And you are right, the prices and the incentives the builders are giving are great. A great Realtor will usually get you an even better deal. In the end it comes down to do you believe the economists who say the housing market will rebound in 2008 -2009 or the ones that are saying 4 years, and even up to 10 years.
Personally, I have found that when the media and business shows whether we are talking about stocks or housing are either all saying buy, buy, buy then it is likely the time to consider selling, and when they are all talking doom and gloom it is time to consider buying. At the highs and lows the media goes in to a feeding frenzy and usually miss the signs that the market may not be as good or as bad as they are reporting.
When purchasing, history teaches the 1st three things to consider 1. Location 2. Location 3. Location.
As the market rebounds, those properties with the strongest location will rebound more quickly and stronger.
Best of luck
The "Eckler Team"
Century 21 Almar & associates
Venice, Fl 43285
In either event, you can read about it in on my site at http://www.findmyfloridahome.net
from Tampa to Mexico took about a day and the trip was pretty nice, but it too went bankrupt. SO with the History of Ferry's in this area, I wouldn't count on it. I am not saying our Government won't waste a few dollars on the project, but will it last. This kid ain't investing a penny other than those the City is already taking.
Gary De Pury
Bay Vista Realty
Director, Florida Association of REALTORS
In 5 years you may be ok as far as making a few bucks, but Ruskin may take a bit longer than 5 years to develop more like 10-15, IMHO, but it IS very close to the water, a pretty easy commute to Sarasota or pinellas county etc, so location WILL be there at some point, but it will be a while...
I can remember when there was no development in Ruskin. You just took Hwy 41 S to get somewhere else.
Southshore is really being developed and as you know there are so many new developments popping up everywhere. Shell Point W. has multi million dollar homes and marina. Mira Bay is an amazing development.
I love the close proximity to Apollo Beach and Sun CIty Center. It is also such an easy commute to Ellenton, and the Brandon Mall for Shopping. Southern Hillsborough still has land and I think you can get more house for your $.
Dvelopers don't build professional offices for the heck of it. They want their return.
If you haven't signed and would like me to take a look, you can contact me at Phil@PhilFowler.com
As a resident of Southshore, I think Ruskin is a great mix of country and coastal living.
Some additional information concerning the future planning of Ruskin Fl and the rest of South Shore can be found at:
This is a Community Based plan for the Ruskin area. As stated below Ruskin along with the whole South Shore Area has been in extensive growth for the past 5 years with a slow down in the past year I agree with Bill and Jeff that the market is still reclining and allot of speculation is still going on but the location between Sarasota and Tampa is favorable and Ruskin along with Apollo Beach has Bay access which is of course favorable (unless you have to pay for insurance) If we were not in this uncertain market I would say jump on it but their are many variables which would keep me from confidently saying go for it. See most of the planning programs were established at the time of our real estate peak, now if the county pushes through with its proposed planning then I see a more realistic rebound within the next 5 years. I hope this helps you and if I can be of any further assistance my website is listed below.
Thanks for your question