Conflicting Reports on Housing Market Today. Sales Down Nationally. Up in Florida.
Location, Location, Location
is the only constant when evaluating the housing market.
Want to know what is going on in your neighborhood?
Today, housing market sales statistics were released, as they are every month by the National Association of Realtors. The media and many industry experts follow these statistics to look for signs of market recovery or other indicators.
If you are buying or selling, it's important to remember that location, supply and demand and a number of other factors drive the real estate market. What's happening in one city can be very different from another -- even in the same county. That's why it is so important when buying or selling to work with a Realtor who knows the immediate area well.
For example, the National Association of Realtors reports that nationwide, existing home sales [resales] dropped 2.7% in August from the month before and are up just 5.1% from the prior year. Median sales price, as expected, is down 12.5% from prior year. Source National Association of Realtors.
In Florida, resales continue to rise, marking 12 months in a row that sales activity have increased in a year-to-year comparison, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. Existing home sales rose 28 percent statewide over prior year.
In Miami Dade County, the number of existing home sales declined by about 18% from July to August of 2009 and increased over 30% from same month prior year.
In Aventura, the number of sales for condos and townhouses increased by just one over last year and increased about 15% from same month prior year.
The numbers are as different as the neighborhoods they represent.
So, when you read or listen to the media hype, know that it depends on where you live or where you want to buy. If you really want to know what's going on in a particular neighborhood. Ask a Realtor.
If you are interested in Miami Dade or Broward Counties, from Miami Beach, north to Aventura, Surfside, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Hallandale to Hollywood, ask me.
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