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News Article From: 04-11-2007


Current New Homes Market



6-Month Spec Count


The spec inventory count is now at 3,777 units, 934 less than six months ago.  Though the spec count has been gradually dropping over the last six months, this number is still over 50% greater than the previous record of 2,400 (prior to January 2006) by 1,377.



What we count as specs are the individual properties that each subdivision chooses to report to us to be included in our system for ARMLS affiliates.  The degree of completion will vary from builder to builder and from one subdivision to another.  We believe our count is on the conservative side, as some subdivisions do not report all of their specs to us.



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6-Month Subdivision Count


Now at 979, there are three more subdivisions than six months ago.  There are indications that the climb in the number of active new home communities may be ending. 



The subdivision count data we report comes from the Ultimate New Homes (UNH) database, which covers the entire Phoenix metro market area and approximates the area covered by the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).  Ultimate New Homes covers all of Maricopa County (74% of UNH subs) and significant portions of Pinal County (23% of UNH subs) as well as a few location outside of these counties (primarily in Yavapai County) (3% of UNH subs). 




The UNH database covers both single family detached and attached homes.  Subdivisions and developments are included in the UNH database when they:


  • Co-broke with Realtors®


  • Typically build standardized plans (a tract type product)


  • Have at least five lots or homes available for sale in that particular subdivision


  • Are willing to provide and update detailed subdivision information


  • Have established pricing for the homes within the subdivision


This database is quite comprehensive relative to tract construction of single family detached homes.  In addition to new attached homes a few selected condo conversions are included within the UNH system.


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New Home Market Statistics Chart


The following chart shows historical activity for the last six months in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area per the Ultimate New Homes Database:


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*The data above reflects numbers from every other week in the past six months.



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