Home Prices up 36% as Absorption Rate in Hobe Sound Improves

Absorption rate in Hobe Sound Decreases Slightly

The northern Palm Beach County real estate market continues to be solid, especially for home sellers with lower priced properties. Under the $400,000 benchmark there remains a significant lack of well priced homes from which today’s buyers must choose. These metrics continue to push home prices higher throughout the region.

The Florida Association of Realtors reported last week that sales in Palm Beach County were up 22% in October when compared to sales figures from the previous year. Median sales prices were up 23% during the same period. In Hobe Sound we saw a 17% increase in sales and a huge jump in the median price from $243,500 in 2011 compared with $330,000 for a significant 36% increase.

Everywhere one looks projections are that the bottom of the market remains well behind us and the chances of prices heading south are slim. However, with a large number of foreclosures still ahead there arel some obstacles in the way of a complete recovery from the great real estate bubble. But for now ask anyone looking for a home and they will tell you that it is not an easy task finding a good deal as sellers in this market are quickly getting multiple offers when their homes are priced well.

Keep in mind that buyers are still price conscious and not all segments of the market are doing as well as others. Private club communities continue to struggle as do some subdivisions in the luxury home market. In just one Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood we have 7 homes listed starting at $1,300,000 and no sales in the community for over a year. This is even more dramatic when you consider that 35% of all homes in that neighborhood are currently on the market and I know of at least one other homeowner who would like to list their home but figures why bother. So again, there are significant differences in market strength and each property needs to be looked at on it’s own merits.

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. After seeing dramatic drops earlier in the year absorption rates have solidified over the past few months. Let’s now take a look and see if there have been any dramatic changes in absorption rates as of November 15th.

Hobe Sound

Absorption rate in Jupiter –
Absorption rate in Tequesta –
Absorption rate in Palm Beach Gardens –
Absorption Rate in Hobe Sound – 13.18 months down from 13.66

Last month we had two of our reporting municipalities show higher absorption rates with two showing lower rates again showing how things have stagnated a bit. The strength of a market can change quickly and the “average” absorption rate for our four reporting municipalities, after a slight increase last month, showed movement to the downside. Once again it was a slight decrease to 10.325 months from 10.57 months just 30 days earlier but a signal that the market needs to see an increase in quality inventory. We start in this months report with the absorption rate in Hobe Sound where we did see a bit of improvement. A slight increase in sales coupled with a slight decrease in inventory brought the absorption rate in Hobe Sound to 13.18 months down from the 13.66 we reported last month. With this decrease we still remain above the 12 month average which sits at 10.52 months. From a “seasonal” perspective we did stay well below our year ago numbers when we reported 15.43 months.

The only thing for certain is the market constantly evolves and remains interesting for everyone with a stake in South Florida real estate.

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…..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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