South Florida Real Estate Market

Sale prices for existing homes and condos in South Florida real estate market rose in the second quarter of this year. But the amount of increase is not as much as sellers had been hoping for. Nevertheless as compared to the previous year, the cumulative sales of South Florida real estate plunged according to statistics from the Florida Association of Realtors. Housing analysts are positive about the strength of the South Florida real estate market; however, the current trend seems to suggest that the South Florida real estate market is experiencing a fall off

Notwithstanding the concerted diminishing of home sales rate, median prices continue to gain upward momentum. In Broward, median home prices are up by 2% compared to the same period of the previous year. In Miami-Dade, the jump is even more spectacular as the median price raised by 8%. Only Palm Beach County experience a slight appreciation as its median sales price only increased by 1% in comparison with last year’s numbers.

South Florida real estate condo prices also slightly amplified increased slightly by the second quarter of this year. Broward’s median sale price for condos increased by a considerable 10%; Palm Beach County’s by 8%; and Miami-Dade’s by 3%.

Overall, these sales price increases for both homes and condos in South Florida real estate were actually much smaller it was in prior quarters for which the year-over-year prices regularly gained 30% or more. The current picture of the South Florida real estate market significantly contrasts the conditions two years ago for which the housing market experienced rapid growth, registering a record year in terms of closings and median price for sales of existing single-family homes. By year’s end, Florida came close to reaching the 250,000 mark for annual sales, according to the Florida Association of Realtors(R) (FAR), with a total of 242,234 homes sold — an 11 percent increase over the 218,739 homes sold the year before.

Sales are slowing because of accumulating inventory of unsold properties on the market. The rapid price boom in combination with rising insurance premiums and property taxes during the past five years has restrained many prospective clients from buying South Florida real estate properties. The drop in demand incurred by these preventive circumstances are making some sellers getting desperate, thereby resorting to selling at much reduced asking prices and even offering attention-catching deals to buyers and their agents.

These trends are consistent with what is observed not only in the entire Florida state but also nationwide. For the entire Florida state, home sales fell 27 percent in the second quarter, while the median price increased 9%to $254,800. Sales were down in every metropolitan area in Florida. Condo sales fell 33%, and the median price rose 1% to $217,900. Nationwide, home sales fell 7% in the second quarter of this year.

The Rental Market and Florida Property

The Florida real estate market was particularly hard-hit, even devastated, by the implosion of the housing bubble that characterized the past 10 years. The Miami market, like all urban markets, saw sharp decreases in home value, an increasingly tight credit market and the loss of jobs and reduced incomes caused many homeowners to put their homes on the market or, in the worst cases, fall into foreclosure and end up moving not of their own accord.

In Miami, investors have shown significant interest in purchasing distressed properties. Distressed properties are those that have fallen into foreclosure and are usually available at significantly discounted prices compared to their standard market value. Banks generally want to unload these properties as soon as they can and savvy investors, looking for a way to turn an economic tragedy into a source of new opportunity, have begun to take an interest in these properties.

Homeownership was touted, especially over the last 10 years, as the most sensible dream of any responsible American. However, many individuals-the majority, in fact-in the US are renters. These individuals prefer the freedom and excitement that comes with being able to change homes for only the cost of another deposit and the move. Investors in the South Beach, Miami Beach and Sunny Isles, Florida region seem to have noticed this market on the edges of their radar and realized that there is potential profit to be made in providing for the needs of this segment of society.

While owning a seaside home may be out of the financial range of most Americans, rending one may be well within it. Investors purchasing the distressed properties left in the wake of the real estate bubble’s utter collapse have begun purchasing these properties in the aforementioned areas, oftentimes at surprisingly low prices, and turning them into rentals. As more Americans have come to view a mortgage as a not-entirely positive way to manage their money, the market for rental homes is sure to increase. Purchasing these homes at distressed property prices and converting them into rental homes not only helps the investors, it helps many families get into a new home and possibly one they could never afford to purchase outright.