Northeast Florida Market Stats | March 2024

April 29, 2024

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“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ― Barbara Johnson

 

Wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

 

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) market review continues to show the median sales price of $360,000 consistent with last month. It was 8.2% higher than last year.

 

There were 2,442 closed sales, which is up 23.5% from last month and down 15.8% from last year. These numbers are affected by the volatile mortgage rates. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage had remained below 7% since early December and began rising in February. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage rose to 7.1% from 6.88% last week, the highest level since late November. Properties that went under contract in late December, January or early February closed in March.

 

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Northeast Florida Market Stats | February 2024

March 28, 2024

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“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” – Journalist & Autor, George Will

 

I am very excited about Baseball season starting. It is my favorite time of the year.

 

The February 2024 market review from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors confirms the ups and downs of our market each month. At least the median price has stayed relatively stable. The median sales price of all property types in February was $359,000. The price has gone up and down monthly but stayed in a consistent range.

 

There were 1,893 closed sales in February, which is up 29.1% from January and down 7.8% from last year. The National Association of Realtors reported that home buyers who paid cash accounted for 32% of home sales in January, marking the highest cash sales since 2014. Many leveraged the equity from a prior sale.

 

There were 1,808 pending sales in February, which is down 15.2% from January and 24.6% from last year. The mortgage rates ticked back up in February after dropping in December, which slowed sales. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.78% in February, up from 6.64% in January, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey.

 

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Northeast Florida Market Stats | January 2024

February 28, 2024

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“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” Coco Chanel

 

I am going to believe the spring real estate market is going to be awesome. It has been a tough two years, but Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor said, “watch for the Florida real estate market to slowly start growing in 2024 as interest rates flatten and consumers begin realizing what they’re seeing is the new normal in prices and interest rates.”
The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors January market review shows continued price stability. The median sales price of $345,000 is down 4.2% from December but up 4.5% from last year. Prices move up and down each month, but they have stayed in a small range.


There were 1,425 closed sales in January, which is down 28.7% from December and down 11.4% from last year. The numbers are not surprising since mortgage interest rates spiked to around 8% last October and there was very little buyer demand through November. December is not usually a strong month for sales with the holiday season; therefore January closings are down.
The pending sales of 1,705 were also down 4.7% from December and 23.9% from last year.


Dr. Brad O’Connor and Dr. Sean Snaith, a well-known economist with the University of Central Florida, both spoke at the recent annual Florida Real Estate Trends Summit. They both agree that signs point to a slowdown in economic growth at the national level, but Florida is prepared to weather any national economic storm. A few reasons are:
• The state’s labor market is strong.
• Florida’s population growth remains strong at about 1,000 new people a day.
• The state is still attractive to “untethered” remote workers.
• Retirees with home equity looking to relocate are unfazed by high interest rates.
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Northeast Florida Market Stats | December 2023

January 25, 2024

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King had so many amazing quotes, but this is one of my favorites. We need more light and love.

 

Let’s review 2023 and look forward to a better 2024 for the real estate market. The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) market review for December 2023 shows a slight decline of 1.4% in the median sales price from November. The median sales price of $360,000 is up 6.5% from last year (the numbers used are from all types of properties in all 6 counties). The median sales price has moved up and down monthly, but prices have been fairly stable.

 

There were 1,922 closings in December which is 4.5% more than November; however, we are down 13.5% from last year. Pending sales of 1,590 were down 11.5% from November and 9.8% from last year. The number of transactions has been very low in 2023 mostly due to high mortgage interest rates and affordability.

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Northeast Florida Market Stats | November 2023

December 21, 2023

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“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” C.S. Lewis

 

Enjoy your family, friends and all the joy of Christmas, but don’t forget the reason we celebrate.

 

As interesting and crazy as the real estate market has been in 2023, I am happy to welcome 2024. I have listened to several forecasts from experts, and I will share their thoughts.

 

First, we will review November 2023 market stats from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR). The median sales price of $367,495 is up 7.2% over last November and up 5.0% over this October. The prices have not dropped even with high mortgage rates and home prices becoming unaffordable for many.

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