Is There Good News on the Horizon?

Sales of existing homes increased in South Florida last month as buyers responded to deep price cuts.

According to the Florida Association of Realtors press release on Monday, Palm Beach County had 652 sales in July, that number is up 8 percent from 605 sales a year ago. The median price of home in Palm Beach County is currently $291,300 falling 22 percent from $372,200 a year ago.

Real estate agents say more prospective buyers are showing interest as sellers become realistic with asking prices. However, analysts expect more price declines through the end of 2008 and into 2009.

Housing experts caution that the South Florida housing market won’t begin to rebound until the double-digit price declines begin to fade away and ultimately home prices start increasing incrementally as sales are.

In an article posted today on MarketWatch.com, Florida’s existing home sales in 2008 have remained level compared to 2007. A total of 11,498 existing homes sold statewide last month while 11,492 homes sold in July 2007, maintaining the same level of sales activity in the year-to-year comparison, according to FAR (Florida Association of Realtors).

More than half of Florida’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) reported increased sales of existing homes in July; seven MSAs also showed gains in condo sales. Realtors around the state reported increased business activity, including more telephone calls, more home showings and a rise in pending sales.

Below please find a chart indicating statistics for Florida and its 20 MSAs (Metropolitian Statistical Areas). The chart compares the volume of existing, single-family home sales and median sales prices in July 2008 to July 2007 based on Realtor transactions

 Florida Sales Report - July 2008
Single-Family, Existing Homes

Realtor Sales Median Sales Price
Statewide &
Metropolitan Statistical July July % July July %
Areas (MSAs) 2008 2007 Chge 2008 2007 Chge

STATEWIDE* (1) 11,498 11,492 - $193,600 $238,900 -19
STATEWIDE-YEAR-TO-DATE 72,347 83,598 -13 $201,000 $240,100 -16
Daytona Beach 595 575 3 $171,100 $204,600 -16
Fort Lauderdale 581 559 4 $303,600 $373,700 -19
Fort Myers-Cape Coral 768 426 80 $154,900 $246,100 -37
Fort Pierce-
Port St. Lucie 415 371 12 $159,300 $231,300 -31
Fort Walton Beach 217 257 -16 $218,200 $228,800 -5
Gainesville 205 319 -36 $187,800 $199,200 -6
Jacksonville (2) 831 1,073 -23 $180,800 $193,100 -6
Lakeland-Winter Haven 267 253 6 $138,300 $172,600 -20
Melbourne-Titusville-
Palm Bay 478 458 4 $152,600 $195,800 -22
Miami 392 505 -22 $322,700 $377,400 -14
Marco Island (3) 31 26 19 $462,500 $540,900 -14
Ocala 167 236 -29 $140,600 $166,500 -16
Orlando 1,656 1,484 12 $209,100 $258,000 -19
Panama City 111 147 -24 $204,400 $215,000 -5
Pensacola 321 427 -25 $157,300 $173,600 -9
Punta Gorda 200 185 8 $141,800 $179,600 -21
Sarasota-Bradenton 657 711 -8 $230,100 $277,700 -17
Tallahassee 218 250 -13 $205,900 $210,200 -2
Tampa-St. Petersburg-
Clearwater 2,174 2,068 5 $176,500 $215,600 -18
West Palm Beach-
Boca Raton 652 605 8 $291,300 $372,200 -22

(1) * Statewide figure includes data from the Naples Area Board of
Realtors.
(2) Data from the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of Realtors was
not available.
(3) Data is only from the Marco Island Association of Realtors.



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