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DeDe’s Weekly Phoenix-Area Real Estate and More December 15, 2023

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Hey, Phoenix homeowners and potential buyers! Ready for your weekly real estate check-in? Here’s the news, listings, open houses, events and more!  Reach out if you have any specific questions!  I’ve enjoyed several conversations this week with friends, colleagues and clients looking for next steps.  Enjoy!

Phoenix-Area Real Estate News 

The big news is mortgage rates.  Yesterday we had one of the biggest 2-day drops in DECADES!  I read a great article here and my summary:

In a surprising turn of events, the recent massive drop in mortgage rates, the largest in a 45-day window ever measured, seems to be holding steady. While survey-based rate indices haven’t fully accounted for this decline yet, there’s a sense of reassurance as Wednesday and Thursday witnessed significant movement, and today shows minimal fluctuations. The risk of a corrective bounce after such rapid drops is always present, but this time, the rates are sticking the landing.

This stability, however, doesn’t provide a crystal ball for the future. The real picture may only emerge in the second week of January after the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Until then, the year-end trading process and light trader participation could result in unexpected movements that might be more pronounced than usual in the latter half of a month without holiday absences. So, while the recent rate drop is a positive sign, the full trajectory remains uncertain until further economic indicators come into play.

Phoenix-Area Analysis 

Greater Phoenix’s current shift from a seller’s market to a balanced one might be a temporary opportunity for buyers, but its duration remains uncertain. December, a traditionally quieter month, sees a decrease in new listings as sellers often wait until January to list their homes. Despite the scarcity of supply, this lull creates a negotiation window for buyers, as sellers aim to secure contracts before the influx of new listings in the new year.


Amidst the market’s uncertainty, there’s a sense of hope as mortgage rates have declined from 8.0% to 7.0% since October, opening up opportunities for more buyers. The recent positive turn in the Consumer Price Index inflation rate and the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise the federal funds rate contribute to expectations of further mortgage rate declines. If rates drop below 6.5%, a surge in buyer demand is anticipated in 2024.


The rapid rate decline prevents Greater Phoenix from fully transitioning into a buyer’s market, raising questions about the longevity of this opportunity. With a balanced market and the seasonal slowdown, buyers are advised to stay vigilant during this quiet period, as the market may pick up momentum rapidly in the new year.


For sellers, while Greater Phoenix is in an overall balanced market, the distribution is uneven across cities. Some areas in Pinal County and the outskirts of the valley are in buyer’s markets, while others remain in seller’s markets, albeit weaker than a month ago. The top seller’s markets include Tolleson, Anthem, Apache Junction, El Mirage, and Sun Lakes, with Anthem, Sun Lakes, and Fountain Hills showing significant price increases since June.


Supply and demand indicators suggest that sales price measures may stabilize over the next 3-6 months. While demand is expected to rise in the new year, increased competition in supply could offset it. Striking a balance in pricing and focusing on home condition, budgeting for buyer incentives, and managing price expectations are crucial for sellers in this dynamic environment, where effective marketing and agent representation make a difference.


Annual Average Home Size (in Square Feet)

A noteworthy pattern emerges, specifically regarding New Home Sales for single-family residences. The data reveals that the annual average size of a new home reached its zenith in March 2015 and has steadily decreased almost every month since. As of October 2023, the annual average stands at 2,216 sq. ft., reflecting a decline of 367 sq. ft., or 14%, from the peak. It’s important to consider that recently purchased new homes are, on average, considerably smaller than those acquired earlier when examining the median or average price.

However, this trend doesn’t hold true for new townhouse/condo properties, which typically boast an average size of 1,700 sq. ft. These properties have been on a gradual upward trajectory since 2013.

Average List Price per Square Foot

Following a surprisingly robust period in November, closed prices have reverted to an average of approximately $285 per sq. ft., slightly below their level two months ago.

On the flip side, the average $/SF for listings under contract has not experienced a decline, maintaining stability at $325. It’s typical for any substantial gap between the green line and the brown line to narrow over time.

The overall market is nearing equilibrium, with some areas leaning towards a buyer’s market and others favoring a seller’s market. Under these circumstances, pricing is likely to remain relatively stable.

For those anticipating significant price fluctuations, whether upward or downward, disappointment may be on the horizon. Significant changes would be necessary for either scenario to unfold.

Concise Market Snapshot

This table provides a concise statistical summary of today’s residential resale market in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The figures shown are for the entire Arizona Regional area as defined by ARMLS. All residential resale transactions recorded by ARMLS are included. Geographically, this includes Maricopa county, the majority of Pinal county and a small part of Yavapai county. In addition, “out of area” listings recorded in ARMLS are included, although these constitute a very small percentage (typically less than 1%) of total sales and have very little effect on the statistics.

All dwelling types are included. For-sale-by-owner, auctions and other non-MLS transactions are not included. Land, commercial units, and multiple dwelling units are also excluded.

BankRate Mortgage Rates:

For today, Friday, December 15, 2023, the current average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate is 7.21%, down 20 basis points over the last week. For homeowners looking to refinance, the national 30-year refinance interest rate is 7.30%, down 22 basis points over the last week. Meanwhile, today’s current average 15-year fixed refinance interest rate is 6.41%, decreasing 16 basis points over the last seven days.

New Listings:

Upcoming Open Houses:

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Recent Price Changes:

Featured Listings:

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ADOT: No major weekend freeway closures in Phoenix area (Dec. 15-18)

Drivers should use caution with work still possible near freeways.

PHOENIX – No full closures for ongoing improvement projects are scheduled along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Dec. 15-18), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

To limit impacts on traffic, shopping and the delivery of products during the holiday travel season, ADOT and its contractors schedule work to avoid full freeway closures through New Year’s weekend.

With work still planned near freeways, including during overnight hours, drivers should remain alert, use caution and be prepared to slow down when approaching and traveling through any existing work zones.

Work zones remain in place for the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project in the Phoenix area. Drivers also should use caution and obey reduced speed limits within the I-17 widening project currently underway between Anthem and Sunset Point.

ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other improvements in the Phoenix area as part of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. Most projects are funded in part by Proposition 400, a dedicated sales tax approved by Maricopa County voters in 2004.

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, the az511 app or by calling 511.

ADOT Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory Map

Valley of the Sun Sold Listings

  • 7458,5916,6270,5576,5204,4633,4926,4436,5762,6770,7053,7579

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun Inventory

  • 13884,13671,13609,15046,16619,18097,17876,17741,18814,19763,19697,20470
  • 7669,7047,8018,8063,8266,7017,5389,9212,8990,9822,9620,9389

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun New Listings

  • 7669,7047,8018,8063,8266,7017,5389,9212,8990,9822,9620,9389

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun Pending Listings

  • 6293,5838,5812,5011,4867,4565,4422,6398,6526,7290,7072,4934

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun Absorption Rate

  • 2.22,2.21,2.2,2.44,2.73,2.98,2.95,2.94,3.11,3.27,3.29,3.41

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun Sale to Original List Price Ratio

  • 96.2,96.7,96.6,96.8,96.6,96.0,95.3,95.5,96.1,96.2,96.1,96.2

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun Average Days on Market

  • 64.5,58.5,57.6,55.5,55.8,57.4,61.6,68.3,68.7,67.2,65.9,64.6

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

Valley of the Sun New Listings Volume

  • 4744688983,4289963811,4924382603,5371212735,5639661593,4623811786,3436212900,6711961159,6034826883,6606465582,6422893113,6162349444

Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2024

What’s Up with Real Estate?  National news and local views

Real Estate News in Brief

Normally, we discuss the news in chronological order. But the Fed’s commentary on Wednesday, and the ecstatic market reaction, was too important to not discuss first. The early Christmas presents keep coming for the real estate market. And this was a big one.

Rate cuts coming right on the dot
The Federal Reserve kept its short-term policy rate steady for the 3rd-straight meeting. Nobody really expected a rate hike (or a rate cut), so no surprises there. The official press release didn’t say anything new.

What WAS a surprise was the Fed’s “dot plot” (where Fed members forecast where they think policy rates will be over the next 2 years). 15 of the 19 members expect rate cuts of between 50 and 100 basis points (0.5%-1.0%) over the course of 2024. The median forecast was for 75 bps! Higher for (not much) longer! [Federal Reserve]

The stock and bond market rejoiced. The Dow and the S&P 500 rose to record levels. The yield on the 10-year US treasury bond dropped 30 basis points to 3.93% (not long ago it was threatening to move above 5%). The prices of mortgage backed securities ripped higher. [MBS Highway]

30-year mortgage rates in the 6s! Even before Wednesday’s big moves, average 30-year mortgage rates had already moved down to 6.82%. By midday Thursday, the average 30-year mortgage rate reported by Mortgage News Daily was 6.62% — and this will probably go even lower tomorrow. Mortgage rates have decreased by nearly 1.5% in just two months! [Mortgage News Daily]

Inflation keeps easing
The day before the Fed decision, the November CPI (Consumer Price Index = inflation for me and you) came out. The headline CPI was up just 0.1% month-over-month in November, after being flat in September. On a year-over-year basis, headline CPI eased from 3.2% → 3.1%. [BLS]

And on the day of the Fed decision, we got the November PPI (Producer Price Index = inflation for businesses), which was up just 0.9% year-over-year in November, down from +1.2% year-over-year in October. [BLS]

New NAR Forecasts

The National Association of Realtors’ economics team has adjusted their forecasts for 2024. Here’s what they’re looking for now:

  • Existing home sales of 4.71 million, up 13.5% year-over-year
  • Median home prices to rise 0.9% year-over-year (most cities up, some cities down)
  • 30-year mortgage rates to average 6.3% over the course of the year
  • 1.48 million housing starts in 2024, 1.04 million of which will be single-family homes

When it comes to transaction volumes, this is one of the most bullish forecasts out there. (Fannie Mae and Realtor.com forecast flattish existing home sales.) So is the NAR just being an industry cheerleader?

I don’t think so. The NAR also has one of the lowest forecasts for mortgage rates. Makes sense, right? The bigger the bet you make on falling mortgage rates, the higher your forecast for existing home sales should be. And given what mortgage rates have done in the last two months, you can expect other forecasters to play catch-up.

MBS Highway Housing Survey for December

Buyer activity recovered somewhat in December, as the recent 1% fall in mortgage rates coaxed some buyers back from the sidelines. Home prices continued to hold up better than transaction volumes. But with lower rates, slightly improved inventory, and spring around the corner, activity levels may have already bottomed.

  • The MBS Highway National Housing Index recovered slightly, rising to 34 in December 2023, from 31 in November 2023. In December 2022, the index was at 14.
  • The overall improvement was driven by a 7 point rebound in the Buyer Activity sub-index, which rose from 20 in November 2023 to 27 in December 2023. Clearly, the one percentage point drop in average 30-year mortgage rates during the last 6 weeks brought some buyers back to the market, in spite of limited inventory and seasonal factors. A year ago, the Buyer Activity sub-index was at 15.
  • Competition levels have eased in recent months, but the low inventory of homes available for sale in most markets has limited the decline in the National Home Price Direction sub-index, which remained at 41 in December 2023. In December 2022, when home prices were falling month-over-month in most larger cities, the sub-index was at 12.
  • All but one of the regional indexes saw a month-over-month improvement in its Buyer Activity Index, with large jumps for the Northeast (30 → 50) and the West (21 → 36) regions. Respondents noted the recent drop in mortgage rates as the driver, with “well-priced” homes still selling very quickly.

Mortgage Market

The early Christmas presents keep arriving, and this week we got a big one. The Fed’s “dot plot” forecasts made it very clear that the majority of Fed members expect policy rates to be much lower by the end of 2024. In other words, they think that inflation has come down far enough (and/or the risks to the economy are high enough) to start cutting rates soon.

Throughout 2023, Chairman Powell has repeatedly used his press conference to pour water on any rate cut excitement. But no hawkish talk this time. Instead, he explicitly said that waiting to cut rates until inflation fell to the Fed’s 2% target (for core PCE) would be a mistake.

This ignited an “everything” rally: stocks, bonds, currencies etc. Higher mortgage bond prices => lower mortgage bond yields => lower mortgage rates. When the dust settled on Thursday, average 30-year mortgage rates had dropped to 6.62%. That’s down almost 1.5% in just two months!

Here’s your links for this weekend’s events!

My Website always has a list of what’s upcoming.  Go here and maybe I’ll see you out there!

December 14-20
Family Fun Holiday Fair & Marketplace
Arizona Boardwalk Courtyard, Scottsdale
Sat. 12/16 & Sun. 12/17, 10am-2pm  Map
Desert Hills Flute Choir
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale  Map
Sun. 12/17, 4pm
Holly Jolly Holiday Party
Queen Creek Marketplace  Map
Sat. 12/16, 3pm-4:30pm
Mesa Santa Express
440 E Main St, Mesa  Map
Fri. 12/15 & Sat. 12/16, 6pm-10pm
Elf The Musical
The Phoenix Theatre Company  Map
Dec. 14-17 & 19-20, times vary
Native Holiday Market
Tempe Center for the Arts  Map
Sat. 12/16, 12pm-8pm
Cirque Du Soleil ‘Twas The Night Before…
Arizona Financial Theatre  Map
Dec. 15-17 & 20, times vary
1st Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Outlets North Phoenix, Anthem  Map
Fri. 12/15 – Sun. 12/17, 10am-5pm
Glistening Gardens
Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale  Map
Through Jan. 7, 9am-5pm
Handel’s Messiah
Various Locations
Fri. 12/14 – Sun. 12/17, times vary
Jane Lynch’s A Swingin’ Little Christmas
Scottsdale Center  Map
Fri. 12/14, 7:30pm
A Christmas Carol
Hale Theatre Presents, Gilbert  Map
Through Dec. 23, times vary
Ballet Arizona: The Nutcracker
Symphony Hall Phoenix  Map
Fri. 12/14 – Sun. 12/17, times vary
Pratt Brothers Christmas at Rawhide
Rawhide Western Town, Chandler  Map
Wed.-Sat. Through Dec. 23, 6pm-10pm
Lights at the Farm
Vertuccio Farms, Mesa  Map
Through Dec. 30, times vary
Enchant Christmas
Salt River Fields, Scottsdale  Map
Through Dec. 31  Tickets
Christmas at Schnepf Farms
Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek  Map
Select Days Through Dec. 24  Tickets
Christmas at the Princess
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess  Map
Through Jan 6, times vary
Snowland Snow Globe
Holiday Light Experience
Great Wolf Lodge, Scottsdale  Map
Through Dec. 21, times vary
 Phoenix Zoo for ZooLights
455 N Galvin Pkwy  Map
Through Jan. 14, 5:30pm-10:30pm
vs San Francisco 12/17 @ 2:05pm
vs New York 12/15 @ 8pm
vs Washington 12/17 @ 6pm
@ Portland 12/19 @ 8pm
ICE HOCKEY:  Arizona:
vs San Jose 12/15 @ 7pm
vs Buffalo 12/16 @ 7pm
vs Ottawa 12/19 @ 7pm
GOLF: PGA TOUR Q-l– Ponte Vedra, Fl
Dec. 14-17 – Golf Network / NBC / Peacock
Upcoming  Tournament Schedules


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