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April Desert Real Estate Report

Year-Over-Year Price Increases and Lowest Inventory in History

The median price of Valley detached homes in March was $549,000, which is 27.3% above last year. The attached home median price in March was $345,000, up 15.4% over the last twelve months.

Prices are expected to continue moving higher by following the seasonal pattern of reaching highs in May before pulling back. Seven cities how have median price increases for detached homes over 20%, with two up more than 30%. It should also be noted that five cities have exceeded the historic price highs they made in the year 2006, with two more only fractional percentage points away.

The three-month average of total sales is now averaging 1,129 a month, which is 39% higher than last year. Due to seasonal forces, average could reach 1,200 units, or higher, over the next two months and sales staying in the high range.

Inventory continues to decline and as of this writing, there are 707 units for sale. That compares to 3,034 units a year ago. Continued high sales and lower inventory has again driven the “month of sales” ratio to new historic lows. It is now just 4/5 a month, or just a little over three weeks. A year ago, the ratio was 3.7 months. This lack of supply is causing bidding wars amongst the many home buyers and is the force driving home prices much higher.

If you are considering buying, the time is now. I see the current trend of appreciation continuing for the next few years.

If you are considering selling, now is a great time. Most homes sell within days. Don’t get left behind.

Put me to work for you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for specifics.