I realize that the 3 areas that you are interested in are generally in the same area, but each market is very independant of the other and should be researched separately. I would recommend speaking with an agent who is either knowledgeable in EACH of these markets or 3 different agents who are experts in each market respectively. I myself reside in North Phoenix and have sold many homes in the area. There are many factors to consider when determining an offering price in today's market; some of those being days on market, recent sold and pending sales (actives are not realistic comps in today's market), percentage of sold price vs. list price, just to name a few. My advice-look at bank owned homes and don't waste your time with short sales. The banks are very motivated to get rid of their inventory and become more and more flexible on price as days on market increases. Many short sales are falling through as the banks do not have the manpower to handle them after they laid off so much of their staff following the subprime crisis. The success rate is very low and the list price can be very misleading, as many of these agents selling the homes have no idea what the bank will accept. If you would like a list of bank owned homes in these areas I would be happy to send you the current inventory in each of these areas.