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Are Condo’s A Bargain? Prices Still Depressed Compared To Single Family Homes

Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2014


A quick look at price trends in the Matrix MLS shows condo prices are still near distressed levels but single family homes have rebounded. What is going on here? Should you consider a Naples condo a bargain right now waiting for a price rebound?

In January of 2007 the prices for single family homes sold in Naples approached $600,000 ON AVERAGE. Wow. Those were the days of easy (real easy) financing and some of the greatest real estate speculation levels we have seen here.


You know what happened next. By January 2009 the average single family home selling price dropped below $200,000 – cut to one-third of the peak – and we were on the bottom. Remember during those two years between 2007 and 2009 a lot of $100,000 foreclosed properties were selling on the market as outside investors swooped in for bargains. At the same time, those higher value home owners who could hang on took their homes off the market and may have accounted for some of the average sold price drop since the top end homes were no longer in the picture.
What ever the real price drop was in Naples single family homes from 2007-2009 it was significant. The market was on the bottom and would be for the next three years.

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Right around January 2012 the average sold home price in Naples started to rise again. Today we are back above $300,000. A lot of the sub $300,000 inventory is gone and first time home buyers are struggling to find affordable single family homes to buy. Will the price momentum continue? Probably. Volumes are good, season has now started and well priced properties in good condition are selling. If you are into charts the shape of curve  shows a nice spike up. Clearly prices are rebounding in the single family home market.


The condo picture is somewhat different. First, the condo price peak was earlier – January 2006 when the condo market peaked around $550,000. That’s right, $500,000+ average condo prices selling in Naples.  Remember that figure. Like single family homes condos found a price bottom in January 2009. Condo prices bumped along and are still bumping along just finding their way above $200,000.  What?  What happened to the price bounce we saw in the single family home market?  Not really there yet. Interesting.

Why is the condo market trailing and why didn’t it bounce back first since it crashed first? It led the crash shouldn’t it lead the recovery?  Nope.  Let’s take a look at some possible reasons:
1) Condo’s and their life style support for absentee owners may have catered to the 2007 out-of-state speculator more than a single family home requiring local attention. Those out of state speculators may not be back yet – at least not in the condo market.

2) Single family homes may be more popular than condos today as more families and business move to Naples.

3) Some condo buildings need some work and some condo are trapped in old floor plans. Thing about it. Try tearing down a condo to resell it!  Hah.  Only single family homes can be torn down and offer a new brand new house to sell in the future.  Sure you can remodel a condo but you cannot really replace it entirely.

3) All condos have HOA fees.  Some HOA fees are quite high.  Some single family homes have no HOA fees.  So what.  Well $4,000 a year in some HOA savings is a big deal for a first time home owner.  I know of one condo HOA fee over $15,000.

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What does all of this mean for buyers and sellers? If you like the Naples lifestyle then condo’s look like a good bargain right now relative to historic prices. Sellers need to realize – despite the headlines of a rebounding, booming Naples real estate market  – their condo is in a market still recovering from the big crash.

Buyers might find some real values but be careful – every condo is different and surrounded by an HOA with differing finances and future assessment needs.  Don’t just go our there and buy them up! Make sure you love the place and get with a real estate team like ours to help you figure it out.

Stay tuned with us and we will keep an eye on these recovering markets.

There are many real estate and lifestyle options here in Naples, Florida If you would like to know more please pick up the phone and call the Naples Best Addresses team at 239.595.3920 (Nan), 239-595-3921 (Mark) or 239-285-2038 (Dave).

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Hope to meet and talk with you soon,

Mark, Nan and Dave Goebel PA’s

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