Sunday, September 25, 2016

Why my Arizona property tax bill – and probably yours, too – increased this year

If you aren't too happy with what you owe, it's too late to protest.

I just saw my property tax bill, and it's up 8 percent from last year.

You'll be getting your bill again soon, too, if you haven't already. 'Tis the season for metro Phoenix homeowners to find out what we owe for schools, fire and library districts and other county and city services.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/09/25/property-taxes-maricopa-county-arizona/90793542/

Apple reveals 50MW solar plant in Arizona

Apple has unveiled a new 50MW solar plant in Florence, Arizona, in collaboration with local utility Salt River project.

The 121-hectare plant will generate 151 million kWh of power per year, according to Apple, and will provide enough clean energy to power more than 12,000 typical homes.

Read more... http://www.pv-tech.org/news/apple-reveals-50mw-solar-plant-in-arizona

Sunday, September 4, 2016

8 projects to watch in Grand Canyon University's Phoenix expansion

Grand Canyon University will welcome a record 17,500 students to west Phoenix this semester on a campus that's rapidly growing.

Construction projects worth millions of dollars are underway. More dorms, parking garages and a soccer stadium are ready for students at the campus at 33rd Avenue and Camelback Road. Other developments stretch east to Interstate 17, including a renovated hotel and office complex.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/22/8-projects-watch-grand-canyon-university-phoenix-expansion/88964342/

Tartesso sale: $80M Phoenix land purchase could produce 40,000 homes

A California investor has paid $80 million for more than 10,000 acres west of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye that could sprout nearly 40,000 new homes.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/09/02/west-phoenix-land-sale-40000-homes/89748362/

Metro Phoenix starting to grow up instead of out

Karen Wang is buying a condo in the new 14-story Portland on the Park development in downtown Phoenix.

Her new home is going up on a prime piece of land next to Margaret T. Hance Park that was a dirt parking lot when she moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area for culinary school 12 years ago.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/08/07/metro-phoenix-starting-grow-up-instead-out/87302308/

Metro Phoenix had 4th-highest rise in rental rates in U.S., but 10K new apartments are on the way

It's getting pricier for the convenience of calling your landlord when the AC breaks, the internet is down or the swimming pools needs cleaning.

Rents are on the rise in metro Phoenix, particularly in infill hot spots in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/08/28/metro-phoenix-had-4th-highest-increase-rent-rates-10000-apartments-underway/89300052/

Tempe leaders want mature downtown, not high-rise student housing

As the Tempe skyline continues to grow, there is one type of high-rise that city leaders don't want to see: student housing.

The Tempe City Council recently shot down two proposals for student housing high-rises, saying they didn't fit the vision of downtown Tempe.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2016/06/30/tempe-leaders-want-mature-downtown-not-high-rise-student-housing/86185758/

Roberts: Get ready, Phoenix. A 20% property tax hike headed your way

Just a few months after raising water and sewer rates and boosting the city's sales tax, the Phoenix City Council on Friday appears poised to hike property taxes by nearly 20 percent.

Expect to fork over an extra $51 a year if you live in an average Phoenix home ($191,000).

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2016/06/30/roberts-get-ready-phoenix-20-property-tax-hike-headed-your-way/86561478/

Phoenix golf course eyed for redevelopment as 100-acre Ahwatukee Farms

A shuttered Ahwatukee golf course would be redeveloped with houses, a community farm and a Montessori school, under a new vision for more than 100 acres of contested land in the Phoenix neighborhood.

Developers have begun their pitch for Ahwatukee Farms, a redevelopment of the former Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club.  The site has been at the center of a land-use battle since the course closed in 2013.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/ahwatukee/2016/08/15/phoenix-golf-course-eyed-100-acre-ahwatukee-farms-development/88411720/

Phoenix Frank Lloyd Wright House could be donated to community foundation

A home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the center of a years-long controversy in Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood could be donated to the Arizona Community Foundation, a representative of the organization said Tuesday.

Megan Brownell, chief brand and impact officer for the foundation, said in an email that the owners of the 1952 David and Gladys Wright House "offered the home as a charitable gift." The organization provides funding to various entities and provides leadership on community issues, according to its website.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/17/phoenix-frank-lloyd-wright-house-arizona-community-foundation/88880134/

Solid gold: Inside Michael Phelps' Paradise Valley home

Swimming legend Michael Phelps has a posh Paradise Valley home to relax at after winning his 28th Olympic medal in Rio.

The Santa Barbara-style house in the pricey metro Phoenix enclave was purchased for $2.53 million late last year, according to public records.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/08/22/solid-gold-inside-michael-phelps-paradise-valley-home/89123120/

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