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Millennials changing face of Phoenix-area housing market

PHOENIX -- A Valley Realtor said millennials are good and bad for the local housing market.

Home prices kept climbing last year and a Wall Street Journal report based on Deutsche Bank statistics said renting a home in the Valley has become cheaper than buying a home.

Austin, Texas and Sacramento, Calif., join Phoenix in that category. Realtor Diane Brennan, host of "That Real Estate Show" on 92.3 KTAR, disagrees with the notion metro Phoenix is a renter's market.

"Rents will keep going up, which will only make owning a home more affordable and you get the bonus of building equity in your own home," Brennan said.

But she also said the millennial generation was having an impact.

"They're smart, they don't want to take on more debt on top of student loans. They are one of the most educated generations that we've seen," Brennan said. "A lot of them aren't in the jobs they want so they want to be mobile if the get that dream job in San Francisco or wherever. They want to be able to pack up and move."

Brennan said millennials may not be buying homes but they have reignited the downtown Phoenix area.

"They don't want to live in the suburbs, they want to live in the urban area. That will help revitalize businesses downtown."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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