Bradenton Real Estate

December 30, 2012

FHA Loan Fees Are Scheduled To Increase… Again in 2013!

FHA mortgage update

In case you haven’t heard… FHA loan fees are scheduled to increase… again in 2013!

These changes are projected to be in effect by the early part of 2013, and would raise FHA mortgage insurance rates from 1.25% to 2.05% per year.  That percentage increase translates to about an $800 hike in loan costs per year for every $100,000, being financed by an FHA loan, for a home purchase.  Additionally, this news also means that, potentially, the loan amount that a home buyer could qualify for would also drop by $10,000 per $100,000 being financed by an FHA mortgage.

The proposed hike in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, for a large number of home buyers, will negatively affect their ‘home purchasing power.’   The price of a home that a buyer could qualify to purchase, when these increased fees are factored in, will most likely be greatly reduced and some home buyers, in certain price ranges, could even be locked out of the market completely.

What does that means to you, if you’re planning to purchase a home with an FHA mortgage?  It means that now, rather than later, is the right time to start your search for your new home!

FHA mortgage insurance rate hikes, coupled with lower inventory of homes in certain price ranges, and rebounding home prices in many areas, indicates that people who plan to purchase a home in 2013 should consider doing so in the early part of the year to take full advantage of their ‘home purchasing power.’

If you are planning to sell your home in 2013, you can also apply this news to your plans. It’s a good bet that more buyers will be, most likely, in the market to purchase homes early in the new year which would mean that there will be a larger ‘home buyer pool’ and more interest  for your property if it’s on the market in early 2013.

If you’re not sure what property values are for your neighborhood or community, contact a trusted real estate professional for a ‘Market Analysis’ report.  This analysis will give you an educated look at whether prices are stabilizing, declining, or rising for your subdivision or community, and based on those facts you can decide, with your agent’s professional guidance, when the time is right for you to put your home on the market for sale.

If you live in the Bradenton, Sarasota, Manatee County, or Sarasota County areas of Florida, or own an investment, vacation, or part-time residence here, The Serena Group would be happy to provide a market report, with no strings and free of charge, for your home… just contact us today to make your request!

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April 25, 2012

Bradenton, Sarasota, Manatee and Sarasota County, Real Estate, Market Report, News, Information

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February 8, 2012

Bradenton, Manatee County, Real Estate, News, Statistics, and Market Report

Welcome to the Latest Issue of The Serena Group Newsletter!

As a real estate professionals, we strive to keep in touch with our clients providing them with information that we hope they will find useful.

This newsletter is an opportunity to let you know about the state of the market & current trends. It may even touch on ways that you could enhance your home’s value.

We hope the market data & articles will help you with understanding real estate today & help you with your real estate decisions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Robert Serena ~ Team Leader ~ 941.928.1248

Trend, Tips & Tricks

Manatee County in Florida Real Estate Sales Data

Average Listing Price (last 12 months)

Average List Price in January

Single Family Homes $444,390 Condos/ Townhomes $308,539 Multi-family $325,437

Home Improvements and Which Ones to Do

Home Improvements and Which Ones to Do

Whether you plan to sell in the near future, or just want to improve the value of your home, here is one low cost improvement you should consider. Give your home curb appeal!
Landscape the front yard. If the bushes are overgrown, the birds are dining on grubs in your lawn, and dandelions are the only flowers in the front yard, perhaps it’s time to get out the gardening tools.
Landscaping today doesn’t mean three evergreen bushes on the right and three evergreen bushes on the left. There are dozens of choices of plant materials that can add color and style to your front yard. Stop by your local landscaping center – they’ll have lots of ideas for you. Know the measurements and layout of your yard so a landscaper can advise you on how many plants or supplies you need.

Manatee County in Florida Real Estate Sales Data

Days on Market (last 12 months)

Current Average Days on Market in January

Single Family Homes 176 Condos/ Townhomes 207 Multi-family 288

Monthly Trivia articles


Valentine’s Day (February 14) has been associated with romantic love for centuries, but modern day Valentines are often expressions of non-romantic love. Originally celebrated on All Saint’s Day in May, Valentine’s Day was moved to February in the 1400s.
February is named after the Latin word februare (to purify), in recognition of the Roman festival for forgiveness of sins on February 15. But not for sins committed on Valentine’s Day as the Roman festival was many centuries before Valentine’s Day moved to February.
The birth flower for February is the Violet or the Primrose. The modern birthstone is the Amethyst (security, sobriety, spirituality and wisdom) and the traditional birthstone is the Onyx (relaxation and comfort).

Manatee County in Florida Real Estate Sales Data

Price Reduction (last 12 months)

Recent Price Reductions in January

Single Family Homes 6.4% Condos/ Townhomes 6.3% Multi-family 11.8%


short sale and foreclosure resource for home sellers and home buyers
Our team leader, Bob Serena, has completed the necessary education & training necessary to obtain his SFR (Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource) REALTOR® Designation.Not familiar with that acronym? What does that mean to you?It simply means that Bob has taken the time, energy, & expense to further educate himself on how to provide home buyers (as well as home sellers) with the very best real estate service with respect to Foreclosures & Short Sales.REALTORS® who have earned the SFR (Short Sale, Foreclosure Resource) certification know how to help home buyers pursue short sale & foreclosure opportunities. SFR Agents know the best ways & strategies to negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, & limit risk for their clients involved in short sale and foreclosure transactions.
Please use the form below to let us know how we might assist  you with your Real Estate plans!

November 23, 2011

Bradenton, Sarasota, Real Estate News and Updates

NOVEMBER – 2011 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter, presented by The Serena Group. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

The Serena Group, Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau and reports, videos, key market indicators and real estate sales statistics, a video message by a nationally recognized economist, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, plus local neighborhood information and more.

Please click here to view our NOVEMBER – 2011 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the Home Evaluator link for a free evaluation report, or contact our team leader, Bob Serena, anytime, at: 941.928.1248.

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September 2, 2011

Bradenton, Manatee County, REO, Foreclosures, Bank Owned, and Short Sale, Sales, Data, Market Reports, and Information

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For a market overview and commentary on these statistics… CLICK HERE!

February 7, 2011

Median Price per Sqft for Single Family Properties in BRADENTON, FL

The median price per square foot for single family homes in Bradenton, FL is $116 as of February 7, 2011.
Follow the link below for a history of this statistic.

Median Price per Sqft for Single Family Properties in BRADENTON, FL.

July 1, 2010

Sarasota, Bradenton, Real Estate Statistics, Reports, Statistical Data Charts, Real Estate Market Information, Home Value Information, – 1st Quarter Statistics Report for 2010 – by National Association of REALTORS

Below you will find the 2010 1st Quarter Real Estate statistics, Local Market Report, for the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice areas of Florida from the National Association of Realtors®.

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