ASU Realty Studies Phoenix Market Report Comes Closer But Still Misses the Mark

avatarthumbnail.jpgLast month it was revealed that the monthly Phoenix real estate sales data being provided by Arizona State University’s Realty Studies department was fundamentally flawed.

Foreclosed homes – actual transactions (or non-transactions) taking place as part of a Trustees’ Sale on the courthouse steps was being included in the monthly sales report, inflating the number of sales reported in the Phoenix real estate market.

ASU’s report for May tries to correct the issue but still misses the mark. Foreclosed homes have been segregated on the report but …

“Foreclosed transactions represent home owners losing their property to successful individual bidders or the lender of record.”

A home being sold to a successful bidder on the courthouse steps is a sale. But a home reverting back to the lender of record after there were no bidders? Sorry, but no. There’s no sale taking place. It’s a non-transaction plain and simple.

These homes that revert eventually will return to the market as bank owned homes and, once sold, should count towards sales. But not when the house reverts to the lender as such a reversion indicates a lack of buyer activity, not actual buyer activity.

Jay Butler and his crew ought to know better.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, ASU Realty Studies[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Jay Thompson 10 years ago

    “It’s a non-transaction plain and simple.”

    Precisely. And when the home really does sell to the buyer of the REO, Butler and team will count it as yet another sale, effectively double-counting every REO property….