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Florida’s Housing Market Ends 2017 on the Upswing: More Sales and Price Gains
Fla.’s Housing Market Ends 2017 on the Upswing: More Sales and Price Gains
Florida’s housing market wrapped up 2017 with more sales, higher median sale prices and fewer sales of distressed properties compared to the year before, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.
“This past year, the still-tight inventory of homes for sale in Florida couldn’t meet growing buyer demand,” said 2018 Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen, broker-owner with Century 21 Hansen Realty in Fort Lauderdale. “If supply could have kept pace, home sales likely would have been even stronger in 2017 – and of course, the state also felt the impact of Hurricane Irma that made landfall in the Keys on Sept. 10, 2017.
“Florida’s economy is growing, the jobs outlook remains strong and more people are moving to the Sunshine State. And while mortgage interest rates are rising, they are still at favorably low levels. All of these factors are positive signs for the state’s housing market in 2018.”
Martin County single-family existing home sales totaled 2,453 in 2017, up 2.7 percent over the prior year, according to data from Florida Realtors research department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The median sale price was $342,250, up 8.7 percent from 2016.
Townhomes and condos sold in Martin County in 2017 totaled 1,186 units, a 6.7 percent increase over the prior year. The median sale price was $141,000 which increased 3.3 percent from 2016.
Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 271,868 in 2017, up 1.2 percent compared to the 2016 figure. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in 2017 was $237,500, up 8 percent from the previous year. New pending sales for existing single-family homes rose 0.1 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
Looking at Florida’s year-to-year comparison for sales of townhouse-condos, a total of 111,088 units sold statewide in 2017, up 2.9 percent from 2016. The closed sales data reflected fewer short sales and foreclosures statewide in 2017 compared to the previous year: Short sales for condo-townhouse properties declined 37.6 percent and foreclosures dropped 49.2 percent; short sales for single-family homes dropped 36.9 percent while foreclosures declined 46.5 percent.
The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in 2017 was $172,500, up 7.8 percent over the previous year. New pending sales for townhouse-condos for the year increased 2.3 percent compared to a year ago.
At the end of 2017 and also for 4Q 2017, inventory for single-family homes stood at a 3.6-months’ supply, while inventory for townhouse-condo properties was at a 5.6-months’ supply, according to Florida Realtors.
“Overall, 2017 was a strong year for single-family home resales in Florida,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor. “New listings of existing homes priced between $200,000 and $600,000 were up in a significant way compared to 2016, but these properties were quickly absorbed thanks to strong buyer demand driven by Florida’s booming economy. As a result, mid-range inventory remained somewhat flat on a year-over-year basis, while the number of listings priced below $200,000 continued to decline dramatically.
“Annual sales growth in Florida’s resale market for single-family luxury homes nearly ground to a halt in 2016, but this segment experienced a decent uptick in sales in 2017. Fewer new listings and more realistic pricing expectations by sellers were likely contributors to this renewed growth. The housing shortage impacting Florida and the rest of the nation continues to be contained to the lower price tiers, whereas the opposite issue – an overabundance of listings – is having the opposite impact on many local luxury markets.”
The interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.99 percent for 2017, up significantly from the previous year’s average of 3.65 percent, according to Freddie Mac.