The Florida real estate market is showing signs of stabilizing.  At least the downward trend is beginning to slow.  In Pinellas County, Florida the number of listings for single family homes decreased slightly and the absorption rate was above 10% for August.  In July, the abosrption rate was 11.8%.  This simply means that if the absorption rate is 10%, if there are 100 homes listed for sale, 10 sold.  The absorption rate is very slowly increasing so that the inventory of homes for sale is slowly decreasing, and in time, this will lead to prices bottoming out and beginning the long, slow climb out of the crevasse.

The median price for a single family home in August, 2009, in Pinellas County, Florida was $142,000, a drop of 19.3% from the previous August.  The sort of good news is that the August price drop was less than the 2009 July price drop, which was 22.2% from July of 2008.  Again, not good news, but this is showing signs of the market beginning to stabilize in the Pinellas County, Florida market.

Thus, with the absorption rate inching its way up, and the median price loss showing signs of slowing, things are beginning to look better.  More goodnews is that the inventory for single family homes for sale in August 2009 was 9.7 months.  This is another sign that the competition of homes for sale, while still extremely competitive, is beginning to start to swing back into the area that sellers can see light at the end of the tunnel.  Of course, that light may yet be 5 years away before prices climb back to what they were two or three years ago, but there is hope.   Is the real estate market stabilizing, well maybe not yet.  There is, though, light at the end of the tunnel.