Sunday, July 25, 2021

How is the rental market in Arizona? There is a silver lining in the market, take advantage of it.

By Payam Raouf
Owner/Designated Broker



There is no excuse for not making money hand over fist these days in real estate. You listened to all naysayers on Youtube and now you are on this page!


Welcome! Since 2008, when I first started this blog, and 120,000 readers later, I have been able to predict what is coming next at least 6 months in advance. 

Except this time it is a no brainer. Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. There are some indicators that the market is going to make a short term ADJUSTMENT or at least go sideways for a very short time ( The silver lining in the market you have been waiting for) until everyone gets used to the NEW NORMAL.


Ok, let’s see: How come I see on most of rental applications the incomes have almost doubled in the last 10 years?


Remember a time not too long ago in 2011 when you could buy a house for 150K in Phoenix Metro? Now, it’s practically $400K. Imagine if this house becomes $800K in 10 years’ time. What’s wrong with that?! Then, you were making $3,000 a month. Now you are making $6,000 and in 10 more years maybe $12,000? Hyperinflexion is here to stay.

An older friend of mine said he used to own a house in Hollywood Hills that he paid $25,000 for 50 years ago and now it’s well over $2 million. Ask your grandparents, they’ll tell you.


In the last 5000 years rates have never been so low!!! Home prices are off the chart. It seems as if banks don’t care about the appraisal anymore. Then why should you?


Rents have gone up so high. I couldn’t believe when I heard a landlord asked us to raise the rent $1,000 a month, the tenant said, they would do $750 if the landlord agrees to renew it for two more years!!! An eighty year old man asked if we could only raise his rent $250 a month or he has to move in with the kids, a great tenant and a greeat Landlord, they agreed on $125. Every renter knows what I am talking about and seem to have no problem with the substantial rent increases. 


Either buy or rent, you have to roll with the punches. Make lemonade out of lemons as they say. Get up and go to work. Try to catch the train at the next station and if you are thinking the train is backing up to get you, dream on. Home prices are NOT going down like they did in 2010.


Another thing I am noticing on rental applications are more and more people are going into business for themselves, having a 9-5 job for the benefits and driving Uber or streaming videos on the side. Almost the whole country is back on selling something. How many calls do you get a day or are you making yourself to buy or sell something? Who are the losers? We all know. If ALL you are counting on is waiting for the stimulus check and government handouts to arrive stay where you are, this is a blog is not for you. Yes, There are some people that need the stimulus money like some elderly, single parents, sick and handicap to make the ends meet, the rest are free loaders if you ask me. Some don’t deny it either. “It’s free money and the landlord can wait for his rent” one tenant applying for rental assistance told me to my face in my office. He lived in a gated community in Scottsdale, drove a $125,000 BMW and got in excess of $20,000 in rental assistance. He has gone to lives in Newport Beach. 


Listen folks, I could have, should have, would have doesn’t work and never did. Set your goal to become a homeowner. Don’t let the institutional investors scare you off. Take advantage of the times. There is a silver lining in the market. It is short lived. JUST DO IT, Go house hunting today. Because, IF IT IS MEANT TO BE, IT’S UP TO ME. 

And if you are a real estate investor, you already doing it. Best wishes to you all. 

Please do your own due diligent. I don't have a crystal ball. Please leave your comments below. 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

What else is possible? Is Real Estate market going up or down in Phoenix Metro?

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Payam H. Raouf
President/Designated Broker

What else is possible?

Not much these days except sitting, hoping, watching the market and seeing your buying power go to hell!

Last I spoke with an agent in Las Vegas, there were less than 1000 single family homes for sale, here in Phoenix Metro less than 4000 and in Houston TX and  Charlotte, NC,  a similar story. 

You market a $300,000 house, it sells for $325000, and by the time it closes in 30 days, you’d be lucky to find one like it for less than $350,000.

Everyone is sitting put.

Institutional investors are buying whatever pops up at any price, one in particular I researched, bought 1600 plus homes, paid cash at asking price or above since the pandemic began in March 2020 until the end of the year driving the prices up through the roof.

Renters are sitting put literally taken hostage by the situation. They pay whatever it takes to renew their leases. No one is moving out except the ones that are getting lucky enough to buying a pocket listing or the rug is being pulled off from underneath their feet by the landlord selling.

You get the picture?

Nowadays cash is a liability and mortgage is an asset. So, get used to it. No one is asking what the cash-on-cash return is, everyone wants to dump their cash into something, what else better than into Real Estate?

If this trend continues which it seems it is going to for the next 3 years, the house you put on the market for the $300,000 now may be $600,000 by then. That’s at least what everyone I ask to sell their house tells me. 

Some think there will be a hiccup somewhere ahead but when, who knows, and if so, demand is so high right now that it doesn’t really matter? No one has a crystal ball. We are at the mercy of the global market specially China. 

Here we go. Have you heard of 40, 45 even 50-year mortgages? Now you did and remember where you did, right here. As an idea take for example:

Borrow $300,000 at 5% for 30 years you pay $1600 P&I

Borrow $500,000 at 2.5% for 40 years you pay $1600 P&I

Borrow $600,000 at 1.75% for 40 years you pay $1600 P&I

 $15 an hour is not going to cut it. We cannot buy, China cannot grow, as long as they keep buying our papers (inflated notes), fed is going to print more money and keep the rates low.

Have you looked at the cost of labor and material lately?  A 4x8-foot sheet of construction-grade plywood used to cost $10 a sheet. Have you been to Home Depot lately? How about $45. Labor cost, do not even go there, try to call a plumber or a handyman. Good luck finding one.

At least this is what I see in the trenches for now. Each market holds its own. Here in Arizona, we went from being a red to a blue state in this election that’s why all those from California, Washington, New York and Chicago are moving here. To them our prices are low comparing to where they come from driving rent and home prices up. 

Jobs here are plenty. Big boxes, distribution centers, factories are opening up everywhere. Big industry from Microsoft to Amazon  are here to stay. For the last four years, Chief Executive Magazine has ranked Arizona in the top ten best states for business.

I am not hyping it. I have been guilty of sitting on the side line myself to see how this election went but It’s time to start actively looking for a deal that makes sense. Not chasing the price but location, future potential and, if lucky, make $10 on your $5 scratcher after losing 2 or 3 times in a row.

And if you come up with a new invention 2 o’clock in the morning wondering what to do with your money, google it before you rush to buy the domain. Chances are it already exist.   

We know property management and investment market down here in Phoenix Metro. When you are ready to park your investment with us and let us handle all aspects of your rental management, give us a call. We have a proven track record, bar none. Here is the number. 888-777-6664. We are ready when you are. 

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How is the rental market in Arizona? There is a silver lining in the market, take advantage of it.

By Payam Raouf Owner/Designated Broker IF IT IS MEANT TO BE, IT’S UP TO ME. JUST DO IT.   There is no excuse for not making money hand over ...