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.