Expert: Phoenix not approaching another housing bubble

Sep 12, 2015, 7:52 AM
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Double trouble for another housing bubble? Not so, say industry watchers.

At least not in the Phoenix area.

Quashing rampant rumors about a looming second housing crisis on the horizon, real estate expert Michael Orr told KTAR’s That Real Estate Show some of the concerns about the market in recent weeks may be a little premature.

“Whenever prices go up quickly, people are very much keen to jump on the bubble bandwagon,” he said. “I don’t think there are bubble conditions anywhere, actually, and it certainly doesn’t apply to Phoenix, where the market is really quite normal and relatively placid at the moment.”

Orr added that recent sharp increases in housing prices, especially in cities such as San Francisco and Denver, can mostly be attributed to the low supply of available housing for buyers.

“I think we’ll continue to see prices move ahead until we see more supply,” he said. “It would be much more like a bubble if we had an unusually large number of buyers to go with that small inventory.”

That, he emphasized, is not the current climate.

Orr, the director for the Center of Real Estate Theory and Practice at Arizona State University, also said significant percentage increases in small, outlying areas of Phoenix are because those areas didn’t bounce back at the same time as central Arizona.

He noted that talk about a second housing bubble also cropped up three years ago when prices went up by 30 percent in a single year, explaining that what we saw then was really a “springing back” from the very low prices when the market was really dominated by the bank-owned homes.  Orr said we have since moved beyond that point with the return of a fairly stable and fair price situation.

You can hear Michael Orr’s analysis of the Phoenix housing market weekly on That Real Estate Show hosted by Realtor Diane Brennan Sundays at 8 a.m. on KTAR News 92.3 FM.

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Expert: Phoenix not approaching another housing bubble