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You Haven't Missed the Boom in Florida Real Estate

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"I travel around the world, Steve, and I can't believe how cheap it is here in north Florida," my friend Alistair told me last night. Alistair lives in Ireland.
"My wife and I were walking around downtown here... We looked at the home prices in the windows of the estate agents' offices, and we were shocked... It is way cheaper than California, and cheaper than just about anywhere in Europe."
I agree! Longtime readers know I've beaten the drum on buying Florida real estate for years.
I've been right... The prices have gone up, a lot. But you haven't missed it yet...
The values are still here...
Here's what I mean by value: Compared with just about anywhere in the world, the quality of life in much of Florida is high relative to the cost of shelter.
(Your definition of quality of life might be different than mine... so you're free to disagree with me on that. But it's hard to argue with the value.)
It's not just north Florida...
Central Florida is in the same position. I visited my brother in the Cocoa Beach area last week. Cocoa Beach offers warm weather year-round and easy access to the Orlando airport.
To give you an idea of how warm it is in the winter... My brother, my son, and I recently went surfing while in Cocoa Beach – in just our bathing suits. Folks, it's the month of March! And we were not cold. Where else in the continental U.S. can you do that except in Florida?
Prices in the Cocoa area are a great value today, regardless of whether you're interested in the low end or the high end of the market.
If you're looking for cheap, the median home price in the town of Cocoa is about $125,000 (that's Cocoa, not Cocoa Beach).
If you actually want to live right on the sand, we drove past a nice vacant lot, right on the ocean, with a sign in the yard asking under $800,000. Build your dream house on that lot.
I'm not suggesting you pack up and move to Cocoa Beach... My point is, the value for your money in north and central Florida is still incredible right now.
The quality of life versus the cost of shelter is hard to beat.
Don't wait on this idea too much longer...
House prices are up 13.8% over the last year in Florida (according to But the median home price in Florida is still below $200,000.
The "months of supply" is extremely low, at 4.4 months, which typically means higher prices are coming.
Mortgage rates of about 3.7% are not far from all-time record lows. The low mortgage rate makes buying a house extremely affordable now.
If you've ever thought about buying a place in Florida, now is your moment.
My friend Alistair is not alone – Florida attracts millions of foreign tourists each year – and many of them realize what Alistair did: that Florida house prices are a great value relative to back home. Not only that, it's still a great place to retire...
Beat the foreigners and the retirees... Consider getting your chunk of Florida real estate today, while the getting is still good...
Good investing,

Further Reading:

Buying Florida real estate has been one of Steve's rare "fat pitches" over the past 10 years. These opportunities don't come around often... but when they do, you must take advantage. Learn more about his "fat-pitch" style of investing right here: Exactly What I Do With My Own Money.
Earlier this month, Steve showed readers why record-low mortgage rates are coming... "As an American, it sounds outrageous to even consider that they could go lower," he says. "But when you take the rest of the world into account, it's not as outrageous as it seems." Learn why here.

Market Notes


Another important sector is continuing its long-term uptrend today...
Today, we're checking in on the defense industry. Over the years, we've noted that the U.S. is involved in so many foreign wars that defense contractors should be called "offense" contractors. Many folks warned against investing in this industry due to an expected reduction in government spending. But today's chart shows this hasn't been the case at all...
It displays the performance of one of the leaders in the industry, Northrop Grumman (NOC). It produces things like jet fighters, missiles, radar systems, and unmanned aerial drones. And it relies almost entirely on government spending.
As you can see, shares are up a huge 220% over the past four years. And they're still going strong today, striking a new 52-week high last week. The long-term uptrend in defense is alive and well...

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