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How Much More Does the Andreae Group Sell in Burnt Store Isles? (The Numbers Might Surprise You)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

by Punta Gorda pride

The 2014 sales numbers are in! It may come as no surprise that the Andreae Group has maintained the number one spot in Punta Gorda real estate sales again this year.  (We’ve held the top spot for almost 30 years.)

But have you ever wondered how much more does the Andreae Group really sell? Are we eking by to stay at number one? Well, no.

It’s easy for us to tell you we’re the best. It’s much more work to achieve the numbers to back it up. To give you an example of the difference between the Andreae Group and the rest, let’s look at just one segment of Punta Gorda real estate–Burnt Store Isles listings. Here are some things you should know about 2014 home sales in Burnt Store Isles:

  • 54 houses were sold in BSI last year. Luke Andreae was the listing agent on 17 of those homes. No other realtor had more than 3 listings sold in BSI last year.
  • The total value of BSI homes sold last year was just over $20 million.
  • Luke Andreae listings’ sales accounted for $6 million of that $20 million.
  • 31 realtors split the rest. No other realtor can claim even $2 million in BSI sales.

Why do so many people list with Luke?

Few people know Burnt Store Isles as well as he does. The Andreae family moved to BSI in 1981 when there were only five homes in the neighborhood. (His grandparents occupied one of the other four.)  In the 1980s, vacant lots stretched across entire streets, like the now-populated Licata Ct., where Luke learned to ride his bike and first discovered a cul-de-sac makes an excellent stick ball field.

By the mid-1980s, Nancy Andreae was a top realtor in town. As homes went up, Nancy would frequently load the kids in the car to tour each home’s progress.

If you live in a BSI home that was built in the 1980s, it’s likely little Luke Andreae watched your walls go up.

Luke is still a BSI resident. He still plays stick ball around the cul-de-sacs with his two daughters. (I hear the girls even let him win sometimes.)

Of course, much of the listings come from referrals. When you know an area so well, the people know you too. You can read what people say about working with Luke on his Zillow reviews page.

Have you ever worked with the Andreae Group? Do these numbers surprise you? Let us know about your experience over on our Facebook page.

The Andreae Group’s 2013 Best of Punta Gorda List

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

This year has been eventful in Punta Gorda. Our small town was recognized in national contests, added transportation routes, and saw real estate boom, all while residents celebrated the good life.

Let us take a look back at some of the highlights:

Punta Gorda Received National Attention

For years, Punta Gorda has repeatedly shown up on “Best of” lists. This year was no exception. RealtyTrac placed Punta Gorda on its 15 Retirement Spots for Investing. Punta Gorda was a finalist in the Rand McNally Best of the Road competition, and our town is currently the cover story for Where to Retire magazine. If you have never visited Punta Gorda and wonder why it receives such accolades, watch the video below for a glimpse of why we win time and time again.

Real Estate Buyers Came to Punta Gorda

PGI/BSI real estate annual pending contracts

PGI/BSI real estate annual pending contracts

As the graph shows (click to enlarge), the real estate market started looking like 2004 boom times in 2012. Buyers kept coming throughout 2013.  Back in August, we showed you this chart comparing the first 6 months of the last three years. The chart below reveals home prices rising in the beginning of 2013 while sales stayed strong.

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Allegiant Air Added Heaps of Direct Flights To and Fro

Allegiant Air announced in July it would add 8 more cities to its list of direct flights in and out of Punta Gorda. Here is the current list of direct destinations out of Punta Gorda:

  • Allentown, PA
  • Asheville, NCallegiant air
  • Bangor, ME
  • Branson, MO
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greenville, SC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Lexington, KY
  • Moline, IL
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Peoria, IL
  • Plattsburgh, NY
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Rockford, IL
  • Ronkonkoma, NY
  • South Bend, IN
  • Springfield, IL
  • Toledo, OH
  • Youngstown, OH

Punta Gorda Pathways Drew a Cycling Ring Around the City

While traveling to and from Punta Gorda got a lot easier this year, so did two-wheeled touring around town. The Pathways system connected every corner of Punta Gorda with bike paths. Signs went up all over town notifying motorists and cyclers of the cycling paths. Click here for a map.

The Foot Landing Got the Town Running

The Foot Landing running store hosted free Wednesday night run/walks. The runs often drew in crowds of up to 100 people. The 2-3 mile runs ended at the Celtic Ray’s front door where athletes refueled with beer and pub grub. Check out the The Foot Landing’s event calendar for their current running schedule.

Punta Gorda Celebrated the Holidays with Tradition and Enthusiasm

The Fourth of July started with the Freedom Swim and festivities in Laishley park.  And came to a close with a firework show put on by world champion firework purveyors, Garden State Fireworks.

Halloween downtown attracted folks from all over southwest Florida, as the neighborhood filled the streets with over-the-top decorations and buckets of candy. The week leading up to halloween, the harbor was haunted and the grown-ups got to party at the boo ball.

Thanksgiving started out with Turkey Trot. As many of our residents are part-time, many of our local restaurants and clubs served Thanksgiving dinner for those who had retired their aprons.

Finally, December brought lighted-boat parades, Santa at Fishermen’s village, the Christmas parade, and Mistletoe ball.

If you feel like you missed out on any of these holiday events, don’t worry, Punta Gorda residents like to celebrate. You are welcome to be apart of our traditions in 2014.

Do you have a 2013 ‘best of’ list? What made your list?

Importance of Days on Market (DOM)

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I keep hearing that a house has been on the market for X number of days so that makes it a better or a worse deal.  In our market, I will disagree with that assumption.  In fact, Days on Market (DOM) has become less of an indicator of a home than almost any other statistic.  There are homes that have been on the market for 1300 days that are better deals and better homes than ones that have been on the market for 13 days.  I know that this flies in the face of conventional real estate wisdom but it is the reality in the Charlotte County real estate market and I will explain why.

In the past, a home that was on the market for 100 or more days was regarded as “passed over” by the first wave of buyers.  When I lived in Kansas City, this was especially true.  There were numerous neighborhoods that were seen as upgrades/downgrades to other suburbs in the area.  When a new listing would come on the market in neighborhood A, potential lookers from neighborhoods B, C and D would swoop in after work or on the first weekend to look at the new listing.  If it was a good house for a good price, the property would sell.  If not, it meant that the pool of “active” lookers had been drained and now the house was a reliant on another set of less active buyers which was not good.  Our Charlotte County market never quite hit that profile because most of our buyers are from out of the area.  They are typically from Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Missouri, etc…  When a new listing hits the market, it takes weeks instead of days to get down here.   We have always been more reliant on a potential buyer coming down for 3-7 days, looking at the market and buying the best property for the best price during those 3-7 days.  With our buyers coming from out of the area, they tend to look at the whole market during their time here.  If a house has been on for 1,000 days or 10 days, the potential buyer is going to look at both because they were not here 1,000 days ago.  Both properties are new to them so the one that is priced the best and shows the best will be more attractive. 

The price slides of the past 4 years have put a high number of DOM on some of our seller’s properties.  If they priced the house a little high or even correctly in 2006 but it did not sell in the first 2 months, they were then too high because prices were dropping an average of 1-2% a month (thank gosh that that has leveled off).  Correctly priced homes were too high just 2 months later and if they did not continue to drop their price monthly, the DOM grew higher and higher.   Many of those sellers have now started to accept the market and made big price adjustments.   The DOM is high but the property is not any less desirable – they just did not have the right buyer fly in during their month of correct pricing before the market started a slippery slope downwards.

Long story short – do not let DOM determine whether a house is good or not in our local real estate market.  Some of the ones with high DOM are not well-priced, do not show well and are basically dogs.  However, some with high DOM represent motivated sellers who have been hit hard by the market and are now ready to make a deal.   Which of the two sellers do you think will be more negotiable – the one who has been on the market for 500 days or 5 days?

Learn more about Punta Gorda real estate by visiting our website.

Is it possible to get financing these days?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

A common theme that I am hearing when visiting people who are considering listing their homes is that they do not think that they should list their homes now.  They feel that it is pointless because “no one can get a loan”.  I believe that this thinking is totally incorrect. 

I agree that there are many news stories on the TV and in national publications (magazines and newspapers) talking about the difficulty that the lending industry is facing and the difficulty that some buyers are having getting loans.   However, obtaining loans is not a problem at all in today’s market IF AND ONLY IF the buyer can meet the big 4.  For people who bought homes prior to 2000, the big 4 are not going to be a surprise.  For people who only bought during the 2000’s or got used to the lending practices of the past decade, the big 4 may be a shock.  The big 4 are:

  • the buyer must put 20% down
  • the buyer must have good credit (I did not say great)
  • the buyer must have income to support the loan (make more than the monthly payment that is going to be due)
  • the property must appraise for what the bank is lending

These are not shocking and I would imagine that most reading this would agree with these 4 if they were a bank officer or considering seller financing themselves.  The notion of “no loans” has occurred because potential buyers got used to the following phrases (how many have you heard):

  • No money down
  • 110% financing
  • No documentation (this was always my favorite – here is $400,000 but we are not going to check anything)
  • 1% interest for the first 3 years

These policies created a lot of loans because the banks believed that the market would always go up so even if they gave a loan to a person who would default, they would be able to sell the property for a profit.  Unfortunately, this did not work out so well.  Now, there are many foreclosures and bank losses.  Lenders have gone back to safer lending standards but by no means are the standards tougher than the 1990’s.  Banks make money by lending.  Mortgage brokers and loan officers support their families by making deals happen.  There are a lot of people and companies with incentive to loan money…. but they want to lend to people meet the big 4.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about Punta Gorda real estate or visit our website to review neighborhoods or view available properties.

Has Punta Gorda real estate hit bottom?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I was recently asked if we have “hit bottom”.  I don’t think that there is a more loaded question for a Realtor.  If I say “Yes” and the market drops in 5 months, I look like a misguided fool and if I say “No”, I am called a pessimist who does not believe in the product (the local real estate market).

However, since I like to live dangerously, I am going to address the question.  I think that we have hit a leveling off period which may be the bottom of this drop.  The number of actual sales in Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte in 2009 is much higher than our number of sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008.  There are more deals happening which is good in two ways.  First, it helps to reduce inventory.  Less inventory means less competition from other sellers which means less pressure to reduce pricing.  The second benefit of more transactions is simply a building of consumer confidence.  It is becoming “all right” to buy real estate again.  For 2-3 years, buying real estate was not seen as a wise move.  Now, however, the statistics say that more people are buying real estate.  The summer is not typically our busiest time of year.  However, this year’s summer was busy.  If that continues through the winter and spring, we may be a much healthier market in May 2010.

Two positive sidenotes:

  1. Money magazines article ranking our area as the number one place to retire brought positive press to our beautiful area
  2. There have been many articles in Forbes magazine, the WSJ and others suggesting that real estate is one of the best hedges against inflation.  Good or bad, many of the people that I am talking to think that inflation is coming.  If it does, there are countless advisors saying “Get into Real Estate to protect against inflation”.   If we are going to have inflation (which I am not rooting for at all), at least I am in an industry seen as a hedge.

Visit our website to learn more about Punta Gorda real estate. You can search the Punta Gorda MLS or  read about Punta Gorda area neighborhoods. It is a one-stop resource when buying or selling Punta Gorda property.

Who’s Buying Punta Gorda Real Estate These Days?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

We have seen a bit of a shift in the type of buyer for the Punta Gorda – Port Charlotte market buyer over the past year.  I do not think that this is a long-term/permanent change but it has definitely affected our sales somewhat.  In the past, a percentage of our typical buyers were “snow-birds” or seasonal buyers.  These were buyers who would come down to our area and buy a home or condo to use during the cold winter months up north.   Typically, they would arrive in November and leave in April.  Our market still has many of these property owners.   Unfortunately, over the past year, that number has not grown much.

The percentage of sales to end-users (full-time residents) has risen in comparison to the snow-bird buyer.  This is due simply to the national economy.  A second home/seasonal purchase is a discretionary expenditure.  We all may want a second or third home but none of us NEED it.  With the economy as uncertain as it currently is, many of the potential snow-bird buyers are telling us that they are going to wait a year on the sidelines and rent for a season until they know how things are going to shake out.  Many have the resources and desire to purchase a property in Punta Gorda/ Port Charlotte but are nervous about their retirement accounts or how long that they will continue to be employed.  With concerns like those, it is easy to understand why they are not jumping into a large discretionary purchase.

A positive aspect to this is that the seasonal rental market is stronger.  When talking to rental agents or investors who have seasonal rental property, they have all stated that their inquiries are up this year and that they are holding much tighter on prices.  That is good for our market because it shows that we are still a desirable place.  When the national economy stabilizes, I am hopeful and expectant that many of these “on the sideline” potential snowbirds will turn into buyers and provide a boost to our overall market.

Visit our Punta Gorda Real Estate website for more information on the Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte area. View available listings, read about neighborhoods or learn about our lifestyle.

Punta Gorda Market Update-September 2009

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Sometimes it truly does depend on how you look at the situation to decide if it is good or bad.  The Punta Gorda Isles/Burnt Store Isles (PGI/BSI) real estate market has good news, bad news and some that I am not quite sure is which. 

Transactions in Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles are definitely up.  There are simply more buyers buying properties which is good for any market.  Whether the buyers are back due to pent-up demand, lower prices, more confidence in the economy, or lack of any real hurricane threats is anyone’s opinion. 

An example of the up tick in transactions certainly can be seen in Burnt Store Isles.  In 2008, there were 24 single family residential homes sold.  Through September 1 of 2009, there were 24 single family residential homes sold with 6 currently in Pending.   With 6 in Pending and 4 more selling months, there will certainly be more homes sold in Burnt Store Isles this year than last.

However, this up tick in transactions has not resulted in appreciation.  I believe that this is due to the still very high amount of properties for sale (inventory).  In August 2008, the average sale price in PGI/BSI was $414,856.  In February 2009, the average sale price was $379,765.  In August 2009, the average sale price was $359,780. 

Good news – more sales due to more buyers
Bad news – prices still dropping due to very high inventory

For more information about the Punta Gorda Real Estate market, visit our website. You can view new listings by neighborhood, see all available properties organized by neighborhood, search all properties available in Charlotte County or even view Just Sold reports for many area neighborhoods.

Unofficial End of ‘Season’ for Punta Gorda Real Estate?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Easter weekend, for many people, marks the unofficial end of ‘season’ for many snow-birds and soon-to-be snowbirds. However, our stats show that the ‘season’ doesn’t directly correlate to any real estate seasonality that may occur. Historically, as many homes sell during the summer as they do during the winter months. Late August and September tend to be our slowest months with an uptick seen in October.

Punta Gorda Lands in Top Ten Again

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Well, we did it again.  Punta Gorda made its way onto another Top 10 List.  This time U.S. News & World Report named Punta Gorda as one of the top 10 “Best Healthy Places to Retire”.  As a matter of fact we were the only city named in Florida (and actually the whole southeastern United States)! You can view the article at the US News and World Report website.

Aside from this recent recognition, Punta Gorda has been named in many other national top ten lists. Other lists have included Money Magazines “Best Places to Live” (1997& 2003). Forbes places us #5 on the “Best Places for Businesses and Careers” list in 2001. MSN House and Home ranked us #4 in 2003. In 2005, Golf Digest recognized the great opportunities we have for golfers and ranked Punta Gorda #3 on their list of best cities for golf in the country. Sail magazine has ranked Charlotte Harbor as the best boating in Florida.

Contact The Andreae Group or visit our Punta Gorda Real Estate website for more information.