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Most recent market news
Tuesday, November 14
- Single-family home sales in the Phoenix housing market fell 4.3 percent in the second quarter from the same time period one year ago.
- The Second Quarter 2017 Economic and Single-Family Housing Market Outlook Report for Phoenix found a strong and resilient market diminish slightly as the homeownership rate fell over the past year to 62 percent, below the national average of about 64 percent.
“The Phoenix housing market remains on a path toward recovery, even though both sales and homeownership rates dipped slightly in the second quarter,” said Ten-X Executive Vice President Rick Sharga. “Affordability may start to become an issue, since home prices continue to increase at a rate much higher than the U.S. average, and in many cases, it’s now less expensive for Phoenix residents to rent than to own a home.”
- Existing home sales in Phoenix fell in the second quarter to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 116,435, or a 4.3 percent year-over-year decline.
- Inventory of homes for sale in Phoenix fell again to 20,188 on a seasonally adjusted basis, 11.6 percent lower than one year ago.
- Housing starts and completions rose sharply in the second quarter by 23.4 percent and 16.5 percent respectively.
- Completions were still down 67.4 percent from their prior peak and housing starts were 66.5 percent lower, so oversupply is not yet a concern.
- Phoenix home prices continued to outpace the U.S. average with an 8.2 percent year-over-year jump.
- The median home price stood at $239,427, which is still below pre-recessionary levels, suggesting there is more room for prices to grow.
“At the moment, the Phoenix market remains affordable for most buyers thanks to the strong local economy,” Sharga said. “Moving forward, expected increases in new home construction should add to the inventory of homes for sale and help maintain housing affordability in the region.”
- The 30 days or more delinquency rate for August 2016 was 5.2 percent.
- In August 2017, 4.6 percent of mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days or more including those in foreclosure.
- This represents a 0.6 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with August 2016.
- As of August 2017, the foreclosure inventory rate was 0.6 percent down from 0.9 percent in August 2016.
- The share of mortgages that transitioned from current to 30-days past due was 0.9 percent in August 2017, down from 1.2 percent in August 2016.
- By comparison, in January 2007, just before the start of the financial crisis, the current-to-30-day transition rate was 1.2 percent and peaked in November 2008 at 2 percent.
News from earlier this week
Monday, November 13
- U.S. median home sales price in 2016 was $236,000, 2 percent higher than in 2006.
- 31 of the 50 largest U.S. metros are back to pre-recession price levels. Austin, TX, has seen the largest price growth in the past decade: 63 percent. It’s followed by Denver, at 54 percent, and Dallas, at 52 percent.
- Nationwide, realtor.com data show that listing prices have been up by double digits for the majority of 2017.
- The biggest change on the housing scene over the past decade is that lending standards are the tightest they’ve been in almost 20 years.
- The median 2017 home loan FICO score was 734, significantly up from 700 in 2006.
- The bottom 10 percent of borrowers have an average FICO of 649 in 2017, up from 602 in 2006.
“Lending standards are critical to the health of the market,” said realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “Unlike today, the boom’s under-regulated lending environment allowed borrowing beyond repayable amounts and atypical mortgage products, which pushed up home prices without the backing of income and equity.”
- In October, unemployment hit a 17-year low, at a rate of 4.1 percent. In 30 of the 50 largest U.S. metros, unemployment is less than half of 2010 levels.
- In September, employment reached 79 percent in the 25-34 age group, back up to 2006 levels and 5 percent higher than 2010.
- There are 600,000 fewer total housing starts and nearly 700,000 fewer single-family housing starts.
“The healthy economy is creating more jobs and households, but not giving these people enough places to live,” Hale said. “Rapid price increases will not last forever. We expect a gradual tapering as buyers are priced out of the market — not a market correction, but an easing of demand and price growth as renting or adding roommates becomes a more affordable alternative.”
- Las Vegas; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA — remained more than 20 percent below 2006 price levels at the end of 2016, at 25 percent, 22 percent, and 22 percent, respectively.
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