The Dealmaker: 7/26/2019

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What did you do yesterday? Mark Doerflein, MAK Construction Enterprises. Ripped from the jam-packed daily planners of Arizona’s top real estaters comes this uproarious page from the appointment book of Mark Doerflein, founder and president of MAK Construction Enterprises.RLGR. http://bit.ly/2ZcJdNy

Belfiore: ‘Dramatic turnaround’ for housing. That was the overall takeaway from real estate consultant Jim Belfiore at yesterday’s Phoenix housing market quarterly update. Mike Sunnucks was there and has all the details on the “encouraging market indicators” in the recap at RLGRhttp://bit.ly/2OobjEA

Light rail backers: Phoenix Prop. 105 vote will impact future commuter rail plans, region’s ‘economic relevancy.’ See what MAG Executive Director Erik Anderson, Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith, Mesa Mayor John Giles and other light rail backers have to say about the matter in this report by Mike Sunnucks for RLGRhttp://bit.ly/2MeORv3

Custom homebuilder adding luxury homes in Scottsdale — with basements. But Cullum Homes’ subterranean offerings at Seven Desert Mountain “are nothing like basements that Arizona transplants from colder climates may recall from their childhood.” PBJ (Subscriber Content). http://bit.ly/2ZglXym

Queen Creek approves maps for housing subdivision, rights-of-way. The “23-lot housing subdivision” is near Chandler Heights and Riggs. The “rights-of-way designation” is “for roads near the new USA Youth Fitness Center and a Complete Fire Protection project.” Meanwhile, all the details are inQCIhttp://bit.ly/2YngHHG

Mapping how long homeowners are staying in their homes by city. Gilbert, Peoria and Surprise are in the spotlight as FIXr  takes a GRAPHIC look at cities with the longest and shortest duration of homeownership in the U.S. http://bit.ly/2ZdafEt

How to solve the affordable housing shortage? Winner of design competition offers a solution. And the winner of the “Disruptive Design” competition is: A “flexible architectural solution that encourages long-term wealth building through homeownership.” Check out “the two-story, wood-framed two-flat” in Forbeshttp://bit.ly/2SFIr9k

Best Western to host groundbreaking in CG. Construction of a 68-room Best Western PLUS Casa Grande Inn & Suites at Florence and Henness gets underway Monday, with company reps and local officials, including Mayor Craig McFarland, expected to be on hand. PinalCentral. http://bit.ly/32SuXMf

Pinal ranks fifth among AZ counties in tourism revenue. That’s according to a new report showing tourists “spent a record $24.4 billion in the state last year.” For a breakdown, Arizona county’s tourist-take, visit PinalCentral, then swipe down to the end of Howard Fischer’s report. http://bit.ly/334fFUS

Poop in Paradise. It has been two years since a family faced devastating flooding to their home after a Town of Paradise Valley-owned and operated sewage system malfunctioned. Thousands of gallons of raw sewage poured in and ruined the home and property value. Legal action followed. Here’s where things stand today. http://bit.ly/2SIeHZv

Scottsdale revising rules on recusals. “The recusal issue came to a head in March when community activists complained about the recusal rates on the city’s Planning Commission, arguing the high number of recusals indicated that several commissioners were too cozy with the industry they were supposed to regulate.”Scottsdale Progress. http://bit.ly/30VTfmF

‘They killed our city’: Sedona residents confront lawmaker over short-term rentals.“Sedona residents grilled state Rep. Bob Thorpe R-Flagstaff about how the state plans to address” the “consequences of a two-year-old state law that restricts how cities and towns can regulate short-term home rentals.”AZCentral. http://bit.ly/2JU1VnW

As a supplement to the Dealmaker, we thought you might enjoy these articles!

Texting on the job: David McDowell, Rose Law Group partner and litigation department director, explains what employers can do to limit vicarious liability. David McDowell highlights measures an employer can take to strengthen the argument that it should not be liable for negative consequences resulting from an employee texting in the workplace — and not just while driving. http://bit.ly/2K9YSXx

Copping a plea: I was responsible for fake news. When bored reporters at the Laramie Boomerang engaged in a bit of late-night fun, their Onionesque shenanigans indeed boomeranged, putting their managing editor’s job in jeopardy. Senior Reporter/Writer Phil Riske shares the story in RLGRhttp://bit.ly/2YoswBz

Megadroughts to plague the Southwest as climate warms, study says. “If you think it’s hot now, just wait.” More fake news? Not according to research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read about the report inUSA Todayhttp://bit.ly/2ydXA8z

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