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.