Jacksonville Real Estate Trends in April – Millennials, Boomers & Investors all Competing for Homes

May 29, 2018

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The biggest issue we discuss every month is the homes available for sale in our local market and the nation. The largest shortage continues to be in the lower price homes. Millennials, boomers and investors are all competing for these homes creating a very competitive market.

 

According to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for April 2018, the inventory of homes available for sale is down 9.4% from last year to 8,264 homes. The inventory of homes under $150,000 is down 40% from last April and the homes between $150,000 and $200,000 is down 19%.

 

There is 3.4 months supply of inventory available which is down 12.8% from last year. A balanced market is 5 to 6 months of inventory available.

 

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Q&A with Sherry: Buying strategies for a seller’s market

April 27, 2018

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Like much of the country, Northeast Florida’s home inventory has remained low and prices continue to inch upward. So, what does that mean for our real estate market? It means we are in the midst of a seller’s market, one that tends to be more competitive for buyers on the hunt for a new home.

However, there are a number of ways buyers can position themselves for a successful home search. I recently caught up with Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson who provided some insights on our current market and how buyers can best prepare for buying in a seller’s market.

Northeast Florida inventory is down almost 12% and months’ supply is down 15+%. What do you see driving this trend?  We are seeing strong buyer demand. There are nearly 1,000 people a day moving to Florida. The economy is good and people are more confident. Also, millennials are the largest percentage of purchasers now as they begin to buy homes and start their families.

How do you think this trend will play out as we enter summer months? New construction is increasing but buyer demand is strongest in the spring and summer. I think we will continue seeing multiple offers and increasing prices.

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Jacksonville Real Estate Trends in March – Home Prices & New Listings Are Up

April 25, 2018

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“One thing I can say about George… he may not be able to keep a job, but he’s not boring.” Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush was a great lady who had a great perspective on life and I will miss her.

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for March 2018 continue to show strong buyer demand and the inventory of available homes remains tight with a 3.3 months supply. A balanced market is 5 to 6 months of supply.

This continues to cause the significant rise in prices. The median sales price is $224,118 which is up 15% over last March and 14% year to date. The average sales price of $269,415 is up 11% over last March and 12% year to date.

The builders are trying to meet the demand. The Northeast Florida Builders Association reports 1,519 building permits issued in the four county MSA in January and February 2018 compared to 1,289 for the same period last year reflecting a 17.8% increase.

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Jacksonville Real Estate Trends in February – Home Prices & New Listings Are Up

March 26, 2018

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“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Billy Graham
It is hard to be sad at Billy Graham’s passing because he is finally home. He has inspired us for many years and I will miss him.
I wanted to share my thoughts on the local real estate market and the new tax law related to the housing industry.
The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for February show a very similar trend to last year. January and February historically are less active for contracts and closings with our market heating up in the spring.
Pending sales were up slightly (0.1%) from 2,356 last February to 2,358 this year. Closed sales were down 4.3% from 1,857 last February to 1,778 this year. Read more

Jacksonville Real Estate Trends in January – Prices Increase and Inventory of Available Homes Decreases

March 2, 2018

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“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”  John Wooden
The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for January shows the same trends we have seen for the last few years. There were 2,105 pending sales in January up 1% over last January. We have averaged 2,426 sales per month over the last 12 months.
We had 1,526 closed transactions in January which is an 11.5% decrease from last January. One month of activity doesn’t worry me because we were up around 10% for October, November and December.
The median sales price of $204,060 is up 17% from last January but is lower than November and December median price following the similar trend we see every year. The average sales price is the same story. The $244,795 average sales price is up 12.5% over last January but down from the last few months. Read more

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