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Phoenix Residential Market Report ~ December 2015

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The current real time market profile shows there were approximately 6,131 new listings (down from last month) on the market in December 2015 and 6,737 sold transactions. Since the beginning of the year the number of new listings has exceeded the number of sold transactions but in December the number of sold transactions exceeded the number of new listings coming on the market. The number of total listing is still low as compared to 29,308 listings in April 2014 and this shift may be the direct results of the holidays.

Since January 2015 (12 months ago), the average sold price has increased approximately +5.5% (up from last month), the average days on market have decreased approximately -17.9% (up from last month) and the number of sold transactions have increased approximately +41.4% (up from last month). Since the month of May 2014 the average sold price has teeter tottered up and down with no upward trend but in April 2015 the average sold price jumped higher than the last 12 months. The summer buying season was strong where we saw prices decrease from July to September but during the holiday season prices are starting increase. The current average sold price is approximately $269,000 which is up +5.5% since January 2015.

The volume of foreclosure purchases since January 2015 (12 months ago) has decreased approximately -30.8% but the volume of short sales saw a slight increase of approximately +7.2%. Since November 2014 the volume of foreclosure purchases went up and now the trend is back down once again. Also, since August 2013 the volume of short sale purchases have consistently decreased because the inventory of homes “up-side-down” have been exhausted and values have risen to a point where consumers can break-even or sell with some equity but some homeowners are still up-side-down depending if they purchased their homes between 2005 and 2007. The slight increase in short sales in December could be due to banks wanting to get these assets off their books before the beginning of the new year.

Since January 2015 (12 months ago), the number of homes for sale on the market have decreased approximately -9.3% or 25,745 homes for sale on the market to a gradually decrease of 23,353 homes. This decrease in the number of homes for sale could be a sign the market is beginning to shift once again back to a seller’s market (low supply and increased demand).

Real estate prices are still relatively low (near 2008 prices), mortgage rates are still at a historical low and the macroeconomic market is improving both in terms of prices and the overall economy. Give us a call to discuss your best investment strategy, TODAY!!

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Office: 480-213-5251

Phoenix Residential Market Report ~ March 2015

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The current real time market profile shows there were approximately 9,458 new listings on the market in February 2015 and 5,807 sold transactions. Since the beginning of the year the number of new listings has exceeded the number of sold transaction which is an indication prices of homes may go down if buyer demand does not pick up.

Since March 2014 (12 months ago), the average sold price has decreased approximately -2.1% (down from last month), the average days on market have increased approximately +16.0% (down from last month) and the number of transaction has decreased approximately -10.1% (up from last month). Since the month of March 2014 the average sold price has teeter tottered up and down with no upward trend. This is good news since the market has not formed a downward trend. We will not see an indication of a market reversal until there have been two to three consecutive months of upward or downward pressure on the average sold price, DOM and number of transactions. The current average sold price is approximately $251,000 which is down slightly from last month.

The volume of foreclosure purchases since March 2014 (12 months ago) has decreased approximately -27.8% and the volume of short sales have decreased approximately -27.4%. Since March 2014 the volume of foreclosure purchases went up the beginning of the year and now the trend is back downward. Since August 2013 the volume of short sale purchases have consistently decreased because the inventory of homes “up-side-down” have been exhausted and values have risen to a point where consumers can break-even or sell with some equity.

Since March 2014 (12 months ago), the number of homes for sale on the market have decreased approximately
-11.1%. Since March 2014 there were 29,435 homes for sale on the market but the number of homes for sale has been gradually decreased to 26,174. This decrease in the number of homes for sale could be a sign the market is beginning to shift once again back to a seller’s market (low supply and increased demand) but the recent uptick of new listings on the market since the beginning of the year is an indication we are still in a buyer’s market.

Real estate prices are still relatively low (near 2008 prices), mortgage rates are still at a historical low and the macroeconomic market is improving both in terms of prices and the overall economy. Give us a call to discuss your best investment strategy, TODAY!!

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Office: 480-213-5251

Phoenix Luxury Market Report ~ December 2014

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Prices in the Phoenix luxury real estate markets typically go up during the winter season and go back down during the summer months. Since the end of the winter in May 2014, the average sold price has increased approximately +8.9% (down from last month), the average days on market have decreased approximately -17.6% (down from last month) and the number of transactions have decreased approximately -6.7% (down from last month). The average price per square foot is approximately $341 PSF, average days on market is 154 days and 112 transactions last month. Since we are now in the winter months we are seeing the average sold price increase, the average days on market decrease and the number of transactions increase.

The luxury market is following its typical trend as we enter the winter months. The statistics for the month of December is showing a trend that the market is improving: the average sold price trend is increasing, the average days on market are decreasing and the number of transactions is increasing. Based on the statistics for the month of December it appears the Phoenix luxury market is following its typical trend during the winter months.

Trying to “time the market” for the perfect time to buy is nearly impossible but there is no better time than now to purchase. The economy is continuing to show signs of improvement in terms the overall economy and the real estate market is start to improve so you might be able to pick up a good deal. Give us a call to discuss your best buying strategy, TODAY!!

Phoenix Residential Market Report ~ December 2014

Real Time_Supply

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The current real time market profile shows there were approximately 5,890 new listings on the market in December 2014 and 6,483 sold transactions. For the first month, the number of sold transactions exceeded the number of new listings which could be an indication of stronger demand going into 2015

Since January 2014 (12 months ago), the average sold price has increased approximately +4.5% (up from last month), the average days on market have increased approximately +14.5% (down from last month) and the number of transaction has increased approximately +39.4% (up from last month). Since the month of January 2014 the average sold price has teeter tottered up and down with no upward trend. This is good news since the market has not formed a downward trend. We will not see an indication of a market reversal until there have been two to three consecutive months of upward or downward pressure on the average sold price, DOM and number of transactions. The current average sold price is approximately $256,000 which is up slightly from last month.

The volume of foreclosure purchases since January 2014 (12 months ago) has decreased approximately -18.3% and the volume of short sales have decreased approximately -14.8%. Since January 2014 the volume of foreclosure purchases went up the beginning of the year and now the trend is back downward. Since August 2013 the volume of short sale purchases have consistently decreased because the inventory of homes “up-side-down” have been exhausted and values have risen to a point where consumers can break-even or sell with some equity.

Since January 2014 (12 months ago), the number of homes for sale on the market have decreased approximately -2.9%. Since March 2014 there were 29,435 homes for sale on the market but the number of homes for sale has been gradually decreasing to 26,270 or a -10.8% decrease in December 2014. This decrease in the number of homes for sale could be a sign the market is beginning to shift once again back to a seller’s market (low supply and increased demand).

Real estate prices are still relatively low (near 2008 prices), mortgage rates are still at a historical low and the macroeconomic market is improving both in terms of prices and the overall economy. Give us a call to discuss your best investment strategy, TODAY!!

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Office: 480-213-5251

How to Use Your Retirement Funds for Real Estate

In this articles, we will examine how one can use the tax-deferred money in their retirement plans to take advantage of real estate investing opportunities. This article explains how you can use your 401(k) funds to diversify your portfolio mix into real property.

The 401(k) Plan

First, it is important to understand some basic features of a 401(k) program. The 401(k) is a subsection of the Profit Sharing Plan section of the Internal Revenue Code. It allows for employee deferrals on a pre-tax basis. Employers may make this type of plan available to their employees by adopting an acceptable format forsuch a plan. There are limits of how much an employee can contribute. Adoption of such a plan also permits the employer to match employee contributions and to make profit sharing contributions (at the employer’s discretion).

An individual employee may contribute up to about 20% of annual compensation, to a maximum of $9,500 per year. Employers may make matching contributions (such as 25 cents on the dollar) up to 8% of total compensation for each employee. Sometimes profit sharing contributions may also be made and, under certain circumstances, one may have a combined package of 401(k), match and profit sharing/money purchase up to $30,000 in a given year. All of this is variable, and one rule does not apply for all cases.

If you are an employer, you can design the features of the plan and provide the investment alternatives for yourself and your employees. If you are an employee (not defined as an employer), you are permitted to operate your deferrals and investments as established by your employer. If some of the features we discuss here are not available to you as an employee, you may wish to discuss them with your employer to determine whether they can be adopted by your 401(k) plan. If your present plan does not permit the flexibility we are about to discuss, remember any plan may be amended and restated to make such capabilities available.

How to Use the 401(k) for Real Estate and Notes

After all this, how can the funds in your 401(k) plan be used for real estate transactions? Once you have found out that your 401(k) plan funds can be used for real self direction, and the trustee of the plan also permits such transactions, the rules are simple:

You can purchase assets into your plan which are not prohibited. Real estate is not prohibited. You may not deal with yourself or members of your family (other than siblings).

All Transactions Must Be Arm’s Length

This means that you can purchase mortgages with your plan assets. This means you may purchase real property in your plan for income purposes. While debt-financed properties may be subject to unrelated business income taxes, in almost all investment cases we are aware of this has not applied.

How It Works

How does it work? First, you find the property or note. These are self-directed plans, and no one is going to give you a list of real property to chose from. It’s all up to you. Remember, you take all of the risks and receive all the benefits. Neither the employer or the plan trustee has any obligation to you in a properly designed plan. Second, you request that the administrator of the plan ask the trustee of the plan to purchase the asset you have selected for your benefit in your plan. All this is performed through written documents. Third, the security interest in the asset you have asked to be purchased is perfected for the benefit of your plan account. Income and expenses are allocated to your account.

How Often Can You Do This?

As often as you like. Some people like to buy distressed properties, fix them up, and then sell them. Others buy discounted notes. Some purchase income streams. There are as many options as one can think of, provided you follow the rules.

Typically, employers will use the completely self-directed option for compliance with 404(c) of the code for self trusteeship safe harbor. Some combine the complete self direction along with a number of mutual fund choices, making complete self direction available on a non-discriminatory basis to all employees. There is a cost associated with this.

As can be imagined, the process of purchasing notes and real property is a labor intensive process; the process of purchasing mutual funds in a daily valuation environment is almost fully automated. Your 401(k) administrator can provide you with the costs. If your administrator doesn’t handle complete self direction, there are some that will. It’s up to you, as an employer or employee to ask. You may be surprised at the answer.

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Office: 480-213-5251

Phoenix Residential Market Report Summary ~ February 2013

As you can see from the first chart above, Position Realty Market Index, the first time home buyer tax credit created a great deal of demand in the market similar to the real estate boom from 2004 to 2006. Currently the number of transactions is slowing down due to the lack of inventory but real estate price are continuing to increase.

Since February 2012 (12 months ago), the average sold price has increased approximately +25.6% (down from last month), the average days on market have decreased approximately -22.2% (up from last month) and the number of transaction has increased approximately +17.1% (down from last month). The current average sold price is $212,000 which is back to the average sold price experienced in 2008.

The volume of REO purchases since February 2012 has decreased approximately -43.97% and the volume of short sales have decreased approximately -49.8%. The volume of REO purchases are shrinking due the increase in real estate prices, more banks are accepting short sale transaction as opposed to foreclosure and an existing supply of inventory is getting purchased at a faster rate.

The current supply of homes for sale on the market is 22,168 (up from last month) where the same time a year ago there were 46,197 homes on the market which is a decrease of -51.8%. Since the February 2012 (12 months ago), the number of homes for sale on the market has decreased approximately -1.5% (down from last month). As real estate prices increase, more and more sellers that purchased during the real estate boom are putting their homes on the market to break-even or sell with a small amount of equity.

As more and more buyers enter the market and as more of the supply of residential homes are exhausted, real estate prices will continue to increase at a faster rate (lack of supply causes prices to increase).Real estate prices are still at an all time low (near 2008 prices), mortgage rates are still at a historical low and the market is improving both in terms of prices and the overall economy. Time to buy is NOW!! Give us a call to discuss your best buying strategy, TODAY!!

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