South Florida real estate may be turning around and heading in a positive direction according to several Real Estate analysts, however, not before a possible further 10-15% decline in 2009. It is important to understand, that South Florida encompasses a large area and many smaller parts; cities, neighborhoods, communities and condominiums, may face less of a decline and rebound sooner. With huge property inventory levels including foreclosures and short sales, it will take time for these homes and condos for sale to eventually be absorbed. Once the rebound begins, real estate values should return to realistic sustainable yearly gains of 3-6% instead of the unrealistic gains of recent years, which along with other elements lead to the real estate bubble bursting. Real Estate will once again return to its inherent value; a home, a roof over your head, a neighborhood, etc., not the get rich quick opportunity. If you have been patiently waiting on the sidelines searching Fort Lauderdale homes and condos for sale, contemplating a purchase and are planning to stay in the property for at least 5 years, this may now be the perfect time for you to buy. Buyers can take advantage of rock bottom real estate prices down 30-40% or more, rolled back to 2004 levels. Interest rates are still at historic lows. First time home buyers including those who have not owned a home for 3 years prior to a purchase may be eligible for a tax credit which is expiring soon. Do your homework. As with any great opportunity, the best time to get in for maximum benefit is at the beginning. For more information about buying a home or condo, contact me today at 954-850-2397 or visit my Fort Lauderdale Real Estate website where you can search the Fort Lauderdale MLS for available homes and condos for sale.