February Real Estate Update for West Boca


What Sold?
Just a quick update on the West Boca real estate market at the end of February. 274 homes have sold this year so far, 176 of them (including 141 condos, townhomes and villas) for less than $300,000.
75 homes sold for prices between $300K and $500K, all but three of them single family homes.
From $500K to $800K there were only 16 transactions, 9 of them in Boca Falls with 4 more in Boca Isles and 2 in Saturnia.
Over $800,000 there were 7 transactions all near Clint Moore with 3 in The Oaks, 2 in Long Lake Estates, 1 in Le Rivage and the most expensive one in Horseshoe Acres by auction for $3.1 Million, well off the list price of $4.35M.
What’s For Sale?
West of the Turnpike and south of the Delray line there are currently 802 homes on the market including 396 single family homes, 112 townhomes and villas, 287 condos and 7 mobile homes.
447 homes are listed for $300,000 or less, mostly condos and townhomes.
Between $300K and $500K there are 193 homes, nearly all of them single family.
In the $500K-$800K range there are 86 for sale, all single family homes. They tend to be in specific neighborhoods including Boca Falls, Boca Isles, Saturnia, The Shores, The Oaks and Avalon, with a smaller number in Boca Winds, Boca Reserve, Palma Vista, Loggers Run and Mission Bay.
76 homes are listed above $800,000, concentrated in The Oaks and Long Lake Estates.
Did You Notice?
In the sub-$300K market the number of transactions was more than 60% of the number listed. Homes under $300K sell fast. Keep in mind the sales are over a two month span.
In the lower middle range between $300K and $500K this drops to less than 40%. From $500K to $800K it drops to less than 20%. And over $800K the number of sales in that two month window is less than 10% of the number listed.
This should not be a surprise but less expensive homes sell more quickly. At the high end the market is so saturated with homes for sale that it gets very tough to get a good price for your house and it may not sell at all. You have to be patient. If you need to sell quickly, you may have to price it below market value.
Saturation
When a lot of homes in the same community are on the market, it’s harder for a seller to stand out and get full value for their home. Buyers have a lot of other choices.
In The Oaks 10% of all the homes in the development are listed for sale. The country clubs are similar. 11% of the homes in Stonebridge are on the market. Boca Woods is doing a little better at 6% on the market. Avalon has 6% listed.
Perhaps the most saturated is Le Rivage, a small superluxury development on the northeast corner of Lyons and Clint Moore, where 5 of the 18 houses (28%) are listed for sale. Prices range from $2M up to $3.75M. Across the street Long Lake Estates has over 13% of its homes listed with prices from $1.1M to $7M.
Compare that to Boca Falls where there are only 20 houses listed right now, less than 3% of the development. In Saturnia there are currently 13 homes listed out of 414, just over 3%. The Shores, Boca Greens and Palma Vista all have about 4% of their homes on the market. Mission Bay has 18 houses listed.
Not Saturated
It may be a good time to list when few other homes are listed like yours.
Boca Isles has 19 homes listed out of 876 or around 2%. Boca Winds has even fewer with only 15 houses listed out of 1100 homes in total, not much over 1%. Inventory seems particularly thin in Loggers’ Run with only 11 single family homes on the market. There are only 2 homes listed in The Lakes at Boca Raton (north of Yamato near Cain, and only 6 single family listings in Boca Chase (plus 2 in the 55+ homes). Lexington Estates only has one home listed.
Another area that’s very thin is around Lyons Road south of Glades where there is one home for sale in Escondido and nothing in Timbers of Boca or Pine Springs. The road construction on Lyons may have discouraged sellers.

Author: Warren Redlich

Warren Redlich is a real estate agent and an attorney. He focuses on selling homes in West Boca Raton. Find out more at Yes Boca Real Estate.

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