Real Estate Absorption Rate in Hobe Sound Up for the 4th Straight Month

Absorption rate in Hobe Sound well above 12 month average

Real estate sales have slowed, Fannie Mae is countering short sale offers at prices well above market value and pricing many of their assets the same way touting their no appraisal required loans. The market is funky and sorting out where we stand continues to be a most excellent, and intriguing, adventure.

We recently reported September sales figures in the Northern Palm Beach County region and it was certainly not a robust month. The median monthly decline in sales came in at 20% which is significant indeed. There are still buyers out there, many of them more than frustrated, but quantifying demand without sales is impossible to do. Is the higher asking prices of properties the main culprit, is it the overall economy starting to head off what has been a remarkable recovery so far this year?

With 3.5 million foreclosures over the past four years projections are for another 3 million to be heading our way over the next few years. There are many home owners who would love to sell but are unable to do so as they owe more than the property will bring in today’s market. The looming expiration of the Mortgage Relief Act scheduled to end the last day of December is just one issue that will effect our market in the coming months.

Every month around this time we take a deeper look at the absorption rate of local markets as this gives us a glimpse as to where the market is heading. The absorption rate is simply the total number of months it would take to absorb all of the existing inventory if sales remained constant based on the most recent 30 day period. Absorption rates had been declining steadily for about six months but most recently have spiked a bit to the upside. After looking at the September sales numbers we need some positive news so let’s see where we stand today.

Absorption rate in Jupiter –
Absorption rate in Palm Beach Gardens –
Absorption rate Teqesta –
Absorption Rate in Hobe Sound – 13.66 months up from 12.03

Last month we had three of our reporting municipalities show higher absorption rates which is a bearish sign and with sales lagging and inventory pretty much holding steady we would expect further declines in this period. The strength of a market can change quickly and the “average” absorption rate for our four reporting municipalities, after a small decline last month, showed movement to the upside. No doubt it was a slight increase to 10.855 months from 10.535 months just 30 days earlier but a signal that the market continues to languish. We start this months report with the absorption rate in Hobe Sound which increased for the fourth straight month with a substantial 14% move higher. A slight decrease in sales coupled with a significant increase in inventory brought the absorption rate in Hobe Sound to 13.66 months up from the 12.03 we reported last month. This signifies a huge 95% increase from the level we sat at just 120 days ago and is reason for concern. With this increase we move well ahead of our 12 month average which sits at 11.7 months. From a “seasonal” perspective we stayed just well below our year ago numbers when we reported 16.63 months.

No doubt the only constant is change and knowing these numbers and how these trends affect any real estate decision you may be contemplating is critical.

Until next month………


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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… 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 You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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