Inventory stinks and probably isn’t going to get better for a number of reasons. New construction remains very expensive and many who would like to sell can’t justify it financially as interest rates move higher. Imagine yourself having a 30 year fixed mortgage at 3.5% then you can see how motivated you would need to be today to go out and buy a new home and be saddled by a mortgage at 5%, or higher. You are most likely to stay put. The Fed seems intent of continue moving interest rates higher and I keep saying, and will keep saying, that any significant move to they upside will have a very strong negative impact on real estate.
Stock market turmoil, more turmoil out of Washington, the list of concerns is real and puts a huge question mark on what happens to the real estate market in the coming year.
As of December 15th, the median condo price in the Northern Palm Beaches dropped to $230,000 from $235,000 one month ago. On the bright side, condo prices in the area are up 6.5% from year ago numbers and 2018 will be the 7th straight year condo prices have pressed higher. While single family home prices in the Jupiter area have moved to all time new highs, the condo market is still far below it’s record highs of 2005/2006.
With pending home sales at multi-year lows, it is almost a sure thing that the number of condo closings in the Jupiter area are going to fall even further over the next 2 months. Right now it looks like pricing pressure for a median condo will be rebounding and moving higher over the next 60 days, mainly because of inventory where most buyers are looking for turnkey units and they are more expensive. After February it is anyone’s guess as to where the real estate markets heads.
The big question is, are this winters visitors going to be writing contracts and pushing pending home sales higher? Watch closely, as if sales do not perk up by the end of January then 2019 may be the first year in a long time where we may see home prices in the Jupiter area pulling back.
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