Sarasota-Manatee Housing Market Continues to Cool in September
SARASOTA, Fla. (October 20, 2022) – The latest data for the Sarasota and Manatee housing market
continues to follow the same trend of fewer sales and rising inventory in September, alongside a few
closing delays caused by Hurricane Ian’s arrival at the end of the month. According to the data from
Florida REALTORS®, the median prices for both Sarasota County and Manatee County continue to show
year-over-year increases but are not as high as prices recorded earlier this year.
The total number of closed sales across the region was 1,263 in September, a 39 percent decrease from
last year. When compared to August of 2022, closed sales for both property types in the two-county
region decreased by 29.6 percent.
Closed sales for single-family homes in Manatee County decreased year-over-year by 37.5 percent to 422
sales and in Sarasota County, single-family sales decreased by 45.1 percent to 458 sales. For condos,
Manatee closed sales decreased by 35.9 percent to 148 sales, and Sarasota sales decreased by 29 percent
to 235 sales.
“We are continuing the trend that we’ve seen for several months now where the number of closed sales is
dropping, and prices are leveling off,” said 2022 President of the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota
and Manatee Tony Veldkamp, a Senior Advisor at SVN Commercial Advisory Group. “Inventory has
also leveled off; sellers seem to have a ‘wait and see’ attitude regarding the economy. Prices continue to
be very strong, but inventory has not increased significantly, which means that it is still a great time to
For single-family homes, the median sale price in Manatee County increased year-over-year by 20.3
percent to $517,193 and in Sarasota County, the median price increased by 22.2 percent to $497,275. The
median sale price for condos in Manatee County increased by 18.2 percent to $337,000. The price for
Sarasota condos is now $399,999, a 23.1 percent increase from last year.
“Historically whenever Florida has a catastrophic event like Hurricane Ian, the real estate market bounces
back very quickly with strong growth. However, with the higher interest rates and rising inflation, this
time may be different. Those factors may cause our market to continue to remain level with less of a
bounce towards higher values,” added Veldkamp. “And while September data is on trend with the current
market, it’s possible that Hurricane Ian may have contributed to fewer closed sales and fewer new listings
this month. Since the storm arrived toward the end of September, many sales that were set to close before
month end were either pushed back to October or canceled altogether.”
In the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA, new listings decreased year-over-year by 22 percent to 1,225
new listings for single-family homes, while new listings in the condo market decreased by 25.3 percent to
469 new listings.
The months’ supply of inventory has more than doubled from last year. In the single-family home market,
the months’ supply in Manatee County increased by 237.5 percent to a 2.7-month supply. In Sarasota,
single-family supply increased by 162.5 percent to a 2.1-month supply. Manatee County’s condo supply
increased year-over-year by 216.7 percent to 1.9-months, while Sarasota’s condo supply increased by
166.7 percent to 1.6-months.
At the end of September, there were 4,346 active listings reported across the two counties, a 132.4 percent
increase from last year. For single-family homes, active listings increased by 106.4 percent in Sarasota
County and by 187.9 percent in Manatee County. For condos, the active inventory in Sarasota increased
by 85.4 percent, while the inventory in Manatee increased by 146.1 percent.
The median time from the listing date to the contract date has been increasing since June of this year. The median
time it took for single-family homes to go under contract was 20 days in Sarasota County and 19 days in
Manatee County. As for condos, the median time to contract was 18 days in Sarasota and 15 days in
Monthly reports are provided by Florida REALTORS® with data compiled from Stellar MLS. For
comprehensive statistics dating back to 2005, visit www.MyRASM.com/statistics.