Strong March / great sign for metro Phoenix housing in 2017

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Valley home sales and prices are up and expected to keep climbing based on last month’s pace. Wochit

March was a great month for Phoenix: wonderful weather, spring training, and plenty of homebuying. Valley home sales and prices are up and expected to keep climbing based on last month’s pace.

March was a great month for metro Phoenix. The weather was wonderful. Baseball’s spring training was in full swing.  And people flocked here to enjoy both.

To close out the month, we also had basketball fans starting to stream into the Valley for the finals of March Madness. And some of those visitors checked out homes as well as the college championship basketball games.

The final results aren’t yet in for Phoenix’s housing market in March, but real-estate analysts and agents are already calling it the third-straight month of a winning streak for sales and prices. And what happens in the Valley’s housing market during March is a good sign of what’s to come during rest of the year.

  • Metro Phoenix’s median home price climbed to $245,208 in February, up about $1,500 from December 2016, reports real-estate expert Mike Orr’s Cromford Report.
  • Valley home sales were up 12.5 percent during January and February compared with last year, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service’s latest market report.
  • So far this year, the number of homes for sale is down 10 percent from last year.
  • Phoenix-area houses are selling an average of two days faster than last year.
  • And one of the area’s hardest-working real-estate agents, Bobby Lieb of HomeSmart Elite, said he has sold 40 Valley houses so far this year, double from the same period in 2016.

“The market is very positive now. I am loving what I see,” Lieb told me.

But he and other agents and analysts are also cautious because no one wants a repeat of the boom and bust from 2004 to 2011. Also, not every Valley neighborhood and buyer group is the same.

Price increases for more-expensive homes, particularly those above $750,000, aren’t as big as they are for more-affordable houses.

Bidding wars were common for central Valley houses priced below $250,000 in popular neighborhoods.

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“Our entry-level buyers are coming face to face with a full-blown sellers’ market,” said Tom Ruff, real-estate analyst with The Information Market of ARMLS.

So much so that some buyers are purchasing Phoenix-area houses in that price range without even seeing them.

Lieb said the “blind offers” can be problematic if the buyer ties up a home for a week or more, then sees it and cancels the deal. Those full-price cancellations can “taint” the home because other buyers think something is wrong with it, and the owner is going to expect higher offers.

Some will hear about the blind-buying trend and start to have bad memories of the boom, when it last happened in force. But then, home prices were jumping 10 percent a month. During all of last year, home prices climbed about 7 percent.

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Orr doesn’t appear worried about a bubble and bust, and he analyzes the Valley home-sales numbers in many different ways, every day.

“Prices are moving gently upwards, and sales volumes are stronger than last year,” he told me.

Ruff, who also cautiously watches for any signs of the market overheating or rapidly slowing, said the Valley’s home-sales numbers are so strong now, he reran them four times to make sure they are accurate. They were.

As I was writing this column, Bob Beck of Glendale-based Front Porch Properties sent me an email about his strong forecast for Valley housing.

“I am assuming that home appreciation may be substantially greater than the current predictions — which range between 5.9 and 7 percent,” said Beck, who has been tracking the market since 1977 and regularly follows Ruff’s reports.

Ruff agrees.

“If March is truly a bellwether month, the table will be set for a very good (housing) year,” he said about metro Phoenix’s market.



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