The past 2 years have provided Phoenix area homeowners with double digit gains, and the market has been in the sellers’ favor. But with higher prices and more sellers looking to take advantage, the balance between buyers and sellers is shifting. Distressed sales (short sales and foreclosures) which were a favorite of investors continue to see significant decreases. Are foreclosures coming back? Will more houses sell in 2014? How long will it take to sell a home in 2014? Are inventory levels still low? Continue to read for answers to these questions.
2012 was a good year for real estate in Phoenix, and the question going into 2013 is “Can prices continue to go up like they did in 2012?” Price appreciation in 2012 in many cities resulted in appreciation over 20%, and sellers eagerly want prices to climb back to 2005 – 2006 levels after enduring 4 brutal years leading up to the market bottom in 2011. Buyers are also asking what has happened to distressed properties in 2013? Are foreclosures/short sales coming back? Is the end to the recent price increase right around the corner? Now that we’re more than half way into 2013, the answer to these questions is becoming evident.
The Phoenix area real estate market was good to home owners in 2012. It was the first year of appreciation since 2005. Buyers frequently found themselves frustrated by the competion for homes especially those under $200K where there is an abundance of first time home buyers and investor demand. After a robust year in 2012, how is 2013 shaping up?