Third Quarter Local Market Reports Available: Ignore Flagler County

Flagler County’s identity crisis is exposed again. Jacksonville, Orlando, and Volusia quarterly real estate market reports ignore Flagler County and Palm Coast.

Palm Coast, FL – November 27, 2010 – The National Association of Realtors® issues its Third Quarter Local Market Report for the country’s largest metropolitan areas (as officially defined by the Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. Government. Flagler and its largest city, Palm Coast, are not included; even though ranked as the fastest growing county and city respectively for portions of the most recent decade.  
Described as "the quiet side of Florida," Flagler County and Palm Coast sit half way between Daytona Beach, 30 miles to the south and St. Augustine to the north. It sports miles of Atlantic beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, dozens of parks, nature areas and preserves and nearly 50 miles of bike and walking paths.
Yet, though Flagler County’s population nears 100,000; it remains the Rodney Dangerfield of Northeast Florida counties. No Flagler resident represents the area at either the state or federal legislative level. Hopefully results of the redistricting mandated by the 2010 census will change that in the future.
It’s easier to get from Palm Coast to shopping and air travel in Jacksonville than Orlando, but local cable company BrightHouse’s "local" news and weather coverage emanate from Orlando. Most Flagler County residents receive the Daytona News-Journal daily. The N-J’s twice weekly supplement is Flagler’s official newspaper of record. The St. Augustine Record seldom mentions Flagler or Palm Coast events; nor does the Jacksonville Times Union. The positive reception of recently arrived of WNZF Radio with its sister station Beach 92.7, and the weekly Palm Coast Observer testify to the local demand for identity.
Having said that, here are the third quarter market reports for:

Each downloadable report evaluates a number of factors affecting home prices, including:
  • The health of the local job market
  • Foreclosure rates
  • Housing inventory
  • Debt-to-income and mortgage-servicing-costs-to-income ratios

Orlando (Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County)
Jacksonville (Baker County, Clay County, Duval County, Nassau County, and St. Johns County)
New Your-N. New Jersey-Long Island (Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Putnam County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Pike County)
Los Angeles (Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County)

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