This is an interesting post. This is one of my primary investing area’s so I know this market pretty well.
Arizona is one of the four hardest hit states for real estate losses and foreclosures, along with California, Nevada and Florida.
When you talk about Phoenix because it is a rather spread out metropolitan area investors may seek properties closer to there home, either newer properties with lighter rehab or older properties needing extensive remodel.
The key thing right now for investors is we have a huge number of properties to choose from, not implying that are market is exclusively investors but since “End User” Family buyers are seeking some of the same properties there is certainly a diverse group of buyers.
Of the 40,000 foreclosures last year in Phoenix, roughly 30,000 of them were sold by the lender as an REO. The balance of these properties are being sold by auction. The REDC is the largest auction company handling the largest number of properties in Phoenix, but not the only one.
This large auction inventory has helped create a large number of “Corporate Wholesalers” who buy extremely large quantities of properties and turn them to investors for a small immediate profit.
Some of these companies are turning a thousand properties in a year. Some average five per day seven days a week, in all shapes, ages, styles and sizes and these “Corporate Wholesalers” offer immediate Hard Money and as quick as 48 hour closings.
You can’t beat that with a stick!
We buy and flip properties and are capable of doing between 30 and 50 a year or more, we are good at what we do and we produce from junk properties pristine homes with attention to detail.
If I knew exactly what we look for I could communicate it in words, but things change here almost daily, one area can be great and become less desireable in 3 or 4 months. Another bad area may become desireable because of changes in the economic climate.
Holding for rentals or flipping is the most popular investment avenues in Phoenix right now, but that could change by tomorrow!