Home prices rise again around Tampa Bay as supply remains tight

Sorry, Tampa Bay home buyers — prices are still shooting up.

The median price for a single-family house jumped 12.6 percent in July, the ninth straight month of double-digit, year-over-year increases. The steady rise continued to be spurred by a tight supply of available homes, with 4.3 percent fewer houses sold in July than in the same month a year earlier.

“We still have demand out there that’s not being met with the amount of supply,” Charles Richardson, senior regional vice president of Coldwell Banker, said Wednesday. “It’s a great time to come on to the market as a seller — if I was thinking of selling I’d want to be in this market. It’s crazy to see it last this long on the demand side.”

Added Richardson: “We’re looking for listings!”

Of the four bay area counties, Hernando tallied the biggest median price gain in July, up 20.3 percent to $142,000. That was followed by Pasco, up 16.5 percent to $183,620; Pinellas, up 16.2 percent to $214,950; and Hillsborough, up 9.3 percent to $223,995.

Overall, the bay area had just a 3.3 month supply of available homes in July. That contributed to the drop in sales, the first time in a year that sales were less than in the same month a year earlier.

“When you look at months of supply as a barometer, it’s still at a very historically low level,” Richardson said. “Economists tell us that a six-month housing supply is a market in equilibrium (between buyers and sellers). Right now it’s just over a three months supply, but it’s particularly low at the lower end of the market.”

The greatest demand in July continued to be for houses under $300,000 — “we have buyers waiting in line (for those),” Richardson said. But one of the most striking aspects of the July figures was the continued boom in ultra-luxury home sales: Three mansions, all in Hillsborough, went for more than $6 million.

That brings to seven the total number of Tampa Bay homes that have sold for at least $6 million this year. In 2015, there was no residential sale for more than $5-million.

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John William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, and has spent his lifetime in sales and marketing. The fourth generation to join his family business, John William manages all luxury residential sales and transactions within the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets. A keen industry insider with a finger on the pulse of the area, He is an expert identifying high-return acquisition and development opportunities for hungry investors both large and small while simultaneously working with homeowners and homebuyers to buy and sell the home of their dreams… often times without the need of the MLS or a For Sale sign. He also oversees all digital and print marketing for the company, and handles all sales training for new and established agents alike. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, the oldest charity in Florida, and works to raise millions of dollars annually for local charities and museums.