Housing Market Held Steady on Positive Path

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The housing market remained on a positive path for Florida in August, with a higher number of closed sales, higher number of pending sales, increased number of new listings and increasing median prices, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 25,235 for August, representing an increase of 0.9 percent compared to August 2016.

“Housing market trends we have been seeing for months in Florida continued in August,” says 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells. “More owners are deciding to enter the market and list their homes for sale, while demand from buyers continues to grow, especially for homes in the $250,000-and-under range. Homes are continuing to sell quickly, though tight inventory is putting pressure on rising median prices and creating affordability challenges for many first-time buyers,” added Wells.

“Any consumer who is looking to buy or sell a home in Florida should consult a local Realtor, who can help them understand local market conditions and be prepared to act when the right home or offer comes along.”

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes for August was $240,000, up 6.7 percent from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Research department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in August was $170,000, up 6.3 percent over the year-ago figure. August marked the 69th consecutive month that statewide median prices for both sectors rose year-over-year. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the national median sales price for existing single-family homes in July 2017 was $260,600, up 6.3 percent from the previous year; the national median existing condo price was $239,800. In California, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in July was $549,460; in Massachusetts, it was $400,000; in Maryland, it was $296,665; and in New York, it was $270,000.