Explore Real Estate in Arizona - Phoenix Metro Area

Over the past decade, the Phoenix metro area has become the destination of choice for homebuyers interested in real estate in Arizona and affordable quality living. Metro Phoenix is also expected to be among the top five housing markets during 2020, according to a report by Zillow Group Inc. (Nasdaq: Z). Nicknamed The Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix metro area has over 320 sunny days annually and all the amenities for a happy and well-rounded life. Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is surrounded by mountains such as the Superstition Mountains, White Tank Mountains, McDowell Mountains, and Sierra Estrella. The picturesque landscape is perfect for outdoor activities like biking, hiking, climbing, and river rafting. Arts and culture in the Phoenix area can rival that of other major metropolitan areas in the country. When it comes to affordability, you don’t have to empty your wallet to live comfortably here, with a cost of living that scores significantly lower compared to the U.S. average. Phoenix area homes for sale in Arizona run the gamut from urban condos in the heart of things to single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods and gated subdivisions to homes in exclusive golf course and waterfront communities to semi-rural equestrian properties and sprawling luxury estates. In order to navigate the local market and find the perfect home, buyers will need to partner with a qualified agent. Cathy Carter is a luxury home specialist and the best REALTOR® in Arizona you will find. With over 25 years of experience in Phoenix and Southeast Valley real estate, Cathy can provide you with all the resources and information you need for making the most informed home purchase decision. Get the process started today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.  

On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to view the most up-to-date listings for Phoenix metro area homes for sale in Arizona. You can find detailed real estate information, view photos of properties, create a free account, save your search, and receive notifications of new listings that match your home criteria delivered directly to your email. Also, be sure to scroll down below to learn more about Phoenix metro area homes for sale in Arizona, current market trends, and  lifestyle:   

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If you would like to schedule a private showing or would like more information about any of the above listings for Phoenix area real estate in Arizona, please contact the best REALTOR® in Arizona - Cathy Carter, specializing in newer homes and luxury real estate. 

More About Real Estate in Arizona And Phoenix Metro Area Market Trends

Home prices within the Phoenix metro area real estate market have risen steadily over the past few years, and that trend is predicted to continue well through 2020 and beyond. Just when it looked like home prices may have hit a ceiling, low-interest rates could give them another boost. A recent report from real-estate data firm CoreLogic CLGX, suggests that annual home-price growth will increase by 5.4% by July 2020. With home values and home prices on the rise, now is the perfect time to buy while Phoenix area real estate in Arizona is still affordable. 

Whether you want to live close to the amenities found in the heart of the city or you prefer the comfort of suburban living, the Phoenix metro area accommodates every lifestyle and buyer. According to the National Association of Home Builder/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, the Valley’s median household income is $69,100 and the median home price is about $273,000, including new homes.  As a licensed, professional REALTOR® in Arizona, Cathy Carter keeps her finger on the pulse of the local market at all times and is always the first to know when new inventory becomes available, ensuring that her buyers have access to the most valuable homes and securing an offer. 

Homes for Sale in The Phoenix Metro Area's Southeast Valley

You simply won’t find the kind of local information that Cathy can provide by searching the MLS. As your personal agent, Cathy can inform you about the different neighborhoods and communities, the types of home and features offered, the top builders in the region, schools, area amenities & attractions, local community developments, and so much more. Start searching for your dream home today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her by email.

Why You Should Consider Living in The Valley of The Sun

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 11th largest by population in the U.S. and home to approximately 4.73 million people. Known for its year-round warm weather and sunshine, numerous championship golf courses and host to major events like the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Barret Jackson Auto Show, and Cactus League spring training baseball, Phoenix has become the center around which more than twenty communities have grown in an area collectively known as the "Valley of the Sun.”


The Phoenix metro area is considered the hub of commercial activity in the southwest as more and more businesses choose to relocate here from other parts of the U.S.- fueling the economy, attracting new residents, and driving up home values. Health care, manufacturing, and financial services are all solidly growing industries and technology and bioscience are also major economic drivers in the area. Fortune 500/1000 companies based or having major operations here include Avnet, Freeport-McMoRan, Republic Services, PetSmart, Apollo Group, Insight Enterprises and ON Semiconductor, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Amkor Technology, Swift Transportation, and First Solar.  

Art & Culture

Art and culture abound in Phoenix while celebrating its own cultural heritage and cultures from around the world. The downtown Phoenix art scene has really developed in the past decade. Dozens of museums exist throughout the valley including the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Capitol Museum, Arizona Military Museum, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, Children's Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Science Center, and the Heard Museum. 

You’ll find a number of performing arts venues, most of which are located in and around downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. Popular venues include the Phoenix Symphony Hall, Arizona Opera, and Ballet Arizona, Orpheum Theatre, Dorrance Theater, and Herberger Theater Center. Concerts can be attended at Talking Stick Resort Arena and Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix, and Gammage Auditorium in Tempe (the last public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). The Mesa Arts Center also supports regular independent musical and theater performances.

Shopping & Dining

The Phoenix metro area is home to numerous chic boutiques, high-end shopping malls, outdoor lifestyle centers, and designer outlet destinations. Some of the most popular shopping destinations include Uptown Plaza (Central Phoenix), Biltmore Fashion Park and Kierland Commons (Phoenix); Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale), Chandler Fashion Center mall and Phoenix Premium Outlets (Chandler); the outdoor Santan Village lifestyle center (Gilbert); and Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills Outlet Mall (Tempe), just to name a few. "Foodies" will discover exceptional dining options in the Phoenix area from classic comfort food to ethnic cuisine to five-star restaurants too numerous to count. 

Outdoor Recreation

Phoenix and the surrounding East Valley provide plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities for all ages. Hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, and golfing are among the most popular activities, which can be enjoyed year-round thanks to 330 days of warm weather and sunshine. Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a local landmark and a popular hiking destination that offers spectacular city and desert views. 

South Mountain Park & Preserve, the largest municipal park in the country, includes over 51 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers spectacular views and features more than 21,000 acres of pristine desert, with miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Salt River also provides plenty of recreational fun with bike paths and picnic areas that surround the lake. For golfers, the Phoenix metro area has over 200 private and public top-rated courses to accommodate all skill levels from expert to novice. 


Sports fans have the opportunity to watch professional basketball, football, hockey, and baseball teams, as well as offseason spring training games held in the Phoenix metro area.  Phoenix is one of only 13 U.S. cities to have representatives of all four major professional sports leagues. Phoenix is the only city in the country to host an entire spring-training league for MLB, the Cactus League. Other major sporting teams/events in the Phoenix metro area include PGA and LPGA golf, NASCAR and NHRA racing, and major marathons.


Public transportation is provided by Valley Metro, which includes trains, buses, and a rideshare program. The Valley Metro Rail is a 20-mile light rail that runs through north-central Phoenix, downtown, and eastward through Tempe and Mesa. However, depending on where you choose to live in the Phoenix metro area, you’ll most likely need a car to get around. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport serves more than 100 cities with non-stop flights and over 1000 flights per day.

Partner With The Best REALTOR® in Arizona - Cathy Carter

Whether you’re interested in Arizona homes for sale or its time to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. Serving the Valley of the Sun since 1994, Cathy believes in maintaining close relationships with her client-family, knowing that any successful business takes care of people first. Her knowledge, dedication, and local expertise will exceed your buying, selling or relocation expectations.

Known for her exemplary customer service, Cathy will protect your interests, advocate for you, and go above and beyond to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. To find out more about buying or selling real estate in Arizona in the Valley of the Sun, please call Cathy today at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here.

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