Tucson Real Estate Market

May 5, 2010 by
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The Tucson real estate market is showing continued strength with the exception of a few indicators, a welcome departure from the harder-hit Phoenix market.  According to an April 6, 2010 article in U.S. News and World Report, “Robust activity in the Tucson housing market may portend an end to the housing crisis there, even though home prices are still bumping along at low levels. Sales are rising as home buyers take advantage of big inventory, sellers willing to deal and the federal home buyer tax credit, says Bob Herd, president of the Tucson Association of Realtors.” The piece, composed by Christine Dugas, continued to note that “In Tucson, home sales were up 6.6% in February compared with the same month in 2009. ‘The first-time home buyer market is very robust, even with multiple offers in some cases,’ Herd says. ‘And the move-up market is starting to show small signs of life.’”

The same article in USA Today tracked other positive news for Tucson home sales, such as a higher median sales price. The article, written by Christine Dugas, found that “In February, Tucson’s median sales price was 15.5% lower than in February 2009. That was largely driven by a surge in sales at the low end of the market because of the tax credit, Herd says. Arizona still has the nation’s second-highest foreclosure rate. But among major metro areas, Tucson ranks 41st, which is much lower than Phoenix, at No. 8, according to RealtyTrac.” The article continued to note that “Foreclosure has made some popular areas more affordable, including Dunbar spring, which is a small, historic neighborhood near downtown.”

More mixed news for Tucson real estate was reported by an April 12, 2010 article in the Arizona Daily Star. This article noted that “Tucson home sales were up in March from the previous year. But the median price of homes sold – while higher than February’s – was down from March of last year. In Tucson’s housing market, 1,169 homes sold this March, with a median price of $157,680, says the latest monthly report by the Tucson Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.”

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