Fort Lauderdale, FL


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Fort Lauderdale, FL Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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Fort Lauderdale Housing Market Information

With 178,590 people, 73,446 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $318,141, real estate costs in Fort Lauderdale are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Florida communities.

Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Fort Lauderdale, accounting for 44.19% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fort Lauderdale include single-family detached homes ( 36.90%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 12.22%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.53%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.

People in Fort Lauderdale primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) units, chiefly found in large apartment complexes or high rise apartments. Fort Lauderdale has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Fort Lauderdale's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 52.21% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Fort Lauderdale include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 33.10%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 12.69%). There's also some housing in Fort Lauderdale built before 1939 ( 2.00%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Fort Lauderdale. Fully 22.29% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Fort Lauderdale homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Fort Lauderdale real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Fort Lauderdale Home Appreciation Rates

Fort Lauderdale's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Fort Lauderdale during the period has been just -1.53%, which is lower than 80% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Fort Lauderdale that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Fort Lauderdale real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Fort Lauderdale appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.83%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 80.19% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.80%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.39%.

Importantly, this makes Fort Lauderdale one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Florida, our data show that Fort Lauderdale's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 60% of the other cities and towns in Florida.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Fort Lauderdale differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Fort Lauderdale real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Fort Lauderdale, FL HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,347,000 5.7
$1,010,001 - $1,347,000 4.3
$674,001 - $1,010,000 7.6
$539,001 - $674,000 6.1
$404,001 - $539,000 11.8
$269,001 - $404,000 16.5
$135,001 - $269,000 28.4
$67,001 - $135,000 14.8
$0 - $67,000 4.9

High for FL
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
14.7251845775226 25.6410256410256

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fort Lauderdale Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
100.12% 4.10% 8 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,477 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 51.45
Renters 48.55
Vacant 22.29

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fort Lauderdale HOMES
2000 or Newer 12.7
1970 - 1999 33.1
1940 - 1969 52.2
1939 or Older 2.0

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Fort Lauderdale HOMES
Single-Family 36.9
Townhomes 5.5
Small Apt. Buildings 12.2
Apt. Complexes 44.2
Mobile Homes 1.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Fort Lauderdale HOMES
No Bedroom 2.64
1 Bedroom 22.08
2 Bedrooms 39.89
3 Bedrooms 27.11
4 Bedrooms 6.57
5 or more bedrooms 1.71