Market Statistics

Sarasota Real Estate Sales for September 2011 Outpace Last Year

By | October 18, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports September 2011 property sales in the Sarasota real estate market were ahead of last September, with 570 this year compared to only 547 at the same time last year. This represents a small drop in transactions compared to August 2011, when 601 sales were recorded. But historically, the early fall is one of the slower sales seasons.

A recent article in Realtors Magazine Daily News noted that of the top 15 U.S. cities showing signs of year-over-year increases in list prices, ten are in Florida, and the Sarasota-Bradenton area came in 6th, with list prices up 15.9 percent. Listing price increases generally reflect optimism among sellers that a market is ready to head upwards.

The inventory of available properties for sale in Sarasota has been dropping for the past nine months, and was up only slightly in September to 4,430 after hitting a 10-year low of 4,408 the previous month.

The latest monthly figures in September showed a median price of $165,000 for single family homes, the same as August, and $140,000 for condos. The condo figure has been fluctuating for several months, hitting $185,000 in June, then dropping to $145,000 in July before climbing back up to $165,000 in August. These variations can be explained by the fact that certain months have seen the buying public focusing on smaller, bargain priced units, while other months have seen a higher concentration of luxury condo sales.

“In 2011, we’ve seen an acceleration of the market recovery, but we still have a distressed market that is weighing down on the median sales prices,” said SAR President Michael Bruno. “Overall, we had distressed sales at 43 percent of the total, which was a little higher than in August, but is still far below the 51 percent total in November 2010, almost a year ago. So we’re hopeful that the worst is over for foreclosures and short sales.”

The months of inventory rose slightly to 6.7 months for single family homes, from last month’s figure of 6.3 months. For condos, the months of inventory also rose to 11.1 months from 10.2 months in August. In September 2010, the figures were 9.9 months and 15.1 months, respectively. Both figures again remained far below the highs of 25.3 months for single family (in early 2009) and 41.7 months for condos (in late 2008). This statistic represents the time it would take to sell the existing inventory at the current month’s rate of sales. The 6 month level is traditionally a point which represents equilibrium in the market between buyers and sellers.

In September 2011, pending sales were down slightly from last September – 723 to 744 – and also down from August, when there were 813 pending sales. Last month there were 547 single family homes and 176 condos that went under contract.

“The September market is normally a slower time of the year, so there were no real surprises this year,” said Bruno. “The word of mouth among agents and brokers has been very positive, and I’m expecting a good season surge as we welcome back our winter residents and visitors. When it cools off up north, the market usually heats up in Sarasota.”

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Prices On The Rise In Florida

By | September 26, 2011

The following is quoted from the Florida Association of Realtors’ website.  You can see the original article here.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 26, 2011 – Prices are rising in Florida.

Florida cities have had the largest year-over-year increases in average list prices, according to the latest real estate data from Based on August data of 2.2 million listings in 146 markets, Florida cities make up nine of the top 10 places for highest year-over-year list price spikes.

Nationwide, the average list price is $320,325, up 2.36 percent year-over-year.

Here are the top 15 cities boasting the highest percentage of year-over-year increases in average list prices.

1. Miami
Average list price: $640,332
Year-over-year increase: 27.4%

2. Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Fla.
Average list price: $443,570
Year-over-year increase: 26.27%

3. Central-Fla. rural service area

Average list price: $405,809
Year-over-year increase: 19.41%

4. Punta Gorda, Fla.

Average list price: $267,066
Year-over-year increase: 16.37%

5. Macon, Ga.
Average list price: $193,520
Year-over-year increase: 15.98%

6. Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
Average list price: $466,785
Year-over-year increase: 15.86%

7. Naples, Fla.

Average list price: $713,087
Year-over-year increase: 15.13%

8. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
Average list price: $591,895
Year-over-year increase: 14.68%

9. Ocala, Fla.
Average list price: $193,360
Year-over-year increase: 12.07%

10. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
Average list price: $181,409
Year-over-year increase: 11.48%

11. Orlando, Fla.
Average list price: $319,419
Year-over-year increase: 10.56%

12. Portland-Vancouver, Ore.-Wash.
Average list price: $314,537
Year-over-year increase: 10.52%

13. Boise City, Idaho
Average list price: $212,588
Year-over-year increase: 10.43%

14. Springfield, Illinois
Average list price: $174,537
Year-over-year increase: 9.12%

15. Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
Average list price: $211,414
Year-over-year increase: 8.34%

Source: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Realtor® Magazine Daily News

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Sarasota Real Estate Market Remains Stable

By | September 22, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports that “a steady drop in property inventory for sale, combined with a stable sales demand in the Sarasota real estate market, is pointing toward normal, healthy property appreciation in the coming months.”


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Sarasota Real Estate Inventory Continues to Decline

By | August 16, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of July. The number of units sold was slightly lower than previous months which is typical for this time of year in our area. The other item of note is the inventory of available of properties continues to decline and is now at the lowest level it’s been in the last decade. To view the complete press release with all the statistical charts click on the link below:


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Sarasota Real Estate Sales for June

By | July 12, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors report the real estate market continues healthy sales in June 2011!

Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® continued to sell properties at a brisk pace in June 2011 with 728 total transactions recorded last month. This marks the fourth month in the last 12 with sales exceeding the 700 level – all occurring in 2011. In addition, the median sales price for single family homes hit the highest level since last June, and the total inventory of available properties dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade, which could spur stronger competition for homes and condos.

“It is encouraging to see how the Sarasota market has continued this strong momentum in the face of continuing weakness in the national and state economies,” said SAR President Michael Bruno. “The inventory of available properties, which is lower than it has been since the 1990s, is a very important statistic. Historically, prices rise as competition for homes increases, and we’re seeing that occurring in our market. The percentage of distressed property sales is stabilizing, so prices should naturally continue to rise.”

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Has The Sarasota Real Estate Market Bottomed Out?

By | July 7, 2011

I Wear My Thinking Cap On Thursdays.

I Wear My Thinking Cap On Thursdays.

Well, it’s raining outside, which means I’m probably not going to get a whole lot of phone calls today. That’s OK – it gives me time to address some of those burning questions that have been keeping me up at night: is tau really more accurate than pi? What’s that weird smell coming from my closet? … and, perhaps most importantly, has the Sarasota real estate market bottomed out or is everyone just faking it?

Oops, just got a phone call. Looks like I only have time to answer one burning question – I guess I’ll look into the Sarasota real estate market.

A Quick Look At The Numbers

In order to get a better feel for what the market is for most people, we’re only going to look at key markers for homes priced $80,000 – $800,000. That should leave off all the garbage at the bottom end of the spectrum (which follows the ‘someone-will-buy-it-if-it’s-cheap-enough’ rule) and also the really high-end stuff (which follows the ‘I’ve-got-so-much-dough-I-can’t-ever-blow-through-it’ rule.) We’re also going to look back at only sales that have closed in the last 12 months, and we’ll compare today’s numbers to numbers from the same month range in 2005-2006, which is widely recognized as the historical height of our market. We’ll also look 10 years back – remember what THAT was like? (Hint: the Rams beat the Titans in the Super Bowl. WOW.)

Single Family Homes

Year Avg. List Price Avg. Sale Price Avg. LP/SP Ratio Avg. Days On Market Total # of Sales
’10-’11 $256,675 $237,777 93% 181 2,302
’05-’06 $366,988 $354,385 97% 71 2,583
’00-’01 $220,324 $212,673 97 70 594


Condos (includes apartment-style, townhouses, and villas)

Year Avg. List Price Avg. Sale Price Avg. LP/SP Ratio Avg. Days On Market Total # of Sales
’10-’11 $243,121 $223,629 92% 149 1,451
’05-’06 $334,886 $325,750 97% 66 1,782
’00-’01 $216,540 $207,562 96% 72 256

** Source: My Florida Regional MLS. All dates July 8 – July 7 of the specified years.

… So What’s It All Mean?

At first glance, we notice that the sale price/list price ratio for the past year is lower than the other two periods and the average days-on-market are much higher. That’s OK – historically, our sale price/list price ratio hovers right around 93%, so we’re actually right on par for where real estate has been locally for the past 50 years.

And the days-on-market number is a simple function of supply-and-demand – there weren’t a whole lot of sales from 2007-2008, and a ton of properties have come on the market as short sales and foreclosures, which led to an oversupply of housing. We’re through a lot of that now (no, really. Check out what Inman News says about it – over 50% of experts agree that home prices have bottomed out.) In fact, our inventory is lower than it has been since the boom. And check out the sales activity – houses are flying off the market just as quickly as they did at the absolute height of the market, and we’re not seeing any slowdown at all.

But, really, it all means nothing. If you need a house, you should buy one. Period. It’s the same now as it’s always been – real estate is real-life purchase and housing is just a basic necessity of life. Sure, there’s a ton of money to be made in it, and people will ALWAYS need a place to live. The population is still growing exponentially. Contrary to popular belief, the country isn’t about to fall of its rocker. Things are getting better again – and that makes it a prime time to buy.

Now to figure out what’s going on in my closet …

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May Numbers Continue Exceptional Spring for Sarasota Real Estate Market

By | June 16, 2011


The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of May showing 796 total sales which is the second highest total for the past six years. Prices also climbed in May and inventory dropped by 5%. For the complete report and statistics visit:

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Real Estate Market Statistics for April

By | May 17, 2011

The Sarasota Board of Realtors reports that a total of 759 property sales were closed in the Sarasota real estate market in April 2011, continuing a strong spring surge that reached the 800 level in March. The recent sales rush has taken the market to the highest levels since the fall of 2005 when sales started to decline. Prices also maintained their highest levels of the year in April 2011 for both single family homes and condos, and the available property inventory dropped to 5,258, a big drop from last month’s level of 5,501, and less than a third of the available properties on the market during the 2004-2006 real estate boom.

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Rising Rents Make Rentals Less Appealing

By | April 23, 2011

Apartment bargains once dominated the housing market, but those bargains have slowly faded away. As vacancies decrease and rents rise, renters are finding fewer deals.

Analysts expect vacancies to decrease even more and rents to continue to rise through 2013, as the economy continues to improve.

Rental activity recorded its best start for the year since 1999, according to Reis Inc. Vacancy rates have fallen to mid-2008 levels and rents have increased for the past five quarters, now averaging $991 per month nationwide.

Renters are finding the fewest deals along the coasts, such as New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and San Jose, Calif. These cities are experiencing low vacancy rates. Also, a boost in these cities’ economies is sending rents higher. New York City alone has seen double rent increases compared to the national average and has the lowest vacancy rate in the nation.

The best rental deals can be found in Las Vegas, Tucson, Ariz., Phoenix, and several cities in Florida–all cities where unemployment and foreclosures remain high. According to Reis, Las Vegas was the only city to see rents fall last year.

However, analysts say that bargains across the country are getting fewer, and renters should expect to see an increase in rents over the next three years.

View the Top 6 Cities Where Buying Is Better Than Renting.

Source: “Rental Market Swings Back in Favor of Landlords,” (April 12, 2011)

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RE/MAX Alliance Group Still the Market Leader in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties!

By | April 19, 2011

DID YOU KNOW……… A few weeks ago the Herald Tribune published a blog that said Coldwell Banker was the local real estate market leader siting sales transaction figures that were incorrect and incomplete as they were skewed toward only one Coldwell Banker franchise.  Luckily, somehow the Trib was made aware of their mistake and last week published an apology to RE/MAX Alliance Group, and a new article that announced that WE are the true market leaders in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties!
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