The Dealmaker: 8/23/2018

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NAHB economists forecast challenges, opportunities ahead; local perspective provided by real estate consultant Jim Belfiore. Chief Economist Robert Dietz and other NAHB data hotshots deliver a “midyear economic forecast” via NAHBNow. Topics include affordability, lumber, tariffs, and overall conditions. Commenting on the forecast for RLGR, Jim Belfiore says that while affordability will become a ‘bigger” issue in the future for Phoenix-metro, there’s a potentially “greater” housing “concern” looming.

Toll Brothers’ record shows the American housing boom has no end in sight. “Toll Brothers reported quarterly financial results that easily topped forecasts and raised its outlook for the year, citing a backlog of new homes for the third quarter.” CNN Money has some of the homebuilder’s numbers, and notes that “Lennar also reported healthy quarterly results…”

Peoria City Council gives go-ahead for 32 homes near P83. • Bella Brisa • A “residential urban-style infill” • From Bela Flor Communities • At 75th Ave. & Running Horse Lane • Development and design details in YourValley

Another major mixed-use complex planned in East Valley. “QuypDevelopment Services owns the lot [near Crismon and U.S. 60 in Mesa] and is planning to build the complex on 13 acres of what was a 39-acre planned area development.” PBJ reports that the “development could eventually” include retail, restaurants, offices, and hotel. (Subscriber Content.)

The 5 most popular Phoenix neighborhoods for renters. Apartment Guidegathered the data and crunched the numbers to find the “top five Phoenix neighborhoods.” AZRE has the rundown, along with info on some “nearby perks” in those neighborhoods.—>

Rise in unregistered real estate projects prompts warning. “A rise in solicitations for investments in real estate projects that are not found on any stock exchange has prompted the [ACC’s] Securities Division to warn investors of unregistered real estate ventures. Recently, the Securities Division brought actionagainst two fraudulent real estate investment scams.” ADI.

Study: Lots next to power lines lose nearly half their value. And then there’s this: “Lots that are non-adjacent to power lines but are located within 1,000 feet of them often sell at a discount of 18 percent.” Those are the main findings from a study in the Journal of Real Estate Research. What high-voltage factors are zapping home values? Unsightliness? Health concerns? Noise? Find out in REALTORMag. 

Fannie and Freddie to exit single-family rental market. “Over the past two years, both organizations have dabbled in the single-family rental market through pilots designed to ‘test and learn’ more about the market and best practices.” What officials learned from the programs and why they’re being terminated, in Multifamily Executive. 

The housing market crash: A retrospective. “[M]uch has changed in the consumer credit marketplace, most notably and overtly in the mortgage sector, according to the Q2 2018 Industry Insights Report by TransUnion, that looks at the meltdown’s effect on consumer access to credit and the relationship they have with it.” Highlights and link to the full report in DSNews.

THE OLD (CHEAP) HOUSE – Tempe plans to buy historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja for $10. With a commercial development planned for the property, this “proposal is easing worries about the former Monti’s La Casa Vieja, now referred to as the Hayden House.” But will the “fragile structure” made of “water, clay, sand and straw” be able to “survive the massive disturbances caused by construction”? AZCentral.

Feds give green light to next phase in Tempe Streetcar project. “Valley Metro [has been] given the go-ahead from the Federal Transit Administration to begin the first phase of ‘significant construction’ on the Tempe Streetcar.” The build is expected to get rolling this fall. Details at KTAR.

GETTING THE LEAD OUT – Butler residents concerned about health effects from contaminated soil. “More than 100 residents of the Butler area showed up… for an open house hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to present an overview of… soil samples that may be contaminated with clay pigeons and lead shot debris left from World War II gunnery training ranges.” Daily Miner.

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