Surprising Best Luxury Homes Market Ever In 2024

Surprising Best Luxury Homes Market Ever In 2024In 2024, the luxury homes market has not just recovered; it has exploded into the most robust performance we've ever witnessed.

Contrary to popular beliefs about the cooling effects of rising mortgage rates this year, the high-end housing sector has bucked the trend, with luxury home sales outstripping those of more modest homes by a significant margin. The following article delves into the impressive statistics and trends defining this surprising boom, illustrating why 2024 is a monumental year in the history of luxury real estate.

Whether you're a potential buyer, a seller, or simply a market spectator, this exploration into the dynamics of the luxury homes market will reveal why now, more than ever, is a crucial time to pay attention to this flourishing sector. Currently, there are 25 $1M+ home listings in Leon County.

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Luxury Home Sales Stronger Than More Affordable Homes

This graph compares home sales from January to April, spanning the years 2008 through 2024, and assigns a ranking to the year 2024 based on its performance relative to other years, with a rank of "1" indicating the highest performance.

How 2024 Compares With Past Years For Luxury Home Sales

Each price point shown in the left vertical axis reports the cumulative amount of sales from that point higher. For example, "$500K" ranks first, meaning the home sales from $500K and higher in 2024 were the most on record. Once we drop to $450K, 2024 only ranks as the third-best year on record for all home sales, with prices $450K and higher.

I believe this graph provides anecdotal evidence of an under-built market. The narrative that claims higher mortgage interest rates have cooled the market is clearly not true for homes priced above $500K, so what is slowing the lower end of the market?

The shortage of affordable homes, which are now too costly to construct, exacerbates this issue. Local leaders must collaborate to address the affordability crisis in Tallahassee. Rather than focusing on the demand side with new loan programs, the emphasis should be on increasing the housing supply. Encouraging innovative solutions to reduce construction costs could lead to the creation of more affordable homes. If you can influence a local politician, urge them to prioritize building affordable houses over creating new financial incentives.

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High-End Homes Are Selling

When we expand our analysis to encompass all home sales, 2024 emerges as the most active year on record.

How 2024 Compares With Past Years For High-End Home Sales

The blue bars on the graph represent 2024's home sales, showing that homes priced above $700,000 account for the top 5.9% of sales by price. When considering homes priced over $1 million, this figure narrows to 1.9% of Tallahassee's home buyers. This data indicates that luxury homes are selling better than ever before.

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The Funding Behind Luxury Home Purchases

Many people wonder how buyers can afford ultra-expensive homes in Tallahassee, given its reputation as a government-centric city with seemingly limited job opportunities to support a large volume of high-priced home sales.

People often ask me how individuals pay for these ultra-expensive homes

This graph displays the proportion of luxury home buyers who financed their purchases, with a solid green line representing the percentage of financed purchases of luxury homes each year. Given the relatively limited sales in the top 2%, it's expected to see annual fluctuations in these figures. The graph features a red arrow highlighting that in 2024, 64% of buyers of homes priced at $1 million and above opted for financing.

It's crucial to recognize that current interest rates are more than double what they were a few years back. Despite this surge, the market for million-dollar homes continues to grow rapidly. The fact that nearly two-thirds of such transactions were financed suggests that the impact of higher rates is less severe on the luxury segment compared to more modestly priced homes.

Given today's mortgage interest rates—although higher than last year's—are still below the fifty-year average, and with the influx of new job opportunities in Tallahassee, it's plausible to expect a further strengthening in luxury home sales in the coming years.

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