The location where a first-time home buyer wants to live is almost just as important as what features the neighborhood has.
WalletHub compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 22 key indicators of market attractiveness, affordability and quality of life. The data set also spans cost of living to real-estate taxes to property-crime rate. Then, they asked us to weigh in on the number two spot: Gilbert, AZ
Local professional: Derek Evans, senior vice president at Fairway Independent Mortgage
What unique features of your market make it a particularly good place for a first-time buyer to find a home?
“Gilbert still is moderately priced, much more realistic than, say Scottsdale or North Phoenix. I moved down to Gilbert as a first-time home buyer in 2009 and obviously [it] has substantially grown since then. Just lots of building activity going on right now and the growth potential is amazing.
“What attracted me and what may even be more prevalent now is it has some of the best schools in the state and great youth sports programs, which is a great thing for a young family, or people looking to start a family. And I believe it’s typically always in the top 10 safest cities in the country. I think the combination of those is fantastic. We love the fact there’s a ton of small businesses here as well that you can support, which makes it extremely attractive.”