Hi Alex, I just joined yesterday and saw your question and I thought I'd respond with some real estate information from my market in Fort Myers and Naples.
Homes in Southwest Florida are definitely moving off the market. Many people are seeing a great buying opportunity with such low prices and are making their move to purchase real estate now that the median house price in the Fort Myers area has dipped to $98,000 and the median house price in the Naples area is down to $195,000.
According to the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), home sales in Naples have increased incredibly from 2007. In September they were up 50%, 65% in October, 70% in November, and most recently 158% in December over the same periods in 2007! That is definitely an upward trend.
But Naples is not the only area seeing this increase in sales. According to the REALTOR Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, November had an increase in sales by 64% over November of 2007 and December saw a whopping 181.7% increase over December of 2007. The sale of 1,034 properties in December surpassed the number of December sales in 2004 and 2006.
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Hope this gives you some insight into what is happening in our market right now.
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