We are half way through the year and the market has been moving. Sales are up, mostly due to lower prices. As of June 30, the single family home market in Miami Beach for the year so far is as follows:
Closed sales: 94. Low of $190,000 to a high of $25,500,000. 9 of the closed sales were foreclosures, 6 were short sales. Only 16% were distressed sales. 49 closed in the second quarter.
- Pending sales: 57. Low $200,000 to a high of $14,900,00. 2 of the pending sales are foreclosures, 23 are short sales. Almost 44% distressed. 21 went pending in the second quarter.
- Active sales: 282. Low of $205,900,high of $49,995,000. 16 are short sales, 1 is a foreclosure. Only 6% distressed. 76 of the active sales were listed in the second quarter.
What does this mean if you are a seller? The good news is that the majority of the closed sales are not distressed sales. If you are priced right for a buyer’s market, you have a closing window of opportunity to sell at a higher price than you will get later this year. I think prices of active listings are going to come down as we come closer to the end of the summer buying season.
What does this mean if you are a buyer? Many buyers are still looking for a “deal” without realizing that they are already looking at one. Just because a property is not a foreclosure or a short sale, does not mean it is not a good deal. A lot of sellers have come down significantly in their pricing, in large part due to the pressure of distressed properties on the market. As the distressed properties listed for sale decrease, they become less of a factor on the overall market. If you are financing your property and only looking at distressed sales, you are going to have even more frustration as you are competing with cash buyers.
Note: These numbers are going to change a bit due to fluctuations at the end of the month when a lot of properties status changes, but those changes don’t get recorded in the MLS until the following month.