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Panama City Beach condos for sale

These are all of the articles covering condos for sale in Panama City Beach Florida.  Because this website has a heavy focus on condominium sales, this will be a popular tag.

2014 - Year in Review

January 2015 Panama City Beach condo sales update

Condos see third year of price increases

In 2012 condos showed promising signs of prices beginning to bounce back. In 2013 condo sales prices clearly showed the market had rebounded. What was interesting about 2013 was that even after two years of price increases, the sales volumes didn't fall off. The reason for this was that inventory was running low on some of the floor plans at their current pricing levels.  Meanwhile other floorplans that had not seen absorption for years were beginning to pick up the slack. The lack of inventory really became apparent in 2014. Even though we had price increases of 10% in both 2013 and 2014, our sales volumes were off by 21% when compared to the previous two years. I expect this trend to continue in 2015.

May 2015 market update

May 2015 Panama City Beach condo sales update

As of April 2015, average per square foot prices are back in line with trends seen in recent years. A look at current performance of older versus newer condos reveals opposing trends: condos built before 2001 are seeing a 19% sales volume increase to prior year while condos built since 2001 are realizing a 9% decline in sales volume. The numbers reveal a shift toward the absorption of older condos. This newly developing trend is attributable to significant price increases in the newer condo market.

2015 Year in Review

January 2016 Panama City Beach condo sales update

In 2015, we saw the prices of condominiums increase for the fourth consecutive year. Even as prices rose, sales volumes remained strong. The vast number of sales were condos built since 2000, but there was a continued increase in annual sales volumes for older units because of the price increases on newer condos.

We noticed over the year that most of the condos that sold have floor plans that bring a lower price per square foot. For instance, a two-bedroom floor plan in which the bedrooms are not located on the water will sell for considerably less than a two-bedroom floor plan in which the master bedroom is positioned on the water. Below are several graphs that demonstrate the trend that we are seeing.

August 2014 market update

August 2014 Panama City Beach condo sales market update

The trend of dropping sales volumes that we were focused on in June 2014 took a pause in July. We have noticed that our sales volume has decreased by 19% over what it was in 2013 as well as a 19% decrease for the same time period in 2012. From January through July of 2014, we have sold 397 gulf front condominiums. That is compared to the sale of 475 condominiums during the same time period in 2013 as well as 476 condominiums in 2012. We are entering a new market where we see the volume of sales for 2014 has declined. Inventory has become scarce as pricing increases over that of a year ago. Are condos selling? Yes they are, just at a slower pace.

Condominium "no lend list"

If you are looking for a Panama City Beach condo, loan options may be different than you would expect for a secondary residence. I have written the following article, Condominium loans in Panama City Beach, to explain why. The article's main point is that qualified buyers who put at least 20% down can get a 5-year ARM or a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. As of February 2017, qualified buyers can expect to get a 5 year arm amortized over 30 years with a rate of roughly 4.5%.

Condominium loans in Panama City Beach

condo loans in Panama City Beach

As times change, so do condominium loans in Panama City Beach. The reason is because most buyers are people who purchase these properties as secondary residences or investment properties. The type of loans that banks grant for secondary residences are different from those offered for primary residences especially after the mortgage meltdown of 2008. Before the mortgage crisis, most lenders sold their condominium loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and any other bank or financial institution that was willing to take them on the secondary market.

January 2017 market update

Panama City Beach condo sales review of 2016

A look back at 2016 condo sales in Panama City Beach

The 2016 Panama City Beach condo market was a bit of a mixed bag. The average sales price per square foot for condos built in the area after 2001 are down less than 1% from last year. This year saw some floor plans increase in price while others were flat or fell lower. There is still a healthy demand for condos as the area continues to improve and mature. Strict financing requirements are providing a healthy market free from speculators and flippers.

June 2015 market update

Panama City Beach real estate update for condos

Loan rates for condominiums edged up one-quarter of a point last week following an unexpectedly strong May jobs report that caused bond yields to go up. Rates were briefly at 4.5% on a five-year ARM before falling back to there normal range.  I think interest rates will have to go higher before we see any effect on Panama City Beach's condominium market.  You can get more detailed loan information in my condominium loans in Panama City Beach article.

March 2015 market update

Panama City Beach condo sales update for March 2015

Unsurprisingly, 2015 has been off to a slow start for selling condominiums. Today, sellers are demanding for higher sale prices on their condo listings. This in turn is resulting in few buyers who are willing to spend those prices. With no supply of distressed sales, this is the new real estate market in Panama City Beach.  Foreclosures and short sales rarely happen anymore and when they do reach the market, these properties are sold at the retail price.

May 2016 market update

Condo Sales update for Panama City Beach May 2016

The average 2016 sales prices for most condominium floor plans are continuing to increase, though they are doing so at a much slower rate than in prior years. But not all condominiums have seen price increases this first quarter. Some condos are experiencing decreasing average sales prices and a few that have yet to see a sale this year.

Our sales volumes are also down 10% compared to the 2015 January through April time period. It is important to note the current pricing levels we are seeing in many buildings. If you look at many of the condominium preconstruction prices, deduct the 20% down payment, deduct closing costs and ignore all of the upkeep costs, this is roughly the same price at which the majority of condos are selling.

October 2014 market update

October Panama City Beach condo sales update

We're seeing an overall theme of gradually increasing prices with sales volume falling back from the past three years' sales levels. This happens in waves (different floor plans in different buildings). There have been steady price increases over the last three years, and a large part of our sales volume occurred in floor plans located in the newer and most popular buildings.

September 2015 market update

Panama City Beach real estate update for condos

Condominium prices have increased 5.6 percent this year.  That is down from the 6.1 percent we were up in the June Market Update.  It is not that prices have fallen, but that the majority of condos selling are of floor plans that bring a lower per square foot price.  For example: A 2-bedroom floor plan with both bedrooms off the water is going to sell for considerably less than a 2-bedroom with a master bedroom on the water.

September 2016 market update

Condo Sales update for Panama City Beach May 2016

After three consecutive years of price increases (2013 - 10.6%, 2014  10.4%, and 2015  7%), the fourth year failed to materialize. 2016 is a mixed year for condo sales prices in Panama City Beach. On average the sales prices are down 1.8% this year. Buildings and floor plans individually have been a mixed bag.

Shores of Panama

Shores of Panama

The Shores of Panama is a waterfront condominium located in Panama City Beach, FL along the Gulf of Mexico. The construction of this development was finished in 2007 with 709 condominium units on 23 floors. Each floor offers 31 units with a good selection of floor plans from studios up to three bedrooms.

The Shores of Panama development has a Mediterranean atmosphere with its unique architecture, covered parking, open lobby and 468 feet of waterfront footage along the Gulf. This condominium is predominantly known for its lagoon pool area. In addition, the covered entrance welcomes its residents and their guests in a grand fashion. Buyers currently have limited lending options at Shores of Panama.  For more info info on the loans available click here.