South Florida Housing Market Defies National Trend
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South Florida housing market defies national trend, sees price increases in February

by Laura Graves on April 13, 2023
South Florida housing market defies national trend, sees price increases in February

Despite a nationwide decline in median home prices in February, the South Florida housing market continued to see rising median sales prices for single-family homes. The region’s strong demand for living space, coupled with an influx of new businesses and employees, has kept prices up, though experts caution that uncertainty around the US banking industry and interest rates could impact the market in the coming months.

The South Florida housing market remains resilient as median sales prices for single-family homes in Miami-Dade and Broward counties continue to increase, according to the Miami Association of Realtors’ February housing report. While the condo market saw a slight dip in Miami-Dade, the overall housing market has gained momentum due to the strong demand for South Florida living. Experts attribute this demand to Miami’s pandemic transformation into a corporate magnet, which has brought in many new companies and their employees. However, the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. banking industry and the Federal Reserve’s decision to continue hiking interest rates could potentially have a detrimental effect on the regional housing market in the coming months.

Despite the high demand, overall house and condo sales activity decreased significantly in South Florida last month compared to last year, with cash buyers accounting for almost half of home purchases. While the high prices in the South Florida housing market may make the region appear attractive, many people remain priced out and unable to afford a home. Some potential buyers have expressed concern over poorly maintained properties and the lack of research being done on the work being done on homes.

Assistant Professor Mark Thibodeau of Florida International University’s Hollo School of Real Estate explains that the threat of a banking crisis may prompt the Federal Reserve to be less aggressive in increasing interest rates or even relaxing a bit, which would lead to more transactions and investment in housing supply. Thibodeau warns that the Fed’s decision on what to do with interest rates this week is clouded by the fallout from the failure of Silicon Valley Bank, the second-biggest bank failure in U.S. history. He cautions that further bank collapses could harm the South Florida real estate market.

Despite potential risks, the desirability of South Florida remains high, with consistent interest from both national and international buyers. Nathaniel Crawford, the managing broker at Black Luxury Realty, notes that many international buyers are not comparing the U.S. economy to what it was 10 or 20 years ago, but rather to the economy in their own country. Crawford explains that, even at its worst, the U.S. economy is still better than many others. As such, many international buyers see investing in a South Florida property as a safer option than investing in accounts in their own countries.


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