“Both Collier and Lee counties have been among the very strongest population growth markets in the entire nation over the past five years,” said Brian Alford, Florida director of market analytics for CoStar Group, which specializes in worldwide real estate data. “There have also been numerous corporate relocations and expansions over the past decade, including large expansions over the past couple of years by firms such as Gartner and Arthrex, adding even more jobs.” (Naples Daily News)
Some of the workers live in Bonita Springs, about halfway between Naples and Fort Myers. Incorporated only at the start of this century, Bonita for the first time barely edged into the Top 50 of the most populated in Florida, joining Cape Coral, Fort Myers and North Port.
“Demand to move here has always been strong, but lately, low interest rate policy, and coupled with lockdown fatigue up north, increased demand even more, which explains the larger-than-expected increases in population down here,” said economist Christopher Westley, dean of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business. (more…)
The 3-month median price for Single Family Homes in Fort Myers continued to rise sharply, reaching $368,125 for the April-June quarter, some 25% higher than a year ago, and breaking decisively upwards from the $250-300,000 range of the previous 5 years:
Dramatic price movements often occur when the number of sales is small, but that has not been the case in Fort Myers, where sales have exceeded 1,000 per quarter for the last year: (more…)
The rolling 3-month median price (a more reliable guide than 1-month numbers) for Single Family Homes sold in Fort Myers reached $360,000, while the median Condo price was $205,000.
The following charts show the 12-month rolling figures for both median prices and sales in the Fort Myers market from January 2008 through May 2021 and clearly demonstrate the strength of both median prices and sales. (more…)