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Palm Beach County Real Estate Market: June 2023 Shows Strong Demand Amidst Inventory Constraints

Posted by Steve Bell on Friday, July 28th, 2023 at 3:42pm.

The Palm Beach County real estate market continues to show resilience and growth in June 2023, with single-family home new pending sales and total showing appointments in South Florida both rising year-over-year, according to recent statistics released by the MIAMI Association of Realtors and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. 

In June 2023, new pending sales of single-family homes in Palm Beach County increased by 2.1%, reaching a total of 185 transactions. Simultaneously, South Florida's showing appointments saw a significant 7% year-over-year increase, from 218,973 to 233,675 appointments, marking the second consecutive month of growth in this area.

A notable trend contributing to the real estate surge in Palm Beach County is the influx of homebuyers from states like California and New York. These buyers are increasingly drawn to the region's favorable climate, lifestyle, and attractive property prices.

Luxury condo sales in Palm Beach County also experienced a surge, rising by 34.4% year-over-year to 125 transactions in June 2023. However, the single-family luxury market experienced a slight decline of 4.4% with 329 transactions during the same period.

Despite the overall positive growth in the real estate market, total home sales in Palm Beach County decreased by 3.4% year-over-year in June 2023. Elevated mortgage rates and limited supply in certain price points have played a role in this decrease. Mortgage rates reached a peak of 7.14% in May, significantly impacting buyer behavior.

The rising mortgage rates have led to a shift in buyer and seller dynamics. Buyers appear to be adapting more quickly to higher mortgage payments, contributing to a buoyant market with sustained demand, modest price discounts, and properties selling within a month.

As a result of the supply-demand imbalance, home prices in Palm Beach County have shown a steady increase. The median price of single-family homes rose by 0.8% year-over-year to $625,000, while existing condos saw a more substantial appreciation, increasing by 4% to $325,000.

The limited inventory of single-family homes (3 months) and condos (3.6 months) continues to keep the market in favor of sellers, with a seller's market being defined as a market with less than six months of supply.

The Palm Beach real estate market's impact on the local economy has been substantial, with each home sale generating income for real estate industries, home-related spending, and new construction activities. In June 2023 alone, Palm Beach real estate posted a local economic impact of $321 million.

Despite these positive indicators, it is important to note that Palm Beach County's real estate market is not entirely immune to the broader national and global trends. Rising mortgage rates, limited inventory, and potential economic shifts may affect the market's trajectory in the coming months. Nevertheless, the region's strong demand and attractive price patterns continue to fuel optimism among buyers and sellers alike.

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