MIAMI Association of Realtors Reports Miami Real Estate Continues Robust Performance in First Quarter, Affordable Inventory Sharply Declining

The Miami-Dade County residential real estate market again experienced significant strengthening in the first quarter, as a result strong demand and limited supply particularly in the lower price points, according to the 27,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.

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

The Miami real estate market is experiencing significant strengthening as we continue to see greater demand than supply.

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

The Miami-Dade County residential real estate market again experienced significant strengthening in the first quarter, as a result strong demand and limited supply particularly in the lower price points, according to the 27,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.

Median and Average Sales Prices
In the first quarter, the median sales price for condominiums in Miami-Dade County was $162,000, an increase of 24.6 percent year-over-year and 4.5 percent compared to the previous quarter. The median sales price for single-family homes rose 17.5 percent to $205,650 in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2012, and 3.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012.

“The Miami real estate market is experiencing significant strengthening as we continue to see greater demand than supply,” said 2013 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Natascha Tello. “While this trend continues to fuel double-digit price appreciation, countywide prices remain at 2003 levels,which makes our properties more affordable compared to many other metropolitan markets throughout the U.S. as well as other global cities. Miami prices coupled with the local lifestyle and amenities is attracting both U.S. and international buyers and investors.”

Year-over-year, the average sales prices for single-family homes and condominiums increased 14.8 percent to $364,991 and 20.2 percent to $307,934, respectively.

Nationally, the median sales price of existing single-family homes was $176,600 in the first quarter, up 11.3 percent from the first quarter of 2012, according to the National Association of Realtors. The national median sales price for condominiums was $172,400, a 10.4 percent increase over the previous year. The statewide median sales price for single-family homes increased 13.4 percent to $153,000 in the first quarter, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The median sales price for condominiums in Florida was up 18.4 percent compared to the same quarter last year at $116,000.

“The Miami real estate market is increasingly becoming more attractive for sellers, as properties sell rapidly when priced right,” said 2013 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Fernando I. Martinez. “Strong demand is resulting in multiple offers even above asking price, and we are seeing greater increases for sales in the higher price points, while inventory in the lower price points has greatly declined. This reflects the fact that limited supply is hampering sales for more affordable properties.”

Inventory Levels in Lower Price Points Continue to Decline
Total housing inventory in Miami-Dade County decreased another five percent year-over-year. First quarter active listings in Miami-Dade County totaled 13,067. At the current sales pace, this reflects 5.1 months of inventory for single-family homes and 5.9 for condominiums.

In the first quarter Miami-Dade inventory of single-family homes listed under $200,000 saw the greatest percentage decreases. Available inventory in this range dropped 38.8 percent, from 2,677 to 1,636, compared to year-ago levels. Inventory of single-family homes listed at $600,000 or greater, rose 38.7 percent. The greatest percentage decrease, 43.6 percent, was for properties listed between $50,000 and $149,999, while the greatest percentage increase, 41.5 percent, was for homes listed at $1 million or more.

Condominium inventory of active listings dropped 33 percent for properties listed under $200,000 and increased 31 percent for properties listed at $600,000 or higher. The greatest percentage decrease, 70.8 percent, was for condominium inventory listed at $50,000 or less, while the greatest percentage increase, 44 percent, was for properties listed between $400,000 and $599,999. This indicates sellers are becoming more aware of the attractiveness of the market.

Home Sales Exceed Record Levels
Miami-Dade residential sales – including existing single-family homes and condominiums – increased 4.6 percent in the first quarter, from 6,174 to 6,457, compared to a year earlier. Following two consecutive record-breaking years, sales in Miami continue to increase despite an inventory shortage. In the first quarter, Miami sales of existing single-family homes increased 10 percent compared to a year earlier. The sales of existing condominiums increased two percent compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 48,976 in the first quarter, up 10.2 percent compared to the year-ago figure. Closed sales of condominiums totaled 24,655, up 3.2 percent compared to 2012.

Nationally, total existing-home sales, including single-family and condos, rose 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million in the first quarter from 4.90 million in the fourth quarter, but were 9.8 percent above the 4.50 million pace during the first quarter of 2012.

Majority of Sales All Cash
In the first quarter, 65 percent of all closed sales were all cash compared to 66 percent a year ago. All cash sales were 47.9 percent of single-family home closings and 76.9 percent of all condominium sales. Since nearly 90 percent of foreign buyers pay cash, this reflects Miami’s position as a top market for foreign buyers.

1Q Miami-Dade Statistical Reports:

Single-Family http://www.miamire.com/sites/miamire.com/files/stats_county_reports/2013_Q1/Miami-Dade_County_Single_Family_Homes_2013-Q1_Summary.pdf

Condos & Townhomes http://www.miamire.com/sites/miamire.com/files/stats_county_reports/2013_Q1/Miami-Dade_County_Townhouses_and_Condos_2013-Q1_Summary.pdf

Note: Statistics in this news release may vary depending on reporting dates. 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 27,000 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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