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Kennedy Homes sells Palm Beach Gardens community amid allegations of mismanagement

Stephen Gravett, CEO of Kennedy Homes and a rendering of Trevi Isle home community A company tied to Kennedy Homes sold its 50-home community in Palm Beach Gardens for $6.5 million as the development group is involved in a lawsuit that alleges the company executives mismanaged funds. The Boca Raton-based homebuilder sold the 12.5-acre site at 12825 Trevi Isle Drive to 5 Star Developers LLC, which is tied to Jordan Fischer of Plantation, Florida. Kennedy Homes planned to build 50 townhomes with four models on the land, but only a few of the homes have been completed so far, according to county records. The homes were marketed for sale in the low $400,000s. Kennedy Homes and its executives have been entangled in lawsuits after the ...

Q1 home sales in South Florida surge before coronavirus took hold

Palm Beach (Credit: iStock) South Florida’s residential markets performed well in the first quarter, just as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold in the region. Closed sales dollar volume in the tri-county region totaled nearly $9 billion between January and the end of March, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. Single-family and condo sales were up in each county, year-over-year, and prices also rose across South Florida. Miami-Dade Total residential sales rose 6.8 percent, year-over-year, to 6,042 in Miami-Dade County during the first quarter. Single-family home sales jumped 7.9 percent to 2,871. Condo sales increased 5.8 percent to 3,171. Single-family sales dollar volume rose 8.3 percent to $1.6 billion. Condo dollar volume increased 4.7 percent to $1.3 billion. The median price for single-family ...

How low can they go: Mortgage rates fall again, enticing borrowers

Mortgage rates are near 4 percent As quick as they shot up, mortgage rates have fallen back down. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to a hair above 4 percent this week, according to Freddie Mac data first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The number is the lowest since January 2018, just before the average began to steadily rise to a November peak to just below 5 percent. High mortgage rates in the fall pushed mortgage applications to a four-year low, slowed U.S. home buying, and put home builders at their least confident in two years. But rates have dropped sharply over the last several months as the Federal Reserve halted hikes on 10-year Treasury bonds that drove last year’s mortgage ...

Interest rates are climbing, but borrowers are tapping home equity in droves

As interest rates climb and salary growth stalls, borrowers are taking cash out against their homes in volumes not seen in over a decade. Close to $14.6 billion was withdrawn from home equity across the country during the third quarter, as more than 80 percent of borrowers chose to take out cash against their homes, according to The Wall Street Journal. However, these figures are still well below rates seen before the financial crisis, when borrowers cashed out over $80 billion for three consecutive quarters in 2006. Homeowners often seek to refinance their homes to retire their previous loans, and cashing out can be used to fund renovations or retire a college debt. The economy’s growth is driving up housing prices, but leaving worker salaries ...

Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale is getting a Publix store under the Greenwise brand

Publix Super Markets will open a grocery store under its organic Greenwise brand at a mixed-use development in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Lakeland-based Publix plans to open the grocery store in 115,000 square feet of pre-leased, ground-floor space at the Main Las Olas development, now under construction A partnership led by Fort Lauderdale-based Stiles Corp. and San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties LLC is developing Main Las Olas, which will include 357,000 square feet of office space and 341 rental apartments. Stiles acquired the 2.7-acre development site at the intersection of Southeast Third Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard in 2016 for $13.1 million. The Greenwise Market in downtown Fort Lauderdale is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 at 225 East Las Olas Boulevard. Publix has a ...