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Art, conversation highlight café exhibit by quotes

Art and conversations highlight exhibit at Tempe Connections café

TEMPE, Ariz. – “Conversations,” an exhibition featuring two very active, intelligent and dedicated artists, who are as committed to art making as they are to the development of the local arts community, will be on display from July 27-Sept. 19 in Connections Café at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.

Gallery Hours

9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday

Noon to 5:30 p.m., Sunday

(Closed on city-observed holidays)

The exhibit features artist Jeff Falk, of Phoenix, who has been showing his work since 1973 and Katherine Nicholson, of Mesa, who has been showing her work since 1995. Neither had met one another before this exhibition.

While they found that they have varied experiences, these artists also share quite a few approaches to making art. They are both collectors of ideas and materials, they both collaborate with other artists on an ongoing basis and they both share a positive vision for the arts.

It was because of this shared dedication that they were asked not only to show some recent work but also to talk with each other and share their thoughts about art, collaboration and the Valley’s art scene.

Note: the artists will join moderator Rebecca Akins for Art Connections Café, an event that showcases local artists, from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the Connections Café.

The Connections Café exhibitions are curated by the city of Tempe Cultural Services Division.

Information:

http://www.tempe.gov/arts/exhibitions/ or 480-350-5287.

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Summer Fitness Classes by quotes

Summer Fitness Classes

TEMPE, Ariz. – Do you need help fitting into that new summer bathing suit or just looking to tone up before the summer ends? Fitness classes are available that will help you reach those goals at Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe. Low impact to high impact, circuit training and yoga, we have it all. Improve your flexibility, strengthen and tone your muscles and increase your cardiovascular system. There is something for everyone and all fitness levels are welcome. Advance registration and payment is required.

Classes are offered from July 16 through Aug. 24.

For more information call 480-350-5211, or register online at

http://pkreconline.tempe.gov/



Line Dance for the Health of It! by quotes
July 14, 2007, 2:57 am
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Line Dance for the Health of It!

TEMPE, Ariz. – Are you looking to change your exercise routine? Learn line dance routines put to popular music and start seeing results from this aerobic workout. Fitness measurements will be taken during each class to track your results. Classes are held at Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe beginning July 16 through Aug. 21.

All fitness levels are welcome. Advanced registration and payment is

required.



Line Dance Socials by quotes
July 14, 2007, 2:57 am
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TEMPE, Ariz. – If you’re interested in line dancing but don’t quite think you’re ready to hit the competitions, come to our Line Dance Socials! This is a great way to practice and learn new steps in a fun and social atmosphere. Dances are held on the third Friday of every month beginning July 20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dancing from 6-9 p.m. Dances are held at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E.

Southern Ave. in Tempe. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information call 480-350-5211 or register online at

http://pkreconline.tempe.gov/



Phoenix Housing Market by quotes

Greater Phoenix resale home market continues steady trend

MESA, Ariz. — The local resale housing market appears to be fairly stable, with 4,910 recorded sales in June 2007. The activity of June closely followed May 2007 at 5,220 sales and was not far below last year’s 5,460 transactions. The month of June brought the second quarter activity to a close with 14,990 sales, in contrast to 14,185 sales for the first quarter and last year’s second quarter sales of 18,310.

The current level of activity brings much needed sustainability; however, the 2007 year-to-date total of 29,175 homes is well below the 36,290 for 2006 year to date and 58,030 sales for 2005 year to date.

While the resale market is following a very traditional pattern, there are increasing risks that the market could move lower, driven by geopolitical risks and tighter mortgage underwriting guidelines,” said Jay Q. Butler, director of Realty Studies in ASU’s Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at the Polytechnic campus. Both of these factors could make it increasingly difficult for people who desire another home to be able to finance it.

The new home market continues to be a competitive and attractive alternative to the resale home in many areas of the market as new home builders have been aggressively pursuing buyers through incentives such as specially priced up-grades, free pools and gift cards. Even with these concerns, the general expectation is that the 2007 resale housing market should be a good year, but nowhere near the records.

Much like the ever-increasing sales activity of the last few years, the rapid improvement in prices has disappeared. The median home price in June was $263,145 in comparison to $262,000 for May and last year’s $267,000.  For June 2007, 17 percent of all recorded sales were for homes priced from $125,000 to $199,999, 41 percent for $200,000 to $299,999 and 40 percent for homes priced over $300,000.  Last year, the distribution was 14 percent of all recorded sales were for homes priced from $125,000 to $199,999, 44 percent for $200,000 to $299,999 and 39 percent for homes priced over $300,000. Since the greater Phoenix area is so large, the median price can range significantly from $692,750 ($711,000 in May) in North Scottsdale to $148,500 ($158,500 in May) in the Sky Harbor area of the city of Phoenix.

Because mortgage interest rates decline slightly from last year’s 6.2 percent to 5.9 percent and home prices remained fairly stable, the monthly payment decreased slightly from last year’s $1,390 to $1,330. Even though mortgage interest rates have been declining over the last year, they have been in an upward trend for the last few months creating mounting concerns about the ability of some homeowners to acquire or maintain their homes. In response to issues raised in the subprime market, underwriting guidelines have been tightening, making it more difficult for potential buyers to qualify for a mortgage.

Townhouse/condominium units have retained some popularity with seasonal visitors, investors and people seeking affordable housing, so this housing sector showed an improvement from last year’s 1,035 sales to 1,125 sales for June 2007 (1,245 sales in May). Even with popularity, the median home price decreased slightly from $184,990 in May to $181,250.

The median square footage for a single-family home recorded sold in June 2007 was 1,725 square feet, which is larger than the 1,640 square feet for a year ago. The larger size further demonstrates the role of the move-up sector in the local housing market. In the townhouse/condominium sector, the median square footage was 1,105 square feet, which is larger than the 1,090 square feet reported a year ago.

  1. In contrast to June 2006, recorded sales in the city of Phoenix decreased from 1,725 sales to 1,320 sales, while the median sales price increased to $227,390 from $225,000 for a year ago. Since Phoenix is a geographically large city, the median price can range significantly such as $148,500 in the Sky Harbor area to $343,000 ($313,495 in May) in the Union Hills area. The townhouse/condominium sector increased from 300 to 370 sales, while the median price increased from $150,000 to $166,500.
  2. The Scottsdale resale home market declined from 465 to 415 recorded sales, along with the median sales price decreasing from last year’s $640,000 to $612,750. The median resale home price is $692,750 ($711,000 in May) in North Scottsdale and $316,000 ($320,000 in May) in South Scottsdale. The townhouse/condominium sector in Scottsdale stayed at 250 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $264,750 to $249,900.
  3. The Mesa resale housing market declined from 585 to 520 sales, while the median price fell from $247,600 to $235,000 ($238,000 in May). The townhouse/condominium sector also fell from 160 to 135 sales, while the median home price decreased from $156,250 to $154,465.
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  5. Glendale decreased from 430 to 325 sales and the median sales price decreased from $253,000 a year ago to $243,480 ($243,000 in May). The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 70 to 50 sales, while the median sales price remained at $145,000.

       

·       For the city of Peoria, the resale market declined from 250 to 230 sales, while the median price moved from $272,900 to $255,000 ($255,000 in May). The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 35 to 20 sales and the median price increased from $163,500 to $182,000.

  1. In comparison to a year ago, the Sun City resale market improved from 75 to 115 sales, while the median sales price decreased to $185,000 from $215,000. Resale activity in Sun City West remained at 45 sales, the median sales price decreased from $258,950 to $217,500. The townhouse/condominium market in Sun City remained stable at 45 recorded sales, while the median home price decreased from $143,250 to $127,750. In Sun City West, activity fell from 15 to 10 sales and the median sales price decreased from $178,000 to $175,500.
  2. The resale market in Gilbert decreased from 330 to 315 sales and the median sales price decreased from $330,000 to $297,000 ($300,000 in May). The townhouse/condominium market improved from 10 to 15 sales as the median sales price decreased from $238,750 to $189,900.

  • For the city of Chandler, the resale market fell from 380 to 370 recorded sales, while the median sales price went from $295,000 to $288,000 ($297,750 in May). The townhouse/condominium market increased from 40 to 45 sales, and the median sales price declined from $176,450 to $175,000.

§       The resale market in Tempe decreased from 160 to 140 sales, with the median sales price decreasing from $298,500 to $289,000 ($270,780 in May). The townhouse/condominium sector moved up from 70 to 95 sales, with the median sales price decreased from $191,000 to $183,000.

  1. The highest median sales price was in Paradise Valley at $1,932,500 with a median square foot house of 3,965 square feet.

·       In the West Valley, the following communities represent 10 percent of the resale market.

o       Avondale fell from 120 to 90 sales with the median price moving from $259,050 to $239,000 ($223,000 in May).

o       El Mirage decreased from 80 to 60 sales, while the median home price went from $215,000 to $195,500 ($200,000 in May).

o       Goodyear went from 90 to 80 sales, while the median price increased from $290,000 to $299,000 ($250,000 in May).

o       Surprise increased from 175 sales to 255 sales, while the median price decreased from $254,900 for a year ago to $230,000 ($245,070 in May).

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REalty studies

Realty Studies is associated with the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Realty Studies collects and analyzes data concerning real estate in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Realty Studies is a comprehensive and objective source of real estate information for private, public and governmental agencies.  Its director, Dr. Jay Q. Butler, may be reached at (480) 727-1300 or e-mail him at Jay.Butler@asu.edu. To subscribe to RSS feed for Realty Studies news, visit http://www.poly.asu.edu/realty/rss.html.

ASU’s Polytechnic campus, located in southeast Mesa, offers bachelor and graduate degree programs, unparalleled by other Arizona state universities, through the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, the School of Applied Arts and Sciences, the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation, and the College of Technology and Innovation. Visit us online at http://www.east.asu.edu.



How to Sell Your Value as a Job Seeker. by quotes

How to Sell Your Value as a Job Seeker. Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a group of job seekers and others volunteering their time to help them in their career transitions. The group attracts speakers from industry, technology, government, finance, coaching and recruiting to discuss job search fundamentals including developing a marketing plan, writing a resume, networking and interviewing. The value of the SJN lies in the skills, business networks and personal passions of our members. Membership is open to everyone willing to share their skills and anyone interested in local networking or in need of employment transition support. Attendance is required at one meeting to become a member. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032. NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY, JULY 17 Guest speaker: Jack Lindsley, Sandler Sales Institute, How to Sell Your Value as a Job Seeker”

All people, including prospective employers, make judgments about us early in the conversation. Learn how to communicate with a prospective employer in a way that will have them doing a “sales job” on you instead of you on them. ________________________ Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a non-profit community group of business leaders and volunteers. We are not a job placement forum, and we do not match candidates to openings nor do we send resumes to employers or recruiters. There is no guarantee of employment either directly through this group or as a result of association with SJN. We do, however, provide education in the job search process and all attendees have the opportunity to meet and work with people who offer support and guidance during employment transition. CONTACT US:

E-mail: info@scottsdalejobnet.com
Voice-mail: (480) 513-1491

Bill Austin
AZhttp, Inc.