After a season of heavy storms, canceled flights and snowed-in days, some house hunters are swapping the snow shovels for snorkels.
Demand is up for property in the Florida Keys, the narrow, 125-mile stretch of islands off south Florida. Home prices are almost back to 2005 levels in many places, and luxury homes are particularly sought-after, brokers say. The average sale price for homes over $2 million in the Upper Keys was $2.6 million in 2014, compared with $2.29 million three years ago. Last year, for-sale homes in the Keys sold in 260 days, compared with 492 days three years ago, the quickest since 2005, according to MLS data.