Dec 2, 2021 - Business

Tampa Bay's overheated housing market

Illustration of a for sale sign held up by a thermometer.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

It's only going to get more difficult and expensive to buy a house in Tampa Bay.

What's happening: Tampa had the second-highest national home price increase for a metro market in September 2021 with a 27.7% increase, per the Associated Press, behind only Phoenix.

  • Home values increased 28.7% from Oct. 2020 to Oct. 2021, valuing the average Tampa Bay home at $316,379, according to Zillow.
  • In both September and October, Zillow reported that homes spent a median of just six days on the market.

Around the Bay: In Bradenton, demand is outweighing supply and even with increased prices, competition for homes is fierce.

  • In October, the median price of a single-family home was $425,000, up 18% from 2020, while the number of sales fell 12.3%, per the Bradenton Herald.
  • In Sarasota County, the median price of a single-family home increased 19% from last year to $410,000.

Behind the sales: Investors, or buyers representing companies, are part of why it's so hard to buy a home, local real estate agents told the Tampa Bay Times.

  • They make it difficult for regular home buyers using mortgages because their companies can pay more and in cash.
  • A record-high of one in four Tampa Bay home purchases were made by an investor in the third quarter, the Times reported via Redfin analysis.
  • Redfin also found that investors have heavily targeted south St. Petersburg, Ruskin and Ybor City.

What they're saying: Alex Krumm, broker-owner of NextHome Excellence and president of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, told the Herald that prices will continue to rise next year, most likely by a lot.

  • "There simply aren't enough homes coming to market to offset the enormous demand," Krumm told the paper.
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