Sep 8, 2022 - Real Estate

Phoenix median home price drops $20k but a crash is unlikely

Median sale price of homes in Phoenix
Data: Redfin; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Phoenix's hot housing market is cooling — not crashing.

Why it matters: When home prices started to fall this summer, many in the Valley were reminded of the 2008 housing crash that left more than two-thirds of metro Phoenix homeowners underwater on their mortgages.

  • But experts tell Axios Phoenix the market is just settling after more than two years of unsustainable growth and it is not cause for concern.

State of play: The median home sale price fell by $5,000 in June and $20,000 in July after rising by an average of almost $9,000 per month since January 2021.

Yes, but: July's median sale price was still $440,000 —$45,000 more than it was a year ago.

  • This means almost all homeowners have positive equity in their homes.

Flashback: Jamison Lunnen, vice president of real estate operations at Homie, said the 2008 crash was a combination of bad lending practices and negative equity — neither of which is an issue today.

  • Even if a homeowner is unable to pay their mortgage, they probably won't go into foreclosure because they can likely sell their home and walk away with a profit.

The upside: Our market shift may pay off for buyers who have been patiently waiting out the insanity of the past two years.

  • Gone are the days of buyers paying $50,000 or more over asking price and waiving inspections.
  • Buyers may even get sellers to come down on the offer prices and agree to concessions — a rarity this time last year.

Buy here: Local broker Rebecca Hidalgo Rains said there are actually several cities in the Valley that are officially a "buyer's market," according to the August Cromford Market Index, which measures the balance of supply and demand.

  • Buckeye, Queen Creek, Maricopa, Gilbert, Tempe, Surprise, Chandler, Peoria and Glendale all had higher supply levels than demand.
  • The metro Phoenix market as a whole is still a seller's market, but only moderately so, indicating a pretty balanced market, Hidalgo Rains said.

The caveat: Of course, a buyer's market only benefits people who can afford to buy. And many middle-income workers have been priced out of the market in the past two years.


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