Phoenix is Hot, but a Bubble it’s Not

Phoenix Real Estate Market May 2017

For Buyers:
Multiple offer situations and homes selling for more than list price have been making home buyers nervous over the past month.  Returning boomerang buyers, having already suffered a short sale or foreclosure during the recession, are especially sensitive to memories of the infamous 2005 “bubble” where multiple offers over list price were a common everyday occurrence.  Flash sales, properties sold within a day or less on the MLS, saw the highest volume last March since August 2013.  However, a measure of 210 does not come remotely close to the 1,032 flash sales measured in March 2005.  There is a growing number of properties selling over list price as well.  But again, April 2017 only saw 16% of sales fit this category while April 2005 saw 37%.  So while our real estate environment is indeed competitive for buyers right now, thankfully it doesn’t resemble the same level of insanity experienced during the 2005 bubble.

For Sellers:
Annual appreciation rates* have been consistently averaging close to 5% for nearly 2 years.  Compare this to the two years between August 2003 and August 2005 where the annual appreciation rate rose from 5% to a ridiculous 45%.  Between January and July 2005, unprecedented appreciation ranged between 4-7% PER MONTH compared to an average of 1% per month thus far in 2017.  Current prices are the highest they’ve been since  January 2008, over 9 years ago, and they’re comparable to April 2005, over 12 years ago.  However at an average of $152 per square foot, sale prices would need to appreciate another 25% to compare to the highest peak achieved in May 2006.  At the current rate, that could take another 4 years to reach.

*Comparing the average sales price per square foot for the most recent 12-month period to the prior 12-month period

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