Naples, Fla. (January 20, 2017) – Broker analysts who analyzed the Annual, 4th Quarter and December 2016 Market Reports released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island) concluded that the local real estate market performed well in 2016 despite several unpredictable market influencers that impacted the housing market such as the February stock market slump, a low Canadian exchange rate, Brexit and Zika fears, and the presidential election. Brokers agree that factors appear to be in place for a good market in 2017.

“The 2016 year-end report indicated that we started the year with an inventory shortage but ended at a level that positions us to see sales escalate in 2017,” said Bill Poteet, owner and broker at Poteet Properties. Overall inventory increased 34 percent to 5,946 homes in year ending 2016 from 4,426 homesin year ending 2015. The Naples Beach area experienced the highest number of new listings with 437 homesadded to its inventory during 2016. However, and according to the Report, the Naples Beach area also saw the largest decrease in overall closed sales during 2016 of all other geographic areas reported. Overall closed sales in this highly desired location decreased 21 percent to 1,525 homes in year ending 2016 from 1,922 homes in year ending 2015.

Closed sales of condominiums in the East Naples area and single family homes in the $500,000 to $1 million price category increased in 2016, despite overall closed sales decreasing 13 percent to 8,510 homes in year ending 2016 from 9,751 homes in year ending 2015.

According to Coco Waldenmayer, a managing broker at John R. Wood Properties, competition from new home developments in 2016 played a role resulting in fewer sales of existing homes in 2016 compared to 2015, which was a very strong year. “The report showed the highest number of closed sales in 2016 occurred in the North Naples area, which is also where a rash of new home development is taking place.”

“With a surge in inventory from new construction, buyers had more options in 2016,” said Adam Vellano, West Coast Sales Manager for BEX Realty Florida. “Unfortunately, developers and builders of newly constructed homes in Collier County do not fully utilize NABOR®’s MLS [Multiple Listing Service]; and therefore, the Market Report, while useful as a tool to track resale market performance, does not capture or reflect a clear picture of what’s happening in new construction.”

Of note, the annual Market Report showed that the overall median closed prices for homesabove $300,000 did not change during 2016. In fact, homes in the $500,000 to $1 million price category experienced only a 3 percent decrease in their overall median closed price to $650,000 in year ending 2016 from $667,000 in year ending 2015. Brokers attribute this reduction in median closed price, and the 2 percent decrease in overall median closed price for the $1 million to $2 million price category in 2016, to better informed and motivated sellers.