NEW Pros & Cons of Living in Phoenix

Things have been changing in the valley. You’ve probably heard many of the pros and cons of living in Phoenix, but they might not be the same things you heard a few years ago. Check out our updated reasons to love living in Phoenix…or not.

Pros of Living in Phoenix

 

Weather/Lifestyle/Health:

Ok, the weather really doesn’t have anything to do with your lifestyle or your health, at least, not directly. But these three reasons compound to create the number one reason people move to Phoenix. The great weather actually does have a direct impact on lifestyle and health. The weather in Arizona is absolutely beautiful six to eight months out of the year. Yes, the summers are really hot (more on that later) but that is only for a couple of months, and it’s a trade off to many for the frigid, bone-chilling winters.

Plenty of people move to Arizona just because of the arid climate, as the lack of humidity makes it the perfect place for allergy-sufferers to live. If you battle with allergies to any kind of plant, mold, etc., it will likely be much better in Phoenix.

hot sunset in Arizona, New pros and cons of living in Phoenix Arizona

Career/Business/Retirement:

If you’re looking for a career change, are ready to retire, or are just desirous to live in a place replete with business opportunities, Phoenix is the place. As the Phoenix Metro Area has grown over the years, with it the economy has boomed. Phoenix has such a diverse economy, in fact, that you can find success in nearly any line of work here. If you are trying to find employment, the prospects in Phoenix continue to offer more and more opportunities.

If you have an established business and want to be based in a place that will always be full of people looking for employment, you can know that this growing population means bringing more people that want to live in Phoenix so they are looking for work that will bring and keep them there.

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Politics:

The state of the world has never quite settled since the beginning of the pandemic. Nowhere is exempt from the turmoil and upset that the lockdown brought upon the citizens of the world. But still, it seems like some places have recovered to a better state of “normal” than others, and Phoenix appears to be one of those places. A great deal of people who are relocating to the Phoenix area are doing so in part because Arizona is a really great place to live your life exactly how you want to and (for the most part) be left alone about it.

Phoenix is not a far right or far left city, the regulations are relatively unintrusive, and people tend to respect each other. Phoenix is also not a polarizing place to live, which can be a breath of fresh air for people who are just really fed up with how toxic and negative their cities have become.

aerial view of a PHX neighborhood on a golf course, New pros and cons of living in Phoenix Arizona

Cons of Living in Phoenix

Summer heat:

You knew it was coming…a list of cons pertaining to Phoenix is always going to have the oppressive summer heat at the top of the list. The heat in Phoenix is really…just awful. That’s the only way to put it. It doesn’t last forever (the worst of the summer’s heat only lasts a couple of months) but those months feel like you are living on the surface of the sun. The exhaustion that the heat brings only seems to get worse with time.

Many people who have been living in Phoenix for years and years claim it doesn’t get easier, if anything, you just get more tired of dealing with it. During the hottest months it’s hard to plan activities because it’s quite literally unsafe to be out during the hottest parts of the day. This gets particularly difficult during the summer when school is out and you have a house full of kids with nothing to do. The sun is brutal on cars, landscaping, and even your home. UV damage is real kids, and it destroys more than our skin cells.

 

Cost of living:

For years, the affordability of Phoenix has been one of its biggest draws, but as Mr. Dylan always warned us, the times – they are a’changin. The affordability of Phoenix is all but gone with the wind. Compared to cities with exorbitant costs of living, Phoenix is still less expensive, but looking at the country as a whole, it’s not a cheap place to call home. As people have migrated to Phoenix in search of that coveted affordability, it’s been driven further and further away.

One of the big reasons for the rise in housing prices is the excess of second homes and investment properties in Arizona. With so many rental homes being snatched up by those who can afford them, it makes it really difficult for those who actually want to live there to find and secure a place to live.

beautiful home in Phoenix AZ, New pros and cons of living in Phoenix Arizona

Fear:

We are all fearful of things: spiders, drowning, the DMV. There’s something to be afraid of everywhere. But as we look to the future, it looks like Phoenix will be facing some serious dangers on the horizon. The pollution continues to get worse, its getting crowded, hotter, and has a serious water scarcity issue. It’s not unlikely that water regulations will be put into effect in the future to protect what little water the Phoenix Metro Area has, because as it is, a massive drought is well on its way.

Everyone feels differently, some people think these issues will pose little threat to residents or will be easier to handle than anticipated. But other people feel sticking around to experience the consequences firsthand doesn’t sound like a walk in the park. If the future of Phoenix is represented in the issues that the city is currently facing, it might get messy.

Looking to become a homeowner in Phoenix?

Are you checking out these pros and cons of living in Phoenix because you are thinking of moving to Arizona? If so, reach out to me at AZLiveStyles, I would love to answer any questions you have and help you find the perfect place to call home in the Phoenix Metro Area. 

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R. M.
R. M.
23:04 31 May 22
I contacted Greg after finding one of his videos on the overall market.He took tremendous care to feel out what would be suitable for me and match my needs to the right house in the right neighborhood. I cannot begin to thank him enough for all the effort he put into finding me a place.He is knowledgeable, courteous and all around a good man.I give him my highest possible recommendation with no reservations whatsoever.
Scott Koren
Scott Koren
02:10 29 Apr 22
I recently moved to Phoenix from out of state and found Greg through his series of online videos for AZ Live Style Group. Buying a house when coming from another state is challenging, but I can say I found the ideal partner and agent in Greg. In a very challenging market, Greg's deep knowledge of the Phoenix area market, his patience, and especially his dedication to helping me find the right home was exactly what I needed. Greg took the time to help me learn the market, explore neighborhoods, and find the right home! I'm excited to start my next chapter here in Phoenix and I cannot recommend Greg highly enough for anyone who needs a great partner in finding their perfect home.
James Foster
James Foster
00:54 26 Mar 22
Greg really listened to what we wanted and made the whole process super easy. He didn’t try to sell us on a property that we weren’t interesting in but was also able to show us a few places that we might not have found on our own. Will definitely continue to use Greg in the future.
terry parde
terry parde
22:14 25 Mar 22
Greg is awesome! Found him on his Youtube channel about 1.5 years ago when I was planning to move to AZ. I worked with Greg over the phone and finally in person a year ago. He found me the perfect home in Chandler. He guided me through the whole offer process with an anticipated bidding war. His strategy worked. I won the offer in 24 hrs and closed in 30 days. Everything went perfectly and love the home after 1 year. Greg's in-depth knowledge of the area, the market conditions and the strategy to close the deal was perfect spot on. I felt almost no stress and he managed all the details thru the closing. Professionalism on display!
Kathy Laurinaitis
Kathy Laurinaitis
19:51 25 Mar 22
We have worked with Greg on selling 2 homes and buying 2 homes. Greg is a professional through and through. He was always available to jump on a call to discuss whatever was going on. His experience and guidance helped us make great decisions during the process of buying and selling our homes.
Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis
19:46 25 Mar 22
We were completely new to the area and Greg was incredibly patient and knowledgeable. He listened to our needs and helped us navigate through the whole process. He kind and funny as well. He is an absolute pleasure to do business with.
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