Homes In Risk Areas See Slower Price Growth

Home buyers have a lot to think about. After all, there’s a laundry list of factors, features, and amenities to consider when deciding on a house to buy. Everything from the size of the kitchen to the neighborhood and school district is up for discussion. So it isn’t surprising that homes for sale in areas at high risk of flood or fire might give buyers pause. But a new analysis from the National Association of Realtors’ consumer website shows exactly how that hesitation affects home prices in those locations. According to the study, homes in high-risk areas show slower price growth than those in areas with less risk. In fact, over the past five years, homes in locations at risk of flooding saw sales prices 5 percent lower than homes in surrounding areas. In locations at risk for fire, prices grew 3 percent slower. Danielle Hale, chief economist for the website, says at-risk homes may have a lower price tag but they also come with some additional costs. “When buying a home in a flood or fire-prone area, home shoppers should budget for the added cost of home insurance, mitigation practices, and potential losses, which can add to the total cost of ownership for the home.” (source)

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Bobby is a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran and Florida native with over 17 years of combined, award-winning experience in Real Estate and Mortgage Lending in Central Florida. An eXp ICON AGENT and Certified Mentor. Formerly with RE/MAX where he was recognized as a Hall of Fame Member and a consistent Platinum Club Award Winner. Locally, a multi-year Gold-Level Award Top Producer within the Orlando Regional Realtors Association (ORRA). His consistent productivity has earned him universal recognition, named as a Top agent in numerous publications, year after year including being voted a Best of Southwest Orlando Realtor 6 years in a row!

Bobby holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License with designations as a Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI); Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR); Certified Short Sale Professional (CSP); a Florida Military Specialist (FMS) and one of the few Real Estate Collaboration Specialists – Divorce (RCS-D) in Central Florida. These advanced designations denote expertise in financial, market, and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation. As such, he is considered an ‘expert’ in his field with experience in court testimony.


Bobby is also a dedicated member of his community and has served on numerous local Boards of Directors. He is a youth sports coach and a Partner in Education with Orange County Schools. Thus, Bobby was voted a 2015 ORRA Good Neighbor Award recipient for his volunteerism and charitable contributions by his peers.

Bobby and his beautiful wife Halle have three very active children; Isabella, ‘Little’ Bobby and Alex. They stay busy as a family with sports, extra-curricular clubs and travel. However, they also give back as a family and donate to local rescues as well as providing their home to foster animals whenever possible.

One of Bobby’s greatest attributes is that time and again he has proven himself to be a selfless professional, treating each of his clients as if their property was the most important. He continues to work with his clients personally and does not differentiate between a $100K condo or a $1M house on a lake…anywhere in Central Florida, he gives each one the equal time, attention and respect that they deserve, as praised through the countless reviews written about him by former Buyers & Sellers!

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