Election 2020 Panama City Beach Real Estate Market Outlook
Tomorrow is the day, election 2020. Americans will decide our President for the next four years. That decision will have a major impact on many aspects of life in this country, but the residential real estate market in the Panama City Beach area and surrounding areas will not be one of them.
Before we talking about whether you've found the right PCB beach home, let's recap... We recently talked about PCB vacation rentals, purchasing a diamond in the rough, and investment property management options. But it occurs to me that I may have jumped ahead a bit and that we need to roll back to the purchasing [...]
Woody Junot Publishes “Want to buy a Panama City Beach Condo?” on PCBBeachesDirect.com
Summary of "Want to buy a Panama City Beach Condo?" Woody Junot, Broker/Owner of Life's a Beach Real Estate recently published a new article on PCBBeachesDirect.com. In the article, Woody provides information and tips on what you need to know if you want to buy a condo on Panama City Beach. One quote from Woody [...]
Should You Buy Your PCB Beach Retirement Home Sooner Rather Than Later?
Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to Panama City Beach. This year, however, the game changed.
Emerald Coast Real Estate – Buyers Are Finding More Space In The Luxury Home Market
A year ago, additional space and extra amenities had a very different feel for homebuyers. Today, the health crisis has brought to light how valuable more square footage and carefully designed floorplans can be.
PCB Investment Properties: Renovating The Diamond in The Rough
Last week I shared with you that we have purchased our first foray into PCB investment properties – our first vacation investment property in Panama City Beach. Now, let’s talk more about another side of PCB investment properties—the renovation…
PCB Real Estate Market: Experts Forecast a V-Shaped Economic Recovery
Experts anticipate a V-shaped recovery for our economy, and the housing market is leading the way. Let’s connect to make sure you have everything you need to make your best real estate decisions this year.
PCB Real Estate – Home Equity Gives Sellers Options
Homeownership is one of the best ways to invest in your financial future, especially as your home equity grows. Home equity is a form of forced savings that can work to your advantage as the value of your home appreciates. Across the country, especially in Panama City Beach, home equity was increasing before the health crisis…
Investing in PCB Real Estate: The Start of Vacation Adventures in Paradise!
My husband and I have been selling real estate in Panama City Beach for 6 years – helping many vacation property investors purchase a vacation beach home. Our philosophy is simple: As Panama City Beach real estate agents, it is our job to be that trusted advisor and help with the process and purchase of the right home.
Horribly Horrific Things To Avoid When Buying A Beach Home
Using a knowledgeable and experienced real estate group such as Life’s a Beach Real Estate can help you navigate through some of these red flags when purchasing a house or condo in Panama City Beach. We know the Panama City Beach real estate market well and are looking forward to helping you find your dream home successfully!
Why Panama City Beach Should Be Your #1 Retirement Destination
Ahhh, retirement is here at last (or at least on the horizon) and you can finally start living your dream life at the beach. There are numerous reasons why buying a condo at Panama City Beach should be a major contender in your retirement plans.
Preparing Your Panama City Beach Home for a Hurricane
As a home or condo owner in Panama City Beach, it is prudent to protect your property from hurricanes and you can prevent a lot of damage by following some basic precautions. You can plan for the worst by updating your insurance policy. However, always remember to put yourself first and your property second!
When considering condo ownership in Panama City Beach or evaluating the Panama City Beach real estate market in general, there are a number of factors to consider but one of the first steps should be to make yourself familiar with this awesome city and all that it has to offer.
Prepping Your Beach Home for the Panama City Beach Real Estate Market
The first and most important step to putting your home on the market is to find and enlist a real estate agent to be your guide and resource throughout the process. On average, real estate agents are able to get sales prices 15% higher than when a realtor is not involved. Here at Life is [...]
Now is the Time to Buy the Luxury Home If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control. The inventory of homes […]
Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs According to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage. After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how […]
Panama City Beach Condo Sales NEW YORK – Oct. 20, 2017 – Home shoppers without children are a growing segment of the housing market, and they tend to want smaller houses than previous generations. In the latest numbers released by the CDC, the fertility rate among women 15 to 44 years old hit its lowest […]
Four Reasons to Buy a Home this Fall Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate […]
The Rental Trap There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the continuous rise in rents, stating: “The cost of putting a roof over your head […]
What to do when Disaster Hits NEW YORK – Sept. 6, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey has damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and put countless families into a financial tailspin. If you’re affected by a natural disaster, what does it mean for your mortgage? Here are frequently asked questions and answers. What should […]
Tourism in Panama City Beach Tourism in Panama City has climbed over the last year, with May marking the fourth consecutive month of double-digit growth for the city. Visit Panama City Beach and the Bay County Tourist Development Council announced that tourism numbers were up 14 percent in May as compared to the same month in 2016. […]
Homeownership Beats Renting LOS ANGELES – July 27, 2017 – Arizona, Nevada and Washington, D.C. are among the 11 states where it’s more affordable to rent than it is to buy a home. But owning a home still beats renting in Florida, according to a study by website GOBankingRates. GoBankingRates surveyed all 50 states and […]
Millennial Homeowner? Now is the time to sell! Contrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any other age group in 2017 and the most recent Census Bureau report shows that the homeownership rate among Millennials is finally on the rise. Many Millennials […]
Selling your Home We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now continues to be a great time to sell your house. Let’s look at the data […]
4 vacation home issues every buyer should know NEW YORK – July 7, 2017 – Before clients purchase a vacation home, make sure they’re ready for the responsibilities of owning a second property. “Costs of owning and renting a vacation home can be very high,” says Todd Huettner, owner of Denver-based lending company Huettner Capital. […]
Origin at Seahaven Post Auction Sales The Origin at Seahaven Auction was a huge success with over 100 buyers in attendance and 70 units sold for almost 10 million in sales! If you missed the auction on June 29th, don’t worry, currently there are still about 25 units left in the original block of […]
Origin at Seahaven Information Check out this informational interview with a local radio station and Lamar Fisher of Fisher Auctions in regards to the upcoming auction in the Origin at Seahaven condo building! Come visit us in the onsite Life’s a Beach Real Estate office to take a tour of the model units or obtain […]
Why It’s Important to Hire a Realtor Moral of this story, Always Call a Realtor First! “Received a very alarming call this morning from a girl that was getting ready to send cash to someone for keys for a rental she found on Zillow/Trulia,” Heartland Real Estate Agent Dawn Dell posted Tuesday on Facebook. […]
95 Condominium Units to be sold with 25 pre-selected condominiums to be sold at Absolute Auction. ABOUT ORIGIN: Designed with Polynesian influences to inspire coastal living, Origin at Seahaven consists of a 17-story tower with 280 fully-furnished upscale residences. Located on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, Origin is within walking distance of the well-known […]
Panama City Beach Housing Market NAR: This is the worst ‘housing drought’ ever WASHINGTON – March 28, 2017 – The number of homes for sale is at the lowest level on record, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), which began tracking inventory 18 years ago. For buyers, that means they’ll find fewer […]
Reasons Not to For Sale By Owner In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for […]
EBRO, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – While most college students come to Panama City Beach to party for spring break, one group of fraternity brothers is spending their time off giving back. One foot in front of the other, members of the Kappa Beta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity from Troy University are going […]
The Emerald Coast is an American Paradise! You’ve been to Malibu, South Beach, and the Hamptons; to Cannon Beach, the Outer Banks, and the Jersey Shore, and you think you know a thing or two about beaches in this great country, right? Think again, amigo. If you’ve never traveled the approximately 100 miles of glorious […]
Panama City Beach Real Estate Market Panama City Beach has experienced an 18.8% increase in closed sales year over year! Economists’ note : Closed Sales are one of the simplest—yet most important—indicators for the residential real estate market. When comparing Closed Sales across markets of different sizes, we recommend comparing the percent changes in sales […]
List your home in 2017 With the start of the new year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. Many will decide that it is smarter to wait until the spring “buyer’s market” to list their […]
Florida Best for Business Florida ranked number five in the United States for ‘best business climate’ for the fourth straight year according to the 2015 State Business Tax Climate report conducted by the Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation looks at over 100 factors in order to create the annual ranking, including corporate tax, individual […]
Looking to Buy Your Beach Dream Home? Do it Quick! It appears that Americans are regaining faith in the U.S. economy. The following indexes have each shown a dramatic jump in consumer confidence in their latest surveys: The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Small Business Optimism Index CNBC All-America […]
Real Estate Offices Panama City Beach New Year, New Office! Life’s a Beach is proud to announce our new, very visible, office in the front portion of The Origin Beach Resort condo across the street from the world’s most beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach! The new Life’s a Beach office is next to […]
5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by […]
Mortgage Interest Rates Ticking Upwards Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters. This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact they may […]
U.S. home prices surpass pre-recession peak WASHINGTON (AP) – Nov 29, 2016 – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index is slightly above the peak it set in July 2006, […]
By COLLIN BREAUX News Herald Reporter PANAMA CITY BEACH — Every week this summer, Alan and Tracy Jagiello’s rental homes were full. The couple rent out townhouses on the west and east ends of Panama City Beach using Airbnb, an online and app-based lodging service. In their first year using the service, the Jagiellos said […]
Forecast: 17M first-time buyers within 5 years NEW YORK – Oct. 18, 2016 – About 17 million first-time homebuyers may enter the housing market within the next five years, according to a new TransUnion study – and nearly three million first-timers are expected to enter the housing market in 2017. TransUnion’s study found […]
The Best Ways to Build Your Credit NEW YORK – Oct. 18, 2016 – Once, building credit meant taking on debt – sometimes expensive debt like a car loan or a credit card with a high rate. Today, it’s possible to build a good credit score in a year without a big chunk of […]
Remodeling Tips for Homeowners WASHINGTON – Sept. 28, 2016 – Homeowners looking for a remodeling project should head outside, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features shows that outdoor remodeling projects not only add value […]
2016 Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Life’s A Beach Real Estate is proud to support Big Mike in his efforts to raise awareness for people with Down Syndrome. Come walk and enjoy the festive environment with Big Mike and Life’s A Beach Real Estate. The walk is November 5th! Click below […]
Florida Ranks 4th as Most Business Friendly WASHINGTON – Sept. 29, 2016 – The nonpartisan Tax Foundation released its 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index, which measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing more than 100 variables in five tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance. Wyoming […]
4 Reasons to Buy a Home this Fall The fall may be notorious for a slowdown in the housing market. But for home buyers that shouldn’t mean they should go to an early hibernation. For home shoppers, the fall likely will be the best time to buy. Realtor.com® recently highlighted several reasons why the […]
Bounce Back from Foreclosure 5 bounce-back tips after a foreclosure or short sale HIGHLAND, Calif. – Aug. 12, 2016 – Philip and Denise Powell lost their home in 2011 after Philip’s hours as a pastor were cut in half and Denise was sidelined by a surgery. But they were determined to become homeowners again, […]
Sell your Real Estate Listing Quickly Try these words in your listing for a quick sale WASHINGTON – Aug. 19, 2016 – Public comments provided by listing agents can give information about the property amenities, architecture and neighborhood information, and they can also impact the days a property is on the market, according […]
Panama City Beach Best in US for Investment PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A recent study named Panama City Beach the best place in the U.S for people to invest in vacation rentals. The website Rented.com just published a report on the best U.S markets for people to invest in vacation rentals. Panama […]
Areas hit hard by downturn now see highest gains MIAMI – Aug. 18, 2016 – The markets hardest hit by the real estate downturn have been registering the sharpest increases in home prices for more than a year. A decade after becoming the epicenter of the crash, Miami’s property market is seeing the highest price […]
Building a home in Florida CHICAGO – Aug. 17, 2016 – The average time it takes to complete a new single-family home is seven months in Florida and nationally, according to recent Census Bureau data. That completion time includes nearly a month for getting the permit to start the project – 27 days in Florida […]
The Cost of Renting vs. Owning a Home in Every State By Cameron Huddleston July 18, 2016 Housing is the biggest expense for many Americans, accounting for more than 30 percent of a household’s yearly expenditures, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But housing costs can vary greatly, depending on where you live — […]
‘Jumbo’ mortgages now cheaper than smaller loans Now there’s a good reason to buy the big house! NEW YORK – July 1, 2016 – Banks will give you a better interest rate if you buy a more expensive and, presumably, bigger home. The interest rate on a 30-year jumbo loan currently stands at 3.71 percent […]
Forecast: Fla.’s economy will outpace U.S. ORLANDO, Fla. – June 29, 2016 – Spurred by rising job growth and home construction, Florida’s economy is expected to continue to grow at a faster pace than the national forecast for the next four years, according to the latest forecast from UCF economist Sean Snaith, director for the […]
Buy vs. rent: 5 things to consider Better to Rent or Buy? PITTSBURGH, Pa. – July 1, 2016 – Buying a house is the largest investment most people ever make, and it’s not a decision you should enter into lightly, say personal finance experts at the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. If you’re considering […]
Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 AM by Visit Panama City Beach Panama City Beach, already known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the South” for its abundance of shipwrecks and artificial reefs available for SCUBA divers to explore, has added another group of 5 Super Limestone Reefs to its collection of artificial reefs meant to […]
Freeport Real Estate Freeport Poised for Major Growth South Walton is essentially a very narrow strip of land, sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. With over 40 percent of the land here being protected State Park or Forest — and most major parcels of developable land already being spoken for — there’s simply not […]
Panama City Beach leaders: Steady tourism, better reputation to be ‘new normal’ By JOHN HENDERSON News Herald Reporter Posted Jun. 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM Updated Jun 4, 2016 at 11:42 PM PANAMA CITY BEACH — Officials say new projects aimed at year-round crowds — and continued strict adherence to this year’s Spring Break laws […]
Grand Panama Condos For Sale Are you searching for Grand Panama Condos For Sale? If you are thinking of making your dream a reality and purchasing a condo in the Grand Panama Beach Resort, you have come to the right place! Life’s a Beach Real Estate sold more Grand Panama units in 2015 […]
Panama City Beach Home Pricing Homebuilders say major uptick coming WASHINGTON – May 6, 2016 – Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and pent-up demand are prompting an increase in the demand for new single-family homes, and homebuilders say they’re ready to build them. However, builders also say they face plenty of […]
Panama City Beach Home Prices March home price gains highest since 2007 IRVINE, Calif. – April 21, 2016 – U.S. home prices rose 17 percent year-to-year in March, according to RealtyTrac’s latest report for month and first quarter of the year – and Florida remains the king of all-cash sales: State metro areas took […]
8 Bad ‘Home Improvement’ Habits from RealtorMag Home owners can overdo it when it comes to the upkeep of their home. This Old House recently spotlighted several ways that home owners’ enthusiasm for home ownership may actually harm the house. 1. Having light bulbs that are too bright. You want a well-lit home, but exceeding […]
The Tax Benefits of Owning a Home From building equity to giving you a chance to settle down and plant roots, homeownership comes with potential benefits that renting simply doesn’t offer. Among them are several tax advantages worth knowing about. Here’s a quick look at how to make the most of those tax deductions. Deducting […]
Condos For Sale Panama City Beach PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – It’s no secret Panama City Beach is growing tremendously. Pier Park has been built up over the years, and now sports parks are coming to the area along with new condos and hotels. With all of these things making their way […]
Average rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.62% WASHINGTON (AP) – Feb. 25, 2016 – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as anxiety over the global economy persisted. Long-term rates resumed their decline after being unchanged last week following six straight weeks of easing. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average […]
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – If you live on Panama City Beach you already knew this but Panama City Beach is in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the United States. According to TripAdvisor, Panama City Beach is ranked number ten on the list. Also on the list: St. Augustine Beach, […]
Mark your calendars, Panama City Beach Spring Jam is coming! Spring Jam is a three-day country music festival in Panama City Beach, FL from April 7th to April 9th. This year, it will be headlined by Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Young. Tickets are now on sale. Spring Jam is located in Panama City Beach, one […]
Panama City Beach Condos for Sale Life’s a Beach currently has over 750 one, two, three, and four bedroom condos for sale here in beautiful Panama City Beach! Whether you are looking for your slice of beachfront paradise or a quiet bay front retreat to dock your boat, our professional agents can help you find […]
Why the Majority of FSBOs Fail FEB 17, 2015 Industry insiders claim that FSBO failure rates range from 75% all the way up to 95%.* While selling your home on your own in order to save paying a real estate agent’s commission may seem like a great way to save money, the truth of the […]
Panama City Beach Real Estate For Sale The “normal” real estate market is returning. Call us now before the “sun sets” on a good deal here in Panama City Beach! Read more below: CHICAGO – Jan. 5, 2016 – This year may have been the best for housing since 2007, but the market will […]
Grand Panama Beach Resort is one of the most desirable properties in Panama City Beach and also happens to be where our main office is! Check out this short video we took (best if viewed full screen) and give us a call for your next Panama City Beach real estate purchase! Life’s […]
Panama City Beach Real Estate Tours Life’s a Beach Real Estate will soon be using some of the most cutting edge technology to help serve our customers! Due to the fact that so many of our clients are from out of state, this technology will be instrumental in helping them make their buying decisions, even […]
Florida Home Sales ORLANDO, Fla., – Jan. 4, 2016 – Positive trends continued for Florida’s housing market in November, with more closed sales, higher median prices, more new listings and fewer days on the market, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes rose last month […]
A underground facility and bunker dubbed “The Facility” in Southeast Georgia two hours from Savannah just hit the market for $17.5 million. The property, which is exclusively listed by Sister Hood of Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead Office, was built in 1969 and fully renovated to government standards in 2012. According to Harry Norman, it is […]
By Sarah Rufca June 9, 2014 Rosemary Beach has nine walkovers that lead to the sugar sand beach. They were built to protect the dune ecosystem and prevent beach erosion. It seems like every house, apartment and restaurant in Rosemary Beach has a driftwood sign pointing the way to the beach. Which […]