Hurricane Irma Impacts Real Estate Sales

By | October 27, 2017

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Hurricane IrmaThe Sarasota Manatee Realtors Association reports that our area was mostly unscathed from Hurricane Irma but, real estate sales were hit the hardest. With office closures, reinspections and tight scheduling for new appraisals, September 2017 reports a decrease in closed sales, pending sales and new listings.

Compared to this time last year, combined closed sales for the two-county area decreased by 16.8 percent. September’s decline in sales isn’t an effect of the current housing supply and demand, but is directly related to the business and school closures around the storm.

This limited business days this month also contributed to a decrease in the number of properties that were put on the market. New listings for single family homes in the two counties decreased by 31.8 percent. Condo new listings decreased by 20.9 percent in the two-county area.

While inventory may be slightly down from August, overall inventory does show slight improvement from this time last year. Single family homes in the combined two counties improved by 1.9 percent, while condos increased by 2.9 percent. Inventory supply typically starts to grow in the fall, which brings good news for post-Irma market recovery.

Irma’s arrival also brought fewer shopping days for buyers to select their purchase. New pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract in the month, decreased in both counties. Sarasota County experienced a 29.8 percent decrease in new pending sales, while Manatee County decreased by 26.2 percent.

Pending sales are a good indicator of future closed sales. With so few pending sales this month, Irma’s impact on closed sales will trickle into October. Notably, median sales prices are up, an indicator that Florida’s housing market is experiencing a delay, rather than a crash. The median price of single family homes in Sarasota County increased by 8.4 percent to $269,900, while Manatee County increased by 9.3 percent to $295,000. Sarasota condos increased by 11.2 percent to $220,000. Condo prices for Manatee increased by 2 percent to $181,500.

To view the full press release and statistical charts visit Sarasota Manatee Realtors.


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