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Florida Short Term Rental Bills Die

Category: Retirement Real Estate

April 15, 2019 – The controversial bills advocated by online short term rental companies have apparently faded away in the Florida legislature. If passed, HB 987 and SB 824 would have taken away local control of transient rentals from local governments in the Sunshine State and given it to the State instead. While most people seem to be in favor of short term rentals (1 week or less) when they go on vacation, homeowners in tourist areas tend to resent the onslaught of one and two night renters coming through their neighborhoods (see “Short Term Rentals in Florida Legislature” with survey results). Affordable housing is another issue impacted when short term rentals tend to take over local markets. State Rep. Holly Raschein and State Senator Anitere Flores were two south Florida officials who were opposed to the legislation.

Posted by Admin on April 15th, 2019

In Florida: Controversy Over Short Term Rentals – State vs. Local Control

Category: Retirement Real Estate

March 10, 2018 — Bills proposed in the Florida legislature would remove local control of short term rentals offered by companies like Airbnb, HomeAway, etc., and place it in the hands of the State. The online companies are lobbying for passage of the bills, since that would open up all areas of the state to rentals as short as one night. Local communities oppose the bill because they would lose the right to regulate what is often a problematic issue in many communities, particularly resort areas. It is a complex issue with the same people often having two different opinions on it: while at least half of the population would be happy to use one of these services for a short term vacation rental, but the vast majority of homeowners are against having them in their own neighborhoods.

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The bill is euphemistically called “The Private Property Rights of Homeowners”, SB 824. The bill’s sponsor is State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr,. of Hialeah. If passed, it would give the Florida legislature the preemptive right to regulate vacation rights – local governments would have to abide by whatever the state decides. A group in northern Florida has been active in the fight against it. That organization believes that each local community knows best what should be permitted when it comes to rentals, citing many problems such as noise, traffic, and general mayhem when vacationers invade local neighborhoods. The problem is made worse when absentee owners buy up large number of homes and/or apartments and rent them out. That has a deleterious impact on affordable housing.

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Posted by Admin on March 9th, 2019

Miami, Las Vegas Winners from Last Year’s Tax Law

Category: Retirement Real Estate

March 6, 2019 — You might call this article, “SALT in the Wound”. The federal tax law that went into effect last year capped state and local tax (SALT) exemptions at $10,000. It was feared at the time that this decrease would depress real estate values in some high tax states. A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Out of State Real Estate Buyers Flock to Miami“, reports it is happening – out of state real estate purchases in Miami and Las Vegas have jumped, driving price increases along the way. Many of these buyers are coming from states like New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, where home prices are flat or even worse.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo even blamed the 2017 tax bill for a recent budget deficit, saying that it made states like Florida much more attractive to residents of the Empire State. The Journal quoted Jonathan Miller of the real-estate company Douglas Elliman as saying: “I’ve been starting to see New Yorkers as Florida’s new foreign buyer.”

Price date from the National Association of Realtors for the 4th Quarter of 2018 bear this out. While prices in Miami rose 4.5% year to year and Las Vegas’s were up 10.6%, New York/Jersey City/White Plains declined 0.4%, and Philadelphia was flat year to year. Hartford increased 1.4%. Austin, in the zero income tax state of Texas, had a healthy 5.9% increase in the 4th quarter.

Residents of states in the Northeast, California, and Midwest can easily pay far more than the $10,000 deduction allowed for SALT taxes. Property taxes alone in the NYC region can go over $30,000 with no problem.

While this shift in value and flight from high tax states would seem to affect working people more than retirees, it still will probably have an effect on boomers looking to relocate. That is because they will probably get less for their high tax home, and pay more in the low tax Sunbelt.

For further reading:

Moving to a New State: Establishing Residency

Can You Pass the Teddy Bear Test?

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Posted by Admin on March 5th, 2019

Retire in an Area Prone to Hurricanes?

Category: Retirement Real Estate

October 16, 2018 — Here is a conundrum facing many retiring baby boomers, particularly those from the Northeast. You dream of escaping cold winters and snow, and replacing those annoyances with warm winters, sandy beaches, and being outside in shorts all year round. But, the Eastern and Gulf coasts of the U. S. come along with a big problem – hurricanes! This article will explore the issues associated with retiring to an area prone to hurricanes, a danger that recent history has shown to be a growing and very serious threat.

To tackle the issue we’ll break it up into three parts: what to (more…)

Posted by Admin on October 15th, 2018

Multi-Generational Housing: New Life for An Old Idea

Category: Retirement Real Estate

August 11, 2018 — For most of human history the most common housing model was for multi-generations to live under the same roof. In a typical scenario a widowed grandfather or grandmother would be living in a home with one of their married children, along with the children of that union. The generations chipped in to support the others – whether it was cooking, childcare, or financial – and typically enjoyed the benefit of living close together. The phenomenon became much less common in the 20th century. The advent of Social Security and financial independence of the elderly was probably one reason, and as nursing homes and assisted living became more common, (more…)

Posted by Admin on August 11th, 2018

Rising Home Prices Offer a Silver Lining for Some Retired Baby Boomers

Category: Retirement Real Estate

June 5, 2018 — Almost half of baby boomers, unfortunately, have not saved enough money for retirement. That means they face a cut in the quality of their lifestyle. But for many fortunate folks who own a valuable home, particularly in a hot real estate market, a potential rescue is at hand. For example, retirees in coastal California in places like San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego have the option to sell their home, buy or rent a home better suited to a retirement lifestyle elsewhere, and pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. People with valuable homes who live in New York and its close-in suburbs, as well as other affluent markets, can catch a similar lifeboat. This article will explore where some of the refugees from America’s hottest real estate markets are moving.

According to a recent report on the Trulia Blog, coastal California Metros are the perfect example of real estate good luck. In San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego homes on the market averaged $720,000 in March 2017, almost triple the $250,000 reported nationally. New York registered high median listing prices too, nearly $440,000. While these high real estate prices are not (more…)

Posted by Admin on June 5th, 2018

Should Retiring Snowbirds Rent or Buy: Irma Provides Ample Lessons

Category: Retirement Real Estate

Note: This is Part 1 of a 2 Part series. Part 2 is “The Worst Places to Retire: Weather and Natural Disasters“.

September 14, 2017 — The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida will provide many painful lessons for snowbirds and Sunbelt retirees. Those experiences impact where to live, what type of housing to choose, and whether to rent or buy. This article will explore those factors. We are grateful to Alan E for suggesting this topic. See bottom for more related articles on renting vs. buying and natural disasters.

Where to live
Almost every area of the country has its own set of natural disasters to worry about; it is hard to find a place that is immune to at least one of these: earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, blizzards, floods, sinkholes, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires, etc. When it comes to choosing a place to retire, it really boils down to picking your poison.

Over the long term Florida and Texas have had more devastating hurricanes than anywhere else, although in recent years New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut had more. Because Florida is a peninsula with coasts on three sides, the (more…)

Posted by Admin on September 13th, 2017

New Homes Drop in Size: First Time Since 2009

Category: Retirement Real Estate

January 13, 2017 — The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 – a sign that builders are preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as Millennials begin to dip their toes into the market. At least that is the conclusion reached by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

In 2015, the typical new home had 2,689 square feet. In 2016, it dropped to 2,634, according to figures supplied by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the first drop in size since 2009, said Rose Quint, NAHB assistant vice president for survey research.

“The data on new home characteristics show a pattern,” she said. “2016 marked the end of an era that began in 2009 when homes got bigger and bigger with more amenities. I expect the size of homes to continue to decline as (more…)

Posted by Admin on January 12th, 2017

The Real Estate Roller Coaster Rides On – Where You Sit Matters

Category: Retirement Real Estate

December 30, 2016 — Real estate in the last 15 years has been like an rollercoaster – cozy ups, terrifying downs, and hairpin turns. But like a great ‘coaster, the ride feels different depending on where you sit – those on the ends get the big thrills while middle riders enjoy a slightly smoother ride. That is the conclusion of The Wall St. Journal‘s recent analysis of the latest real estate prices from October’s S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index and other sources.

After dropping 27% from 2006 to 2012, average home prices rose 5.6% on the last 12 months, a record high (although not when counting inflation). But that is the national average, regional variations tell a significantly different story.

The Wall St. Journal reported that data from Weiss Analytics, a housing-data firm, indicates that zip codes where the median (more…)

Posted by Admin on December 29th, 2016

Rising Seas Swamping Coastal Real Estate Markets

Category: Retirement Real Estate

Dec. 7, 2016 — The ultimate dream for many a baby boomer is to buy a home on the edge of the sea. Brilliant sunrises, grandkids playing in the sand or swimming off the fishing dock, and fiery sunsets are all part of that dream. Unfortunately, the reality of rising seas is threatening that good life. A recent article in the NY Times, “Perils of Climate Change Swamp Coastal Real Estate“, found that real estate prices in flood prone areas of the U.S. are either declining, or not rising as fast as in other parts of the country.

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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It used to be that potential buyers of coastal property (more…)

Posted by Admin on December 6th, 2016