When looking into 2015 it seems like it will be a good year for both the economy and the housing market. Most of these predictions nationally should hold true for the Greater Phoenix market as well as on a national scale. Expect the home-purchase market to strengthen along with the economy in 2015, according to Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for November: “The good news for 2015 is that the U.S. economy appears well-poised to sustain about a 3 percent growth rate in 2015 which is only the second year in the past decade with growth at that pace or better. Governmental fiscal drag has turned into fiscal stimulus with lower energy costs support consumer spending and business investment with further easing of credit conditions for business and real estate lending support commerce and development; and consumers are more upbeat and businesses are more confident, all of which portend faster economic growth in 2015. And with that, the economy will produce more and better-paying jobs, providing the financial wherewithal to support household formations and housing activity.”
In Gary Pierce’s commentary on “Arizona needs a balance energy approach,” (AFN, Dec. 14) he attempted to attack and degrade the idea that rooftop solar presents a threat to the electrical utility companies. This is about the only statement I would agree with, given that he is a part of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) that will probably allow SRP to impose the charges against all solar owners come April 15, 2015. Last year the ACC voted down a similar proposal by APS that wanted to charge their solar customers between $50 and $100 dollars a month extra. My correspondence with SRP’s Corporate Secretary Terrill A. Lonon makes it sound like it is already a done deal for me and that it will equate to about an $85.92 monthly charge as a rooftop solar producer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A soaking storm swept into Southern California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain.
All investors probably wish they had gotten in on the “ground floor” of Apple or Microsoft or any other big success story. And, in fact, you can indeed “be there from the beginning” by taking part in a company’s initial public offering (IPO). However, the ground floor of many IPOs may be shakier than you’d think — and might not provide you with the solid footing you need to invest wisely.
Valley Metro and Tempe officials reassured residents concerned about the costs and consequences of the city’s planned streetcar system at an occasionally contentious question-and-answer meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Tempe Transportation Center, saying the project would be an economic boon and sometimes defending it to a few sharply skeptical questioners.
“Horrible Bosses” provided a breath of fresh air the same summer that “The Hangover: Part II” came out. In an ironic, yet not especially surprising, turn of events, “Horrible Bosses 2” makes many of the same mistakes as “The Hangover: Part II.” While this sequel to the 2011 buddy comedy isn’t without its moments, “Horrible Bosses 2” really only exists to recycle the same old plot and make the studio some easy money. It’d be one thing if the film knew it was a retread like “22 Jump Street” or had a huge nostalgic factor going for it like “Dumb and Dumber To,” which was also co-written by director Sean Anders. There just aren’t quite enough laughs here to merit the film’s existence, though.
Each year, the Kyrene Foundation hosts its annual Thanksgiving food drive with one goal in mind: to serve as many families as possible in the Kyrene School District so they have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Just about everyone would like to have a polite, well-mannered dog. Such dogs are a pleasure to take with you into the community, greet guests well and make their owners feel proud. Here are three key training exercises that you can practice with your dog to teach him to be more polite.
Some historic neighborhoods in Phoenix have raised concerns about the noise from airplanes following changes made at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, but Ahwatukee Foothills residents say they’ve noticed an increase in noise as well.
The nation’s housing industry managed to dodge the remaining potholes that continue to mar the road to full recovery, and in the process, turned in a strong showing in September. Housing starts surpassed the million mark for the third time this year, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Rising 6.3 percent during the month and 17.8 percent year-over-year, groundbreakings reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.
One of the last vestiges of old Tempe will soon disappear. Monti’s La Casa Vieja is closing and artifacts are being sold off. Michael Monti, the son of founder Leonard Monti, sold the property for over $16 million. A high-rise hotel will now tower over the property and questions about the “old house’s” future are unclear.
The deadline for public comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the South Mountain Freeway is 11 days away and Ahwatukee’s outspoken opposition to the freeway is working feverishly to get in their response.
Prosecutors in three Arizona counties are using new figures on where teens now get their marijuana to lobby against making the drug legal for all adults. But the data may not be as clear-cut as it seems.