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DeDe’s Weekly Phoenix-Area Real Estate and More January 19, 2024

Hey, Phoenix homeowners, potential buyers and investors, friends, clients, and associates!  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! 

Things are definitely looking up! The steep fall in mortgage rates has helped existing home sales improve for the first time in 5 months, and builder confidence also moved up. If your New Year’s resolution is to finally get into a new home in 2024, let’s discuss your preferences and put together a plan. Happy Holidays!!!

Phoenix-Area Real Estate News

17 Largest Cities update

We are happy to report that the values for the single-family markets in the 17 largest cities is out, and it is another all-green chart showing an increase in the market index over the past month. The average increase of 12.6% in the Cromford® Market Index for the 17 cities is an even more positive sign than the 10% increase we recorded last week. This rapid rise implies that the drop in interest rates that started in October is finally bringing more offers for homes listed for sale.

Although new listings are arriving in stronger numbers this January, the total supply still remains well below normal. In addition, the demand for homes appears to be rising at a significantly faster rate than the supply. The leading cities this week are Gilbert, Glendale, Surprise, Phoenix, and Peoria, while the laggards include Maricopa, Goodyear, and Paradise Valley. However, even these cities are higher than last week.

It is worth mentioning that 10 out of 17 cities are now seller’s markets, which is an excellent sign for sellers. We also have four cities that are balanced and only three that remain buyer’s markets, with Cave Creek escaping that zone over the last week. Although sales volume remains very low, we are seeing strong growth in new contracts, which is a precursor of a recovery. Moderate optimism seems to be in order, and this is reflected in the most recent home builder confidence survey. The NAHB / Wells Fargo Housing Market Index has jumped from a very weak 34 in November to 37 in December and 44 in January.

Want to take advantage of this positive trend and put your home on the market?  Let’s talk about it?  Thinking of buying?  Let’s get a plan so you can act quickly before prices rise any higher.

What DeDe’s Reading:  ATTOM’s 2024 Rental Affordability Report

I read ATTOM’s Report as soon as it was published yesterday.  The 2024 Rental Affordability Report by ATTOM reveals that, despite challenges in the housing market, renting a three-bedroom home remains more affordable than owning in nearly 90% of local markets across the U.S. The report indicates that both renting and owning pose financial burdens for average workers, consuming over one-third of their wages in most county-level housing markets.

The gap between renting and owning persists, even as rents have grown faster than home prices over the past year. The analysis incorporates 2024 rental prices, 2023 home prices, and average wage figures. Despite rising home prices and mortgage rates, renting remains more affordable than owning, particularly in populous urban and suburban markets.

Changes in rents have outpaced home price trends in almost two-thirds of U.S. counties analyzed. Renting a three-bedroom home is most affordable in counties with populations of at least 1 million, where it consumes at least 10 percentage points less of average local wages than owning. Honolulu, Brooklyn, Oakland, San Jose, and Orange County are highlighted as having the widest affordability gaps favoring renting.

The report also indicates that renting three-bedroom homes is most affordable in the South and Midwest, with several markets requiring less than one-third of average local wages. However, some counties in the South and West, like Collier County (FL) and Santa Barbara County (CA), show less affordability for renting.

In terms of home ownership, the most affordable markets are in the South and Midwest, while the least affordable are in the West and Northeast. Major expenses on a median-priced single-family home consume over one-third of average local wages in 88% of the counties analyzed.

The report highlights the dynamics of median three-bedroom rents increasing more than wages in some markets, while wages are growing faster than rents in others. Notably, average weekly wages are rising faster than median home prices in 58% of the counties, reversing a pattern seen in 2023.

In summary, the 2024 Rental Affordability Report underscores the ongoing challenges for average workers in both renting and owning homes, with renting remaining a more affordable option in a majority of local markets. The analysis incorporates data from ATTOM’s comprehensive property database and emphasizes the complex interplay of factors influencing the housing market.  My Takeaway:  If homeownership is your goal, let’s work out a plan to make sure it works for you.  Homeowners, it sounds like it’s time to buy an investment property and be an awesome landlord!

Concise Market Snapshot

Here’s the concise market snapshot of the Valley of the Sun.  Reach out with any specific questions you have!

BankRate Mortgage Rates:

For today, Friday, January 19, 2024, the current average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate is 7.00%, down 2 basis points compared to this time last week. For homeowners looking to refinance, the national average interest rate for a 30-year fixed refinance is 7.21%, up 6 basis points compared to this time last week. Meanwhile, today’s national 15-year refinance interest rate is 6.40%, rising 7 basis points compared to this time last week.

ADOT’s Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory (Jan. 19-22) – Phoenix Area-Plan for I-10 lane restrictions near US 60, southbound SR 143 closure

PHOENIX – Improvement projects will require restrictions along a few freeways in the Phoenix area this weekend (Jan. 19-22), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers should consider using alternate routes if necessary while the following weekend closures are in place:

  • Westbound I-10 narrowed to two lanes near US 60 (Superstition Freeway) from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday (Jan. 22) for work on the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project. The westbound I-10 ramp to eastbound US 60 and the westbound I-10 on-ramp at Baseline Road also closed. Allow extra travel time.
    • Detour: Consider exiting westbound I-10 at Broadway Road (and turn left) in order to enter eastbound I-10 to reach eastbound US 60. Note: Westbound I-10 on-ramp at 32nd Street closed from 7 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday (Jan. 22). Consider entering westbound I-10 via 40th Street.
  • Southbound SR 143 (Hohokam Expressway) closed between Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) and I-10 from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday (Jan. 22) for a traffic shift. Westbound Loop 202 exit to Sky Harbor Airport (Sky Harbor Boulevard) closed.
    • Detours: Consider using westbound Loop 202 to eastbound I-10 (at the SR 51 “Mini-Stack” interchange) to reach destinations including Sky Harbor’s west entrance. Drivers also can consider using southbound 44th Street to reach the airport.
  • Northbound Interstate 17 narrowed to left two lanes between Dunlap and Peoria avenues from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 20) for Valley Metro’s light rail bridge project. Northbound I-17 on-ramp at Dunlap Avenue closed. Please use caution and be prepared to slow down and merge safely when approaching and traveling through all work zones.
    • NoteNorthbound I-17 HOV lane closed between Dunlap and Peoria avenues from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 21).
  • Colter Street closed in both directions at SR 51 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Jan. 22) for bridge maintenance. Southbound SR 51 off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at Colter Street will be open with no left turns allowed at Colter (bridge closed).
    • Detour: Consider alternate routes if needed including Bethany Home Road or Highland Avenue.

Schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather or other factors. 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

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New Build Homes:

Thinking about a new build home?  Some might not be ready for a year, but some are close to finished.  Homebuilders offer great interest rates (if you use their lender…), and are a viable option for many of my people.  But, don’t forget you need representation for YOU…so bring me before you visit a community or Models.  The nice person works for the Builder, as does the Lender and the Title Company.  Make sure you have someone looking out for YOUR interest and TAKE ME WITH YOU!  Just want to shop?  I have a great website with all the Valley Builders, shop for features and areas you want WITHOUT being stalked by each and every builder you’re perusing.  We’ll visit when YOU’RE ready.  Browse safely and securely here.

 

Valley of the Sun Sold Listings

  • 5706,7602,6693,8109,7457,5917,6267,5575,5205,4634,4928,4433

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

  

Valley of the Sun Inventory

  • 17806,16669,15647,14423,13863,13638,13570,14997,16552,17995,17723,17621
  • 7724,8449,7881,7905,7669,7047,8018,8064,8266,7017,5390,9196

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

Valley of the Sun New Listings

  • 7724,8449,7881,7905,7669,7047,8018,8064,8266,7017,5390,9196

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

  

Valley of the Sun Pending Listings

  • 6807,7588,7793,7157,6295,5835,5814,5018,4864,4570,4379,5517

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

Valley of the Sun Absorption Rate

  • 2.57,2.48,2.4,2.29,2.22,2.2,2.2,2.43,2.71,2.96,2.93,2.92

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

  

Valley of the Sun Sale to Original List Price Ratio

  • 92.9,94.0,94.7,95.6,96.2,96.7,96.6,96.8,96.6,96.0,95.3,95.5

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

Valley of the Sun Average Days on Market

  • 81.1,76.5,73.2,68.4,64.5,58.5,57.6,55.5,55.9,57.4,61.6,68.3

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

  

Valley of the Sun New Listings Volume

  • 5129803198,5395683401,4971932085,5106483340,4748323278,4298244327,4935418492,5396686243,5674744578,4662590937,3473825474,6805309404

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

National Real Estate News!

Core inflation eases

The CPI (Consumer Price Index) report saw core inflation (excluding food & fuel) ease from +4.0% YoY in November 2023 to +3.9% YoY in December 2023. As a reminder, core CPI peaked in mid-2022 at 6.6%. [Source: BLS] While 3.9% is still a long way from the Fed’s 2% target, the downward trend is clear. The Fed is almost certainly done raising rates. The only question is WHEN they start cutting.

Core inflation eases
Settling below 7%

Average 30-yr mortgage rates have moved up slightly to 6.78%, but remain well below their recent peaks of just over 8%. [Source: Mortgage News Daily] While Fed members continue to talk tough on inflation, the market is still expecting rate cuts to begin in March, or at the latest May. Wouldn’t it be great if we got lower rates AND more inventory this spring/summer selling season?

Settling below 7%
Unlocking inventory?

A big reason why the 2023 spring/summer selling season was disappointing was that we didn’t get enough new listings. Many would-be sellers felt ‘locked-in’ by their low existing mortgage rates. But with the big move down in rates recently, things look to be improving. In December 2023, new listings were up 9% year-over-year and total inventory was up 5% year-over-year. [Source: Realtor.com]

Unlocking inventory?

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!

January 18-24
East Phoenix & Beyond
31st Annual Carefree
Fine Art and Wine Festival
Downtown Carefree  Map
Fri. 1/19 – Sun. 1/21, 10am-5pm
Arizona Fine Art Expo
26540 N Scottsdale Rd  map
Now- Sun 3/24, 10am-6pm
Season Pass Tickets
Islander: A New Musical
Herberger Theater Center, Phx  Map
Thu. 1/18 – Sun. 1/21, times vary
Paranormal Cirque
Phoenix Premium Outlets  Map
Jan. 18-22 & 24, times vary
Chandler International Film Festival
LOOK Dine-In Cinema, Chandler  Map
Jan 19-28  Schedule
Candlelight Open Air:
A Tribute to Taylor Swift
Phoenix Zoo  Map
Thu. 1/18, 9pm/Fri. 1/22, 7pm
The Righteous Brothers:
Bill Medley & Bucky Heard
Chandler Center For The Arts  Map
Sat. 1/20, 7:30pm
The Other Place – A Play by Sharr White
Theatre Artists Studio, Scottsdale  Map
Fri. 1/19 – Sun. 1/21, times vary
Lizzy & The Triggermen
Ikeda Theater, Mesa  Map
Sat. 1/20, 7:30pm
See How They Run
Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert  Map
Jan. 18-20 & 24, times vary
Broadway Showstoppers
Queen Creek Performing Arts Center
Sat. 1/20, 2pm-4pm  Map
Always Patsy Cline
Fountain Hills Theater  Map
Fri. 1/18 – Sun. 1/21, times vary
Arizona Concours d’Elegance
Scottsdale Civic Center  Map
Sun. 1/21, 8am-4pm
Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series:
Chaeyoung Park, Piano
Tempe Center for the Arts  Map
Sun. 1/21, 2:30pm-4pm
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BASKETBALL:  Phoenix:
@ New Orleans 1/19 @ 6pm
vs Indiana 1/21 @ 6pm
vs Chicago 1/22 @ 7pm
@ Dallas 1/24 @ 6:30pm
ICE HOCKEY:  Arizona:
@ Vancouver 1/18 @ 10pm
vs Nashville 1/20 @ 3pm
vs Pittsburgh 1/22 @ 9pm
@ Florida 1/24 @ 7pm
GOLF: The American Express, La Quinta, CA
Jan. 18-21 – Golf Network / NBC / ESPN
Upcoming  Tournament Schedules
PICKLEBALL:
Premier League    2023 Events (majorleaguepickleball.net)

Tournaments        Tournaments (pickleballtournaments.com)
PROFESSIONAL TENNIS:
Men’s Calendar       ATP Tour
Women’s Calendar  WTA Official (wtatennis.com)

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That’s all for this week’s edition of the newsletter!  Know I am always here for any questions you have about Buying, Selling, or Investing in Residential Real Estate!  HomeOwnership too!  Vendors and Tradespeople too!  Don’t hesitate to Reach out .  See you next Week!

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