Demand for new properties in Miami impacts on existing home market

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Demand for new construction properties continued to impact the Miami existing real estate market in August as reflected by sales activity, prices, and rising inventory, according to the latest report from the Miami Association of Realtors. Sale prices again increased for existing single family homes in August, while the median sale price for condominiums dipped slightly. The MAR said that prices remain at affordable 2004 levels despite 33 months of consistent increases for single family homes. Condo prices had increased for 38 consecutive months and began increasing long before that of single family homes. Condo prices declined in August for the first time in more than three years. The median sale price for single family homes increased 6.4%, up to $250,000 from $235,000 in August 2013. The average sale price for single family homes increased 24.7% from $364,960 in August 2013 to $455,108 last month. Compared to August 2013, the median sale price for condominiums decreased by 4.2% to $182,000 from $190,000 a year prior. The average sale price for condominiums decreased -6.9% to $346,847 from $322,743 in August 2013. ‘The Miami real estate market continues to normalize as the new construction sector gains momentum and generates strong demand for additional new supply, impacting the existing condominium market,’ said Liza Mendez chairman of the MAR board. ‘Despite declines in sales and condo prices, the performance of the Miami residential market continues to be comparable to what it was in during periods of record sales activity,’ she added. Single family home sales in Miami-Dade County decreased 4.4% relative to August 2013, from 1,210 to 1,157. Compared to August 2013, condominium sales declined 21.4% from 1,592 the previous year to 1,252 last month. Combined, residential real estate sales decreased 14% to 2,802 compared to 2,409 in August of last year. The report points out that Miami real estate continues to sell at a rapid pace and at nearly asking price, reflecting strong demand. The median number of days on the market for single family homes sold in August was just 47 days, an increase of 34.3% from August 2013. The average percent of original list price received was 95.4%, down a negligible 0.8% from a year earlier. The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in August was 53 days, an increase of 15.2% compared to the same period in 2013. The average sales price was 94.7% of the asking price, a decrease of 2.6%. ‘Although the Miami market continues to normalize creating more balance between buyers and sellers, some price points, particularly for single family homes, still reflect strong demand coupled with limited supply,’ said Francisco Angulo, MAR residential president. ‘In certain market areas and price points, homes for sale are still generating multiple offers, sales above asking price, and competition between prospective buyers,’ he added. The data also shows that cash sales in Miami continue to decline as more financing becomes available. Still, access to mortgage loans for condominium buyers remains limited, impeding further market strengthening. In Miami-Dade County, 54.4% of… Taylor Scott International

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