PHOENIX (AP) — Aspen Day-Flynn and her boyfriend, Travis Tolin, were thinking of moving back to her native Washington state this fall when their Phoenix landlord helped give them the push.
The monthly rent on their two-bedroom house jumped from $1,000 to $1,500 because the owner planned to renovate.
"It really pushed us out the door faster," said Day-Flynn, a 23-year-old hairstylist.
She and Tolin, a 25-year-old tattoo artist, found an apartment that's similar in size to their 986-square-foot (110-square-yard) Phoenix house for $1,600 in Ballard, outside downtown Seattle. While it's among the priciest U.S. areas to live, the couple is earning more money there.
Phoenix long has been considered an inexpensive place to live, but that may be changing. Even