South Florida Home Inventory is Dwindling as More Buyers Enter the Market

Home sellers throughout the country – including in South Florida – are expecting home prices to rise soon since the number of available homes for sale continues to decrease, according to a recent Bloomberg article.

The article goes on to say that home inventories are near lows that were last seen in 2005 and more home sellers are needed on the market.

Continue reading to learn more about this developing trend to discover how it may affect you as a South Florida home buyer!

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Here are some of the highlights of the recent Bloomberg article I read:

  • National home listings dropped to 2.37 percent in March, a decrease of 22 percent when compared to March 2011.
  • Currently, there is a 6.3 month supply of homes on the national housing market
  • In some parts of the country, the supply of homes fell even further. For instance, some markets had less than a three-month supply at some point earlier this year.
  • Existing home sales from January to March 2012 were the highest first quarter on record since 2007.
  • Meanwhile, the median sales price in 146 metro areas fell to $158,100, down 0.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Nationally, housing affordability is at an all time high. One index recently showed that a family with a median income of nearly $61,000 would be able to afford a $325,000 home – more than double the median price of all homes in the country right now.
  • During the first quarter of 2012, national foreclosure filings fell to their lowest levels since 2007.
  • Meanwhile, re-sales of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosures fell to 77,104 homes in the first quarter of 2012, down 18 percent year-over-year.
  • The national inventory of new homes has also fallen – to 144,000 in March. That figure is actually the smallest number of new construction homes on record since 1963.

Here’s what the Bloomberg article specifically noted about the South Florida real estate market:

  • Florida’s median home prices are beginning to rise as foreclosed home transactions have declined.
  • In Miami-Dade County, the number of listings in April fell to a 5.7-month supply, down 35 percent year-over-year.
  •  In Broward County, the number of listings in April fell to a 4.2-month supply, down 31 percent year-over-year.
  • Also in Broward County, condo prices have increased to $75 a square foot, up 10 percent year-over-year.
  • Meanwhile, home prices have increased to $80 a square foot in Broward County, up 2.6 percent year-over-year.

Florida real estate analysts are crediting the declining home inventory to the fact that home buyers are flooding the market looking for great deals as the South Florida housing market bottoms out.

But as more home buyers snatch up available homes for sale, home prices are expected to rise as demand starts to exceed the supply, analysts say.

Thus, now is a great time to invest in a South Florida property for sale.

Purchase a South Florida Home for Sale Today!

There are plenty of reasons to want to invest in a South Florida property for sale. From increasing rental rates to record low interest rates – home ownership hasn’t looked this appealing in a while!

Thus, if you’re interested in owning your own South Florida home, contact me, Scott Patterson, today!

As an experienced REALTOR in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, I’ll be more than happy to assist you at every stage of the home-buying process.

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Until next time,

Scott