It’s Time That We

Show You Florida

Florida had the highest level of net domestic migration from in 2018, according to U.S. Census data released in December. New York was the largest overall population loser, followed by Illinois. Florida also has been steadily creating jobs in recent years, gaining 231,000 jobs in 2018, a 2.7% increase over the previous year, and bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.3% in December, according to the state.

Those are some of  the numbers and opinions that coincide with the pace of a real life housing market, the likes of which I have never seen during my last few visits to South Florida.

I have visited and lived in South Florida my whole life. Three generations of my immediate family have owned or still own properties in Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, The Palm Beaches, Vero Beach and across to Naples. I have seen it grow and change. My great aunt lived in Delray Beach when it was a sleepy, 10 block ocean town off of A1A that we passed through on the way to Hillsboro Mile. It's not sleepy anymore nor is any of South Florida or the Gulf Coast.

Today, Florida moves. Alongside of the best restaurants, clubs, museums and shopping in the country, are the PGA National, Sawgrass and the Miami Open. There are the finest homes and communities in the world and they run from the Ocean to 10 miles inland. So the real talent is knowing where these "jewels" are and how they distinguish themselves from the others.

After all the growth and change, I still see parts of the "Old Florida." The deeper blue of the nearby gulf stream. The old Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse and the clapping of palm leaves caused by an Atlantic breeze. Yes, it's all still here living among the people and all that's new to discover. So while you're thinking of the warm sunshine and water, call us; it's time that we show you Florida.

-Decker Velie

Coldwell Banker Delray Beach