Increase in Sales and Boom in New Property Listings Driving Miami’s Soaring Housing Market

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Miami’s booming housing market in July was driven by robust growth in the sales of homes, condos and town houses valued $200,000 to $399,000 and the over $600,000 range along with a significant increase in the new listings of properties over $400,000, according to the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

Natascha Tello, 2013 Chairman of the Board, MIAMI Association of Realtors

We continue to see great demand for Miami properties in all price ranges, but a decline in available listings in the lower prices ranges is limiting sales under $100,000.

Miami’s booming housing market in July was driven by robust growth in the sales of homes, condos and town houses valued $200,000 to $399,000 and the over $600,000 range along with a significant increase in the new listings of properties over $400,000, according to the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

“The double-digit growth in the sales of mid-range single-family homes, condos and town houses is driving Miami’s robust real estate market,” said 2013 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Natascha Tello. “The fact that we are seeing such strong growth in the listings of both mid-range and high-end real estate is further evidence that there has never been a better time to invest in Miami. We are a vibrant community and our soaring housing market will be the backbone of Miami’s continued economic prosperity and success.”

Growth in Miami Single-Family, Condo and Townhouse Sales

Sales of Miami single-family homes valued between $250,000 and $299,999 drove July’s historic housing rally with 131 closed sales, an increase of 138.2 percent from the previous year. Moreover, there were 128 sales of $300,000 - $399,999 homes in Miami, an increase of 88.2 percent from July 2012.

Meanwhile, 154 condos and townhouses ranging from $200,000 to $249,999 were sold, up 60.4 percent from 2012. The 100 luxury condos and townhouses sold at $600,000 to under a $1,000,000 represented the largest sales increase with a surge of 63.9 percent compared with July 2012 figures.

“We continue to see great demand for Miami properties in all price ranges, but a decline in available listings in the lower prices ranges is limiting sales under $100,000,” said 2013 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Fernando I. Martinez. “The lack of low-end supply is due to rising prices, which have steadily seen double-digit increases over the last two years. The rise in sales of mid-range properties is a result of pent-up demand.”

Strong Growth in New Listings in the $400-599k Range

The Miami market has experienced robust sales activity for nearly three years, yielding strong appreciation consistently during the last two years. As a result, sellers who were waiting to recover equity have recognized that now is a great time to sell. Despite the uptick in new listings, supply remains insufficient to satisfy demand, particularly in the lower price points.

Condo and town houses make up 59 percent of all Miami property listings. Of the 2,838 condos and townhouses listed last month, the 344 valued between $400,000 and $599,999 increased 82 percent compared to July 2012. The second fastest growing group of newly listed townhouses and condos were the 338 valued $150,000 to $199,999, which saw a 63.3 percent growth from the previous year.

Of the 1,948 single family homes listed last month, there were 232 whose asking price ranged from $400,000 to $599,999, an increase of 81.3 percent from 2012. Notably, there were 169 new listings for single family homes over $1,000,000, up 53.6 percent from last July’s 110.

July 2013 - Miami-Dade Statistical Reports

● Single-Family Homes
http://www.miamire.com/docs/monthly-market-reports/miami-dade-county_single-family-homes_2013-07_summary.pdf?sfvrsn=2
● Condos and Townhouses
http://www.miamire.com/docs/monthly-market-reports/miami-dade-county_townhouses-and-condos_2013-07_summary.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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 93 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 30,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has partnerships with more than 100 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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