1,000,000 or 46%) +The average time a listing is on the market is 63 days. + The average price per square foot is up this year about 3.6%, May-July 2018 to May-July 2019. I think this is due to the sale of many homes that are updated and ready to go. They have been setting records.
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Current Market Conditions in the Gables

Over  the past several months, the number of homes on the market for sale, in the Gables, has been decreasing, ever so slightly.   Since May of 2019, the number of homes for sale has decreased by 8%. Even though, for that same period, the number of homes sold is down by 13%, the number of homes going under contract is beginning to rise by 2%. This could be a positive thing. For all those homes in the Gables, priced under $1M, there is a slight bit of positive information, as well. The total number of homes on the market has been decreasing by about 10% over the past three months. Comparing the July 2019 numbers with July 2018, the number of homes sold is up by 15% and the number of homes going under contract is up by 38%. The same thing holds true for all those homes priced over $1.0M. Inventory has been coming down slightly, over the past three months. The number of homes sold is down by 12%, but the number of homes going under contract is up by 14% In conclusion, it

Hot Open Houses: 513 Navarre Ave. and 1418 Mantua Ave.

513 Navarre Ave. 2/1.5 $550,000   Some weekends you  have no room left in your sign-in sheet, and that was the case on both of these homes. These new listings had a total of nearly 100 people come through to see them. Our opinion is that this is what happens when you price houses to sell. These two houses are both in great locations in Coral Gables, they have a lot of potential and in the case of Navarre it is move-in ready! 1418 Mantua Ave. 3/3 $750,000  Mantua has a big lot with over 10,000 sq ft and is in a great location near the University of Miami and downtown South Miami. A real oasis of a home! The open houses were so busy that we've also had a good number of calls for both homes for second showings, so wish us luck! To learn more about the properties visit, and follow us on instagram for more pictures, @slesnickjochemrealty

840 Coral Way : A One of a Kind Property

840 Coral Way has to be one of the most unique homes in all of Coral Gables. Built in 1926 and designed by noted architects John and Coulton Skinner for R.D. Maxwell. This house is a testament of the artistry and craftsmanship of the designers who worked in Coral Gables during its boom. The structure is an excellent example of the larger homes that were constructed along this prominent street. Designed in the "Italianate" style the house has an elaborate central portal, which comes to a pediment at the roof line to focus the entrance. The Skinner brothers also used round oculus windows at the mezzanine floor level to articulate the walls that allow for such high ceilings. The ground floor was originally composed of a formal living room, library and dinning room and designed around an open loggia. Above on the second floor there are five bedrooms for the family that were connected two by two with a central bathroom. Covered porches were also integrated into the design of

Mortgage Rates Update

 Average U.S. mortgage rates started the year by dipping to new lows, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking its lowest level since May 2013. The ongoing decline in mortgage rates would appear to be a boon for prospective home buyers. But it hasn't yet significantly enticed more buyers into the market. At the same time, there are fewer distressed properties and bargains coming onto the market that attract real estate investors. This week the nationwide average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 3.73 percent from 3.87 percent last week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, slid to 3.05 percent from 3.15 percent last week. A year ago, the 30-year mortgage stood at 4.51 percent and the 15-year mortgage at 3.56 percent. Mortgage rates have remained low even though the Federal Reserve in October ended its monthly bond purchases, which were meant to hold down long-term rates. The housing market has st

Where is Miami in the current real estate cycle?

Miami is still experiencing an unprecedented real estate boom fueled by a robust pool of wealthy out-of-town buyers and projects built by experienced, well-financed developers, according to prominent real estate insiders. Yet, big drops in November condo sales and the weakening buying power of foreign investors could mean the boom is in for a slowdown in the coming year, some economists and real estate analysts say. Developer Richard LeFrak told The Real Deal last month that he doesn’t see Miami’s current cycle slowing down soon. “I’d be worried if interest rates go up and consumer confidence drops,” LeFrak said, speaking at a sales party for his 1 Hotels & Homes South Beach. “But the U.S. economy is doing well and the stock market is high.”  LeFrak cited the dramatic increase in the number of buyers from the northeastern U.S. over the past two years as evidence of a continually bullish Miami market. “These are the people paying the big prices in Miami Beach…They all like Miami b

Baby Boomers Could Be Next Wave Of New-Home Buyers

Retirement surge. Those words are real estate consultant John Burns' "big idea" for 2015. More Americans were born in the 1950s — 41 million — than any other decade, he blogs. And they will be "dropping out of the workforce in droves" this year as they begin turning 65. His advice: take advantage of the sizable surge, no matter what your business. Lennar has, among designs seen as ideal for boomers, a NextGen "multigenerational" home with an extra suite. For homebuilders, the seismic shift is an opportunity to throw down the welcome mat to a demographic that has better credit and more cash than younger buyers, especially those still largely missing first-timers. "It's a pretty affluent group compared to prior generations of retirees," Burns told IBD. Formidable Demographic Those born in the 1950s are just part of the wave, though a big one, of the 78 million or so baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. Americans 55 an