Signs point to a great 2017 and beyond
The housing market statistics for Naples in 2016 have been revealed, and it was another good year for the city. Analysts and real estate professionals believe that these numbers indicate stability in the market as we move into the new year and beyond.
The overall inventory in Naples went up a whopping 34% in 2016, from 4,426 at year-end 2015 to 5,946 when 2016 finished. The greatest quantity of new listings were found in the Naples Beach area, which added 437 new homes last year. Higher inventory generally means lower prices and more selection for buyers, making it a good time to consider purchasing.
One negative in Naples real estate in 2016 had to do with the number of closed sales, which dropped about 13 percent. This was attributed in part to the fact that several new home developments were created. However, closed sales of condos in the East Naples area were up in 2016, as were the closed sales of single-family homes between $500K and $1M.
There was only a little fluctuation in the median home prices in Naples in 2016. For most homes above $300K, there was no change. Homes in the $500K to $1M range had a 3 percent drop in median price. There was also a 2 percent decrease in the median price of homes between $1M and $2M.
Days on the market
Overall, there was a 14 percent increase in the number of days a new listing stayed on the market. However, once the end of the year rolled around, there was a drastic change. In December of 2015, the average home was on the market for 96 days. That number was cut to 88 in December of 2016. This change is attributed to sellers listing their homes at reasonable prices, as opposed to trying to start high and then having to reduce the price.
The median rent in Naples remained steady for 2016 and was at about $2,500 by December. But if you’re a short-term renter, you may have gotten a bit of sticker shock in 2017; the median price in January actually dipped to $2,300, but in February it climbed all the way up to $4,500. This is undoubtedly a reflection of the spike in demand for seasonal rentals. If you’re a snowbird and have ever needed a reason to start looking for a home in Naples, this is it.
With new homes either being built or coming on the market, increasing inventory, relatively low-interest rates and rent only going up, now is the time to buy in Naples. If you’d like to see what’s available in your neck of the woods or any other part of Southwest Florida, get in touch with Dante Disabato. Give us a call at 239.537.5351 or just fill out our online contact form.