What's Up Southeast Valley? January 2022
Month of January
Welcome back to our What's Up Southeast Valley for the month of January! Happy New Year!
The real estate market is changing with each moment and we're finding new ways to connect with you, our community and local small businesses throughout it all! Welcome to Fall in Arizona, we are so excited to be on this journey with you!
We LOVE our clients, community, local businesses, giving back and serving YOU. Let's have an incredible month together!
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Women in Leadership Breakfast
Friday, March 4th at 9:00 am
Save the date for our next Women in Leadership Breakfast Event with our special guest - Carla Reeves!
During this session I’ll be talking about:
Mindset Coaching for Leaders
Stop running like crazy and
start living with intention!
RSVP today to this FREE event!
Women Empowered - Professional Development Luncheon
Tuesday, January 25th at 11:00 am
Join us for our Women Empowered Professional Development Luncheon: Leading By Example!
Hear from keynote speaker Jenn Daniels along with other local women who have overcome hurt and pain, hardships and negative self-talk.
These local leaders are here to debunk the picture perfect façade and talk about the importance of being vulnerable and sharing their stories. You will gain knowledge on the power of positivity...The power of random acts of kindness…The power of Leading By Example. Actions speak louder than words. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
VENDOR BOOTHS AVAILABLE!
($300) Vendors receive ONE admission to event one 6ft draped table and chairs.
Register at: https://bit.ly/3f9fRJO
Presented by Mercedes-Benz Gilbert and Phoenix Children's.
Also sponsored by All About You Placement, Amy Jones Real Estate Group, Deloitte, Meadow's Bank, Colair Beauty Lounge & Med Spa, Traction Point, Employee Benefit Exchange Corp., FASTSIGNS of Gilbert and Meritum Credit Card Processing.
Ways to Get Involved in The Community
ASA Now - Volunteers Needed
At ASA now and Jacob’s Mission Community Center in Mesa we have created daily opportunities for our community to make a real impact in the lives of our most vulnerable population.
Within each one of you lies the potential to curve the statistics that foster children face. You can change the future of one of the 14,000 children that are currently in foster care.
The founders of ASA Now are three foster adopt mamas with a dream to change the grim statistics foster children face. Below are a few of those statistics.
Two out of three foster children end up dead, homeless or in jail within a year of aging out.
Girls in Foster Care Pregnant by 19 - 50%
Former Foster Kids in U.S. Prison - 74%
Incarcerated within 2 years of "Age Out" - 50%
Former Foster Youth on Death Row - 80%
Number of Foster Kids that graduate college - 1-3%
Number of Foster Kids that graduate high school - 33%
*45 minutes of your time once a week can change the trajectory of a child’s life.
By providing after school tutoring, extra curricular activities (dance, guitar, art, cooking, etc.), life skills and mentorship YOU can help a child impacted by foster care thrive.
Our services are provided by an army of youth and adult Angel volunteers from our community who want to make a lasting impact on a child’s life. Sign up today to volunteer for our after school program. Below are the service opportunities that need to be filled.
Our Spring semester starts Tuesday January 18th and ends Friday May 6th. We require volunteers over the age of 18 to pass a background check, attend an orientation and trauma training prior to volunteering. We will provide this free training.
Tuesday volunteers needed
Tutoring 4 pm - 2 volunteers
Tutoring 5 pm - 3 volunteers
Tutoring 6 pm - 2 volunteers
Basketball 4 pm - 2 volunteers
Sewing 5 pm - 1 volunteer
Dance 6 pm - 1 volunteer
Wednesday volunteers needed
Tutoring 4 pm - 3 volunteers
Karate 6 pm - 1 volunteer
Thursday Volunteers needed
Musical Theater 4 pm - 1 or 2 volunteers
*Mentors (we work with your schedule)
After School Link: :
Other Service (Food Distribution, Parents’ Night Out, Family Socials, Fill immediate Needs, Birthday Requests and more:
Jacob’s Mission Community Center
7830 E. University Dr.
Mesa AZ 85207
Our Team Around Town
This month has been full of fun as we stepped out, stepped up, and stepped into the lives of our community! From Women in Leadership events, to the House of Refuge volunteer day, buyer's walk throughs and more - Check out all of the fun and follow us on SOCIAL!
The Amy Jones Group is RAPIDLY growing! We are hiring Real Estate Sales Professionals for our Gilbert office. On pace to serve more than 165 families in 2021 alone, we are looking for EXPERIENCED agents to join our Southeast Valley team. Known for our excellent client care, exceptional negotiation skills, world class digital marketing, and being trusted advisors in the SE Valley for more than a decade - we are looking for hard working, ethical, creative, real estate professionals who love to learn and thrive in a team environment, where giving back and giving to each other is important to our overall success. For more information on who we are and how to apply, visit https://www.amyjonesgroup.com/careers or send your resume to [email protected]!
If you haven’t seen the memes about what New Year’s Eve looked like going into 2020 versus 2022, do yourself a favor and look them up. It’s a somewhat comedic reminder about how much we’ve been through as a community over the last couple of years. With COVID cases on the rise again, we are cautiously optimistic that with some experience under our belt, we are geared up and ready to take on 2022 with a new attitude. If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t predict the future, life is short, and where there is opportunity to help our community, we should all dig in.
The housing marketing has also provided its fair share of memes over the last two years. With record breaking appreciation rates, historically low interest rates, and a break-neck pace - the world of real estate appears to have been just as unpredictable as the headliners we’ve seen scrolling across our TV screens for the last 24 months. In that time, our average home price has risen from $364,646 to $532,675, appreciation has risen from an average of 9.6% annually to 26.0% annually, and we’ve gone from having 12,494 active listings to just 5,930 active listings - neither of which are enough to sustain the growing interest in the Valley. With just 45 days of inventory 2 years ago to 16 days of inventory today - we would need at least 5 times the amount of inventory to be in balance.
Keeping an eye on the numbers over the next few weeks is going to be easy - we don’t expect to see much change as many people are distracted by mistletoe, candy canes, and champagne toasts but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good time to try to snag your piece of the real estate pie. The holidays are bustling but buying a home during the holidays doesn’t mean you are MOVING during the holidays, in fact many of our sellers selling this time of year have negotiated 30-90 day lease backs to help them SELL now and STAY in their home until after the new year.
So what does that mean for the coming year? We are currently sitting with about 1000 less listings valley-wide than we had last year and we all know what that did to our appreciation rates come the spring time. We’ve already started to see listings with multiple offers the first weekend on the market, the return of lease backs and other concessions for sellers making it easier for them to navigate the low inventory market on the purchase side, and with rental rates currently outpacing the resale market - we can expect renting to become less and less desirable of an option which will continue to drive demand on the buy side. Interestingly enough, we saw about 1000 more listings sell in the last 30 day period than we did in the same time frame two years ago, and that’s with less than half the inventory telling us that while we’ve got a deficit of inventory, we’ve also got a healthy amount of demand for the houses that we have available.
Interest rates continue to be a variable for 2022 with many analysts predicting a modest 1% increase by year’s end meaning that while still very low compared to historical averages, home prices will continue to go up while they’ll also become more expensive to buy by the end of the year, if not sooner. This sense of urgency and also the idea that there isn’t another shoe to be waiting for to drop, is in part what is driving the increased demand headed into 2022. What will follow will likely be our typical surge in contracts as our peak selling season, when most buyers AND sellers are coming to the market, kicks off and comes to a close when it gets a little too hot to walk around to open houses.
New construction will continue to be a viable option, especially for our renters looking to transition out of a variable monthly payment into a secure mortgage and some time left on their lease to accommodate the average 10-14 month build time that most builders are averaging. Supply chain issues and labor shortages impeded their ability to keep up with demand over the last two years but we are starting to see some lot availability, some flexibility in interest lists and lotteries - each community is going to be different and having a specialist to help guide you through the intricacies of purchasing new construction can make that dream a reality.
One thing is certain, national housing experts continue to highlight suburban cities that are amenity rich as one of the fastest growing segments of our market. To see how this prediction could help your family in 2022, reach out to us today!
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