The 1st quarter of 2019 is now in the books and housing prices in the greater Flagstaff region hit another new high. The median sale price for the 1st quarter came in at $401,250 up 6% from the same period in ’18. This is the highest quarterly median sale price ever and the first time above $400K. March was basically flat, with a median sale price of $390K. The sales volume is a number to watch, both the quarter and the month were down big. For the 1st quarter there were a total of 152 sales, down 28% and for March there were 69 sales, down 24%. This sales drop could be a function of supply and not necessarily any lack of demand. The 1st quarter is historically the slowest of the year and inventory usually remains low; the big selling season being late spring and summer. I suspect we’ll see more inventory come to market as we get further along in the year which is the usual pattern. Mortgage rates still remain low with a 30-year fixed rate now at 4%. This is up an 1/8th of a point from last month. Until next month, here for any & all of your real estate needs.
Housing prices in the greater Flagstaff region hit a new all-time monthly high in February. The median sale price came in at $430K up 18% from a year ago! Housing sales for the month totaled 45, slightly less than the 48 sales reported last February and just below the ten-year average of 47 sales for the month. Up here in the mountains during winter, sales are weather dependent and the 1st quarter of the year is the coldest, snowiest and slowest quarter by far. As a result, we are more likely to see aberrations in the monthly numbers and especially in February since it’s also the shortest month. For instance, the average sale price of a house this February came in at $496K! It’s easy to skew the figures when there are few sales and a significant percentage are of more expensive and newer houses. The quarterly figures are a more reliable indicator of market activity especially in winter. I do think that February’s $430K median sale price record will be tough to beat because inventory levels should rise as we move into the selling season. Helping sales are mortgage rates which are lower by a quarter of a point from last month with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage now at 3.875% with no points. Until next month here for any and all of your real estate needs.
November 2018 housing prices in the greater Flagstaff region climb to a new monthly high. The median sale price was $392K up 7% from November ‘17 and easily surpassing the old November high of $379K set in 2006. The average price paid per-square-foot was $225 up 10% from a year ago, tying the high set back in November ‘06. November housing sales rose 8% totaling 84 SFR’s. So far, year-to-date sales are slightly ahead of last year as are prices. I think we’ll probably finish higher for the year on both due to interest rates declining bigly. In spite of the latest Federal Reserve hike, a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now at 4.375% down ¼ of a point from just a month ago, a very nice Christmas present! Until next month, here for any & all of your real estate needs. Wishing everyone wonderful holidays and a very Happy New Year!