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June 2015

Found 3 blog entries for June 2015.

Weather, walkability and cost of living is placing Phoenix at the top of a new list of cities to retire.

Compiled by Bankrate.com, the list also includes two other Arizona cities in the top ten with Prescott ranked third and Tucson at number four. 

In addition to Arizona’s low-maintenance, outdoorsy lifestyle, Bankrate also cites health care quality and low property taxes as attractive factors for retirees who may be living on a fixed income.

The Phoenix area boasts several retirement communities for active adults with Sun City, Sun City West, PebbleCreek and Robson Ranch among some of the popular senior living neighborhoods.

Separating Phoenix and Prescott on Bankrate’s list of best cities for retirees is Arlington and Alexandria,

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Housing affordability is on the rise and that means the Phoenix metro area too, giving more Americans a chance to own their own homes.  If you're buying or selling a home in the Phoenix area, it's good news.

The good news comes as National Homeownership Month gets under way in this month of June.

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity points to lower interest rates and home prices for the boost in housing affordability across the country.

According to the Index, more than 66 percent of new and existing homes sold between January and March were sold to families earning the U.S. median income of $65,800.

The national median home price also declined from $215,000 in the fourth quarter to

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Things could be looking up for some valley real estate businesses as talks drone on about the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for commercial purposes.

The FAA recently gave three companies the go-ahead to experiment with UAVs, or drones, beyond the “line of sight” restrictions generally imposed on drone operators.

For the companies that have been granted exemptions that means the person operating the drone won’t necessarily have to keep the UAV in their line of vision while flying it with remote controls.

The FAA greenlight is still just an experiment, for now. But it is welcome news for some real estate businesses that have long lobbied for expanded use of drones in the residential appraisal process. 

Many see the move as a step in the right

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