Tequesta Single Family Home Sales Drop Below the 12 Month Average
Another very interesting week on the front lines in the south Florida real estate market. Of note is a significant increase in foreclosures in Palm Beach County , the continuation of declining inventory levels and interest rates that remain at all time historical lows. We also say goodbye to Steve Jobs who made a bigger impact on our technological world than anyone; as I type this blog on my MacBook while listening to music on my iPod. We tend to see the market through our own eyes and thankfully I am as busy as ever and most interested in sitting down today to pull the final September sales figures and see where we stand. Last month our real estate sales power rankings ended up like this;
#1 Juno Beach
#3 North Palm Beach
#4 Palm Beach Gardens
#5 Hobe Sound
#6 Tequesta down 31%
Overall we saw a softening of sales when compared to the numbers we had last month although not all municipalities showed a decline. In September we saw very high levels of $1,000,000+ home sales and these too slowed considerably. Median sales prices when compared to September were relatively flat with 3 markets showing increases and 3 showing declines. We continue to be inventory challenged with my biggest challenge is finding well priced homes in good condition to meet my buyers expectations.
Bringing up the rear in this months sales power ranking are single family home sales in Tequesta that declined 31% from the previous month. While this months decline looks large the lack of inventory plays a role as do the concerns regarding the overall economy. Still they remained fairly solid with 9 sales compared to 13 in August. We are also fell below the 12 month average which stands at 10.42 and also below the 12 homes that sold in September of last year.
While sales levels fell they also were mainly in the lower priced categories as investors and first time home buyers continue to play a significant role in the market. Sales during the month were dominated in the under $300,000 price categories which came in at 56% of all sales for the month. Compare that to the 11% that sold for above $750,000. The second chart shows the percentage of sales by price category for the month of September.
With the large percentage of lower priced sales we would expect to see the median sales price for the month decline; and decline they did to $295,100 from the great showing of $497,000 we saw the previous month. We were still ahead of the $238,500 median price we experienced in September of last year but well below the 12 month average of $399,842. Foreclosures continue to put significant pressure on pricing and we saw a big jump in the auction numbers this week which is certainly concerning. The final chart shows median prices on a monthly basis over the previous 12 month period.
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