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Most Florida homes are selling at pre-recession prices

Pictured here is a for sale sign. In the background is a home.
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Many Florida homes are selling for the same price as homes in the early 2000s before the Great Recession happened. That’s according to William O’Dell. He directs the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. He says in Florida, the median for single family home sales peaked in 2006. In places like North Florida and the panhandle, the median for single family home sales is at those 2006 prices now.

According to William O'Dell, director of the University of Florida's Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, many Florida homes are selling for the same price they were before the Great Recession, making it difficult for first-time buyers to find an affordable home. O'Dell was one of many presenters today that gave a legislative committee an update on the state of affordable housing.

O'Dell said in Florida, median single family home sales prices peaked in 2006.

"At approximately $337,000. These numbers are adjusted for inflation. And then, of course, with the great recession, prices bottomed out by 2011 and then began this rise again through the remainder of this past decade," O'Dell told lawmakers.

O'Dell said in 2020, the statewide median for single family home sales prices was just over $300,000. He said Florida's beginning to approach its 2006 peak. And he said in the panhandle and portions of North Florida, the median for single family home sales are now at those 2006 prices.

"This represents, of course, a real growth in home equity for people who already own their homes, but it makes it tough for new buyers to find a home they can afford," O'Dell said.

As for the rest of Florida, O'Dell said the rise in home prices is statewide. And in 2020, he said most Florida homes were selling past what they were going for in 2004. He told lawmakers that he's been hearing stories from friends with adult children who want to become first-time homebuyers but are deciding to wait because the housing market is so expensive.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.