Greater Tampa Home Sales March 2018 – Tampa Market Monday

    Happy Monday, April 16, 2018

    As the real estate season gets more active, let’s take a look at how Greater Tampa real estate — which includes all the communities listed below — performed in March of this year. 

    As you see below, Total Sold Dollar Volume, Closed Sales, Median Sold Price, Average Sold Price and Average Price per Sq Foot rose compared to March 2017 (YoY). Median Days on the Market and Average Days on the Market both fell 7.7% and 5.2% respectively.  (-6.9%) on a year-to-year basis. On a month-to-month (MoM) basis (or February 2018 compared to March 2018), most statistics climbed, except for Median Days on the Market which dropped 11.1%.

    (See table below for details).

    The data in the chart above includes all types of housing, but let’s take a closer look at the sale of single-family homes. As you’ll see below, Closed Sales fell 2.7% compared to March 2017, as 2,561 SFHs sold. (Just place your cursor on the bars in the graph to see the stats.)

    The Number of Active Listings also declined 4.7% from March a year ago, as 5,710 homes were listed for sale. Fortunately, New Listings ticked up 1.7% from March a year ago, as 3,493 homes came onto the market.

    Pricing

    The March 2018 Median Price gained 5.3% over March of 2017, as it rose to $240,000. The Average Price per Sq Foot for Sold Homes rose 5.4% in March of 2018 to $137/sq ft. By comparison, the Median List Price stood at $299,900 about where it was last March, while the Average Price List Price per Sq Foot increased 3.2% to $163/sq ft.

    Supply and Demand

    The supply of homes dropped  7.8% from March a year ago to 2.41 months. The Median Days on the Market, which shows how fast homes are selling descended to 10.7% to 25 days. That means half of the homes in the Greater Tampa real estate market sell in 25 days or less.

    Key Takeaways

    Homes sales should pick up steam going into the spring and summer, but inventory continues to hold the market back and take prices higher. Sellers should find plenty of buyers if they list in the next few months. Buyers should remain motivated feeling that their purchasing power is higher now than in six months to a year when interest rates are likely to have moved higher.

    Now here are some of the most helpful and interesting blog posts, articles, and infographics we’ve seen this week. Enjoy!

    Tampa:

    Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 16-22.

    Earth Day: Sunday is the official day to celebrate our big blue rock, but Island Earth Days is Saturday and Sunday at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin with music, kids’ activities, nature walks, live animals and environmental displays. Free; $8 park admission per carload. islandearthdays .com.

    Mainsail Art Festival: One of the area’s biggest and highest-quality art shows brings 250 artists, a Kids Create activity tent, live music and food vendors to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Saturday and Sunday.

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    Music: Friday, contemporary jazz icons Spyro Gyra play Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre ($35-$55), while the 98RockFest featuring headliners Shinedown takes over Tampa’s Amalie Arena ($29-$75). Saturday, country superstar Kenny Chesney returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa ($32-$370).

    Beach Goes Pops: Bring a blanket or a chair to Pass-a-Grille Beach on Saturday and enjoy free live music, an arts and crafts show, and food and drink from numerous area restaurants. Free; VIP seating $100-$125. beachgoespops.com.

    Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Verdi’s Requiem: The Florida Holocaust Museum begins each performance with a talk on how the work became known as the “Defiant Requiem” during the Holocaust. Performances are Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $15-$45.

    Record Store Day: Local record stores pull out all the stops for vinyl lovers Saturday. Check our Soundcheck music blog ( tampabay.com/blogs/soundcheck) for a list of deals and festivities such as St. Petersburg’s Bananas Music with giveaways and live music.

    American Stage in the Park: The ProducersThe Broadway show based on Mel Brooks’ cult comedy opens at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg with pay-what-you-can previews Wednesday and Thursday. Starting Saturday, performances are $18-$30 lawn, $32-$35 premium blanket, $38-$40 reserved. americanstage.org.

    SunLit Festival: The celebration of the local literary scene continues with events including the Antiquarian Book Fair Friday-Sunday at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum. $10 weekend pass; $6 daily.

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    From the Blog:

    A Tale of Two Markets

     

    Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

    Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

    Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:

    “It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

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    Follow this link to search Tampa area homes for sale

     

    Buyers

    Homebuyers face ‘most competitive market in recorded history’

    Realtors are seeing listings move off the market as “quickly as they’ve ever seen them,” Hale says. In March, homes stayed on the market an average of 63 days, a 7 percent drop year-over-year from 2017. Inventory is predicted to move even faster in the summer, as it usually does, and Hale expects many markets to set records.

    She also expects aggressive tactics from buyers. A Realtor.com survey of potential buyers found that 40 percent plan to put more than 20 percent down, and 26 percent are willing to pay above asking price. A survey in early March by Toluna Research found that 40 percent of current buyers have been searching for more than seven months.

    “Buyers right now are staying informed and signaling they’re serious, that’s how they’re staying competitive,” she says.

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    Sellers

    The Real Estate Surprises Every Home Seller Should Be Aware Of

    There are many misconceptions when it comes to real estate. Some of the basic myths and fables can sway buyers and sellers without any valid cause. A real estate agent’s job is to inform clients and help them understand what is typical of a home transaction and what is simply untrue. Many homeowners are still unaware of things they can do that would help the process run more smoothly, from updating a property to accommodating showings for potential buyers and more.

    That’s why nine members of Forbes Real Estate Council share below some of the things that home sellers are constantly surprised by, that they wish there were more common knowledge. Here is what they had to say:

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    Home Loans

    Mortgage Rates Holding Steady

    Mortgage rates have been holding steady over the past two months. The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.42 percent in this week’s survey. Rates have bounced around 4.4 percent since mid-February. Rates could break out and head higher if inflation continues to firm. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that the Consumer Price Index increased 2.4 percent over the 12 months ending in March, the largest 12-month increase in a year. Members of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee are looking at inflation indicators to help determine the appropriate path for policy.

    If inflation continues to trend higher, we may see two or three more rate hikes from the Fed this year, and mortgage rates could follow. For now, mortgage rates are still quite low by historical standards, helping to support homebuyer affordability as the spring homebuying season ramps up.

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