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Wrap Your Night Food, Drink and Entertainment Resources

PHOENIX, Arizona. — Local First Arizona has teamed up with ShowUp.com to bring an incredible resource to Phoenix. This tool is a very special on-line guide to downtown food, drinks and entertainment, all within walking distance of one another in the downtown area. Wrap Your Night is a great way to discover all of the great new wine bars, restaurants and cafés downtown has to offer before or after an event in the near vicinity.

With information like walking time between venue and eatery, Wrap Your Night aims not only to support and promote local businesses that would love to accommodate theater and concertgoers, but also to help the community develop a sense of cohesiveness. The guide includes 9 locations of a navigable map not unlike any other web map.

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Phoenix City Hall Event Will Salute Veterans by quotes

Phoenix City Hall Event Will Salute Veterans Mayor Phil Gordon and the Phoenix Military Veterans Commission will present the fourth annual “Mayoral Salute to All Veterans of American Wars,” 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq will be honored during the ceremony at the City Hall atrium. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, a decorated Vietnam veteran, will be the keynote speaker. The Cesar Chavez High School Color Guard will post the colors, and the musical group, “VA Voices” will perform.

The public is invited, especially families of current military members. For more information, call 480-844-4851.



Greater Phoenix resale numbers tracking near historical norms by quotes

Greater Phoenix resale numbers tracking near historical norms

MESA, Arizona —February, like January, tends to be a poor indicator of the coming year.  In addition, it is a short month, so it is typically a low month for sales activity, frequently being the lowest month of the year. For February, 4,280 homes were recorded sold, in contrast to 4,520 for January, 5,460 for a year ago and 7,935 transactions in 2005. This was the lowest February since 4,090 homes were recorded sold in 2003, which was the lowest month for 2003. So far in 2007 a total of 8,800 homes have been recorded sold in contrast to 10,715 in 2006 and 17,290 in 2005 for the same time period.

While the resale market is tracking near historical norms, the overall health of the market will become more evident in the next few months, which are traditionally the strongest for the resale market, according Jay Q. Butler, director of Realty Studies at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus.

“If 2007 is to show some improvement, listings should be increasing with a corresponding improvement in buyer activity.  However, the activity levels should be well below those of the last few years, because the current market lacks the market frenzy to own and/or invest at almost any price and reasoning,” said Butler. 

If the international economy and political situation remains stable, the general expectation is that the 2007 resale housing market should be a good year, but no where 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 has been very stable at $260,000, which is the same as January, but down from last year’s $265,000.  For February 2007, 16 percent of all recorded sales were for homes priced from $125,000 to $199,999, 43 percent for $200,000 to $299,999 and 39 percent for homes priced more than $300,000.  Last year, the distribution was 19 percent of all recorded sales were for homes priced from $125,000 to $199,999, 40 percent for $200,000 to $299,999 and 37 percent for homes priced more than $300,000.

The increase in the higher price levels demonstrates the importance of the move-up market in a slowing market. Since the greater Phoenix area is so large, the median price can range significantly from $687,500 ($665,000 in January) in North Scottsdale to $139,500 ($148,000 in January) in the Sky Harbor area of the city of Phoenix.

Since home prices have declined slightly from a year ago, the monthly payment of $1,300 is down from last year’s $1,320. Even though mortgage interest rates have been declining for the last few months, limited home appreciation and household income continues to raise concern about the ability of some homeowners to maintain their homes. This may be especially evident for those that have used some of the more creative financing instruments, such as option payment plans and initially low-interest-rate adjustable mortgages. 

Because townhouse/condominium units are popular with seasonal visitors, it is not unusual to observe an improvement in February. Thus, February had 1,050 sales, in comparison to 850 for January and 1,260 sales for a year ago. The median home price has been very stable at $175,000, which is also the same as a year ago.

The median square footage for a single-family home recorded sold in February 2007 was 1,670 square feet, which is larger than the 1,620 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 1,085 square feet, which is smaller than the 1,135 square feet reported a year ago.

  1. In contrast to February 2006, recorded sales in the city of Phoenix decreased from 1,645 sales to 1,215 sales, while the median sales price increased to $228,470 from $213,750 for a year ago. Since Phoenix is a geographically large city, the median prices can range significantly such as $139,500 in the Sky Harbor area to $305,000 ($353,500 in January) in the Union Hills area. The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 425 to 355 sales while the median price decreased from $158,500 to $150,000.
  2. While the Scottsdale resale home market declined from 400 to 355 recorded sales, the median sales price increased from last year’s $575,000 to $600,000. The median resale home price is $687,500 ($665,000 in January) in North Scottsdale and $321,250 ($308,000 in January) in South Scottsdale. The townhouse/condominium sector in Scottsdale also decreased from 235 to 220 sales and the median sales price decreased from $285,000 to $254,950.
  3. The Mesa resale housing market declined from 655 to 460 sales, while the median price fell from $245,000 to $238,500 ($240,000 in January). The townhouse/condominium sector also fell from 190 to 140 sales, while the median home price increased from $155,000 to $161,400.
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  5. Glendale decreased from 435 to 300 sales and the median sales price decreased from $250,000 to $242,850 ($238,500 in January). The townhouse/condominium sector also slowed from 65 to 50 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $140,000 to $139,000.

       

·       For the city of Peoria, the resale market decreased from 275 sales to 235 sales, with the median price moving from $275,000 to $270,000 ($260,000 in January). The townhouse/condominium sector remained at 25 sales and the median price increased from $169,900 to $184,000.

  1. In comparison to a year ago, the Sun City resale market remained at 100 sales, while the median sales price decreased to $204,500 from $216,000. As resale activity in Sun City West stayed at 55 sales, the median sales price decreased from $243,500 to $230,000. The townhouse/condominium market in Sun City declined from 60 to 45 recorded sales, while the median home price decreased from $146,450 to $129,000. In Sun City West, activity improved from 15 to 30 sales and the median sales price decreased from $180,000 to $166,000.
  2. The resale market in Gilbert decreased from 290 to 230 sales, with the median sales price decreasing from $341,000 to $307,500 ($319,000 in January). The townhouse/condominium market fell from 20 to 15 sales as the median sales price decreased from $213,000 to $205,500.

  • For the city of Chandler, the resale market fell from 400 to 280 recorded sales, while the median sales price improved from $299,900 to $307,500 ($305,000 in January). The townhouse/condominium market declined from 65 to 50 sales and the median sales price declined from $183,600 to $170,830.

§       The resale market in Tempe increased from 120 to 135 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $300,000 to $280,000 ($282,950 in January). The townhouse/condominium sector slowed from 90 to 50 sales and the median sales price decreased from $185,000 to $182,500.

  1. The highest median sales price was in Paradise Valley at $1,740,000 with a median square foot house of 3,840 square feet.

·       In the West Valley, the following communities represent 9 percent of the resale market.

o       Avondale fell from 110 to 70 sales, with the median price moving from $261,000 to $242,080 ($243,950 in January).

o       El Mirage decreased from 60 to 45 sales, and the median home price went from $221,000 to $206,000 ($202,000 in January).

o       Goodyear declined from 80 to 65 sales, with the median price decreasing from $289,000 to $270,000 ($260,000 in January)

o       Surprise increased from 200 to 215 sales, while the median price decreased from $260,750 a year ago to $245,000 ($247,235 in January).

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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. It 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.

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, East College, the College of Science and Technology, and the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation. Visit us online at http://www.poly.asu.edu.



CHAIRity Event Raises Funds for Domestic Violence Victims by quotes

 CHAIRity Event Raises Funds for Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence will receive more counseling and client services from the proceeds raised at the seventh annual CHAIRity event, “Sit a Moment, Stop the Violence,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Phoenix Art Museum, Central Avenue and McDowell Road.

Ten creative chairs, designed by graduating students of the Arizona State University College of Design, will be on display and sold through an auction at the event. The scholarship winning chair, “Choices,” as well as three other chairs, “Clarity,” “Patches” and “Resurrected Dreams,” will be sold through a live auction.

The 20 students, who will present their finished chairs, designed and built them in teams of two in one month at a maximum cost of $100 plus donations. Each chair reflects the style of a well-known artist and makes a statement about domestic violence and the role the city of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center plays in supporting domestic violence victims.

The artwork that influenced the students ranges from two- to three-dimensional artists and fashion designers to architects, musicians and poets. Influential individuals include Armani, Gwen Stefani, Georgia O’Keefe and others. Miniature chairs that replicate the larger chairs, also created by the students, also will be sold at the silent auction.

The chairs will be on display on Nov. 3 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. for a First Friday’s event. The chairs then will be at the Phoenix City Hall atrium, 200 W. Washington St., during business hours from Nov. 6 to 30.

Proceeds from the chair sales and the dinner will benefit the Phoenix Family Advocacy Center that provides comprehensive services to domestic violence and sexual abuse victims and their families in a safe and supportive environment.

“Domestic violence is a major problem in our country and our community. We hope this event will help raise public awareness about its devastating effects not only on the victim but on the family,” said Phoenix City Councilwoman Peggy Bilsten, event honorary chair. “With the funds that are raised, we hope to expand the center’s services. Every home should be a safe home.”

The event presenting sponsor is Southwest Ambulance; the premier sponsors are Arizona Federal Credit Union and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. Event sponsors include The Arizona Republic, Arizona Public Service, city of Phoenix Aviation Department, HRD, Phelps Dodge and US Business Interiors.

Tickets are $100 per person and various levels of corporate sponsorship are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 602-534-3072 or visit www.chairity.info. For information about the Family Advocacy Center, visit phoenix.gov/fac.

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Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown by quotes

Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845 Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown

More than 400 homeless veterans in the Valley are expected to receive temporary haven and assistance during the Arizona StandDown 2006 from Oct. 27 to 29 at the Phoenix Watkins Shelter, 1120 W. Watkins St.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, with a 10 a.m. opening ceremony featuring Mayor Phil Gordon, District 6 Councilman Greg Stanton, District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson and former Congressman Matt Salmon. The event will conclude at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, with a special recognition ceremony hosted by Councilman Greg Stanton, chairman of the Regional Continuum of Care on Homelessness.

During the Sunday recognition ceremony, success stories will be shared and an “open mike” opportunity will give veterans a chance to talk about how the weekend activities have assisted them. Each veteran will receive a special thank you for their service – a dog tag with a StandDown message.

The veterans will be picked up at eight Valley locations and transported to the StandDown site where they will receive services that include meals, haircuts, showers, entertainment, legal and medical assistance, clothing, employment and housing placement services.

The StandDown seeks to increase the community’s awareness of the plight of the homeless American veteran, while bringing a variety of social service providers together to meet with, inform and assist the veterans in regaining a more productive, satisfying lifestyle.

StandDown is a military term that refers to a brief period of time for a soldier to leave an active combat area, to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.

The StandDown focuses not on being a handout, but a way to create an atmosphere conducive to change and recovery.

The event is coordinated by U.S. VETS – Phoenix; the city of Phoenix Human Services and Police departments; VA Medical Center – Phoenix; VA Regional Office; Arizona Department of Economic Security; Arizona Department of Veteran Services; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other individuals and agencies.

Last year’s StandDown served more than 300 homeless veterans and assisted 41 homeless veterans to enter housing programs. For more information on Arizona StandDown 2006 or to donate, call U.S. VETS – Phoenix at 602-305-8585.

Call the Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845



Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus by quotes

Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus

The city of Phoenix in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the state of Arizona and Arizona State University opened the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

More here: Phoenix Biomedical Campus



Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting by quotes

 Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting

The city of Phoenix will hold a community meeting to provide residents with a status update on the city’s plan for downtown. A presentation on the “Downtown Strategic Vision and Blueprint for the Future” and Arizona State University’s “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Phoenix Preparatory Academy, 735 E. Fillmore St.

In December 2004, the mayor and City Council adopted a comprehensive strategy for downtown and identified priorities, including making downtown an anchor for the knowledge economy; providing diverse quality housing; providing an eclectic mix of people, spaces and uses; expanding diversity of artistic and cultural opportunities; fostering retail establishments; creating well-defined and well-designed public spaces while protecting historic treasures; and supporting a sense of place that connects the existing urban fabric with infrastructure. The presentation will provide an update on the implementation of the goals as identified in the report.

The ASU “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will include an update on the implementation of Phase One of campus development. The campus opened in August with more than 4,000 students and the future build-out of the campus is expected to serve up to 15,000 students by 2008.

For more information, visit phoenix.gov/downtown or call 602-534-7143.