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Realistic Home Values Led to Strong Sales in March

Naples, Fla. (April 18, 2019) - According to the March 2019 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), the median closed price of homes decreased 5.6 percent to $340,000 in March 2019 from $360,000 in March 2018. Broker analysts reviewing the report clarified that the median closed price decrease was due, in part, to an increase in the number of closed sales of homes priced under $500,000 during the last year.

Another reason for the decrease in median home price is due to sellers pricing their homes appropriately - based on actual comparisons of recently sold homes - to gauge their home's estimated value rather than pricing their homes based on unvalidated values.
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The March 2019 Market Report showed overall closed sales decreased 1.7 percent to 973 in March 2019 compared to 990 in March 2018. This decrease was isolated to the single-family home market, whose sales in March 2019 fell by just 17 total sales compared to March 2018. The condominium market in March ended with 499 closed sales, the same number reported in March 2018.

Many brokers have reported an increase in contracts (pending sales) during March, which they feel contributed to the 10 percent decrease in overall inventory for March. It is important to remember that inventory during the first quarter of 2018 included many homes that were put back on the market after having been taken off the market for repairs following Hurricane Irma during the last quarter of 2017. As such, the report showed 8.7 months of inventory for March 2019, down 11 percent compared to March 2018.

Southwest Florida MLS showed "about 19 percent of the single-family closed sales in March were new construction.

The NABOR® March 2019 Market Reports provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: 

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MAR 2018

MAR 2019

CHANGE

Total closed sales (month/month)

990

973

-1.7%

Median closed price (month/month)

$360,000

$340,000

-5.6%

Total active listings (inventory)

7,593

6,829

-10.1%

Average days on market 

96

107

+11.5%

Single-family closed sales (month/month)

491

474

-3.5%

Single-family median closed price (month/month)

$450,000

$415,000

-7.8%

Single-family inventory

3,701

3,507

-5.2%

Condominium closed sales (month/month)

499

499

0%

Condominium median closed price (month/month)

$287,000

$280,000

-2.4%

Condominium inventory

3,892

3,322

-14.6%

Geographically, the median closed price for condominiums in the Naples Beach area (34102, 34103, 34108) increased 13 percent to $805,0000 in March 2019 compared to $711,500 in March 2018, the highest increase of all areas reported. The median closed price for single-family homes increased the most in South Naples (34112, 34113) by 2.6 percent to $410,000 in March 2019 compared to $400,000 in March 2018. Inventory during March increased in only one segment and place: single-family homes in the Naples Beach area. This area's inventory increased by 4.1 percent and is where a large majority of "spec" home building is taking place.

View the March 2019 Market Statistics

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