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Florida housing prices not expected to drop during crisis

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Florida housing prices not expected to drop during crisis

| 5/4/2020

Florida housing prices not expected to drop during crisis

Housing prices aren't expected to drop significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group Florida Realtors says that's because builders have been cautious since the last recession. They've built fewer homes, and Florida has a statewide shortage. Florida Realtors' Chief Economist Brad O'Connor says new home sales are down anywhere from 30% to 40% statewide. He says there's a key difference between the housing market of today and the one ten years ago. [Source: WUSF]

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Coastal flooding in Florida fueled by climate change and rising sea levels has already caused overall real estate values to drop by an estimated $5 billion, and that number could rise as high as $80 billion in the next 30 years, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute. "While the Florida residential real estate market remains robust today, climate risk poses a potential threat to asset prices," the 29-page report says. [Source: The Weather Channel]

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Commercial real estate: Back to square two

When former Cushman & Wakefield alum Jay Caplin and LaSalle Investment Management executive Gavin Campbell came together in 2008 to form Steelbridge Capital, their mission was straightforward: Acquire undervalued office assets poised to recover from that decade’s economic recession. The institutional investment advisory company’s operating platform, however, was less clear. Caplin was based in Miami; Campbell in Chicago. [Source: ]

60 dogs
A 3,150-acre hunting and fishing destination in Florida just went up for sale for $25 million. Quail Creek Plantation includes a 14-acre lake with largemouth bass, according to the listing with Billy Nash of Nash Luxury. There's also 400 acres of high-fenced game hunting, four quail courses, dove fields, a tower for continental pheasant and pigeon shoots and clay grounds with two 14-station automated sporting clay courses, a seven-station sub-gauge course and other facilities with the capacity to keep 4,000 birds and 60 dogs on the property. [Source: FOX Business]


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