Mid September Update

Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Thanks to all who chimed in on the last post. Closings are slow but plugging along with 20 closed condos and townhouses so far in the month of September in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. Sales ranged from $32,000 for a foreclosed, 464 sq. ft. 1/1 condo conversion in Cape Canaveral to $335,000 for a brand new, 3rd floor, direct river, 3/2.5 with 2210 sq. ft. at Garden Bay in Cocoa Beach. Other sales of note closed so far included;

Ground floor 2/2 Cape Winds direct ocean for $210,000

2nd floor, direct river, Harbor Isles 2/2 for $220,000

16th floor, direct ocean Stonewood 2/2, very nice for $315,000

6th floor, south ocean view Royale Towers 2/2 for $225,000

There have been three single family homes sold so far, all in Cocoa Beach. They ranged from a small, trashed 3/2 short sale on Samar that sold for $110,000 to a direct river 4/2 on Bali that closed for $389,000.

Checking the MLS this morning I find a total of 131 pending or contingent residential properties in the two cities. Over half of these contracts are short sales. Of 716 total active residential listings, only 94 are short sales. This skew between offered and contracted numbers makes it clear that the action in MLS-listed properties is heavily concentrated in the distressed properties. If you're hoping to take advantage of the market, don't make the mistake of only looking at distressed properties. There are a few sellers who understand the market dynamics who have priced their properties accordingly without the hassles of the short sale process. On the other hand, if you have a good property contracted as a short sale at a good price and are losing patience because of the length and opacity of the process, be strong. Unless you find something better in the meantime, your patience may be eventually rewarded with approval. We have had a flood of short sale approvals recently after months of very little contact from the lenders, so, be aware of the frustration of the process, be patient and have a Plan B in case you don't get approved.

Snook are still being caught in the surf and the mullet run hasn't really peaked yet, so, there's plenty of opportunity for everyone to get out there on the beach and catch a great dinner.

"The unspoken word never does harm."_____Lajos Kossuth