Home Inventory in Hobe Sounds Hits Multi-Year Low

Home Inventory in Hobe Sound Down 3% in May

The amazing turnaround in the local real estate markets continues unabated with no end in sight. New home communities are jammed with anxious buyers who have been unable to find suitable properties in the resale market and prices continue to rise. The broad based recovery continues to pick up steam and last months sales were amazing considering the lack of choices many buyers face. We are seeing a bit more confidence in the job market as last months government reports showed a sharp turnaround driving more and more buyers to the market to take advantage of interest rates that were testing record lows last week before spiking 11 basis points so far this week.

Nationwide we are seeing similar statistics with CoreLogic reporting this week that home prices in March were 10.5% higher than a year ago with prices increasing in all but 4 of our 50 states. This was the largest year over year gains we have seen since March 2006. Besides historically low interest rates buyers still are seeing prices a full 25% below the peak in April 2006 and a combination of the two make homes very affordable.

Buyers with credit scores lower than 620 are still struggling to meet underwriting standards that continue to become more and more stringent. Scores below that level are difficult to fund even with conventional loan products with 20% down payments. Mortgage originations with borrowers who have scores between 620 and 680 have fallen over 90% over the past 5 years.

Foreclosures remain a significant force on the market here in Florida where scheduled auctions are up an amazing 55%. While five Florida cities are in the top 10 for the highest foreclosure rates in the country no city in Palm Beach County is tagged with this dubious distinction. Miami ranked #3 with 1 in every 269 properties in foreclosure. The risk of these foreclosures and other factors creating another housing bubble is real with “experts” evenly split on the matter. In the recent Home Price Expectations Survey recently completed by Zillow 52% see little or no risk of a housing bubble while 48 percent saw a moderate to high risk. With this much diversity in opinions it is hard to say that the housing market we are seeing is built on a solid foundation.

Every month at this time we take a closer look at changes in home inventory in Hobe Sound and the surrounding areas. As you may recall last month at this time we reported decrease in inventory in 80% of our reporting municipalities for the second straight month. So how did the market react and just what did happen to inventory over the last 4 weeks?

Hobe Sound

This report shows our home inventory “power rankings” for the month starting on May1st. These rankings are set up so the top rated municipality will be the one who shows the highest overall reduction in inventory levels. Since it is these reductions, when coupled with stronger sales, that will continue to move prices higher we want to rank those accordingly. So here are the inventory power rankings are the rankings for the month of May.

#1 Tequesta –
#2 Palm Beach Gardens –
#3 Jupiter –
#4 Hobe Sound – down 3%
#5 Juno Beach – down 1%

During April in the northern Palm Beach County region all of the reporting municipalities showed further inventory declines with the average falling by 4.8% and the median decrease weighing in at 4%. These are significant declines in a market that was already “inventory challenged” and keeping pricing pressure strongly to the upside. We next move in this months reports to home inventory in Hobe Sound where inventory levels decreased by 3% over the past four week period. As of May 1st, total home inventory in Hobe Sound sits at 290 which is down 10 units from the 300 available on April 1st. With these levels we find ourselves with home inventory in Hobe Sound down 9% from the 12 month average that now sits at 317. Looking at the “seasonal” factor we are down 17% from the level of home inventory of 349 in Hobe Sound that we reported on May 1st of last year.

Stay tuned as the real estate market locally is much like the south Florida weather; ever changing. Preparation, timing and understanding remain the keys.

Fins up until June………..


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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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