Naples Area – Real Estate Market Report – July 2020

Naples, Fl – August 21st 2020Naples Housing Market Sees Summer Sales Surge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The July report shows consumer confidence is growing for both sellers and buyers in Naples this summer.
The Naples housing market experienced a continued surge in activity during July 2020, which resulted in a 57.3% increase in pending sales (homes under contract) for the month, compared to July 2019.

Closed sales during July increased 35.4% compared to July 2019 – greatly surpassing June’s closed sales activity following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. However, a decreasing supply of inventory, which broker analysts believe is caused by heightened home buying interest this summer, is making it difficult to keep up with the strong buyer demand.

The tapestry of out-of-state license plates on local roads may be an unfamiliar summer sight to local residents, but according to broker analysts reviewing the July 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), these visitors are here to do more than just golf and visit the beach this summer.

“A considerable number of buyers already looked at homes during season [January and February], prior to COVID-19 restrictions,” said NABOR® President. “They watched and waited during those months of restrictions and are now back to buy a home this summer.”

There were 15,634 showings during July, less than half the number of showings during June (36,912), yet pending sales increased which indicates that properties were purchased virtually, sight unseen. July’s pending sales spiked to 1,446 pending sales in July 2020 from 919 pending sales in July 2019.

The majority of sales that resulted in the 35.4% increase in overall closed sales during July occurred in the single-family home market, which saw a 42.8% increase in closed sales compared to a 27.3% increase reported in the condominium market. Concern over the pandemic has compelled many people to spend the majority of their time indoors, at home. As a result, buyers are looking for single-family homes that offer more personal space, and more space to work from home and home-school children. They want their own backyard, their own private pool, and private garages that single-family homes offer.

Overall inventory decreased 28.8% in July to 4,390 properties from 6,168 properties in July 2019. However, many sellers were not hesitant about entering or staying in the market this summer. A steady rise in consumer confidence resulted in 1,193 new listings added to the overall inventory during July (a 21.7% increase compared to July 2019). Of those 1,193 new listings, 572 were single-family homes and 621 were condominiums. The report also showed fewer homes were terminated/expired/withdrawn from the MLS in July (599) compared to June (1,677).

For those who are considering selling, now is a good time to jump in the market to take advantage of the high demand for Naples property, according to broker analysts. Plus, with fewer homes on the market for buyers to purchase, this may be the time for your house to stand out from the crowd with less competition and more eyes on your property.

“This is a summer of surprises. New listings surged, closed sales surged, pending sales surged, median closed priced increased and days on the market dropped,” said Mike Hughes, who added, “There are several factors in play that are fueling the strong summer real estate activity:
1) winter visitors pushed off buying until the summer;
2) people’s ability to work remotely is convincing them that it’s okay to relocate;
3) more East Coast residents are migrating to our West Coast;
4) Naples continues to be a more affordable alternative to high-tax living in other areas of the country; and
5) interest rates are low.”

While the overall median closed price for July increased 13.5% to $368,750 from $325,000 in July 2019, the report also showed there were 829 properties that reduced their list prices during July. It appears sellers recalibrated their pricing and/or were striking new deals.

The report showed closed sales of properties priced above $500,000 increased over 50% in July, with the $500,000 to $1 million price category reporting the highest increase (99.1%) to 223 closed sales in July 2020 from 112 closed sales in July 2019.

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July 2019

July 2020

CHANGE

Total closed sales (month/month)

852

1,154

+35.4%

Total pending sales (homes under contract) (month/month)

919

1,446

+57.3%

Median closed price (month/month)

$325,000

$368,750

+13.5%

Total active listings (inventory)

6,168

4,390

-28.8%

Average days on market 

104

92

-11.5%

Single-family closed sales (month/month)

446

637

+42.8%

Single-family median closed price (month/month)

$405,000

$462,000

+14.1%

Single-family inventory

3,203

1,957

-38.9%

Condominium closed sales (month/month)

406

517

+27.3%

Condominium median closed price (month/month)

$240,000

$272,500

+13.5%

Condominium inventory

2,965

2,433

-17.9%

Single-family home inventory dropped 38.7% in July to 1,957 homes.
In comparison, Naples had 5.2 months of supply in the single-family homes sector in June, which was much higher than Florida Realtors® statewide reported June single-family home figure – 2.8 months of supply.
According to Florida Realtors®, “The benchmark for a balanced market (favoring neither buyer nor seller) is 5.5 months of inventory.” The July 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) showed 5.2 months of inventory (single-family homes and condominiums).

Even though interest rates on mortgages remain low, 43% of July’s closed sales were cash sales.

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 6,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.

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Naples Area – Real Estate Market Report – June 2020

Naples, Fl – July 24th 2020June Market Activity Sets the Stage for Strong Summer Sales

 According to the June 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), pending sales (homes under contract) increased 61.3% compared to June 2019, with single-family homes being the home choice for a majority of buyers.
Broker analysts reviewing the report also noted that new listings during June increased 25.8% compared to June 2019, which indicates growing consumer confidence for both sellers and buyers leading into the summer Naples real estate market.














The everlasting desirability of the Naples real estate market was undeniable in June:
Single-family home  pending sales increased 83.9% to 835 pending sales from 454 pending sales in June 2019.
Condominiums pending sales during June increased 38.7% to 634 pending sales from 457 pending sales in June 2019.
The Naples residential market is showing signs of rebounding after a temporary pause in activity caused by the pandemic during the latter part of March, and through April and May, Naples seems to be the beneficiary of a migration of people making life changes and coming to our market. Contributing factors are our low density and coastal properties.
June had the third highest number of showings this year, behind the historically high showing months of January and February. In comparison, there were 36,912 showings in June compared to 42,299 showings in January and 44,137 showings in February.

Before the pandemic, the number of closed sales of single-family homes and condominiums was about equal each month; but the June Market Report revealed a shift in buyer preference to single family homes compared to June 2019:
– Closed sales of single-family homes increased 2.9% to 498, while closed sales in the condominium market decreased 12.8% to 383.
This trend could be attributed to buyers wanting a larger home with more space to accommodate working from and sheltering at home.

Inventory decreased 27.6% to 4,739 homes in June from 6,547 homes in June 2019. The majority of this depletion was reported in the single-family home market, which decreased 34.5%, while the condominium market had a decrease in inventory of 20.3%. The report also showed the largest drop in inventory occurred in the $300,000 to $500,000 single family home market, which decreased 47.7% in June compared to June 2019.

As a result of heightened buyer demand, the median closed price increased 8.2% to $357,000 in June from $330,000 in June 2019.

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June 2019

June 2020

CHANGE

Total closed sales (month/month)

923

881

-4.6%

Total pending sales (homes under contract) (month/month)

911

1,469

+61.3%

Median closed price (month/month)

$330,000

$357,000

+8.2%

Total active listings (inventory)

6,547

4,739

-27.6%

Average days on market 

104

96

-7.7%

Single-family closed sales (month/month)

484

498

+2.9%

Single-family median closed price (month/month)

$398,450

$437,500

+9.8%

Single-family inventory

3,382

2,215

-34.5%

Condominium closed sales (month/month)

439

383

-12.8%

Condominium median closed price (month/month)

$265,000

$270,000

+1.9%

Condominium inventory

3,165

2,524

-20.3%

Despite a decrease in overall inventory for June, the report showed geographic areas where new listings grew including the Naples Beach area (34102, 34013, 34018), which added 260 new properties to its inventory compared to 159 new property listings added during June 2019. But supply is simply not keeping up with demand as overall inventory for the Naples Beach area decreased 16.1%.

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 6,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.

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Naples Area – Real Estate Market Report – May 2020

Naples, Fl – June 19th 2020 – Heightened Buyer Demand Influences Naples Real Estate Market
REALTORS® kept busy in May as pent-up demand for home buying resulted in a remarkable spike in buyer interest. As a result, showings in May increased 244 percent compared to showings in April.
As remarkable, showings in May outpaced showings a year ago, which increased 5.5 percent compared to May 2019. According to the May 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), broker analysts reviewing the report found the data reflected the everlasting desirability of the Naples real estate market, even during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 599 buyers purchased homes last month. 
In May, pending sales increased 90% compared to pending sales in April!




 

 

 

 

 

Here are the main statistics of the report for May 2020 (compared to May 2019):

  • Overall inventory continues to decline: Inventory declined 27.2% comapred to May 2019: 5,116 properties for sale in May 2020 compared to 7,023 in May 2019.

  • 3.7% increase in median closed prices compared to May 2019. Prices held stable, in spite of the outlying issues, with the year-to-date median closed price up a modest 2.3%.

 

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May 2019

May 2020

CHANGE

Total closed sales (month/month)

1,188

599

-49.6%

Total pending sales (homes under contract) (month/month)

1,218

1,167

-4.2%

Median closed price (month/month)

$354,450

$333,000

-6.1%

Total active listings (inventory)

7,023

5,116

-27.2%

Average days on market 

107

91

-15.0%

Single-family closed sales (month/month)

595

314

-47.2%

Single-family median closed price (month/month)

$410,000

$425,000

+3.7%

Single-family inventory

3,608

2,461

-31.8%

Condominium closed sales (month/month)

593

285

-51.9%

Condominium median closed price (month/month)

$270,000

$260,000

-3.7%

Condominium inventory

3,415

2,655

-22.3%

Historically, some sellers in Naples take their homes off the market after season, and May inventory and pending sales activity always reflected this behavior.
However, COVID-19 left many sellers uncertain about the real estate market. With the quarantine recommendations in place, fewer sellers listed homes during May. Despite an inventory drop, pent-up demand unleashed a new set of buyers in May, which changed history. May’s pending sales activity, a measure of signed contracts and not closings, increased 90% compared to April 2020, despite tight supply.
Heightened buyer demand is also evident in the number of Days on Market for May as reflected in a decrease of 15% to 91 days on market compared to May 2019, which reported 107 days on market.
There was a significant number of high-end pending sales in May. The impact of the stock market rebound renewed consumer confidence in May with a certain percentage of wealthy individuals looking to diversify their portfolio and invest in real estate again.

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 6,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.

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New-Home Starts Rebound 4.3% After Steep Decline

New-home construction bounced back from early pandemic lows, though it’s 23.2% below May 2019 numbers. But building permits, a predictor of future growth, surged 14.4%.

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction rebounded 4.3% in May after steep declines caused by shutdowns due to the coronavirus.

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new homes were started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 last month after steep declines in April and March. Compared with last year, however, construction activity remains 23.2% below last year’s pace.

Home builders are hoping that as the nation re-opens, housing will post a strong recovery, helped by super-low mortgage rates. Industry analysts caution that the fledgling rebound could be derailed if infections spike again, causing potential buyers to put off looking for a new home.
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Naples Area – Real Estate Market Report – April 2020

Naples, Fl – May 22nd 2020 – Coronavirus slowed real estate market activity in April as expected during Florida’s safe-at-home restrictions. According to the April 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island).
The good news is that – even during a pandemic – Naples home values are being maintained.  The report shows April’s overall percentage of current list price received increased .5%.  This figure represents what the buyer paid for their home compared to the seller’s listed sale price. In April, the contract price averaged 95.9% of list price. In comparison, during April 2019, the contract price averaged 95.4% of list price. This statistic demonstrates that homes in the Naples area did not lose their values during April, the worst month of the pandemic to date.  

 




 

 

 

 

 

Here are the main statistics of the report for April 2020 (compared to April 2019):

  • Overall closed sales decreased 28.6% to 838 closed sales compared to 1,173 closed sales in April 2019.

  • Inventory decreased as well in April by 29.1% to 5,394 homes compared to 7,605 homes in April 2019. The April report also confirms home values remain intact.

  • Median closed prices increased .3% in April to $340,000 from $339,000 in April 2019. Although there were slightly fewer price decreases in April than in March, still 1,654 or 31% of all listed properties experienced reductions in their offering price during April.

  • As people were urged to stay home in April, showings decreased to 9,420 from 22,862 in April 2019 (does not include virtual showings). As a result, pending sales in April decreased 53.6%, as was expected.

  • The desire for virtual home showings has risen rapidly. During video tours, agents become the eyes of the buyer. They’re talking more than they would on a traditional tour, pointing out things that would be obvious in person but aren’t as clear through a camera lens like the quality of workmanship on any repairs or whether a bedroom will fit a king-size bed. Virtual home tours are becoming the new first step in home buying.

 

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Apr 2019

Apr 2020

CHANGE

Total closed sales (month/month)

1,173

838

-28.6%

Total pending sales (homes under contract) (month/month)

1,322

613

-53.6%

Median closed price (month/month)

$339,000

$340,000

+0.3%

Total active listings (inventory)

7,605

5,394

-29.1%

Average days on market 

98

87

-11.2%

Single-family closed sales (month/month)

510

409

-19.8%

Single-family median closed price (month/month)

$464,500

$429,500

-7.5%

Single-family inventory

3,850

2,639

-31.5%

Condominium closed sales (month/month)

663

429

-35.3%

Condominium median closed price (month/month)

$272,500

$270,000

-0.9%

Condominium inventory

3,755

2,755

-26.6%

Not all geographic areas in Collier County reported a decrease in closed sales during April. Single family home sales in East Naples (34114, 34117, 34120, 34137) during April increased 7.2%.

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Populous Cities Losing Appeal During COVID-19 Shutdown

 Nearly 1 in 3 Americans might move to less densely populated areas due to the pandemic, according to a Harris Poll – a possible big change for the real estate market.

NEW YORK – Ben Greenzweig is itching to move his wife and three kids South, a plan that may get accelerated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The CEO and co-founder of conference company Momentum Event Group, says he’s looking to move to either North Carolina or South Carolina from the New York City suburbs in Westchester County, for cheaper costs and bigger living space amid fears that a deep and prolonged economic slump in the state could eventually force residents to pay higher taxes.

“It would be an unbelievable escape,” Greenzweig, 42, says. He typically works from home which gives him flexibility.

“Our children’s involvement in school is the single largest tether keeping us here. If there’s a hint that school won’t resume in the fall for my kids, then the biggest reasons for us staying here, which are friendships and school activities, evaporates.”

Nearly a third of Americans are considering moving to less densely populated areas in the wake of the pandemic, according to new data from Harris Poll. That may foreshadow a shift that would have a major impact on residential real estate sales and home prices.

Urbanites (43%) were twice as likely than suburban (26%) and rural (21%) dwellers to have recently browsed a real estate website for homes and apartments to rent or buy, the survey showed, which was conducted among 2,050 U.S adults from April 25-27.

“People will be much more cautious about living in high-density areas with so many people nearby,” predicts Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors.

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After weeks of business decline during pandemic, SW Florida Real Estate starts to see improvements in activity

The local real estate market has certainly taken a hit thanks to the pandemic, with many buyers and sellers staying isolated amid the outbreak. 
Despite the slowing of the market, however, Southwest Florida real estate representatives are starting to see signs that activity is on the upswing.

However, showings saw a week-over-week increase of 51% in the week ending April 19 with 4,079 showings. That’s up from 2,705 a week earlier.
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Florida Real Estate Market Keeps Moving – Just a Bit Slower

In recessions, pandemics and booms, the real estate market adjusts, and since a home is often an emotional purchase, some think stay-at-home rules will only boost demand.

MIAMI – Jonathan Tripp sat outside of a title agency in his truck as he gave his signed documents to masked and gloved agents. He rolled his window back up before they went into the office and returned with his copy of the paperwork.

And with that, his two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Fort Lauderdale was sold for $290,000, a process Tripp says was done about 80% electronically in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He and his fiancé are now under contract to buy a three-bed, two-bath house in Coconut Creek for $340,000.

While much of the world is on hold due to the stay-at-home orders and quarantine recommendations that accompany the COVID-19 outbreak, the real estate market in South Florida keeps moving. It’s just moving slower.

Carl Marzola, president of Atlantic Properties International, last week showed an $850,000 four-bedroom colonial home in Fort Lauderdale’s Poinsettia Heights to a large family and had a client accept an offer on a three-bedroom corner unit in a building on the ocean. Wesley Ulloa, broker owner of LUXE Properties, lists a $560,000 condo in Coral Gables and a $300,000 townhouse in Miami Lakes among her recent closings. Saddy Abaunza, vice president of Sotheby’s International Realty, has had wealthy clients rent local luxury homes to spend their time for the duration of the pandemic.
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Naples Area – Real Estate Market Report – March 2020

Naples, Fl – April 23rd 2020 – Like all industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Naples area housing market was not immune to its effect in March. While home sales dropped, home prices remained steady, and in some cases, increased.
Because the stay-at-home order went into effect mid-month, real estate activity during the first two weeks of March was strong, while activity during the second half of March tempered remarkably well. Brokers analyzing the March 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), agree that the report showed one indisputable truth: The need for housing in the Naples area – whether it be a rental, new home construction, or homes in the resale market – is essential and still in demand.




 

 

 

 

 

Here are the main statistics of the report for March 2020:

  • Overall closed sales in March increased 15.8% to 1,148 closed sales compared to 991 closed sales in March 2019.
    This was an increase of 359 closed sales over February (789 closed sales) and 426 more closed sales than January (722 closed sales)!

    The report also showed a 22.5% increase in closed sales for the first quarter of 2020 (2,689 total closed sales) compared to the first quarter of 2019 (2,195 total closed sales).

  • Pending sales took a hit during the second half of March, down 38.1% for the month to 977 pending sales compared to 1,578 pending sales in March 2019.

    But “pending sales increased 5.3% during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019. The Naples area housing market was on solid footing before the coronavirus pandemic flared up.”

  • There were still over 19,000  scheduled showings in March.
    Serious buyers are not being discouraged by the stay-at-home order. Because real estate is considered essential, buyers can tour homes as long as they abide by the social-distancing order – or they can tour homes virtually with their REALTOR on site hosting their virtual tour.”
  • Overall inventory remained strong with 5,772 available properties. This was a 27.5% decrease in inventory compared to March 2019, which had 7,965 properties available.
  • Overall median closed price  increased 10% to $372,750 compared to $339,000 in March 2019. 
  • Median closed prices for the single-family home market increased 16%  to $470,000 compared to $405,500 in March 2019.
  • Median closed price for the condominium market decreased 1.3% to $276,500 compared to $280,000 in March 2019.

  • New Construction: Many builders in the area are offering big incentives in order to move their new home inventory. It’s good to work with a REALTOR® who understands the local market well and can negotiate the best price, whether it’s a home for sale by a builder or an independent seller of an existing home.

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Mar 2019

Mar 2020

CHANGE

Total closed sales (month/month)

991

1,148

+15.8%

Total pending sales (homes under contract) (month/month)

1,568

977

-38.1%

Median closed price (month/month)

$339,000

$372,750

+10.0%

Total active listings (inventory)

7,965

5,772

-27.5%

Average days on market 

106

98

-7.5%

Single-family closed sales (month/month)

485

563

+16.1%

Single-family median closed price (month/month)

$405,500

$470,000

+15.9%

Single-family inventory

4,055

2,862

-29.4%

Condominium closed sales (month/month)

506

585

+15.6%

Condominium median closed price (month/month)

$280,000

$276,500

-1.3%

Condominium inventory

3,910

2,910

-25.6%

The March 2020 Market Report also shows a solid inventory.
Current low interest rates and a strong stock market are favorable reasons why people buy second homes. Low fuel prices will also inspire people to travel more by air and car to Southwest Florida once the -stay-at-home order is lifted. It may take a few months to get back to normal, but  the housing market in Naples will recover fast because people love the beach and we have 24 miles of it to explore. Plus, after being locked at home for months, people are going to want to live in a community that doesn’t have high-density issues.

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