Posted on August 6, 2012
I live in Stuart, Florida, which is part of Martin County. As in most of the United States, our economy is in the doldrums. South Florida's economy is probably in tougher shape because of our heavy dependence on real estate development and construction. There is no facet in our lives where that real property does not play a role. It is vital to the economy of the nation. While real estate is one of the important legs on which our economy stands, the dependence on the one facet of land development from farmland to city is what has put the economy of Florida into such free fall. The local economy will not get better until we stop resorting to the same real estate development of the past.
For over a hundred years, Florida has been legendary for its boom and bust cycles. Our land booms are spectacular and our busts just as renowned. On the heavily populated east coast, Florida's development occurred late in relation to the other east coast states. Climate, topography and geography isolated the state until the 20th century. While today Florida has 19 million people and is the fourth most populous state, in 1900 our population of 528,500 people was just above New Hampshire and Vermont on the eastern seaboard.
In what section of the state people lived has dramatically changed over the same period. In 1900, 70% of the population lived in the northern third of the state while only 8% lived in South Florida. While the United States was settled and explored from east to west, Florida was settled from north to south with much of that area under populated. In the 1930 census (the first census after formation of the Martin County), Martin had a population of 5111. It wasn't until 1990 that we had over 100,000 people.
So why is it that Florida's economy has more severe boom and bust cycles than most of the rest of the nation? Our main industries today are agriculture, tourism, trade with Central and South America and land development. Our exponential population growth is due to people wanting the "Florida lifestyle." As the population increased, farmers decided it was more advantageous to develop their property for subdivisions than to continue producing crops and livestock. For the past seventy years, our state and local governments decided it was easier to allow the building of hundreds of thousands of new homes and shopping centers than to encourage a more diverse business development. Read more...
Posted on October 7, 2011
Many people are using their homes and furnishing to make a statement and for this reason, many of them are going for the luxury home accessories that transform their homes into enhanced settings. The buyers are now free to select from a number of vendors who will offer them a wide variety of these accessories that will compliment their homes and achieve their desired results.
Many manufacturers have resorted to producing these luxury home accessories in order to meet with the demand. The information about these products can be fund in different areas including the internet, home magazines as well as those magazines on women fashion and lifestyle. Some of these manufacturers work with designers who will provide different accessories ranging from furniture, furnishings and home décor. Homeowners will be able to select from different types of accessories that will indicate their lifestyle ranging from what they wear to what they have in their homes and so on.
Many homeowners are believed to respect the brand names that offer them quality as well as a guarantee of authenticity. This is the reason why many of them are going for the luxury home accessories since they are made from quality materials and workmanship. Most of them are also selecting these items because they know the brands will portray something about their personality and their preferences. Read more...
Posted on August 11, 2011
Prospective buyers can examine auction items before hand which can help sellers to set a minimum price below which they will not sell the property. Nowadays auction is taking place for artwork, antiques, secondhand goods, and farm houses, buildings repossessed by banks or government, and stock and commodity exchanges. There are different types of auction for each category. Jewellery auction are divided into three like 1920 jewellery auction, diamond auction and classic auction. In art there may be modern art auction, renaissance auction and alternative art auction. Likewise even house property auction are divided into commercial auctions, disused home auctions, repossessions, luxury homes auction. The oldest auction was for a bride known as Herodotus, existed in 500 B.C., were once in a year females of marriageable age were sold to the highest bidder. But times have changed; auction takes place through e-commerce or internet, which enables individuals to interact directly with each other electronically. Globalization and market growth is likely to further enhance this prominence in the twenty-first century.
Home auction is gaining popularity. Most real estate auction houses operate in the following way. Auction houses make a list of the upcoming live auction on their website. Prospective buyers register online to participate in the auction. Prospective buyers can have a look at the house for inspection on a particular day prior to live auction. Prospective buyers can make an offer on any home prior to the auction date. If the seller accepts, the home is excluded from the live auction. To participate in live auction, prospective buyers must bring earnest money, often a certified check that ranges from $1,000 to $5000. It is advised that buyers take a home loan upto the maximum amount they wish to bid. Buyers who fail to pay the money will lose their earnest money. Read more...