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Housing authorities reel as HUD singles out undocumented immigrants

Public housing authorities say they were blindsided by a proposed federal rule banning many immigrants from receiving housing assistance — and, they said, they will fight to keep it from being implemented.... Read more»

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Tiny home trend slow to grow in Arizona, but developers plan new projects

Despite growth, the the tiny house trend has struggled to gain a significant foothold in Arizona.... Read more»

Expensive, slow, frustrating: Renters, landlords have little government support

The Arizona Residential Tenant and Landlord Act outlines basic regulations, but no local or state government agency enforces those regulations. ... Read more»

Mesa program offers struggling veterans an alternative to the streets

Soon after returning home from the Vietnam War, Marine Corps veteran Larry Hutchison said he found himself homeless in this Phoenix suburb. "I spent 30 years on the streets with drugs and alcohol trying to get rid of bad memories that I had," he said.... Read more»

South, West get population boost from movers

New census figures show people have started returning to recovering housing markets in the South and West.... Read more»1

Down payment grants available for home buyers

If you are dreaming of buying a home, assistance from the Tucson NeighborhoodLIFT program might be just what you need. The program only has about 20 $15,000 grants remaining to provide mortgage down payment assistance for qualified homebuyers.... Read more»

Once-bleak downtown Phoenix poised to add even more apartments

Downtown Phoenix has seen a revival in housing options in recent years with new apartment and condominium projects. And more apartments should be on the way, as several major projects are slated to add around 2,100 bedrooms to the downtown core by 2017. ... Read more»

Low-wage earners can't afford Arizona housing

Arizona is in the top 20 most expensive states for rental housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2014 Out of Reach report.... Read more»

OSHA: Az fails to protect residential construction workers

Federal officials say they could wind up assuming control of workplace safety in Arizona's residential construction industry because a 2012 state law doesn't do enough to protect workers. Their concern: a provision requiring protection when potential falls are at least 15 feet.... Read more»

Phoenix homes: 4BR, 2bath, garage, home office; few mice, Census says

It’s no surprise that Phoenix-area homes are more likely to have a swimming pool, and maybe not so surprising that they have more garages than homes nationally. But fewer mice?... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Wheeler reports on budget showdown

State Rep. Bruce Wheeler (D-LD10), minority whip for the Arizona House of Representatives, plus financial planner Shelly Fishman with the Tuesday Money Maker Report, and Justin Debolt, finance director for the new Tucson hotel project known as Aloft. Plus, Linda Ray of the Tucson Weekly with the Buckmaster bi-monthly arts report.... Read more»

Az housing market slow, but prices rising

The total value of home sales in Arizona rose over the last year even as the number of transactions slipped, real estate executives say, as foreclosed and distressed properties were moved off the market and the subsequent lower home inventories boosted prices. ... Read more»

Report: Brewer plan could cut growing communities’ sales taxes

A report by the Grand Canyon Institute raises concerns about how Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to simplify Arizona’s sales tax system handles construction materials. It says taxing materials where they are purchased rather than used, would cut revenue for growing cities. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: 2014 Arizona governor's race underway

An interview with Fred DuVal, former member of the Arizona Board of Regents and possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. Then, Raj Kohli of Long Realty on the latest housing numbers, plus Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster Show contributor on Mexico and the border, has an update from Sonora. And we close out the show with a conversation with Robert Graham, the new chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.... Read more»

Prof.: Not requiring court OK of foreclosures aided Az recovery

Not requiring mortgage lenders to take foreclosure cases to court is helping Arizona recover from the housing crisis faster than states that do, according to an Arizona State University researcher.... Read more»

Economists: Az recovery still a few years off

Arizona's economy could fully recover in three years as long as the so-called fiscal cliff doesn't kick the nation back into recession, a panel of experts said at an economic forecast luncheon. Experts predict Arizona will see more jobs being created, more single-family homes being built and higher retail sales. ... Read more»

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