The Cromford Report

Greater Phoenix - Residential Resale


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is owned and produced by Cromford Associates LLC, an Arizona limited liability company managed by Mike Orr and based in Mesa AZ.

Mike holds a masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in England and spent 31 years in the computer industry, working for IBM, Amdahl, Splash Technology and the Santa Cruz Operation. In his most recent positions he was President of Tarantella and CEO of Mobilearia.

He first started investing in real estate in 1976 and left the computer industry to focus on real estate in 2002.


The Cromford® Report provides detailed information to track the history and current status of the Greater Phoenix residential resale market and offers unique insight into its future direction.

Updated daily and usually published online within a few hours, this site is intended for anyone interested in the state of the market and how it affects their investments and livelihood. Our goal is to present data that is timely, informative and easy to understand - data not available anywhere else in this level of detail or immediacy.

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  1. July 11 - July is vacation time for many people and Mike is spending a long time away from Arizona between July 12 and August 2. He will be in remote contact by email but if you need urgent help please contacting Tina Tamboer on 480-250-0587 or by email at We hope to maintain normal service but please be patient if a few items take a little longer than usual to be updated. Thank you!
  2. June 22 - Mike Orr is away on vacation from June 22 to 29 and some charts will not be updated quite as quickly as usual. Please contact Tina Tamboer ( 480-250-0587 if you need assistance.
  3. May 28 - Cave Creek and Fountain Hills have now had their Cromford® Market Index recalibrated. Our next target is Sun City.
  4. May 14 - We have recalibrated the Cromford® Market Index for Paradise Valley, which made a considerable difference. The increased use by agents of UCB instead of Pending status requires this recalibration. This usage caused supply to be over-stated while demand was being under-stated. We will continue to recalibrate the secondary cities one by one - the next target is Cave Creek. We completed Maricopa and Buckeye some time ago and all the major cities are now recalibrated. The secondary city dashboard reflects the new recalibrated index values for the cities Buckeye, Maricopa and Paradise Valley. The recalibrated index is also shown in the weekly CMI chart by city, but only for those cities that have been recalibrated. The snapshots for Buckeye, Maricopa and Paradise Valley now reflect the recalibrated index.
  5. May 5 - Another education class will be held at 9 a.m. on May 19 at SAAR in Scottsdale. For more details and to register please click here.
  6. February 28 - The overall Cromford® Market Index has been re-calibrated as discussed in the Daily Observations of February 27. This takes into account the changing nature and usage of UCB for normal listings over the last 4 years. We recognize that an increasing proportion of the demand has been disguised as supply by the growing use of UCB status instead of Pending status. We plan to update the CMI for Major Cities next, followed by Secondary Cities in due course.
  7. February 19 - We have enhanced the Major City Snapshots to include the following statistics:
    • the number of UCB listings
    • the number of Active Listings excluding UCB
    • the number of Listings Under Contract (Pending or UCB)
    • the annual growth in Active Listings excluding UCB
    • the annual growth in Listings Under Contract

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Market Statistic
Annual Growth in Pending Listings -42.9% record low 1/18/14

These are based on the current millennium (2001 onwards). The figures shown are for the entire ARMLS area and all dwelling types are included. For-sale-by-owner, auctions and other non-MLS transactions are not included. For more detailed information on record highs and lows please see the Extremes section.

The Cromford® Report is designed to help you answer your questions about the Greater Phoenix residential real estate market. For example:

  • How does today's market compare with the same time last year?
  • Which price range is selling fastest over the last month?
  • In which city are REO buyers most active right now?
  • Which is the cheapest area to buy a resale home?
  • How long is it taking to sell a home in my ZIP code?
  • What is the balance of supply and demand for resale homes in my city?
  • What proportion of homes for sale are short sales or pre-foreclosures?
  • Where are prices changing fastest?
  • What percentage of listings are finding a buyer before they are canceled or expire?
  • Are today's list prices realistic compared with achieved sales prices?

You can find tools to help you answer all the above questions, and many more, within the Cromford® Report web-site.