Orlando Housing Report for October 

From the Orlando Regional Realtor Association

 The drain of homes available for purchase in Orlando decreased to its slowest pace this year, with October showing just 2.3 percent fewer homes on the market than the same month in 2017. (May has shown the greatest discrepancy so far for 2018, with 17 percent less inventory than in May 2017.) 

Meanwhile, Orlando’s median home price continued on its upward march while sales dipped a fraction. 

In the 32703 zip code of Apopka, home sales were up 16% percent compared to October 2017, while in 32712, they were up 27%.

And in 32703, the median home price is $228,000 (up 3% from last year), while in 32712, the median home price is $252,500 (down 15% from last year).

The overall median price of Orlando homes (all types combined) sold in September is $233,000, which is 3.6 percent above the September 2017 median price of $225,000

According to ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC, these are all trends that can be expected into 2019 along with rising interest rates. “Orlando’s housing market is likely to experience increases in median price and decreases in sales during the months ahead, albeit in small increments. The particular bright side for buyers is that any increase we see in inventory happily means more options for finding the right home.” 

The overall median price of Orlando homes (all types combined) sold in October is $228,750, which is 4.5 percent above the October 2017 median price of $219,000 and 1.8 percent below the September 2018 median price of $233,000. 

Year-over-year increases in median price have been recorded for the past 88 consecutive months; as of October 2018, the overall median price is 98.1 percent higher than it was back in July 2011. 

The median price for single-family homes that changed hands in October increased 4.6 percent over October 2017 and is now $249,900. The median price for condos increased 15.2 percent to $127,000. 

The Orlando housing affordability index for October is 126.91 percent, down from 127.13 percent last month. (An affordability index of 99 percent means that buyers earning the state-reported median income are 1 percent short of the income necessary to purchase a median-priced home. Conversely, an affordability index that is over 100 means that median-income earners make more than is necessary to qualify for a median-priced home.) 

The first-time homebuyers affordability index decreased to 90.25, from 90.41 percent last month. 

Sales and Inventory 

Members of ORRA participated in 2,910 sales of all home types combined in October, which is 0.4 percent less than the 2,921 sales in October 2017 and 4.8 percent more than the 2,776 sales in September 2018. 

Sales of single-family homes (2,219) in October 2018 decreased by 1.3 percent compared to October 2017, while condo sales (399) increased 9.0 percent year over year. 

Sales of distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales) reached 124 in October and are 21.0 percent less than the 157 distressed sales in October 2017. Distressed sales made up just 4.3 percent of all Orlando-area transactions last month. 

The overall inventory of homes that were available for purchase in October (8,272) represents a decrease of 2.3 percent when compared to October 2017, and a 2.2 percent increase compared to last month. There were 2.3 percent fewer single-family homes and 6.9 percent more condos, year over year. 

Current inventory combined with the current pace of sales created a 2.84-month supply of homes in Orlando for October. There was a 2.9-month supply in September 2018 and a 2.9-month supply in October 2017. 

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