We continue to see a strong seller’s market with low supply and low interest rates. Rents continue to increase throughout the valley. It is more expensive to rent than own a home. This situation is good for homeowners as they see their home values rise and investors who see both their equity and rental income increase.
Average Sales Price up 4.1% to $291,800 and Median Prices up 5.1% to $241,700 from same time last year. These figures are actually down slightly from the month before. The single digit appreciation in home prices is not indicative of a market heading towards some type of bubble.
67 Average days on market compared to 74 days the same time last year. This number is listing date to closing date. So the time to obtain an offer(s) can be quite short.
Only 2.1% of sales are distressed – Short Sales Down 56.1.6% and Foreclosures down 32.7% year over year.
Interest rates continue to be at historic low 4% range. However, rates have been trending slightly higher and many experts are predicting rate increases.
Median Rent is now $1395/month & Average Rent $1545/month according to ARMLS (Arizona Regional MLS). Rents have gone up over 25%in the last 5 years. Rental prices continue to increase and mortgage interest rates remain low – it is cheaper to purchase a home than rent one. The is great for investors. First time buyers who want to get out the rental market and become home owners with lower monthly payments.
Opportunities for Buyers & Sellers
Sellers this is a great time to sell! Most sellers are in an equity position as home values have increased. Current inventory continues to be below normal, which means less competition and shorter time on the market.
Buyers this can be a challenging market, because you need to be prepared that you may be facing competition from multiple buyers for the home you want to purchase. Interest rates are still low. However, depending on which expert you believe, interest rates may rise. Before you go shopping for a home you need to be well prepared to make an offer and your agent needs to represent your interests well.
You don’t need 20% down to purchase a home. There are programs requiring as little as 1% down payment, if you qualify. Even FHA only requires 3.5% down. In some cases, you are coming up with less than you need to rent a home. You pay a mortgage either way – yours or your landlords.
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*Data based on ARMLS Statistics through September 2017