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House Prices

CptWally98
January 26, 2018 11:41AM

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Hello St Croix.My husband and I have been trying to purchase a home in St. Croix since March 2017, ( A previous house deal fell through) IMHO, it appears that the asking price for houses has increased since the hurricane. Does anyone know if this is true and if so way?

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speee1dy
January 26, 2018 11:47AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,281

why would be because thats the price people are willing to pay.

did you think you would get fire sale prices just because of a hurricane

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islandjoan
January 26, 2018 12:06PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,384

I'm sure that asking prices depend on the owners and what they think they can get for their property, or the realtor's advice based on comps.

Maybe the home you want to purchase suffered no damage, and now they think they can get more for it?

If the deal fell through it would be helpful to know why. There might have been a problem with the property or just could be the buyer's financing fell through.

So many variables not easy to know why.

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CptWally98
January 26, 2018 12:06PM

Registered: 7 months ago
Posts: 3

No, not fire sale prices, but at least the same, not higher.

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singlefin
January 26, 2018 01:11PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 578

The national economy is getting better, so prices are going up nationwide.

Rumors are circulating on St. Croix that theres a good possibility of the old Hovensa plant restarting the refining of crude once again. The same rumor includes a very large increase in the number of new employees (3000-4000 people). Before Hess shuttered the plant, a little over 2000 were employed there. This would be a massive boost to St. Croix's economy and real estate prices will climb upward.
The increase in prices may have already begun due to just the rumors.

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vicanuck
January 26, 2018 02:47PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,126

Quote
singlefin
The national economy is getting better, so prices are going up nationwide.

Rumors are circulating on St. Croix that theres a good possibility of the old Hovensa plant restarting the refining of crude once again. The same rumor includes a very large increase in the number of new employees (3000-4000 people). Before Hess shuttered the plant, a little over 2000 were employed there. This would be a massive boost to St. Croix's economy and real estate prices will climb upward.
The increase in prices may have already begun due to just the rumors.

I deal with a lot of real estate agents...this is what I have been told also.

I, for one, am delighted at the increasing home prices.

There is also grumbling on a few Facebook pages by "locals" concerned with gentrification which I see as a very good thing too.

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CptWally98
January 26, 2018 03:56PM

Registered: 7 months ago
Posts: 3

Singlefin, that is a very reasonable explanation, thanks for your response.

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Scubadoo
January 26, 2018 04:18PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,785

Supply and demand. A few less houses on the market after the hurricanes due to needed repairs. There is also the seasonal effect. More houses seem to go on the market just before or during high season when there are more potential customers on island. They start out with higher asking prices. If they don't get offers and don't want to wait they start lowering the price after a while. Many are in no hurry to sell.

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singlefin
January 26, 2018 05:28PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 578

If I had the extra cash, I'd consider buying more real estate myself right now. I think we're on the verge of something very positive here.
The good Lord knows this island has been waiting patiently for a very long time... like since the 1980's

Re: House Prices

SkysTheLimit
January 26, 2018 05:38PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,820

Trump's fault.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/26/2018 06:09PM by SkysTheLimit.

Re: House Prices

JohnnyU
January 26, 2018 06:31PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 450

The refinery restarting would be nice but I don’t see refining operations being an wise investment without access nat gas

Goverment and the current financial issues are the biggest hinderance.

Re: House Prices

singlefin
January 26, 2018 08:43PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 578

This was part of an article by "The Source" one year after the Hovensa closure. Imagine regaining this tax revenue, and if the local government was able to manage it responsibly?


Tax revenues, which are hurting due to the overall economic situation, are depressed considerably by the Hovensa closure.

In a report issued in June, to accompany the administration’s budget projections and recommendations, Berger estimated the closure would cause overall tax revenues to decline by roughly $140 million.

The Bureau of Economic Research projected the V.I. economy as a whole would see a $580 million shortfall in economic output attributed to the refinery’s closure.

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Scubadoo
January 26, 2018 09:09PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,785

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singlefin
This was part of an article by "The Source" one year after the Hovensa closure. Imagine regaining this tax revenue, and if the local government was able to manage it responsibly?

Yeah at the same time the government shouldn't rely so heavily on as single source of income for precisely the reason of the mess that resulted from the closure.

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islandjoan
January 27, 2018 07:13AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,384

Scubadoo as far as I know the government hasn't come up with any new sources of revenue in the last 5 plus years so chances are pretty good that they won't.

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STTsailor
January 27, 2018 01:44PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 459

Don’t forget the sin tax.

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Scubadoo
January 27, 2018 02:28PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,785

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islandjoan
Scubadoo as far as I know the government hasn't come up with any new sources of revenue in the last 5 plus years so chances are pretty good that they won't.

They need to keep working on making the budget match the current revenues and if they do get more revenue from Hovensa to make sure the government can survive without all of it. I know I know, that'll never happen.

Re: House Prices

singlefin
January 27, 2018 02:44PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 578

Something tells me the big wigs in the Government already know whats going on with the refinery, but their holding back on the news until were closer to the election.

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Ca. Dreamers
January 27, 2018 03:46PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 356

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SkysTheLimit
Trump's fault.

Well said !and true!

thumbs up

CD

Re: House Prices

speee1dy
January 28, 2018 09:28AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,281

It's always his fault. Lol




quote=SkysTheLimit]
Trump's fault.[/quote]

Re: House Prices

speee1dy
January 28, 2018 09:31AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,281

Capt wally. You might not be looking for fire sale prices but after disasters that is usually what people look for. They hope to go in and scoop up property for far lower than market value . Hoping to do a little paint and resell for much higher prices.

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