Inventory levels are up but not enough. Home price appreciation is starting to slow but not by very much. Mortgage rates remain low, but did everyone refinance last year? Conditions are improving but the market isn’t healthy, yet, but it is on its way. Remember when 8% appreciation was a lot? 2018 and 2019 each had 8% appreciation. That feels like a lifetime ago.
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Greater Phoenix Real Estate Update 8/27/2021
Residential real estate pulled our economy out of the shortest recession in history. As last year’s market frenzy cools, the severe imbalance of supply and demand lessens and prices continue to increase, just at a slower rate. According to the 2020 US Census, housing units increased by 6.7% while population grew by 7.4%; both were declines from previous decades, but it doesn’t change the fact that demand (population) outpaced supply (housing units). Over the past 10 years, Maricopa County’s population increased by 15.8% and housing units increased by 8.3%.
AZ Forbearance Update 8/25/2021
Housing inventory is slowly increasing, giving more options to our exhausted buyers. With the inventory gains, appreciation has started to slow which is also good for the overall health of the market.
Greater Phoenix Real Estate Update 8/13/2021
Long before residential real estate pulled us out of the shortest recession in history, Wall Street and Silicon Valley were plotting ways to infiltrate housing. While big money and new technology provide powerful incentives, it is very difficult to replace a well-informed, well-connected, local real estate professional.
AZ Forbearance Update 8/11/2021
There is a lot of confusion with all of the info coming out of Washington DC. There are proposals, bills, executive orders, extensions, approvals, and appointments announced every day. In this 15 minute video, Lydia Wietsma and I share updates on these policies impacting housing.
Greater Phoenix Real Estate Update 7/30/2021
In the past, the Phoenix housing market tended to run about 8-12 months ahead of the rest of the country. Over the past 18 months, our market has pretty much been on pace with the rest of the country until very recently. I would say that our market is running about a month ahead of the rest of the country so be mindful of national headlines, it is old news in Phoenix.
AZ Forbearance Update 6/30/2021
In this 19 minute video, Lydia Wietsma and I discuss the latest in forbearance, extensions, and tax liens. We share this information to help provide guidance for real estate professionals and struggling borrowers.
Greater Phoenix Real Estate Update 6/18/2021
The real estate market continues to shift and change, slowly moving towards normalization. Prices continue to increase, demand is slightly subsiding, and inventory is growing (and has a LONG way to go). The intensity is cooling (from 500 degrees to 350 – its still HOT), and fatigued buyers are writing fewer offers before one is accepted. The headlines attempting to explain the still very hot, yet cooling market seem to be causing more confusion than clarification.
Greater Phoenix Real Estate Update 6/11/2021
While today’s residential real estate market remains unhealthy (remember when 10% appreciation was a lot?), initial progress has been made. Prices are leveling off, supply is increasing, and immediate sales are declining. This is good for buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, which are foundation of the real estate market.
Greater Phoenix Real Estate Update 4/23/2021
Despite movement towards normal, sales prices continue to grow. While yes, inventory has increased, locally it remains over 77% below normal and demand has decreased, it is still over 8% above normal. This supply/demand imbalance is so severe, it will take years to correct, and is why sales prices continue increasing at an appreciation rate of nearly 22%, year over year.