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Bison Homes Celebrates one year for

Bison Museum

Anyone else planning to attend the Bison Homes Bison Museum one year anniversary party and celebration today in North Scottsdale?

Here is some information in case you had no idea that was going on.  Bison Homes is a specialty Home Builder in Arizona.

Bison Homes Bison Museum

I am going to try to get there today as well as heading over to the Sustainable Living Expo on Market Street in DC Ranch Corner of Thompson Peak Pkwy and Pima

Thank you,

Bill Austin

Bison Western Museum to

Celebrate 1st Anniversary

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – The Bison Western Museum will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in North Scottsdale. Festivities will include giveaways, contests, cowboy storytelling, free popcorn, candy and balloons and more.

To commemorate the one year anniversary, admission will be just $1 per visitor all day on the 18th.  In addition, the celebration will mark the official opening of the Lou & Evelyn Grubb Room exhibiting the woodcarvings of Dee Flagg.

Since opening its doors last October the Bison Western Museum has gained wide acceptance and has established itself as one of the finest collections of Western, Native American and bison memorabilia and artifacts in the country. Year two will feature a special Spirit of the Old West lecture series, a Welcome to Old Scottsdale display, Flagg family pieces previously not displayed and more.

The Bison Western Museum houses more than 30,000 pieces and features such exhibits as “Dances with Wolves” and Native American artifacts room, the Singing Buffalo Family, the Saddled Bison “photo op” and a vast assortment of bronzes, paintings and prints. The extensive Buffalo Bill exhibit includes historic photos, prints, trinkets, documents, one of his famous Sharps rifles and more.

Also highlighted is the personal collection of the Flagg family, Scottsdale’s own “first family” of Western artists. The Flagg collection contains hundreds of items from paintings to sketches, from the original Parada del Sol program cover artwork to life size wood carved figures of Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok and others. In addition, the Flaggs created the artwork of the giant cowboy that has welcomed visitors to Scottsdale for over 50 years. A blow up of the original sketch is on display.

The museum is complemented by a gift shop, western library, party lounge, Western pavilion and the Bison Homes Information Center. It is located at 16641 N. 91st Street in Scottsdale, just north of West World. For more information and hours of operation please call 480-837-8700, or visit

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LinkedIn Live! Phoenix Event
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ARIZONA LinkedIn ® Live! Phoenix EventTuesday February 5th 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Jilly’s American Grill
7301 E. Butherus Drive
Scottsdale, AZ
( at the Scottsdale Airpark )

We received lots of requests to announce these events earlier. So we are pleased to announce the next LinkedIn® Centric event in the Phoenix Market at Jilly’s American Grill at the Scottsdale Airpark!

Our LinkedIn® Live! Event brings LinkedIn® Users together with key members of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Community (who should be top Linkedin ® users) introducing them to each other.

This month, the event is co-produced in alliance with the Arizona International Growth Group.

LinkedIn Live! is a Free Event with appetizers and a Cash Bar.

Register Now

Please bring one or two of your most connected LinkedIn® connections!

Join us as we continue to unlock the power of the extended Metro Phoenix network!

For more information please visit us at Phoenix LinkedIn Live.

“LinkedIn” and it’s logo are registered trademarks of the LinkedIn Corporation.

Thank you,

Bill Austin
AZhttp, Inc. 
Scottsdale Job Network

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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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Barrett Jackson Collector Car AuctionWith sunny skies and forecast highs in the mid-60s, crowds numbering in the thousands, dozens of stars and more than 1000 unique cars on the auction block, the numbers don’t lie– Westworld is the place to be …

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LinkedIn® Live! Phoenix Event by quotes

The November 6th event was called “The best networking event I have ever been to.” by a large percentage of the participants.

LinkedIn® Live!

Phoenix Event

“LinkedIn” and it’s logo are registered trademarks of the LinkedIn Corporation.

Handlebar J’s

7116 Becker Lane

Scottsdale , AZ 85254

Tuesday January 8th 2008

5:30 – 7:30 PM

We are pleased to announce the next LinkedIn® Centric event in the Phoenix Market at Handlebar J’s!

The LinkedIn® Live! Event brings the top LinkedIn® Users together with key members of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Community (who should be top Linkedin® users) and introducing them to each other, and to IA and its mission.

This month, the event is co-produced in alliance with the Arizona Technology Council .

LinkedIn Live! is a Free Event with appetizers sponsored by Lumension Security and a Cash Bar.

Register Now

And bring one or two of your most connected LinkedIn® connections!

Join us as we further unlock the power of the extended Metro Phoenix network!

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Scottsdale a major milestone to ensure long-term sustainability of water resources by azhttp
November 12, 2007, 5:55 am
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Water is the lifeblood of a community and always a top concern of mine. I would like to share Scottsdale’s recent achievement which demonstrates our steadfast commitment to long-term sustainability of our water resources.A major milestone has been achieved by Scottsdale. This past year we recharged as much water into the groundwater aquifers as was pumped out from wells. This balance is called “safe yield” and it ensures the long-term sustainability of the city’s groundwater resources. Several factors contributed to this achievement, including strategic planning and the construction of the Water Campus. Scottsdale recently received the prestigious Crescordia Award for our Aquifer Sustainability Program during Valley Forward’s annual Environmental Awards banquet.

“In 1980 Arizona passed the Groundwater Management Act that set the achievement of “safe yield,” a balance between groundwater withdrawal and artificial/natural recharge, as a goal for Phoenix-area water providers. To achieve “safe yield” Scottsdale had to overcome several challenges – primarily its historic 100 percent dependency on groundwater to supply its drinking water, and secondly, the city’s wells are located on the upper-end of the aquifer, making the community more vulnerable to water-level decline.

Scottsdale implemented an innovative set of water resource management strategies, which culminated in the city’s Aquifer Sustainability Program. Its surface water acquisition program was funded by the first impact fees in the state, developed by Scottsdale, dedicated exclusively toward water supply acquisition. The city now receives approximately 75 percent of its drinking water from two surface water supplies, the Colorado River through the Central Arizona Project, and the Salt and Verde rivers through SRP.

The city then maximized its reclaimed water supply through its Scottsdale Water Campus, which delivers reclaimed water directly to 23.5 golf courses in north Scottsdale for turf irrigation. To better manage groundwater conditions, the city initiated a complex groundwater modeling effort, and helped to establish a strong water conservation ethic as one of the founding partners of the Valleywide “Water – Use It Wisely” campaign.” Scottsdale achieved “safe yield” in 2006, a milestone that will help sustain groundwater resources.”

Even though safe yield has been achieved, residents are still asked to conserve water and to take advantage of the tips and tools available to them from the city’s Water Conservation Office. To learn more about how you can conserve water, please call the office at 480 312-5650.

Scottsdale is a leader in the Valley and the nation in conservation and in using artificial groundwater recharge to enhance the sustainability of the city’s water supply. This is an important part of Scottsdale’s overall water supply management strategy. Maintaining the city’s safe yield balance is the city’s next goal. Congratulations to Dave Mansfield and the entire Water Resources team.

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SJN – Scottsdale Job Network

Job Seekers, Employers and Volunteers helping place wokers in Phoenix Jobs.

SJN – Scottsdale Job Network – 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.

Scottsdale Job Network NEXT MEETING: TUES, OCT 2

Guest speaker:

Peter Polk, Retired Healthcare Executive
Governor’s Task Force on Aging-Mature Worker InitiativePresenting:  Conversational Rituals

How can we overcome frustrations and avoid misunderstandings that result from gender differences in conversational style?  When conversational rituals are not understood, we tend to interpret them literally = misinterpreting the speaker’s intentions and abilities.  In every office, no matter what part of the world, and no matter what kind of business, there’s one activity without which no work could ever get done …… Talking.  In any job search, effective talking at an interview can result from knowing conversational style to apply whether the interviewer is a man or woman.

Greater Phoenix resale numbers end summer on sour note by azhttp

MESA, Ariz. — With 4,240 recorded sales in August 2007, the local resale housing market continues its uninspiring march. The activity of August followed July 2007 at 4,330 sales and was below last year’s 5,685 transactions. The month of August brought the year-to-date total to 37,750 sales, which is well below the 47,515 for 2006 year to date and 78,935 sales for 2005 year to date.

“Primarily the role of August is to act as a transition from the heady days of summer to the lower recorded sales of the last months of the year,” said Jay Butler, director of Realty Studies in the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at the Polytechnic campus.

“However, there are increasing risks that the market could move lower than expected, driven by geopolitical risks and tighter mortgage underwriting guidelines. Both of these factors could make it increasingly difficult for people wanting to buy, but are not able to obtain needed financing. This point will be especially true in the move-up market,” Butler added.

The combination of large inventories and low interest rates have enabled people to purchase more expensive homes, which is one reason the county median price has remained fairly stable. But, recent troubles in the nonconforming mortgage market (mortgages above $417,000) have begun to adversely impact the move-up market. Last year, 39 percent of the resale homes sold for more than $300,000, while it was 37 percent for August 2007.

Foreclosures and new homes are providing a competitive alternative to the resale home in many areas of the market. New home builders continue to aggressively pursue buyers through incentives such as specially priced upgrades, free pools and gift cards. Thus, the 2007 resale housing market is showing signs of increasing weaknesses that could drive it below the current expectations of it being a good year.

Much like the ever-increasing sales activity of the last few years, the rapid improvement in price has disappeared. The median home price in August was $255,000 in comparison to $265,000 for July and last year’s $262,500. The most evident impact of lower prices is improved affordability. Although mortgage interest rates increased slightly from last year’s 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent, the lower median price allowed the monthly payment to decrease slightly from last year’s $1,350 to $1,330.

Changes in median prices can vary tremendously throughout the valley. For the western suburbs the median price has fallen from $240,000 in August 2006 to $217,450. On the other hand, homes in the North Mesa area have gone from last year’s $235,000 to $255,000. While some areas have declining prices, other areas are increasing or remaining fairly stable, especially the mature neighborhoods that are close to freeways, retail and schools. Since the greater Phoenix area is so large, the median price can range significantly from $680,000 ($697,500 in July) in North Scottsdale to $189,000 ($185,000 in July) in the Maryvale area of the city of Phoenix.

Although townhouse/condominium units have retained some popularity with seasonal visitors, investors and people seeking affordable housing, this housing sector has continually fallen from the 1,350 sales in March to 955 sales, while there were 1,100 sales for a year ago. Even with slower sales, the median home price increased slightly from $181,000 in July to $182,500 in August ($170,000 for August 2006).

The median square footage for a single-family home recorded sold in August 2007 was 1,740 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 1,115 square feet which is larger than the 1,090 square feet reported a year ago.

·       In contrast to August 2006, recorded sales in the city of Phoenix decreased from 1,760 sales to 1,160 sales, while the median sales price decreased to $220,000 from $224,000 for a year ago. Since Phoenix is a geographically large city, the median prices can range significantly such as $189,000 in the Maryvale area to $314,750 ($330,000 in July) in the Union Hills area. The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 395 to 300 sales, while the median price increased from $153,295 to $173,000.

·       While the Scottsdale resale home market declined from 390 from a year ago to 360 recorded sales, the median sales price decreased from last year’s $598,500 to $559,375. The median resale home price is $680,000 ($697,500 in July) in North Scottsdale and $305,000 ($315,000 in July) in South Scottsdale. The townhouse/condominium sector in Scottsdale increased slightly from 205 to 210 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $266,000 to $242,900.

·       Compared to August 2006, the Mesa resale housing market declined from 645 to 460 sales, while the median price fell from $240,000 to $237,000 ($242,000 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector also fell from 165 to 120 sales, while the median home price decreased from $159,950 to $152,000.


·       Glendale decreased from 445 to 300 sales and the median sales price decreased from $255,000 to $240,750 ($238,500 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 65 to 45 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $143,000 to $140,500.

·       For the city of Peoria, the resale market declined from 280 to 205 sales, while the median price dropped  from $270,000 to $257,500 ($264,950 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 25 to 20 sales and the median price went from $165,000 to $162,500.

·       In comparison to a year ago, the Sun City resale market remained at 90 sales, while the median sales price decreased to $175,000 from $200,000. Resale activity in Sun City West declined from at 50 to 45 sales, the median sales price decreased from $240,650 to $220,000. The townhouse/condominium market in Sun City declined from 50 to 45 recorded sales, while the median home price decreased from $139,000 to $124,000. In Sun City West, activity fell from 15 to 10 sales and the median sales price decreased from $175,750 to $130,000.

·       The resale market in Gilbert decreased from 355 to 290 sales and the median sales price decreased from $320,000 to $300,000 ($314,500 in July). The townhouse/condominium market remained at 10 sales as the median sales price decreased from $210,000 to $180,000.

  • For the city of Chandler, the resale market fell from 410 to 300 recorded sales, while the median sales price went from $308,000 to $282,800 ($308,375 in July). The townhouse/condominium market stayed at 40 sales and the median sales price declined from $182,000 to $163,250.

·       The resale market in Tempe decreased from 155 to 115 sales, with the median sales price decreasing from $299,950 to $270,000 ($283,810 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector was stable at 70 sales, but the median sales price increased from $179,250 to $194,950.

·       The highest median sales price was in Paradise Valley at $1,950,000 with a median square foot house of 4,220 square feet.

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

        o       Avondale fell from 130 to 95 sales with the median price moving from $254,325 to $223,275 ($222,500 in July).
        o       El Mirage decreased from 80 to 60 sales, while the median home price went from $212,750 to $185,000 ($180,000 in July).

        o       Goodyear went from 95 to 80 sales, while the median price decreased from $280,000 to $272,000 ($248,750 in July).

        o       Surprise decreased from 225 sales to 200 sales, with the median price decreasing from $250,000 to $232,500 ($234,900 in July).


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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 To subscribe to RSS feed for Realty Studies news, visit

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