Wednesday, August 22, 2018 / by Carl Gentile
Flavor of Palm Beach
What is Flavor Palm Beach?
Flavor Palm Beach is a month long dining event established in 2007 to introduce diners to the vast array of restaurants throughout Palm Beach County. Local gastronomes as well as visitors to the Palm Beaches will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three course meals from some of the area’s best restaurants during this dining event. Whatever your appetite, from Boca to Jupiter and everywhere in between, the Palm Beaches are poised and ready to excite, tantalize and satisfy your every craving. Our area’s great chefs live up to the area’s reputation as an international playground for the rich and famous. They are always coming up with creative and inventive dishes that are unlike anything else found on the planet.
When is Flavor Palm Beach?
The entire month of September.
What are restaurants offering during Flavor Palm Beach?
Participating restaurants will present a selection of sp ...
Saturday, August 11, 2018 / by Carl Gentile
The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell
Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American Dream.
Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that they do not aspire to still achieve those things.
For older millennials (aged 25-34) who have established themselves in their career and are starting to build their families, homeownership is the next logical choice.
According to the Urban Institute’s State of Millennial Housing, the probability of a millennial becoming a homeowner increases by 17.9% if they are married, and by an additional 6.2% if they have children.
Last year, according to the US Census Bureau, the average age at first marriage was 30 for men and 27 for women, while the N ...
Monday, July 23, 2018 / by Carl Gentile
Lack of Inventory Slows The Market
As the real estate market continues to move down the road to a complete recovery, we see home values and home sales increasing while distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) continue to fall to their lowest points in years. There is no doubt that the housing market will continue to strengthen throughout 2018.
However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory!
Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the current inventory crisis:
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors
“Inventory coming onto the market during this year’s spring buying season…was not even close to being enough to satisfy demand, that is why home prices keep outpacing incomes and listings are going under contract in less than a month – and much faster – in many parts of the country.”
Sam Khater, Chief ...
Sunday, July 22, 2018 / by Carl Gentile
First Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less than 6%
According to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% in 2017.
Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying, but in March, 71% of first-time buyers and 54% of all buyers put less than 20% down.
Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist and Founder of Veritas Urbis Economics, recently shed light on why buyer demand has remained strong,
“The fact that we now have four consecutive quarters where owner households increased while renters households fell is a strong sign households are making the switch from renting to buying.
Households under 35 – which represent the largest potential pool of new homeowners in the U.S. – have shown some of the lar ...
Sunday, July 1, 2018 / by Carl Gentile
Next Recession 2020? What Will Be The Impact?
Economists and analysts know that the country has experienced economic growth for almost a decade. They also know that a recession can’t be too far off. A recent report by Zillow Research shed light on a survey conducted by Pulsenomics in which they asked economists, investment strategists and market analysts how they felt about the current housing market. That report revealed the possible timing of the next recession:
“Experts largely expect the next recession to begin in 2020.”
That timing concurs with a recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal:
“The economic expansion that began in mid-2009 and already ranks as the second-longest in American history most likely will end in 2020 as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to cool off an overheating economy, according to forecasters surveyed.”
Here is a graph comparing the opini ...