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

Jacksonville Real Estate Trends in November – New Listings, Pending Sales & Closed Sales Show Positive Trends

December 27, 2017

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“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” Jim Rohn


The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for November continue to show positive trends increasing over 2016 in all categories. New listings of 2,556 are up 7% over last November and up 1% year to date. Pending sales of 2,242 are up 14% over November 2016 and up 5% year to date. Closed sales of 2,028 are up 0.4% over last November and 1.5% year to date.
Prices continue to rise with the median sales price of $210,350 showing a 10.5% increase year to date over 2016. The average sales price of $254,947 is up 8.6% year to date. Inventory continues to decline with 7,594 homes for sale which is down 20% and a 3.1 months supply of inventory which is down 24.4%. A balanced market is 5 to 6 months of inventory so we continue to be in a seller’s market.

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Jacksonville Real Estate Trends in October – Market Rebounds After Hurrican Irma

November 29, 2017

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
The October market stats compiled by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors show our local real estate market rebounded quickly after Hurricane Irma. That is very good news, but many housing experts are predicting a wave of foreclosures in February due to the storms. It is difficult to collect insurance until contractors are lined up to make repairs and many homeowners are waiting months for construction companies to get to the work. Some homeowners may just walk away.
Pending sales for October jumped 20% over last October. We are up 5% year to date. Closed sales are up 6% over last October and 1% year to date.

Our median and average sales prices are up over 10%. Out of the country’s 50 largest housing markets, 31 have returned to their levels during the last housing bubble (62 percent). Our market is getting closer to the peak pricing of 2005 and 2006. “As we compare today’s market dynamics to those of a decade ago, it’s important to remember rising prices didn’t cause the housing crash,” says realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “It was rising prices stoked by subprime and low-documentation mortgages, as well as people looking for short-term gains – versus today’s truer market vitality – that created the environment for the crash.”

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