The Northeast Florida February 2020 Market Stats Show the Same Positive Trends.

March 25, 2020

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As I write this letter, there is a lot of uncertainty and concern over the Coronavirus. I do not pretend to know the impact we will see on the real estate market or the economy, but I know God is in control and I will take one day at a time.

 

I can tell you the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats report for February 2020 shows the same trends I have been repeating every month. Pending sales, closed sales, median and average sales prices are up and inventory of homes available is down. These are all very positive trends.

 

From the NEFAR report, “The recently released January ShowingTime Showing Index saw a 20.2 percent year-over-year increase in showing traffic nationwide. All regions of the country were up double digits from the year before. As showing activity is a leading indicator for future home sales, the 2020 housing market is off to a strong start, though it will be important to watch the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impacts to the overall economy in the coming months.”

 

There were 2,743 contracts written and pending sales were up 10.3% month-over-month and year-to-date. There were 2,201 closings which is up 4.1% for the month and 6.7% for the year.

 

The median sales price is $239,700 which is up 6.6% over last February and the average sales price is $287,068 which is up 12.2% for the same period.

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The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for January also show very positive trends!

February 25, 2020

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The recent Florida Realtors Real Estate Trends summit had great speakers including Dr. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting. Dr. Snaith said, “We’re in the 11th year of the U.S. economic recovery – the longest economic recovery in U.S. history – and there are no indications that’s going to end any time soon.”

 

“Florida’s economy is doing even better than the national economy as a whole and it has been since 2012. Our unemployment rate is down to 3.3%. Florida’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) continues to grow faster than the U.S.’s GDP, and our job growth rate is almost twice the national rate. Florida’s population growth is solid – the birth rates are better than the death rates, so we’re making new residents faster than we’re losing them.”

 

Another great speaker was Florida Realtors Chief Economist, Dr. Brad O’Connor. He agreed with Dr. Snaith and said he anticipates a robust outlook for the state’s housing market. He said, “Overall, I think we can expect to see a similar amount of price appreciation over the coming year, at about 4%, and I think we’ll see a similar amount of growth in closed sales for 2020 at about 4%.”

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All signs point to a great year for real estate in Northeast Florida in 2020!

January 27, 2020

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All signs point to a great year for real estate in Northeast Florida in 2020. The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for December 2019 show sales, closings and prices are up for the month and year. The supply of homes on the market continues to drop.

 

 

Year over year numbers are:                     2018             2019           Change   

Pending sales                                            30,244           32,466          +7.3%
Closed sales                                              30,253           31,881          +5.4%
Median sales price                                $222,000       $233,990        +5.4%
Inventory of homes for sale                        9,181             7,602          -17.2%
Months supply of homes for sale                 3.6                 2.8            -22.2%

 

 

A study by ShowingTime indicates that buyer traffic has increased in all four major regions of the U.S. The South region saw the biggest uptick with 10.8% year-over-year increase in October. We are seeing increased buyer activity in Northeast Florida.

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The 2019 Year is coming to an end! See what the Real Estate Expert predict for 2020!

December 23, 2019

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Brian Buffini, a well-known real estate trainer and speaker, recently shared his real estate predictions for 2020. Buffini spoke about the positive fundamentals for the economy:

  1. Very low inflation rate of 1.8%
  2. Very low unemployment of 3.6%
  3. High labor participation rate of 63.3%
  4. High consumer confidence of 96+

Buffini agreed with Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, recap and predictions for the real estate market.

                                                          2018              2019                2020
   New home sales                      627,000         701,000           750,000

Existing home sales                     5.34M             5.46M               5.56M

Median price growth                     5.7%               4.9%                  4.3%

30-year interest rate                     4.7%              3.7%                 3.75%

 

As you can see, the prediction is for new home sales and existing home sales to continue to grow, price increases to slow down slightly and interest rates to stay low. All very good news.

 

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for November 2019 also show positives for our local real estate market. Pending sales are up 6.8% year to date, closed sales are up 4.5%, median sales price is up 5.2% and the average sales price is up 3.5%.

 

The inventory of homes for sale in November is 8,427 which is down 15% from last November. This is the smallest amount of homes available since January 2018. There is a 3.1 months supply of inventory which is down 20.5% from last November.

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for all the past support and referrals and let’s make 2020 the best year ever.

 

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About Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty
Since launching Davidson Realty in 1989, Sherry Davidson has built the firm to include nearly 60 agents and exceed $100 million in annual sales. She is known throughout the First Coast as an authority on all things residential real estate, having served on the Board of Directors for Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, Florida Realtors® (a division of the National Association of Realtors), and Builders Care (charitable arm of Northeast Florida Builders Association).
Thanks to Sherry’s leadership, Davidson Realty has been recognized as one of the state’s Best Companies to Work For (Florida Trend Magazine), as well as one of the region’s Best Places to Work and 50 Fastest Growing Companies (Jacksonville Business Journal). Get to know Davidson Realty’s talented team of agents by clicking here or call us at (904) 940-5000.————————————————

The Northeast Florida real estate trends remain positive in October!

November 25, 2019

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The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for October 2019 show continued strong buyer demand, prices increasing more slowly, and inventory of available homes continuing to decline.

 

There were 3,507 new listings in October which is 2.6% higher than last October and a year over year increase of 0.6%. However, the inventory of homes for sale of 8,807 is down 11.9% from last October.

It is the lowest inventory level since March 2018.

 

A Realtor.com article says, “National listing inventory continued to decline in September, posting a 2.5% year-to-year decrease – a faster rate of decline compared to August’s 1.8% decrease. Driven by strong demand and short supply, entry-level homes priced below $200,000 have been steadily decreasing since May 2014, a trend that continued in September with a yearly decline of 9.8%. Mid-market homes priced between $200,000 and $750,000 – the largest segment of inventory – flatlined in September with 0% growth, and they’re poised for their first decline next month.”

 

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