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Tucson, Phoenix face growing gap between income and rent

The gap between rental cost and household income is increasing to unsustainable levels in most major metro areas, including in Phoenix and Tucson, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors. ... Read more»

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Feds reject Arizona’s construction worker safety plan

Officials rejected Arizona’s plan to protect residential construction workers from falling. The state must abide by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. An industry representative says the rules are dangerous, another says the government needs the tougher standards. ... Read more»

If placed on endangered list, desert tortoise could affect development

If the Sonoran Desert Tortoise lands on the endangered species list, experts say Arizona could see reductions in land availability and increases in cost. ... Read more»

Az’s construction industry lost most jobs nationwide in 2014

Arizona’s construction workers took a big hit last year — losing 4,300 jobs — the largest loss in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated General Contractors of America. One expert said the decrease in jobs might be the “new normal” for the state. ... Read more»

Real estate agents buzzing about drones

A Tucson real estate agent is the first person to obtain an exemption from the FAA to fly a drone specifically for real-estate marketing. Draft guidelines issued this week could open the door for more real-estate professionals to use the technology.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, January update

More jobs, higher paychecks, falling fuel prices: Our latest scorecard. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

With Gov. Ducey, Az doubles down on broken political party

Commentary: Doug Ducey was elected governor of Arizona with a 36.24 percent voter turnout, the lowest in recent history. It may seem unfair to judge him so soon. But, no. The days when a GOP office holder was independent-minded are gone, replaced by a party ruled by a nihilist ideology. ... Read more»2

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»

Forecast: Phx commercial real estate to improve slowly in 2015

The commercial real estate market in Phoenix will continue to improve slowly in 2015 with promising growth in residential rental housing, an Arizona State University real estate professor said.... Read more»

Scary practices back to U.S. property market, bubbles overseas

Could a Chinese crash do the kind of damage that the U.S. property market’s bust did in 2008?... Read more»

Land fight nears end for Coconino homeowners

It took a wildfire, three Congresses and years of work, but some Coconino County residents may soon be able to make their properties whole again. The Senate has approved a bill correcting a 50-year-old surveying error that had put some private homes in the national forest. ... Read more»

Goodyear, Gilbert among nation's fastest growing cities

The two Arizona towns were among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. in the last year, according to new Census Bureau estimates. While Phoenix added the most people in the state, Gilbert and Goodyear grew at a faster pace, landing sixth and 12th in the nation. ... Read more»

Adaptive reuse movement spares iconic buildings from wrecking ball

A new use for a property often involves tearing down what came before, but owners of dozens of Phoenix businesses are putting iconic buildings to new uses through what's known as adaptive reuse.... Read more»

Some cool uses for drones instead of killing and spying

What about fighting forest fires instead of bombing wedding parties in Yemen?... Read more»

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