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Despite a decrease in Tampa Bay home sales, real estate prices continue to climb. What is driving this trend?

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Tampa Bay Housing Market Holds Strong Amid National Slowdown

The housing market across the United States may be cooling off, but Tampa Bay is holding strong with steady prices and high demand. According to recent data, U.S. home sales are down 22% year over year, causing price drops in many markets. However, in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, the median sales price has actually increased by 1.3% to $395,000.

Despite a 15.4% decrease in home sales in the Tampa Bay area, there are still more buyers than sellers, creating a competitive market. With 6,513 active listings in March, there has been a significant increase from last year, but it is still below pre-pandemic levels. Many homeowners are hesitant to sell due to being locked in at lower mortgage rates, leading to challenges for buyers in finding their desired homes.

While the slowdown in the housing market has its challenges, it also presents opportunities for buyers. There is less competition from large investors and cash buyers, as well as fewer people willing to waive home inspections and other protections. As the year progresses, prices in the Tampa Bay area are expected to continue growing, albeit at a slower rate.

One potential relief for buyers could come in the form of falling mortgage rates. Currently averaging around 6.9%, RedFin forecasts that the average 30-year fixed rate could reach 5.5% by the end of the year. This could provide some much-needed relief for buyers in the competitive Tampa Bay housing market.

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