Easter in Scottsdale – Things to Do

By Alice Seger April 3, 2015
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Easter activities in Scottsdale are perfect for bringing the whole family together. Whether you’re partaking in a delightful brunch or enjoying an egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Scottsdale! Note: Most restaurants and resorts require reservations. Please call ahead to verify times and pricing and to make reservations. Photos with the Easter Bunny at Scottsdale Fashion Square When: March 19 – April 4; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Mon. – Thurs.); 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Fri. – Sat.); 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sun.) Details: Bring the kids for a visit with the Easter Bunny, located on the upper level in the Nordstrom wing. Take photos and receive a free […]

Top 5 Scottsdale Projects Opening in 2015

By Alice Seger March 27, 2015
Scottsdale Top 5 Projects in 2015

Expansions at two major shopping malls, new corporate offices and high-end urban housing are among several major Scottsdale development projects scheduled to open this year, providing a boost to the city’s already-robust shopping, dining and employment sectors. Post-recession construction has ramped up across the city, a fact made evident by the increasingly-familiar sight of cranes, scaffolding and wood-framing at work sites from Old Town to the Scottsdale Airpark. Here’s a look at five new projects expected to have an impact on the city’s economy in 2015: 1. Scottsdale Fashion Square expansion. Arizona’s largest shopping center and one of the 20 biggest in the U.S., according to data from esri.com, is set to grow again this year with a new movie […]

Gilbert ranked among top cities in country, best in Ariz.

By Alice Seger March 6, 2015
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Gilbert’s continued expansion has grown in tandem with its reputation as a friendly place for families to live. Time Inc.’s Money magazine ranked Gilbert the best place to live in Arizona and the 22nd-best place to live in America. The study, released Sept. 19, evaluated all 781 cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, analyzing factors like jobs, housing, education and health care. Gilbert is the only Arizona municipality in the top 50. “It wasn’t a surprise,” said Gilbert Parks and Recreation director Rod Buchanan. “We went from No. 33 to 22 this year, so we climbed 11 spots.” The report listed Gilbert as the second-most populated. Only Irvine, Calif., ranked 14th, is larger. The 2013 US Census Bureau population […]

Luhrs City Center will soon be home to a technology and innovation hub for startups.

By Alice Seger March 6, 2015
Phoenix Luhrs City Center

The iconic Luhrs City Center in downtown Phoenix will soon be home to some of the most promising startup companies thanks to a new partnership with Tallwave. The technology and innovation hub of downtown Phoenix was announced today by Hansji Corp., owners of the revitalized historic block. Hansji partnered with Tallwave, the Scottsdale-based venture development firm, and it’s High Tide national startup commercialization program. High Tide at Luhrs City Center will be launched with the partnership, and will give chosen entrepreneurs the ability to build their products and take them to market faster. Article courtesy of Hayley Ringle, Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal

9 Arizona cities among top places in U.S. to retire

By Alice Seger October 27, 2014
Jack Stark (left), 73, and James Badami, 83, both of Sun City West, ride stationary bikes at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center. AARP projects that by 2040, the state will see a 300 percent increase in residents ages 85 or older, and these residents are healthier and like to stay active.(Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic)

Arizona as a whole is one of the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees, according to Kiplinger. As the number of retirees climbs nationwide, people beginning a new stage of life might want to consider living in the West Valley. Long known for communities like Sun City and Sun City West, other parts of the West Valley are attracting attention as options for retirees. Peoria and Glendale recently were ranked in the top-50 best places to retire in the country, with Peoria coming in at No. 10. The cities were among nine in Arizona on the list created by WalletHub, a financial-planning website for consumers and small-business owners. The 150 largest cities in the U.S. were analyzed and rated based […]

3 Industry Trends to Watch This Fall

By Alice Seger October 24, 2014
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The housing market is expected to heat up this fall, despite buyers showing greater signs of being conservative in their home purchases. Bankrate.com recently highlighted some of the following trends to watch this fall in the nation’s real estate market: 1. An overall pick up in housing activity. Low inventories of homes for sale in many markets have been blamed for cooling the summer months more than expected. However, more inventories are hitting U.S. markets, which could unleash some pent-up demand among buyers. At the end of August, housing inventory was at 2.31 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.5-month supply of homes, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. That’s 4.5 percent higher than a year […]

Money Magazine Ranks Phoenix #2 On The “Best Big-City Bargains” List

By Alice Seger October 23, 2014
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We all know that Arizona is a great place to live. It looks like others are starting to take notice. In the recent edition of Money Magazine, it ranked the top 10 “Best Big-City Bargains” based on factors such as housing affordability, economic strength, home price forecasts, and livability. Phoenix was #2 on the list, trailing only Charlotte, NC. In the article, the author focuses primarily on two Phoenix neighborhoods: (1) “Arcadia Lite” and (2) “Desert Ridge”.   This information would be highly valuable in order to help attract out of state buyers. Here are the stats the article points out that make Phoenix so attractive. POPULATION: 1,511,870 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $199,100 AVERAGE PROPERTY TAX: $1,330 MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME: $56,800 […]