*The median price of all existing homes combined sold in May 2014 — $165,000 — is a 13.68 percent increase from the $145,148 median price recorded in May 2013.
*The median price for “normal” existing homes sold in May is $194,700, an increase of 9.00 percent from the median price of “normal” existing homes in May 2013.
*The year-to-year median price for short sales increased by 13.56 percent in May, while the median price for bank-owned sales increased by 10.00 percent.
*The year-over-year median price for single-family homes increased by 9.62 percent, and the year-over-year median price for condos increased 4.44 percent.
*Orlando home sales (all home types and all sales types combined) in May 2014 were down 11.16 percent when compared to May of 2013 and down 1.74 percent when compared to April 2014.
*Single-family home sales in the Orlando area decreased by 8.31 percent in May when compared to May 2013 and decreased 1.99 percent compared to April 2014. Condo sales decreased by 24.01 percent year to year; townhomes and villa sales decreased by 13.26 percent.
*Of the 2,651 sales in May, 1,750 normal sales accounted for 66.01 percent of all sales, while 656 bank-owned and 245 short sales respectively made up 24.75 percent and 9.24 percent.
*The number of normal sales in May decreased by 0.34 percent compared to May 2013, while short-sales decreased 62.88 percent and foreclosures increased by 15.49 percent.
*The 7,407 pendings in May of this year is a decrease of 14.18 percent compared to the 8,631 pendings in May of last year (and a 0.78 percent decrease compared to the 7,465 pendings last month).
*Short sales made up 39.25 percent of pendings in May, a decline of 41.23 percent from May of last year. Normal properties accounted for 39.27 percent (an increase of 13.94 percent) and bank-owned properties accounted for 21.48 percent (an increase of 40.55 percent).
*Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in May were down by 9.55 percent when compared to May of 2013. Throughout the MSA, 3,269 homes were sold in May 2014 compared with 3,614 in May 2013. To date, MSA sales are down 7.69 percent.
Each individual county’s monthly sales comparisons are as follows:
Lake: 2.23 percent below May 2013;
Orange: 14.21 percent below May 2013;
Osceola: 8.01 percent below May 2013; and
Seminole: 4.79 percent below May 2013.
*There are currently 10,908 homes available for purchase through the MLS. The May 2014 overall inventory level is 50.00 percent higher than it was in May 2013; inventory is up 2.45 percent compared to April 2014.
*The inventory of normal sales increased 57.29 percent compared to May 2013, while foreclosure inventory is up 101.46 percent and short sale inventory is down 7.63 percent.
*Year-to-year single-family home inventory is up 53.27 percent; condo inventory is up 38.56 percent.
*The current pace of sales translates into 4.11 months of inventory supply.
*New contracts are down 6.93 percent compared to May of 2013. New listings are up 22.18 percent.
*The Orlando affordability index increased to 180.86 percent in May. First-time homebuyer affordability in May increased to 128.61 percent.
*Homes of all types spent an average of 73 days on the market before coming under contract in May 2014, and the average home sold for 96.21 percent of its listing price.
Florida Market Overview
*Sales, existing single-family: 4.10 percent increase in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
*Sales, existing condo: 5.10 percent decrease in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
*Median price, existing single-family: 6.10 percent increase in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
*Median price, existing condo: 9.80 percent increase in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
National Market Overview
*Sales, existing single-family: 8.50 percent decrease in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
*Sales, existing condo: 1.90 percent increase in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
*Median price, existing single-family: 4.70 percent increase in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
*Median price, existing condo: 8.30 percent increase in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
Persuasive Points Overview
*Homeownership is an investment in your well-being and future.
*Homeownership offers immediate benefits and long-term value.
*Today’s market offers great opportunities for buyers and sellers.
*Mortgage interest rates are low. Home prices are affordable.
*REALTORS® add value to the real estate transaction.
*REALTORS® are the most trusted resource for real estate information.
Economic and Social Benefits of Homeownership
*Homeowners benefit from the power of leverage. Buyers typically use their own money for just a portion of the home price, but the appreciation they realize is based on the property’s total value.
*Given the leverage in purchasing a home, the average return on a 5 percent down payment over 10 years is usually three to five times greater than stock market returns.
*The typical homeowner’s net worth ($205,200) was 49 times that of the typical renter ($4,200) in 2008, according to NAR calculations using the latest statistics from the Federal Reserve Board.
*Homeownership offers “pride of ownership” — giving you control over your surroundings.
*Homeownership strengthens communities. Homeowners are more likely to be involved and engaged in local issues, and they move less frequently than renters. This helps to prevent crime, improve childhood education and support neighborhood upkeep.
*Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth, providing both equity accumulation and tax benefits over time.
Use-a-REALTOR® Discussion Topics
*It has never been more important than now to work with a REALTOR®, the local market professional, to properly gauge local neighborhood conditions.
*Distressed sales — foreclosures and short sales — account for more than a third of all transactions nationwide. This varies widely from market to market — sometimes even from neighborhood to neighborhood. Distressed homes typically are selling at a 15 percent discount, but this varies widely by market, as well.
*REALTORS® have access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive property listing and sales information, making them a buyer’s best resource in finding the home that is right for each customer.
*Many markets have two levels of pricing: distressed sales and traditional sales. Foreclosures and short-sales tend to carry prices as much as of 20 percent below traditional homes in the same area. REALTORS® can help both buyers and sellers navigate today’s tricky market conditions.
Source: NAR Surround Sound Campaign
Why Homeownership Matters…
*Homeowners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.
*Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. Historically, a homeowner’s net worth has ranged from 31 to 46 times that of a renter.
*Homeowners are free to redecorate, renovate, and modify their homes as they wish.
*Most home owners enjoy stable housing costs — a fixed-rate mortgage payment might not change for 15 to 30 years while rent typically increases 3 percent a year.
*Homeowners can typically deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their federal individual income tax return.
*People who own homes vote more, volunteer more and contribute more to their neighborhoods.
*Homeowners do not move as frequently as renters, providing more neighborhood stability. In turn, this stability helps reduce crime and supports neighborhood upkeep.
*Children of homeowners do better in school, stay in school longer, are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time in front of the television.
To the United States
*Sixty-seven percent of American households are owner-occupied. America is a nation of homeowners.
*Homeowners pay 80 to 90 percent of federal individual income taxes, contributing to federal programs that benefit all Americans.
*Every home purchased pumps $60,000 into the economy for furniture, home improvements, and related items.
*Housing accounts for more than 15 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product, a key driver of our national economy.
Source: NAR Homeownership Matters Campaign
For detailed statistical reports and video, visit the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association website.
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