Sarasota-Manatee Home Sales Show Month-Over-Month Growth in March
SARASOTA, Fla. (April 21, 2023) – The housing market in Sarasota and Manatee counties reported nearly 50 percent more sales in March than the month immediately prior, while single-family home sales in Manatee County increased year-over-year for the first time in 12 consecutive months. According to data from Florida REALTORS® and compiled by the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM), inventory continues to grow while home values hold steady.
Closed sales across the two-county region decreased year-over-year by 3.4 percent to 2,271 sales combined for both property types. There were more sales in March than in February (1,515 sales), with a 49.9 percent increase from last month.
For single-family homes, Manatee County closed sales increased year-over-year by 4.4 percent to 756 sales while Sarasota County sales decreased by 3.8 percent to 826 sales. Condo sales decreased by 7.7 percent to 275 sales in Manatee County and by 11.7 percent to 414 sales in Sarasota.
“Manatee County’s single-family home market has bucked the trend we’ve seen in recent months, showing the first year-over-year increase in sales since February 2022 and the first year-over-decrease in median prices since February of 2019,” said Brian Tresidder, 2023 RASM President and Strategic Growth & Sales Manager at William Raveis Real Estate. “Meanwhile, single-family home sales for Sarasota and the condo markets for both counties have followed an opposite trajectory in March, albeit one similar to recent trends.”
Prices in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA have increased this month when compared to March 2022. However, in Manatee County single-family homes decreased by 6.3 percent to $491,988. For Sarasota County, the median price for single-family homes increased by 8.3 percent to $528,013, the second-highest median price recorded in the county with the previous record being $537,500 in October 2022. As for condos, Manatee County prices increased by 10.1 percent to $353,000 while Sarasota prices increased by 14.4 percent to a median of $423,245.
“Across all markets in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA, total home sales for both single-family homes and condos increased by 50 percent from February 2023,” added Tresidder. “With continued growth happening in Sarasota and Manatee, this data indicates the strength of Sarasota and Manatee’s