Monday, June 20, 2016

Phoenix Real Estate in May: Sales up 6%, Inventory up YoY

by Bill McBride on 6/20/2016 01:07:00 PM

This is a key distressed market to follow since Phoenix saw a large bubble / bust followed by strong investor buying.

Inventory was up 5.5% year-over-year in May.  This is the third consecutive months 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 May were up 6.4% year-over-year.

2) Cash Sales (frequently investors) were down to 21.8% of total sales.

3) Active inventory is now up 5.5% 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.

May Residential Sales and Inventory, Greater Phoenix Area, ARMLS
SalesYoY
Change
Sales
Cash
Sales
Percent
Cash
InventoryYoY
Change
Inventory
May-085,6371---1,06218.8%54,1611---
May-099,28464.7%3,59238.7%39,902-26.3%
May-109,067-2.3%3,34136.8%41,3263.6%
May-119,8118.2%4,52346.1%31,661-23.4%
May-128,44513.5%3,90746.3%20,162-36.3%
May-139,44011.8%3,66938.9%19,734-2.1%
May-147,442-21.2%2,19329.5%29,09147.4%
May-158,29311.4%1,98824.0%24,616-15.4%
May-168,8206.4%1,93121.9%25,9805.5%
1 May 2008 does not include manufactured homes, ~100 more