October 2017

Phoenix-area home sales on track for best year ever

Catherine Reagor,
The Republic | azcentral.com

2017 is shaping up to be one of the best years for home sales in metro Phoenix.

Sales aren't higher than the boom year of 2005 when speculators bought a record number of homes, or the bust year of 2011 when investors snapped up a record number of bargain Phoenix-area foreclosure homes. But those years weren't normal and definitely weren't healthy for Phoenix's housing market.

FROM 2016: Metro Phoenix home prices hit post-crash high

"2005 went down in the history books as the year our housing bubble rapidly inflated," said housing expert Tom Ruff of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service's The Information Market. "2011 was the year housing prices bottomed out after the housing-market collapse.

"This leaves 2017 as the very best year for Valley resale homes in our history not influenced by some freakish market outlier," said Ruff. Home sales are up 9 percent from last year.

The Valley's top half-years for existing home sales

2005: 54,142
2011: 53,896
2017: 49,181
Regular buyers, including many first-timers, are driving more Phoenix-area home sales this year, and that's a big reason why 2017 is such a better year than the others.

"As rent prices continue to climb, Millennials are feeling compelled to make the jump into homeownership," Living Chandler founder and Revelation Real Estate agent Matthew Coates told me. He also said many new residents coming to the Valley from the Midwest and Northeast for jobs are now buying homes after renting for a year or so.

A growing number of investors, including Canadians who bought houses for less than $100,000 during the crash, are now selling for hefty profits since home values have rebounded. Those houses, now mostly priced below $500,000, are what most current buyers can afford.

Arizona draws more Baby Boomers than every state 


Catherine Reagor,
The Republic | azcentral.com

Sunshine, affordable housing and lower taxes are drawing more Baby Boomers to Arizona. Many in this huge group don't want to retire like their parents but are picking the same state to do it in.

A couple of new rankings show Arizona, and particularly several Valley cities, are the most popular for Baby Boomers to move to after they stop working full time.

Arizona ranked second behind Florida for drawing the most people over 60, according to personal finance firm Smartasset. It analyzed the latest Census data from 2015 and found Arizona grew by 27,576 retirees. It also attributed the state's low property taxes to the trend.

Mesa topped the list for U.S. cities with the most new residents over 60, drawing 3,442.

Phoenix ranked No. 4 with 1,470, Chandler No. 5, with 1,458, Peoria No. 7 with 1,310 and Gilbert No. 8 with 1,002.

Tucson ranked No. 1 and metro Phoenix No. 4 in the nation for the best places to retire, according to apartment researcher Zumper. It analyzed crime, weather, demographics and health-care stats as well as rents for its ranking.

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