Everyone in real estate remembers the “good old days” of the pre-recession era, when the prices of homes were high and developers and realtors were able to sell home after home. It seemed as though there would be no end to the golden days. Of course, everyone knows what happened next. The perfect storm of bad things started to come together. This stew of trouble really hit in 2007, and the real estate market has still not entirely returned to form. While things are getting better, there is still a long ways to go, as you will see.
First, it’s important to look at what caused that initial downfall back in 2007. In fact, it was the aforementioned stew, or blend, of issues that helped to tear down the real estate market.
What Caused the Fall?
One of the first problems was the fact that the banks seemed willing to lend to nearly anyone who wanted to buy a home. It seemed like a great time for anybody to buy property, but it turned out that many people bought without understanding their contracts. They bought more than they could afford and when the real recession hit, they couldn’t pay. The economic downfall coupled with the issues of properties being more expensive than people could actually afford was too much.
Everything fell apart, and it took years before things even started to get close to normal. In fact, we still did not reach those pre-recession prices. According to Zillow, the value of property in some parts of South Florida is still about 36% lower than what the prices were at their height in 2006. Other parts, of course, like Miami and Sunny Isles Real Estate (click to see Sunny Isles properties here). They also go on to say that, according to the current growth rate and patterns, they will not return to that high until sometime in 2019.
South Florida hit their low mark in 2011. Fortunately, there was a huge turnaround in 2012 and 2013. However, even though they did help the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade to recover quite a bit, the increases have started to slow. While there is certainly still interest in the area, the interest does not seem to be as “fast and furious” as it had been. This could be due to the home prices starting to go back up.
Slower Growth Might Be Good
Is the slower growth really a problem though? The speed at which the market prices rose before was a part of the problem. By growing slower, and growing at a natural rate, it may actually end up being a much safer and stable place to invest in the end. However, this does mean that many of the homeowners who are already in homes they bought a year or so ago will want to stay in their homes for at least three of four more years so they can get back to the breakeven point. Still, this is far less time when compared to how long it will take full recovery to reach many other areas of the country that had far more of a severe real estate drop.
Overall, the projections are very positive with real estate in South Florida as well as the rest of the country continue to flourish and appreciate, which means that now is still a great time to buy real estate.