Greater Fort Lauderdale Area Breaks All-time Home Sales Record in 2021

Greater Fort Lauderdale Area Breaks All-time Home Sales Record in 2021

Residential News » Fort Lauderdale Edition | By Michael Gerrity | March 16, 2022 9:20 AM ET

According to the Miami Association of Realtors, Broward County Florida total home sales rose year-over-year in January 2022 continuing its robust streak of transactions. The January 2022 sales totals come after Broward set a new all-time annual record for total home sales in 2021.

"With more mortgage rate increases expected in the future, Broward and Fort Lauderdale homebuyers moved to lock in rates, "Broward-Miami President David Dweck said. "Like all of South Florida, demand remains high from both domestic and global buyers."

Broward County total home sales rose 5.9% year-over-year in January 2022, from 2,416 sales to 2,559. Broward single-family home transactions decreased 3.6%, from 1,154 to 1,113. Broward existing condo sales increased 14.6%, from 1,262 to 1,446.

Broward Luxury Condo Sales Surge 53.3%; Mid-Market Sales Rise Also

Broward luxury ($1-million-and-up) condo transactions rose 53.3% year-over-year to 46 sales in January 2022. Broward single-family home luxury sales rose also 53.3% year-over-year to 141 transactions in January 2022.

There are 2.7 months of supply in luxury single-family homes and 4.3 months of supply in luxury condos. Luxury months of supply continues to trend downward for all property types, month-over-month, and year-over-year.

Low interest rates, a robust S&P 500, the appeal of stable assets in a volatile economy, homebuyers leaving tax-burdened Northeastern states to purchase in Florida (no state income tax), and work-from-home and remote-learning policies have all combined to create a robust market for luxury single-family properties in South Florida.

With global vaccinations rising and unstable political situations around the world, South Florida is seeing an increase in foreign homebuyers. Global buyers are coming here for the vaccine and purchasing property.

Vaccinated foreigners were allowed to resume travel to the U.S. back on Nov. 8 and that is leading to more international investment in South Florida - the No. 1 destination in the U.S. for foreign buyers. Global buyers purchase in Miami because Miami is a world-class global city with better real estate prices than other similar global cities. Foreign buyers feel at home with our incredible diversity and acceptance of all cultures, along with all our amenities.

Broward single-family homes priced between $400K to $600K increased 11.8% year-over-year to 397 transactions in January 2022. Broward existing condo sales priced between $400K to $600K surged 57%, increasing to 157 transactions.

More Inventory Arriving by Spring for Low-Supply/High-Demand Market

There is always a seasonal fade in inventory in the winter. More inventory is expected to come to the market by spring 2022 as potential home sellers become more comfortable listing and showing their homes. The falling number of homeowners in mortgage forbearance will also bring about more inventory. Expectation that interest rates will rise should continue to drive demand in the first quarter of 2022.

New listings of Broward single-family homes decreased 12.7% to 1,495 from 1,712. New listings of condominiums decreased 8%, from 2,165 to 1,991.

Inventory of single-family homes decreased 38.3% year-over-year in January 2022 from 2,656 active listings last year to 1,640 last month. Condominium inventory dropped 59.1% year-over-year to 2,873 from 7,021 listings during the same period in 2021.

Months' supply of inventory is down since July 2019 for single-family, reflecting strong demand. Months' supply of inventory for single-family homes decreased 45% to 1.1 months, which indicates a seller's market. Inventory for existing condominiums decreased 70.4% to 1.6 months, which indicates a seller's market. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six- and nine-months supply.

Total active listings at the end of January 2022 decreased 53.4% year-over-year, from 9,677 to 4,513.

Nationally, total housing inventory the end of January amounted to 860,000 units, down 2.3% from December and down 16.5% from one year ago (1.03 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 1.6-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 1.7 months in December and from 1.9 months in January 2021.

Fed's Decision for More Rate Hikes in 2022 Should Slow Growth of Median Prices

Rising median prices is a trend nationwide. Low inventory relative to high demand leads to prices rising. Locally, the greater share of South Florida luxury sales is part of the reason for the large year-over-year increase in median prices.

The Fed's decision to raise rates and end bond buying in 2022 will accelerate demand for housing in the short term and eventually put downward pressure on median prices.

Broward County single-family median prices increased 19% year-over-year in January 2022, increasing from $420,000 to $500,000. Existing condo median prices increased 14.8% year-over-year, from $209,000 to $240,000.

Lower mortgage rates are making home purchases more affordable. According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.45% in January, up from 3.10% in December. The average commitment rate across all of 2021 was 2.96%.

Should mortgage rates continue rising, home price growth is likely to slow in response. As more sellers list properties in 2022, the increased inventory should ease the growth of median prices.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun expects the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to increase to 3.7% by the end of 2022. It would be still lower than the pre-pandemic rate of 4%.

With interest rates still at record lows, many South Florida homeowners have refinanced their home loans. So not only are many homeowners paying lower mortgage payments today; they are doing so while their wealth (home equity) has significantly increased. Home equity can be tapped for renovations, college loans and more.

Broward Dollar Volume Totals $1.3 Billion, Showcasing Impact Housing Plays in Local Economy

While other industries struggled over the past year, housing lifted the economy nationally and locally. For every two homes sold in the U.S., one job is created. The total economic impact of a typical Florida home sale is $90,300, according to NAR.

Broward total dollar volume totaled $1.3 billion in January 2022. Single-family home dollar volume increased 30.2% year-over-year, from $645.8 million to $841 million. Condo dollar volume increased 32.1% year-over-year, from $348.1 million to $459.8 million.

Broward Distressed Sales Keep Dropping, Reflecting Healthy Market

Only 1.1% of all closed residential sales in Broward were distressed last month, including REO (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 1.7% in January 2021.

Total Broward distressed sales dropped 29.3% year-over-year in January 2022, from 41 to 29. Short sales and REOs accounted for 0.5% and 0.6% year-over-year, respectively, of total Broward sales in January 2022. Short sale transactions decreased 17.6% year-over-year while REOs dropped 37.5%.

Broward's percentage of distressed sales are on par with the national figure. Nationally, distressed sales represented less than 1% of sales in January 2022, equal to the percentage in January 2021.

National, State Sales Rise as More Inventory Expected to Arrive Later in the Year

Statewide, single-family home sales increased 1.4% year-over-year in January 2022, from 21,587 to 21,885. Florida existing condo sales increased 6.7% year-over-year in January 2022, from 9,608 to 10,252.

Nationally, total existing-home sales transactions completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, climbed 6.7% from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.50 million in January. Year-over-year, sales fell 2.3% (6.65 million in January 2021).

Statewide, the median sale price for single-family homes was $375,000 in January 2022, up 23% from 305,000 in January 2021. The median sale price for Florida existing condos rose 23.9% to $285,000 in January 2022 from $230,000 in January 2021.

Nationally, the median existing-home price for all housing types in January was $350,300, up 15.4% from January 2021 ($303,600), as prices rose in each region. This marks 119 consecutive months of year-over-year increases, the longest-running streak on record.

Broward Real Estate Attracting Multiple Bids, Buyers Going Over-List Price

The median percent of original list price received for single-family homes was 100% in January 2022, up 2% from 98% last year. The median percent of original list price received for existing condominiums was 98.1%, up 2.5% from 95.7% last year.

The median number of days between listing and contract dates for Broward single-family home sales was 18 days, a 18.2% decrease from 22 days last year. The median time to sale for single-family homes was 61 days, a 12.9% decrease from 70 days last year.

The median number of days between the listing date and contract date for condos was 22 days, down 51.1% from 45 days. The median number of days to sale for condos was 69 days, a 25% decrease from 92 days.

Broward Cash Sales 52.2% More than National Figure in January 2022

Cash sales represented 41.1% of Broward closed sales in January 2022, compared to 32.7% in January 2021. About 27% of U.S. home sales are made in cash, according to the latest NAR statistics.

The high percentage of cash buyers reflects South Florida's top position as the preeminent American real estate market for foreign buyers, who tend to purchase with all cash as well as some moving from more expensive U.S. markets who can buy more with their profits from real estate sales.

Cash sales accounted for 52.1% of all Broward existing condo sales and 26.9% of single-family transactions.

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