Arizona Landlords Got Grants, Filed Eviction Notices Anyway

By Jessica Boehm, Catherine Reagor & Ralph Chapoco | Arizona Republic Arizona landlords who received money from a state program that aimed to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic filed nearly 2,500 eviction notices during the pandemic, an Arizona Republic investigation found. Gov. Doug Ducey’s office launched the Arizona Rental Property Owner Preservation Fund in …

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Judge Upholds Ducey’s Eviction Relief After Landlord Sued

By Rebekah L. Sanders | Arizona Republic A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on (July 22) rejected a challenge to Gov. Doug Ducey’s eviction moratorium, which gives tenants facing hardship from COVID-19 the ability to remain temporarily in their homes if they file certain paperwork. Phoenix landlord Ann Gregory sued the governor and a lower-court …

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No Crash Predicted For Metro Phoenix Housing Market

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic The Phoenix area’s housing market is showing no signs of crashing despite job losses and other economic hits because of COVID-19. The region’s home sales typically dip during the summer, as fewer buyers opt to brave triple-digit temperatures to check out and commit to houses. Now, with masks and …

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Thousands of Arizonans Could Become Homeless Soon

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Thousands of Arizonans struggling to pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic could lose their homes this summer when Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order delaying evictions expires, government data suggests. Renters who were sick with the virus, lost jobs or had to stop working because schools were closed have …

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Rents Finally Dip in Scottsdale

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Metro Phoenix rents have finally stopped rapidly increasing and are even dipping in some areas. Scottsdale posted the second biggest decrease in the U.S. for the median rent on a one-bedroom apartment this month. Other Valley cites including Chandler, Tempe and Phoenix saw rents drop, too. This month’s dips …

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Fountain Hills Voters Reject Controversial Apartments

By Lorraine Longhi | Arizona Republic UPDATED 5:45 p.m. MT May 21, 2020: Early election results on (May 19) show Fountain Hills voters handily rejecting two propositions that would have allowed the Daybreak project, a controversial apartment complex planned near one of the town’s busiest intersections, to move forward. The proposition to amend zoning and …

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Metro Phoenix Called ‘Hottest’ U.S. Housing Market, But…

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Metro Phoenix is the “hottest” housing market in the U.S., according to a respected national real estate expert. But the new “hot” definition for housing is much different than during the boom when Valley prices climbed a crazy 50% in a year and new homes shot up at triple …

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New Home Sales Climb as Investors Pay Cash

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic New homes in metro Phoenix are selling at the briskest pace since the 2006 housing boom, but some of the buyers may not be as welcome in your neighborhood. Investors are back in the Valley’s new-home market. During the last boom, speculating investors snapped up a record number of …

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Rising Housing Costs Are a Problem In Arizona

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Metro Phoenix home prices hit a new record this year. Valley rents are climbing to new records almost every month. Incomes aren’t keeping pace, and more people are getting squeezed out of homes as evictions set records too. The number of people living without shelter in the Phoenix area …

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Residents Oppose New North Scottsdale Development

By Lorraine Longhi | Arizona Republic Lauren Grey stands with her horse, Memo, and her neighbor, Diane Gray, on a vacant lot in north Scottsdale where luxury homes could be built. The 5.75-acre lot is off Jenan Drive, a sleepy one-lane street peppered with horse properties and homes on three-quarter-acre lots. Moments earlier, a coyote …

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