The Dealmaker: 3/7/2017

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Get a look at planned South Mountain Freeway art in Phoenix. “[It] will feature ‘five distinctive aesthetic character areas to… help tell an area’s story…’ Some patterns will evoke the area’s agricultural heritage, while others will feature… shapes based on native cholla and ocotillo…” (Since this art is all about telling the “area’s story,” maybe ADOT can also throw in a few works that evoke the narrative that concerns the repeated legal smackdown of various groups and their failed attempts to stop this long-awaited, much needed freeway.) See the artistic “mock-ups” and take a seven-minute, bird’s-eye virtual tour of the “22-mile extension,” at AZCentral.

STAYING POWER – Tempe ‘squatter’ loses in court again as judges affirm lower-court ruling that case lacks merit. “But [Steve Sussex’s] 12-year turf war remains far from resolved. Sussex’s attorney… said… he would appeal the court decision to the state Supreme Court. And a separate court case between the squatter and Tempe is still pending at the Superior Court level.” View a squatter slideshow, take a video tour of the “century-old… [h]istoric adobe house,” and find out why it could take another 100 years before this case is ever resolved, at AZCentral.

Pollack: A disconnect with Arizona’s employment data. And The Monday Morning Quarterback confesses that it’s a “disconnect [that] puts us at a loss to explain.” See why and also check out the “Snapshot” topics which include… U.S.: Personal & Disposable Income, Consumption & Savings, Consumer Confidence (“highest… since… 2001”!), Manufacturing & Non-manufacturing Indices, Auto Sales, Pending Home Sales, Home Buying Interest (“highest… since… Great Recession”!).  AZ: Greater Phoenix S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

This past year was a record setter for mortgage applications. “Black Knight Data & Analytics Executive Vice President Ben Graboske… ‘A strong fourth quarter finish to the year pushed total 2016 origination volumes to the highest level seen in nine years…. [However]… it [is] very likely that we will see [some]… numbers decline significantly in the first quarter.’” Jann Swanson sifts through the latest data from Black Knight’s Mortgage Monitor  (with charts & graphs galore!) at Mortgage News Daily.

Compared to last year, homebuyers are more inclined to buy now. How has your perspective on buying changed in the past year? What do you think will happen to mortgage rates in the next six months? What most influenced your recent decision to buy? Those were the questions posed in “a recent Redfin survey of 1,002 homebuyers.” For a full breakdown of survey results, click through to, yep, Redfin.

Housing demand over the next decade. “[O]ver the next decade, existing home sales should be hitting approximately 6 million a year… even if mortgage rates should go up to 7%.” More on this and other Lawrence Yun prognostications, as the NAR Chief gazes into his closing-activity crystal ball, at Forbes.

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Arizona tax cut bill meets its demise. “Arizona lawmakers killed a bill designed to keep Arizona competitive in the race for manufacturing businesses… When House Bill 2492 was put on the examination table… lawmakers found some fatal symptoms…” The Republic’s government reporter Mary Jo Pitzl presents what she calls “an autopsy of what led to the demise of a bill that, in other circumstances, might have received a warm reception.” —>

ALL MY CHILDREN STUDENT JOURNALISTS’ – Committee approves bill protecting student journalists. “SB 1384 would limit the ability of administrators to censor university, community college and public school papers.” Capitol Media Services’ Howard Fischer reports that a “House panel” approved the measure by a vote of “10-1… despite objections by one lawmaker who feared giving too much power to ‘children.’” Read the report at Arizona Capitol Times.

Amazon to begin collecting taxes in NM next month. “The online retail giant will begin collecting gross receipts tax on New Mexico purchases in April… The move will likely bring in ‘tens of millions’ of dollars in revenue…” Albuquerque Journal. (No word if after these taxes go effect, Amazon plans to send out emails asking if the taxes met customers’ expectations and also requesting that they leave tax-packaging feedback.)

Trump call for merit-based immigration puzzles experts. “Switching away from this current system… and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits,” Trump said in his address… to a joint session of Congress. “It will save countless dollars, raise workers’ wages, and help struggling families — including immigrant families — enter the middle class.” So why are immigration experts “puzzled”? According to Cronkite News, it’s “mostly because they don’t know exactly what the president meant.” Click through to read the story and to find what THAT means: The Dealmaker by Belfiore & Rose Law Group on Facebook

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