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Mary Maxie » Phoenix Real Estate defies national trends

Phoenix Real Estate defies national trends

Phoenix Real Estate defies national trends
Phoenix housing market shows strong rebound
The Phoenix-area housing supply is down 42% from a year ago, foreclosures are down 52% from February 2011 and single family home prices have been trending upward since September 2011, according to a report authored by Michael Orr at the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. CoreLogic, meanwhile, also shows a local drop in foreclosures, so much so that the Phoenix foreclosure market is tracking below the national foreclosure rate of 3.43% of outstanding mortgages. That number locally in January was 2.85% of outstanding mortgages.
Read article – Phoenix Business Journal

Investors with Cash Driving Up Home Prices
Home sales are up across the valley. But many families looking for affordable places to live are getting squeezed out as more and more investors move in. Investors are taking advantage of foreclosed homes and short sales, paying cash. It’s good news for people who are stuck in underwater homes — prices appear to rising fast. “We went straight through normal and back from a fear-dominated market to a greed-dominated market with nothing in between,” said Mike Orr, a professor at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Orr says 40% of home sales are cash deals today, compared to about 10% in normal times.
Read article – MyFoxPhoenix.com

Short Sales Get Shorter: New Deadlines to go into Effect
As part of a settlement with state attorneys general, the five largest mortgage servicers are adopting new requirements for short sales, which is expected to speed-up the process. This article covers some of the new requirements, including:
*Servicers must provide borrowers with a decision within 30 days after receiving a short sale package request.
*Servicers will be required to notify a borrower, also within 30 days, if any necessary documents are missing to process the short sale request.
*Servicers must notify a borrower immediately if a deficiency payment is needed to approve the short sale.
Read article – Realtor Magazine

Valley housing values, sales improve in Feb., foreclosures down
The Valley’s housing market improved by almost every measure in February, with an increase in values, an uptick in homes sold and a drop in the number of foreclosures. The ARMLS reports that 7,249 homes sold in February – up 1.3% from a year ago. “Sales above 7,000 units are seen as robust for the Valley’s market,” the report said. Median sale prices also rose, to $122,000 – up from $108,300 in May of 2011. The total number of homes on the market dipped 5.2 percent from the previous month, to 23,736. Inventory is down 41.6% since February 2011.
Read article – East Valley Tribune

Seniors, Young Adults Will Influence Housing
Aging Baby Boomers and their “Echo Boomer” children will significantly impact trends in the nation’s housing market over the next 20 years. Over the next two decades, the aging baby boomer generation will swell the nation’s senior population by 30 million. That demographic shift will likely help increase the supply of housing, since people over age 65 typically release much more housing than they absorb. “Housing, jobs, and the economy are inextricably connected,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “A strong recovery with favorable housing market conditions would encourage substantial growth in Echo Boomer households, which would help absorb the current vacant inventory and stabilize conditions for residential construction.”
Read article – Realtor Magazine
Phoenix home sales increase as prices move higher
Average sales prices have been rising slowly in the Phoenix metro area from a low of $151,400 in August 2011 to $166,000 in February. Median sales prices also have climbed from a low of $108,300 in May 2011 to $122,000 in February. List prices also are increasing. Pending foreclosures have dropped. There was a high of pending foreclosures in November 2009 with 50,568. That compares with 17,833 pending foreclosures in February. Distressed sales as a percentage of all sales are declining. February’s 3,723 distressed sales represent 51.4% of total sales. That compares with the highest level in September 2010 when distressed sales accounted for 74.1% of total sales.
Read article – Phoenix Business Journal

Mobile Devices Become More Important in Home Searches
Smartphones and tablets are being increasingly important tools for home buyers. A recent survey shows that 68% of mobile users contacted a real estate professional to schedule a showing based on their mobile search. What’s more, 98% of those who reported using mobile devices considered the tools valuable in their home search, and 46% said they were “essential.” See the full article to learn more about how they are using their mobile devices in their home search.
Read article – Realtor Magazine

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Solid hardwood floor. might outlast your house since it can go through several refinishing cycles. Installation needs underlayment, but it could be installed on existing subfloor. Hardwood provides an excellent design solution as it comes in many kinds of wood: oak, maple and ash.

Engineered floor. provides all the benefits of hardwood, it can be refinished as well but is easier to install and does not require underlayment subfloor and can be installed on any surface. Engineered hardwood flooring is made of wood, but it’s not solid. Instead it is a laminated product like plywood, with a thin but tough veneer of real wood on top laminated to three to five layers of less expensive wood (or fiberboard) and bonded under pressure with strong glues.

Laminate. is completely synthetic with a tough melamine wear coat over a paper or fiberboard core. The beauty of laminate flooring is that it can be made to look like any material; stone, ceramic tile, wood, and more – at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. The effect is achieved in the second layer, which contains a photographic representation of the real flooring material. It is easy to install and water resistant.

Bamboo plank floor. is an environmentally friendly material. Not only is bamboo a fast-growing and renewable crop, the companies that make bamboo flooring use binders with low emissions. Bamboo flooring is made by shredding stalks of the raw material, then pressing them together with a resin that holds the shreds in their finished shape.
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