Condo sales slow in Juno Beach during May
Everywhere one looks there are signs of the troubled housing market finally recovering with a firm foundation. Bidding wars have become commonplace with properties selling above list price and in some cases above appraised valuations. As we turn from the spring buying season to the summer months things have changed and buyers in the northern Palm Beach County area are finding that it is not that easy to find a home.
There are certainly bumps in the road ahead with millions of homeowners across the country owing more on their mortgages than the property is worth and the level of foreclosures expected to pick up in the coming months. But the demand seems to be stronger than the supply locally and it sure feels like we are starting to move strongly from the bottom of this abyss that started over 7 years ago.
Let’ take a look at where May sales ended up in the local area;
#1 Jupiter –
#2 Tequesta –
#2 Hobe Sound –
#4 Palm Beach Gardens –
#5 North Palm Beach –
#5 Juno Beach – down 36%
There is no doubt that the lack of inventory is having an effect on sales numbers as buyers are out there hoping to lock in interest rates that are beyond low on a historical basis. While up last week the average overnight rate on a 30 year fixed mortgage remain at 3.67% which shows the overall economic recovery is still fragile at best. If we look at the average of the 6 reporting municipalities there was a 7% decrease in sales in May when compared to April numbers. Looking back to sales in May of 2011 sales were up an average of 14% from year ago numbers.
With that being said sales numbers were all across the board and we start off this months report with a tie in 5th place and begin with Juno Beach where condominium sales were down 36% from April numbers. Keep in mind that we are following on the heels of a very strong month when sales were up 57% from March so the decline must be interpreted in relationship to the overall trend which remains strong. During May a total of 7 Juno Beach condominiums changed hands compared with 11 during the previous month. With this performance we remain well ahead of the 12 month average which stands at 4.67 but well behind the 2011 pace when 10 Juno Beach condos sold in May.
While sales decreased they were also firmly entrenched in the middle pricing categories with no sales below $150,000 or above $500,000. During April 27% of sales were above the $500,000 threshold so this is a trend that bears watching. The chart below shows the percentage of sales by price category for the month of May.
With no sales above that $500,000 mark we would expect to see the median sales price under pressure and that is in fact what we witnessed in May. In fact, the median sales price for Juno Beach condominiums dropped 21% to $295,000 far below the $372,500 we saw in April. With this showing we still stayed well below the 12-month average of $338,348 and also just behind the median price from May 2011 which stood at $307,500. Luxury sales were strong in other municipalities so perhaps condo buyers took the month off but a trend we need to keep our eyes on. The chart below shows median prices on a monthly basis over the previous 12 month period.
Always interesting in the south Florida housing markets…….