Last week, we touched on some contradictory trends that characterized South Florida real estate in 2011. For many Broward County residents who are seeking to close on a real estate transaction, the statistics reported by the Miami Board of Realtors might be a bit baffling. What, then, can Florida residents expect regarding real estate transactions in 2012?
According to a recent sales report by the Miami Association of Realtors, 2011 has been characterized by contradictory trends in South Florida real estate. For example, shrinking inventory and high sales numbers -- two trends that usually result in price appreciation -- occurred alongside low prices due to the market looking ahead to another wave of foreclosures.
Most of those who work in commercial real estate in Florida already know the state has seen a dramatic shift downward over the last several years. That fact was recently made clearer, as Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart suggested that the economy in the Southeastern United States is lagging behind the overall U.S. recovery because of the region's more severe real estate slump. The slump includes both residential and commercial real estate.
A foreclosure is one of the most intimidating things that a Fort Lauderdale resident can go through. Millions of Americans have gone through foreclosure since the economic downturn in 2008, and many Broward County residents continue to face foreclosure every day. Broward County residents should not approach a foreclosure with a sense of hopelessness, however, because an experienced Florida real estate attorney can help a homeowner fight a foreclosure.