Contracts up 19% in this Price Range!

Contracts up 19% in this Price Range!
Flip Sales Rebounding Strong after Weak First Quarter

For Buyers:
New listings activated in June were down 10.0% compared to last June and overall supply has dropped 9.5% in 4 weeks, putting it below last year’s count for the first time all year.  Buyers have gotten used to very little supply under $200K but now they’re feeling it hard between $200K-$250K, where new listings were down a whopping 15.1%.  Trying to fill the gap, brand new town home/condo sales have been strongest between $200K-$250K with a median size of 1,362sf.  The top two builders that have sold the highest number of condos in this price range this year are Lennar in Gilbert and DR Horton in Mesa.  Other competing developers building multi-family between $200K-$250K include Bela Flor in Mesa and Maracay in Goodyear.  In Mesa, new condos in this price range have been extremely competitive with resale with an average price per square foot of $155.70 versus $157.47 for resale.

For Sellers:
Listings in escrow are up 7.4% and have soared nearly 19% over last year between $250K and $600K.  Homeowners with property valued under $250K are inundated with offers from investors as flip sales* have rebounded strongly over the past few months.  Making up for lost time after being down 4.2% in the first quarter, successful flip sales have now outperformed 2018 by 4.8%. The median sale price for a flipped home in May was $245K, up 8.4%, and the average size sold was 1,710sf.  The median gross gain for a traditional flip investor was $53K between their acquisition and sale price.  iBuyer companies such as OpenDoor, OfferPad and Zillow showed a median gross gain of just $9,900, however that doesn’t account for significant service charges to the sellers during escrow.

*A flip sale is defined in this case as the sale of property within 6 months of acquiring it.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with The Cromford Report
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Posted on July 31, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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Nov 2018 – The 4th Quarter is Seasonally the Best Time to be a Buyer

New Listings Up 18% in October between $250K-$400K
The 4th Quarter is Seasonally the Best Time to be a Buyer

For Buyers:
Seasonally the 4th Quarter is the best time to be a buyer and this year is no exception.  Typically buyer contract activity is at its strongest from March through May and weakest between November and January.  Buyers who were out-bid by competing offers last Spring will have a different experience now.  October saw 18% more new listings hit the market between $250K-$400K compared to last October while buyer contracts are about the same within the same price range.  There was only a 1% increase in new listings in the lower price range between $200K-$250K but a 12% drop in buyer contracts which caused overall supply to rise another 11%.  The market is still a seller’s market, but more seller competition for fewer buyers translates into more price reductions and seller concessions until the Spring “Buyer Season” is upon us once again.

For Sellers:
The market may be softening between $200K-$400K (which accounts for over 56% of MLS sales), but that doesn’t mean sellers are getting a raw deal.  Monthly average sale prices per square foot in this price range have appreciated 5% since October last year and nearly 19% in last 5 years.  Under $200K, the appreciation rate is 9.5% in the past year and 44% in 5 years.    $400K-$800K has appreciated 6% in the last year and 14% in 5 years and the annual average sale price per square foot* over $800K has appreciated 3% in the last year and 10.5% in 5 years.  What’s happening underneath that contract price, however, is an increased cost to sell at “top dollar”.  That cost can take the shape of longer days on market with multiple price reductions, repairs, needed upgrades to the home prior to list and closing cost assistance.

*Annual averages are used in the higher price ranges to mitigate the sharp price fluctuations that affect this market.
Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with The Cromford Report
©2018 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

Posted on November 14, 2018 at 4:53 pm
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July 2018 Market Report – Cost of Waiting to Buy Means Less Closet Space or Higher Payment

 

Cost of Waiting to Buy Means Less Closet Space or Higher Payment
More New Homes Sell in Low $200’s This Year

For Buyers:
Hearing cries for more affordable housing supply, developers have sold more new homes in the low $200’s this year; selling 35% more than they did last year within the same time frame. However, the under $200,000 market remains neglected for additional supply.  As of May 2018, only 6% of new homes sold were under $200,000, 37% were between $200,000 and $300,000 and 41% were between $300,000 and $500,000. This means that properties under $200,000 will continue to appreciate faster than any other price point and homes sold in this price range are only getting smaller.  The annual average home size sold between $100K -$200K, new and resale combined, is currently 1,390sf compared to 1,454sf last year.  That’s a loss of 64sf and roughly the size of a couple of closets.  Since 2014, the annual average home size sold has consistently hovered around 1,975sf.  Those buyers who didn’t want to sacrifice living space paid an average of $22,000 more for a 1,975sf home in the past year.

For Sellers:
Greater Phoenix is officially in the seasonal summer slowdown and contracts in escrow are expected to continue declining overall until the end of the year.  The peak of the market for contract activity usually hits at the end of April, as it did both this year and last year.  So far levels have dropped 17% from the peak, which is closely following last year’s drop of 18% between April and July.  If the 2018 market follows last year and previous years, we can expect contracts in escrow to drop about 4% per month until the end of the year.  This would be considered perfectly normal, anything more could indicate a non-seasonal drop in demand.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with The Cromford Report
©2018 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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