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Tampa Real Estate is a Seller’s Market as Buyers Compete with Little Inventory.

Buyers struggle to find more options in the Tampa Real Estate Market

Buyers are out there, and the inventory is low – both nationally and in our region – for existing single-family homes. Those are two important facts to keep in mind if you are thinking of putting your home on the market.

Tampa Real Estate is a Seller’s Market

If you need a nudge, remember that sellers should strongly consider putting their homes on the market now before interest rates increase!

Around the country, fewer homes are on the market than are needed to meet buyers’ demands. In real estate terms, the industry is buzzing about “inventory shortages.” For instance, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, points out that “as a result, home prices are up and accelerating in many markets.” He adds, “Homeowners looking to sell this spring appear to be in the driver’s seat, as there are more buyers competing for a limited number of homes available for sale.”

And you probably didn’t miss the main headline from the National Association of Realtors association: Pending home sales rose in April for the fourth straight month and reached their highest level in nine years.

What follows are details about home prices, inventory and length of time on the market in the Tampa area.

For the Tampa real estate market, the median sales price of a single-family home in Hillsborough County went up from $168,000 to $195,000 over the past year, according to the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. The data show that more transactions are happening, with the number of sales up by 20 percent. With home prices rising, condo and townhouse prices are rising even more sharply, with the median sales price increasing by a little more than 19 percent over the past year.

The median sales price – that $195,000 number – is the sales price right in the middle. Average price and median price can sometimes, by coincidence, be the same. But in this case the average price for April 2015 is higher: $242,246. Just like the median price, the average price of a single-family home also went up from a year ago, coming in at almost 11 percent higher.

Keep in mind that these figures cover existing homes, not the brand-new ones that builders or developers have put on the market.

As more and more properties are changing hands, inventory is dropping. Active listings in Hillsborough County have dropped by almost 4 percent for single-family homes and 9 percent for townhouses and condos.

Another interesting fact from the study is that sellers are receiving almost 95 percent of the asking price. And sellers usually keep their homes on the market for only 45 days, a slight decrease from last year.

It’s also significant that foreclosure sales are down during this same time period, having dropped by a little more than 7 percent. This corresponds with other figures signaling an improved economy.

You can look at the association’s GTAR-Housing-Report_April-2015.pdf

If you have been on the fence about selling your home and want to know what your home is worth, please contact us here for a free market analysis.

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Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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