Pinellas County Florida – As 2007 comes to an end, many Pinellas County sellers are happy to see it go and many are wondering what 2008 has in store for our housing market.

While we don’t have a crystal ball we did think it would be helpful to take a look back over the last 2 years to see where Pinellas County luxury real estate been and where we are now.

Pinellas County Real Estate 2007 Year in Review

We all have heard that it’s a buyer’s market in the Tampa Bay area however let’s review the facts and temper some of the news media. Here is the first report in our new series called the Real Estate Market Report – 2007 Year In Review.

Readers tell us that it’s easy to find information on total Pinellas County market statistics however it can be misleading when those reports include everything from condos under $100,000 in 55+ Adult Retirement Condo Communities to the record setting condo sale of $4,400,000 at the Sandpearl Residences condos on Clearwater Beach this past month. 5 condos sold for over $3,000,000 this year in communities like The Grande, Mandalay Beach Club, Vinoy Place and Parkshore Plaza. Luxury condos and fine living still have their discriminating buyers even in this real estate market.

Just like all real estate is local – we believe each real estate market niche is unique and our goal is to provide you with a deeper view into our Luxury Real Estate Market in Tampa Bay.  We’ve been doing the research and preparing detailed reports on different Tampa Bay real estate market niches like:

  • Luxury Condos (over $500,000) in Pinellas County
  • Gulf front Condos in Pinellas County
  • Pool Homes in Pinellas County
  • Luxury Homes (over $500,000) in Pinellas County
  • The Clearwater Beach Sand Key Condo Report
  • Island Estates Real Estate Report
  • Clearwater Florida Homes Real Estate Report
  • Clearwater Florida Condos Real Estate Report

…and how they’ve performed this year. We’ve also provided you with a historical view of the last 24 months. As we head into the New Year it’s a time for reflecting on the past and planning for the future. Hope you find this information helpful.

Tampa Bay Real Estate 2 year Historical Performance Graphs

If you have a particular Tampa Bay Real Estate Market Report that would interest you just let us know and we will work to add it to our list. Our goal will be to post one or two a day.

We will include the following 4 graphs in our Tampa Bay Real Estate Market Report:

  1. Days on Market – How long is it taking Tampa Bay real estate to sell?
  2. Average Asked to Sold Ratio – Helps show how close to asking price condos are currently selling for.
  3. Median Price – shows that 1/2 of real estate sold is above and 1/2 is below this price in a given property or market niche.
  4. Units Sold – will show how many homes or condos sold in a given month as well as over the 2 year period.

We have seen the time it takes to sell luxury condos in Pinellas county has risen from just over 75 days to over 225 days this past month. It’s easy to understand when you look at the fact that there is a more limited buyer pool for these luxury condos as well as the fact that condo buyers have more lots of choices of condos currently for sale in Pinellas County.

The next chart explains the Pinellas Luxury Condo Real Estate Asked to Sold ratio. We often get buyer requests for people wanting to buy a Clearwater Beach Condo on the Gulf of Mexico for under $100,000, we smile knowing we could sell those all day long if it existed and then have to explain is just doesn’t.

The following graph shows that while luxury condo sellers in Clearwater, St Petersburg and the Tampa Beaches are making deals and there are some luxury waterfront condo bargains to be found, sellers are not “giving away” this desireable Tampa Bay real estate.

Notice on the Asked to Sold Graph below that with the exception of one month, June 2007, out of the last 24 months the “asked to sold ratio” has been over 90%. While Pinellas County luxury real estate usually sells faster and in the high 90’s – luxury sellers are holding the line on their property values and many are willing to hold out longer than to sell a drastically lower prices.

Pinellas County Luxury Condo Owners saw the median price for luxury condos (over $500,000) go from $689,500 in the beginning of 2006 and two years later after a challenging year for Tampa Bay real estate the median luxury condo price was up to $697,500.

Much of that can be attributed to the increase in the number of new luxury condo developments like Sandpearl Residences where developers have built a significant number of high-end condos over the last few years. When you look at most individual luxury condos on a year to year basis their values are actually down over last year. As we’ve said all year – if you don’t have to sell, then don’t – wait!

For those that have owned their property over 3 years, most have seen that property increase in value and while the median prices are down from their high of $815,000 in September of 2006 for those who bought for the long term should fare well.

Clearwater | St Petersburg | Tampa’s Beaches is still considered a great place to live and we hear from lots of people daily that want to buy Florida luxury real estate on our Tampa Beaches and around the Tampa Bay area.

The number of Tampa Bay condos selling each month is down from the heyday of 2006 as well as the prices on most individual units. We believe reflects a combination of a correction in our real estate market from the buying frenzy that ran up prices at an unsustainable pace and the  “wait and see” feeling lingering in the market right now.

The silver lining is that with the value of the dollar being down, interest rates being down and the fact that there are still plenty of motivated sellers we are seeing lots of activity again in the luxury condo marketplace, especially on our Tampa gulf beaches. Winter is also motivating lots of Canadians and foreign investors to act now so they can enjoy their new retreat this winter.

If you have a particular luxury condo community or unit you’d like more info on don’t hesitate to ask – we’d love to help you with all your luxury real estate needs here in Pinellas County.

Pinellas County Luxury Real Estate- Condominiums

Are you looking to sell a Pinellas Luxury Condo – request our complimentary Condo Value Report on what is your luxury Pinellas condo worth today.

Are you looking to buy a Tampa Beach Condo or Pinellas County Luxury Real Estate where you can enjoy our beautiful beaches or glorious green golf courses? Here’s what some of our past clients have to say about how we helped them….

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Buyers tell us that selecting the best Clearwater Beach Real Estate Agent, online or from a distance, can be a challenge. Some of our past clients agreed to share their experiences and tell you why they think you should work with us.

Click on the photos below and meet some of our clients and now friends…we’d love to be YOUR choice too!

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7 Comments

  1. Cyndee – You have provided excellent insight into the condo market in and around Clearwater Beach. There is definately a wait and see feeling in real estate right now. Now, where did I put my crystal ball:) Love your graphs!

  2. Cyndee- If this post doesn’t make it evident that you are the condo resource and expert to go to, I don’t know what will. You have provided an abundance of relevant, informative material for your buyers and sellers.

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