Lack of Buyers Stalls Home Sales in Hobe Sound

Home Sales in Hobe Sound fall 24% in November

Another month has passed us by, Hanukkah is in the rear view mirror and Christmas is only 4 days away. Our northern friends are in the middle of a snow storm that has snarled holiday travel but here in South Florida the heat is still turned on, especially in the real estate market.

We had been at a crossroads with limited inventory and buyers having fewer choices plus higher prices and sales had slowed a bit. Suddenly the drop in inventory levels abated a bit and even headed slightly higher and buyers in November reacted; in a big way. Sales, pending sales and prices all were up strongly. Builders of new home communities have also had a robust year with a 25% increase over 2011 and they are projecting another 35% increase in 2013. Believe it or not one of their biggest challenges is finding lots to built on in some markets where development has been on hold for 7 years.

Over the past couple months we have seen home sales in Hobe Sound and the neighboring towns stall slightly as buyers had a hard time finding the perfect home. The month of November showed a strong reversal of that trend and it is a combination of slightly higher inventory levels and buyers moving forward at prices higher than they could have negotiated a few months back. In November the median number of sales increased 20% in our reporting area with a move upward in the average sales figures by 12%. What makes these numbers even more incredible is they were heavily held back by home sales in Hobe Sound who reported a 24% decrease in sales. Add in that November sales were an amazing 70% higher than year ago numbers and you can see the sizzle back in South Florida real estate.

So with all this positive news let’s take a look at home sales in Hobe Sound and the surrounding communities for the month of November and see what has happened since our last report.


Tequesta –
North Palm Beach –
Palm Beach Gardens –
Jupiter –
Hobe Sound – down 24%

We start this months report with those home sales in Hobe Sound where sales volume dropped significantly while all of the neighbors were having a robust month. Not sure what happened to home buyers in Hobe Sound but they have appeared to have taken the month off. During the month of November a total of 13 Hobe Sound single family homes sold compared with 17 during the previous month. With this showing we fall well below the 12 month average sales volume which currently stands at 19. On a “seasonal” note home sales in Hobe Sound were slightly ahead of the 11 sales we had in the same month in 2011.

As we saw sales volume decrease in Hobe Sound we saw the heaviest sales activity in homes priced between $150,001 and $300,000 with 5 sales representing 38% of the market. With these sales the median sales price decreased from month ago numbers to $210,000. We also fell below the 12 month average which stands at $237,248 and a reminder that there has been a lack of significant sales in the Hobe Sound luxury home market. From a “seasonal” perspective we were ahead of the median sales price in November of last year which stood at $185,000. Below are the charts showing the percentage of single family home sales in each category for the month of November as well as median prices over the past 12 months in Hobe Sound.



Our next sales report will be interesting as we see how robust holiday home shopping was in 2012.
Until next year…………


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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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