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As longtime readers are no doubt aware, mid-October is traditionally when I write my first non-cat, non-newspaper building, non-hurricane damaged building demolition video post of the year. As you can see, this year is no different. Except for the 47 consecutive days of unending, merciless, around-the-clock locust swarms that we suffered through here in South Florida from early May to mid-June, of course. Did anyone else notice that?
For no particular reason apart from the fact that this is the sort of thing I do for fun, I have prepared the following charts that show monthly price and sales trends in Palm Beach County’s residential real estate market from January 1995 to June 2010. (If you’re interested in similar information but at the neighborhood level, you can see pretty much the same information for more than 3,000 Palm Beach County neighborhoods over at my day job.)
Careful readers might recall that I did something similarly purposeless in 2008, when I made a series of 3D maps showing county-level results from the 2008 and 2004 presidential elections. Careless readers inexplicably put their laptop in the refrigerator last month, and haven’t been online since. Extremely tall and athletically gifted readers blessed with youthful energy and good health are currently preparing for the forthcoming professional basketball season.
To see the full-size version of the charts below, simply click on the image. To avoid seeing the full-size charts, simply do nothing and continue looking (with your eyes) at the small versions currently before you. You’ll probably want to then contact me via fax or letter, and I will arrive at your house in no less than seven (10) business days to further assist you.
The first chart shows the monthly median sale price by housing type. The single-family home median sale price peaked in Palm Beach County in December 2005 at $418,310. By December 2009 it was down to $249,000, and continued declining through the first six months of 2010.
And what about this handsome devil? Oh, it just shows the total number of qualified or arms-length residential transactions by price group. And looks good doing it.
Similar to the one above, but this one shows each price group’s share of residential sales.
Behold, the year-over-year change in the total number of residential transactions. Got that? January 1996 compared to January 1995, February 1996 compared to February 1995, etc. Listen, this isn’t rocket science. Looks like some good news the past 18 months or so, right? Sales finally picking up again?
Similar to the one above, but this one shows the year-over-year change in median sale price for all housing types. So, maybe not such good news, then. Fact alert: Median prices increased 90 consecutive months from April 1999 to September 2006, then decreased 45 consecutive months from October 2006 though the end of the period covered by my charts, June 2010.
So there you have it. Want the raw data on which these charts are based? Or the even rawer data on which the data on which these data these charts are based are based? TOUGH LUCK HIPPIE, with your dangerous Web 3.0 ideas and your Arctic Monkeys and fancy PlayStation 2 consoles. But really, if you want it, get in touch and I’ll think about it, then maybe we can go to the movies together a few times to get to know each other a little better, then maybe I’ll send it to you.