Pending Home Sales in Miami Rise in April

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The total number of listings, including single-family homes and condominiums, that pended* in Miami-Dade County during the month of April increased five percent, from 3,831 to 3,975, year-over-year but declined 4.4 percent compared to the previous month, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.

Martha Pomares, 2012 MIAMI Chairman of the Board

We continue to be encouraged by pending home sales activity in Miami-Dade County.

The total number of listings, including single-family homes and condominiums, that pended* in Miami-Dade County during the month of April increased five percent, from 3,831 to 3,975, year-over-year but declined 4.4 percent compared to the previous month, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.

“We continue to be encouraged by pending home sales activity in Miami-Dade County,” said Martha Pomares, 2012 chairman of the board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. “Current sales activity will further deplete inventory beyond already low levels, as limited supply generates multiple offers and drives price appreciation.”

Total Cumulative Pending Sales
Total cumulative pending home sales** – including single-family homes and condominiums - in Miami-Dade County currently are eight percent above what they were a year ago, up from 11,860 to 12,863, and 1.2 percent higher than the previous month, up from 12,613.

Pending sales of single-family homes were 13 percent above what they were a year earlier, up from 4,919 to 5,565, and three percent above the previous month, when pending single-family homes sales totaled 5,406. Pending sales of condominiums were four percent higher than they were a year earlier, up from 6,941, and 0.12 percent below what they were the previous month, down from 7,198.

“Miami’s global appeal continues to drive strong sales as evidenced by rising pending transactions,” said 2012 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Patricia Delinois. “Population growth, improving consumer confidence, and lower unemployment rates coupled with demand from international and second and vacation homebuyers as well as retiring baby boomers are fueling rising sales and prices in Miami.”

Nationally, the Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 5.5 percent to 95.5 in April from 101.1 in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. The index is 14.4 percent higher than the 83.5 index reported in April 2011.

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.

*“Pended sales” are defined as only the sales that pended during a particular month
**”Total cumulative pending sales” refer to all sales cumulatively pending at the end of a particular month.

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 100 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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