2022 was a year that saw wild swings in the residential real estate market. People were on the move, but where were they headed and why? Opendoor analyzed its data to determine the top ZIP codes in Arizona and the hottest neighborhoods for home sales in Metro Phoenix.

Top ZIP codes are identified by analyzing data from the local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) where Opendoor Brokerage operates. ZIPs were ranked by total homes which went into contract within 90 days of listing in 2022.

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Here are the 10 neighborhoods for home sales in Arizona for 2022

  1. 85142 – Queen Creek
  2. 85138 – Maricopa
  3. 85326 – Buckeye
  4. 85351 – Sun City
  5. 85375 – Sun City West
  6. 85122 – Casa Grande
  7. 85383 – Peoria
  8. 85338 – Goodyear
  9. 85255 – DC Ranch, Scottsdale
  10. 85396 – Buckeye

Recently, one-third of people across the U.S. told us they would relocate for a lifestyle change. Whether to be closer to outdoor and recreational activities or to join a close-knit community, the desire to belong remained strong in 2022 as the recalibration of work and personal priorities encouraged people to move away from city centers.

To see where people were buying homes in 2022, we reviewed the top 20 hottest neighborhoods across Opendoor markets. While the top 10 included many repeat favorites, it was the next 10 neighborhoods that were most intriguing. One example: Winter Garden, FL jumped up 5 spots from 2021.

Rising to the top 

These rising neighborhoods have a common thread: a small-town feel while close to a bustling downtown for entertainment, dining, and shopping.

We are seeing homeowners vie for that sense of belonging in cities and towns accessible to major metros via short commutes – like Aubrey, TX or Cumming, GA – but aren’t too removed and have their own downtown or community, like Gallatin, TN; Suwanee, GA; or Parker, CO — all new to our list.

If you are looking to buy in a city like Aubrey, TX in 2023, Opendoor Exclusives is a new marketplace where you can directly buy and sell a home, without any of the hassle of the traditional real estate model.

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