Home Sales Up in Jacksonville and Statewide

13 05 2009

Existing single-family home sales were up 7 percent in Jacksonville during the first quarter 2009, and the statewide numbers were even better. Condominium sales in Jacksonville dropped 9 percent, according to the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR.)

Some 2,231 single-family homes were sold during the first quarter compared to 2,080 sold during the same period 2008. Median sales prices dropped 17 percent in the Jacksonville area to $151,800. A total of 235 condos sold during the first three months of 2009 in Jacksonville compared with 258 during the same period last year. Median sales prices for condos were down 13 percent in Jacksonville, to $125,700.

Single-family homes statewide were up 25 percent to 31,412 and the median sales price dropped 30 percent to $141,000. Statewide condos sales increased 19 percent to 10,143 and median sales price dropped 38 percent to $110,100. The statewide numbers mark the third consecutive quarter of growth for single-family sales and the second consecutive quarter of growth for condo sales.

The Fort Myers-Cape Coral area had the biggest increase of single-family home sales in the state at 141 percent and biggest decrease in median prices at 58 percent. Tallahassee had the biggest drop in home sales at 29 percent.

Orlando had the biggest increase in condo sales in the state at 148 percent and the biggest decline in median price at 62 percent. Tallahassee had the biggest decline in home sales at 69 percent. The state capital also saw a 29 percent decline in condo median prices.

Fifteen of Florida’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) reported increased existing-home sales in March and 13 MSAs also showed gains in condo sales. It marks the ninth consecutive month that a majority of markets have reported increased sales.

Florida’s median sales price for existing homes last month was $141,300; a year ago, it was $201,700 for a 30 percent decrease. Industry analysts with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) report there is a significant downward distortion in the current median price due to many discounted sales, including a large number of foreclosures. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

The national median sales price for existing single-family homes in February 2009 was $164,600, down 15 percent from a year earlier, according to NAR. In California, the statewide median resales price was $247,590 in February; in Massachusetts, it was $252,500; in Maryland, it was $253,200; and in New York, it was $210,000.

NAR’s latest housing industry outlook reported that entry-level buyers are seeking bargains, which resulted in sales of distressed properties accounting for 40 to 45 percent of February’s transactions. “Given the downward distortion in price comparisons due to distressed sales, it’s important for owners to keep in mind that this doesn’t equate to a similar loss of value for traditional homes in good condition,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Source: Florida Association of Realtors



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