Facts about Phoenix

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Recently, I had the good fortune to attend a very good continuing education course.  The instructor is one who is held in high regard.  As a former high school teacher, he acquired a real estate school, sold it, and is now teaching at ASU.  Just mention his name and you'll see an endearing nod of appreciation for this beloved instructor.  

 

His class this time was on Legal Issues.  I wondered what golden nuggets he would offer to entice students in his class.  Well, he didn't disappoint.  Here's a running list of noteworthy tidbits. 

 

Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the US.

 

The growth rate of this county is currently 14% annually.  

 

The unemployment rate is 4.2% as of November in Arizona.  

 

Arizona's median income is $56,000.

 

Homeownership rate in Arizona is 65%.

 

Arizona land ownership:         43% owned by the government

                                                    26% owned by reservations

                                                    19% privately owned

                                                    12% is State Trust land (9 million acres) 

 

Arizona State Trust land  benefits the municipalities and schools when it's sold.  But it's only sold as a carryback with no personal guarantee by the city. 

 

A bill will be introduced in January concerning Air BnB's - watch for it. 

 

 

Arizona Water continues to be a topic of discussion.  Where does our water come from?  32% is from the Central Arizona Project (CAP), Colorado River; 43% is groundwater; 21% from surface water; and 4% is effluent - recycled waste water for golf courses.  

 

Arizona is a Blockchain friendly state!  The Greater Phoenix Economic Council has made great strides in introducing software for Blockchain technology.  

 

Due to Arizona's increase in population, we expect to receive more electrocal votes; currently Arizona has eleven electoral votes.

 

Our largest employer companies are now Banner Health, followed by Walmart and Kroger.  

 

Our median sales price in the Phoenix Metro area is $263,000, making us one of the most affordable places to live.  Our property taxes are approximately 1% of the purchase price of a home; considered very low as compared to Eastern states.  Our sales tax in Phoenix is 8.6%, but varies by city around the State. 

 

If you're looking to relocate to Arizona and purchase a home, give me a call to answer questions and receive more facts and data!  

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Yes Grant Schneider interesting facts.  I was surprised as well.  This same instructor has a heck of a Fair Housing class and at the end he plays a video that includes the video above of our Official State Song.  It's a tear jerker really!   Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Dec 19, 2018 07:26 AM #6
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I had no idea that nearly 1/2 of the land in AZ is owned by the government, Jan! Interesting and curious statistic! Love the video too.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Dec 20, 2018 09:38 PM #7
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Joan Cox
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Jan, it is nice to know these stats for Phoenix, and think many Cities are looking at changing the laws about AirBnBs.

Dec 21, 2018 06:37 AM #8
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Jan Green
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Thanks for stopping by Joan Cox !  Yes, I'm sure there are others who are making changes to protect the hotel industry and those tax dollars!

Dec 21, 2018 07:12 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
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I figured these statistics would be of interest to those that don't know Arizona Debe Maxwell, CRS !  Our National Forests are owned by the government, so think Grand Canyon!  This is a very unique state with desert, mesas, national forests, and San Francisco Peak is over 10,000 feet high with ski slopes!  Thank you for commenting.  Have a wonderful holiday season!  

Dec 21, 2018 07:31 AM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Mmm...welcome the sunshine and economic growth...sounds like a winning combination !

Dec 22, 2018 05:15 AM #11
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Jan Green
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Yes it is Sally K. & David L. Hanson !  Thank you for commenting and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Dec 22, 2018 10:55 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

These are very interesting statistics. I had no idea that only 19% of the land in your state is privately owned.

Dec 23, 2018 07:32 AM #13
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Jan... a great list of facts about Phoenix. I've always been very partial to the city and have very good friends who live there.

Dec 25, 2018 06:40 AM #14
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Jan Green
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Thank you for commenting Roy Kelley !  Yes, Arizona is an interesting state - with 5 climate zones.  From the San Francisco Peaks to the low desert!  Have a wonderful Holiday season :)

Dec 25, 2018 07:43 PM #15
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Jan Green
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Then you must know Phoenix better than the average out of state folks Nina Hollander '!  Let us all know if you ever make it to Phoenix and we'll have a Meetup :)

Dec 25, 2018 07:44 PM #16
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Nina Hollander
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I'll do that, Jan. The last time I was in Phoenix I had lunch with Brian England. But you were not quite on my "radar" at that point so I didn't know to call. Our grandson was the housekeeping manager for the Biltmore and we were visiting him there. Since then, he's transferred to Denver to be closer to home.

Dec 26, 2018 04:51 AM #17
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Jan Green
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The Biltmore is such an interesting place! I'm sure you had a great time while you were here.  Denver is a nice place to be and I bet you appreciate him being closer.  Let me know if you ever return and I'll round up the troops, including Brian Nina Hollander !  

Dec 26, 2018 08:29 AM #18
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Nina Hollander
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Jan Green hi Jan... don't really know if Denver is actually closer to Charlotte than Phoenix. I'd rather go to Phoenix, myself!  But when/if I'm back in Phoenix, will definitely let you know. There are others in AZ whom I've gotten to know here in the Rain whom I'd love to meet up with.

Dec 26, 2018 08:35 AM #19
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Really enjoyed reading your post, Jan Green ... as my wife and I love the Phoenix area, but it's been a while since we visited.  (Hopefully, we correct that soon!)

Being a huge golf fan, I was especially taken by the percentage of water used/recycled by courses in the Phoenix area.  I see big changes to course design for conservation reasons in the future?

Keep the great info coming,

Gene

Dec 28, 2018 10:00 AM #20
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Jan Green
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Thank you for commenting Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi !  I can understand why you love it here - we receive a LOT of Illinois visitors here for Spring training Cubs games.  The new Cubs spring training field is a good one!  It's always packed and easy to get to.   There are many golf courses being converted to housing.  One such development by Maracay Homes will be a LEED Neighborhood, so exciting stuff.   There are many ideas floating around for even better water conservation.  Will be interesting to see what happens next.  Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 28, 2018 11:51 AM #21
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Hi Jan

Well it sounds like you learned a few things about Phoenix...I sure did. I'm due for a trip, it's been a couple of years!!

Jeff

Dec 28, 2018 04:12 PM #22
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Jan - congratulations to AZ.  I know you are a piece of that success.  I hope you have an awesome 2019.

Dec 29, 2018 07:19 AM #23
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Jeff Dowler, CRS yes it's always interesting and I know I'll learn new tidbits from Bill Gray!  He's an excellent instructor and business man.  Since he teaches at ASU I'm sure he's much beloved there,too! 

I think you're due for a visit!  

 

 

Dec 29, 2018 02:30 PM #24
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Jan Green
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You're too kind Grant Schneider !  Arizona is a great place to live.  After living in 3 other states, I can attest.  

Dec 29, 2018 02:31 PM #25
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