Phoenix lands at No. 25 on Urban Land Institute’s latest real estate report









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Nov 8, 2013, 2:14pm MST Kristena Hansen Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal

The Urban Land Institute has published itsannual Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report, and metro Phoenix didn’t make the cut in its ranking of the top 10 real estate markets.

In fact, the Valley landed smack in the middle at No. 25, an eight-spot jump from ULI’s 2013 list. The rankings are determined by survey responses from real estate experts and leaders.

Respondents felt local real estate investment would be better in 2014, but it was the improved outlooks for development — which moved from “modestly poor” to “fair” — and home building — which moved from “modestly poor” to “modestly good” — that bumped Phoenix’s overall ranking, the report said.

ULI also noted that Phoenix’s expected 2.4 percent rise in population next year — one of the biggest increases in the nation — would boost its real estate recovery.

Still, No. 25 out of 51 may be surprising to some.

Just this week, the Valley learned it had landed a glass manufacturing operation for Apple Inc. at the former First Solar facility in Mesa, which will generate about 2,000 jobs and elevate the region from an overall economic standpoint.

Earlier this year, State Farm Insurance announced it was spending $600 million to erect a 2 million-square-foot regional headquarters along Tempe Town Lake, the largest office development in Arizona history that will create thousands of jobs for the area.

Then there’s the housing market, which was among the hardest hit during the crisis and has been making a rapid recovery since 2012.

The median Valley home price was up 33 percent year-over-year to $199,000 and foreclosures, which once flooded the market, dropped a staggering 63 percent during the same period, according to the latest Arizona State University housing report this week.

Here’s ULI’s list of the top 10 real estate markets 2014:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Houston
  3. San Jose, Calif.
  4. New York City
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth
  6. Seattle
  7. Austin
  8. Miami
  9. Boston
  10. Orange County

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