It’s not a big surprise considering the number of homes that have been selling recently that the inventory has depleted considerably and the availability of affordable housing is drying up after this massive real estate hemorrhage.
I cannot tell the future, but I can see when there’s a break in a pattern, as you will also see indicated in the graph below. Whenever a market corrects, it usually over corrects to a comparable intensity of the original inflation. Prices were so overinflated, and people have SO overreacted, that the low prices in the valley are deflated and can be considered as artificially low as they were high.
If I base my opinion simply on the pattern in this graph which outlines average monthly sales in the Greater Metropolitan Phoenix Market, then we are on track to recover, and we will bounce back. Since Arizona is a national leader in real estate trends, we should see a healthy recovery. Again, I cannot predict the future.
It was towards the end of 2003, beginning of 2004 that things started to exponentially bloat, soaring to ridiculous heights, and absolutely crashing as quickly as a 747 filled with solid lead.
In August of 2005, my neighbor bought the same unit I purchased in 2003 for $200,000.00 more than I paid for mine. They are still there. Oops.
The market’s plateau began in approximately June of 2006, rose a bit more, and then decidedly burned in flames at about January of 2008, through March of 2009. The number of homes sold began to increase in May of 2008, but the price continued to drop.
What would have happened if we had continued to grow at a normal, typical rate of 4% per year? Perhaps the following, showing a line drawn at about a 4% increase over the same period of time. This shows that a starting value of $175,000.00 would over the time represented in this graph, grow to approximately $244,000.00.
One could argue at this point one of two possibilities. Either a) the market will quickly correct, over correct, and bounce back and forth over the next 8 years or so to find equilibrium along that blue line, or b) the blue line must be adjusted down, erasing all of the growth in this millennium.
If that’s the case, then the home you’re living in, which is now worth what it was pre-Y2K, will not be worth what it should be worth for as long, if not longer than it takes to re-write the entire first decade of this century. To reach home prices that we should be at, we’re looking at roughly 10 years of steady growth at a “normal” rate.
The problem is that nobody knows what normal is anymore BECAUSE OF THAT GIANT HUMP in the middle of the chart. Who’s to blame? Many people think it was the government forcing the banks to lend to people who couldn’t afford it which drove them to “get creative.” Dave Ramsey calls “creative financing” “Too Broke to Buy a House.” I tend to agree.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens, and ultimately, it appears as though we’ve experienced the beginning of the bottom of this roller coaster ride. Which means one thing…
If you haven’t bought a house yet, it’s time to buy. There’s blood in the streets and the street sweepers (the investors) have been very busy recently. Don’t miss out.