According to March data, the median sales price of a single family home in Phoenix returned to the December level after a two-month long dip. Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice and author of the W. P. Carey School’s monthly housing report, had predicted the March price increase. But don’t read too much into it, he says. It’s a seasonal effect.
January usually claims the dubious distinction as the slowest month of the year, according to Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School, but this year February isn’t much better. In a normal February, people are out shopping — and buying — homes, but this year that early spring burst of energy hasn’t materialized. The lack of activity is a shocking contrast to last spring.
If you are in the market for a house, the news is good: Sellers will answer your calls and consider your offer. Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice told the Economic Club of Phoenix on March 18, 2014 that the current lull in home price increases will continue this year. With investors moving to cheaper markets and young people lukewarm about home ownership, the market is a welcoming place for those few in the mood to buy.
January — usually the slowest month of the year for home sales — turned out to be the second quietest in 14 years. According to Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice, the number of homes sold in the Phoenix area real estate market in January was 18 percent lower than December and 22 percent lower than January a year ago. Prices also declined, with the median sales price for a single family home slipping 4 percent between December and January.