Today I’d like to highlight a few new listings both of which went under contract within a week of listing. Inventory is currently at an all time low. If you’re thinking about selling your home. You need an expert to help you navigate this market and positioning your home for the most profit possible. In a sellers market, selling your home is easy. The challenging part is successfully negotiating favorable terms for you to find your next home. Call me for a free consultation and I’d be glad to talk with you about your plans. Call 609-338-3773.
If you’re looking for a fantastic home with a bay view at a reasonable price you’ll love my listing in West Atlantic City. West Atlantic City is a section of Egg Harbor Township and it has a Pleasantville mailing address. It’s a tucked away spot with amazing views that is not as well known as some of our other shore areas. Take a look at my listing tour for 209 Seville Avenue, Pleasantville NJ and let me know what you think.
Here's a quick look at how COVID 19 is effecting the real estate market
COVID 19 has made an impact on NJ in a big way. And in South Jersey we have not as many cases of COVID 19 however we’ve experienced a severe economic impact with many businesses forced to close. Our team has continued to work from home and remotely to keep our clients safe practicing social distancing and using personal protection equipment. Governor Murphy has allowed us to show properties on a 1 on 1 basis. Open houses are not allowed at this time.
All these changes have forced us to get creative. Our home seller clients can now sell their home without ever having anyone enter it. Our eLISTING Virtual Home Selling System makes this possible. For buyer we are working as remotely as possible through our eBUYER Virtual Home Buyer System. This allows us to tour homes live with our clients while they stay in the safety and comfort of their home. For open houses we’ve moved them online. eOPEN is our Online Open House System that allows for personal face to face video interaction. These open houses are also broadcast live to social media.
We are changing the was we do business to continue to help our real estate clients safely during this challenging time. I’m available for a free phone or video conference to talk about your needs. Call or text me at 609-338-3773. Best wishes, Matt
Recently one of my listings in Atlantic City was bombarded by multiple showings and multiple cash offers. It ended up going under contract over the asking price. The interesting thing was that 3 out of the 4 offers we had were investors looking to purchase the property as an Airbnb rental.
The benefit of an Airbnb is that you can use the property while it’s not being rented. It helps offset the cost of buying a second home while getting income at the same time. At the Jersey shore there are some great potential areas for Airbnb. I’ll go over that in a minute. First lets look at 5 tips buying an Airbnb at the Jersey Shore.
1. Check Local Ordinances And Rules
Many municipalities and associations don’t allow short term rentals. This is really important to know up front before being a home. It may be best to avoid condos and home owners associations.
2. Don’t count on Airbnb to carry the house expenses.
Short term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO can fluctuate as seasonal changes and buyer demands change. A good rule to consider is will the property work as a long term rental. If so it’s a great investment regardless or what may happen with the short term rental market.
3. Check with your accountant
IRS tax code may not allow you to use the property for personal use and still get tax write offs. Check with your accountant before jumping in to any real estate investment.
4. Calculate the expenses of a short-term rental
Vacation and short term rental property are more expensive to operate and painting. They need frequent cleaning and repairs. Also all utilities need to be on and ready for a potential tenant. If you own a property out of the area you may need to hire a property manager or have a maintenance contract in place.
5. Work with an expert to pick the right location
Location is a key factor in buying any property and especially when choosing an Airbnb or short term rental. Some things to consider: Is the are safe? Is it close to restaurants, activities, transportation? Is it close to the beach or a short drive to the beach? It helps to work with an expert who knows the area. For example in Atlantic City there are some great location for short term rental properties and then a block or two away areas that are undesirable. You may also consider areas on the mainland like Galloway or Egg Harbor Township. You can get more house for your money to accommodate larger groups of people. Plus your still a short drive to the beach and attractions.
Contact us for help with your next purchase or sale.
Here is a look at the Atlantic County real estate market. We will break out single family homes, condos and take a look at adult communities.
For single family homes, New listing were up in December, closed sales were up and median sales price was up by 22.6% to $225,000. Inventory was down by 4.7%.
For condos and townhomes new listings were up 40% and median sales price was up 31.8%. Inventory went up 10%. Recent changes allowing FHA spot approvals should open up more financing options for condo buyers and also help contribute to increased condo prices.
For adult communities new listings rose by 42.9%. Days on market dropped by 60% to just 33 days on market. Median sales price decreased by 21% for the month. In general the adult community home prices do mirror the rest of the market so a few lower priced homes sales may have led to the drop in prices for the month.
If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home please contact us for a complimentary Pin Point Price Analysis and Room By Room Review.
Here is a list of FHA approved condominiums in Atlantic County, NJ
Here is a list of FHA approved condominiums in Atlantic County, NJ. Based on findings at HUD.gov. Financing for condos with an FHA loan can be challenge. Under the revised guidelines – which took effect Oct. 15, 2019 – an individual condo unit in a building of 10 units or more may be eligible for spot approval if no more than 10% of the units are FHA-insured. So even if a condo is not on the FHA approved list it may still be eligible for FHA financing.
If FHA financing is not an option there are other choices include USDA loan (100% financing), and some banks do offer a 3% conventional loan. Contact us if you’re interested in financing a condo purchase.
10 N ADAMS AVE
MARGATE, NJ 08402
THE FOUR SEASONS CONDO
NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
THE MEADOWS AT HAMMONTON
HAMMONTON, NJ 08037
THE VILLAGE AT LINWOOD
550 CENTRAL AVE
LINWOOD, NJ 08221
824 MARSHALL CT
VENTNOR, NJ 08406
These condos are approved for as low as 3.5% down payment FHA home loans.
UPDATE: 2/21/2020. We just sold a lovely 2 bedroom condo in Society Hill II in Galloway Township and the sale was approved via FHA with a spot approval.