Bonita Bay Real Estate News | September 2018

Bonita Bay Real Estate News | September 2018

As of September 1, 2018, there are 96 active listings in MLS in Bonita Bay; 7 more than last month. There are 28 single-family homes ranging in price from $489,000 to $7,500,000. The average list price is $1,651,050 and the average days on the market is 201. The combined days on the market is 230. In the carriage,  mid-rise, townhouse,  and attached villa market, there are 25 active listings in Bonita Bay. Prices range from $250,000 to $529,000. The average list price is $377,380. The average of days on the market is 151. The combined days on the market is 208. In the high-rise market, there are 42 active listings in Bonita Bay ranging in price from $739,000  to $6,750,000. The average list price is $1,805,833 and the average days on the market is 200. The combined days on the market is 238.


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If you are considering selling your Bonita Bay home, here are some statistics that may help you decide to place your home on the market:

  • Within the last 12 months, there were 79 sales with an average sales price of$373,703; these condos were on the market an average of 112 days; combined days on the market is 200.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 76 sales with an  average sales price of condominiums was $378,889; these homes were on the market for 74 days; combined days on the market is 137.


  • During the last 12 months, there were 34 sales with an average sales price of $1,268,390; these homes were on the market an average of 144 days; combined days on the market is 240.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 25 sales with an average sales price of $1,312,544; these homes were on the market for an average of 159 days; combined days on the market is 239.



  • During the last 12 months, there were 74 sales with an average sales price of $1,107,519; these homes were on the market an average of 78 days; combineddays on the market is 161.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 78 sales with an average sales price of $1,186,511; these homes were on the market for an average of 109 days;combined days on the market is 207.



For a list of BONITA BAY homes sold in the last 12 months, click here.
For a list of BONITA BAY homes that are pending at the moment, click here.

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credit card pictureMillennials could stand to make some improvements to their credit files. Only 39 percent of
millennials without a mortgage have a prime or better score, and the majority are facing higher delinquency rates on personal loans, shows a newly released study from Experian, an information services company.


Eighty-six percent of millennials recently surveyed say they believe that buying a house is a good financial investment, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ data. However, Experian’s research shows that only 15 percent have a mortgage today. Further, 61 percent of millennials are near prime or worse and may need to improve their personal loan and bankcard usage habits in order to obtain lower rates for when they are ready to take out a mortgage.


“This data presents good news for younger, thin file millennials interested in buying a home,” says Michele Raneri, vice president of analytics and business development at Experian. “We’re seeing that small changes in financial behaviors such as building a history of on-time payments and improved credit practices can help lenders shift from viewing millennials as high-risk to low-risk relatively quickly. Knowing where you stand from a credit perspective is critical to improving your financial well-being.”
Experian evaluated personal loan trends, credit scores, bankcard behaviors, and mortgage trends of about 60 million millennial consumers.


The average consumer VantageScore is 677 in the U.S., and the study found that credit scores usually get closer toward prime level (661-780) as people age. Younger millennials (ages 22 to 28) have an average near prime score of 652, and older millennials (29 to 35) have a prime score of 665.


“Often, young people start their credit journey with a couple of mistakes first, but in the end, these mistakes create opportunities to learn how to use and build credit responsibly,” says Rod Griffin, director of consumer education and awareness at Experian.


Millennial home buyers are, on average, 31 years old with an income of $64,000, Experian’s data shows. The average mortgage balance for a younger millennial (22 to 28) is $167,000 and $210,000 for an older millennial (29 to 35). Millennial home buyers are most prevalent in the South and West regions, according to the study.


Source: “Experian study finds most millennials need to improve borrowing behaviors before homebuying,” Experian (Aug. 23, 2018)


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“Our agents hit two milestones in August,” said Mike Hughes,  General Manager for Downing- Frye Realty, Inc. “It’s been an incredibly busy year and they’ve now hit one billion dollars in closed sales volume as well as over 2,100 closings. A key to this success is our solid listing inventory of over 1,000 available properties. We continue to carry one of the largest listing inventories in Southwest Florida.”


“Bonita Springs and Estero is still on the hot list for many interested buyers who are already here and for buyers in other markets,”stated Jerry Murphy, Managing Broker, Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs. He added, “While inventory for the $3-500K segment has decreased, buyers are watching the market and are looking at all price points.” Overall, the Bonita Springs and Estero markets showed a slight decrease of 3 percent in pending units and a 4 percent decrease in closings for 12-month June-ending figures. The median price remains steady, while the days-on-market has increased by 11 percent. The median closed Sales Price is $296,000. The inventory of available properties is 1,539 for a 6.19-month supply. Overall, according FGCU’s July 2018 Economic Indicators Report, the area continues to display signs of strong growth.



Florida’s housing market reported more sales, rising median prices and more new listings in July compared to a year ago. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $255,000, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, and the statewide median price for condo-townhouse units in July was $180,000, up 5.3 percent. “We are continuing to see signs that the low-inventory situation impacting the single-family home market has finally stopped getting worse, though it remains constrained,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor. “As of the end of July, there were 3.9-months’ supply of single-family inventory in Florida, marking the third straight month where there was no year-over-year change in this metric. We’re still squarely in seller’s market territory, and we’re going to need new single-family construction to ramp up even more.” A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.53 percent in July 2018.



Pending home sales stepped back in July and have now fallen on an annual basis for seven straight months. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the housing market’s summer slowdown continued in July. “Contract signings inched backward once again last month, as declines in the South and West weighed down on overall activity,” he said. “It’s evident in recent months that many of the most overheated real estate markets – especially those out West – are starting to see a slight decline in home sales and slower price growth.” He added, “The reason sales are falling off last year’s pace is that multiple years of inadequate supply in markets with strong job growth have finally driven up home prices to a point where an increasing number of prospective buyers are unable to afford it.” Looking to next year, existing sales are forecast to increase 2 percent and home prices around 3.5 percent.

Sources: The Bonita Springs-Estero Assoc. of REALTORS®, Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, National Assoc. of REALTORS®, Florida REALTORS®.



SUMMER Resources

Looking for a list of Golf or Dining Reciprocals? Here they are, available for download:



Bonita Bay Dining Schedule

Lunch Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday à la Carte Dinner:
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Friday – POETS Night
6:00-8:00 p.m.
with live music 9:00-11:00 p.m.


55th HOLE
Saturday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Food service until 9:00 p.m. nightly)


Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Food service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Daily)



Monday – Wednesday: 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
(Food service until 2:00 p.m.)
Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment Saturday Night




Broker's Corner


A Word from Downing-Frye Broker & General Manager Mike Hughes


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. had 735 pending sales this summer; compared with 715 pending sales last summer. That means that we were up just over 2% for pending sales this summer. How about the pending sales volume this summer? For the summer of 2018, we had $363 million in pending sales volume compared with $327 million last summer. This was an 11% increase in pending sales volume!


How about our year-to-date, closed sales volume? We have a closed sales volume of $1,089,215,710 at 8/31/18. Last year, at the end of August 2017, we had a closed sales volume of $1,045,589,649. This means that our closed sales volume is up 4% for the first eight months of the year.


So as you can see, all-in-all, it is shaping up to be a pretty good year for us. Keep in mind that the September and October numbers last year (due to Hurricane Irma) were pretty weak. This means that we will most likely improve on our year-over-year comparisons over the next sixty days.


Don’t let the newspaper coverage of red tide get you down. We are having a pretty good year for real estate! I have seen our company weather a lot of market factors over the year. It takes a lot to significantly affect our production.



Sept. 13   | Trivia Night | 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Ballroom | Teams of 6-10 people | $29.00 per person
Sept. 14   | POETS Night – Chef’s Choice “Girl Meets Boy”
Sept. 21   | POETS Night – Turkey “Kelly & Shelly”
Sept. 28   | POETS Night – Prime Rib “Wendy Renee & Co.”



SUMMER Resources

Looking for a list of Golf or Dining Reciprocals? Here they are, available for download:










Official Bonita Bay Club Brochure

unnamed (2)Looking for an overview of the Bonita Bay Club for yourself or to send to others? Here’s a quick look at the Bonita Bay Club’s five championship golf courses designed by two legendary architects; an 18-court tennis center; two welcoming clubhouses; Lifestyle Center with a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa; and, a world-class staff — the elements that make Bonita Bay Club South Florida’s premier country club.


Owned and governed by its members since 2010, Bonita Bay Club offers membership levels in golf and sports that suit the preferences of active Bonita Bay residents. In addition, limited golf memberships are available for the the Naples Club only. Download brochure.

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