Real Estate

Phoenix provides funding but won't stop mobile home park demolition

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to spend $2.5 million to assist residents of three mobile home parks in finding new housing but stopped short of supporting a controversial zoning move that might have allowed residents to stay.

  • The parks are scheduled to close in the next two months to be redeveloped. Residents will be evicted if they don't move willingly.

New apartments in Phoenix are getting smaller

Data: RentCafe analysis of Yardi Matrix data; Note: Analysis includes U.S. metro areas (defined by Yardi Matrix market boundaries) with the most apartments located in multi-family buildings of 50 units or more; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Phoenix apartments are getting smaller, following a national trend toward tinier living spaces, Axios' Sami Sparber and Kavya Beheraj report.

Why it matters: Apartment sizes are shrinking locally and nationwide, a reversal in the rental market that saw units grow during the early part of the work-from-home era.

Jessica Boehm
Mar 17, 2023 - News

Phoenix wants to protect mobile home park residents from eviction

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Three Phoenix mobile home parks are expected to close in the next two months to be redeveloped into pricier housing projects, impacting more than 120 families.

State of play: Some Phoenix council members are trying to force park owners to keep them open, but they're likely to hit several political and legal hurdles.

Jeremy Duda
Mar 14, 2023 - Politics

Affordability, local control concerns doom housing bill in AZ Senate

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Legislation that would limit cities' ability to restrict housing died a bipartisan death in the Senate Monday, despite changes the sponsor hoped would alleviate critics' concerns.

Driving the news: Nearly half of the Republican caucus and all but one Democrat opposed Senate Bill 1117, which failed 9-20.

Metro Phoenix eviction writs spiked above pre-pandemic levels

Data: Maricopa County Justice Courts; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Maricopa County Justice Courts; Chart: Axios Visuals

More renters were removed from apartments and rental homes through the eviction process last year than before the pandemic, according to new data from the Maricopa County Justice Courts.

State of play: Landlords filed roughly the same number of evictions in 2022 as 2019, the most recent year not impacted by pandemic-related eviction moratoriums.

Phoenix prohibits housing discrimination based on income source — for now

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Phoenix City Council, in an exceedingly rare act of unity, passed an ordinance this week that will protect renters and homebuyers from discrimination based on their source of income.

What happened: The new policy will force Phoenix landlords to accept renters who use housing choice vouchers or other government assistance and will prevent lenders and sellers from denying a buyer based solely on where they get their income.

Phoenix home prices holding steady after months of decline

Data: Redfin; Chart: Axios Visuals

The average home price in the Phoenix metro remained flat between December and January after about six months of declines, according to Redfin data.

Why it matters: Any relief from the sky-high home prices we saw a year ago is welcome, especially as mortgage rates creep up.

Experts bash Goldman Sachs prediction of a 2008-level housing crash

Data: Redfin; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Redfin; Chart: Axios Visuals

A New York Post article reporting that Goldman Sachs has forecast a 2008-level housing crash in Phoenix sent ripples through the Valley's real estate industry last week.

  • Yes, but: Local experts called the report "hyperbolic," "misleading" and "a disservice" when Axios Phoenix requested comment.

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