Juno Beach Condo Sales Hit 8 Month High
I am the luckiest guy in the world. Not only do I have an incredible family and wonderful friends but I live in Paradise running around in shorts and flip flops working in the best industry in the world. And I get to do it during the craziest real estate market ever encountered and it is always interesting and challenging. I am honored to serve on the Agent Leadership Council of Keller Williams Realty (the BEST real estate firm in the world) and next week we head off to our family reunion where thousands of the best agents meet to learn more about the current status of our industry.
And the timing couldn’t be better as we are seeing metrics that I have never witnessed before. January sales figures in the northern Palm Beach County region point to a turning point that will continue to play itself out through the year. Every month at this time we report where sales came in the previous month and this month in our 6 reporting categories we have one that reported a 58% decrease in sales and one that reported a 350% increase. How interesting is that? Very interesting. So without further adieu we bring you the North County Sales Power Rankings;
#1 Juno Beach – up 350%
#2 Tequesta – up 23%
#3 Hobe Sound – down 8%
#4 Jupiter – down 34%
#5 North Palm Beach – down 38%
#6 Palm Beach Gardens – down 58%
Yes, I did say that sales numbers ranged from a decrease of 58% to an increase of 350% and now I am going to tell you this is great news for the continued recovery that seems to be gathering strength. How can a decrease of 58% be great news? Inventory is the answer and the main reason sales have stalled is a lack of inventory with a price and condition that buyers will react to. Believe me the buyers are out there ready to act on interest rates that can only be described at phenomenal. But the homes they are seeking aren’t out there. Sellers are asking higher prices for quality homes and either inventory with prices to match buyers expectations increases which is unlikely, or sellers will lower prices which is more likely or we continue this stalemate between the two parties to a transaction. Appraisals will be key as even if a buyer wants to pay a higher price and are borrowing money will the appraisal justify the price for the lender? Didn’t I tell you I was lucky?
This month’s 1st place finisher in our sales power rankings are condominium sales in Juno Beach that bucked the trend of neighboring communities and jumped an amazing 350% from December sales numbers. This was the best month of sales in 8 months and we stayed well ahead the 12 month average which stands at 5.25 and also above the 5 units sold in January of last year. This was a month that we have been waiting for in Juno Beach for quite some time as sales have been stagnant at very low levels.
While sales were solid prices most sales fell below $500,000 which represented 86% of the overall market. The only sales above that was in the ultra luxury $1M+ market so it was good to see at least a little high end activity during the month. The chart below shows the percentage of sales by price category for the month of January.
With the strong showing in sales below $500,000 we would expect to see the median price decrease a bit and that is what we got. In fact we dropped to $305,000 which was well down from the median price of $372,500 in December. With this showing we stayed just below the 12-month average of $324,896 and also above the median price sale of $286,000 we saw in January of last year. Are higher prices coming your way? Could be so keep tuned in and as always we will bring you the most accurate market information as it is available. The chart below shows median prices on a monthly basis over the previous 12 month period.
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Tom Priester e-PRO
“Results Driven Real Estate”
Keller Williams Realty