Miami Real Estate Market Great In 2014, More Expected In 2015

The Miami real estate market continued to perform robustly in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to renewed consumer confidence and increasing demand from both domestic and international …

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The Miami real estate market continued to perform robustly in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to renewed consumer confidence and increasing demand from both domestic and international buyers, according to the latest monthly index report.

The median sales price for single family homes increased to $246,140 in the fourth quarter, a 4.7% jump compared to the same period last year, the data from the Miami Association of Realtors shows.

The median sale price for condominiums increased 8.6% to $190,000 in the fourth quarter compared to a year earlier. Miami-Dade County has now seen 12 consecutive quarters of growth for both single family homes and condominiums.

‘We expect Miami home prices to continue to increase in 2015 but at a more moderate rate. Limited supply and strong demand for single family homes is still reflective of a seller’s market,’ said Christopher Zoller, the association’s residential president.

‘There is also strong demand for both new construction and existing condominiums, so we will continue to see price growth for residential properties in Miami-Dade,’ he added.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, the average sales prices for condominiums in Miami-Dade County increased 18.5% to $375,269. The average sales price for single family homes decreased 2% to $394,095.

Sales of single family homes, which set an all-time record for all of 2014, increased 7.7% to 3,426, while condominiums decreased 3.3% to 3,981 compared with the same period in 2013.

‘Much of the increase in single-family home sales activity is due to consumer confidence. Many buyers who were staying on the side lines are now buying. Huge gains in job growth and more solid economic indicators are resulting in more consumers returning to the housing market,’ explained Carlos Gutierrez, the 2015 president-elect of the association.

Home and condominium listings also increased in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 3% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year. New condominium listings increased by 4.2%.

At the current sales pace, the number of active listings represents 5.6 months of inventory for single family homes and 8.4 for condominiums. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, the month’s supply of inventory for condominiums increased 19.7%. The inventory for single family homes decreased 0.2%.  A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months of supply inventory.

The median days on the market of single family home listings during the fourth quarter was 45 days compared to 40 days during the same period last year, an increase of 12.5%.  Similarly, the median days on the market for condominium listings were 58 days compared to 47 last year, an increase of 23.4%.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, some 55% of closed sales were all cash compared to 60% a year ago. All cash sales were 41.4% of single family home closings and 66.9% of all condominium sales.

Since nearly 90% of foreign buyers pay cash, this reflects Miami’s top position as a prime market for foreign buyers. Miami has a significant percentage of international buyers, generating more than double the cash transactions than the national average.

This article was republished with permission from Property Wire.

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