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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states, including Arizona

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By Christopher Ingraham | The Wall Street Journal ince the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” From Virginia to Washington state, legislators have introduced bills […]

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Extensive infrastructure needed for Casa Grande amusement park project

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By Kevin Reagan | Pinal Central The 1,500-acre destination resort developers wish to build near Casa Grande will require a number of infrastructure and utility needs. Some of them were identified in the development plan Block Sports Company submitted to the city last month. They include the construction of a roadway network that incorporates existing […]

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Real Estate Q & A: No right to a view without an easement

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By Adam D. Martinez | Chairman of Real Estate Litigation Department Question:  We recently constructed a new home on a hillside. The lot has amazing scenic views, which is the main reason we purchased it. Adjacent and below our lot is another lot and home. Our landscape plan included trees that, when grown, will partially […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Political ideologies of the past still resonate with the residents of Bisbee

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By Diego Mendoza-Moyers | Cronkite News t’s a sunny and cool early February day. The chill in the air perfectly offsets the sun’s glow, heating the canyon that cradles the town. This community, tucked up in southeastern Arizona’s mountains, curls around a massive, defunct open-pit copper mine that once fueled its economy. Bisbee is a […]

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Court dismisses hundreds of ADA lawsuits; Adam Martinez, Rose Law Group Chairman of Real Estate Litigation, weighs in

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By Jim Walsh | East Valley Tribune A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday tossed out hundreds of cases filed against businesses in the East Valley and throughout the metro area that accused them of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and its state counterpart. Judge David Talamante delivered a blow to the Advocates […]

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Pulte to Build Three Neighborhoods in Mesa Master-Planned Community Cadence at Gateway

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(Editor’s note: News releases are published unedited unless they contain factual errors.) 15 Floor Plans Ranging From 1,800- to 3,700-Square Feet Single and Two-Story Options (PHOENIX) – Arizona-based real estate investment and development company Harvard Investments is proud to announce Pulte Homes as Harvard’s newest builder for its Mesa master-planned community – Cadence at Gateway (http://cadenceaz.com/). […]

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[Exclusive] Tucson housing outlook blooming for spring

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By Callan Smith | Rose Law Group Reporter Homebuyers were active in Tucson last year, from February 2016 through January 2017, new home sales were up 18 percent over the previous 12-month period, said Jim Belfiore at the Belfiore Real Estate Consulting Tucson Market Update on Thursday. “Homebuyer traffic is stronger and it looks like […]

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    How are Scottsdale developers building taller, denser buildings?

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    By Parker Leavitt | The Republic At least a dozen Scottsdale development projects have taken advantage of a lesser-known provision in the city’s zoning code that allows taller buildings and greater density in exchange for public art and other improvements since the ordinance was adopted five years ago, records show. A seven-story office tower planned […]

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    New-home sales up less than expected; prices up 7.5% annually

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    By Jann Swanson | Mortgage News Daily Sales of newly constructed homes, had a strong start in 2016 but flattened out toward the end of the year and ended with a dismal December. Now 2017 has also started on a positive note. The Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported sales […]

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    Spring home-buying season gets an early start

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    RISMedia Housing is set to smash records in February, with realtor.com® forecasting both the fewest days on market since the recession and the month’s highest list prices—an early start to the spring home-buying season, says realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “The spring buying season is off to a booming start,” Smoke says. Continued:

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    Buyers are being drawn to new homes

    Posted by   15 hours ago

    REALTORMag Sales of newly built, single-family homes increased 3.7 percent last month, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 units, the Commerce Department reports. “We can expect further growth in new home sales throughout the year, spurred on by employment gains and a rise in household formations,” says Robert Dietz, chief economist of the […]

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    Highest home-buying demand in years stifled by tight inventory

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    By Jann Swanson | Mortgage News Daily Tight inventories are again being blamed for a downturn in home sales, this time January’s ones. The National Association of Realtor’s® (NAR’s) Pending Home Sale Index (PHSI) declined by 2.8 percent from December, reaching the lowest level in a year. The PHSI is a forward-looking indicator based on […]

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    Pollack: The economy is expanding

    Posted by   19 hours ago

    The Source for Information and Analysis on the Arizona Economy and Real Estate ELLIOTT D. POLLACK & Company FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27th, 2017   The Monday Morning Quarterback A quick analysis of important economic data released over the past week Not a lot of economic news last week. But, the data that were released […]

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    Surprise! Surprise beats Phoenix in the rent growth race, and so does most of the metro

    Posted by   1 day ago

    RENTCafe Blog The desert climate doesn’t seem to help set Phoenix apart from the rest of the nation, in that the cores of big US metros are cooling off, unlike cities on the outer edges of the urban rings, where the rental heat maps are starting to glow red hot. Phoenix rents have reached $889/month […]

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      Ducey presses governors on need for civics education like Arizona’s

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      By Dustin Quiroz | Cronkite News Gov. Doug Ducey urged fellow governors this weekend to follow Arizona’s lead and implement civics requirements in schools to help improve the nation’s civic and political engagement. “It’s cute when a 5-year-old doesn’t know who the current president is,” Ducey said Sunday at the winter meeting of the National […]

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      Arizona House Speaker declares controversial ‘protest’ bill dead

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      By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Republic Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican leader of the Arizona House declared dead Monday a controversial bill that would punish organizers of public protests that turn violent with racketeering charges. Senate Bill 1142’s demise came as it gained national attention and was widely panned as an unconstitutional attempt […]

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      How are Scottsdale developers building taller, denser buildings?

      Posted by   8 mins ago

      By Parker Leavitt | The Republic At least a dozen Scottsdale development projects have taken advantage of a lesser-known provision in the city’s zoning code that allows taller buildings and greater density in exchange for public art and other improvements since the ordinance was adopted five years ago, records show. A seven-story office tower planned […]

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      Head of police association says rioting bill won’t chill rights to protest

      Posted by   15 hours ago

      By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The head of the Arizona Police Association is rejecting arguments that legislation to include rioting in racketeering and conspiracy statutes will chill the rights of Arizonans to protest. Levi Bolton told Capitol Media Services Monday he does not want changes to SB1142, which he […]

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      Dear Governor Ducey: We don’t like these regulations

      Posted by   20 hours ago

      By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Mitch Levy runs a wine tasting room, Burning Tree Cellars, in Cottonwood. The 60-year-old disabled veteran opened the business nearly 10 years ago. But he’s facing an uncertain future because of some license regulation changes, so he sent Gov. Doug Ducey an email, hoping to find some relief. […]

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      Arizona attorney general abandons Bill Montgomery’s crusade against medical marijuana law

      Posted by   2 days ago

      By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery launched a fresh appeal this week in a lawsuit he believes could overturn the state’s medical-marijuana law. This time, though, his office will be going it alone. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has chosen to side with Arizona voters. On Tuesday, Montgomery filed […]

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      Tax reform proposals could cause home ownership to wane

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      By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star Industry leaders fear if taxpayers don’t use the mortgage interest deductions, fewer people will want to buy a house and for sale signs will hang longer. While the local housing market is enjoying a recovery, tax reform proposals coming out of Washington are stoking fears about a damper […]

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        Jolie, Pitt to use private judge in divorce: media; Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group Partner and Director of Family Law, comments on the merits of sealing the file

        Posted by   2 months ago

        By Brendan O’Brien | Reuters Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt, one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and powerful couples, will use a private judge to keep their divorce out of the view of the public, the couple said in a statement to CNN on Monday. Jolie and Pitt reached an agreement to keep all […]

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        Cut in aid to needy families costs DES millions; Rose Law Group Partner Kaine Fisher assesses the situation

        Posted by   3 months ago

        By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Jillian Vigil lost everything. Literally everything. As she was fleeing a domestic violence relationship, leaving nearly all her possessions behind, her partner even burned her Social Security card. Gradually, the 34-year-old mother of five started to rebuild. She stayed at a shelter with her youngest child, while the […]

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        Rose Law Group Family Law Department nominated for ‘AZFoothills’ Best of our Valley Family and Real Estate Law Firm

        Posted by   3 months ago

        Rose Law Group is excited to announce that our Family Law and Real Estate Department have been nominated for the AZFoothills Best of our Valley contest for Best Family Law Firm and Real Estate Law Firm. Click here to add your vote for Family Law. Look for Rose Law Group on the list and be sure […]

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        How to organize your home and finances in your estate; Tim Heileman, Rose Law Group Estate Planning and Asset Protection Attorney, adds information

        Posted by   3 months ago

        By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin | Washington Post My mom just passed away just shy of 105 years of age and her estate is a mess. I don’t want to make the same uninformed errors with my estate, so I need to plan and execute documents for my estate. Can you give me any […]

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        Arizona officials work to make child support system more ‘holistic;’ Kaine Fisher, director Rose Law Group Family Law Dept., agrees

        Posted by   4 months ago

        By Michelle Chance | Cronkite News For the past two years, Valley resident Robert Faas has lived without custody of his four children. A decade of meth and alcohol addictions took over his life, he said. As a result, the state took the 32-year-old’s kids and placed them with family. Six months ago, a child […]

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        Michelle Singletary: What will you leave to your heirs? Tim Heileman, Rose Law Group estate planning attorney, weighs in

        Posted by   5 months ago

        By Michelle Singletary | Washington Post You will die. And most of you will leave something for your heirs. (Yes, even your clunker of a car and chipped china might be fought over.) So my question is: Have you given thought to how to allocate your assets? Despite the steady drumbeat of reports that Americans […]

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        Arizona Appeals Court ruling: Birth mom’s same-sex ex has parental rights; follows now a legal trend, says Kaine Fisher, director of Rose Law Group Family Law Department

        Posted by   5 months ago

        By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star The same-sex spouse of a birth mother is entitled to the same legal parental presumptions and rights as if she were a man, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. In the first case of its kind in Arizona, the judges rejected the arguments […]

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        Naming a trust as Roth IRA beneficiary; Tim Heileman, Rose Law Group estate planning attorney, comments

        Posted by   5 months ago

        By Small Business Tax Strategies | Business Management Daily Whom should you name as the beneficiaries when you convert a traditional IRA to a Roth? Usually, it’s the kids or grandkids. Strategy: Designate a trust as beneficiary instead. This way, you don’t have to worry about teenagers squandering the funds. As beneficiaries of the trust, […]

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          Scottsdale mayor: No Desert Discovery Center without public vote

          Posted by   3 days ago

          By Parker Leavitt | The Republic Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane weighed in on controversial plans for a Desert Discovery Center during his annual State of the City address, saying a public vote should precede any further action once project details are released later this year In front of several hundred community leaders inside the Scottsdale […]

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          Here’s exactly how much less water is in the Colorado River because of climate change

          Posted by   6 days ago

          Researchers say current water-resource planning underestimates the effect of climate change on the Colorado River water supplies. Record-setting drought reduced flows on the Colorado River by nearly 20 percent for the first 15 years of this century, but scientists say drought is not the only reason the water has slowed. Climate change made a bad […]

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          Gilbert apartment complex joins ‘smart home’ movement, but will the trend take off?

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          By Farai Bennett | Cronkite News GILBERT – The apartments at Vistara at San Tan Village look like many other “luxury” units available in the Valley with its granite countertops and walk-in closets.But step inside one of the Gilbert complex’s apartments, and you can control the thermostat, turn on the lights, lock the door and […]

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          Arizona water users better off without Navajo Generating Station coal plant, say officials

          Posted by   2 weeks ago

          By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic Metro Phoenix won’t dry up without the Navajo Generating Station coal plant, which powers the Central Arizona Project canal and is slated for closure, officials said Thursday. In fact, water prices could go down on the massive aqueduct that brings Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson, executives from […]

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          US solar installations nearly doubled in 2016, and broke some records

          Posted by   2 weeks ago

          By Robert Ferris | CNBC Solar power installations doubled in 2016 over 2015, as more and more areas of the United States began pulling their power from the sun. For the first time, solar power installations formed the largest group of electricity generating capacity of any energy source, according to a new report from Greentech […]

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          Utilities vote to close Navajo coal plant at end of 2019

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          Utility owners need to work out an arrangement with the Navajo Nation to decommission the plant after the lease expires. By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic The utilities that own the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Page are tired of overpaying for power and decided Monday to close the plant when their lease […]

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          Jimmy Carter makes a stand for solar, decades after the cardigan sweater

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          By Alan Blinder | The New York Times PLAINS, Ga. — The solar panels — 3,852 of them — shimmered above 10 acres of Jimmy Carter’s soil where peanuts and soybeans used to grow. The panels moved almost imperceptibly with the sun. And they could power more than half of this small town, from which […]

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          MODUS Development unveils 3 Net Zero projects in 2017

          Posted by   2 weeks ago

          By AZ Business Magazine The leading housing developer in eco-friendly living, responsible for bringing the first net zero energy multi-family housing to the U.S., MODUS Development, is now set to unveil their next three projects for 2017: a residential townhome community in Scottsdale, Arizona, an urban residential community in Tempe, Arizona and the second phase […]

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            Arizona attorney general abandons Bill Montgomery’s crusade against medical marijuana law

            Posted by   2 days ago

            By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery launched a fresh appeal this week in a lawsuit he believes could overturn the state’s medical-marijuana law. This time, though, his office will be going it alone. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has chosen to side with Arizona voters. On Tuesday, Montgomery filed […]

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            White House press secretary predicts ‘greater enforcement’ on recreational marijuana

            Posted by   5 days ago

            By John Schroyer | Marijuana Business Daily White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said there will likely be increased federal enforcement on recreational marijuana businesses. “I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said in response to a question about whether the Department of Justice will enforce federal marijuana laws. […]

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            Trump’s Justice Department may crack down on thriving pot industry, but is it too big to jail?

            Posted by   2 weeks ago

            By Evan Halper | Los Angeles Times Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting – but it is usually on the Jiu Jitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year old prefers to engage completely baked. “You know that movie ‘Drunken Master’?” he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret […]

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            First marijuana testing for vets with PTSD underway in Phoenix; volunteers wanted

            Posted by   2 weeks ago

            By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times The first-ever clinical study of smoked cannabis for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder took place in Phoenix this week, making medical-marijuana history. Many more volunteers are needed, says the nonprofit medical-research group leading the study. The California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), founded in 1986, is conducting […]

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            Coolidge mayor sees recreational marijuana as future boon to city coffers

            Posted by   3 weeks ago

            By Rodney Haas | Pinal Central With more and more people shopping online instead of going to brick-and-mortar stores, cities are scrambling to find ways to make up for the loss in sales tax revenue. For some, this means looking outside the box when it comes to finding new revenue sources to make up for […]

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            Marijuana consumption translates into 58,600 bags of Oreos

            Posted by   1 month ago

            By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Arizona’s more than 114,000 medical marijuana patients smoked, ate or otherwise consumed more than 29 tons of the drug last year. That’s more than half of a fully loaded tractor trailer. Or, looking at it another way, it’s the equivalent of more than 58,600 […]

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            Lawmaker doesn’t want Pinal to become ‘open grow’ for medical pot

            Posted by   1 month ago

            By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Pinal Central State lawmakers are moving to keep medical marijuana dispensaries in the rural areas of the state. On a 5-4 vote Monday, the House Committee on Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs approved legislation which says that those who were the first to open marijuana stores following […]

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