The spring season usually brings an increase in buying and selling to the Southwest Florida real estate market. Nationally speaking, housing experts are mostly optimistic that this spring will be even better than recent years.
According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), some signs are already there: Housing inventories are declining, housing affordability is at record highs, mortgage rates are at all-time lows, and the job market is improving.
In Southwest Florida, home sales have been edging up in recent months, and available inventories as of January 1, 2012 in the combined Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero market was 7,896 units (4,264 condominiums and 3,632 single family homes). This represents a 23% decrease from January 1, 2011.
Nationally, nearly 2.4 million units were available in December 2011, reaching its lowest point since 2005, according to National Association of REALTORS® data.
NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says home prices are beginning to stabilize in many markets. Also, NAR’s Housing Affordability Index is at its highest level since the 1970s, which indicates that for the average family housing is very affordable.
The National Association of Home Builders is also predicting an improvement this spring among the new-home sector. NAHB is predicting that home sales will increase 18 percent this year, that’s after facing their lowest on record in 2011.
There is no better time to buy a luxury home right here in Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs or Estero, Florida.
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