Phoenix Real Estate Inventory Drops 5% Overnight

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentAmazing what an arbitrary date on a calendar will do.

Full absorption rate figures to come later in the day but this was worth an early bulletin – just under 5% of the Phoenix real estate market’s resale inventory of single-family detached homes disappeared overnight.

As of a few minutes ago there are 36,810 single-family detached homes for sale in Maricopa County, down from 38,741 on December 25. There was no spike in closings so nearly all of the change came from listings expiring on December 31.

Many of these homes likely will return to the market, so the question isn’t whether the inventory will ramp back up buy how quickly it will do so.

Having said that, the 36,810 represents the lowest total resale homes for sale in Maricopa County since the week of May 1, 2006. That was pre-credit crunch and only a couple of months into the uncovering of the subprime fiasco.

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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


  • Howard Arnoff 10 years ago

    Let’s not forget those clever agents who withdraw, refresh and relist with a shiny new 2008 MLS number.

    And I know it’s one of your pet peeves, but how are days on market reported in all this 🙂

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Our MLS numbers run sequentially – there isn’t a new series for a new year in the Arizona Regional MLS.

    Cumulative days on market continue to accrue unless the property’s been off the market and out of the MLS for 90 days.

    Some of that inventory will come back, no doubt. But I doubt it will be overnight.