Market Update Through March 10, 2014

Here is the Market Update through March 10th, 2014. Please note that the Valley Wide graph represents all of the MLS. The table below that graph just represents recordings for new and re-sales for Maricopa County.

Because there are less swings in the Market we have decided to update you once per quarter. This is March and the next market update will be in June!

We also offer a Market Update Book for you to use at listing appointments, at Open Houses or with Buyers. They are printed in full color!!! Just let me know how many you would like and I will bring them by your office. This will be Volume 2 2014.

Tip: These are great to use when managing your clients expectations. Point out the absorption rate by area to let them know how fast things are selling!


Active Listings and Sales:Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have gone up by 599 units over the last month. As of March 10th we sit at 26,797 actives all property types. Sales are at 5708 for the last 30 days (March 10th), up by 811 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 4.7 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are up from the month before as of March 10th, 5708 vs. one month ago at 4897. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. February re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 6029. In January 2014 they were 5741 . February 2013 was 7,073 this is an 15% decrease in year over year.

Absorption rate: Absorption rate is the % of sales that are sold each month of the inventory. A higher percent means that inventory is moving at a fast rate, and thus is a Seller’s market. Certain areas of town have very high absorption rates, they are:

East Valley 24%
Northwest 23%
Apache Junction 25%
Desert Ridge 25%
Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for February 2014 was $194,000 in January 2014 it was $194,950. In February of 2013 it was $173,339 for a 12% increase!!!! In February 2007 it was $259,087 and in February 2001 it was $139,000!

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 5% of the closings for the last month. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 13% of the total sales for in the last month. REO property sales equal to 8% of the sales for the last month. Normal non-distressed sales are now 87% of the total!!!!!

The last graph gives you the average dollar per square foot of solds by month on a line chart going back one year. Prices have risen by 40% since January of 2012!

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1.0 Million and above continues to be the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. There was a 5% absorption rate for the last month. There were 87 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more than $1.0 million.

Please click on the link below to take you to the Graphs. You can save/print/email them from there! Use these with all of your clients, as a news letter and at open houses! Everyone wants to know what is happening in Real Estate – Be the authority!! Remember that you can always go to and click on Sales and Marketing then Market Update for this info as well!

Equity Title has great marketing tools and programs to help you get more business – call me to set up an appointment!

Click Here for the Graphs

MONTHS OF SUPPLY (with AWC/UCB listings) (Single Family Only)

East Valley: 4.2

Northwest: 4.3

Paradise Valley: 12.1

Luxury ($1mil+): 19.1

Southwest: 4.9

Peoria/Glendale: 4.5

Camelback Corridor: 5.9

Cave Creek: 9.6

Ahwatukee: 4.6

Scottsdale: 8.1

Apache Junction: 4.0

Fountain Hills: 8.1

Buckeye: 5.9

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 4.0