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Broward County Top 10 in Nation for December Home Price Surge

A surge of  Broward County’s residential median sales price with a 21 percent gain last month placed it in tenth place overall in the nation as reported by a California report by ZipRealty. Palm Beach County showed an increase of 35 percent from a year ago. Miami’s sales prices have been on the upswing for the last twelve consecutive months as 2012 was another record sales year.  This report was gathered from MLS data which included single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums.  This calls for a celebration for the South Florida real estate market.     

Luxury South Florida Real Estate Building Sapphire

Sapphire Condominium gorgeous 2 bedroom Intracoastal Waterways and ocean views sold for $505,000 in December 2012.

It’s definitely time to buy if you have been on the fence as interest rates are between 3.125 percent and 3.5 percent for a 30-year fixed rate and the inventory is continuing to shrink.  It’s also a great time to sell because there is not a lot of inventory on the market.  Much of the home and lot product has been absorbed.  According to most realtors this has been the trend over the last 12 months in the tri-county region. 

Sapphire water front condo in South Florida luxury real estate

The elite 172 unit multi-family waterfront resort-style Sapphire condominium in Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors released a report for December 2012 stats noting the median price of an existing single-family home in Broward County has gone up by 18 percent since last year. This recent housing report revealed that the median sales price of single-family homes in Broward County was $187,200 in December 2011, in comparison to $220,000 last month.  It’s about time the confidence in the housing market has started to regain itself.  As a matter of fact, local available short sales or foreclosure properties is 31 percent less than December 2011.  That is a welcome relief for most as the short sale and foreclosure chatter has quieted down over the last 12-15 months amongst the water cooler.

Sapphire Condo Oceanfront waterfront properties

Unit 601N is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath esquisitely furnished turnkey 1,631 square foot condominium in Sapphire for sale for $695,000. For more details click on photo to view property website.


New listings since November 2012 have decreased by 13 percent for all property types in Broward County.   The sales of existing condominiums remain steady since one year ago while the sales of existing single-family homes increased by 27 percent year-over-year.  Finally South Florida is looking up and it’s well deserved. 

Pool at Sapphire Condo in South Florida waterfront views beach real estate

The Sapphire 8,000-square-foot-pool sun-drenched pool deck appointed with 50 cabanas.

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