Re-sale prices are not predicted to come down this year.

For Buyers:

Re-sale prices are not predicted to come down this year.  Between August 2018 and January 2019 it looked like the market was going to balance out and cause prices to stabilize around the 2nd half of 2019.  However two things happened to change that prediction.  First, average 30-year mortgage rates dropped from a high of 4.94% in November 2018 to 3.82% as of June 2019.  That alone has saved buyers around $177/month on a median-priced $279,000 home with 4% down.  Second, private sector annual earnings in Greater Phoenix rose 1.8% in April after an 8-month period of stagnation.  In the last decade home prices have gone flat just twice, in 2011 and 2014.  Both times there was a corresponding decline in annual earnings. If annual earnings continue to grow and interest rates remain low, the Greater Phoenix seller market will continue to push home prices up this year.

For Sellers:

The May peak buyer season is over.  From this point through the end of the year it’s not uncommon to see contract activity gradually decline 30-40%.  The good news is that despite the predictable decline, listings under contract are coming in 3.7% higher than this time last year.  It’s not evenly distributed along all price points however.  Contracts on listings over $600K are up 3.4% while the $500K-$600K range is up an impressive 33.5%!! Contracts between $250K-$500K are up 16.1% and the low $200K’s are up 8.1%.  Lack of inventory under $200K means that contracts in this range are down 20.6%.  Expect your highest annual appreciation rates to be between 6-10% in the $150K-$225K range as this is where the majority of investor flip activity lies. $225K-$500K appreciation is between 3-5% and over $500K is between 1-3%.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with The Cromford Report
©2019 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

Posted on June 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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Two Months Left to Our Peak Selling Season

Sellers:
We have two months left to our peak selling season before activity begins
to noticeably slow. If you have been on the fence about selling, now is
the time. Remember, “pretty homes” sell faster and for more
money…have your home in tip-top shape to secure the best offer(s)
from potential buyers.

Buyers:
Interest rates have remained stable (low) over the past 30 days. As
expected, active inventory dropped slightly this month making it more
competitive for buyers. Remember, you will often get a good price or
good terms (concessions/contingencies), but rarely both. Be prepared to
write your offer accordingly.

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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Mortgage Payments Drop $50 per Month on a Median Priced Home

Mortgage Payments Drop $50 per Month on a Median Priced Home
Listings Under Contract Up 19% in 5 Weeks!

For Buyers:
Buyers got a break last month as 30-year mortgage rates dropped significantly from an average of 4.41% to 4.08%, which is the lowest they have been since January 2018.  On a $267,000 home (the median sales price in Greater Phoenix) the drop equated to nearly $50 per month in savings on principal and interest, which was enough to get many buyers off the couch and looking for homes.  This rate drop combined with an increased conventional loan limit up to $484K and a 32% increase in weekly seller price reductions meant that price ranges between $200K all the way up to $800K saw a combined 19% increase in contracts written over the last 5 weeks.  Contract activity is expected to increase at this time of year anyway due to seasonality, but last year over the same 5 weeks it only increased 8.6%.  For buyers who are still waiting for prices to begin declining, their wait just got longer.

For Sellers:
The drop in mortgage rates could not have come at a better time for sellers.  Up until 6 weeks ago the negotiating advantage sellers have been enjoying for years in Greater Phoenix had weakened to the point where the market was on track to enter balance within a matter of months and price appreciation would have begun to slow even more.  However by April 4th the average 30-year mortgage rate (as reported by Freddie Mac) had dropped to a 15-month low.  This spurred buyer activity and resulted in Listings Under Contract, which were 10.2% below 2018 last month, to sharply increase and surpass 2018’s April count by 0.8%.  Currently sales volume is down 9.6% from last April, however when these contracts close escrow over the next 4-6 weeks May and June should fare much better.  Don’t get too excited though, the seller market is still much weaker than last year.  Affordability and demand were helped by this interest rate drop but could quickly be negated as prices continue to rise.  Sellers still need to be mindful of their asking price to get under contract before buyer activity seasonally begins to decline between May and the end of the year.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with The Cromford Report
©2019 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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10050 E Celtic Dr – Beautiful Scottsdale Remodel – Open House!

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 4:37 am
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