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Are Rents Becoming Unaffordable?

Are Rents Becoming Unaffordable?

Metro Phoenix area apartment rent increases lead the nation, rising 7.4% over the past year. Almost every Valley of the Sun city beat the national 3% increase, with the city of Surprise leading the way with a remarkable 16% rent hike. Luxury complexes are still being...

Do You Want a Pool?

Do You Want a Pool?

Back in the 1970-80s, about 40% of new homes in the Phoenix metro area were built with pools. As of 2014, only 6% were. And some owners of older homes are removing existing pools. Reasons given are safety, the burden and cost of ongoing maintenance, and the energy...

Why Do Homeowners Downsize?

Why Do Homeowners Downsize?

Homes.com surveyed 1,000 individuals who had downsized their homes. The survey found the most cited reason for Baby Boomers to size down was because their previous space was too large. For younger generations, the reason was simple. Almost 80% of Millennials and 65%...

Animals Deserve Medals Too.

Animals Deserve Medals Too.

Did you know a medal can be awarded to animals that have distinguished themselves in battle? The Dickin Medal is the top award for animal military valor. Since its establishment in 1943, almost half the recipients of the Dickin Medal have been dogs, including Bing, a...

Who’s Not on the Move?

Who’s Not on the Move?

In my last blog, Who is on the Move? I wrote about the most mobile generation last year - Baby Boomers. Who are staying put? Millennials, and those in the early 20's. But they are not alone as only 9.8% of all U.S. residents changed their address in 2019. This was the...

Who is on the Move?

Who is on the Move?

Which generation switched states more than any other in 2019? Baby Boomers. their number 1 reason for moving is because they are downsizing according to a Homes.com study. Probably a lot of them moved to places with nicer climates - like Arizona.