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Nearly 19,800 South Florida Residential Rentals Listed For Lease As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Landlords Ask $2.38 PSF Monthly For South Florida Residential Rental Properties

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DOWNTOWN MIAMI (Aug. 3, 2020) - Nearly 19,800 residential rental properties are formally listed for lease in the tricounty South Florida region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach amdist the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Condo Vultures® Realty LLC. 

Based on completed leases of nearly 4,780 residential properties monthly in the first six months of 2020, South Florida now has more than a four-month supply of rentals - apartments, condos, efficiencies, multifamily and townhouses - available in the tricounty region during the traditional Summer Buying Season, according to the report based on data from the Southeast Florida MLS Matrix. 

A balanced market is generally considered to have about six months of supply. More months of supply listed for lease suggests a tenant’s advantage and less months typically indicates a landlord’s advantage in the market. 

In this new COVID-19 pandemic era, numerous questions exist about how the South Florida residential real estate market will perform going forward, both in the short- and medium-term periods. After a typical start to the new year, the South Florida residential real estate market began to change dramatically at the end of the first quarter of 2020. 

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a "state of emergency to create a pathway to obtain funding and resources to stop the spread of COVID-19" on March 9, 2020, the South Florida residential real estate market continued to function, albeit with changes for safety that included social distancing and a push for virtual tours instead of buyer actually visiting properties.  

Nearly a month later on April 3, 2020, DeSantis instituted a 30-day "statewide stay-at-home order" that effectively shut down the Florida economy but in doing so deemed residential and commercial real estate businesses "essential services," according to an industry press report.

Despite the ability to transact real estate during the "stay-at-home order," it is unclear how many buyers have been willing to view properties - either in person or virtually - in hopes of purchasing residences. It is also unclear how many sellers have opened their properties to potential buyers given the contagiousness of the COVID-19 virus. 

Once the "stay-at-home order" was finally lifted on May 4, 2020 for nearly all of the state - excluding the tricounty South Florida region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach - the Florida economy was thought to be in recession like much of the United States. Palm Beach County eventually opened its economy on May 11, 2020, and a week later both Miami-Dade and Broward counties opened for business on a limited basis on May 18, 2020.

A month later during the week of June 22, 2020, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties instituted mandatory mask wearing in public areas in response to a "spike" in the number of COVID-19 cases in the South Florida region, according to a press report

Broward County - located between Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties - did not mandate masks in public areas.

After Independence Day, Miami-Dade County took a step backward and shut back down restaurant dining rooms, party venues, gyms and short-term rentals due to a spike in new COVID-19 cases, according to a press report.    

With the situation worsening, the state of Florida surpassed New York on July 12 for the distinction of having the most new COVID-19 cases reported in a day with more than 15,300, according to a press report.  

A day later on July 13, an additional 12,624 new cases were reported in Florida, pushing the state number of COVID-19 cases to at least 282,435 with more than 121,000 cases in the tricounty South Florida region. On a county-by-county basis, Miami-Dade has nearly 67,715 cases, Broward has nearly 31,485 cases and Palm Beach has more than 21,800 cases, according to a press report

As of July 24, Florida had more than 402,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with nearly 5,700 deaths, according to the Florida Department Of Health's COVID-19 Data And Surveillance Dashboard.

On that same day, the tricounty South Florida region had about 172,440 confirmed cases - representing about 43 percent of the Florida total - and about 2,660 deaths - representing about 47 percent of the state total, according to the state dashboard. 

As of Aug. 3, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in nearly 491,900 confirmed cases and more than 7,235 total deaths in Florida. In the tricounty South Florida region, there are nearly 215,000 cases and about 3,300 deaths, according to the state website. 

On a county-by-county basis, Miami-Dade had more than 122,730 confirmed cases and nearly 1,700 deaths; Broward had more than 58,000 confirmed cases and nearly 750 deaths; and Palm Beach had nearly 34,250 confirmed cases and about 845 deaths, according to the state website.   

This being said, nearly 5,100 rental properties are currently under contract - or pending - and waiting to transact at a median monthly price of about $1,700 per unit or about $1.67 per square foot in South Florida. 

The median asking price of a South Florida residential rental property currently listed for lease is about $2,200 per property monthly. This works out to a median asking price of about $2.38 per square foot monthly, according to the data compiled by CondoVulturesRealty.com

It is important to consider that the MLS Matrix has recently begun using an arbitrary rule that provides overall "pricing" and "days on the market" information for a maximum of 10,000 properties at a time. Therefore, more accurate information for the South Florida rental market is not readily available despite attempts to obtain the specifics from the source.

In the first six months of 2020, the median transaction price of a South Florida residential rental property was about $1,700 or about $1.64 per square foot monthly, according to the data. 

This means the current asking price of a South Florida residential rental property listed for lease is more than 29 percent higher than the median transaction price achieved on a monthly per-property basis and about 45 percent higher than the median transaction price achieved on a monthly per-square-foot basis between January and June of this year. 

In the first half of 2020, a landlord needed about 45 days - on a median basis - to lease a South Florida residence. The current median Days-On-The-Market rate for a South Florida residential rental property listed for lease is about 61, according to the statistics. 

CondoVulturesRealty.com is a licensed Florida brokerage that specializes in assisting buyers and tenants in value-oriented acquisitions of condos in the tricounty region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

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