In December, Tampa Bay-area homes flew off the market in about 10 days, and buyers paid top dollar, according to Florida Realtors' latest report.
The state of play: Historically low interest rates are driving demand. That, combined with low inventory, caused home prices to surge.
- Realtor.com predicts housing prices will rise 7.5% around Tampa Bay in 2021.
By the numbers: Average single-family home prices are up by more than 13% compared to December 2019 in Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
- Single-family homes in those counties went under contract in 12.5 days on average.
- Average home values in Sarasota County showed the highest appreciation, up 31%.
- Inventory is low across the board. Available single-family homes are down 55% in Pasco County and 50% in Hillsborough County.
Why first-time homeowners have to move fast ... In Hernando County last month, townhouses and condos typically went under contract within four days.
The bottom line: 2020 proved to be a strong sellers' market, and there are no signs of that slowing in 2021, per the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
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