Miami Condominium Sales Spike 85 Percent

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Sales of existing condominiums in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased 85 percent, from 835 to 1,542, compared to March 2010 and 80 percent compared to last month, according to the 24,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS). Sales of existing single-family homes rose 59 percent in March, from 649 to 1,031, and 90 percent compared to the previous month.

Current strong sales levels are even more impressive when you consider that last year at this time sales were boosted by the first-time homebuyer tax credit.

Sales of existing condominiums in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased 85 percent, from 835 to 1,542, compared to March 2010 and 80 percent compared to last month, according to the 24,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS). Sales of existing single-family homes rose 59 percent in March, from 649 to 1,031, and 90 percent compared to the previous month.

In March, more than 64 percent of closed sales were cash transactions. International sales, which are mostly cash transactions, represent approximately 60 percent of closed resales and 90 percent of new construction sales.

Statewide sales increased 24 percent to 9,703 for condominiums and 12 percent for single-family homes to 18,522. Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops increased 3.7 percent from February and were 5.44 percent below March 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

“Current strong sales levels are even more impressive when you consider that last year at this time sales were boosted by the first-time homebuyer tax credit,” said Jack H. Levine, 2011 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. “Nationally, sales have seen a drop compared to March 2010 because the tax credit is no longer applicable. But Miami and South Florida continue to outperform last year’s healthy real estate sales levels and the U.S. real estate market, reflecting the truly unique nature of our area and market.”

Median and Average Sales Price
Short sales and foreclosures continue to have an impact on median and average sales prices for both single-family homes and condominiums especially in some areas of the county. In March, 60 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami-Dade County were distressed, including REOs and short sales.

The median sales price of single-family homes in March decreased 19 percent to $159,800 from a year earlier. The median sales price of condominiums dropped 30 percent to $97,400 but increased 3.6 percent from the previous month.

“In South Florida especially, the median sales prices don’t accurately represent our market, as the REO, bank-owned inventory is being bought up four times faster than new listings that are coming on the market,” said 2011 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Ralph E. De Martino. “The vast majority of distressed properties sell in the lower price ranges, disproportionately impacting median sales prices.”

Statewide median sales prices decreased 11 percent to $84,300 for condominiums and seven percent to $126,300 for single-family homes. The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $159,600 in March, a 5.9 percent drop from March 2010.

The average sales prices for condominiums in Miami-Dade County increased 48 percent, from $250,458 to $372,556. The average sales price for single-family homes decreased 17.1 percent, from $333,307 in March 2010 to $276,270 last month.

Existing Housing Inventory Falls to Seven Months of Supply
The inventory of residential listings in Miami-Dade County dropped 23.8 percent from 24,792 in April 2010 to 18,883 in April 2011. Compared to last month, the total inventory of homes dropped 6.8 percent from 20,264.

Total housing inventory nationally rose 1.5 percent at the end of March.

Days on the Market
In Miami-Dade County, the total number of days a property stays on the market dropped 0.7 percent to 106 days for single-family homes and 6.5 percent to 117 days for condominiums compared to a year earlier.

About the 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 24,000 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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