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Top Florida Turnaround Town for Real Estate

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 1:11pm.

Top Florida Turnaround Town for Real EstateRealtor.com has outlined the top 10 turnaround cities for real estate market rebounds. The report cites reasons varying from economy to perception and admittedly, had few surprises beyond a Florida market making the Top 5. The list includes markets where researchers found property values to be stabilizing, buyer traffic picking up, and where prices will likely appreciate soon.

Top five "turnaround towns:"

  • Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. - List prices are increasing, and days on the market for inventory is shrinking (87 days, which is nearly half the national average).
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA - While housing values here have fallen 378% compared to the its 2006 housing peak, a turnaround is underway with list prices showing signs of stabilizing month-over-month and homes spending fewer days on the market. This area is also the third most searched at Realtor.com, so buyer interest appears high.
  • Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL - Vacation homes here are getting more pricey: The median list price rose over 20% in the first quarter – the highest median price increase nationwide. However, distressed sales have weighed heavily on this market so prices are still 60% lower than the 2006 housing peak.
  • Dallas, TX - Median list prices are down only slightly by 1% year-over-year, and the median age of Dallas’ inventory stands at 100 days. While home values here have dropped about 10% from their peak (national median drop was 31%), Dallas has not faced as steep of property value declines as other bigger cities.
  • Boston, MA - Demand for homes here is starting to pick up. The median age of inventory is 130 days, which is 30 days below the national average. Median list prices are down just slightly – 0.26% year over year.

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About the Author

Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

Contact Benjamin Dona at 239-948-3955



4 Responses to "Top Florida Turnaround Town for Real Estate"

Jill Kipnis wrote:
Thanks for the story. What's also interesting is that in August 2011, the median list prices increased in a majority of Florida markets we monitor, and at the same time, for sale inventories decreased in all the Florida markets monitored. These are continuing positive signs of recovery.

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 2:40pm.

Benjamin wrote:
No doubt about it here in SW Florida, the recovery is defintely on!

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 3:07pm.

N Schwood wrote:
A 378% comparative price drop is very significant!

Have they bounced back since then?

My local area in the UK had a fairly similar drop during the 2008 slump, but it has slowly risen ever since.

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 10:28am.

Benjamin wrote:
Yes, it has. The vast majority of the foreclosures have been sold off and the rest of the market is recovering nicely.

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 12:13pm.



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