Why Phoenix's Housing Recovery Is Bad News for Some

As one of the cities most effected by the housing crash, one would think the recovery of Phoenix's real estate market would be cause for widespread celebration. But a confluence of factors is making it hard for many to find a place to live.
October 12, 2013, 9am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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“'It’s hard to find a lot of fault with the recovery in Phoenix,' said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac, a California company that tracks housing sales, reciting a list of positive indicators, like the area’s shrinking inventory of foreclosures, its healthy population growth and the steady decline in the number of homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their property is worth."

"But those changes have brought a whole new set of challenges," reports Fernanda Santos.

"Developers, discouraged by the high price of land and a shortage of construction workers, who left for greener pastures during the crash, are reluctant to build starter homes, the type most in demand. Prospective sellers are waiting to see if surging values will keep on climbing before they list their properties. Meantime, prospective buyers, including many newcomers drawn by new jobs in the state, are having a hard time finding a place to live."

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Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in The New York Times
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