Florida Real Estate Prices Dropping…Housing Market Update Q2

Housing Market Update

You may have noticed the plethora of negative headlines about the housing market, sparking fears of an imminent crash. However, in this article, we will provide a comprehensive analysis of the housing market nationally and right here in St. Johns County, Florida. We will also share the insights from industry experts that shed light on what lies ahead for the rest of the year.

The Media and Conflicting Headlines

The real estate sector plays a pivotal role, constituting 16% of the US economy, ensuring it remains a constant topic in the news. However, the 24-hour news cycle necessitates a steady stream of headlines, leading to conflicting information that can perplex buyers and sellers alike.

Learning from the Past

A significant number of buyers and sellers today are haunted by memories of the 2008 market crash. It’s crucial to understand that the circumstances then were vastly different, and comparing the two markets is not prudent. Let’s explore some compelling statistics that point to a different outcome this time around.


Key Factors Favoring Stability

  • 39% of homeowners in the US own their properties debt-free, indicating a lower risk of foreclosures.
  • 29% of homeowners possess more than 50% equity, providing a cushion against price fluctuations.
  • With 68% of Americans not facing foreclosure or short sales, there is no impending crash.

St. Johns County Florida Housing Market Overview

Let’s zoom in on St. Johns County, Florida, and examine the data from the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.

1. Median Sale Price The median sale price in the second quarter of this year increased marginally from $551k to $554k, dispelling fears of a substantial price drop.

2. Supply and Demand The supply of homes in the second quarter expanded from 2.1 months to 3.3 months year-on-year. Although it represents an improvement, it’s still insufficient to meet demand, allowing buyers some negotiation leverage.

3. Sales Activity Sales activity has seen a notable increase since January, rising from 296 to 575 in May 2023, indicating persistent demand despite challenges.

4. Days on Market Properties spent an average of 65 days on the market in the second quarter, a decline from the peak of 104 days in February, demonstrating continued demand.

Future of Real Estate

Over 3 million US households with an income of over $150k are still renting. Their aspirations to own a home coupled with a potential drop in mortgage rates might trigger a surge in buyer activity. Additionally, the millennial generation, now in their 30s, is entering the market as first-time homebuyers, intensifying competition and driving prices up.

Expert Predictions

Prominent experts like Brian Buffini, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of NAR, and David Stevens, former CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, anticipate a decline in mortgage rates by end of year 2023 and into 2024.  Nevertheless, the effect of this decline depends on local inventory levels, which may continue to remain tight.

While experts expect a significant rebound in the housing market, with over 500,000 more transactions anticipated nationwide, the supply-demand dynamics may persist, ensuring steady home price appreciation through 2024 and 2025.

Conclusion It’s vital to make informed decisions rather than succumbing to sensationalized headlines. The housing market is inherently local, so if you seek specific information about an area or community, feel free to reach out. Despite the challenges, there are opportunities for both buyers and sellers in St. Johns County, Florida. So, let’s step into the market with clarity and optimism, leaving the fear of a crash behind us. Happy house hunting!

Contact Information If you have questions or concerns about buying or selling in the current market or in the coming months, don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I look forward to connecting with you soon!

About the Author
Kim Devlin
Kim Devlin is Your St Augustine Realtor. A Relocation Specialist serving Northeast Florida, St Johns County and Flagler County. She enjoys sharing real estate tips and local insight on communities and living in St Augustine Florida. Tune in weekly and be sure to subscribe to her monthly newsletter.