Median sale prices have remained very stable, averaging $155,925 for single family homes and $156,800 for condos over the full year. The market has come a long way in 3 years. Sales performance for the Sarasota area is impressive, and represented a 44 percent increase over the low point of the downturn in 2008, when there were 5,820 properties that sold. It is very clear that Sarasota remains a top destination for many homebuyers seeking the Florida lifestyle.
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Property transactions in the Sarasota real estate market jumped 7.3 percent in December 2011, compared to the November totals. Combined sales stood at 648, up from last month’s figure of 602 and the October 2011 sales of 577. This sales resurgence has paralleled the drop in the available inventory, and put the remaining months of inventory in the range of a seller’s market.
The inventory of available properties for sale in Sarasota was at 4,567 in December, down slightly from the 4,672 in November. The inventory fell to a 10-year low of 4,408 in August 2011. As the inventory has slid, the months of inventory has dropped and now stands at 6.3 months for single family homes and 9.2 months for condos. A figure of 6 months is considered equilibrium between a buyer’s and a seller’s market.
The December 2011 median sale price for condos recovered strongly to $150,000 from November’s figure of $127,000. This was the highest level since August 2011. Condo prices have been fluctuating for several months, with the year-to-date median sale price at $156,800.
For single family homes, the median sale price dropped slightly in December to $160,000 from $162,000 in November 2011. For the overall year, the figures have remained remarkably steady, indicating a stabilizing market.
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