February 2013 Sarasota Real Estate Sales Up 24% Over Last Year

By | March 19, 2013

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Red Upward GraphThe Sarasota real estate market saw sales leap by 24 percent in February 2013, compared to February 2012. This follows January’s 22 percent increase, and if the rest of the year continues to reflect 20 percent monthly sales increases, 2013 could be one for the record books.

Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors ® sold 733 properties in February, compared to only 591 sales last February, and 626 closings last month. The breakdown was 504 single family homes and 229 condominiums. That compared to 414 single family homes and 177 condos sold in February 2012. In 2012, sales increased markedly in February, March and April, climbing to 886 closed transactions in April before moderating in the summer months.

Pending sales, which predict future closings, were at 1,138 in February, up from January’s total of 1,047. The figure was the highest since March 2011, almost two years ago. The statistic represents properties that went under contract during the month, and indicates sales in March and beyond could also be at high levels.

The available inventory remained near the lowest level in a decade, declining to 3,790 from the January 2013 total of 3,846 properties on the market. The figure is 17.4 percent lower than in February 2012.

“These statistics continue to demonstrate a healthy, energized real estate market,” said SAR President Roger Piro. “We had the fourth highest sales year in history in 2012, and sales for the first two months of 2013 are already topping last year’s monthly levels by 23 percent. The pending sales figure also indicates strong sales continuing in the near term, so we could see yet another historic sales year.”

To view the full press release along with statistical charts click here.

Courtesy of Sarasota Association of Realtors

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