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Dec. 23, 2021

Naples Lifestyle Continues to Fuel Demand

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Naples, FL (December 22, 2021) – Pre-season buyers descended on the Naples real estate market in November pushing the area’s overall inventory down 76.1 percent to 1,198 homes from 5,006 homes in November 2020. Demand for the Naples lifestyle during November also influenced the median closed price which increased 31.3 percent to $499,000 from $380,000 in November 2020. Broker analysts reviewing the November 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), predict buyer demand to continue as homeowners in Northern states seek lifestyles with fewer COVID-19 restrictions and international buyers seek investments in the U.S. real estate market.

 

REALTORS® across the Naples area are working harder than ever to find homes for clients as indicated by the 31,291 showings in November and 70 percent decrease in days on the market to 24 days until pending from 80 days.

Although the overall median closed price continued to rise due to a tight inventory in November, it should be noted that – in the last 12-months ending November 2021 – 57 percent of closed sales in Naples were for homes priced below $500,000.

“We’ve had strong pending sales for the past few months, but those are beginning to wane now that we are reaching parity in this situation,” said Budge Huskey, CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “The variance in new listings this November versus last November is related to closed sales because the market is trying to find the right balance. The problem is that new listings can’t carry all this demand alone.”

New listings in November fell 22.9 percent to 958 homes from 1,242 in November 2020. The lack of inventory will become a challenge for REALTORS® in 2022 as demand is expected to remain steady with no inventory surplus expected. “Year over year business growth like we saw last year is just not feasible in today’s market,” said Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida. “But our issue is exactly what all other industries are facing right now: Supply. We are simply becoming the store that is selling out of inventory.”

Vellano added that he’s heard new-home builders are facing similar obstacles with lack of building supplies in the area. As such, a backlog of newly constructed homes likely means we won’t see new home inventory rise to assist with demand anytime soon either.

"As demand continues to outpace supply, REALTORS® should expect to work harder in 2022 to stay on top of new listings because they’ll need to guide clients through the negotiation process in hours not days,” said Vellano.

Molly Lane, Senior Vice President at William Raveis Real Estate, agreed and added, “If you’re a buyer and expect to find a home that fits your needs without a REALTOR®, you’re going to be looking for a long time. New listings today barely make the MLS without already having a contract. An experienced agent knows the market well and will help you maneuver and negotiate fast. A lot of the work to get you into a Naples home right now needs to be done before a home is available. For example, understanding your cash sale limits, helping you get pre-approved for financing, and discussing what contingencies you might expect, and what liabilities you may incur. It’s a seller’s market, so agents need to coach buyers on the realities of buying a home in our market today.”

“Working with a REALTOR® is equally important for sellers because REALTORS® have the experience and resources necessary to find greater opportunities in an open market,” quipped Vellano. “There are enough people looking for homes in Naples today that will pay full-list price if they know it is priced right.”

The NABOR® November 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

 

According to Brenda Fioretti, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, “Our area is still considered undervalued compared to many other desirable markets in America, so waiting for prices to drop in Naples is not a good strategy for homebuyers.” Fioretti was quick to also point out that “for the first time since NABOR® recorded market data, the overall percent of current list price received for condominiums exceeded 100 percent in November.”

The median closed price for condominiums in November was $375,000 compared to $622,000 for single-family homes. This level of affordability might account for condominium inventory decreasing 85 percent during November compared to a 65 percent decrease in single-family home inventory.

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

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Posted in Market Report
Nov. 23, 2021

Tight Inventory and High Demand Continues

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Naples, FL (November 23, 2021) – Home sales were bridled by low inventory during October, but new listings are on the rise according to the October 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Overall closed sales for October decreased 32.1 percent to 858 closed sales from 1,263 closed sales in October 2020. But irrespective of the home buying frenzy that took place during the second half of 2020 (including October 2020), closed sales in October were historically higher than average for a typical October in Naples, even with the lowest inventory level on record by NABOR®.

 

The overall median closed price in October increased 16.9 percent to $450,000 from $385,000 in October 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic affected buying behaviors and sales of single-family homes outpaced condominiums as people sought more open space in 2020; but those buying behaviors have now shifted. While overall inventory decreased 76.1 percent in October to 1,240 properties from 5,181 properties in October 2020, condominium inventory decreased 84.4 percent in October. As such, there were nearly half as many condominiums (435) available compared to single-family homes (805) at the end of October. Not surprising, the median closed price for condominiums increased 31 percent to $370,000 from $282,500 in October 2020, while the median closed prices for single-family homes increased 18.8 percent to $615,000 from $517,750 in October 2020.

“Closed sales are down for one reason: we just don’t have the inventory,” said Molly Lane, Senior Vice President at William Raveis Real Estate. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean prices will keep rising at the rate we saw this past year. 

Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager for Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., commented, “In the past, if you couldn’t find a home to buy, you’d just rent for a while until something came along. But there are few rentals today and this is exacerbating the low inventory issue because sellers can’t just pick up and move when their home sells. A REALTOR® can help them develop a plan that includes finding a place to live once their home sells.”

The NABOR® October 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

 

According to Spencer Haynes, Vice President of Business Development and Broker with John R. Wood Properties, “There were fewer homes over $1 million coming onto the market in October than in previous months. In fact, we saw more new listings of homes on the lower end and further east become available. Hopefully, the rush of seasonal visitors will bring more sellers with high-end properties to the table.”

“It’s impossible for a home buyer or seller to keep their pulse on the market without a REALTOR®,” said Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida. “For sellers, a REALTOR® can often negotiate a higher closed price than what they could have received on their own because a REALTOR® can interpret the MLS, evaluate purchase offers, and take steps to maximize their return. For buyers, a REALTOR® can help them find the right home, carefully craft an offer, and quickly maneuver through negotiations, escalation clauses, and closings.”

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

Posted in Market Report
Nov. 16, 2021

NAR Economist Yun: Housing Market May Normalize in 2022

Forecasts always include caveats that may upend predictions, but NAR’s Lawrence Yun says the market is hot right now – and he sees more of the same in 2022. While next year’s sales may not surpass 2021 numbers, he expects a banner year compared to those before the pandemic.  

 

SAN DIEGO – The outlook for the residential real estate market, which performed exceptionally well during the height of the pandemic, continues to be promising, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, speaking during the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) convention.

“All markets are seeing strong conditions and home sales are the best they have been in 15 years, Yun said. “The housing sector’s success will continue – but I don’t expect next year’s performance to exceed this year’s.”

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If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

 

Oct. 22, 2021

New Listings Absorbed by Buyer Demand

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Home sales in September would have been stronger if there was more inventory, say broker analysts reviewing the September 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Historically, September is the slowest month for home sales in Naples, but the area’s reputable natural beauty and home-value potential continue to increase its desirability to home buyers. Closed sales in September decreased 18.9 percent to 914 closed sales from 1,127 closed sales in September 2020, a result of low inventory.

 

A decrease of 213 homes sales might seem like home buying interest is waning but consider the inventory factor. In September 2020, there were 5,287 properties available. While in September 2021, the month ended with just 1,251 properties for sale (a 76.3 percent decrease). Comparing showing activity also sheds light on the situation. There were roughly 23 showings per home during September compared to under seven showings per home in September 2020. Basically, more buyers are looking at fewer properties this year.

“Unfortunately, the numbers can’t tell us the full story,” remarked Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida. “We know demand is strong, but at the current inventory level, it’s hard to sustain the level of sales we have done in previous years.”

But Budge Huskey, CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, says there are signs to be optimistic. “I’m seeing more and more development companies from around the country putting their money on Naples. They know Naples still represents a great value compared to other desirable locations around the country and investing at today’s prices shows they think Naples will only become even more desirable in the future. They are confident the level of demand and overall values have room to run.”

The NABOR® September 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

 

Since January, there has been a 48 percent increase in closed sales over the same nine months in 2020. Inventory of homes is suffering from the same supply chain issues as other commodities made in America, all due to the pandemic. But opportunities to invest in Naples real estate are still out there. According to Dominic Pallini, Broker at Vanderbilt Realty, “Developers are selling lots again. But most newly constructed homes don’t get added to the MLS until they sell so we don’t see them reflected in the report’s inventory numbers.”

Not surprisingly, the median closed price in September increased 18.9 percent to $455,000 from $382,744 in September 2020. “About 23 percent of the homes for sale had price decreases,” said Jeff Jones, Broker at Keller Williams Naples. “But only 12 percent reported price increases. As competition for inventory gets even more fierce and days on market continue to drop, we’ll likely see an increase in the number of homes that don’t even appear on the MLS until they are sold.”

The Market Report showed new listings in September decreased 28.4 percent to 961 from 1,342 new listings in September 2020. However, while new listings of condominiums decreased 2.7 percent during the first nine months of 2021, new listings of single-family homes increased 3.5 percent during the first nine months of 2021!

Having a REALTOR® during today’s low inventory environment is an essential partnership for buyers because REALTORS® are poised to hear about a home before it goes up for sale, they know exactly when new homes hit the MLS in real time, and they can share this valuable information to home buyers. Further, REALTORS® work closely with many other agents, have alerts set up when new homes are listed, and know how to maneuver the process so a buyer can act fast when a new listing meets a client’s purchasing criteria.

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

 

Posted in Market Report
Sept. 27, 2021

August Real Estate Market Report: Low Inventory, Strong Demand

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Naples, FL (September 24, 2021) – Demand for homes in Collier County kept REALTORS® busy in August, even as inventory dropped 77.3 percent to 1,249 homes from 5,503 homes in August 2020. According to the August 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), REALTORS® escorted buyers on over 30,000 home showings in August! The month’s strong showing activity—coupled with a 76.8 percent decrease in days on market to 22 days—means most homes were listed, shown, and sold in less than 30 days.

 

“Pent up buyer demand that began last summer has stretched inventory thin,” said Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager for Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., who added that “this could lead to upward pressure on pricing.”

Historically, median closed prices of homes sold during summer months tend to be lower than median closed prices of homes sold during high-season months (January through April), but that trend did not occur this year. According to the report, the median closed price reported in August was $75,000 higher than the median closed price reported in January 2021. The median closed price of homes sold increased 11.7 percent in August to $441,300 from $395,000 in August 2020 (median price is the price at which 50 percent of the homes sold were above that price, and 50 percent were below).

Molly Lane, Senior Vice President at William Raveis Real Estate, said, “With the help of a REALTOR®, homeowners who sold a home in August most likely enjoyed a nice profit. That’s because local REALTORS® understand the market and can help price a home correctly, screen out unqualified buyers, assist in negotiating repairs and contingent offers, evaluate the offers presented and negotiate the best possible terms for the homeowner.”

According to Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida, “Our area consistently enjoys about 1,000 new listings every month. But demand is simply outpacing supply today. The 992 new listings added during August will most likely be sold in less than a month.”

Vellano’s comment was confirmed by the August Market Report as days on market in August decreased 76.8 percent to 22 days from 95 days in August 2020. As such, many of the 1,101 pending sales reported in August were also included in the report’s 1,033 closed sales figure.

Pending and closed sales, incidentally, decreased by 25.6 and 7.9 percent in August, respectively. Broker analysts predict pending and closed sales will continue to decrease in comparison to past years because of limited inventory. Added Hughes, “It’s unlikely we’ll see a huge incline in inventory anytime soon.” He also noted that “historically, our area’s inventory increases during October and November in anticipation of seasonal residents during the winter, but demand is so strong now that we could absorb those homes if they were listed today.”

The NABOR® August 2021 Market Report provides comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings:

 

Brenda Fioretti, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, pointed out that the report showed “24 percent of pending sales during August went back on the market during the month.”

Lane added insight by stating, “Because of limited options, REALTORS® are recommending sellers accept back-up contracts. This way, if the buyer with the first contract backs out, the buyer with the back-up contract moves into the first spot. But, when a buyer backs out and there are no other back-up contracts, those homes are removed from pending status and put back into active inventory.”

The August report showed less than a 30-day supply of inventory. Broker analysts agree: Working with a REALTOR® who has their eye on the MLS daily and knows how to navigate this lightning-fast market is an asset for buyers and sellers.

Lane remarked that “some homeowners tell us that when they decide to sell, they will simply sell their home to a neighbor. But I am quick to tell them that a REALTOR® can typically get them a higher price because REALTORS® place all new listings on the MLS so they are marketed to a wider audience.”

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

Posted in Market Report
Sept. 1, 2021

Golfing in Southwest Florida

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Southwest Florida has and abundance of private and public golf courses to suit every golfer, whether they are simply visiting or seeking to move to the area. Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Naples, Estero and Bonita Springs are included in this popular winter and summer vacation area. 

 

 

Bonita Springs has 23 local golf courses and there are another 77 golf courses within 20 miles. The oldest course in the Bonita Springs area is the County Club of Naples which was designed by William H. Diddel, ASGCA and opened in 1966. The longest course is The Twin Eagles Club, which is 7,634 yards. Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club is rated the best course near Bonita Springs. Estero offers 8 golf courses with 5 private and 3 public. They range from championship quality private courses with membership waiting lists to short par 3’s.

With more people relocating to the Southwest Florida market for its quality of life and outdoor amenities, it is no surprise to see that sales within golfing communities have seen a sharp uptick this year. Between April 1 and July 31, 2020, there were 455 closed sales in golfing communities. That number increased 68% to 765 during the same period of time in 2021. 

The Naples Area Board of Realtors offers the most comprehensive list of Golf Communities in the area for you to explore. If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

Aug. 20, 2021

July Market Report Shows Sellers & Buyers Adjusting to a New Normal

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Naples, FL (August 20, 2021) – The buying frenzy the Naples housing market experienced during the past year has simmered and is being replaced with what brokers say will be our new normal: a low inventory market with fast turnover of quality homes priced right. According to the July 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), inventory decreased 77.2 percent to 1,295 homes in July 2021 compared to 5,672 homes in July 2020, but demand continues to be steady as there were only 30 fewer closed sales and just a 2 percent drop in showings.

“Low inventory is holding back our market’s potential,” said Dominic Pallini, Broker at Vanderbilt Realty, who contends that July’s total home sales would have been much better if we just had the inventory. “New listings help to replenish our inventory each month, but it’s unlikely we will see inventory levels anywhere near what they need to be anytime soon again. Home demand has simply outpaced our capacity, which is why we are seeing a big rise in home values during the summer.”

The median closed price in July increased 28.8 percent to $469,950 from $365,000 in July 2020. The median price is the price at which 50 percent of the homes sold were above that price, and 50 percent were below.

“People are asking when prices will go down again,” said Molly Lane, Senior Vice President at William Raveis Real Estate, “but in reality, compared to other luxury markets around the country, Naples has been undervalued far too long. We are finally catching up to where our prices should be as a premier luxury home destination.”

As this new reality sets in, clues that buyers and sellers are adapting to a new normal can be found in recent Market Reports. “The percent of list price received has been over 99 percent for the last three months,” said Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager for Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. “This shows us that sellers are setting realistic prices and buyers are accepting these values as fair because offers are at near asking prices.”

Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida, responded by pointing out, “For sellers, this new market reality means a home for sale today is likely to receive a contract within a few weeks. If it doesn’t, the home is either priced too high or it has deficiencies that need attention.”

Brenda Fioretti, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, added, “Even homes that are not so attractive are finding buyers this summer. So if you’ve been reluctant to sell because your home needs updating or repairs, now would be a good time to sell it and buy another home in Naples. That’s because the average home price in Naples has increased 25 percent since January so even if you pay 99 percent of list price for a new home, your ‘not so perfect’ home is going to enjoy the same gain in value when it sells too. Your equity from the price appreciation can help power your next move.”

Even though overall pending sales in July dropped 21.5 percent to 1,135 pending sales from 1,446 pending sales in July 2020, and overall closed sales dropped 2.6 percent to 1,142 closed sales from 1,172 closed sales in July 2020, activity in the high-end luxury home market picked up speed during the month as reflected in a 32.6 percent increase in closed sales for homes over $1 million, and a 17.1 percent increase in pending sales for single family homes valued over $1 million in July.

The NABOR® July 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings:

 

Brokers reviewing the July Market Report agree the old way of buying and selling a home in Naples is now obsolete. “Buyers shouldn’t waste their time driving around to find homes for sale in a particular neighborhood or wait to look at listings in the Sunday classifieds,” said Hughes, “because that is just a small percentage of the available inventory in the Naples area. Many of these homes are probably already under contract.”

Hughes and Vellano are not being dramatic. Homes are selling at record-fast rates. The July Market Report showed days on market decreased 69.6 percent to 28 days from 92 days in July 2020. For single family homes, days on market dropped to 25 days in July. Homes are available but they are just not staying on the market long, especially quality homes that are priced right.

Lane also pointed out that many new listings barely make it into the MLS. “Inventory is so tight right now that I’ve seen agents walk into our office with a listing, place it on the Southwest Florida MLS, and within a very short time have an offer from a buyer.”

If you are looking to buy a home in Naples be prepared to move fast. Partner with a Naples REALTOR® who understands the new normal of the Naples real estate market. They know how to navigate in our fast-moving market, are closely monitoring the Southwest Florida MLS, and can quickly alert buyers of new listings. A Naples REALTOR® has also nurtured working relationships with agents at other brokerages who may inform them of new listings just placed on the Southwest Florida MLS, and are skilled at negotiating the best price before a property is sold. 

Naples is in a seller’s market as there is more demand than there is supply. Now is the time for sellers to seize this unique opportunity. The July Market Report data shows that your house will likely sell quickly, you will receive close to your list price, and there is a 50 percent chance it will be a cash buyer who can close faster than someone who needs to finance the purchase.

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

Posted in Market Report
July 24, 2021

Frenzy Fades to a Simmer as Inventory Dips Going into Summer

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Naples, FL (July 23, 2021) – With less than a one month supply of inventory available, the Naples area housing market experienced a 14.5 percent decrease in overall pending sales in June to 1,256 pending sales from 1,469 pending sales in June 2020. Low inventory levels in June also contributed to a 7 percent decrease in showings for the month. This simmering of activity has broker analysts who reviewed the June 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), certain that the wild housing market frenzy that began about a year ago – peaking in March – is now decelerating and being replaced with a new level of activity that reflects improved market equity for sellers and sustained buyer interest from people seeking permanent residency.

“Inventory is turning over daily,” said Brenda Fioretti, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. “That’s an important point for buyers to understand because many people think the inventory number we report is all that is available for the month. But that’s not true. Multiple home buying opportunities are a daily occurrence with new listings coming on the market continually. So buyers shouldn’t give up hope when inventory is low because their dream home might become available tomorrow. Though they need to be prepared to move quickly before the home sells.”

According to the report, overall inventory decreased 78.8 percent to 1,271 homes in June from 6,003 homes in June 2020. As expected going into summer, new listings decreased 12 percent in June to 1,147 new listings from 1,303 new listings in June 2020. However, in the first six months of 2021, new listings have increased 9.9 percent to 8,744 new listings compared to 7,957 new listings reported during the first six months of 2020. In fact, the number of new listings during the first six months of 2021 was actually higher than the number of new listings reported in the first six months of any year in the last five years.

“Last year, the second half of the year was better than the first,” said Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager for Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., who added, “but I think we will probably see the opposite this year.”

Hughes prediction might be accurate because according to the SWFL MLS data, it is unlikely we will be able to match the sales activity witnessed over the last year anytime soon. For example, closed sales in Naples increased 85.1 percent in the first half of 2021 to 9,414 closed sales from 5,086 closed sales in the first half of 2020 (during the height of COVID-19). For added perspective, in the first half of 2018 and 2019, there were about 5,400 total closed sales reported, respectively. Also, the year-end report for 2020 showed 15,582 total closed sales for the year, which means over 10,500 closed sales took place during the second half of 2020. When the buying frenzy began a year ago in June, Naples had a 7.3 month supply of homes. As a result of the impressive year-long sales activity, our area now has a .9 month (less than 30 days) supply of homes.

But the tight inventory isn’t squelching demand quite yet. Closed sales in June increased 67.8 percent to 1,505 closed sales from 897 closed sales in June 2020.

“Sellers are capitalizing on the current market,” added Hughes, “but buyer demand has simply stripped our inventory. Since April, we’ve seen a 55 percent drop in inventory.” Hughes pointed out that the June report showed Naples had four times the inventory but only 200 more sales last June than what was reported during June of 2021.

According to Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida, “Due to the current inventory shortage, the overall percentage of current list price received was 99.4 percent in June. Buyers are willing to overpay, but not grossly overpay. So our advice to sellers is that ‘if your home doesn’t sell in the first couple of weeks, then it’s either overpriced or needs work to become more desirable.’”

“The positive news is that report also showed an extremely high percentage of cash transactions [58.3 percent],” said Vellano, who added, “which indicates that buyers are confident our market has value and equity.”

The NABOR® June 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

 

The veteran Naples brokers who review the market report each month also said buyer demographics have changed in the last year. Dominic Pallini, Broker at Vanderbilt Realty, summed up their thoughts by remarking, “More people are coming here to live full time and they are willing to pay the price for a home in paradise.”

The median closed price in June increased 30.3 percent to $465,000 from $357,000 in June 2020. However, for the 12-months ending June 2021, the median closed price for condominiums over $2 million actually decreased 9.4 percent. Sales of condominiums during June skyrocketed 98.7 percent to 767 closed sales of condominiums from 386 closed sales of condominiums in June 2020.

Geographically, the Ave Maria/Immokalee area reported the highest increase in new single-family home listings for June with a 52.4 percent increase, followed by the Central Naples area (34104, 34105, 34116), which reported a 37.5 percent increase in new single-family home listings for the month.

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

Posted in Market Report
June 26, 2021

Home Prices Climb in May

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Naples, FL (June 25, 2021) – Homes in the Naples area were being sold at 99.1 percent of the list price in May. A tight inventory and buyer demand continued to push prices upward in May, which resulted in an overall median closed price increase of 29.4 percent to $433,500 from $335,000 in May 2020, according to the May 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Broker analysts reviewing the report predict continued price increases in 2021, but noted monthly showing and sales activity is beginning to show signs of deceleration from the remarkable market experienced during the first quarter of 2021.

Interestingly, the May Market Report showed the same number of list price increases for the month of May (247) as decreases (247), which, according to Mike Hughes, Vice President and General Manager for Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., is a reflection of behaviors from two types of sellers: “the ones who, despite comparable pricing recommendations from a REALTOR®, seem to pick a high listing price and eventually have to decrease the home’s price to attract buyers; and those who listen to a REALTOR® and price the home right, but because of rising prices due to strong buyer demand in our market right now, end up selling the home at a higher price.”

“Some sellers have been asking about price wars,” said Molly Lane, Senior Vice President at William Raveis Real Estate. “This may not always be the best strategy as some buyers are weary of losing out and the seller may not get the desired result. It’s always best to consult with a REALTOR® as to the best strategy when pricing a home.”

Spencer Haynes, Vice President of Business Development and Broker with John R. Wood Properties, agreed with Lane and added, “A REALTOR® will help a seller price a home dead on the money or just a little below market to drive in offers. Buyers are getting keen on the tactic by some sellers to price way above value, and those sellers may not get the action they expect.”

Cash sales in May accounted for 58.4 percent of the closed sales transactions. The cash buyers continued to create challenges for competing buyers who required financing. It took an average of 90 days for a home to go from list to contract in May 2020, but in May 2021, the average days on the market was reduced to 43 days, a 52.2 percent decrease.

But the trend of paying cash for a home does not preclude those buyers who want to finance from purchasing a home. Buyers who are prequalified for a mortgage often fare well during negotiations and enjoy a faster closing process than those who are not prequalified. Also, as pointed out by Phil Wood, President & CEO of John R. Wood Properties, “Many capable cash buyers are leaving their money in the stock market because they can achieve a higher return there as compared to the low mortgage rates, of approximately 3.2%.”

The May Market Report showed overall closed sales increased 164.4 percent to 1,618 from 612 in May 2020 (a month when all the world was in COVID-19 lockdown). For perspective, closed sales increased 36 percent in May 2021 compared to May 2019 (a non-pandemic lockdown month). Nevertheless, closed sales activity in May 2021 outperformed any other May in the history of NABOR®’s market statistics reports.

The NABOR® May 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

 

Overall inventory fell 79.1 percent in May to 1,290 homes from 6,177 homes in May 2020, but monthly new listings activity continues. May welcomed 1,274 new listings, a 7.6 percent increase from 1,184 in May 2020. New listings that come on the market each month help to temper the drop in overall inventory and provide more opportunities to eager buyers.

“We’re in for a period of low sustained inventory,” said Budge Huskey, CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “But even when demand begins to level off – perhaps in the second half of the year as is historically the case – our area will not see any real decline in prices because new fundamental values for our market are being set today and they are not likely to trend down again.”

Cash sales were not the only contributing factor to the drop in days on the market. Another factor was the 45 percent increase in showings for May (42,380 up from 29,319 in May 2020), which ultimately resulted in a 46.5 percent increase in pending sales for May to 1,710 pending sales from 1,167 pending sales in May 2020.

Historically, the Naples housing market’s activity in the first half of the year is not sustained during the second half of the year. However, since tourism to Florida is expected to increase this summer and buyers from foreign countries may also begin to arrive in the coming months, a return to more normalized buying behavior in the second half of the year was discussed although remains uncertain.

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

 

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May 22, 2021

Sellers Step Up in Attempt to Meet Buyer Demand in April

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Naples, FL (May 21, 2021) – Buyers eager for more home choices were treated to an increase in new listings during April. According to the April 2021 Market Report, released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), there were 1,460 new listings added to the pool of homes for sale in Naples during April. This was a 106.2 percent increase in new listings compared to new listings added during April 2020. However, and as broker analysts reviewing the report were quick to point out, evaluating market conditions using month-over-month market data will not produce equitable comparisons for the next few months because the real estate industry, like virtually all businesses, experienced reduced productivity levels as a result of mandatory COVID-19 restrictions.

Fioretti, along with several brokers who review NABOR®’s monthly Market Report, say buyers are best served in today’s low inventory market environment when they work closely with a REALTOR®. These professionals are trained to help buyers navigate the Naples area housing market using real-time technology that alerts them immediately when new homes that meet their clients’ needs become available.

Buyer demand in April took another bite on our inventory. April had 2,037 pending sales (homes under contract) and 1,882 closed sales, which resulted in 1,432 homes remaining in inventory by the end of the month. Not surprising, and because of increased demand for the Naples lifestyle, the 8-month supply of homes in April 2020 was reduced to a 1.1-month supply of homes at the end of April 2021. This substantial loss of inventory is attributed to post-pandemic relocation buying behaviors, a new reality in many Florida communities.

The median closed price in April increased 30.9 percent to $445,000 from $340,000 in April 2020. But according to Spencer Haynes, Vice President of Business Development and Broker with John R. Wood Properties, “Pricing is not an issue with most buyers. What we are dealing with today is a market of real end-users, not investors or ‘speculative flippers’ like what we saw in 2005/2006. People are not willing to buy anything just to get into a home right now. They have cash and are willing to wait until the right home becomes available.”

“The market is responding exactly as it should,” said Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida. “The number of new listings is going up and they are selling fast because demand is simply outpacing the inventory replenishment. The rise in homeowners’ equity during this hot market means everyone who bought a home in the last five or six years is in a good position to make a profit if they choose to sell now.”

The NABOR® April 2021 Market Reports provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

Since January, the Naples area housing market has enjoyed a 14.3 percent increase in new listings compared to new listings during the same time period in 2020. “Some buyers who haven’t found their ideal home yet might think, ‘There’s nothing left to see,’” said Brenda Fioretti, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, “but new listings are hitting the market everyday so they shouldn’t give up searching for a home.”

Historically, new construction sales accounted for 25 percent of all home sales in Naples. But raw material shortages are forcing many local builders to require escalation clauses or press pause on future sales as it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to determine market prices a year from now.

Jeff Jones, Broker at Keller Williams Naples, added, "If a buyer is interested in a home that already has an accepted offer, that doesn’t mean it has sold. With such tight inventory, buyers are submitting offers on multiple homes so it’s a great practice to submit a backup offer if a buyer is really interested in the home. In all cases, there can be only one buyer per home so when this happens the buyer's back-up offer could become the winning offer.”

While overall closed sales continued to climb across all neighborhoods in Naples during April, according to Phil Wood, President & CEO of John R. Wood Properties, closed sales in the $1 million and $2 million and above price categories outperformed all other lower priced home categories tracked by NABOR®. “Traditionally, our seven-figure sales begin to level off after Easter. But today they remain strong. Whether it’s a single-family home over $1 million or a condominium over $2 million, the luxury market is still very much on fire.”

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, give me a call for assistance. I can do a market comparison and determine a fair and reasonable listing price, both with and without renovations. I can also identify properties best suited for your needs and negotiate a purchase price that fits your budget. Discover more at www.NaplesPropertyPreview.com or call Susan Sanderson at 239-821-2370

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