Is the condo market in Miami saturated? In January of this year, over 10,000 condos were actively listed in the Miami metro area. The spike in listings was reported back in January, by the Miami Association of Realtors. Analysts have noted that buyers have gained steam, as well as listings, though. So, is the market actually saturated, or are we seeing a spike that will even out as more buyers purchase these listed condos? (CLICK HERE to view all currently available condos for sale in Miami)
Currently, as the economy has stabilized and developers have gained confidence in the market’s future, there’s more competition than there has been in the last few years. Not only are condo owners putting their units up for resale, but there are more new construction and pre-construction units for sale on the Miami market than there has been since before the housing crisis in 2008.
Not the “Glut” You’re Thinking Of
The term “glut” is on the tips of a lot of tongues in the real estate world in Miami right now, but it’s not because of a lack of demand for properties. It’s because buyers are being given so many more choices than they’ve had in over six years. The upshot of this is that different buyers, representing different markets, will be attracted to different properties and different features.
Buyers from South America tend to be attracted to the newly constructed condo towers, with their new styles, amenities, and features. Long-time Miami residents may be more attracted to a neighborhood with the best schools or to a place near a park where they grew up. These are just two examples of the different types of buyer pushback you’ll see with this very unique type of condo market glut. However, according to the market stats, there’s nothing to worry about. The first quarter of the fiscal year is a very popular, “in season”, time of year for the housing market in Miami. This is the time of year that potential buyers traveling to the city on vacation so that they can check out new constructions, condos for resale, and neighborhoods where they might want to live. The large inventory of condos for sale during the height of the season is nothing to be worried about.
Resale Prices Are Up
In January of this year, Miami-Dade County showed significant gains in both condo sales and sales of single-family homes. (CLICK HERE to view all currently available condos for sale in Miami) This went against the plateau that the rest of the country was seeing at the time. While there may have been a lot of condos listed on the market, there were also a lot of condos being closed on. In fact, there were significantly more than were selling in January of 2013.
At the same time, the median for condo prices rose by about 20 percent this past January, and single-family homes rose by 16 percent. That means that, though at first glance the market looks saturated, that’s just simply not the case. Though a lot of developers and individuals are listing their properties, a lot of buyers are interested in those properties.
The trend is up in Miami condo prices and property values, and it doesn’t look to be going back down any time soon.