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Unstable ground: How earth fissures wreak havoc on Pinal County [VIDEO]

Posted by   /  April 30, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Melanie Abramoff | Cronkite News Areas of Pinal County are riddled with earth fissures that can open up at any moment. Some residents live in constant fear of the fissures in their own backyards, and county officials say they’re powerless to do anything about it. The Arizona Geological Survey’s Michael Conway explained that earth […]

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Here’s how area members of Congress from Arizona voted on major issues in the week ending April 28

Posted by   /  April 30, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Voterama HOUSE One Week’s Stopgap Spending: Voting 382-30, the House on April 28 approved legislation that would fund government operations from April 29 through May 5 at an annualized level of nearly $1.1 trillion. This was the third continuing resolution, or stopgap spending measure, that the Republican majority has passed to fund the government in […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for April 30, 2017: Parts of Arizona, Utah and Southern California are more closely tied to Las Vegas than Reno and other parts of Northern Nevada.

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  Study shows Las Vegas, 3 other states connected as megaregion Colorado cities can decide how close a new subdivision is to drilling, and it varies throughout the state Buying a Southern California home is ‘insane’ Utah: Wasatch Front home prices going through the roof as supply slips New Mexico:  ‘A wall will stop everything […]

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Special report: The changing face of Arizona

Posted by   /  April 30, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Transportation  /  No Comments

Cronkite News rizona is one of the fastest growing states, ranking eighth in the country in terms of percentage population growth and fifth in numeric growth between 2015 and 2016, according to census data. But with the rapid expansion comes growing pains, including traffic congestion and “brain drain.” Development in the state has resulted in more […]

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Real estate industry sounds off on Trump tax plan; mortgage interest rate statements ‘political rhetoric, says real estate consultant Jim Belfiore

Posted by   /  April 29, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

RISMedia President Trump’s proposed tax plan has been met largely with disapproval from the housing industry, with several constituents concerned about a change that would double the standard deduction—and, in effect, invalidate the tax benefits of owning a home. “For roughly 75 million homeowners across the country, their home is more than just a number,” […]

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Homeownership rate stable

Posted by   /  April 29, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Na Zhao | Eye on Housing According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the U.S. homeownership rate was 63.6% in the first quarter 2017, which is statistically no different from its last quarter reading of 63.7%. The rate of homeownership appears to be stabilizing after reaching a cycle low of 62.9% in […]

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More young people choosing homeownership

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The number of new homeowners outstripped that of new renters for the first time in a decade By Laura Kusisto | The Wall Street Journal For the first time in a decade, more new U.S. households in the first quarter chose to buy homes than to rent, suggesting a long-term decline in homeownership rates might […]

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Ducey signs HOA transparency bill, but maintains government shouldn’t micromanage HOAs

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Governor Doug Ducey on Friday signed legislation that requires more transparency in home owner association [HOA] meetings by mandating public comment before votes and setting up tighter rules for public meeting notices. The governor had avowed his administration would not be in the business of regulating HOAs and he had earlier vetoed a bill banning […]

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Phoenix Councilwoman Debra Stark adjusting to political rough-and-tumble

Posted by   /  April 29, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic Stark focused on combating homelessness, closing blighted alleys and filling vacant shopping centers More than a month after winning the special City Council election in north Phoenix, Councilwoman Debra Stark is adjusting to City Hall’s political divisions and taking on her district’s concerns, from homelessness to vacant retail centers. […]

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Arizona lawmaker is told to take hands off TV reporter, denies gesturing with middle finger

Posted by   /  April 29, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Republic A local TV reporter told Republican Rep. Don Shooter to not touch him after the Yuma lawmaker placed his hand on the reporter’s back during an exchange Wednesday on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives. Dennis Welch, political editor and anchor at KTVK, was attempting to […]

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