13 Jul Buyers From The North Drive Florida To Top of Fastest-Growing Luxury Markets

Interest from prospective home buyers in Northern states have propelled two Florida counties – Sarasota and Collier — to the top of the nation’s fastest-growing luxury housing markets, according to the May 2018 Luxury Home Index from realtor.com®.

In May, the top 5 percent most expensive home prices in Sarasota (North Port) and Collier (East Naples) counties grew 19 and 14 percent, respectively. Additionally, Broward County, Fla. — home to Fort Lauderdale and ranked No. 19 on the list – grew 9 percent year-over-year. Much of this growth is attributed to increased interest from buyers located in New York, Boston and Chicago – markets where, in many cases, luxury prices have stalled, according to realtor.com® search data.

“Luxury prices in the Sunshine State are rising quickly as buyers from places like New York, Boston, and Chicago get wind that there is a better bang for their buck available down South,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®. “Meanwhile, we are seeing signs of a luxury market glut in many established markets, which is in some cases leading to spillover demand for their less pricey neighbors.”

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May 2018 Top 10 Fastest Growing Luxury Markets

Market (Local County Seat)

Luxury Price (Top 5%) – % Change Year- over-Year

Sarasota County (Sarasota)

$993,000 – 19.1%

Queens County (Queens, N.Y.)

$1,240,000 – 15.1%

Collier, County (East Naples)

$1,651,000 – 13.7%

Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colo.)

$919,000 – 13.1%

San Mateo County (Redwood City, Calif.)

$3,496,000 – 13.0%

King County (Seattle)

$1,486,000 – 12.8%

Marin County (San Rafael, Calif.)

$3,220,000 – 12.5%

Snohomish County (Everett, Wash.)

$790,000 – 12.4%

Hudson County (Jersey City, N.J.)

$1,306,000 – 12.1%

Santa Clara County (San Jose, Calif.)

$2,744,000 – 11.9%

Source: Realtor.com® Luxury Home Index with data as of March 2018. The realtor.com®luxury home index is based on a 12-month moving average of sales prices and measures price growth using January 2011 as the base.

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