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Boomers: Food for Thought

Thinking of building communities for boomers? Focus on food! Grocery stores and restaurants topped the list of most desirable amenities, according to our Consumer and Product Insights survey, which includes responses from more than 9,000 registered new home shoppers born …

Building for the Buyer: A New Perspective for the Housing Market

I recently hosted a panel of three distinguished builders from Florida to discuss the changing demographics of the state and how each builder is targeting the different generations. Below are the primary conclusions based on new generational definitions by decade …

The Retiree Surge Is Here

Only 10 years ago, 2.2 million people were turning 65 each year. That number has surged to 3.5 million this year and will grow to 4.2 million in 2025! Tomorrow’s retirees will completely transform the housing industry. We have done …

The 2016 Florida Housing Market Forecast

Moderating Job Growth: We are forecasting significant moderation in job growth across most markets. A spike in retirees will result in fewer working-age adults, leading to strong retiree demand at the same time as slower employment growth.  Watch for moderate economic …

Where Do We Grow?

Palm Beach County’s housing market has always been constrained: geographically, with the Everglades to the West and Atlantic Ocean to the East, and affordability-wise, as median home prices continue to climb. With families moving down from the Northeast and Midwest …

Affordable Florida Housing Markets Take Off

Price-conscious Florida home buyers of all ages have recently created mini-booms in the most affordable suburbs and rural areas. Affordability in the suburbs Sales have increased recently in communities within a 45 minute to 1 hour commute to major employment …

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

We continue to see positive momentum in Florida’s housing markets with steady home sales, varied levels of price appreciation, and higher construction levels. But the pace of growth differs tremendously across metropolitan areas. If we entered each of Florida’s major …

Affluent Second-Home Buyers Are Back in Droves

The Naples housing market is firing on all cylinders this year, with strong demand from retirees, second-home buyers, and snowbirds. Here are some indicators: Prices continue to rise approximately 0.5% per month, according to our Burns Home Value Index™. Incentives/discounts …

The Florida Opportunity

As a native Floridian and consultant to the real estate industry for over 18 years  (eight of them on Wall Street and the rest here in Florida), I am keenly aware of the unique qualities of the state’s distinct metropolitan areas. In recent months, I have …

Florida Is On Fire

The Florida housing market is booming. Home buyer traffic and sales are climbing rapidly throughout the state, leading to increasing home and land prices. In the last two weeks, I had 14 meetings and visited over 20 communities throughout the …