Phoenix Market Update – December 2018 – Week 2
Phoenix Real Estate Market Update
December 2018 – Week 2
Negative news about the real estate market is becoming a common occurrence. Continue reading for insight into the Phoenix Metro real estate market and why our local market is different.The real estate outlook for 2019 is not as grim as the national media might imply.
New Listings – 3268
- 6% lower than 2017 (3478)
- Second lowest since 2014
Closed Listings – 2949
- Slightly higher than 2017 (2937)
Accepted Offers – 3340
- 7% lower than 2017 (3607)
At 6% the drop in new listings is not as severe as for the first week of December which was down 11%. However, it indicates we still see subdued flows of new supply in December, well below the average over the past 18 years.
Closings are running at a good pace, but new contracts are now down 7%, having been down 4% after the first week. Buyer enthusiasm is low partly because of higher cost of ownership, but also because there is a shortage of attractive inventory for them to choose from.
- In 2018, home loan delinquencies are at an extremely low level while home equity is at a high level.
- Consequently, the fall in demand is merely causing sales rates to drop and allowing buyers a little more negotiation.
- Keep in mind that Phoenix is the second fastest growing city in the nation. Buckeye comes in third.
- Also, Phoenix Metro Area has not had astronomical home price increases like many coastal cities.
News from NAR - National Association of Realtors
Fewer People Need Unemployment Benefits; New Claims Dropped by 9% Last Week
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week. Both new and total claims dropped significantly, implying that there is job creation and people are able to find jobs again.
October 2020 Commercial Real Estate Market Trends and Outlook
REALTORS® reported a decline in sales and leasing transactions, except for industrial properties, clearly the strongest leg of the commercial sector. The land market has also been a strong sector, especially sales of land for recreational use, as the pandemic has curtailed leisure activities in the urban areas.
State Employment Monitor: Job Growth in 41 States in September 2020 But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels
As of September, 41 states had job gains but employment has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels (February 2020) in all states.
September 2020 Existing Home Sales Rise to 6.5 Million
Housing market activity this September rose 9.4% from August 2020, and sales of existing homes jumped 21% from September 2019.