Years ago sales dipped in the winter months and there wasn't much activity in vacant land or home sales in the months of December and January.  Times have changed and winter of 2014 and winter 2015 are proving to be very busy times for Sedona area real estate agents.  January sales stats for Sedona show that it was the busiest in 4+ years (in sold homes) and there's no end in sight.  Vacant land and Residential sales were up 16% for the month of January and prices are on the rise too. 

Residential Real Estate market:  As of today, there have already been 56 home sales in Sedona and there are a whopping 59 additional already in escrow with buyers.  The bottom end of the market is moving quickly as the majority of the home sales have been under $400k.  That's not to say that the other segments aren't moving - for instance - the upper end of the market ($1M+ homes) is also red hot - with 4 closed sales already this year and an additional 2 in escrow.  Compare that to the last year with just one Million+ home sale in January...  Prices are starting to creep upwards, as evidenced across the board in the following table.  Price per square foot is up to $228 (although to be honest, with only one month sales in the books, this might downshift when there is more data at the end of February.  Have a look and call your agent if you have questions about the best time to put your house on the market!

Whoa... spring has sprung and the Sedona real estate market is moving quickly.  Upper end homes and vacant land activity is high - with five $1M+ homes already closed in 2014 and eight (8) more currently in escrow waiting for closing.  Luxury Vacant land is also on the upswing with 14 lot sales in Sedona over $250k so far in 2014 and an additional 10 in escrow.  That marks a huge increase in the upper end land market here in town and shows that luxury buyers are back in force.  We haven't seen vacant land prices rise, so apparently buyers are cashing in on the last of the well priced luxury lots. 

Most buyers area dialed in on the current market conditions and are aware that the "smokin' deals" on residential properties have gone away, and prices are slowly on the rise.  Foreclosures haven't dried up altogether, but as of this second, there are only 7 available residential properties that are bank owned.  Look for this number to continue to decrease as we move forward and upward with pricing.  As prices rise we'll also see an upswing of residential properties coming on the market as some buyers have been waiting for market conditions to get better before putting their homes on the market. 

Current inventory of homes in Sedona shows 394 single family homes on the market - with 39 currently in escrow - making a total  of 355 available homes in Sedona.  Condos and townhomes numbers are similar - with 45 on the market and 13 of these already tied up with buyers - making only 32 available condos and townhomes in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. 

Vacant land is 341 lots on the market with 23 tied up with buyers - making a total of only 318 available building sites in all of Sedona and the VOC.  Amazing that half of the lots in escrow are selling for over $250k - that's a healthy sign! 

Look for increased sales volume in April and May as many of the upper end listings are in escrow - which will bring up the average price per square foot - which will in turn raise the price of the lower end of the market... Stay tuned or email me for more details!

Congratulations... you're considering buying property in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Just like the rest of the country, Sedona real estate prices have risen over the last few years... and homes and land here can be pricey!

If you're going to take the plunge you'll need a good Realtor to help you assess the market, give you information and negotiate on your behalf.

There are many agents in town, but you'll want one that is busy enough to know what's happening in the market, but not so busy that you get lost in the shuffle.

It might help you to ask questions before you start working with an agent... so that you know upfront that you're both on the same page - and that they have the skillset to help you. Choosing an agent that's busy is important because they can guage the market better than agents who haven't had a sale in months. Working with an agent is FREE - so why not choose the best person to represent you in the purchase of Sedona Real Estate... A good way to start is by looking for an ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative - They're agents who've gone above and beyond the others and taken additional classes that show how to properly represent a buyer... your agent should be one of these! Be prepared to sign a Buyer Broker Agreement and Agency Confirmation with your agent - this is a simple form that shows what you're looking for and that you're working with a qualified agent.

The Buyer Broker Agreement solidifies the relationship and assures you that the agent will work for you as best possible and lays out groundwork for you... like making sure that you see homes with your agent, mention to other agents at open houses that you're working with someone.

This paper helps the agent feel comfortable giving information, background, and market conditions to you.

It also helps you by knowing up front that your buyer broker will work on your behalf.

As an agent we can do lots of work... we don't ask for money up front, just the security that if we work for you, you'll honor us by giving a commitment.

The summer slowdown is complete and the busier fall season is upon us in Sedona.  As usual - I post the full statistics on another site for your review in full - but my analysis of the details live here on the RRN site.  There are 408 residential units on the market in Sedona and the surrounding Sedona area (Sedona zip codes only).  66 of these listings are condos/townhomes/manufactured/mobile homes - so let's call it 342 single family homes.  Of these 342, 47 are currently tied up with buyers - "in escrow" in our local terminology... making a total of 295 truly available homes in the Sedona area.  It seems like a lot to choose from, but if you narrow the search to your approximate price range, there might only be a dozen or more that work for you.  It's important to see details and pictures to help you weed out the ones that don't appeal to you - so use the online tools available to search before your arrival here in Sedona. 

It appears as though the inventory of homes has leveled but the overall price per square foot is still on the rise.  We're currently seeing the average price per square foot of $208.  However, it's important to remember that this is the AVERAGE - and many people want things that are nicer than average.  So if you see a newer home on National Forest with incredible views, you can easily pay $300 per square foot or more.  Those are just some of the factors that raise the price - so consult with your agent to discuss if your goals are to get the best deal or to get a home that fits all of your needs. 

The upper end of the market seems very healthy, with 23 sales already this year over $1M - and there are 6 more in escrow, so we'll certainly hit 30 sales by mid-October.  There were only 31 sales over $1M in 2013 (which was the best year for quite some time) so we're on target to be up 20% or more (in sales not pricing) in the luxury sales market. 

As always the busiest segment of the market is the sub $500k single family home market.  There have been 166 home sales under $500k since 1/1/14.  There were 194 last year during the same period - so that shows a 20% slowdown in that segment.  I'm sure there are a variety of factors that explain the slowdown, including rising prices, Slide Fire slowdown (recent fire in Oak Creek Canyon that affected tourism in town for a month), and others. 

Sellers often wait for September buying season to start to put their homes on the market, so expect a minor increase in the number of homes on the market over the next month.




I've got 100 excuses for why there isn't a October or November version of this newsletter - but let's just chalk it up to the REALLY busy market conditions.  Let's start with the easy stats  - there are currenly 407 homes on the market in Sedona (areas 40-46), and a whopping 74 in escrow with buyers, so that leaves only 333 truly available homes. This level of activity is above past years and is a sure sign of the recovering market. 

The average price per square foot in town is hovering around $203 per square foot - but remember - this is for an "average" house with "average" views in an "average" location.  This dollar amount works if you're looking for an investment home or something simple, but if you're looking at custom homes with views - prices can be closer to $300 per square foot or higher.  

The # of homes sold YTD is approx 6% higher than last year, and the $ volume of sales is up approximately 11%.

Over the last 3 months - the average Sedona home sale was a 2048 sq ft home that SOLD for $419,327 - showing an average price per square foot of $198.  If we compare this to the same 3 month period in 2011 (2264 sq ft home w a SOLD price of $355,402 - w/ an average ppsf of $154) - it shows the strides that the market has taken in a short period of time.  Those quarterly comparisons (with a smaller sample size) magnify the annual statistics which show price increases of 18% over the last two years.  Our official outlook is that we expect the market to level off (as the inventory levels already have) and expect an appreciation more in the 5-6% annual rate that's consistent with Sedona's long term gains.  





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