Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Yesterday CNN Money reported “The housing market started the new year with a thud. Home prices dropped for the fifth consecutive month in January, reaching their lowest point since the end of 2002. The average home sold in that month lost 0.8% of its value, compared with a month earlier, and prices were down 3.8% from 12 months earlier, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 major markets.”
Hah I said. Naples is having its best tourist season in years, prices bounced back last year, the economy is improving, people are feeling more confident and the all important supply-demand inventory picture should be better for prices. Surely Naples is bucking the national trend. Not so fast. A quick look at the MLS data for Naples this morning shows a Naples real estate pattern similar to national trends. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Single family home prices in Naples dropped in January and February – just like the CNN Money national report. Ditto for Villas. Condos were the exception showing a nice up tick in January and February but all categories showed a slight decline in prices over the last twelve months. We are still clearing foreclosures and short sales are still out there, but I thought we would be doing a little better – but facts are the facts.
What to do if you are a buyer or a seller? First, know your neighborhood because these trends may differ widely block to block. Buyers should continue to drive a hard deal and sellers should be flexible – in general – in a softer price market.
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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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