Thursday, August 31, 2006

Home Buying Power August, 2006

According to the most recent national housing opportunity pulse survey by the National Association of Realtors only 14% say rising mortgage interest rates would keep them from buying a home. 34% cited increasing property taxes and 28% said a major concern was the rising cost of energy(electricity, etc.). According to the US Census Bureau the average month mortgage principal and interest payment was $840 in 2005 it was $1040, in April 2006 it was $1132. More than a 10% jump in the past year alone. The price of electricity was up 12% from February 2005 to February 2006 accoring to Energy Information Admininistration estimates. State and Local Property taxes per household in fiscal year 2003 averaged $985 and by 2004 that figure was $1121 according to the US Census Bureau. Real Estate taxes in Volusia County and Ormond By the Sea have increased significantly in the past few years as property values skyrocketed. Owners without a homestead exemption to hold the line on increases have been hit hard. For information about Ormond Beach and Ormond By the Sea homes and condos for sale or rent, contact Ocean View Realty Group or visit our web site at Marion O’Connor is our sales specialist – Deanna Thomas is our rental specialist – Ocean View Realty Group 1350 Oceanshore Blvd. Suite A Ormond Beach, Fl 32176 386-441-8245 Fax 386-441-2407 Toll free USA & Canada 800-356-3409 Vacation rental information is at

Monday, August 28, 2006

Florida Home Sales for July, 2006

Florida Association of Realtors figures for July 2006 show existing home sales dropped 1/3 from July 2005. Increasing mortgage rates, taxes, and insurance appear to be factors. Sales nationally for July were at a 2 year low as inventories of unsold homes were at a record high. Condo sales were also down 37% and the median sale price also declined 15%. Ocean View Realty Group 1350 Ocean Shore Blvd. Suite A Ormond Beach, FL 32176 Toll Free USA & Canada 1-800-356-3409 Local phone 386-441-8245 Fax 386-441-2407 For buying or selling contact Marion O’Connor at For Rental information contact Deanna Thomas at

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Volusia County Housing Affordability

Housing affordability in Volusia County has taken a big hit according to the National Association of Home Builders Affordability Index for the second quarter 2006. In early 2000 Volusia County was 28th most affordable in the country. The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Metro Area ranked just below Orlando at number 134. There are a total of 10 Florida Metro Areas ranked more affordable. The index uses the median household income and the median selling price of homes and indicates that 31.4% of homes are affordable at the median income.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Real Estate

Real Estate, like the stock market, should be a long term investment. Day traders and others that were buying real estate due to the increasing values thought that long term meant 90 days! As the real estate market returns to normal, holding a property for 10 or 20 years will probably once again produce a reasonable return when eventually sold, and potentially some enjoyment and tax considerations along the way.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Seascape Condo for Sale

2 bedroom 2 bath approximately 1200 sq. ft. condo unit at Seascape condo in Ormond by the Sea. Features include ocean view, inside laundry and underground parking. Currenty occupied by a tenant who would like to stay. $309,000

Volusia County New Construction Values

The Volusia County Department of Economic Development reported the value of new construction for the first half of 2006 down $100 million from last year. Single family home permits went from 3401 the first half of 2005 to 1900 for the first half of 2006. The total commercial and residential new construction values were $675 million in the first half of 2005 and $575 million the first half of 2006. This may be part of the natural correction following a couple of record breaking years. Contact Realtor Marion O’Connor today at or toll free USA and Canada 800-356-3409. You can also visit our web site at

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Seabridge North Condo for Sale

Just reduced to $309,000 this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo is the top (5th) floor northeast corner of the building and features fabulous views and a wrap around balcone. This unit comes with a garage. For additional information and your private showing of this and other available Ormond by the Sea homes and condos contact Realtor Marion O'Connor today or toll free USA & Canada 800-356-3409. Visit our website at SOLD

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

U.S. Home Sales - June 2006

The Commerce Department reported that new home sales dropped 3% last month. This was the first decline since the 11.5% drop in February 2006. Many economists are predicting another year of slow sales with some parts of the country experiencing price declines. If you are thinking of buying or selling Ormond Beach or Ormond by the Sea real estate contact Realtor Marion O'Connor at or 1-800-356-3409 or visit her web site at from there you can search the Daytona Beach Area Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for all types of properties for sale in the area.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Real Estate Market Update

Harvard University's joint center for housing studies says over the next 10 years there will be at least 2 million more new households than were formed over the past decade. This means that the current national slowdown in home sales will not last long. Real Estate prices falling in the past have been precipitated by over building housing supply or big employment drops and neither condition is present currently. For all your Ormond Beach and Ormond by the Sea residential Real Estate needs visit the Ocean View Realty Group web site at

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Al Raymondi, Broker and owner of Ocean View Realty Group was born in Quincy, MA and graduated from Quincy High School in 1963. He served the the U.S. Air Force including January to December 1966 at the 6924 Security Squadron in Danang Vietnam. Al worked for over 20 years at Blue Cross & BLue Shield of Mass. in Boston on the Medicare program for MA, ME, NH, and VT. He was married to the late Diane (McQuiggan, of Jamaica Plain, MA.) and lived in Quincy, Carver, and Brockton MA prior to relocating to Ormond Beach, FL in 1989. Al and Diane are the proud parents of Scott & Susan, both graduates of Brockton High School, Brockton, MA. Scott served the the Air Force for 4 years as a Jet Engine Mechanic at Langley AFB. He now resides in Palm Coast,FL and has 2 children, Scott Jr. & Samantha. Susan graduated Bridgewater State College, earned her CPA, and is currently residing in Huntington Beach Ca. with her husband Chris Haberl and their two sons, Max and Jake.  Scott Jr was in the US Navy and has a son Scott III and a daughter Hannah.  Al is the Broker for Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida. Al's brother Dan and sister Grace still reside in Quincy, Mass.
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida helps buyers and sellers in the local real estate market and also provides rental services including vacation rental homes and condos.