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  • Writer's pictureEd DiMarco MS, MA

Forecasting the 2024 Florida Real Estate Market: Trends and Predictions

Forecasting the 2024 Florida Real Estate Market

Rising Inventory and the Impending Price Adjustment

As we move into 2024, the Florida real estate market exhibits signs of a significant shift, marked primarily by a swelling inventory suggesting a cooling phase is imminent. Data from multiple sources, including Zillow and, highlight a burgeoning supply of homes, with active listings surging by over 50% compared to the previous year. This increase in available properties is expected to catalyze a market correction as the balance tips from a seller's to a more balanced or even buyer's market.

Historically, such a rise in inventory leads to price adjustments. As of March 2024, the median home price in Florida stood at $410,000, showing a stable increase over the past year. However, with the median price over the last 12 months averaging $397,091, there is already evidence of price stabilization, which could precede a downward trend if the inventory continues to grow.

Florida: Active Inventory All Property Types, All Price Tiers, All Sale Types chart

Foreclosure Impact on the Market

Foreclosures can significantly affect real estate prices, and Florida's market is no exception. With ATTOM data indicating 3,450 properties in foreclosure, these distressed sales are likely to exert downward pressure on overall home prices. Foreclosed homes generally sell at lower prices, which could drag down median values and provide buying opportunities at reduced prices.

Migration Patterns Fueling Demand

Despite the potential price downturn, Florida continues to attract many new residents. Cities like Sarasota and Cape Coral have been trendy, buoyed by retiree populations and remote workers seeking favorable climates and tax conditions. This steady influx helps sustain demand, potentially mitigating the impact of increased inventory on home prices.

Economic Influences and Buyer Affordability

The broader economic context, especially interest rates, is critical in shaping the real estate market. Current mortgage rates have risen to 7.31%, according to, which traditionally cools buyer enthusiasm by increasing the cost of borrowing. This decrease in affordability could slow down the sales pace, contributing to the rising inventory and encouraging sellers to lower their prices to attract buyers.

Equity Rich Homes and Market Dynamics

Florida's market is somewhat cushioned by a high percentage of equity-rich homes, with 40.63% of properties falling into this category. Homeowners with significant equity might be more insulated from market downturns, but they also have the flexibility to sell their homes without financial pressure, potentially adding to the growing inventory.

Looking Ahead: What Buyers and Sellers Can Expect

The trends point towards a more favorable market for prospective buyers as 2024 progresses. Increased supply and potential price reductions could make it easier to find suitable properties without engaging in bidding wars, which were more common in previous years. On the other hand, sellers may need to adjust their expectations and pricing strategies, especially if they're in markets with a high rate of new listings.

In conclusion, while the Florida real estate market in 2024 is poised for some cooling, the extent of this will depend heavily on continued economic factors, migration trends, and the absorption rate of new and existing inventory. Stakeholders, including buyers, sellers, and investors, should stay informed and agile, ready to adapt to the evolving market conditions.


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