The Arizona Real Estate Market Prime for Rental Investors

With the Arizona Real Estate market experiencing a strong recovery, it is only to be expected that investors will be drawn into putting money into rental properties. Certainly, real estate investors within the state recognize the potential as the market continues to strengthen, but investors from other neighboring states are also finding the growth in Arizona irresistible.

If you are new to the idea of real estate investing it may not be clear to you all of the advantages of doing so. It takes time to learn the pros and cons, become familiar with the pitfalls and how to avoid them, and then once you begin investing it can take several years to build up a valuable portfolio.

Buying Rental Property: Overview

With diversification being the ‘buzzword’ in investing many people are taking the time to learn how to successfully invest in real estate. It is likely that you have already purchased Arizona Real Estate at some point in your life i.e. your home. Doing so gives you some idea of what it takes to go through the purchasing process. Buying investment properties is very similar but with some additional knowledge required.

You will go through the same research and assessment of your financial position to determine the value of the property you can afford and your ability to pay back a mortgage, and then armed with those numbers you go ‘shopping’ for funding. Where rental properties are a little different than residential homes is that the goal is to gain the largest return on your investment as possible.
Due to the goal of realizing the best return possible you are likely to find yourself looking at properties that you would never consider buying to live in yourself. Cash flow is crucial, and therefore you will be looking to buy properties that the rental income provides sufficient money to cover the mortgage repayments as well as all other expenses associated with the property.

Maintaining high occupancy with reliable paying tenants is critical, and at the same time keeping expenses to a minimum is also of utmost importance. The act of advertising a property for rent, vetting prospective tenants, and other issues that come with the management of real estate is what makes many real estate investors turn to a professional, knowledgeable and well-respected property management company. The value they bring to an investor makes their cost worthwhile.

The Elliot Road Technology Corridor Mesa, Arizona Project Overview

With the Silicon Desert slowly expanding into Mesa, the America’s most conservative metropolis is starting to attract the attention of technology heavyweights across the country. For instance, Mesa is already home to Apple’s 2 billion dollar global operations command center.

Key Factors that Are Attracting Businesses to Mesa

The business attraction can be attributed to the persistent efforts that have been put in place by the local government to further encourage economic development in the region. According to the city’s Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak, two things will attract technology companies and other companies—infrastructure and the efficiency of land entitlement process.

Mesa’s ‘Elliot Road Technology Corridor’ today has more than enough infrastructures in place to lure any serious American company or a multinational. For instance, the city’s massive power system installation, located close to SRP’s Browning receiving station together with the 69Kv, 230kv and 500Kv transmission lines are colossal power infrastructures with a capacity to supply more than enough energy needed for industrial operations.

Another factor that is attracting Silicon Valley businesses to Mesa is the ease of access to SRP’s extensive, redundant fiber network. Companies can take advantage of this massive and unused fiber network to connect with the world.

Likewise, the decision by the local government to set up the Eliot Road Technology Corridor Planned Area Development Overlay, after the Mesa City Council’s unanimous approval in September 2014, has slashed entitlement time in the corridor by up to nearly 80%. This is something that investors cannot ignore. The overlay extends across areas directly north of Elliot Road from Signal Butte to Hawes Roads.

Apple’s Significant Impact on the Elliot Road Technology Corridor Project

The corridor already has secured Apple, who decided to continue their presence in Mesa, after their contractor—GT Advanced Technologies, filed for bankruptcy, jeopardizing the future of the former First Solar facility it occupied at Ellsworth and Elliot Roads. Although the bankruptcy petition by GT Advanced Technologies was considered a blow to the city’s economic development plans, it was not a fatal one.

Apple Inc. will be a major player in the Mesa, Arizona economy.

For the Mesa local government, staying the course to accomplish the desired economic development goals has not been so easy, especially with so many hiccups along the way. The entry of Apple in 2015, who injected 2 billion dollars into the economy, provided the much-needed bailout to Mesa’s fragile economic development project.

According to Christine Zielonka who is the director of Mesa Development Services, one reason the technology heavyweight chose to stay on, following their contractor’s exit was the ease of doing business with the city.

The presence of the world’s leading technology gadgets manufacturer has been a major boost for the local government’s efforts to promote the Elliot Road Technology Corridor project as it has shown a spotlight on Mesa and given the city a chance to market its amenities not only to American companies but also to other companies around the globe.

Apple’s Presence Alone Is Not Enough for the Project to Pan Out

Even though Apple’s presence is promoting the Elliot Road Technology Corridor project the best way it can, much of the project still does not resemble Silicon Valley as the area still consists of so many undeveloped plots of land. The only way Mesa can fully realize the full potential provided by the overlay as well as the existing amenities is if the local authorities come up with several in-development and planned projects that yield results. The presence of Apple alone is not enough for the city to accomplish its economic development goals.

What Does the Future Of Mesa and Its People Look Like?

Nevertheless, the economic future of Mesa looks bright. Besides the nearly finished 94,000 square foot health facility on Elliot Road Technology Corridor, many other major businesses have shown interest and announced their intention to join the project. For instance, DuPont Fabros’s decision to construct a data center campus on a 56-acre piece of land at Crimson Road just north of Elliot Road in future is good news for the economic development project. Niagara Bottling also announced their intention to construct a 455,000-sqare-foot bottling plant in the area worth 76 million dollars. All these new entries will create additional jobs for the residents of Mesa and boost the economy of the region.

Boeing To Relocate Jobs To Mesa, Arizona

Boeing executives have announced plans to relocate hundreds of workers and jobs in their Shared Services Group from Seattle, Washington to Mesa, Arizona within the next two to three years. The division comprises 8,000 workers and provides support services to the other Boeing

Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport is the relocation zone for many of the Boeing empoloyees.

units. Boeing (NYSE: BA) already manufactures Apache helicopters and has cyber security and drone operations at Mesa’s Falcon Field.

In a statement to defend the move, a Boeing official had these to say:
“This move will ensure that we are properly structured and positioned to provide the right services most effectively to help Boeing grow its business. The steps include efficiencies gained from automation, adjustments of the management structures, and the consolidation and the relocation of some of the work that supports enterprise-wide services over the next few years to Mesa, Arizona, and other Boeing sites.”

Boeing management had these more to say:

“We have just started engaging our employees in talks to help them understand the process and obtain their feedback as regards the issue. We know that such changes impact our employees and have thus chosen to speak to them directly this early to grant them the opportunity to consider their most appropriate path as we work through this. We are still at the beginning of the process that is expected to take around two to three years, and as such, we are still unaware of the number of persons who will be directly impacted and in what way(s).”