Phoenix Metro Sales Volume Leaders

Among local Phoenix-Metro communities many had substantial sales increases over the past year compared with the previous. These numbers, supplied to us by Michael Orr of the Cromford Report, shows some surprises, and raises questions.

Like, where in the world is Arlington and Stanfield? Both of these towns are showing immense rises in sales rates year over year – not to be confused with sales appreciation rates. Well, thanks to Google, we find Stanfield (85172) West of Casa Grande. And Arlington (85322) SW of Buckeye. Okay, now I don’t feel so bad. I do like the fact that Arlington’s sales rate increase was “infinite.” All these homes have at least an acre, some 5-10 acres, and the highest MLS sales price the past 6 months in Arlington was $275,000 for a 3 BR home on 5 acres of horse property.

Of more sizeable communities with over 100 sales, New River boasted a 33% sales increase, while Rio Verde increased 28%. What do these two communities have in common? Upper North Phoenix and Upper Northeast Scottsdale! Boondocks baby!

On the west side, Surprise and Buckeye each rose 11%. Look for Buckeye to become the fastest growing community in Arizona over the nest 20 years. The rate of massive new planned communities there along with the possibility of new Interstate 11 connecting Mexico to Canada seem a very real possibility. With folks like Bill Gates and Jerry Colangelo investing on the west side, you figure it out.

With folks like Bill Gates and Jerry Colangelo investing on the west side, you figure it out.

Impressively, North Phoenix (85085 – South of Carefree Highway, east of #17) area increased 18% with 462 sales. North Scottsdale’s 85266 and 85255 rose 10% and 9% respectively.

Generally we are seeing some improvement for sellers in most areas of the valley, but it does seem as if it’s the outskirts of town that are getting the most love right now. Just a theory, but it could be the low inventory and rising prices is pushing more buyers out to the edges.

About the Author

     I was born and raised in San Rafael, California, from the mid 50’s to the early 70’s. I had super parents who worked hard to provide 5 kids with a good Catholic education – despite my best attempts to overthrow the knuckle-cracking regime of Sister Mary Anselma. My dad worked as a self-employed butcher until his retirement at 65 and enjoyed many wonderful years until mom passed away in 1992.

     Dad passed away in the fall of 2006 having lived a great and full life into his early 90’s! In California, I attended college in Chico and Sacramento as a “Sosh” major, but like many of my contemporaries, I did not have a clue what I wanted to do when I grew up. Because of my age, I missed the Vietnam War and into my early 20’s I had many typical youthful indiscretions.

     Thankfully, that was a brief period of my life, and with greater thanks, not too much damage was sustained in those early and rebellious years. And by the way, those thanks are due to the answered prayers of faithful relatives who prayed for years that a wayward Michael would turn his life over to the Lord, and in January of 1982 that’s what happened.

     I lived in Sacramento, California in the mid 70’s, and later moved to Truckee, California, which is near Lake

Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. Truckee’s often labeled the “coldest spot in the nation.” Why did I move there?

My father-in-law was a real estate broker in Donner Lake, California, and despite his cantankerous disposition, he seemed very successful in his real estate endeavors. I joined him in sales in July of 1976.

    The Truckee and Lake Tahoe area was a wonderful place to raise a family, but a difficult and cold environment to live in, but we did so for 18 years. In 1994, my wife, Karen, and I visited Scottsdale at a friend’s request, and within 8 months, our family of 5 had relocated to “the valley” – or is it a desert? Whatever it is, it’s warm. At any rate, 24 years have gone by since we made the break from the late great state of confusion, uh, California, and it’s turned out to be a great move.

     As for hobbies, I enjoy family, friends and travel. My kids Robert, Kendra, and Jonathan are now 40,

34, and 31 respectively. I recently became “gramps” for the 4th time as well. It’s a nice time of life. Karen remains as lovely on the inside and outside as the day we were married. We continue to wonderfully grow together as the years advance. As an ordained Christian Chaplain, I volunteer Preaching at Florence Prison with Along Side Ministry. The ministry helps make the formerly incarcerated able to function, even thrive, on “the outside.”

     Should you choose to have me represent you in the sale or purchase of your home, you’ll be receiving my 40+ years of real estate knowledge, counsel, and experience (including negotiation experience).

    Beyond the transaction, I’m always available to you, should you ever need my real estate advice.