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Sarasota Real Estate Market Statistics for October 2011

By | November 18, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports that property sales for October 2011 in the Sarasota real estate market outpaced last October, with 577 this year compared to only 487 at the same time last year. This represents an 18.4 percent increase, and could be a harbinger for a busy season.

There was also a small increase in transactions compared to September 2011, when 570 sales were recorded. Overall, sales in 2011 are on pace to exceed last year, a remarkable fact considering that 2010 sales were at the highest level since 2005.

The inventory of available properties for sale in Sarasota, after dropping precipitously over the course of 2011, was again up slightly in October to 4,525 from last month’s 4,430 level. The inventory sunk to a 10-year low of 4,408 in August 2011.

The October 2011 median sale price for single family homes dropped to $149,838 from last month’s figure of $165,000. But the amount was higher than last October, when it was $147,500. The condo figure has been fluctuating for several months, and rose slightly in October 2011 to $143,000 from last month’s figure of $140,000. Last year at this time, the figure stood at $158,525. The year-to-date median sale price was $155,000 for single family homes and $162,000 for condos. These figures have remained remarkably steady for the past year, indicating a more stable market.

To see the full report with statistical charts click here.

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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 Realtor.com. 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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The Buying Power Of Cash (or, How To Pay For Something When You’re Flat Broke)

By | September 23, 2011

How To Pay CashThe beauty of being a cash buyer is that you’re considered the crème de la crème of the buying world.  Buyers want to be you; sellers want to know you; brokers want to break their backs for you.  But if you’re not a cash buyer?

What if you are one and didn’t know it?

Lots of our really savvy buyers take advantage of today’s record-low interest rates to do cash-out refinances on their properties in other states.  By tapping their home’s worth, they’re able to make cash offers for properties and pay much less for condos and foreclosures than they would if they secured a mortgage. (Check out our sidebar to see up-to-date interest rate information.)

Many lenders are requiring large downpayments for second, vacation, and investment homes. This is particularly true of condos, which have higher foreclosure rates and look riskier to banks.

In the real estate world, untapped equity = cash. And that’s your real estate tip for the day!

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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.”

 

To view the full report with market statistics click here.

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Market Survey Shows Falling Mortgage Rates

By | September 15, 2011

For the second time in as many weeks, the rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage, the most common type of mortgage in the United States, has hit record lows according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

The average contract rate on a 30-year FRM fell to 4.09%, down from 4.12% the week prior. The average rate on a 15-year fixed rate mortgage fell from 3.33% to 3.30%, while 5/1 ARMs rose slightly, from 2.96% to 2.99%. One-year ARMs dropped from 2.84% to 2.81%.

Mortgage rates have been falling as a result of rallies in the treasury and mortgage-backed securities market. These rallies were spurred by poor economic data in the United States and the possibility of an economic conflagration in Europe prompted by a possible Greek default. The possibility (or maybe even inevitability) of a Greek default would damage the major Euro-banks, which have huge exposure to Greece.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new home or refinancing your current mortgage, now could be the time to do so. Fairway Funding Group has some of the lowest rates in the mortgage industry, consistently beating the national average. To find out more about our products and low rates, call us today at 941-993-8086.

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Pelican Cove Market Snapshot

By | August 31, 2011

Sarasota is fortunate to have many unique communities and neighborhoods that appeal to many different people. It is one of the things that makes Sarasota so desirable for so many.  One of the true hidden gems is a condo community called Pelican Cove.  The Cleary Group has been selling real estate in Pelican Cove for over 15 years and have helped both Buyers and Sellers achieve their real estate goals there.  We were approached by the Sarasota Herald Tribune to do an interview about the community, which we were very excited to do.  Below is the link for the article, it will give readers a detailed look into this truly outstanding community.

 http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110827/ARTICLE/110829654

 

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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:

http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/SARStatsJuly201111081585211.pdf

 

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RE/MAX Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Both Home Buyers and Home Sellers

By | August 4, 2011

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 27 July 2011 — Although conditions in the real estate market point to the continued existence of a buyers’ market, home buyers indicate they are less satisfied with real estate company services, compared with 2010, while home-seller satisfaction has improved during the same time period, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM released today.

The study, now in its fourth year, measures customer satisfaction of home buyers and sellers with the largest national real estate companies. Overall satisfaction is determined by examining three factors of the home-buying experience: agent/salesperson; office; and variety of additional services. Four factors are examined for the home-selling experience: agent/salesperson; marketing; office; and variety of additional services.

Click here to view the full press release: http://www.jdpower.com/news/pressrelease.aspx?ID=2011117

 

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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.”

To view the complete report with statistical information visit: http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/SRMAGJune2011Stats110712105200.pdf

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