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#Miami -Dade, Broward home prices continue to rise in April

Prices of existing condos and single-family homes rose in both counties

Miami-Dade inventory of houses priced under $400,000 remains tight

Sales of $1 million-plus homes continue to soften

South Florida remained a sellers’ market in April as the median price of existing homes continued to rise in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. But the market for luxury homes priced at more than $1 million continued to soften.

In Miami-Dade, the median sales price for existing single-family homes rose to $285,000 from $260,000 in April 2015, representing a year-to-year increase of 9.5 percent, according to a report by the Miami Association of Realtors.

Despite the increase of new condominium units, the median sales price for existing condos rose 8 percent to $215,000 from $199,000 in April 2015.

Still, “Miami real estate remains at 2004 pricing levels despite more than four years of increases,” said Mark Sadek, a Coral Springs Realtor and the 2016 chairman of the association board said via a statement.

As prices have risen and the number of distressed homes has dropped by more than 46 percent over last year, inventory has gotten tighter. The number of existing single-family transactions dropped 7.6 percent, while existing condo transactions dropped 12.1 percent year over year.

Demand for homes priced under $400,000 is particularly strong, said George Jalil, broker-president of First Service Realty. “All our agents are working with buyers and they don’t have enough homes to show,” he said. While new condos continue to sprout, relatively few single family homes are under construction.

The number of days on the market fell 14 percent year-over-year, to 94 days. And homes sold at 95.8 percent of the asking price, up 0.7 percent.

The number of days on the market decreased 11.3 percent year-over-year, to 110 days. For existing condos, the median sales price was 93.9 percent of the list price — the same as last year.
But for homes priced over $1 million, the market has slowed. The number of condo sales dropped about 18 percent year-over-year, while inventory grew 55 percent. In single-family homes, the inventory rose 46 percent year-over-year for the quarter, while the number of sales dropped 11 percent. Those figures come from a report commissioned by EWM Realty.

EWM President Ron Shuffield said the slowdown was partly due to the increased dollar values and soft economies abroad: “A lot of those buyers are international buyers.” The uneasiness in the stock market early in the year also had an impact, he said. “It was a little bit of a scare. A lot of people said, let’s wait and see what happens.”

While the luxury market currently is rebalancing, Shuffield has a positive long-term view: “The whole world wants what we have. I don’t see anything that will change that.”
In Broward County, the sale price of existing homes continued to rise and the number of days on the market fell, according to a Realtors report released Friday. But the outlook for the months ahead softened, with pending sales of single-family homes down from April 2015 while pending sales of condos/townhouses rose.

The median price of single-family homes jumped by 7.7 percent over April 2015, reaching to $310,000 from $287,900. The median price of town homes and condominiums rose by 6.3 percent year-over-year, with the median sales price jumping from $126,950 to $135,000. The report was released by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors.

The amount of time it took to sell an existing single-family home dropped close to 14 percent year over year, from 51 days in April 2015 to 44 days in April of this year. For condos and townhouses, the median time to contract dropped 3.3 percent, from 60 days in April 2015 to 48 days in April 2016.

The total number of closed sales for existing single-family homes remained nearly flat, up 0.1 percent. The total number of closed sales for town homes/condominiums fell by 4.9 percent. New pending sales saw mixed results, down 4.9 percent in single-family homes and up 2.6 percent in townhouses/condominiums
Overall, Friday’s reports brought a sigh of relief from Jalil. “The last thing we want is prices going up 10 to 15 percent month after month,” he said. “Prices are not spiking. It’s a stable market.”

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