With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.
I did a quick search of the Key West mls records this morning. It revealed 21 single family homes sold in February 2011. The least expensive sold at $305,000 and the highest price paid was for a lovely Key Haven home that sold for $1,600,000. In fact 6 houses sold for $1,000,000 or higher in February. Only two of the single family house sales were short sales and only one was a bank owned property. And 6 of the sales were on the market for 30 days or less. And two of that number were listed Christmas week and sold immediately after being listed. (I sent emails to potential buyers who pondered the merits of buying that particular house and they lost out big time. If you snooze, you lose.)
Condos and town homes sold at an equally brisk pace in February 2011. A total of 13 units sold priced between $163,000 to $825,000. (The latter sale was for a 2 bedroom bank owned beauty at The Meadows of Key West. Our office is listing agent. We still have two 3 bedroom units left.) Three of the February sales were short sales and only one bank owned property.
I also did a quick check of Monroe County Clerk of Court's records to see the number of new foreclosure filings (lis pendens) and bank owned properties that occurred in the last 30 days. There were just 7 new bank owned houses in Key West. For some reason two of the nicer houses have not made it to the mls, yet.
The search showed there have only been 11 new foreclosures (lis pendens filed) for properties in the Key West area (to Shark Key). Three of the foreclosures were at the Key West Golf Course which has really recovered over the past couple of years. The rest of Monroe County isn't quite so fortunate. New foreclosures are still being filed. There are lots of places for sale up the Keys. The problem for buyers is that places up the Keys is not the same as being in Key West.
Buyers are really smart shoppers. They have access to all kinds of information via the Internet. Certain websites offer computer generated statistics that are supposed to predict the value of a particular house based on the Monroe County Appraiser's tax evaluation or comparable recent sales, or both. If you watched Jeopardy two weeks ago you got to see how smart Watson the computer was versus real live geniuses. Watson kicked ass. But Watson made blunders because human knowledge can trump data. Understanding data is one thing. Understanding real life situations is another. I'm not match for Watson, but I bet Watson cannot understand why people want to buy a second home in Key West versus buying a cheaper home up the Keys or a really cheap deal in Miami. And I don't think Trulia or any of the other sites can do it either. Buyers who want a deal need to work with a Realtor, not a computer.
If you are looking to buy a special place in Key West and want to work with a live human being who is also a buyer's agent and full time Realtor, please consider choosing me at your guy. Call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in sunny Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise. I am the Realtor to the Dreamers.