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Martin County Luxury Single-Family Home Sales Rise in October 2021

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MIAMI — Martin County luxury single-family home sales rose year-over-year in October 2021, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

 

Martin County total home sales decreased 22.9% year-over-year in October 2021, from 405 sales to 312 because of lack of inventory and Covid19 comps (stats are in comparison to major rebound demand last year). Martin single-family home transactions decreased 25%, from 280 to 210. Martin existing condo sales decreased 18.4%, from 125 to 102.

 

“Martin County and Stuart real estate remains a high-demand, low-inventory market,” JTHS-MIAMI President Bill Mate said. “If Martin County had more inventory, there would be more sales.”

 

Martin Luxury Market in Demand as Northeast and West Coast Buyers Move to Mega Region
Martin County single-family luxury ($1-million-and-up) transactions increased 6.9% year-over-year to 31 sales in October 2021. Martin existing condo luxury ($1-million-and-up) sales increased 200% year-over-year to 3 transactions.

 

There are 2.6 months of supply in luxury single-family homes; 7.6 months of supply in luxury condos. Luxury months of supply continues to trend downward for all property types, month-over-month, and year-over-year.

 

Low interest rates; a robust S&P 500; the appeal of stable assets in a volatile economy; homebuyers leaving tax-burdened Northeastern states to purchase in Florida (no state income tax); and work-from-home and remote-learning policies have all combined to create a robust market for luxury single-family properties.

 

With global vaccinations rising and unstable political situations around the world, South Florida is seeing an increase in foreign homebuyers. Global buyers are coming here for the vaccine and purchasing property.

 

Vaccinated foreigners were allowed to resume travel to the U.S. starting on Nov. 8 and that will lead to more international investment in South Florida – the No. 1 destination for foreign buyers. Global buyers purchase in Miami because Miami is a world-class global city with better real estate prices than other similar global cities. Foreign buyers feel at home with our incredible diversity and acceptance of all cultures.

 

Martin single-family homes priced between $400K to $600K decreased 34.1% year-over-year to 58 transactions in October 2021. Martin existing condo sales priced between $400K to $600K decreased 14.3% to 6 transactions.

 

Low-Supply/High-Demand Market for Martin Real Estate

There is always a seasonal fade in inventory in the fall and winter. More inventory is expected to come to the market in 2022 as potential home sellers become more comfortable listing and showing their homes. The falling number of homeowners in mortgage forbearance will also bring about more inventory.

 

New listings of Martin single-family homes decreased 27.3% to 189 from 260. New listings of condominiums decreased 14%, from 107 to 92.

 

Inventory of single-family homes decreased 50.5% year-over-year in October 2021 from 507 active listings last year to 251 last month. Condominium inventory decreased 63.3% year-over-year to 105 from 286 listings during the same period in 2020.

 

Months’ supply of inventory is down since July 2019 for single-family, reflecting strong demand. Months’ supply of inventory for single-family homes decreased 58.3% to 1 month, which indicates a seller’s market. Inventory for existing condominiums decreased 70% to 0.9 months, which indicates a seller’s market. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six- and nine-months supply.

 

Total active listings at the end of October 2021 decreased 55.1% year-over-year, from 793 to 356.

 

Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of October amounted to 1.25 million units, down 0.8% from September and down 12.0% from one year ago (1.42 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the current sales pace, equal to September’s supply, and down from 2.5 months in October 2020.

 

Martin Homeowners’ Home Equity Continues Surging as Many Pay Lower Mortgage Payments
With interest rates still at record lows, many South Florida homeowners have refinanced their home loans. So not only are many homeowners paying lower mortgage payments today; they are doing so while their wealth (home equity) has significantly increased. Home equity can be tapped for renovations, college loans and more.

 

Martin County single-family median prices increased 19.2% year-over-year in October 2021, increasing from $415,200 to $495,000. Existing condo median prices increased 16.5% year-over-year, from $177,250 to $206,500.

 

The greater share of Martin luxury sales in 2021 compared to a year ago is part of the reason for the large year-over-year increase in median prices.

 

Rising median prices is a trend nationwide as record-low mortgages rates and the increased availability of remote work and education has accelerated the demand for housing. Low inventory relative to high demand leads to prices rising.

 

Lower mortgage rates are making home purchases more affordable. According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.07 in October, up from 2.90% in September. The average commitment rate across all of 2020 was 3.11%.

 

Should mortgage rates resume their upward climb, home price growth is likely to slow in response. As more sellers list properties in 2021 and 2022, the increased inventory should ease the growth of median prices.

 

South Florida remains a bargain compared to other global cities. In Miami, $1 million can net homebuyers 85 square meters of prime property, according to Knight Frank’s 2021 The Wealth Report. Monaco (15 square meters), Hong Kong (23), London (31), New York (34) and Geneva (35) and others offer significantly less prime land for $1 million.

 

Martin Dollar Volume Totals $178 Million, Showcasing Impact Housing Plays in Local Economy
While other industries struggled over the past year, housing lifted the economy nationally and locally. For every two homes sold in the U.S., one job is created. Martin dollar volume showcases the impact housing plays in the local economy.

 

Martin total dollar volume totaled $178 million in October 2021. Single-family home dollar volume decreased 14.21% year-over-year, from $174.7 million to $149.8 million. Condo dollar volume decreased 5.9% year-over-year, from $27.7 million to $26.1 million.

 

Martin Distressed Sales Keep Dropping, Reflecting Healthy Market
Only 0.3% of all closed residential sales in Martin were distressed last month, including REO (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 0.9% in October 2020.

 

Total Martin distressed sales decreased 75% year-over-year in October 2021, from 4 to 1. Short sales and REOs accounted for 0% and 0.3% year-over-year, respectively, of total Martin sales in October 2021. Short sale transactions decreased 100% year-over-year while REOs decreased 66.7%.

 

Nationally, distressed sales represented less than 1% of sales in October, equal to the percentage seen a month prior and equal to October 2020.

 

National, State Housing Demand Robust as More Inventory Expected to Arrive
Nationally, total existing-home sales transactions completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 0.8% from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.34 million in October. Sales fell 5.8% from a year ago (6.73 million in October 2020).

 

Statewide, closed sales of single-family homes in October totaled 27,628, down 6.8% year-over-year, while existing condo-townhouse sales totaled 11,433, down 5.6% from October 2020. Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written.

 

Nationally, the median existing-home price for all housing types in October was $353,900, up 13.1% from October 2020 ($313,000), as prices climbed in each region. This marks 116 straight months of year-over-year increases, the longest-running streak on record.

 

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in October was $358,950, up 17.7% from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Research Department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. Last month’s statewide median price for condo-townhouse units was $260,000, up 17.6% over October 2020. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

 

Martin Real Estate Attracting Multiple Bids, Buyers Going Over-List Price
The median percent of original list price received for single-family homes was 98.8% in October 2021, up 3.2% from 95.7% last year. The median percent of original list price received for existing condominiums was 100%, up 4% from 96.2% last year.

 

The median number of days between listing and contract dates for Martin single-family home sales was 15 days, a 54.5% decrease from 33 days last year. The median time to sale for single-family homes was 53 days, a 32.1% decrease from 78 days last year.

 

The median number of days between the listing date and contract date for condos was 10 days, down 52.4% from 21 days. The median number of days to sale for condos was 48 days, a 27.3% decrease from 66 days.

 

Martin Cash Sales More than Double National Figure in October 2021
Cash sales represented 50.9% of Martin closed sales in October 2021, compared to 44.2% in October 2020. About 24% of U.S. home sales are made in cash, according to the latest NAR statistics.

 

The high percentage of cash buyers reflects South Florida’s top position as the preeminent American real estate market for foreign buyers, who tend to purchase with all cash as well as some moving from more expensive U.S. markets who can buy more with their profits from real estate sales.

 

Cash sales accounted for 66.7% of all Palm Beach existing condo sales and 44.2% of single-family transactions.

 

To access October 2021 Martin Statistical Reports, visit http://www.SFMarketIntel.com

 

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 101 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward-MIAMI Association of Realtors, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents 52,000 total 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 official partnerships with 225 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is www.MiamiRealtors.com

 

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