Inventory continues to be a challenge for buyers seeking to purchase a home in Naples. While the overall market inventory in October 2020 decreased 33.8 percent to 3,543 from 5,351 in October 2019, overall pending sales for the same time period increased 73.0 percent to 1,708 from 987 in October 2019. With strong demand, sellers are receiving multiple competitive offers on their listings during what is a traditionally slower time of year. Offers are coming in more quickly as well, with homes sold during October 2020 staying on the market 11.5 percent fewer days than October 2019. The average number of days on the market until sale was 92 in October 2020 compared to 104 days in October 2020.
"In a typical year, October would be a time when inventory numbers rise as sellers prepare for increased demand during season," said Mike Hughes, Vice President of Downing-Frye, Realty, Inc. "However, the pandemic disrupted traditional seasonal patterns. Buyers are motivated to seek larger, more comfortable homes that accommodate their work-from-home lifestyles."
In a recent interview in Inc. magazine, Bill Gates acknowledged the nationwide, post-pandemic migration of families to bigger houses in smaller communities with less traffic. Annual market statistics support that trend is happening locally. During the period of January through October 2020, there were 9,785 closed sales in Naples, which represents a 13.8 percent increase over the same period in 2019. With more active buyers on the market, housing prices are seeing moderate but sustainable growth.
"Home pricing will likely continue to rise", said Dominic Pallini, Broker at Vanderbilt Realty of Naples. "Today's buyer is willing to pay more for the comfort and quality of life that Naples offers. "Additionally, we are seeing new construction come online in the local market, which is supporting the increased demand."
The October Market Report showed that single-family homes saw an increase in the median closed sales price of 12.1 percent to $458,000 during January to October 2020, up from $408,500 during the same period in 2019. Condominium median closed sales prices also saw an uptick of 5.8 percent to $275,000 during January to October 2020, over $260,000 during the same period in 2019.
Brenda Fioretti, Managing Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, notes that 30.6 percent of homes on the market experienced a price increase during October. "Sellers are receiving multiple, competitive bids on their listings. So, it is important for buyers to make a serious offer when they find the right home."
The NABOR® October 2020 Market Reports provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings: