The Islands is a Gilbert master planned lake community with a variety of types of homes, builders, and sizes. It is also one of the Phoenix lake communities that allows boating. The majority of Gilbert waterfront homes are single family dwellings. However, The Islands is home to Townhomes at Coral Reef, a waterfront townhouse community. This 52 unit community provides residents floor plans ranging from 1,234 sq.ft., single story up to 3,185 sq.ft. with a two story floor plan. There are 16 single story and 36 two story townhouses, and over 85% are waterfront lots.
Headlines quick to report foreclosure activity rises in 21 states
News of this activity seemed to cast doubt on a housing recovery, and gives hope to buyers who have been watching the market for great deals that have seemed to evaporate in the last 12 months. One article even said it was the 2012 tidal wave of foreclosures. The trap that many fall into is not understanding the underlying cause as why this is happening in these specific states. Some states have been impacted harder than others; Florida, California, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada, to name a few. However, the increase in foreclosure activity in this case can be better traced to the foreclosure process employed by a state. The above graph shows the pending foreclosures for Maricopa county. No tsunami or tidal wave on the horizon for Arizona. Read on to find out why.
Is the real estate market changing?
For 6 years the Phoenix market has been a declining market with some property values declining by more than 50 – 60% from their peak. At last, many of the fundamentals strongly indicate that home prices bottomed out in 2011, and 2012 will reward homeowners with long awaited appreciation, a word that hasn’t been spoken since 2005. The graph to the right shows sales price/square foot for homes sold in Gilbert. Instead of the typical year end slump, 2011 finished with a positive upward trend that has continued in 2012. In fact, the average price per square foot for Gilbert homes for 2012 is higher than in 2011. The following fundamentals show that 2012 will be a transition year with significant changes compared to previous years.