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Rental Inventory Doubles - Closings Hold Steady in the Space Coast Housing Market (July 2022-2023)

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The Space Coast region has long been a hub of activity, boasting stunning coastal vistas and a thriving aerospace industry. In recent times, its real estate market has been witnessing a fascinating shift, raising the eyebrows of both real estate enthusiasts and professionals. Over the span of just one year, from July 2022 to July 2023, the Space Coast has experienced a remarkable doubling of active listed rental inventory, contrasting with the relatively stagnant closed listing figures during the same period. This intriguing development has led experts to speculate about the emergence of a potentially healthier real estate market in the region. In this article, we delve into the details of this trend and explore what it could mean for the future.

Space Coast of Realtors Association brevard county florida MLS
July 2022 to July 2023 MLS Active & Closed Listing Data

Sales Stability: The Flipside of the Coin

While active rental listing inventory has experienced a significant boost, the closed listing figures for the Space Coast has remained relatively stable/the same, with only very minimal increases observed between July 2022 and July 2023. This contrast between the surge in rental inventory and the almost stagnant growth in closed listings has led experts to contemplate the formation of a healthier real estate market in the region.

A Potential Healthy Market: What It May Signify

The current divergence between rental inventory growth and closed listing figures has sparked discussions about the possible emergence of a balanced and sustainable real estate market in the Space Coast.

Here's some perks of a healthier market:

  1. Avoiding a Bubble: In the past, rapid increases in both inventory and sales have sometimes led to housing bubbles, causing instability and market crashes. The current trend of increased rental inventory without an equivalent surge in closed listings might indicate a more measured and cautious growth trajectory, potentially avoiding the pitfalls of a bubble.

  2. Steadier Pricing: A balanced market tends to lead to steadier pricing trends. With an influx of rental properties, potential renters have more options to choose from, reducing the urgency to make rushed bullish decisions. This, in turn, can lead to more reasonable pricing expectations for both renters and landlords.

  3. Local Affordability: Landlords and tenants may be able to look forward to more local affordability. Throughout the surge of the bull (investors) market, local affordability basically vanished, pushing many locals out of the real estate market due to inflation rising at unprecedented rates. Should local affordability return, more locals may be able to afford rentals and staying in the region.

  4. Bull Market Slowdown: In today's market if we continue to see doubling in inventory every year or sooner, with closed listings barely budging than we may be seeing signs of relax in the bull market. The bull market is usually an investor / landlord friendly market. Bear markets tend to be more favorable of renters. We want to see a healthy balance between both the bear and bull market in real estate. Too much of one market is never a good thing.

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Our Conclusion:

The Space Coast's real estate market is in a state of transition. This is considering that in just a year (July 2022-July 2023) active listing rental inventory has doubled and rental listings closed have maintained a relatively stagnant position. This intriguing trend, we believe, suggests the potential emergence of a more balanced and healthier future real estate market, characterized by sustainable growth and steadier pricing trends. As the market continues to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how these trends play out and whether the Space Coast becomes a model for other regions aiming to strike the delicate balance between inventory growth and listing closing stability.

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