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Miami Existing Condominium Sales Rise 43 Percent

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The Miami real estate market continues to strengthen as a result of increased sales and stabilizing home prices. In the Miami MSA, there was a 43 percent increase in condominium sales in July compared to July 2009 and a 112 percent increase compared to two years ago, when homes sales began climbing, according to the MIAMI REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS).

The sales of existing single-family homes in the Miami MSA dropped eight percent in July compared to July 2009 but were 51.3 percent higher than they were in July 2008. The Miami real estate market experienced rising residential sales since August 2008, posting increases for 23 consecutive months. Condominium sales continue to increase. Statewide sales increased 11 percent for condominiums and dropped 14 percent for single-family homes.

Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops decreased 27.2 percent from the previous month, and are 25.5 percent below July 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

The median sales price for single-family homes in the Miami metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in July increased three percent to $199,300 compared to a year ago. The median sales price for condominiums in July was $110,500 down 20 percent from a year ago. Statewide median sales prices decreased seven percent to $138,000 for single-family homes and 20 percent to $87,200 for condominiums.

“While sales of single-family homes have slowed down after nearly two years of significant increases, sales of condominiums continue to rise and at a considerable pace,” said Jack H. Levine, 2010 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI REALTORS. “This shows that there is demand for local properties, which should result in further strengthening into the future. We are encouraged by the performance of the local market and expect continued stabilization.”

Average Home Sales Price Increases
The average sales prices, which have increased consistently over the last few months, for residential properties rose again in July for single-family homes but dropped slightly for condominiums. According to the SEFMLS, the average sales price for residential properties that sold in Miami-Dade County in July increased 8.3 percent from the previous year to $294,479 for single-family homes and decreased 5.8 percent to $212,156 for condominiums.

Days on the Market and Inventory Levels Decrease
The inventory of residential listings in Miami-Dade County according to the SEFMLS has dropped 11.4 percent from 28,956 to 25,659 since July 2009. The number of active single-family home listings is 13 percent lower compared to a year ago, while active condominium listings have dropped 11 percent.    Compared to last month, the total inventory of homes increased 1.9 percent. The average days a property stays on the market decreased 10.3 percent to 100 for single-family homes and 11.9 percent to 114 for condominiums.

Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of July rose 2.5 percent from the previous month.

“Demand for local properties, including multiple bidding reminiscent of the boom during the last decade, is driving values,” said 2010 MIAMI REALTORS Residential President Oliver Ruiz. “Median and average sales prices are rising, while condominium prices are expected to follow due to the considerable increase in sales.”

MIAMI REALTORS
The MIAMI Association was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating its 90th year 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 23,000 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 60 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

Note: MIAMI REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service are the sources for statistics reported by the National Association of Realtors and Florida Realtors. MIAMI reports average sales price as well as median sales price.

CONTACT:
Lynda Fernandez, 305-468-7040 Office or 305.903.7922 Cell or
Teresa King Kinney, 305-468-7010

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