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Martin County Condo Transactions Surge Double Digits

Martin County Condo Transactions Surge Double Digits
Martin County Condo Transactions Surge Double Digits

MIAMI — Martin County total home sales and condominium transactions increased year-over-year, according to May 2024 statistics released by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the MIAMI Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS).

 

“Stuart and Martin County is routinely ranked as one of America’s best small towns,” JTHS-MIAMI President Courtney Smitheman said. “Homebuyers get the small-town lifestyle with access to bustling South Florida tri-county region.”

 

Martin County Total Home Sales, Condo Transactions Rise

Total Martin County home sales increased 6.3% year-over-year in May 2024, from 302 to 321.

 

Martin County single-family home sales declined negligibly by 0.5% year-over-year, from 207 to 206. Martin County existing condos increased 21.1% year-over-year in May 2024, from 95 to 115.

 

MIAMI Chief Economist: South Florida Price Appreciation to Continue

“High mortgage rates continue to derail sales, but home prices are still rising in over half of markets across all counties,” MIAMI REALTORS® Chief Economist Gay Cororaton said. “The price appreciation reflects the rising share of million-dollar home sales and the competition for lower priced homes. I don’t foresee this appreciation abating with mortgage rates heading towards a quarter percent below 7% by the end of 2024 and a quarter percent below 6% by the end 2025, boosted by the entry of frustrated buyers from the past three years.”

 

According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage 6.87% as of June 20. That’s down from 6.95% the prior week but up from 6.67% one year ago.

 

Martin County New Listings Nearing Pre-Pandemic Level, Giving Buyers More Options

Martin County new listings are nearing pre-pandemic levels. This has added to total inventory and is giving home buyers more variety.

 

Martin County total new listings increased 26.05% year-over-year in May 2024, from 357 to 450.

 

Martin County Inventory is Still Down from Historical Average

Total active listings at the end of May increased 68.6% year-over-year, from 761 to 1,283.

 

Inventory of single-family homes increased 55.9% year-over-year in May 2024 from 463 active listings last year to 722 last month. Condominium inventory increased 88.3% year-over-year from 298 to 561 listings during the same period in 2023.

 

Months’ supply of inventory for single-family homes is 4.4 months, which indicates a seller’s market. Inventory for existing condominiums is 6.4 months, which indicates a balanced market. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six- and nine-months supply.

 

Nationally, total housing inventory registered at the end of May was 1.28 million units, up 6.7% from April and 18.5% from one year ago (1.08 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 3.7-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 3.5 months in April and 3.1 months in May 2023.

 

Martin County Price Appreciation

Palm Beach County single-family home median prices decreased 9.2% year-over-year in May 2024, increasing from $632,000 to $573,995. Existing condo median prices decreased 1.7% year-over-year from $305,000 to $299,900.

 

Florida’s Live Local Act, which was passed in 2023 and amended in May 2024, is encouraging developers to build more affordable housing. The Live Local Act gives developers the highest density allowed in a local area if they allocate 40% of its units for affordable housing. The state law defines an affordable unit as being at or below 120% of an area’s median income.

 

South Florida’s Massive Wealth Migration

With elevated levels of out-of-state migration into Southeast Florida and its strong economy that has attracted business expansions and relocations, the share of million-dollar homes to total sales has steadily climbed since 2019. In 2023, the share of million-dollar homes to total single-family sales listed on the MIAMI SEFMLS rose to 17% in 2023 (6% in 2019); for condos/townhomes, the share rose to 9% (5% in 2019).

 

Migration into Southeast Florida remains strong. In 2023, 153,347 driver licenses were exchanged for a Florida license in the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin, up 8.3% from the level in 2022 (141,621). New York, New Jersey, and California continue to be the market’s top feeder states.

 

Martin County Real Estate Posts $39.4 Million Local Economic Impact in May 2024
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 $123,000, according to NAR. Martin County sold 321 homes in May 2024 for a local economic impact of $39.4 million.

 

Martin County total dollar volume totaled $262 million in May 2024. Single-family home dollar volume increased 5.61% year-over-year to $215 million. Condo dollar volume increased 7.06% year-over-year to $42 million.

 

Martin County Distressed Sales Remain Low, Reflecting Healthy Market
Only 0.6% of all closed residential sales in Martin County were distressed last month, including REO (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 0% in May 2023.

 

Short sales and REOs accounted for 0.3% and 0.3% year-over-year, respectively, of total Martin County sales in May 2024.

 

Martin County’s percentage of distressed sales are lower than the national figure. Nationally, distressed sales represented 2% of sales in May 2024, virtually unchanged from last month and the prior year.

 

Martin County Price Appreciation Outperforming Nation, State

In Florida, closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 26,252 in May 2024, down 0.5% year-over-year, while existing condo-townhouse sales totaled 10,415, down 8.6%. Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written.

 

Nationally, total existing-home sales completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – retreated 0.7% from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.11 million in May. Year-over-year, sales waned 2.8% (down from 4.23 million in May 2023).

 

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $426,581, up 1.6% 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 $330,000, up 1.5% 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 May was $419,300, the highest price ever recorded and an increase of 5.8% from one year ago ($396,500). All four U.S. regions registered price gains.

 

Martin County Real Estate Attracting Near List Price
The median percent of original list price received for single-family homes was 94.5% in May 2024. The median percent of original list price received for existing condominiums was 93.9%.

 

The median number of days between listing and contract dates for Martin County single-family home sales was 39 days, down from 31 days last year. The median time to sale for single-family homes was 76 days, down from 75 days last year.

 

The median number of days between the listing date and contract date for condos was 55 days, up from 26 days. The median number of days to sale for condos was 94 days, up from 67 days.

 

Martin County Cash Sales More than Double National Figure
Cash sales represented 58.3% of Martin County closed sales in May 2024, compared to 54.9% in May 2023. 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 60% of all Martin County existing condo sales and 57.3% of single-family transactions.

 

To access May 2024 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 104 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 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 260 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is www.MiamiRealtors.com

 

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