This is a key housing market to follow since Phoenix saw a large bubble / bust followed by strong investor buying.
Inventory was up 3.4% year-over-year in August. This is the sixth consecutive month with a YoY increase in inventory, following fifteen consecutive months of YoY declines in Phoenix. This could be a significant change.
The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) reports (table below):
1) Overall sales in August were up 13.6% year-over-year.
2) Cash Sales (frequently investors) were down to 20.3% of total sales.
3) Active inventory is now up 3.4% year-over-year.
More inventory (a theme in 2014) – and less investor buying – suggested price increases would slow sharply in 2014. And prices increases did slow in 2014, only increasing 2.4% according to Case-Shiller.
In 2015, with falling inventory, prices increased a little faster – Prices were up 6.3% in 2015 according to Case-Shiller.
Now inventory is increasing a little again, and – if this trend continues in Phoenix – price increases will probably slow in Phoenix. Prices in Phoenix are up 1.6% through June (about a 3.2% annual rate) – slower than in 2015.
|August Residential Sales and Inventory, Greater Phoenix Area, ARMLS|
|1 August 2008 probably includes pending listings|