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Facebook (still) letting housing ads exclude users by race

After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.... Read more»

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Tucson continues to struggle to add jobs, but real estate perks up

Arizona gained 32,000 jobs over the past year, while Tucson lost 3,900, according to a state office. A University of Arizona economist, though, believes that assessment is too pessimistic. Metro Tucson real estate, meanwhile, is seeing some bright spots.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Zoo column flub shows media's true potential biases

The public just doesn't know much about journalists' motivations and obstacles, so the public fills in the blanks and presumes bias prompts the press. Here's the 'ripped from the headlines' story that Hollywood won't tell you about what drives journalism... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Hoping against hope for the Tucson Benedictine Monastery

There are nuns in Tucson who have been praying for us for 77 years. And they have provided a beautiful place of peace, open to all people of all faiths to find solace and mercy. But now a real estate deal has them leaving the Benedictine Monastery of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration on Country Club Road.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Wooing Amazon not the answer to Tucson's economic troubles

Strong Start Tucson may not pass but it's the sort of self-starter approach that may show the way forward as we tackle our economic challenges. Being supplicants to megacorporations like Amazon isn't the fix.... Read more»

Buyer beware: Experts say home sellers don’t have to disclose murders, hauntings

Sellers in Arizona must disclose certain aspects of a property, including things like mold, termites and roof damage. A haunted house, however, is not in the mix.... Read more»

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»

Warehouse & delivery jobs growing faster than retail

Online sales now account for about nine percent of all U.S. retail sales, and that is shifting more jobs from traditional stores to warehouse and package delivery in Tucson and the rest of the nation. And the Tucson metro area continues to lag the rest of Arizona in job growth, but experts say more hires are likely.... Read more»

Az biz leaders see interest rate hike as sign of improving economy

The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit consumers in the state in the long run.... Read more»

Real estate

Tucson could become more of a seller's market in 2017

Tucson's housing market is likely to become a bit more of a seller’s market in 2017 due to an unusually low supply of homes for sale and competition from new residents lured by the growing number of job, say local real estate experts. Decent homes at the low end of the market are already facing a lot of buyers.... Read more»

Analyst: Tucson's economy should grow faster over next 2 years

Tucson's economy has been gaining momentum and is expected to grow even faster over the next two years, especially if some of president-elect Donald Trump's proposals are enacted, University of Arizona economist George Hammond said Friday.... Read more»2

Analysts: Tucson will be 9th hottest housing market in 2017

Tucson will be the ninth hottest housing market in 2017, while metro Phoenix will be number one, real estate analysts forecast.... Read more»

Deportations could hit real estate markets in Az, nation

If the mass deportations promised by President-elect Donald Trump take place, the housing market could take a significant hit as undocumented immigrant homeowners are foreclosed on: an impact of roughly $906.3 billion across the United States. In Arizona, the hit would be $23.7 billion.... Read more»

Sales of Tucson apartments surge 236 percent

Sales of Tucson apartment complexes have soared this year, largely because of California investors who are attracted to the region’s improving economy, relatively low prices and opportunities for profits, says ABI Multifamily, a Phoenix brokerage company.... Read more»

Fewer empty stores, offices in Tucson's improving economy

One of the strongest signs that metro Tucson’s economy is improving is the increased number of businesses and tenants filling up its offices, industrial space, stores and apartments. Occupancy rates for all four major commercial real estate sectors improved in the third quarter, reaching their highest levels in years.... Read more»

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Quick take: Putting Trump's tax losses into local perspective

By now we have heard a lot about Donald Trump's tax write-offs, but do we really understand the hypocrisy of the tax code? In Tucson, thousands suffered through major financial losses when their homes were foreclosed during the Great Recession. They actually got taxed on their losses; those at Trump's level can write off their losses against future income for years.... Read more»

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