Are Forclosures on the Rise in Arizona? Short Answer: NO

Courtesy of the Cromford Report  (h/t – Mike Balzotti M.Ed.)

The price gap between REOs and short sales has narrowed substantially and disappeared completely for several price ranges.

Our new mid-point forecast for the average monthly sales $/SF on October 15 is $79.21, which is 0.49% above the September 15 reading, and we have a 90% confidence that it will fall within ± 2% of this mid point, i.e. in the range $77.63 to $80.79. A substantial change in the mix can have a significant effect on the average price per sq. ft. and we are still seeing considerable variation from day to day.

Since we are projecting a small and insignificant rise in pricing it is possible that our reading for August 25 – $78.69 per sq. ft. – will remain the low point over the near term. While prices for lender owned homes are on the rise, short sales and normal listings are still displaying considerable price weakness, so the overall price direction is still vague. The lowest monthly average sales price is $150,201 set on August 25. However the record low monthly median sales price is still standing at $107,000 and this was set seven months ago on February 24. Our current monthly median sales price is back at $110,000, where it has been for the majority of the last 9 months.

There have been several media stories making a big deal about increased foreclosure numbers in August. Outside Arizona, and especially in judicial foreclosure states. these may have had some significance. Inside Maricopa County, they seem to have no significance at all. The rise in completed foreclosures from July to August was small at 8% and less than the 15% increase in the number of days that the calendar gave the trustees to work. There was a noticeable rise in foreclosure notices issued by Recontrust, the company that handles the notices for Bank of America. However the notices for other trustees were at roughly the same level as July and substantially down from 2010. The underlying downward trend is reinforced by the month to date numbers for September. We are projecting about 4,500 new foreclosure notices during September, a drop of some 16% from August and about 2,850 trustee sales, a drop of about 21%. Part of the drop is because September has 9% fewer working days (21) than August (23). Nevertheless it still looks like the foreclosure tide is on its way out, and the inventory of bank owned homes continues to fall, as does the count of pending foreclosures.

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