Home and condominium sales jumped 35% last month, compared to the same month in 2008 according to MLS numbers released by the Sarasota Association of Realtors. Sales were fuled by the $8,000 first time home buyer credit (this was just extended until the end of June 2010), and investors/buyers taking advantage of greatly reduced prices. Total unit sales for the month were 554 versus 409 for the same period last year. 399 single family homes and 155 condos were sold. Approximately half of the homes and a third of the condo sales were short sales or foreclosures. The SAR reports that most of the statistics point to a market that is in the recovery mode. Inventory levels have been steadily declining and are now at the lowest point since the real estate boom ended.
As we pointed our in a previous post, Barbara Corcoran believes that Sarasota, FL is the best real estate market in the United States to by a home right now. According to the interview, prices have stabilized and will be headed back up. She also points out that Sarasota is a sophisticated town with big city amenities and fabulous beaches.