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The Market: Housing Market Update for 1Q 2022

The Phoenix Housing Market continues to lead the nation in year-over-year home price increases according to national and local housing market economists. The Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index for February 2022 showed Phoenix led the nation with a 32.9 percent year-over-year increase in home prices leading all cities in 33 months in a row. This level of price growth indicates broad strength in the housing market although inflation and increasing mortgage rates may start to impact home price appreciation.

The Cromford Report, which follows housing trends in Maricopa county indicated home prices continue to rise. The average price per square foot rose 8.9% in the 1st Quarter of 2022. Home prices are projected to continue to rise at least through June 2022. The increase is driven by investors and less by “owner-occupier” home buyers. The combination of higher home prices, competition from investors and rising interest rates reduce the purchasing power of valley residents.

The Market Update provides a closer look at the 1st Quarter of 2022 key statistics for Phoenix and neighboring cities in the Valley of the Sun.  Read more publications here.

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Red Paper 2021

I am thrilled to share The Agency Red Paper 2021, a deep dive into our local and global real estate markets across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.  Uncover how buyers and sellers made moves in 2021, a detailed overview of your region including Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, how demographics have shifted and what to expect in the year ahead. 

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Phoenix Metro Real Estate Market – January 2022

Phoenix Metro Real Estate Market January 2022

Despite rumors of the U.S. housing market cooling off, Greater Phoenix has moved farther into a seller’s market over the past month. Growing disparity between supply and demand in our market means there is little evidence to suggest price appreciation will slow in the first quarter. After a strong summer, new listings slowed down in the 4th quarter of 2021, while the number of accepted contracts remained high. The result is 2022 starting off with another historically low supply level, and listings under contract, while 7.6% below 2021, still strong with the 2nd highest count since 2014.

It’s an accepted opinion among local analysts that income levels in Greater Phoenix cannot sustain another year of 28% annual appreciation, especially if interest rates continue to increase. However, seeing there is little relief from home builders adding more supply to the equation, it’s reasonable to expect the market to respond with a softening of demand. This trend started to reveal itself in the 2nd Quarter of 2021 in a subtle manner.

Since 2014, buyers purchasing their primary residence have made up 70%-76% of total residential purchases in Maricopa and Pinal County. In Q2 2021, that percentage dipped to 67%, and declined to 63% by October. While traditional buyers retreated, competing buyers for 2nd homes and institutional buyers made up of Wall Street-backed iBuyers, hedge funds and other investment groups stepped in. Price appreciation slowed from an average of 3.3% per month to 1.1%.

While 2022 is coming out of the gate strong, and the Spring is typically the strongest season for buyers, it remains to be seen how much control investors and 2nd home buyers will take if traditional home buyers retreat. The last time they ignored affordability issues within the community, everyone lost in the end.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with The Cromford Report
©2022 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

The Market: Housing Market Update for 3Q 2021

The Phoenix Metropolitan Area continues to lead the nation in year-over-year home price increases according to national and local housing market economists.  The Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index for July 2021 showed Phoenix led the nation with a 32.4 percent year-over-year increase in home prices in July while San Diego was second with a 27.8 percent increase year-over-year followed by Seattle at 25.5 percent.  Overall, the National Composite Index marked its 14th consecutive month of accelerating prices with a record 19.7 percent.

The Cromford Report, which follows housing trends in Maricopa county indicated Phoenix led the nation with the largest percentage increase in home prices from August to September 2021 at 3.32 percent.  This increase in home prices was significantly higher than Tampa at 2.94 percent and Las Vegas which had a 2.77 percent increase in prices.

The Market Update provides a closer look at the 3rd Quarter key statistics for Phoenix and neighboring cities in the Valley of the Sun.

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