Southwest Florida Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

July 23, 2020

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 07-24-2020


Events for July 24 - July 30, 2020


Friday, July 24

Annual Butterfly Count at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

10:00 AM - noon

2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL  33

Contact: 239-334-7419

$5 entry fee


Saturday, July 25

Cape Coral Farmers Market

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Club Square, SE 47th Terr. and SE 10th Pl., South Cape Coral, FL


Lee County offers free pool admission and free parking July 25 and July 26 at the following locations:

Parks: Lakes Park, Manatee Park, Hickey Creek Mitigation Park, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve

Beach sites: Bonita Beach Accesses No. 1 and No. 10, Bonita Beach Park, Bowditch Point Park and Lynn Hall Memorial Park, San Carlos Bay-Bunche Beach Preserve, Bowman’s Beach and Turner Beach (north side only of Blind Pass)

Boat ramps: Punta Rassa, Matlacha, Davis, Pine Island Commercial Marina and Imperial River

Pools: Lehigh Community Pool, North Fort Myers Community Pool, Pine Island Community Pool and San Carlos Community Pool


Sunday, July 26

Cape Coral Farmers Market at Cape Harbour

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

5789 Cape Harbour Dr., Cape Coral, FL


Monday, July 27

Fort Myers Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan virtual public meeting

5:00 PM

Register for the meeting here:


Tuesday, July 28

Surfside Sunshine Farmers Market

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Veterans Pkwy. & Surfside Blvd., Cape Coral, FL


Wednesday, July 29

Stay at Home Storytime for Children

10:00 AM new stories posted on Lee County Library System YouTube Channel


Live Virtual Book Club Event - Julie Clark, author of the best-selling new thriller "The Last Flight"

7:00 PM



Thursday, July 30

CareerSource SWFL Virtual Career Fair

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Register at:


Posted in Local Events
July 23, 2020

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound | MyKCM

With a worldwide health crisis that drove a pause in the economy this year, the housing market was greatly impacted. Many have been eagerly awaiting some bright signs of a recovery. Based on the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), June hit a much-anticipated record-setting rebound to ignite that spark.

According to NARhome sales jumped 20.7% from May to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 4.72 million in June: 

“Existing-home sales rebounded at a record pace in June, showing strong signs of a market turnaround after three straight months of sales declines caused by the ongoing pandemic…Each of the four major regions achieved month-over-month growth.”

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound | MyKCMThis significant rebound is a major boost for the housing market and the U.S. economy. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, the momentum has the potential to continue on, too:

“The sales recovery is strong, as buyers were eager to purchase homes and properties that they had been eyeing during the shutdown…This revitalization looks to be sustainable for many months ahead as long as mortgage rates remain low and job gains continue.”

With mortgage rates hitting an all-time low, dropping below 3% for the first time last week, potential homebuyers are poised to continue taking advantage of this historic opportunity to buy. This fierce competition among buyers is contributing to home price increases as well, as more buyers are finding themselves in bidding wars in this environment. The report also notes:

“The median existing-home price for all housing types in June was $295,300, up 3.5% from June 2019 ($285,400), as prices rose in every region. June’s national price increase marks 100 straight months of year-over-year gains.”

The graph below shows home price increases by region, powered by low interest rates, pent-up demand, and a decline in inventory on the market:Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound | MyKCMYun also indicates:

“Home prices rose during the lockdown and could rise even further due to heavy buyer competition and a significant shortage of supply.”

Bottom Line

Buyers returning to the market is a great sign for the economy, as housing is still leading the way toward a recovery. If you’re ready to buy a home this year, let’s connect to make sure you have the best possible guide with you each step of the way.

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 29, 2019

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 11-29


Events for November 29th - December 5th, 2019


November 29

Holiday Lights

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers


December 1

Holiday Boat-a-Long

Four Freedoms Park

4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral


December 1

Vegan Fest

Eight-Foot Brewing

4417 SE 16th Pl, Cape Coral


December 2

Annual American Sand-Sculpting Championship Festival

Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach

6890 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach


December 3

FSW Student Concert Series: Orchestra & Choir

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

13350 FSW Pkwy. Fort Myers


December 4

Lakes Park Farmers Market

Lakes Park

7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers


Let me know of other events in the comments below! 


Have a great weekend! 








Posted in Local Events
Nov. 27, 2019

What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process

Some Highlights:

  • Many buyers are purchasing homes with down payments as little as 3%.
  • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit.
  • Your local professionals are here to help you determine how much you can afford, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn more.
Posted in Weekly Post
Nov. 25, 2019

NOW is the Time to Sell

The best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The latest Existing-Home Sales Report released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), reveals that demand for housing continues to be strong, but the supply is struggling to keep pace. With this trend likely continuing throughout 2020, now is a great time to sell your house.


The most important data revealed in this report was not actually sales. In reality, it was the inventory of homes for sale (supply). The report explained:

  • Total housing inventory at the end of August decreased 2.6% to 1.86 million homes available for sale.
  • Unsold inventory is lower than the 4.3-month figure recorded in August 2018.
  • This represents a 4.1-month supply at the current sales pace.

According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR,

“Sales are up, but inventory numbers remain low and are thereby pushing up
home prices.”

In real estate, there is a simple guideline that often applies here. Essentially, when there is less than a 6-month supply of inventory available, we are in a seller’s market and we will see greater appreciation. Between a 6 to 7-month supply is a neutral market, where prices will increase at the rate of inflation. More than a 7-month supply means we are in a buyer’s market and can expect depreciation in home values (see below):

As we mentioned before, there is currently a 4.1-month supply of homes on the market, and houses are going under contract fast. The Existing Home Sales Report also shows that 49% of properties were on the market for less than a month when they were sold. In August, properties sold nationally were typically on the market for 31 days. As Yun notes, this should continue,

“As expected, buyers are finding it hard to resist the current rates…The desire to take advantage of these promising conditions is leading more buyers to the market.” 

Takeaway: Inventory of homes for sale is still well below the 6-month supply needed for a normal market, and supply will fail to catch up with demand if a sizable supply does not enter the market.

Bottom Line

If you are going to sell, now may be the time to take advantage of the ready, willing, and able buyers who are out there searching for your house to become their dream home. Give us a call! 

Posted in Weekly Post
Nov. 22, 2019

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 11-22


Events for November 22nd - 28th, 2019



November 22

Sand Sculpting Championship

Fort Myers Beach



November 22-24

Fort Myers Fair at Fenway South

11500 Fenway South Dr, Fort Myers



November 22-25

Lani Kai Pirate Weekend 2019

Lani Kai Island Resort

1400 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach



November 23

SW Florida Comic Con

Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops

13051 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers



November 23

Edison Ford Garden Festival

2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers


November 23

World AIDS Day in the Park

Clemente Park

3229 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Myers



Let me know if other events in the comments! 


Have a great weekend!! 










Posted in Local Events
Nov. 20, 2019

You're Going to Need Advice


To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think.


In real estate today, there are essentially three different price points in the market: the starter-home market, the middle-home market, and the premium or luxury market. Each one is unique, and depending on the city, the price point in these categories will vary. For example, a starter or lower-end home in San Francisco, California is much more expensive than almost any other part of the country. Let’s explore what you need to know about each of these tiers.


Starter-Home Market: This market varies by price, and these homes are typically purchased by first-time home buyers or investors looking to flip them for a profit. Across the country, homes in this space currently have less than 6 months of inventory for sale. That means there aren’t enough homes on the lower end of the market for the number of people who want to buy them. A low supply like this generally increases competition, drives bidding wars, and sets up an environment where homes sell above the listing price. According to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on,


“The desire for affordability continues to push down the inventory for homes listed for less than $200,000.00.”


Middle-Home Market: This segment is often thought of as the move-up market. Typically, the buyer in this market is moving up to a larger, more custom home with more features, all coming at a higher price. Across the country, this market is looking more balanced than the lower end of the market, meaning it has closer to a 6-month supply of inventory for sale. This market is more neutral, but leaning towards a seller’s market.


Premium & Luxury Home Market: This is the top end of the market with larger homes that have even more custom features and upgrades. Nationwide, this market is growing in the number of homes for sale. In the same article, we can see that year-over-year inventory of homes in this tier has grown by 4.7%. Today, there are more homes available in the premium and luxury space, leading to more of a buyer’s market at this end.


Bottom Line

Depending on the segment of the market and the price point you’re looking at, you’re going to need the advice of a true local market expert. Give The Terry and Laurie Carlson Team a call to help you navigate the home-buying or selling process in your market.



Posted in Weekly Post
Nov. 18, 2019

Cost of Rent vs Cost of Buying



Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject.


In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have continued to increase over the last twelve months because of a large demand and a limited supply.


 “Continued interest in rental apartments and slowing construction keeps the national average rent on a strong upward trend.”


Zillow, in its latest Rent Index, agreed that rents are continuing on an “upward trend” across most of the country, and that the trend is accelerating:


“The median U.S. rent grew 2% year-over-year, to $1,595 per month. National rent growth is faster than a year ago, and while 46 of the 50 largest markets are showing deceleration in annual home value growth, annual rent growth is accelerating in 41 of the largest 50 markets.”


The Zillow report went on to detail rent increases since the beginning of the housing market recovery in 2012. Here is a graph showing the increases:

Bottom Line

It is true that home prices have risen over the past seven years, increasing the cost of owning a home. However, the cost of renting a home has also increased over that same time period.

Posted in Weekly Post
Nov. 15, 2019

Don't Sit on the Couch this Weekend 11-15


Events for November 15th - 21st, 2019


November 15

Fort Myers Music Walk

Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District

1520 Broadway Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL



November 16

Free Butterfly House Tours

Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral 


November 16

Blues, Brews and Food Festival 2019

Burroughs Home and Garden

2505 First St, Fort Myers 


November 21

2019 Fort Myers Boat Show

Centennial Park

2000 W First St, Fort Myers



Let me know of any other events in the comments! 


Have a great weekend! 




Posted in Local Events
Nov. 13, 2019

4 Reasons To Buy This Fall

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.



1. Prices Will Continue to Rise


CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year.


The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.


2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase Next Year


The Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac indicates that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have recently hovered just above 3.5%. This is great news for buyers in the market right now, because low interest rates increase your purchasing power – but don’t wait! Most experts predict rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year.


An increase in rates will impact your monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is needed to buy your next home.


3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage 


There are some renters who haven’t purchased a home yet because they’re uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you’re living rent-free with your parents, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or that of your landlord.


As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to have equity in your home you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.


Are you ready to put your housing costs to work for you?


4. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life


The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears both are on the rise.


But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?


Look at the actual reason you’re buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over custom renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.


Bottom Line

Buying a home sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings. Talk to The Terry and Laurie Carlson Team to determine if homeownership is the right choice for you and your family this fall. 


Posted in Weekly Post