October Sales of North Palm Beach Homes Show Continued Strength

North Palm Beach Home Sales Jump 10% in October

Still trying to catch up after a well deserved vacation and a return to a south Florida real estate market that is hot, hot, hot. While I quit reading the newspaper and listening to news on the TV I get more than enough from the internet and know how the talking heads report how bad everything is with the economy. Somebody forgot to tell home buyers how bad it is because they continue to spark the amazing rebound we have seen this year. Particularly strong is the single family home market and well priced waterfront properties but we are seeing strength everywhere. Watch for a big sale coming out of Martin County soon. During October our real estate sales power rankings ended up like this;

    #1 Hobe Sound
    #2 Tequesta
    #3 North Palm Beach up 10%
    #4 Palm Beach Gardens down 11%
    #5 Jupiter down 12%
    #6 Juno Beach down 33%

Three of the markets we cover in this report were down in October but three were up and those that were up showed very good gains. Sales remain strong and there are many, many buyers lined up waiting for properties that match there needs. We were spoiled by great inventory levels for many years and those days are over. Many still worry about the “shadow inventory” of foreclosures and time will tell if those fears are founded but these days I am finding much better value in traditional sales and we seem well positioned to start seeing rising prices once again in south Florida. We deserve it after the past 6 years.

This month’s 3rd place finisher in our sales power ranking are single family home sales in North Palm Beach that were up 10% from the previous month. This was tied with our highest sales level over the past 4 months and another bullish sign of the market recovery. We went a bit higher in October with 11 sales compared to 10 in September. We did stay above the 12 month average which stands at 9.33 and way above the 5 homes that sold in October of last year.

While sales levels went higher they also were heavily weighted in the luxury home price categories. In fact 55% of all sales last month were above the $500,000 price point. The chart below shows the percentage of sales by price category for the month of October.

With the majority of sales in the higher end of the price ranges range we would expect to see the median sales price increase and that is what it did. We actually saw a nice increase in median price to $235,000 from the $181,000 we saw the previous month. We were way below the $485,000 median price we experienced in October of last year but this is the 2nd highest monthly we have seen in 4 months. This showing still kept us well below the 12 month average of $294,783. Foreclosures continue to put pressure on pricing but it sure feels like the supply forces will be pushing for increased prices ahead. The chart below shows median prices on a monthly basis over the previous 12 month period.

This crazy world of real estate is what I thrive on and nothing gives me more satisfaction than assisting other in finding that perfect home and negotiating the best pricing and terms or listing and marketing their current home to achieve the best results. Your free consultation is but a phone call away so if we can be of service in any way to you, your friends, family and colleagues please do not hesitate to give me a call. Easily reached at 561 308-1075 or via e-mail at tom@tompriester.com we are here to assist in any way that we can.

Always at Your Service,

Tom Priester   e-PRO

”Results Driven Real Estate”

Keller Williams Realty

561 308-0175


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Tom Priester

After spending years among the top individual performers at one of Palm Beach County’s largest and most successful real estate brokerages, Tom Priester knew there was another way to do real estate. A better way. Real estate services focused on the customer. Like the old days when the customer truly was #1. He tired of listening to why he should be going out to have his customers sign one sided buyers’ brokerage agreements. He tired of hearing how he should be selling customers why paying higher commissions, like 7% and 8%, was to their benefit. He tired of hearing how he should sell his clients on why they should be paying hundreds of dollars in additional “transaction fees”. The business had slid way too far from being focused on the customer. His customer. So he decided the time was right to be different…..by design. To start his own unique boutique real estate firm truly focused on his customers. They will now have access to a process focused on them. Only the best marketing techniques to sell their homes. No cutting corners. Commission structures based on his clients needs not his. Paradise Sharks was born out of Tom’s passion to return this business to the customer. Where it belongs. If you want a real estate experience that benefits you, just give Tom a call at 561 308-0175 or send him an e-mail at tom@paradisesharks.com. You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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