Florida online shoppers to pay more

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.

 

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Southwest Florida International Airport Traffic Jumps

During March, 1,162,342 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. This was an increase of 35% compared to March 2020 and an increase of 60.2% increase compared to February 2021. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 20.4% compared to last year.

The traffic leader in March was Southwest Airlines, with 284,606 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (182,846), United (146,494), American (135,886) and Spirit (127,161). Southwest Florida International Airport had 11,472 aircraft operations, an increase of 7.5% compared to March 2020.

Meanwhile, construction continues on a new $80 million Airport Traffic Control Tower, while the $280 million, 200,000-square-foot expansion of the airport terminal, a project that had been deferred for a year due to the impact of the pandemic, was schedule to be bid in April, according to Ben Siegel, executive director for the Lee County Port Authority.

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Will the Housing Market Frenzy Die Down? That Depends on Sellers

The coronavirus pandemic raised the temperature considerably on the nation’s housing market. The past year has been marked by soaring prices, logic-defying offers over asking price, and steep competition as sellers have been hesitant to put their homes up for sale.

But the heart-pumping, bank account–depleting housing market frenzy could die down—at least a little—in the coming months as more sellers list their properties and inventory slowly increases. About 10% of current homeowners plan to put their homes on the market this year—and more than half are more affordably priced, according to an exclusive survey conducted by realtor.com®. An additional 16% expect to list their properties within the next two to three years.

Typically, only about 8% of homeowners put their homes up for sale a year. This is about a 25% anticipated increase, which translates into about 1.5 million more homes. The increase may be due to folks holding off on selling their homes during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is a brighter light at the end of the tunnel for many weary buyers,” says Realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu.“In a market that right now only has close to half a million listings, a big boost in inventory can mean more choices for buyers and potentially a slowdown in price growth,” says Ratiu. He was quick to add that prices won’t drop, but the double-digit growth may taper off. “It’s signaling a return to normal for the economy and the housing market.”

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Sales Associate | Market Analyst | DomainRealty.com
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Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
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One Essex Street | Marblehead, MA 01945

www.OliverReportsMA.com
Andrew.Oliver@SothebysRealty.com

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Naples housing market – onwards and upwards

The March 2021 Market Report, released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), shows that March was the highest performing month in the 13 years NABOR has tracked these metrics.

Sellers are raising prices and multiple offers are still coming in,” said Budge Huskey, CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “This is because inventory is limited, and more sellers are realizing now is a good time to place their home on the market and get top value in the current market conditions!”

Broker analysts predict the level of demand experienced in March is sustainable and should be expected to continue for the next few months, or longer. “Season was disrupted this year because many people elected to hold off relocating until they were fully vaccinated,” added Huskey. “Agents also report that many seasonal visitors are staying longer than in previous years, possibly because they can afford to wait in anticipation of more homes becoming available in the luxury market. I believe we’ll continue to see more newcomers from northern states looking for homes in the high end in the coming months. Beyond that, and as we enter the summer season, we might begin to see a second wave of international buyers entering our market as travel restrictions begin to relax.”

Median closed prices in March increased 12.2 percent to $415,000 (the highest median price increase month/month on record since 2008) from $370,000 in March 2020. In March 2021, there were just 1,819 homes in inventory (the lowest it has been since 2014), which was a 73.2 percent decrease from 6,795 homes in inventory in March 2020.

The March report revealed that the Naples area now has only a 1.6 month supply of homes available to buyers
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The US is 3.8 Million Homes Short

The U.S. housing market needs nearly 4 million single-family homes to meet the nation’s demand, according to a new analysis from Freddie Mac. The 3.8 million shortfall marks a 52% increase in the housing shortage since 2018.

“This is what you get when you underbuild for 10 years,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “We should have almost four million more housing units if we had kept up with demand the last few years.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS®, has been among real estate economists leading the calls over the last few years for greater inventory and more homebuilding to meet demand. “We need to build more homes,” Yun told NPR, adding that since the housing crisis more than a decade ago, homebuilders have been building too few homes.

The housing shortage mixed with strong buyer demand since the pandemic is prompting home prices to rise rapidly. The median existing-home price for all housing types in February was $313,000, up 15.8% compared to a year earlier, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

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By the Numbers: COVID-19 Vaccinations in Florida

As of April 19, more than 8.14 million people in Florida had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Of those, more than half (4.82M) are ages 55 to 84.
Here is a breakdown by age groups:

*Ages 16 to 24: 395,449 people
*Ages 25 to 34: 612, 238 people
*Ages 35 to 44: 811,815 people
*Ages 45 to 54: 1,098,485 people
*Ages 55 to 64: 1,622,525 people
*Ages 65 to 74: 2,031,098 people
*Ages 75 to 84: 1,169,703 people
*Age 85 or older: 402,286 people

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‘When is the housing market going to crash?’

The housing market has been white hot for the past year, thanks to the stay at home and work from anywhere culture of the coronavirus pandemic.

But there is increasing concern among consumers that housing is experiencing a price bubble – and that the bubble may be ready to burst.

Google reported last week that the search question “When is the housing market going to crash?” had spiked 2,450% in the past month. “Why is the market so hot?” searches had doubled in just a week. (more…)

Bonita Springs, FL Real Estate Market Update April 2021

No slowdown in buyer demand for Bonita and Estero market

According to the Bonita Springs-Estero REALTORS® (BER), buyer interest in February 2021 was robust, leading to multiple offer situations and a very active start to the spring selling season in Bonita Springs and Estero.  Along with robust sales, inventory shortages are also a continuation into springtime as well.  Most notable was the 76.7 percent drop in available inventory as compared to the same time in 2020.  While there are inventory challenges, this should not deter buyers and sellers from entering the market.

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Demand for Pools, Hot Tubs Surging Due to COVID-19

New in-ground residential pools saw a 21% uptick in 2020 compared to 2019. States like Arizona, Texas, and Florida saw permits rise by up to 30%, Janay Rickwalder, a spokesperson for the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, an industry research group, told The Escape Home.

“This is historic growth for the industry—the next closest period was in 1983 with 16% growth over a much smaller base,” Rickwalder says. (more…)

Naples market on fire in February

The February 2021 Market Report, released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), marks the last month of comparative activity before the pandemic shuttered the global economy in March 2020. That said, overall closed sales of existing homes in Naples for February increased 62 percent to 1,307 closed sales from 807 closed sales in February 2020.

Buyers are scooping up the available inventory of homes in all geographic locations within Naples almost as fast as they come onto the market. Inventory fell 68.8 percent in February to 2,224 homes from 7,127 homes in February 2020. (more…)

Buyers are overpaying, but are there signs of a bubble?

As prices continue to soar, Housing Wire asks the question: Are there signs of a bubble?

“The national average of home prices rose 14.4% year-over-year to $336,200 in February – the largest increase since July 2013, according to the latest report from Redfin. As proof of the impact of the country’s low inventory and high cost of building materials, new listings fell 16% – the second-largest decline on record since Redfin’s data began in 2012, only passed by the drop in April 2020. (more…)

How do prices in Southwest Florida compare with 2007/08?

While the market in Southwest Florida is hot and prices are rising sharply, it is interesting to see how prices compare with the peak from 2006/2008.

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The median Single Family Home price in Naples has only just passed the earlier peak.

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