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Martin County Annual Condo Sales Equal Pre-Pandemic Total

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MIAMI — Martin County annual condo sales in 2022 equaled 2019 pre-pandemic total, according to 2022 year-end and December 2022 statistics released today by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

 

“Homebuyers love Stuart and Martin County because it offers the small-town lifestyle with a big-city backing,” JTHS-MIAMI President Martha Gillespie-Beeman said.

 

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate, which started 2022 at 3% and peaked at 7.375% on Oct. 20, 2022, sits at 6.11% today. Sales data is sensitive to mortgage rates movements, but it is important to note that December 2022 statistics don’t reflect these lower rates as December 2022 purchases were agreed to in October and November when rates were higher.

 

“Vacation homebuyers could see some good deals in markets such as Martin County,” MIAMI REALTORS® Chief Economist Gay Cororaton said. “I expect to see some uptick in demand from international buyers who tend to purchase vacation homes for their own use and to rent out.”

 

Martin 2022 Condo Sales on Par with Pre-Pandemic Totals

Martin County real estate sold 1,088 condos in 2022, which equals the amount sold in 2019.

 

When looking at monthly sales, Martin County December 2022 sales decreased 37.6% year-over-year, from 210 to 131. Transactions decreased because it is in comparison to a strong December 2021, today’s mortgage rates have doubled vs. 12 months ago and the market has low inventory in specific price points.

 

Single-family home sales decreased 37.6% year-over-year, from 210 in December 2021 to 131 in December 2022, due to lack of inventory and rising mortgage rates. Martin existing condo sales decreased 38.9% year-over-year, from 113 in December 2021 to 69 in December 2022, due to lack of inventory and rising mortgage rates.

 

December 2021 sales surged so high because of historic-low mortgage rates and pandemic-fueled homebuying. Mortgage rates averaged near 3% in December 2021.

 

The Fed, which has made multiple hikes to the fed funds rate, is intent on slowing 40-year high inflation. While the Fed doesn’t set mortgage rates, it affects them through its conduct of monetary policy.

 

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage 6.15% as of January 19. That’s down from 6.33% last week, but up from 3.56% one year ago.

 

South Florida’s Real Estate’s Strong In-Migration & Other Market Fundamentals

  • Homebuyers from high-tax, high-density states continue moving to South Florida. South Florida out-of-state driver license exchanges remain up double digits for relocating New Yorkers, Californians, New Jerseyans and more, according to Q3 2022 data from Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
  • Florida is fastest-growing state for the first time since 1957 (1,142 net new residents per day in 2022 per U.S. Census)
  • Global companies continue relocating to South Florida, such as Citadel, a multinational hedge fund that manages $57 billion in assets and is developing a $1 billion Miami office tower with plans to have 1,500 employees in 10 years.
  • South Florida has one of the strongest job markets in the country, with 2% unemployment– lower than the national figure.
  • South Florida prices keep rising unlike many other major markets and homes keep selling fast (36 days on average).
  • Global buyers are returning in mass to America’s top international market. Foreign homebuyers purchased $6.8 billion of South Florida residential properties in 2022, up 34% from $5.1 billion in 2021, according to our 2022 MIAMI REALTORS® Global Study.
  • Distressed sales are statistically insignificant, reflecting a healthy market.
  • Demographic shifts (Millennials reaching prime home-buying age and surging senior/retiree population growth)
  • Expansion of remote work benefits South Florida because if you can work wherever why wouldn’t you want to live in sunny South Florida?

 

South Florida Home Prices Are Lower Than Many Other U.S. Metros

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach’s median home price ($570,000) is significantly lower than many other major markets such as San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($1.3 million), San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($900,000), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA ($893,200), Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($741,300), Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH ($698,900), Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($666,000), New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ ($616,300), and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($581,300), according to NAR’s Q3  2022 Metropolitan Media Area Prices report.

 

Martin County single-family home median prices decreased 3.4% year-over-year in December 2022, increasing from $569,500 to $550,000. Existing condo median prices decreased 1.8% year-over-year, from $272,000 to $267,000.

 

While median prices have increased nationally so has house-buying power because of a long-run decline in rates before March 2022 and the slow, but steady growth of household income. West Palm Beach (No. 5) and Miami (No. 6) ranked among the Top-10 U.S. metros where homebuyer income grew the most during the pandemic via Redfin report.

 

Home prices are determined by supply and demand. Lower supply and higher demand create higher prices. Inventory for Martin single-family homes (3.1 months) and condos (3.2 months) are low. Also, one of the supports for home prices is rents and rents are up.

 

Locally, the greater share of South Florida luxury sales is also part of the reason for the large year-over-year increase in median prices.

 

Martin Total Active Listings Rise for Third Consecutive Month

Total active listings at the end of December 2022 increased 68.2% year-over-year, from 251 to 790.

 

Inventory of single-family homes increased 185.1% year-over-year in December 2022 from 175 active listings last year to 499 last month. Condominium inventory increased 282.9% year-over-year to 291 from 76 listings during the same period in 2021.

 

New listings of Martin single-family homes increased 9.9% to 156 from 142. New listings of condominiums increased 6.4%, from 78 to 83.

 

Months’ supply of inventory for single-family homes increased 287.5% to 3.1 months year-over-year, which indicates a seller’s market. Inventory for existing condominiums increased 357.1% to 3.2 months, which also indicates a seller’s market. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six- and nine-months supply.

 

Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of December was 970,000 units, which was down 13.4% from November but up 10.2% from one year ago (880,000). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.9-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 3.3 months in November but up from 1.7 months in December 2021.

 

Martin Real Estate Posts $22.5 Million Local Economic Impact in December 2022
Every time a home is sold it impacts the economy: income generated from real estate industries (commissions, fees and moving expenses), expenditures related to home purchase (furniture and remodeling expenses), multiplier of housing related expenditures (income earned as a result of a home sale is re-circulated into the economy) and new construction (additional home sales induce added home production).

 

The total economic impact of a typical Florida home sale is $112,500, according to NAR. Martin County sold 200 homes in December 2022 and had a local economic impact of $22.5 million.

 

Martin total dollar volume totaled $125 million in December 2022. Single-family home dollar volume decreased 48.38% year-over-year, from $201 million to $102 million. Condo dollar volume decreased 38.48% year-over-year, from $33 million to $20 million.

 

Martin Distressed Sales Remain Low, Reflecting Healthy Market
Martin had 0 distressed last month, including REO (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 0.6% in December 2021.

 

There were no short sales in Martin in December 2022.

 

Martin’s percentage of distressed sales are on par with the national figure. Nationally, distressed sales represented approximately 1% of sales in December, virtually unchanged from one year ago.

 

National and State Stats
In Florida, closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 19,158 in December 2022, down 36.1% year-over-year, while existing condo-townhouse sales totaled 7,677, down 40%. Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written.

 

Nationally, total existing-home sales transactions decreased 1.5% from November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.02 million in December. Year-over-year, sales sagged 34.0% (down from 6.09 million in December 2021).

 

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $395,000, up 5.6% 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 $310,000, up 8.8% over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

 

Nationally, the median existing-home price for all housing types in December was $366,900, an increase of 2.3% from December 2021 ($358,800), as prices rose in all regions. This marks 130 consecutive months of year-over-year increases, the longest-running streak on record.

 

Martin Real Estate Attracting Near List Price
The median percent of original list price received for single-family homes was 95.1% in December 2022, down 3.5% from 98.6% last year. The median percent of original list price received for existing condominiums was 93.9%, down 6.1% from 100% last year.

 

The median number of days between listing and contract dates for Martin single-family home sales was 35 days, up from 14 days last year. The median time to sale for single-family homes was 78 days, a 36.8% increase from 57 days last year.

 

The median number of days between the listing date and contract date for condos was 25 days, up 150% from 10 days. The median number of days to sale for condos was 56 days, up from 51 days last year.

 

Martin Cash Sales More than Double National Figure in December 2022
Cash sales represented 56% of Martin closed sales in December 2022, compared to 45.2% in December 2021. About 28% of U.S. home sales are made in cash, according to the latest NAR statistics.

 

Cash buyers are not deterred by rising rates. 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 72.5% of all Martin existing condo sales and 47.3% of single-family transactions.

 

To access December 2022, Year-end 2022 and 4Q 2022 Martin County 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 (MIAMI) was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 103 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations: MIAMI RESIDENTIAL, MIAMI COMMERCIAL; BROWARD-MIAMI, a division of MIAMI Realtors; JTHS-MIAMI, a division of MIAMI Realtors in the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound area; MIAMI YPN, our Young Professionals Network Council; and the award-winning MIAMI Global Council. MIAMI REALTORS represents nearly 60,000 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 242 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI REALTORS® has launched its new YPN Global and will host the first-ever YPN Global Congress on Feb. 12-15, 2023, in Dubai. MIAMI has been selected to host the prestigious FIABCI World Congress on June 5-9, 2023. MIAMI’s official website is www.MiamiRealtors.com

 

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