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Linda Berg

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:45 am

The trend is changing in ZIP codes 85044, 85045 and 85048. What was a strong sellers’ market, is becoming a “normal” market for both buyers and sellers. Properties are not flying off the shelf in a matter of hours. There are fewer multiple offers on them, so they are typically not selling for more than full price. Why are we seeing a change? There are many factors that enter into the equation.

September property sales totaled 114, down 8.1 percent from last month and down .9 percent over September of 2012. As we compare the September sales to 2011 and 2012, this year’s sales were at the lowest level. Yet, the YTD sales for these ZIP codes were still 8.1 percent ahead of last year’s YTD sales.

The median sales price in September was $260,000, down 1.9 percent over the prior year. Currently the medium list price is $330,000, which is down 3 percent over last month and up 25 percent over prior year same month (PYM). September 2013’s average sales price was $297,511, down 6 percent over last month and up 1 percent over PYM. September 2013 sales were down 8 percent and up 1 percent over PYM. September’s YTD sales of 1,313 are ahead of last year’s year-to-date of 1,215 sales.

Inventory continues to climb slightly for the fifth month in a row to 395 listings. Market time (DOM) shows how many days the average property is on the market before it sells. The DOM for September was 44, the same as last month and up 51 percent from 29 days in September of 2012. When DOM and inventory increases, it indicates a trend toward a buyer’s market. Although this scenario is trending toward a buyer’s market, it is not significant enough to indicate that change.

The sales price per square foot is a good indicator for the direction of property values. September 2013 selling price per square foot was up .7 percent to $144 from $143 last month, and up from $127 in September of last year.

The last indicator of the market is inventory, which includes existing listings and new listings. Currently the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) shows 175 new listings for September 2013, up 2.9 percent compared to 170 last month and up 11.5 percent from September of last year. Listings hit a high of 745 listings in October of 2010, when it was definitely a buyer’s market.

Inventory continues to grow slowly. Sellers whose homes are priced well are selling in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, interest rates continue to hover between 4.00 percent and 4.25 percent. These trends continue to be positive and indicate a healthy market for both buyers and sellers in the Ahwatukee and Foothills areas.

• Linda Berg is branch manager and designated real estate agent for the Ahwatukee/Tempe office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She has been a Realtor since 1978 and past-president of the Southeast Valley Association of Realtors. Reach her at (480) 753-3122 or www.azmoves.com/Linda.Berg.

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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