Miami-Dade Pending Home Sales Rise again in October

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October cumulative pending home sales – including single-family homes and condominiums - in Miami-Dade County were 10 percent above what they were a year earlier, up from 10,264 to 11,245, and 0.4 percent below the previous month, down from 11,296, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.

Jack H. Levine, MIAMI Chairman of the Board

Jack H. Levine, MIAMI Chairman of the Board

In Miami, where market performance has outpaced the nation, strong pending sales activity has mirrored robust closed sales figures due to international buyers who mainly pay all cash and are not impacted by mortgage financing issues.

October cumulative pending home sales – including single-family homes and condominiums - in Miami-Dade County were 10 percent above what they were a year earlier, up from 10,264 to 11,245, and 0.4 percent below the previous month, down from 11,296, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

October Sales Activity
The total number of listings, including single-family homes and condominiums, that pended during the month of October increased 26 percent, from 2,861 in October 2010 to 3,609 last month. Compared to the previous month, pended sales increased .22 percent. Single-family home and condominium sales that pended during the month increased 27 percent and 26 percent respectively compared to the previous year.

“In Miami, where market performance has outpaced the nation, strong pending sales activity has mirrored robust closed sales figures due to international buyers who mainly pay all cash and are not impacted by mortgage financing issues,” said Jack H. Levine, 2011 chairman of the board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. “However in other parts of the country factors such as stronger underwriting standards and appraisal issues are impeding closings that are much more dependent on financing.”

Cumulative Pending Sales Rise
Pending sales of condominiums were 10 percent higher than they were a year earlier, up from 5,878, and 2.3 percent below what they were the previous month, down from 6,620. Pending sales of single-family homes were nine percent above what they were a year earlier, up from 4,386 to 4,775, and five percent below the previous month, when pending single-family homes sales totaled 4,676.

“In addition to the unyielding demand from foreign buyers that has boosted the local market and resulted in Miami outperforming the nation, there is also increasing demand from domestic buyers,” said 2011 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Ralph E. De Martino. “Domestic buyers are now accounting for a higher percentage of closed sales. In addition, the stronger rental rates have resulted in strong demand for rental properties, which is putting increased pressure on the greatly reduced inventory of properties for sale.”

Nationally, the Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 4.6 percent to 10.4 in October from 84.5 in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. The index is 9.2 percent higher than the 85.5 index reported in October 2010.

Increased pending sales are an indication of increased future sales. A sale is listed as pending when a contract is signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

MIAMI Association of REALTORS
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating more than 90 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 25,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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