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13 AUG

Everyone is a Millionaire!

Who Wants To Be a  I$ a Millionaire


$1,000,000 is the new $650,000.  That’s basically what has happened to tons of homeowners in just 2.5 years time. As a matter of fact our average sale price here at Echo Fine Properties company wide is $1,000,000. While that is still way above the average sale combining single family homes and condos, a million dollar sale has become very ho-hum.

A million-dollar transaction used to be a big deal.  Agents would oftentimes work for years before they would have their first million-dollar deal.  I remember when I started in 2001, I sold a home for $1.5m and it was the biggest sale in Steeplechase. One of maybe 3 or 4 sales ever above a million there.  In the last 365 days out of the 16 sales in Steeplechase, all but 1 was under a million and even that one was $950,000

In PGA National, you’d have zero, 1, or at most 2 transactions a year over a million.  Even in country clubs like BallenIsles or Ibis, it was more 1-off sales than the norm.

Then 2020 happened.  In January 2020, the average transactions went from $376,000 to $620,000 in June 2022!!!  That’s a 65% increase in price in just 2 ½ years.


In 2019 there were 1,777 sales above a million dollars.  That increased to 4,458 homes in 2021.  Condo/townhome average sales are much lower but have jumped from $205,000 to $312,500.

Before 2021, there was never a sale above a million dollars in Egret Landing in Jupiter, a single family community of 640 homes.

The first one occurred July of 2021. Residents started freaking out strutting around that they lived in a million dollar neighborhood. This year alone 8 million-dollar sales have already closed.   Now a million dollar sale is a yawn 🥱. In PGA National there have been 46 sales above a million since January 2020.

Martin County also has its fair share of millionaires as the average price went from $410,000 to $590,000.  In 2020 there were 319 sales above a million.  In 2021 that skyrocketed to 559 sales.

So, who benefits? If you’ve had your home a long time, you’ve enjoyed fantastic appreciation. If you are looking to downsize, its a great time to cash out and put some money in your pocket.  The tax man is also happy and those 3% limits for people who are homesteaded and 10% limit for non-homesteaded will increase year after year for a long time.


This article was brought to you by the letter M. So sorry for the advertising sell out but we will need the revenue as a million dollars just isn’t what it used to be anymore.


Jeff Lichtenstein is owner and broker of Echo Fine Properties, a luxury real estate brokerage selling real estate in Jupiter  and homes in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He has 20 years of real estate experience, has closed over 1,000 transactions, and manages over 70 agents in a non-traditional model of real estate that mimics a traditional business model.  Some publications he has been quoted in.

Feel free to ask him a question directly at jeff@EchoFineProperties.com including a complimentary real valuation of your home.

Posted in Open House Blog, Real Estate Tips on August 13, 2022 at 6:10 am.


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