US Home Prices Rise, but not in Miami
Throughout the Fall, the nation saw a rise in home prices. The Standard&Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 perecent between October 2014 and October 2015. Home values rose about 5% during 2015 and while they did so, unemployment decreased down to 5%. A better job market is making for more people buying homes. However, home listings haven’t been able to keep pace. So what we’re getting is not necessarily in increase in homes sold, but an increase in the price of each home sold given competition for what few listings are available. This limit in inventory seems to be serving newly listed homes better than existing homes. Existing homes dropped 10.5%. Mortgage rates are looking stabilized thanks to 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaging less than 4%, whereas mortgage rates have traditionally hovered closer 6%. This increase in housing prices has primarily affected San Francisco, Denver, and Portland, Oregon. Miami, in addition to Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Cleveland, is still maintaining lower pre-recession prices.
Matheson Estate Goes for $47 Million
The picturesque Matheson Estate located on Key Biscayne just sold for $47 Million. The anonymous new owner has built a modern mansion on the property. The Matheson Estate was once home to the wealthy industrialist W.J. Matheson during World War 1. In 1908, Matheson bought a 1,700 acre estate and built an opulent mansion he called Mashta (“resting place” in arabic) House. in the 1930s the house was badly damaged by storms and was eventually abandoned. Years later in 1989 it was acquired by Fernando Caballero for $1.3 million. And just the other day it was acquired for $47 million.
“This beachfront neighborhood wasn’t the place where Art Deco was created, but between the spacious, sleek hotels and pastel colors, its appear like one of the truest expressions of the form.” The real estate website Curbed.com recently listed South Beach as one of 10 Neighborhoods that Influenced US Architecture. Some highlights to see include The Webster, The Carlyle, Cadillac Hotel, The Delano, and the Bass Museum.