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Florida’s Condo Market Cools: A Tale of Hurricanes, HOA Costs, and Changing Buyer Preferences

Florida’s condo market is experiencing a notable downturn, defying the national trend of rising prices, reveals a recent Redfin report. In cities like Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando, condo prices have seen significant drops, while single-family home sales remain robust.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ian in 2022 and the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South in 2021 have reshaped the landscape. Escalating insurance and HOA costs, particularly in flood-prone areas, have put pressure on condo owners and prospective buyers alike.

With Florida now mandating reserve funds for condo associations, HOA fees have surged, rendering many condo properties financially out of reach for potential buyers. This surge in costs has forced sellers to adjust their listing prices downwards, reflecting the diminishing appeal and affordability of condo ownership.

The situation is particularly challenging for millennials, who find ever-increasing HOA fees untenable compared to the locked-in costs of homeownership through mortgages.

Despite these challenges, condos remain relevant, especially newer properties less than a decade old. However, preconstruction condos face waning popularity due to their higher price tags and concerns over delivery timelines, particularly for properties exceeding $2 million.

As buyers navigate economic uncertainties and seek housing options with fewer ongoing expenses, the allure of condos in Florida undergoes a transformation, prompting a shift in preferences and market dynamics.”

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