Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Brewing in Real Estate?

Hi all,

Reports: Phoenix housing values improve - Two reports released Tuesday, one local and one national, appear to confirm that housing values are improving in the Phoenix market. ASU’s Repeat Sales Index shows that although prices are lower than one year ago, the declines are not as severe as they have been. “The March figures also show the first monthly increase in the median price of non-foreclosure homes since the end of 2007,” said ASU Professor Karl Guntermann, who is the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate. “This may signal the start of price stability throughout much of the housing market.” The S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices also indicate that housing value declines are beginning to slow in Phoenix with a one-year composite decline hovering at 1.6%. That was one of the smallest declines among 20 metropolitan areas surveyed.

Real Estate Outlook: Signs of Recovery - Sales of existing single family homes jumped by 7.3% in March, according to the National Association of Realtors survey released last Thursday, and were 13% above year-earlier levels. Median single family prices were up by 9% year over year in the Northeast region, and by about 7% in the South, Midwest and the West. Meanwhile, unsold inventory dropped by two percent in March, and is now 22 percent below its peak in July 2008. March single family housing starts rose by 1.6% to their highest level since November of 2008. Bottom line this week: Think positive. Because that's where we're headed in real estate and the economy overall. Read full article:

Additional articles that you may find of interest:

Expert: Housing prices in Valley flat

The Valley's priciest home sales

Refi: FHA or conventional?
Does it make sense to refinance into a conventional mortgage? Or is an FHA refi better?


Monday, April 19, 2010

What's Brewing in Real estate?

Hello all,
I hope the following information is useful. If you are still looking to buy we have until April 30th to get a contract in. Get pre-approved and let's go shopping.

Proposal to slash business property taxes on the table - Large commercial property tax breaks are included in a tax-cut plan under consideration at the Arizona Legislature. Business property taxes, which currently are as high as 20%, could be cut to 1% for 10 years for developers, property owners or businesses making building renovations or doing new construction of $250 million or more. These entities also must hire at least 150 new workers for their projects and qualify under Arizona Department of Commerce rules aimed at attracting and retaining high-wage jobs with benefits. Capital investments and developments of $1 million to $250 million that create at least 15 jobs could result in a 5% property tax rate, down from 20%.^3199621&s=industry&i=commercial_real_estate

Real Estate Outlook: Faster Recovery? - It's been a long time since we've seen the Wall Street Journal run a front-page article suggesting that the national economy appears to be rebounding faster than most analysts forecast. But that happened last week. And over the past couple of years, we haven't seen retail sales -- a key barometer of consumer confidence -- jump by almost two% in a single month. But we saw that last week as well. Housing activity is also up in 11 of the 12 bank districts. Freddie Mac's economists expect to see total home sales this year at least 10% higher than last year, even with the possibility of higher mortgage interest rates.

Take Care,