ORRA HOUSING MARKET REPORT – SEPTEMBER 2018

Orlando home prices, sales rise as inventory continues to slip in September

One year after Hurricane Irma threw a wrench into the Orlando housing market, data from the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association shows positive September-to-September comparisons for both sales and median price. Inventory, however, stayed on its year-over-year downward slide.

“The good news,” points out ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC, “is that in September the actual number of homes available for purchase reached its highest point this year. The month-to-month increase in inventory, combined with the traditional autumn lull in sales, is an opportunity for those buyers who struggled with competition during the summer. In addition, fall home shoppers can also enjoy a bit more attention from REALTORS®, lenders, and other service providers who typically do not have quite as many clients to attend.”

Median Price

The overall median price of Orlando homes (all types combined) sold in September is $233,000, which is 3.6 percent above the September 2017 median price of $225,000 and 1.3 percent above the August 2018 median price of $230,000.

Year-over-year increases in median price have been recorded for the past 87 consecutive months; as of September 2018, the overall median price is 101.7 percent higher than it was back in July 2011.

The median price for single-family homes that changed hands in September increased 3.8 percent over September 2017 and is now $254,250. The median price for condos increased 6.4 percent to $125,500.

The Orlando housing affordability index for September is 127.13 percent, down from 130.14 last month. (An affordability index of 99 percent means that buyers earning the state-reported median income are 1 percent short of the income necessary to purchase a median-priced home. Conversely, an affordability index that is over 100 means that median-income earners make more than is necessary to qualify for a median-priced home.)

The first-time homebuyers affordability index decreased to 90.41 percent, from 92.55 percent last month.

Sales and Inventory

Members of ORRA participated in 2,768 sales of all home types combined in September, which is 8.5 percent more than the 2,552 sales in September 2017 but 18.1 percent less than the 3,381 sales in August 2018.

Sales of single-family homes (2,096) in September 2018 increased by 7.6 percent compared to September 2017, while condo sales (390) increased 23.4 percent year over year.

Sales of distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales) reached 124 in September and are 3.1 percent less than the 128 distressed sales in September 2017. Distressed sales made up just 4.5 percent of all Orlando-area transactions last month.

The overall inventory of homes that were available for purchase in September (8,092) represents a decrease of 6.4 percent when compared to September 2017, and a 3.6 percent increase compared to last month. There were 5.6 percent fewer single-family homes and 2.6 more condos, year over year.

Current inventory combined with the current pace of sales created a 2.9-month supply of homes in Orlando for September. There was a 2.3-month supply in August 2018 and a 3.4-month supply in September 2017.

The average interest rate paid by Orlando homebuyers in September was 4.66, up from 4.57 percent the month prior.

Homes that closed in September took an average of 48 days to move from listing to pending and took an average of 84 days from listing to closing.

Pending sales in September are down 14.2 percent compared to September of last year and are down 6.0 percent compared to last month.

MSA Numbers

Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in September were up by 4.1 percent when compared to September of 2017. Year to date, MSA sales are down by 2.3 percent.

Each individual county’s sales comparisons are as follows:

*Lake: 7.3 percent above September 2017;
*Orange: 3.3 percent below September 2017;
*Osceola: 15.1 percent above September 2017; and
*Seminole: 11.8 below above September 2017.

About the Author

eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings (NASDAQ: EXPI).


Bobby is a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran and Florida native with over 17 years of combined, award-winning experience in Real Estate and Mortgage Lending in Central Florida.  An eXp ICON AGENT and Certified Mentor.  Formerly with RE/MAX where he was recognized as a Hall of Fame Member and a consistent Platinum Club Award Winner.  Locally, a multi-year Gold-Level Award Top Producer within the Orlando Regional Realtors Association (ORRA). His consistent productivity has earned him universal recognition, named as a Top agent in numerous publications, year after year including being voted a Best of Southwest Orlando Realtor 6 years in a row!


Bobby holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License with designations as a Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI); Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR); Certified Short Sale Professional (CSP); a Florida Military Specialist (FMS) and one of the few Real Estate Collaboration Specialists – Divorce (RCS-D) in Central Florida.  These advanced designations denote expertise in financial, market, and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation.   As such, he is considered an ‘expert’ in his field with experience in court testimony.


Bobby is also a dedicated member of his community and has served on numerous local Boards of Directors. He is a youth sports coach and a Partner in Education with Orange County Schools. Thus, Bobby was voted a 2015 ORRA Good Neighbor Award recipient for his volunteerism and charitable contributions by his peers.


Bobby and his beautiful wife Halle have three very active children; Isabella, ‘Little’ Bobby and Alex. They stay busy as a family with sports, extra-curricular clubs and travel. However, they also give back as a family and donate to local rescues as well as providing their home to foster animals whenever possible.


One of Bobby’s greatest attributes is that time and again he has proven himself to be a selfless professional, treating each of his clients as if their property was the most important. He continues to work with his clients personally and does not differentiate between a $100K condo or a $1M house on a lake…anywhere in Central Florida, he gives each one the equal time, attention and respect that they deserve, as praised through the countless reviews written about him by former Buyers & Sellers!


Bobby Baldor has demonstrated the extensive experience and proven expertise in our local market to help you and your family achieve your real estate goals. But more importantly, he is a caring member of our community. Bobby’s personal slogan is ‘Your Real Estate Hero’ …and he works hard to prove it.