Closed sales of single-family homes across Florida totaled 79,888 in 2Q 2017, up 3.7% from 2Q 2016 levels, the Florida Realtors said Wednesday.
The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in 2Q 2017 was $240,000, up 9.1% from the same time a year ago, according to data from Florida Realtors Research department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for condo-townhouse properties during the quarter was $175,000, up 7.4% over the year-ago figure.
“Florida’s economy and jobs outlook continued to grow in the second quarter of this year,” said 2017 Florida Realtors® President Maria Wells. “State officials just reported that among all states, Florida had the third-fastest annual private-sector job growth rate in the nation. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.1% in June, better than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demonstrating that Florida is more than a destination state, these positive economic factors drive Florida’s housing market forward. Pending sales for single-family homes over the three-month period rose 1.4% year-over-year, while condo-townhouse pending sales rose 2.7%.
In the condo-townhouse market, statewide closed sales totaled 32,827 during 2Q 2017, up 3% compared to 2Q 2016. The closed sales data reflected rising traditional sales – and fewer short sales – over the three-month period: Traditional sales for condo-townhouse properties rose 7.7% while single-family home traditional sales increased 9.8%. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written.
“We continue to see a tale of two markets in Florida,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor. “Homes on the more affordable end of the spectrum remain squarely in sellers’ market territory, and the sale prices we’re seeing for these homes continue to rise at a faster rate than we’re seeing in other segments of the housing market.
“The market for higher-end homes, comparatively, is ripe for the picking by potential home buyers. Home values in this range are generally on the rise as well, but at a more traditional pace. From a value perspective, the biggest winners in the housing market right now might be homeowners looking to trade in their starter homes for something more substantial, given the shrinking price differential between these housing tiers.”
In 2Q 2017, the median time to a contract (the midpoint of the number of days it took for a property to receive a sales contract during that time) was 39 days for single-family homes and 50 days for condo-townhouse properties.
Inventory was at a 3.9-months’ supply in the second quarter for single-family homes and at a 5.8-months’ supply for condo-townhouse properties, according to Florida Realtors.