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Metro Phoenix Home Prices Rising Fastest in Affordable Neighborhoods

If you’re one the fence about buying a home in Phoenix, it’s time to get off. It’s been a long, hard road to recovery for metro Phoenix’s boom-and-bust-battered housing market, but it’s back, and then some.

Real Estate,Sold,Laura B,Historic,Phoenix,Homes,Real Estate,neighborhood,districtsBut some Valley neighborhoods are there, back to 2006 price levels, and higher and other neighborhoods are very close. 

As expected, millennial first-time homebuyers are propelling the recovery. 

Metro Phoenix home prices are rising the fastest in many of its most affordable, centrally located neighborhoods, from downtown Phoenix to central Mesa, where young buyers want to live and can afford houses.

2017 was a good year for the housing recovery in the Phoenix area. Almost one-third of the Valley’s ZIP codes posted double-digit-percentage increases in prices last year, according to The Arizona Republic/azcentral Street Scout Home Values report.

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But there is concern buyer demand for affordable homes is beginning to outpace the supply. And there’s always worry in Arizona about the possibility of another housing bust when prices climb for a few years. 

Phoenix, AZ Recession Rebound

In nearly 30 Phoenix-area neighborhoods, prices have rebounded to 2006 levels or even higher, data from The Information Market shows.

Most of those areas still have median home prices below $300,000.

“Last year was a strong one for the Valley’s housing market, particularly the more affordable neighborhoods closer in,” said Tina Tamboer, senior housing analyst with the Cromford Report. “Only 2004, ’05 and 2011 were better years for home sales, and those weren’t normal years.”

The housing boom inflated home prices and sales between 2004 and 2006, and then investors drove up sales as foreclosures climbed and prices plummeted from 2010 to 2012. 

Home prices have doubled in many Phoenix-area neighborhoods since the bottom of the market. Besides the 30 ZIP codes where home prices have bounced back from the crash, values in another 40 neighborhoods are within 10 percent of recovering.

Fastest-growing home prices In the Phoenix Metro Area

Aysia Williams and Benjamin Hughes rented in downtown Phoenix’s historic Woodland historic district for about a year before deciding to buy their first home.

“We fell in love with the area, but saw prices and rents climbing fast,” Williams said. “We knew we wanted to buy, but there was a lot of competition for the houses we liked.”

Woodland is part of the 85007 ZIP code,one of central Phoenix’s more affordable neighborhoods. The area, which has also attracted many investors, saw its overall median home price climb 10 percent to more than $192,000 in 2017. Sales in the area jumped nearly 20 percent last year.

Home prices in their neighborhood on the western side of downtown have rebounded from the crash and are almost 2 percent higher than they were in 2006.

Aysia and Benjamin were so lucky and bought from their wonderful neighbor, who didn’t want to sell to an investor.

The couple’s house, for which they paid less than $250,000 a few months ago, wasn’t even listed for sale.

People talk about the gentrification of central Phoenix pricing too many first-time buyers out. But more high-end home sales in the area help other more affordable areas like Woodland and Coronado Historic District improve, too.

Buying a house in the hot 85007 neighborhood of Phoenix included graffiti art in the backyard of Ben Hughes and Aysia Williams’s home.

‘First-time homebuyer market is exploding in Phoenix, AZ’

Stephanie Silva and Billy Horner moved to Chandler, AZ, from Chicago for the warmth last March.

“We wanted to rent first to see if we liked the area and a ‘shovel-free life,’ ” said Silva, who works in Tempe. Horner works in downtown Chandler.

The couple recently bought a home for under $275,000 in the central Mesa, AZ ZIP 85210, almost halfway between their jobs. Prices in the still-affordable neighborhood climbed 9 percent, and sales rose 38 percent last year. 

Home values just rebounded back to 2006 levels in their neighborhood, where the median price is about $215,000. 

“We are on a quiet, cozy block in a home with a pool and a yard,” Silva said. “So far, it is everything these Midwest transplants could ask for.”

The couple’s real-estate agents said if more people don’t decide to sell in the popular, affordable neighborhoods closer in, then it will soon get even tougher for first-time buyers.

The first-time homebuyer market is exploding. So many people are done with renting and dealing with landlords,” Matthew Coates said. “But we are seeing a deficit of homes available.”

The number of Valley homes for sale priced under $350,000 is down almost 20 percent from last year, according to the Cromford Report.

Some potential buyers are giving up

Nils and Heather Hofmann began looking for a home midway between their jobs in Deer Valley and Chandler more than a year ago. Their budget was $300,000.

The couple, who was renting in north-central Phoenix, put their home search on hold last fall after seeing dozens of houses. The ones they liked usually sold before they could get an offer in.

“I think we must have seen more than 80 houses,” Heather Hofmann said. “We wanted to buy where we were renting, but prices were too high.”

The couple decided to stop looking for a while late last summer because it became too frustrating. But then they found out Heather was pregnant, resumed their search and upped their price to $400,000.

The Hofmanns bought a home last month in north Phoenix’s Desert Ridge neighborhood, close to several freeways for their commute.

The median home price in the Desert Ridge area is about $485,000, up 5 percent from 2016.”

Looking farther outside of Phoenix Proper for Real Estate to Buy

The metro Phoenix suburbs farthest out were hardest hit by the crash and have been the slowest to recover. 

But both sales and prices are again climbing in those areas, including the West Valley suburbs of Goodyear, Surprise and Buckeye and southeast Valley areas of Queen Creek and Maricopa.

The median home price in the Buckeye ZIP code 85326 is up almost 10 percent from last year to $192,000. But the area’s home values are still about 19 percent off the 2006 peak.

Will 2018 be the year for Phoenix?

Metro Phoenix home prices continue to climb in most neighborhoods.

The median Valley home price is now about $253,000, up from $235,000 a year ago.

Some homeowners and national market watchers see price increases in the Valley and are concerned about another bubble.

“The housing market is very solid now. But there’s nothing that shows we are heading for another crash.

Metro Phoenix’s December 2017 median price of $250,000 is still below the high of $260,000 from 2006.

Housing market watchers say 2018 could be better than 2017 for prices and sales.

Whether this is the year the area’s median market reaches that 2006 level depends on whether first-time buyers can find homes they can afford.

“Either low inventory numbers for homes for sale will restrict sales because buyers can’t find houses in their price range or Millennials, the driving force behind our market, will be able to and decide to buy,” said Tom Ruff, housing analyst with The Information Market, owned by the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.

“That, coupled with an improving economy, will lead to increased sales in 2018,” he said.

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Arizona, Phoenix foreclosure and delinquency rates are below national averages

Foreclosure Rates in Arizona are down for both the State and its Major Metro areas Remaining Lower than the National Average.

phoenix,arizona,foreclosures,for sale,real estate,distressed,homes,saleThat comes from the latest CoreLogic LPI report looking at foreclosure rates, and serious delinquency rates and 30-day delinquency rates. Arizona, and its major metro areas are below already-declining national averages in all three categories. The report looks at year-to-year rates from January 2017 to January 2018.

Arizona’s delinquency and foreclosure rates are lower than the national average, a pattern that follows from last year even as the rates reduce nationally. The state’s own percentages also dropped marginally from numbers last year in Arizona.

Nationally, the foreclosure rate is 0.6 percent. In Arizona, the foreclosure rate is just 0.2 percent statewide. That’s the same in metro Phoenix, while Tucson’s foreclosure rate is 0.3 percent.

Tina Tamboer, a senior housing analyst for the Cromford Report, said the low rates, especially rates below the national average, are a positive for the local market.

Tamboer said the low rates, especially in a seller’s market, mean prices are meeting the level of demand in the market.

Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic, said most of the country has seen lower rates for both foreclosures and delinquency.

“Declines in the unemployment rate have supported a rise in income, and home-price growth has built home equity,” Martell said in a statement. “These two economic forces coupled with high-quality underwriting have lowered overall delinquency rates.”

For delinquencies, Arizona saw a decline in 30-day or more delinquent rates to 3.1 percent, and serious delinquent rates are at 0.9 percent. In Phoenix, the delinquency rates are just below the statewide rates at 2.8 percent rate for 30-day and 0.8 percent for serious delinquency. Tucson’s 30-day and serious delinquent rates are 3.7 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

All of those are lower than the national averages of 3.9 percent for 30-day delinquencies and 2.1 percent for serious delinquencies.

“It’d be very sad to see someone foreclose in today’s market,” Tamboer said, adding people generally could sell instead to pay off the mortgage.

Because Arizona is a non-judicial foreclosure state where lenders can foreclose without going to court, Tamboer said Arizona was hit particularly hard by foreclosures in the Great Recession. However, because foreclosures are not dragged out in court, the state was able to recover faster after the initial onslaught.

Tamboer also said the lack of foreclosures is forcing investors to look to more traditional avenues to buy up below-market properties.

Metro Phoenix and Arizona Foreclosures For Sale

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$70,000
8557 QUARTZSITE Street, Sun Valley, AZ 86029
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2313
Year Built: 1983
Subdivision: VEIN OF GOLD UNIT 9
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$589,000
21528 N 39TH Terrace, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 4.5
Square Footage: 3556
Year Built: 2007
Subdivision: Fireside Desert Ridge
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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$484,000
21624 N 58th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 3342
Year Built: 1995
Subdivision: Arrowhead Lakes
City/Town Code: Glendale
Description: Spectacular fully remodeled 3 Bedroom 3 Bath home with 2 bonus rooms in the...
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$314,900
914 E FOLLEY Street, Chandler, AZ 85225
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2285
Year Built: 1994
Subdivision: MONTEREY POINT 2
City/Town Code: Chandler
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$274,999
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1631
Year Built: 1986
Subdivision: AUTUMN RIDGE 4 LOT 1-79
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$242,900
8915 E PLATA Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85212
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1723
Year Built: 2002
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$239,900
43223 W OSTER Drive, Maricopa, AZ 85138
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2196
Year Built: 2006
Subdivision: VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO
City/Town Code: Maricopa
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$128,000
2221 E WIER Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1849
Year Built: 1962
Subdivision: SHERATON PARK 1
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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$89,900
16402 N 31ST Street, 228, Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 934
Year Built: 1986
Subdivision: VILLA CAPRI CONDOMINIUM
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$180,000
52546 W ESCH Trail, Maricopa, AZ 85139
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2072
Year Built: 1986
Subdivision: THUNDERBIRD FARMS SOUTH
City/Town Code: Maricopa
Description: Single family home for sale in Thunderbird Farms on irrigated lot. Custom b...
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Arcadia Home Once Considered for Governor’s Mansion Sells for $3.875M

A home in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood that once was considered for the Arizona governor’s mansion recently sold for $3.875 million.

arcadia,az,real,estate,realtor,real estate,phoenix,neighborhoodThe stunning Arcadia home at 5105 E. Exeter Boulevard is a Spanish Colonial Revival estate and sits on nearly two acres of greenery at the base of Camelback Mountain. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

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The property also served as the residence of Miss Kitty from “Gunsmoke” for 17 years.

It boasts arched windows, iron balconies, a Moreno tiled entryway and has a living room with an 11-foot coved ceiling. The fireplace is modeled after the one at the Phoenician while the former basement has been transformed into a 1,500-bottle wine room, wine-tasting room and large workout room.

The gourmet kitchen features light-colored slab granite, a commercial six-burner gas range, double ovens, double dishwashers, three sinks, SubZero refrigerator and a large walk-in pantry.

The grounds also feature numerous patios, a 42-foot long pool, 12-person spa and outdoor kitchen.

The approximately 6,400-square-foot property sold on March 20, 2018.

Central Phoenix Homes of all architectural styles, old and new, is part of what makes our Arizona city so appealing.

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