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Home sales fell more than 20% in Florida last year

Tampa, Sarasota-Manatee and Naples-Fort Myers saw double-digit drops of housing sales in 2022 as inflation and rising interest rates cooled the market.

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In news that surprises no one who’s been following Florida’s housing market the past 12 months, the state’s Realtor’s association says single family home sales in the state fell 18% in 2022.

Condominium and town house sales fared no better, falling 21.7% when compared to 2021.

The market's sharp downturn is largely being blamed on inflation and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates in order to curb it. While both rates and inflation are showing signs of easing, they are likely to be factors that will continue affecting the market this year.

The numbers were released as part of a year-end market roundup using data from the trade group’s research department in partnership with local boards and associations.

Locally, each of the nine counties that make up the Business Observer’s readership area, saw sales fall double-digits, with housing sales in the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area dropping nearly 35% and condominium and town house sales falling nearly 40%.

While sales fell, statewide the median sale price was up 15.7% to $402,500 over last year for single-family homes and up 21.6% to $306,500 for condominium and town houses.

Florida Realtors, whose primary responsibility is to cheer on the housing industry, says despite the plunge in the number of homes sold last year, “closed sales were pretty good when you look at the more ‘traditional’ housing market years of 2018 and 2019.”

Here are the year-over-year percent changes in home sales and condo and town house sales by local metropolitan statistical area:

 Home sales Condo/town house sales
Cape Coral-Fort Myers
 -20.6% -31.7%
Lakeland-Winter Haven
 -6.1% -11.8%
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island
 -32.6% -38.6%
North Port-Sarasota-Manatee
 -23.2% -25.5%
Punta Gorda
 -21.0% -27.1%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
 -19.1% -18.1%

Nationally, the rest of the country was hit a lot harder than Florida. According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops fell 34% in 2022.

The national organization’s chief economist Lawrence Yun does expect sales to pick up soon as mortgage rates continue to fall after peaking at 7.08% in October — the first time mortgage rates topped the 7% mark since 2002.

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey released Jan. 19, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 6.15%, down from 6.33% the previous week. The 30-year average rate a year ago was 3.56%.

As for the average 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, it dropped to 5.28%, down from 5.52% a week ago. It stood at 2.79% a year ago.



Louis Llovio

Louis Llovio is the commercial real estate editor at the Business Observer. Before going to work at the Observer, the longtime business writer worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maryland Daily Record and for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He lives in Tampa.


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