May numbers are in! As of June 1st: Median sold price continues to increase. Month over month May saw a decrease of average days on market and a slight uptick in the original list price to sold price ratio. Our absorption rate is now over 6mo of inventory. While we are fully back in a neutral market in the Keys, homeowners and buyers should feel good about home values holding steady. *Oh, by the way ... I can help connect you with great Realtors anywhere in North America! I'm never too busy for referrals!  Erin Kiel REALTOR® GRI, AHWD, C2EX Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Destinations

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by Karen Williams-deCastro- Realtor®, C2EX, RSPS, GRI, SRS, ABR, SFR, AHWD

When you are looking at Real Estate, you likely think to yourself: location, location, location. And not many places are more beautiful than the Florida Keys. But ever since the Federal Reserve began its series of inflation-fighting interest rate hikes last year, a new mantra has emerged for a lot of us: mortgage rates, mortgage rates, mortgage rates. 

Higher rates had the immediate impact of dampening homebuyer affordability and demand. But this year, we’re seeing further repercussions. While analysts expected listing inventory to swell as sales declined, instead, homeowners have been pushing off plans to sell because they feel beholden to their existing, lower mortgage…

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