Broward County Home Prices Increase Again

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In March, the median sales price of single-family homes in Broward County was $180,009, up eight percent compared to March 2011, according to the 26,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. The median sales price for condominiums increased 7.1 percent to $75,100 compared to a year prior. Broward County condominium prices have increased 14 out of the last 15 months.

2012 Broward President of the MIAMI Association of Realtors

The Broward County real estate market continues to experience positive trends, as sales remain at strong levels, prices rise, and inventory sharply declines.

In March, the median sales price of single-family homes in Broward County was $180,009, up eight percent compared to March 2011, according to the 26,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. The median sales price for condominiums increased 7.1 percent to $75,100 compared to a year prior. Broward County condominium prices have increased 14 out of the last 15 months.

The average sales price for total single-family homes increased 4.1 percent, from $255,335 to $265,754. The average sales prices for condominiums rose 17.4 percent, from $109,338 in March 2011 to $128,319 last month.

“The Broward County real estate market continues to experience positive trends, as sales remain at strong levels, prices rise, and inventory sharply declines,” said Rick Burch, 2012 president of the Broward County Board of Governors of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. “The resurgence of the local real estate market benefits the economy, the business community and residents at large. Demand driven by international buyers and investors, baby boomers, and migration U.S. residents should continue long into the future.”

Statewide median sales prices in March increased 20.8 percent to $105,000 for condominiums and 10.3 percent to $139,000 for single-family homes, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department and vendor partner 10K Research and Marketing. The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $163,800 in March, a 2.5 percent increase from March 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Broward Housing Inventory Declines 33 Percent
From March 2011, the inventory of residential listings in Broward County has decreased 31 percent from 16,629 to 11,507 in March 2012. Compared to the previous month, the total inventory of homes dropped four percent. Total housing inventory nationally declined 1.3 percent at the end of March but is 21.8 percent below a year ago.

“The performance of the Broward County residential real estate market is very encouraging, particularly in regards to consistent price appreciation over the last few months,” said Ernesto Vega, president-elect of the Broward County Board of Governors of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. “Strong demand continues to result in market strengthening, as supply dwindles.”

In Broward County, single-family home sales increased 2.2 percent, from 1,169 in March 2011 to 1,195 last month. Condominium sales dropped 15 percent in March compared to a year earlier, from 1,837 to 1,550.

Statewide sales of existing single-family homes totaled 18,370 in March 2012, down 5.7 percent compared to a year ago. Statewide condominium sales totaled 10,012, down 12 percent from those sold in March 2011. Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops decreased 2.6 percent from February but were 5.2 percent higher than they were in March 2011, according to NAR.

Distressed Properties
In March, 41 percent of all closed residential sales in Broward County were distressed, including REOs (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 52 percent in March 2011 and 48 percent the previous month. Contrary to a year ago, there are now more short sales being transacted than REOs.

International Buyers Fuel Cash Sales
In March, cash sales accounted for 69 percent of all residential sales, 50 percent of single-family and 84 percent of condominium closings, in Broward County. Nearly 90 percent of international buyers in South Florida purchase properties all cash. Nationally, all-cash sales were 34 percent in March, reflecting the stronger presence of international buyers in the South Florida real estate market.

Note: Statistics in this news release may vary depending on reporting dates. Statistics reported by MIAMI are not impacted by NAR’s rebenchmarking efforts. MIAMI reports exact statistics directly from its MLS system.

About the MIAMI Association of REALTORS
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating its 90th year 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 26,000 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 100 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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