Florida’s Existing Home and Condo Sales Rise in 3Q

13 11 2011

Florida’s existing home and existing condo sales continued to show gains in third quarter 2011 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the latest housing statistics from National Association of Realtors.

Existing home sales rose 12 percent in 3Q 2011 with a total of 46,759 homes sold statewide; during the same period the year before, a total of 41,728 homes changed hands according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of existing condos in the third quarter rose 13 percent compared to the year-ago sales figure.

Florida’s existing-home median sales price continued to stabilize and remained level at $136,000 for the three-month period; in 3Q 2010, it was $135,900. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half for less.

In the year-to-year quarterly comparison for existing condo sales, 20,383 units sold statewide in the third quarter compared to 17,980 units in 3Q 2010 for a 13 percent increase. The statewide existing-condo median sales price was $89,600 in the third quarter; a year earlier, it was $83,700 for a 7 percent increase.

Mortgage rates continued to hover around historical lows in the third quarter. According to Freddie Mac, the national commitment rate for a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.31 percent in 3Q 2011; one year earlier, it averaged 4.45 percent.

Source: National Association of Realtors and Florida Realtors

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