Phoenix-area home prices headed upward

Home prices are climbing in metro Phoenix faster than they have since the housing boom.

Some parts of the region experienced home-value increases of 5 to 10 percent a month this year because of a shortage of homes for sale that is sparking bidding wars between investors and regular buyers armed with pre-approvals for mortgages.

This emerging recovery of home prices in the Phoenix area started late last year and has been building each month.

Home values still have a long way to go to recover to pre-boom levels. Metro Phoenix’s median existing-home price is currently $124,500, about $20,000 below the area’s median in 2002 and well below the $267,000 from the height of the boom in summer 2006.

But many housing-market analysts see this as the beginning of a long-awaited recovery for the area’s battered housing market. The uptick in prices is enticing more buyers who have been waiting for the market’s bottom to purchase a home and now have likely missed it…..read more

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