Monday, October 28, 2013

October 2013 Market Report

October 2013 Market Report
Report overview This report includes MLS data for the past 36 months in Maricopa County only as provided by the FlexMLS system.  Please note that searches fluctuate daily when running these reports; these figures were obtained on 10/2/2013.

A reminder that you need to meet with a real estate professional to see how statistics impact the area where you are considering selling or buying – blended statistics will not be as accurate as a more detailed report that your real estate professional can provide to help you with your decision making.

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Closed Sales Report Analysis:

Sellers:

The month of September showed a significant decrease of 10% in the number of closed sales. The statistics show that we had 5,608 residential homes sell in September in Maricopa County compared to 6,260 in the month of August. This is the fourth month in a row that we have seen this number decrease.  Although this follows the trend for this same month in the past 2 years, sellers should pay attention as it means fewer of them are having success selling their homes.

Buyers:

For buyers, this means that though the inventory is increasing, it is still limited.  Fewer buyers found success in closing on a home when compared to the prior few months.  As prices and interest rates continue to rise, buyers need to take action now to make sure they don’t get priced out of buying their home.



Pending Sales Analysis:
 
Sellers:

The month of September saw a 16% decrease in the number of homes that moved to pending status – a total of 4,259 homes. Although September usually sees a drop in this number, it is very important for sellers to monitor this statistic. It means significantly fewer buyers and sellers were able to come to agreement on the terms of a contract on a home.

Buyers:

Educated and savvy buyers understand that a competitive market gives them fewer options for home choices, negotiating on price AND looking for concessions from a seller.  Although this may vary from area to area AND from price range to price range, buyers need to make sure they are fully informed regarding the individual market in which they have an interest.  This will give them the best chance of being competitive in the search for a home.  With the recent increase in interest rates, it will be important to monitor its impact on future sales.


 


Average Sales Price Analysis:
 
Sellers:

Last month saw the average sales price decrease slightly by $200 from $244,408 to $244,208. This does NOT follow the trend of the month of September in the prior two years when we have normally seen an increase in the average sales price.  Although this is the 5th highest average in the 36-month reporting period, we are definitely seeing a level off of prices in the market. Sellers need to remain diligent about pricing homes according to the current market and to understand how this increase impacts individual homes.  Sellers are encouraged to spend time with their real estate professional to determine what is happening in their local market.

Buyers:

This statistic is an indicator that buyers still continue to pay more for homes than they have in the past 36 months. Educated and savvy buyers understand that a competitive market gives them fewer options for home choices, negotiating on price AND looking for concessions from a seller.  Although this may vary from area to area AND from price range to price range, buyers need to make sure they are fully informed regarding the individual market in which they have an interest.  This will give them the best chance of being competitive in the search for a home.


 
Distressed Sales Analysis:
 
A bank owned/foreclosure home is one that the seller no longer owns – it has been taken over by the lender(s) who had a note on the home. Short sales are homes where the seller is negotiating with the bank to “forgive” a portion of the debt in order to avoid foreclosure.

The market saw a slight adjustment favoring what we call traditional or non-distressed sales.  Bank-owned sales decreased slightly from 8.4% to 7.3% of closed sales, and short sales decreased from 10.5% to 8.9%.  The result was an increase in the number of traditional sales from 81.1% to 83.8%.  Sellers and buyers need to monitor this trend to see how the market continues to respond to the current inventory.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Government Shutdown And Its Effect On Existing Home Sales

The Government Shutdown And Its Effect On Existing Home Sales

The Government Shutdown And It's Affect On Existing Home SalesExisting home sales for September fell by 1.90 percent from August’s revised reading of 5.39 million sales to 5.29 million sales. Economists had expected 5.30 million sales for September, so a slow-down in existing home sales had been anticipated.
The National Association of REALTORS cited higher home prices and mortgage rates as factors contributing to fewer sales of previously owned homes.
Home Prices Easily Outpaced Income Growth
According to Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, home prices ”easily outpaced income growth.” Consequently, affordability has fallen to a five-year low. Mr. Yun also indicated that a government shutdown was expected to affect home sales in October.
NAR also cited a ”notable increase” in federal flood insurance premiums as a deterrent to homebuyers in flood zones. The premium increase was set for October 1.
There is some good news. The NAR reported that existing home sales had increased from 4.78 million in September 2012. As compared to the reading for September 2013, this was an annual increase of 10.70 percent in existing home sales.
This increase represented the 27th consecutive month for increasing sales of existing homes on a year-over-year basis.
Higher National Median Home Price
According to the NAR report, the national median home price increased by 11.70 percent to $199,200 as compared to one year ago. This was
the 10th consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year increases in existing home prices.
NAR estimated that it would take five months to sell the 2.21 million previously owned homes currently available, which indicates that available existing homes remain in short supply.
Sales of distressed properties rose to 14.00 percent share of existing home sales, up from August’s share of 12.00 percent. August’s level was the lowest share of distressed properties sold since NAR began tracking monthly sales of distressed properties in October 2008. Sales of distressed properties during September included 9.00 percent foreclosed properties and 5.00 percent short sales.
Distressed properties typically sell for less than market value; fewer distressed properties included in existing homes for sale would contribute to higher prices. September’s percentage of distressed sales is down by 10 percent year-over-year.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Foreclosure starts plummet to six-year low

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Foreclosure starts plummet to six-year low



Foreclosure starts recorded during the 12-month period ending in July fell to an activity level not seen since 2007, Lender Processing Services said in its latest Mortgage Monitor report.

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Arizona: Low prices + sunshine


Affordable housing, balmy winters, love of nature, modern restaurants, diverse culture and over 300 sunny days a year are just a few reasons Arizona has Canadians flocking in droves to the high desert.

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5 Clever Closet Conversions

Want more living space without adding on? One of your closets may be just the extra square footage you’re looking for.

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Does a Pool Add Value to a Home?

Learn how a pool affects the value of your home, and get advice on construction and maintenance costs.

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Household Tips
 
You've always trusted Morton in your favorite recipes, but it can help you far beyond the dinner table. Explore below to see how salt can make your wine glasses glisten, your air aromatic, and even more.

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Halloween

In an article from Oct. 30, 1892, "Customs From Halloween; An Observance That has Come From Pagan Times," The New York Times described "All Hallow Even or Halloween" as "undoubtedly a relic of pagan times."

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Great places for clean air

Feel free to breathe deep: In these 20 towns, the air quality is rated highly, and pollution levels are below the U.S. average.

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3 ways you're using Facebook wrong
 
If you're like most people, you visit Facebook a few times a day. You catch up on the latest gossip, "Like" cute baby or pet pictures, and maybe post something yourself.

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Phoenix housing market continues to blossom

Last week, two separate reports published by Arizona State University CoreLogicInc. showed the local housing market was returning to normal this summer, but issues such as negative equity still are lingering.

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Top 5 Myths About Home Buying Today

The fact is, buying a home today is absolutely, totally different from buying one in 2003. And right there is why so many myths swirl around a process that, in many ways, is utterly novel from what it has been. What was true isn't anymore.

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Mortgage rates dip as Fed holds stimulus steady
By Les Christie

Mortgage interest rates fell after the Federal Reserve said last week that it won't pare back its stimulus program.

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Metro Phoenix sees big decrease in vacant houses

In just three years, Phoenix has gone from having too many inexpensive, vacant houses to not having enough, according to The Arizona Republic.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nominee Janet Yellen to head the Fed


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Nominee Janet Yellen to head the Fed
 
President Obama will nominate Janet Yellen to serve as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, a senior White House official said Tuesday.The announcement will be made on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., the official said.
If Yellen is confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman to head the central bank in its 100-year history.
Yellen got the nod based on a robust résumé, including more than a decade in various Federal Reserve roles. She currently serves as Fed vice chair and has pushed for the central bank to stimulate the economy to address high U.S. unemployment. Her views are considered to be closely aligned with current Chairman Ben Bernanke, and for that reason, the leadership transition is expected to be smooth once his term ends in January.
Prior to her current role, Yellen served as president of the San Francisco Fed, and transcripts show that during that time, she foresaw the housing crisis better than many of her colleagues.
In the late 1990s, Yellen served as chair of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors. She has also taught economics at the University of California, Berkeley and the London School of Economics. She has her bachelor's degree from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale.
Related: Federal Reserve says no taper
The chair of the Federal Reserve is arguably one of the most powerful jobs in the world, and this nomination comes at a critical moment. The central bank is considering reducing its current bond-buying program, and further down the road, the new Fed chair will also have to grapple with the complicated task of unwinding five years of monetary stimulus.
Since late 2008, the Fed has accumulated more than $3 trillion in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, in its bid to support the U.S. economy. Yellen already knows the ins and outs of those policies, given she was on the team that implemented them.
The confirmation process could take months, but Yellen already has key Senate Democrats on her side. In the summer, when it seemed likely that President Obama was ready to nominate former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers to the job, Democrats wrote a letter urging the president to choose Yellen instead.
In that letter, they praised her "impeccable resume," focus on unemployment and her "solid record as a bank regulator."
Summers pulled his name from consideration, writing that he "reluctantly concluded" the confirmation process would be "acrimonious and not serve the interests of the Federal Reserve, the Administration, or ultimately, the interests of the nation's ongoing economic recovery."
"She's an excellent choice and I believe she'll be confirmed by a wide margin," said New York Senator Charles Schumer on Tuesday night.
"I commend President Obama on his selection of Dr. Yellen to be the first woman to serve as Federal Reserve Chairman," said Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson. "She has a depth of experience that is second to none, and I have no doubt she will be an excellent Federal Reserve Chairman."
Female economists: Pick Janet, but leave gender out of it!
Economists -- and female economists in particular -- were largely supportive of Yellen over Summers. Many emphasized that her accomplishments alone made her the best candidate for the job, not her gender.
"At the highest levels of central banking, there are very few women," Yellen said earlier this year. "But I am pleased that the representation of women is increasing a lot at other levels... I really think this is something that's going to increase over time, and it's time for that to happen."
CNN' Senior White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, contributed to this report.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Country Club Living Your Pace, Your Style, Your Way...

New Arizona Home Buying Video...
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New Arizona Home Buying Video...
 
 
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September Market Report... 

 
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Report overview This report includes MLS data for the past 36 months in Maricopa County only as provided by the FlexMLS system.  Please note that searches fluctuate daily when running these reports; these figures were obtained on 9/7/2013.

A reminder that you need to meet with a real estate professional to see how statistics impact the area where you are considering selling or buying – blended statistics will not be as accurate as a more detailed report that your real estate professional can provide to help you with your decision making.

(click any graph for larger image)
 


Closed Sales Report Analysis:

Sellers:

The month of August showed a significant decrease of 9.3% in the number of closed sales. The statistics show that we had 6,260 residential homes sell during August in Maricopa County.  This compares to the 6,904 sold in the month of July.  This is the third month in a row that we have seen this number decrease.  It also is NOT typical for the month of August.  In the past 36 months, we have normally seen the number of closed sales increase during August.

Buyers:

Fewer buyers were able to find and successfully close on a home last month when compared to prior months.  As prices, interest rates, and inventory continue to rise, buyers need to make sure they don’t get priced out of buying their home.


 


New Listings Analysis:

Sellers:

The month of August saw 8,721 new homes enter the market, an increase of 7.5% compared to the month of July. Sellers should monitor this new inventory to see how it might impact the sale of their home – this increase means there are more homes on the market competing for buyer activity. If your home is not selling in this aggressive market, it is more than likely a pricing issue as buyers continue to look for the best value possible.

Buyers:

Buyers pay attention! August brought you 8,721 more choices. Although buyers do have more options, the other statistics in this report reveal that well priced homes are not staying on the market very long. More than ever, it is essential that you take advantage of this new inventory.  Spend time with and listen to your real estate professional to develop your strategy for succeeding in a market that is constantly changing.



 


List to Sales Price Ratio Analysis
 
Sellers:

This is the ratio a seller receives when selling his/her home as compared to the price where the home was listed. The higher the number, the closer the final sales price is to the listing price.  Last month saw this number increase slightly from 97.69% to 97.87%.  This is the second highest the number has been since October of last year and it means sellers ARE, on average, getting almost 100% of the price that their home was listed. Continue to watch this trend, as it will continue to impact how homes should be priced in the current market in order to appeal to the buyers.

Buyers:

Buyers need to pay attention. As this average remains very close to 100% on lower priced/highly desirable properties, buyers are still finding homes in the lower price ranges where they may have to pay above list price AND they are competing with investors who are bringing cash to the transaction. Since a home must appraise in order to obtain a loan, underwriters are still looking very closely at prices and making sure that homes are selling at or below market value. This could mean that investors have an advantage if they are willing to pay higher than the list price.
Make sure your real estate professional helps you understand the competitiveness of the list price of the home you want to purchase. Pay attention as well, to sales activity in the area where you want to buy and how the offer you are making competes with the market AND with trends relative to the price where homes are selling in that area.


 



Distressed Sales Analysis
 
A bank owned/foreclosure home is one that the seller no longer owns – it has been taken over by the lender(s) who had a note on the home. Short sales are homes where the seller is negotiating with the bank to “forgive” a portion of the debt in order to avoid foreclosure.

The market remained fairly steady last month.  Bank-owned sales increased slightly from 8% to 8.4% of closed sales, and short sales decreased from 12.7% to 10.5%.  We also saw a slight increase in the number of traditional sales from 79.3% to 81.1%.  Sellers and buyers need to monitor this trend to see how the market continues to respond to the current inventory.

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