Northeast Florida Real Estate Market Update

November 22, 2022

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“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; I love to reflect upon my blessings.

 

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) market stats for October continue to show the median sales price stabilizing. Since April, the median price has gone slightly above or below $350,000 each month and ended at $355,000 for October.

 

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently spoke at the NAR conference and said “For most parts of the country, home price are holding steady since available inventory is extremely low. Some places are experiencing price gains, while some places, most notably in California, are seeing prices pull back.”

 

Yun mentioned the difference between current market conditions and the Great Recession. “Housing inventory is about a quarter of what it was in 2008. Distressed property sales are almost non-existent, at just 2%, and nowhere near the 30% mark seen during the housing crash. Short sales are almost impossible because of the significant price appreciation of the last two years.”

 

There were 2,344 closed sales in October which is down 27.1% from last year but an increase of 11% from September when Hurricane Ian had some impact. Pending Sales of 1,968 were almost the same as September when we had 2,029 pending sales.

 

Active inventory is at 7,237 properties which is up 18.2% from the 6,125 properties in September. We now have 3.1 months supply of inventory compared to 2.9 months in September. Five to six months of inventory is a balanced market.

 

Lawrence Yun expects home sales to decline by 7% in 2023 with the national median home price increasing by 1%, with some markets experiencing price gains and others price declines.

 

The prices are stabilizing, the closings and pending sales are down, inventory is up but still below pre-pandemic norms. It appears that buyers are continuing to buy homes just not at the frenetic pace we have seen for the last two years.

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Northeast Florida Real Estate Market Update

October 18, 2022

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“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” Erma Bombeck

 

I had to share one of my favorite quotes.

 

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) market stats for September 2022 show home prices declining slightly, closed sales and pending sales declining, days on the market, and active inventory increasing.

 

The median sales price for all property types for NEFAR is $347,995 which is down 2% from $355,000 in August. For single-family homes by county compared to the previous month:

 

Duval – $335,000 down 1.5%

 

Clay – $335,990 down 2.9%

 

St. Johns – $561,495 up 1.2%

 

Putnam – $210,725 down 10.3%

 

Nassau – $408,990 up 0.2%

 

Mark Rosener, NEFAR President said, “I anticipate that the median price will continue to fluctuate month to month in the 3-5% range in either direction for the balance of the year.”

 

Closed sales of 2,032 is down 23.2% from 2,647 closings in August. Pending sales of 2,100 are down 17.1% from 2,533 sales in August. Mark said “Closed and pending unit sales suffered from Hurricane Ian’s impact when the powerful storm interrupted services during the last week of the month, a time when many properties close and/or go under contract. Many of the properties scheduled to close in that last week should shift to close in the first half of October.” The insurance companies will not write policies when a storm is near, and some properties must be reinspected before they will insure.

 

The active inventory increased from 6,015 in August to 6,789 in September, a 12.9% increase. The months supply of inventory increased from 2.3 months of supply to 3.3 months, a 47% increase.

 

In summary, the prices have declined slightly, the closings and sales have decreased, and inventory has increased. Home buyers are more cautious and rising mortgage rates have impacted their purchasing power. The buyers have more homes to choose from and more negotiation room. The sellers have lost a little edge, but the prices are still much higher than they were one or two years ago.

 

It is a great time to buy or sell. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

Northeast Florida Real Estate Market Update

September 16, 2022

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

 

We continue to see a transition in our local housing market. The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market review for August shows a slight decline in median prices and more time on the market to sell a home.

 

The median sales price of $358,740 is down 1.9% from last month’s price of $365,750. However, we are still up 18.4% over last year. Only 19.1% of properties closed over list price in August compared to 26.2% in July. The buyers have more options and more bargaining power as the market changes.

 

Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist, Mark Zandi predicts the interest rate increases will cause a housing correction, but not a crash. He said the fundamentals remain strong with vacancy rates at all-time lows, mortgage underwriting quality high and most loans are 30-year or 15-year fixed loans.

 

Closed sales in August of 2,522 were flat with closings in July of 2,517. We did see more buyers coming into the market with pending sales of 2,561 an increase of 7.6% over July’s 2,380.

 

Active inventory moved up slightly from 6,716 homes in July to 6,756 in August. We still have 2.7 months supply of inventory the same as July. Five to six months of inventory is a balanced market.

 

The median days on the market went from 24 days in July to 31 days in August. Sellers are having to adjust their mindset and price their home in line with current comparable sales. Many sellers don’t see this at first and must reduce their price to get showings and offers.

 

Many buyers are in a wait-and-see mode and may stay that way until after the mid-term elections, but supply is still very low and the market continues to adjust.

 

We have sold out the sporting clay teams for our Davidson Cares Clay Day on October 20th; however, you can still show your kindness to five local charities by purchasing a raffle ticket at DavidsonCares.com. We have our YETI cooler with adult beverages and a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun. Only 100 tickets are being sold for each. You do not have to be present to win when we draw at the shoot. Thank you to everyone who supports us every year!

 

Football is back and baseball is getting close to the playoffs. It is a great time of the year to live in northeast Florida. If we can assist you with any of your real estate needs, please let us know.

Northeast Florida Real Estate Update

August 22, 2022

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“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” -Albert Einstein

Those of us in the real estate industry must be very intelligent since our market keeps changing continuously. We have gone from calming buyers who lost out on many homes in multiple offer situations to educating sellers that it will take longer to sell their home and it must be priced properly within a matter of weeks.

 

There are positives to the changes we are seeing. Buyers have more choices of homes and can negotiate with the sellers. The sellers are seeing a less hectic sales process.

 

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market review for July shows prices are stabilizing, pending and closed sales have dropped, and inventory is increasing.

 

The median sales price for all property types in all local counties is $368,000 which did not change from June. The price is up 20.7% from last July.

 

Nationally, the median sales price of $403,800 for July was 10.8% higher than the previous year. Earlier in 2022, prices were climbing around 20% annually, and before the pandemic prices were rising about 5% annually.

 

There were 2,419 closed sales in July, down 27.4% from last year and 23.3% from June when there were 3,154 closings. There were 2,379 pending sales in July down 32.0% from last year and 12.1% from June when there were 2,707 contracts written.

 

In my opinion, higher housing prices, rapid increase in mortgage rates, stock market adjustment, and the national media scaring everyone with headlines of a housing crash kept most homebuyers on the sidelines. This week our company has seen more contracts written than we have seen in the last few weeks. Not quite sure what to expect next, but it seems like some buyers are coming back into the market.

 

The active inventory is at 6,312 homes which is up 23.1% from last year and 5.9% from June. The months supply of inventory is at 2.6 months which is up 69.7% from last year and 38.1% from June. A 5 to 6 months supply of inventory is considered a balanced market.

 

Change is hard, but a more balanced market is good for everyone. Please let us know if we can help you in any way with your real estate needs.

 

Our Davidson Cares Clay Day is October 20th this year. Please go to DavidsonCares.com to sign up to shoot or buy a raffle ticket supporting several awesome local charities.

Northeast Florida Real Estate Market Update

July 18, 2022

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou

Every headline seems to be negative about the economy and the housing market. If we can’t change the situation, we need to change our attitude about it.

 

This morning we saw that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 9.1% from a year earlier. Housing has the largest impact of any input on the CPI at roughly 40%. The Federal Reserve is very focused on bringing down inflation. As such, they are determined to bring down housing prices by raising interest rates.

 

The June market review from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors does show signs of the market slowing. Closed and pending sales are down this month and inventory has increased. However, the median sales price for all property types in Northeast Florida of $369,229 continues to rise. It is up 23.1% over last year and 2.6% over May.

 

Experts are not expecting prices to decline but rather that they may increase at a more moderate rate. Forecasts from seven major industry groups were predicting an average of 8% increase in prices for 2022.

 

The median days on the market increased from 13 days to 19 days. This is still very low compared to historical data.

 

The closed sales of 2,968 is down 18.8% from last year and 3.1% from May when there were 3,062 closed sales. Pending sales of 2,748 are down 19.4% from last year and 11.6% from May’s 3,109.

 

The active inventory is 5,508 homes up 15.2% from last year and 20.6% from May’s 4,566. This equates to 1.9 months supply of homes up 24.5% from 1.5 months in May.

 

This is good news for buyers as they have more homes to choose from and not as many competing offers. Sellers may see their home stay on the market a little longer and not have as many offers, but there is still strong demand and low inventory.

 

If you have a change in your circumstances and need to buy or sell, don’t let all the negative headlines keep you from making the correct life decisions. Enjoy your summer and please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

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