The current market portends a promising future for growth of Phoenix. We have survived one of the worst real estate recessions of all times, and now we are moving into time of expansion for housing. In a state that sees sunlight 85 percent of the year, the future of Metro Phoenix's housing market is just as bright!
Because mortgage rates are still near long-term lows, and because prices fell so much after the housing bubble burst and remain low relative to rents even after recent price increases, buying is still much cheaper than renting. That means that the recent jump in rates doesn't change the rent-versus-buy math much.