Below is a graph of inventory levels in just Fort Myers and Cape Coral since 2004. The blue line is the active inventory listed in MLS and the orange line is the pending sales listed in MLS. As you can see, back in 2005 there were as many buyers in the marketplace as there were sellers trying to sell.
These figures do not include all of Lee County Florida, but rather just the Fort Myers and Cape Coral areas of Lee County. At the end of the graph you’ll see a slight increase, but this is due to us switching MLS systems and including slightly more data. We’ll watch this trendline from here on out but we can say inventory has been decreasing for months and foreclosures have not been keeping pace with the record sales we’re experiencing here in SW Florida.
Bank foreclosure agents we’ve spoken with all are noticing a decrease in bank foreclosure inventory. The Ellis Team has sold much of it’s bank owned foreclosure inventory and have just about 6 left. We expect more in the future, but as of right now first time home buyers, second home buyers, and investors have scooped up all but 6 we just received. The 6 bank foreclosures have bank financing available at 4% interest with a 7 year balloon and 5% down for a primary buyer, and 6% interest and 20% down for an investor, or buyers can obtain their own financing.