Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Austin Lamitina

Decline in Orlando's sales, inventory help stabilize home-price growth

Prospective homebuyers will be cheered to learn that  the rocketing rise in prices Orlando has seen over the past years stabilized this summer in the healthy single-digits. For the last three months, the year-over-year median price has increased between 6 and 7 percent.

The deceleration will help maintain a healthy housing market and protect Orlando’s affordability, especially as it compares to other cities around the country where prices are rising beyond the reach of buyers, explains ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC. “In addition, while prices have been rising steadily over the past seven years they have not yet reached pre-recession peak prices. Orlando homes purchased now still have room for normal appreciation, which makes a house a good investment.”

The overall median price of Orlando homes (all types combined) sold July is $235,000, which is 6.8 percent above the July 2017 median price of $220,000 and 1.3 percent below the June 2018 median price of $238,000. 

Year-over-year increases in median price have been recorded for the past 85 consecutive months; as of July 2018, the overall median price is 103.5 percent higher than it was back in July 2011.

The median price for single-family homes that changed hands in July increased 6.3 percent over July 2017 and is now $255,000. The median price for condos increased 10.4 percent to $127,000.

The Orlando housing affordability index for July is 126.95 percent, up from 124.88 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 increased to 90.28 percent, from 88.80 percent last month.