According to the March 2019 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS, which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), the median closed price of homes decreased 5.6 percent to $340,000 in March 2019 from $360,000 in March 2018. Broker analysts reviewing the report clarified that the median closed price decrease was due, in part, to an increase in the number of closed sales of homes priced under $500,000 during the last year.
Another reason for the decrease in median home price is due to sellers pricing their homes appropriately - based on actual comparisons of recently sold homes - to gauge their home's estimated value rather than pricing their homes based on unvalidated values.
The March 2019 Market Report showed overall closed sales decreased 1.7 percent to 973 in March 2019 compared to 990 in March 2018. This decrease was isolated to the single-family home market, whose sales in March 2019 fell by just 17 total sales compared to March 2018. The condominium market in March ended with 499 closed sales, the same number reported in March 2018.
However, as Bill Coffey of Amerivest Realty Naples pointed out, the report also showed closed sales in March increased 64 percent compared to February 2019, which reported 595 closed sales; and it increased 65 percent compared to January 2019, which reported 588 closed sales.
Many brokers have reported an increase in contracts (pending sales) during March, which they feel contributed to the 10 percent decrease in overall inventory for March. It is important to remember that inventory during the first quarter of 2018 included many homes that were put back on the market after having been taken off the market for repairs following Hurricane Irma during the last quarter of 2017. As such, the report showed 8.7 months of inventory for March 2019, down 11 percent compared to March 2018.
Brokers reviewing the March report also discussed their concern about how water quality issues and short-term rental limits might impact the Naples housing market moving forward. Adam Vellano of BEX Realty Florida, and a member of the NABOR Water Quality Task Force, remarked that actions by the new Governor to fast-track many delayed water-quality projects, appoint a new South Florida Water Management Board, and request the Army Corps of Engineers modify Lake Okeechobee's scheduled releases so there are fewer in the summer, is already being met with positive response. ¦