housing http://knau.org en Housing Starts in AZ Up http://knau.org/post/housing-starts-az <p>Housing starts across the country are at their highest annual rate since 2008. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:36:34 +0000 Mark Bevis 23663 at http://knau.org Housing Starts in AZ Up Economists: Be Wary of Strong Housing Market in Phoenix http://knau.org/post/economists-be-wary-strong-housing-market-phoenix <p>Homeowners happy with the current double-digit increases in values should be warned: There could be a bubble. And bubble can go 'pop.' Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:20:32 +0000 Howard Fischer 21345 at http://knau.org Economists: Be Wary of Strong Housing Market in Phoenix Housing Market in Flagstaff May be Looking Up http://knau.org/post/housing-market-flagstaff-may-be-looking <p>Across the country the housing market appears to be picking up.</p><p>In Phoenix home prices are up nearly 14 percent over last year.</p><p>And Flagstaff may soon be seeing improvement too.</p><p>Jim Snook sells houses for Dallas Real Estate, and he’s the past president of the Northern Arizona Realtor’s Association.</p><p>He’s also a numbers guy.</p><p>And Snook says the housing market in central Flagstaff is starting to look up again.</p><p>For example, houses were selling faster this August than two years ago.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:17:08 +0000 Mark Bevis 20298 at http://knau.org Housing Market in Flagstaff May be Looking Up Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter http://knau.org/post/forecast-phoenix-hotter-and-hotter <p>A place with one of the harshest climates in the Southwest &ndash;- Phoenix -- records more days over 100 degrees than any other major city in the country. But climate models predict <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_metropolitan_area"><u><font color="#0066cc">metro Phoenix</font></u></a>, with its population of four million, will get hotter.</p><p>Here in John Larsala&rsquo;s driveway, the view is bleak.</p><p>&ldquo;You see our tree is dead,&rdquo; Larsala said. &ldquo;All these trees are dying because I can&rsquo;t put water on it.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:29:29 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 18585 at http://knau.org Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter Atty to State: Don't Take Foreclosure Settlement Money http://knau.org/post/atty-state-dont-take-foreclosure-settlement-money <p>An attorney for two Arizonans at risk of losing their homes asked a judge today to block lawmakers from taking 50 million dollars out of a special fund designed to help prevent foreclosures to instead balance the state budget.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 01:10:02 +0000 Howard Fischer 14451 at http://knau.org Phoenix Housing Market Undeniably Up http://knau.org/post/phoenix-housing-market-undeniably <h2 class="title">Here&#39;s a turnaround worth noting: The housing market in Phoenix is emerging from a historic slumber. Foreclosures are down, and new home sales are re-energizing the market -- up 35 percent from a year ago.</h2><div class="content"><p>Let&#39;s get down to street level, shall we? How &#39;bout Ravenswood Drive near Gilbert&#39;s eastern edge.</p><p>Ken Peterson is a Vice President for Shea Homes. We&#39;re in a development called Spaces. And listen to this, air compressors and nail guns all around us.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 13623 at http://knau.org Phoenix Housing Market Undeniably Up Beyond Sprawl: Can Foreign Cash Save The Housing Market? http://knau.org/post/beyond-sprawl-can-foreign-cash-save-housing-market <p><span class="dateline">LAS VEGAS</span> &mdash; The unending rash of foreclosures and falling home prices in Las Vegas continues to cause despair. But the same housing crisis is causing some investors to see opportunity. Home prices have dropped to 1990s levels, and many homes in the area are selling for below the amount it would cost to build them.</p><p>In&nbsp;fact, these <a href="http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/"><font color="#015190">Las Vegas</font></a> homes are getting noticed from buyers all over the world.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 21:34:50 +0000 5295 at http://knau.org Beyond Sprawl: Can Foreign Cash Save The Housing Market? Beyond Sprawl: Gambling On Downtown Las Vegas http://knau.org/post/beyond-sprawl-gambling-downtown-las-vegas <p><span class="dateline">LAS VEGAS</span> &mdash; Like most Southwest cities, the <a href="http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/"><font color="#015190">Las Vegas</font></a> growth model was to expand out, creating sprawling suburbs and quiet gated communities.</p><p>But one trendsetting local business &ndash; the online shoe company, <a href="http://www.zappos.com/"><font color="#015190">Zappos</font></a> &ndash; thinks an urban setting would be a better fit for its employees and industry.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:00:00 +0000 5301 at http://knau.org Beyond Sprawl: Gambling On Downtown Las Vegas Beyond Sprawl: The Southwest Zombie Problem http://knau.org/post/beyond-sprawl-southwest-zombie-problem <p><span class="dateline">PPHOENIX</span> &mdash; Homebuilders have long made a living expanding the edges of Southwestern cities. But look around these days and you&rsquo;ll find construction projects that have screeched to a halt.</p><p>Up to 1 million lots in Central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed, according to the <a href="http://sonoran.org/"><font color="#015190">Sonoran</font></a><font color="#015190"> Institute</font>.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:00:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 5309 at http://knau.org Beyond Sprawl: The Southwest Zombie Problem