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When it comes time to apply for a mortgage in 2014, you might be surprised at how much documentation you’ll need when applying for a home loan. Especially if you are a first-time home buyer or someone who has not been through the process since before all the new rules and regulations implemented in the past few years.
Phoenix • A change of heart for three key Arizona Republicans led to the passage of a bill that grants tax breaks to property owners who lease space to churches.
Gov. Jan Brewer is going to get the last word on whether Arizona business owners can cite their religion as a reason to turn away gays – and maybe others.
With a new year, new classes and new activities the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center is opening its doors to the public for an open house Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
After years of hearing “Doom and Gloom” news regarding the housing market, we’re all happily watching as it begins to recover. Given some of the recent shifts in the market, I wanted to share with you some important things you should know.
Ever since I was young, whenever my brother and I earned money from cleaning the cars or weeding the yard, we had to deposit a portion into a big “flower money” jug my mom made. Then every year when spring came to town, we would purchase flowers and plants for the garden. I loved the bugs our garden attracted and my brother the worms, so we bought into the system with little resistance. Little did I know this would be my first lesson in managing my finances: to save a little bit of all you earn.
Our state Legislature’s back in session.
A veteran state lawmaker is pushing legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays — and maybe even women and Jews — as long as they were acting on sincerely held religious beliefs.
Environmental groups have no constitutional right to demand grazing leases on state land even when they outbid ranchers, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
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When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a “retirement lifestyle” may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you’ve yet to encounter. But as you move through the years, your view of retirement comes into clearer and closer focus — and this vision will have a big impact on your savings and investment strategies.
Ahhh, it’s that time of the year again. The holiday traditions take us home for the holidays to reunite with parents, siblings, cousins and old friends. Often this experience is joyous and as it should be, a time to appreciate one another, reminisce about the past and enjoy food, wine, gifts and conversation.
Five hundred rentable bikes are expected to be hitting Phoenix streets near the Metro Light Rail in the spring, but program organizers say they need donations and sponsors to reach that goal.
Once again, the sun is shining on the housing market in Phoenix. Arizona is attractive once again to buyers with retirement, and a warmer climate, on the horizon. In 2012, domestic migration climbed high as it had been in the past five years as Arizona welcomed 26,000 migrants from other states. Across the state, as mortgage rates are decreasing and home values rising, the housing market is enjoying an influx as baby boomers choose our sunny skies. Even local retirees are opting to downsize, placing their current homes up for sale in favor of less maintenance.
A recent change in federal housing guidelines could set the stage for up to 2.5 million formerly foreclosed homeowners and short salers to re-enter the housing market sooner rather than later.
There’s an eerie truth to a song on Sting’s new album, “The Last Ship.”
Arizona, specifically the metropolitan Phoenix market, is among the strongest commercial real estate markets in the United States and is quickly rising as one of the most resilient markets to recover since the onset of the recent recession. While overall, multifamily, office and industrial property values have posted positive net absorption numbers in recent quarters, it is the retail market that is finally stabilizing and showing promise of improvement.
I’d like to introduce you to a friend. I think you may know her already, or at least you think you do. She’s The Mom Who Is Never Here.
Despite deep roots in the East Valley, Xico Arte and Cultura art gallery is relocating from downtown Chandler to Phoenix at the end of the month and leaving behind its signature patchwork “rug.”
I know the challenges that Arizona faces. I have read the countless reports outlining the investments our state needs to make if we are going to have a bright future: education, business, infrastructure, research, transportation and job creation.
Boulder City, Nev. -- It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.
This April 13, 2013 photo shows the Colorado River snaking through the Black Canyon near Boulder City, Nev. Watercraft must be transported through a federal security zone near the Hoover Dam by an authorized livery service, whether you bring your own gear, rent watercraft or sign up for a guided trip. But some of the guide companies will pick you up at your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip some 30 miles away first thing in the morning and have you in the water before lunch.
As part of its annual donation of $250,000 to food banks across the country during Hunger Action Month in September, local representatives of Rent-A-Center made a donation of $20,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance on Sept. 4. The company invited 10 of St. Mary’s more than 300 agency partners from around the state to the Dell E. Webb Distribution Center, 2831 N. 31st Ave., on that day to receive one of 10 refrigerator-freezers donated by Rent-A-Center as part of its “Soup to Nuts” campaign.
A year ago when Ahwatukee Foothills resident Shayna Weitzman was hit on her bike by a drunk driver and left unable to use her arms and legs, she was told it would be years before she would be able to accomplish the very thing she’s training to do in just a few short months.