Shadow Wood at the Brooks Real Estate News | January 2022

Shadow Wood at the Brooks Real Estate News | January 2022

As of January 1, 2022, there are ZERO active listings in our area multiple listing service (MLS) in Shadow Wood. That is the same as last month.
There are ZERO, single-family homes on the market. In the condo market, there are zero active listings.
A reminder, you have access to the most comprehensive website devoted to Shadow Wood, I’ve included maps, floor plans, photos, and descriptions of each neighborhood within this desirable community.
Please contact me for all your real estate needs in Shadow Wood. With over 35 years of helping buyers and sellers in SWFL, my experience will be invaluable in this fast-moving, low-inventory market.

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Ed Gongola

Summary of Shadow Wood Home Sales

If you are considering selling your Shadow Wood home, here are some statistics that may help you decide to place your home on the market.

  • Within the last 12 months, there were 37 sales; the average sales price was $434,838; and, these condos were on the market an average of 25 days; combined days on the market is 79.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 31 sales; the average sales price was $349,603; and, these homes were on the market an average of 116 days; combined days on the market is 255.
  • During the last 12 months, there were 51 sales; the average sales price was $1,085,240; and, these homes were on the market an average of 56 days; combined days on the market is 123.
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 66 sales; the average sales price was $960,548 and, these homes were on the market an average of 99 days; combined days on the market is 252.
For a list of SHADOW WOOD homes sold in the last 12 months, click here.
For a list of SHADOW WOOD homes that are pending at the moment, click here.
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January 2022 Market Update

“One thing did not change in 2021,” said Mike Hughes, Vice President of Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., “We started and ended the year with strong buyer demand and a tight listing inventory, both of which are expected to continue into 2022. We had 3,750 closings in 2021 for a closed sales volume of $2,400,839,269.37 – our second-best year ever for closed sales volume. The pandemic changed consumer patterns, and we have seen a lot of closings in months that historically would be “soft” months for closings. The current tight listing inventory, coupled with the strong buyer demand, will continue to be a challenge for buyers requiring a mortgage. There are a lot of cash buyers in our area right now, which is typical during our busy winter season. I expect the multiple offer environment will be here most of the year. If you are a buyer, you might have to move quickly to secure a property. The pandemic has shown us that the low-density Southwest Florida landscape is very desirable with consumers. After all, if you are going to ride out a pandemic, why not be in paradise?”
At the end of November, the number of new listings that came to the Bonita Springs and Estero markets YTD in 2021 (3,012 listings) was ten percent lower than 2020, and YTD pending sales were 17.4 percent higher (4,373 units). The number of YTD closed sales units were 28.3 percent higher than YTD 2020 and the median closed sales price of $390,000 was 20 percent higher. Active inventory at the end of November 2021 was 213 properties, down 80.8 percent from the year before.
Pre-season buyers descended on the Naples real estate market in November pushing the area’s overall inventory down 76.1 percent to 1,198 homes from 5,006 homes in November 2020. New listings in November fell 22.9 percent to 958 homes from 1,242 in November 2020. The median closed price for condominiums in November was $375,000 compared to $622,000 for single-family homes. This level of affordability might account for condominium inventory decreasing 85 percent during November compared to a 65 percent decrease in single-family home inventory. Although the overall median closed price continued to rise due to a tight inventory in November, it should be noted that – in the last 12-months ending November 2021 – 57 percent of closed sales in Naples were for homes priced below $500,000.
The Marco Island Area Assoc. of Realtors® reported that November 2021 compared to November 2020 showed the following: Total inventory (225 properties) was down by 74 percent, closed sales (118 properties) were down by 48.9 percent and pending sales (129 properties) were down by 22.3 percent. The November median sales price was $748,750, which is 41.27 percent higher than November 2020.
The home selling frenzy continued in Florida in November, with closed sales of existing homes and condos up year-over-year — as well as exceeding pre-pandemic levels. New listings aren’t down — they’re just flying off the market. Brad O’Connor, Chief Economist for Florida Realtors, said “Closed sales of existing homes in Florida were up yearover-year in November, according to the latest market statistics from Florida Realtors. Existing single-family home sales increased by 4.3 percent compared to November of 2020, while condo and townhouse sales were up versus a year ago as well, by 5.4 percent. Even more impressive, though, is how high sales levels remain compared to two years ago, before the pandemic. Compared to November 2019, sales this November were up by over 28 percent for single-family homes and by over 37 percent for condos and townhouses.
Existing-home sales rose 1.9 percent in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.46 million. The median existing-home sales price rose 13.9 percent year-over-year to $353,900. From one year ago, the inventory of unsold homes decreased 13.3 percent to 1.1 million – equivalent to 2.1 months of the monthly sales pace. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, noted that inflation and the pace of price appreciation is expected to subside next year. Last week, NAR held its third annual Real Estate Forecast Summit, featuring economists and housing experts whose consensus found inflation would likely ease in 2022 at a 4 percent rate, while home prices are expected to rise at a moderate pace of 5.7 percent.
Sources: The Bonita Springs-Estero REALTORS®/SWFLMLS, Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, National Assoc. of REALTORS®, Florida REALTORS® Marco Island Area Assoc. of REALTORS®

Demand Vastly Outpacing Supply in the SWFL Housing Market

Reporter: Amanda Porter
Writer: Matthew Seaver

Southwest Florida is facing a housing crisis. Realtors in the area say inventory is low. That forces you to pay more for a home and make compromises when you buy.

Buying a home in Southwest Florida is a goal for many people.
“A lot of people are flocking to Florida. And they’re kind of buying up the property and causing the prices to increase.”
Ingrid Schaefer is touring homes. She is lucky to even get in the door for a viewing.
“We are looking. We’ve been looking for how long, Andrew? A little while. A couple years. He’s been very patient with us,” said Schaefer.
Patience, a realtor, and a willingness to compromise are a homebuyer’s best bets.
“If you’re a buyer, I would get with an experienced realtor, one that is experienced in negotiating and writing good clean offers, and can totally assess your situation and put your best foot forward, and your speed wins,” said Brett Ellis, a realtor in Fort Myers.
Even if homebuyers put in a quick offer, Ellis says there aren’t enough available homes to match the demand.
“Were down to 1,360 homes in all of Lee County. So we’ve been running way too low, and now we’re dipping once again into 1,300s,” said Ellis.
Schaefer is making sure to stick close to her realtor so they can hopefully be a front runner for a home in Southwest Florida.
“Andrew is helping us figure things out. We don’t want to be sort of knowing that we’re spending something that’s actually $100,000 more.”
Naples Realtor Andrew Tennent said, “there are more and more buyers buying with over zoom call like we’re having right now. So if you’re willing to do that, and you have a realtor that you feel comfortable, whether you can trust and everything that that might give you a leg up on the competition.”
Prices of homes in Southwest Florida are expected to keep rising in 2022.

Southwest Florida Lifestyle Continues to Fuel Demand

Pre-season buyers descended on the Naples real estate market in November pushing the area’s overall inventory down 76.1 percent to 1,198 homes from 5,006 homes in November 2020. Demand for the Naples lifestyle during November also influenced the median closed price which increased 31.3 percent to $499,000 from $380,000 in November 2020. Broker analysts reviewing the November 2021 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), predict buyer demand to continue as homeowners in Northern states seek lifestyles with fewer COVID-19 restrictions and international buyers seek investments in the U.S. real estate market.A decrease of 213 homes sales might seem like home buying interest is waning but consider the inventory factor. In September 2020, there were 5,287 properties available. While in September 2021, the month ended with just 1,251 properties for sale (a 76.3 percent decrease). Comparing showing activity also sheds light on the situation. There were roughly 23 showings per home during September compared to under seven showings per home in September 2020. Basically, more buyers are looking at fewer properties this year.

“Unfortunately, the numbers can’t tell us the full story,” remarked Adam Vellano, a Naples Sales Manager at Compass Florida. “We know demand is strong, but at the current inventory level, it’s hard to sustain the level of sales we have done in previous years.”

But Budge Huskey, CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, says there are signs to be optimistic. “I’m seeing more and more development companies from around the country putting their money on Naples. They know Naples still represents a great value compared to other desirable locations around the country and investing at today’s prices shows they think Naples will only become even more desirable in the future. They are confident the level of demand and overall values have room to run.”
The NABOR® September 2021 Market Report provide comparisons of single-family home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges, and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. NABOR® sales statistics are presented in chart format, including these overall (single-family and condominium) findings:
According to Brenda Fioretti, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, “Our area is still considered undervalued compared to many other desirable markets in America, so waiting for prices to drop in Naples is not a good strategy for homebuyers.” Fioretti was quick to also point out that “for the first time since NABOR® recorded market data, the overall percent of current list price received for condominiums exceeded 100 percent in November.”
The median closed price for condominiums in November was $375,000 compared to $622,000 for single-family homes. This level of affordability might account for condominium inventory decreasing 85 percent during November compared to a 65 percent decrease in single-family home inventory.
Having a REALTOR® during today’s low inventory environment is an essential partnership for buyers because REALTORS® are poised to hear about a home before it goes up for sale, they know exactly when new homes hit the MLS in real time, and they can share this valuable information to home buyers. Further, REALTORS® work closely with many other agents, have alerts set up when new homes are listed, and know how to maneuver the process so a buyer can act fast when a new listing meets a client’s purchasing criteria.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Naples, contact a Naples REALTOR® who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison or negotiate a sale. A REALTOR® can ensure your next purchase or sale in the Naples area is a success. Search for your dream home and find a Naples REALTOR® on

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 6,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.

The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and who subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. 

f you are looking to buy or sell a home in Naples, contact a Naples REALTOR® who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison or negotiate a sale. A REALTOR® can ensure your next purchase or sale in the Naples area is a success. Search for your dream home and find a Naples REALTOR® on

UCF: Housing Will Drive Economic Growth in 2022

Florida job growth will outpace the nation, says UCF, and the housing industry – an “albatross” in the Great Recession – will “be an important economic driver.”

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Job growth in Florida will outpace the national economy, and unemployment will continue to decline in 2022, according to a new economic forecast for the Sunshine State.
Florida’s unemployment rate, which stood at 4.5% in November, is expected to continue falling in 2022, and housing starts will pick up, but not quickly enough to satisfy robust demand in the short run, according to the forecast released earlier this month by the Institute for Economic Forecasting at the University of Central Florida.
Inventory for single-family homes is so scarce in Florida that it would take only 1.3 months to use up the current supply of homes at the current rate of demand. Typically, a six-month supply is considered a healthy and balanced market.
“Florida’s Realtors are desperate for homes to buy and sell,” the UCF report said. “The paucity of inventory and supply chain problems for builders have led to cold calling/texting to try and drum up inventory.”
In contrasts to the Great Recession more than a dozen years ago, the housing market won’t be an “albatross” around Florida’s economy during the continued recovery from the pandemic, the report said.
“On the contrary, housing will continue to be an important economic driver as the recovery from the COVID-19 recession continues, and builders work to replenish severely depleted inventories,” the report said.
The sector with the biggest expected job growth in Florida over the next three years is hospitality, which was battered during the past two years by the pandemic, with a predicted jump of 8.1%. That is followed by professional and business services, which is expected to grow by 3.8%. Professional and business services are white-collar jobs like lawyers, architects and accountants.
Florida’s population over the next three years will continue to grow as baby boomers retire and move to the Sunshine State, and more job-seekers will migrate to Florida as the travel and hospitality industry recovers from the pandemic-caused downturn of the past two years, the forecast said.
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