Last Updated: 10/17/2014

Contacts: Pat Pitocchi, NABOR® President & Media Relations Committee Chairman, (239) 261-2214, Marcia Albert, NABOR Director of Marketing, (239) 597-1666

3rd Quarter Inventory Remains Tight

Naples, Fla. (October 17, 2014) – Limited inventory continues to be the story of the Naples area real estate market, according to the third quarter report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®). Inventory of existing homes decreased 9 percent from 4,080 homes available in the 3rd quarter of 2013 to 3,702 homes in the 3rd quarter of 2014. This tight inventory affected sales activity as demonstrated by a 10 percent decrease in pending sales from 2,548 in 3rd quarter 2013 to 2,304 pending sales in 3rd quarter 2014; and an 11 percent decrease in closed sales from 2,339 in 3rd quarter 2013 to 2,093 closed sales in 3rd quarter 2014.

Contrary to the reduction of pending and closed sales in the 3rd quarter of 2014, real estate agents across Collier County reported being very busy keeping up with the growing demand. This anomaly, as confirmed by a panel of brokers analyzing the NABOR® 3rd Quarter 2014 Naples area market statistics, is likely a result of the market experiencing an influx of new home construction that, while not reported in the Southwest Florida MLS, has replenished the void resulting from a decreased inventory in the resale market.

“I don’t think the market need has changed,” said Steve Barker, Advising Broker for Equity Realty. “Agents are showing homes every day because the new construction market has finally caught up to the demand. But the resale market is still desirable as location continues to be a factor for many new home buyers and the new construction market can’t be everywhere.”

Pat Pitocchi, NABOR® president and corporate trainer at Downing-Frye Realty said, “The market report does a good job at showing us a big picture view of how the resale market in Collier is behaving in general. However, it does not report all new homes sales, which appears to be a considerable segment of the current market activity according to reports from local brokers.”

Wes Kunkle, a commercial broker at Kunkle Realty, pointed out that the 21 percent decrease in overall pending sales in the $300,000 and below market drove the overall 10 percent decrease. “Overall pending sales in every price segment over $300,000 increased in the third quarter 2014. Overall closed sales increased in two of the five price segments, $300,000 to $500,000 and $1 million to $2 million, as well.”

The NABOR® 3rd Quarter 2014 Report provides comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The NABOR® 3rd Quarter 2014 sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: According to Kathy Zorn, broker/owner at Florida Home Realty, “Homes priced under $300,000 may make up over 60 percent of our market but this is not our entire market. In fact, the 3rd quarter report showed an increase in inventory of single family homes in the combined price categories above $300,000, which accounts for 1,564 homes or 42% of the overall 3rd quarter inventory.

NABOR® also released its September 2014 Market Report, which revealed the following: Broker analysts agree that new construction within the last year is a welcome addition to the Collier County housing market.

With guidance from a local REALTOR®, buyers can discover opportunities and ensure their sale or purchase is a success within both the new home and resale markets.

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