The booms and busts of metro Phoenix’s housing market have yielded a wild ride for homeowners and the area’s economy.
I started covering the region’s real-estate industry almost two decades ago, as it was still recovering from the 1990 crash. Trends and characters in the housing market, one of Arizona’s biggest industries, have surprised, delighted, disappointed and angered me over years.
It’s a good time to reflect. The Valley’s housing market is showing renewed signs of recovering from the last crash. And The Arizona Republic is publishing its most sweeping analysis with the latest Valley Home Values special section on real estate this weekend.
My top 10 list of events and players that have steered and shaped Valley’s housing market — from worst to best.