Southwest Regional Intelligence

Here you will find all of our articles with topics that cover the Southwest Region.

5 Reasons to Be Positive on Phoenix

In preparation for our company’s keynote speech at the Land and Housing Forecast in Phoenix this week, it became clear to me that Phoenix is positioned for huge growth. Five of the main demographic trends noted in the book Big Shifts …

Phoenix Housing Market Recovery Well Underway

After experiencing a disappointing 2014, the Phoenix new home market steadily improved throughout 2015—and the positive momentum has carried into this year. Buyer demand increased sharply over the past year and a half, with builders experiencing rising net sales per …

Phoenix New Homes Ready for a Downsize

With a median household income of only $53,600 per year, many prospective Phoenix home buyers cannot qualify for a mortgage in excess of $200K, even with low mortgage rates and an FHA loan limit of $271,000. At a median new …

Denver Housing Is Mile High

Denver ranks near the top of the 70 housing markets we rate each quarter. Prices have risen 12% in the last year, finally reaching historical averages. We are including some highlights from our monthly subscription reports as well as some anecdotes we …

Sales Oases in the Desert

Three Las Vegas Masterplans Command Premiums for Place Making Even as the housing recession all but incinerated the Las Vegas market, three well located, designed, and marketed master-planned communities remained relatively unscorched and are still among the John Burns Real …

Las Vegas Is A Great Bet Today

In Las Vegas today, home sales are strong and prices are appreciating. Strong Sales: In our proprietary Housing From the Frontlines™ builder survey, every builder sold at least four homes per community in a recent month. Rising Prices: In our …

Phoenix is Rising

The Phoenix housing market is on fire, driven by strong economic growth, once in a generation affordability levels, and a surge in investment activity that far surpasses the levels during the housing boom. Once considered to be at ground zero …

Western Rental Markets Pick Up

Our rental forecast calls for solid rent growth in the U.S. over the next five years. Western markets such as Seattle, San Jose/San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego, which generally have high barriers to entry and above average income …

Canadians Outpace California Buyers in Maricopa County

Canadian home buyers have been taking advantage of their increased purchasing power in the warm-weather Phoenix market. The percentage of Canadian home buyers in Maricopa County has been on the rise since 2007 and now account for a larger sales …

Owning is Less Expensive Than Renting in Phoenix

Phoenix is the most unique market in the country right now. Any renter with a stable job and the desire to become a homeowner and live in Phoenix for a long time should be buying a home right now because …