Are the BIG Investors Slowing Down Their South Florida Purchases?

RealtyTrac says they are, but are they really?

Late last week RealtyTrac released their latest Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report. That report showed a significant pull back by institutional investors in the nationwide market. Figures they compiled as of February 1st show that month over month purchases by these groups fell to 5.2% of all residential sales down an amazing 34% in one month.


But are they pulling out by that figure in their purchases of property in Palm Beach County? Sales reported by Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office show strong January sales by groups like IH3 Property Florida which is one of the buying arms of The Blackstone Group who has purchased thousands of homes in south Florida over the past couple years. Their stated intent is to use these properties as income producing rental assets with an anticipated hold period of between 5 and 10 years.

IH3 Property of Florida snapped up one of our recent listings in Palm Beach County just a few days after we entered the property into the Multiple Listing Service. The kitchen of that home is shown above so you can see they are buying large upper end homes in our area. The offer was made on this home towards the end of January when these groups were slowing down their purchases? Not here, not now. If you have a property that you are interested in selling and want to see what IH3 or another buyer may be willing to pay in today’s market of rising prices please feel free to give me a call. We will show you how to save some money and get the highest quality marketing package available in the area. The high definition photography we use ensure your property shines in all on-line marketing efforts.

No doubt that Palm Beach County is a special place and plays by different rules than other parts of the nation. The next few months look for higher sales levels and higher median prices despite inventory levels that continue to climb. Always interesting, always fun.

Fins up………

Tom Priester
Principal Broker

Paradise Sharks Real Estate
Direct Line 561 308-0175

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Tom Priester

After spending years among the top individual performers at one of Palm Beach County’s largest and most successful real estate brokerages, Tom Priester knew there was another way to do real estate. A better way. Real estate services focused on the customer. Like the old days when the customer truly was #1. He tired of listening to why he should be going out to have his customers sign one sided buyers’ brokerage agreements. He tired of hearing how he should be selling customers why paying higher commissions, like 7% and 8%, was to their benefit. He tired of hearing how he should sell his clients on why they should be paying hundreds of dollars in additional “transaction fees”. The business had slid way too far from being focused on the customer. His customer. So he decided the time was right to be different… design. To start his own unique boutique real estate firm truly focused on his customers. They will now have access to a process focused on them. Only the best marketing techniques to sell their homes. No cutting corners. Commission structures based on his clients needs not his. Paradise Sharks was born out of Tom’s passion to return this business to the customer. Where it belongs. If you want a real estate experience that benefits you, just give Tom a call at 561 308-0175 or send him an e-mail at You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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