I make Simple MLS Charts because the data should be easy to understand.
The chart below is how Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) sums up the monthly sales activity over the last 10 years:
Ouch. That chart hurts my eyes. And it gives me a headache.
Here is a chart I published last month, using almost the exact same data set:
Much easier to understand, right?
It's nice when you can see the trend, over time or for a particular year, without having to get out your old decoder ring (or crayola box) to figure out which color is which!
There have been almost 1.5 million homes sold in Maricopa County so far this century. That's a lot of sales, which we can then analyze in hundreds of ways, coming up with thousands of stats, factoids, and sound bites - in as much nitty-gritty detail as you could ever imagine.
I vote for keeping it simple.
- Chris Butterworth
* Numbers represent single-family detached homes only. Information is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed.
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