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May ’12

Brandon Farrow Owner, Designated Broker t: 480-229-9819 f: 888-754-6517 Brandon@BrandonFarrow.com www.BrandonFarrow.com 350 East Cypress Street Gilbert, AZ 85296

Phoenix Real Estate Market is Booming: Multiple Offers Within Days, Shortage of Houses for Buyers Home prices are surging in metro Phoenix, climbing 8 percent in March alone and 20 percent in the past 12 months. The median price of a house in the region climbed to $134,900, according to a new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Mike Orr, Director of the Center for Real Estate Theory at ASU, doesn’t expect home prices to continue to climb as fast as they did in March over the next few months. But he projects metro Phoenix’s housing appreciation for 2012 to reach 25 percent by September. Orr credits the turnaround to steep drops in foreclosures and in the number of homes for sale, coupled with an increase in sales.

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Fewer foreclosures means fewer inexpensive homes for buyers. The number of homes taken back by lenders in metro Phoenix is down 60 percent from March 2011. Housing inventory has dropped steadily during the past year because of a record number of investors snapping up properties out of foreclosure. Home sales are up 35 percent from a year ago as more regular buyers have joined investors in the mix. “Prices have begun to rise at a fast pace, and bargains are no longer plentiful,” Orr said. “Most homes that are priced well are attracting multiple offers within a couple of days, and many are exceeding the asking price.”

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March’s price increase was the sixth in a row for Phoenix’s housing market. Most real-estate analysts say the streak of rising home prices, along with slower foreclosures, is proof a housing recovery is under way. A growing number of national real-estate analysts say metro Phoenix is leading the U.S.’ housing market’s recovery.

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Foreclosures are down, and so are the sales of lender-owned homes. Since March 2012, the number of foreclosures resold by lenders has plummeted 61 percent. At the same time, regular sales, new-home sales, investor purchases and short sales have climbed. All those types of transactions have higher median prices.

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The number of houses on the market across the Phoenix area is down 64 percent from March 2011. Frustrated real-estate agents have buyers ready to sign contracts but can’t find houses for them.” By Mark Perry on April 30, 2012, Arizona Republic


The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is Expiring The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is set to expire at the end of the year. Remember, if you owe on a mortgage and they cancel or forgive the debt, the cancelled amount may be taxable. This means if you’re thinking about short selling your property, now is the time. Please contact me and I’ll go over your options with you.

Single Family Homes Only

April 2012 Closings

March 2012 Closings

Financing Types

April 2012 Closings

March 2012 Closings

Short Sales

1,879

1,650

Cash

2,998

3,166

Lender Owned

1,203

1,378

Conventional

2,282

2,260

Regular/Other

3,931

3,982

FHA/VA

1,613

1,834

Seller Carry

41

36

Other Types

79

84

Total Sales

7,013

7,380

The Profile of a Seller’s Market When it comes to real estate markets, the pendulum swings between two extremes: either a buyer’s market, a seller’s market, or somewhere in between. A typical market is defined by real estate practitioners as one in which a home sells within six months of being put on the market. That number is tracked by watching the Days on Market (DOM) of every home listed or sold within the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). A typical market has six months of inventory on hand for the number of buyers in the market. When the pendulum swings below six months of inventory, you know you are in a seller’s market. It is characterized by fewer homes on the market for the number of buyers. Prices tend to tick upwards and buyers are urgent to purchase the good ones before they get snatched up. Homes that would have normally taken three months to sell are now sold in three weeks. A well-priced home in a great neighborhood could be bought in two days. And in some cases, homes are sold before they even hit the MLS. During more market-neutral times, cities have seen a seller’s market pop up in particular neighborhoods. It’s also been known to blanket an entire city while the rest of the country experiences a more stable buying and selling environment. So how do you know you’re headed into a seller’s market? Look for homes to sell quicker - even the slightest - over the course of a year. Monitor trend lines for an indication that prices will continue to rise. On a national level, watch for economic trends, such as job stability, increased salaries, and consumer confidence, to go up. On a local level, a seller’s market can be accompanied by new companies, a trendy neighborhood, or a reinvigorated group of buyers who have money to purchase homes. Wondering if we’re headed into a seller’s market? Call me for a free consultation on the value of your home in this market. I am dedicated to getting your home sold quickly and for the most amount of money.

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