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Florida’s Existing Home Sales Increase in Third Quarter

Sales of existing single-family homes in Florida rose 5 percent in the third quarter of 2008 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest housing statistics from the ""Florida Association of Realtors"":https://www.floridarealtors.org (FAR). A total of 33,203 existing homes sold statewide in Q3 2008. During the same period last year, a total of 31,558 existing homes sold statewide.
""Coming on the heels of positive sales activity in September, Florida's existing home sales are once again above year-ago levels in the third quarter,"" says 2008 FAR President Chuck Bonfiglio. ""Despite lending restrictions and the difficulties of finding affordable credit, we're seeing buyers take advantage of homeownership opportunities in the current market -- buyers who want to make a long-term investment in their future.""
Florida's existing-home median sales price was $185,400 in the third quarter. A year ago, it was $233,200 - a decrease of 20 percent. In 2003, the third-quarter statewide median sales price was $163,700, which reflects an increase of about 13.3 percent over the five-year period, FAR reported.
Twelve of Florida's metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) reported increased sales of existing homes in the third quarter compared to the same three-month-period a year ago, while seven MSAs also showed gains in condo sales. A number of local markets have reported increased sales activity over the past few months, according to FAR.
The association said that Florida Realtors continued to report positive signs for the state's housing sector in the third quarter, including an increase in pending home sales (based on contracts signed but not closed) and a slower rate of expansion of inventory levels in some areas.
To gain insight into current trends in Florida's real estate industry, the University of Florida's ""Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies"":http://www.cba.ufl.edu/fire/realestate/cres/findings.asp conducts a quarterly survey of industry executives, market research economists, real estate scholars and other experts. According to the third quarter 2008 survey, the investment outlook for various types of properties remains steady.
""People who have responded to our surveys have not lost their faith in Florida as a place to be and a place to invest,"" said Dr. Wayne Archer, director of UF's Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. ""We have 40 pages of comments from our respondents, and although the dominant theme is the disruption of financing, perhaps the second theme, as one person put it, is people being on the sidelines with full pads and helmets just waiting to jump back in.""
Over the long term, Florida stands to benefit from the migration of new residents, particularly as baby boomers age, Archer said, adding that the Sunshine State's mild climate and outdoor amenities continue to make it an attractive retirement destination.
In the year-to-year quarterly comparison for condo sales, 9,472 units sold statewide for the quarter, compared to 9,680 in Q3 2007 for a 2 percent decrease. The statewide existing-condo median sales price was $160,000 for the three-month period. In the third quarter of 2007, it was $196,000.
The latest industry outlook from the ""National Association of Realtors"":http://www.realtor.org (NAR) cautions that the housing sector likely faces disruptions from the still-stabilizing credit market. ""Inventory remains high, and price declines are pressuring owners,"" said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. ""Additional housing stimulus would stabilize prices more quickly, which in turn would bring faster stability to Wall Street. Removing the repayment feature on the first-time buyer tax credit and permanently raising loan limits would bring more buyers into the market and further reduce inventory.""

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.

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