Remember the advice given by previous generations, “the best investment is real estate”? Most people assume that investing in real estate is just for the wealthy crowd. But actually, when you buy a home, you are making an investment in the real estate market, just on a smaller scale.
Like most investments, you want to find a home that will appreciate in value – there’s no better place to find property that will appreciate than Phoenix. Phoenix and its surrounding communities have shown consistent levels of appreciation since the late 1980s. In the 80s and 90s, appreciation levels were like most of the country, slow but consistent. But the turn of the century brought a new appreciation level for Phoenix, home values began to increase at record levels.
The prices of homes in Phoenix are increasing as a result of a steady demand for homes. People are relocating to Phoenix to take advantage job opportunities, or the year round sunshine. Some people are moving to Phoenix because it’s one of the last affordable metropolitan areas of the country. This demand has contributed to Phoenix’s record appreciation in the last five years.
So what does that mean for the average home buyer in the Phoenix area? The good news for home owners is that their property value is going through the roof. This increase in value affords home owners several options – the can hold onto their property and let it continue to increase, they can sell their home and move up to home they otherwise couldn’t have afforded, or they can take money out of the equity in their home and use it for other purposes – investments, remodeling, financial stability, etc.
But the opportunity to take advantage of appreciating real estate prices hasn’t passed. New buyers can purchase a home in Phoenix and still expect to enjoy the benefits of real estate appreciation. Economic conditions in Phoenix indicate a continued level of prosperity in Phoenix – more and more companies are relocating to Phoenix to take advantage of a competitive and well-educated labor force. This growth in the greater Phoenix area leads to a steady housing demand, and appreciating home values.
Once again, it seems that the advice of previous generations was smart – buying your own home is a great investment. With real estate appreciation, you can invest in your future and enjoy the benefits for years to come.
Go to www.central-arizona-homes.com and get a free copy of Jeff Nelson’s 2005 Housing Appreciation Report. A 10-page report with data analyzing the housing appreciation throughout Maricopa County.