Housing Market Favorable for Preseason Buyers
Speculation that home sales in October would drop dramatically in Collier County following Hurricane Ian was proven inaccurate as closed and pending sales for the month increased 23.7 and 8.7 percent, respectively, compared to closed and pending sales reported in September, according to the October 2022 Market Report by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). And even though 525 listings were either terminated, expired or withdrawn from the Southwest Florida MLS during October, overall inventory for the month increased 72.7 percent to 2,325 properties from 1,346 properties in October 2021.
According to NABOR®’s statistics
, October’s overall median closed price held fast at $555,000, the same as was reported in September. But compared to October 2021, the overall median closed price increased 23.3 percent from $450,000. Interestingly, the statistics showed a 1.6 percent decrease in median closed price for condominiums between September and October. “While we saw a slight increase in new listings by condominium owners who had damage and decided to sell instead of rebuild, the hurricane is not going to spark a ‘fire sale’ trend.”
There was a 26.1 percent increase in new listings in October compared to September, which broker analysts say is typical this time of year. Overall new listings in October decreased 13.9 percent to 908 from 1,054 in October 2021, but new listings for single family homes soared in October and were just 10 properties shy of the 548 new listings reported in October 2021. Preseason buyers will be pleased to find many more options than last year.
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- Andrew Oliver, M.B.E., M.B.A.
Real Estate Advisor