Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'Dwell' joins list of spring home tours in metro Phoenix, Arizona

Spring gardens are in bloom, and Valley home tours are in full swing.

For the first time this year, California-based Dwell magazine is hosting a tour of modernist metro Phoenix homes. The upcoming (always sold-out) Modern Phoenix Home Tour explores uptown Phoenix and is hosting more than a dozen free and ticketed events in April for anyone interested in Arizona architecture and architectural history.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/2016/03/28/spring-home-tours-metro-phoenix-arizona/82133758/

Monday, March 28, 2016

Phoenix homeowners could see first city property-tax rate increase in 20 years

After seeing their city property taxes shrink for years — and then slowly start to grow again — Phoenix homeowners could face a more significant tax increase in the coming year, the first possible city rate increase in about two decades.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/03/15/phoenix-homeowners-could-see-first-property-tax-increase-20-years/81656424/

Phoenix City Council allows Uber, Lyft to pick up at Sky Harbor

PHOENIX — After an ongoing controversy surrounding the presence of ride-sharing companies at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, the city council voted on Tuesday to allow companies like Uber and Lyft to pick up travelers.

Read more... http://ktar.com/story/942706/phoenix-city-council-allows-uber-lyft-to-pick-up-sky-harbor-passengers/

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Report: Metro Phoenix's home prices hit post-crash high

Metro Phoenix's housing market ended 2015 with a bang. Home prices shot up to a post-crash high in December.

The Valley's median sales price climbed to $234,850 during the last month of 2015, according to Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School. That's up almost $10,000 from November's median and highest median sales price since 2008.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/03/04/report-metro-phoenixs-home-prices-hit-post-crash-high/81221250/

High-rise towers coming to Scottsdale Fashion Square?

Already one of the nation's largest and most-profitable shopping malls, Scottsdale Fashion Square could evolve into an urban center with high-rise apartments, offices and hotels, according to plans recently announced by mall owner Macerich.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2016/02/10/high-rise-towers-coming-scottsdale-fashion-square/78678598/

Renting to tourists? Airbnb wants to collect taxes for you

Legislation introduced Monday aims to make it easier for online home-rental companies to do business in Arizona.

The bill would allow companies such as Airbnb, Homeaway and VBRO to collect state lodging taxes on behalf of property owners while also keeping the properties classified as residential for tax purposes.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2016/02/16/home-rental-bill-aimed-tax-collections/80438032/

Small Arizona town copes with Freeport mine closure

Officials in the town closest to the mine, Sahuarita, are hoping to reduce the economic fallout of the closure.
"About a year ago, we as a town developed an economic-development strategic plan that looks at how we diversify our economy," said Sahuarita's economic-development manager, Victor Gonzalez. "So how do we go from a two-legged stool to a four or five?"

Rear more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/economy/2016/02/17/small-arizona-town-copes-freeport-mine-closure/80466172/

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