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Phoenix is still early in its growth cycle, and most commercial real estate players had believed the market had a long runway because it was late to recover from the last recession. However, Thomas Brophy of Colliers International, says that the job diversity gained in recent years will keep the market on track.

“Since this is a global and national concern we do not see Phoenix having a different response than other markets right now.  The economic drivers that have kept Phoenix at the top of job and population growth are still in place,” says Brophy, director of research and analytics at Colliers International, tells GlobeSt.com. “Also, Phoenix’s climate has always been one of the best for people with respiratory issues. Our dry heat that people like to complain about in the summer may prove to be very beneficial in shortening the Corona Virus curve for Phoenix.”

In the start of the year, job growth was strong in Phoenix, and it is too early to tell the impact March will have. The medical industry is one of the leading sectors for job growth. “Not only did the Phoenix MSA lead the country in job growth going into the crisis, rising 3%+ in January/February, but has continued to diversify,” says Brophy. “One area of major growth, and particularly pertinent to our current situation, has been the explosion of the biotech/medical industry.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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