Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Phoenix Real Estate in May: Sales up 9%, Inventory down 9% YoY

by Bill McBride on 6/20/2017 05:29:00 PM

This is a key housing market to follow since Phoenix saw a large bubble and bust, followed by strong investor buying.

The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) reports (table below):

1) Overall sales in May were up 9.3% year-over-year.

2) Active inventory is now down 9.5% year-over-year. 

More inventory (a theme in most of 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.

With flat inventory in 2016, prices were up 4.8%.

This is the seventh consecutive month with a YoY decrease in inventory, and prices are up 1.7% through March (7.1% annual rate).

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%
May-179,6419.3%NANA23,520-9.5%
1 May 2008 does not include manufactured homes, ~100 more