Experts see a stronger year in Phoenix housing market

first_imgThe spring weather isn’t the only thing that’s favorable in Arizona.“The biggest overall trend we see in residential real estate is the market trending upward from relief to optimism,” says Matt Widdows, founder of HomeSmart International. “We are continuing to see an uptake in the market across the board. Housing prices are on the rise and so is the rental market.  We are seeing very early signs of multiple offers, which could possibly be an indication of the return of a seller’s market.”According to the latest monthly report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, all signs point to the Phoenix area housing market having having better results in 2015, compared with 2014. Here are the highlights of that report on Maricopa and Pinal counties for January:The median single-family-home sales price went up 5.6 percent from January 2014 to January 2015 — $197,000 to $208,000.• The average price per square foot gained 5.1 percent from January 2014 to January 2015.• Condos and townhomes continue to gain a larger share of the market. Their median price up 11.6 percent – from $121,000 to $135,000February figures show demand about to boom, with the number of homes under contract dramatically rising.“January is always a quiet month, but we believe this was a lull before the storm,” explains Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School. “We have already seen early signs of much stronger activity from buyers in February and March. Looking at the number of homes going under contract, there was significantly increased demand in the lower and middle price ranges.”According to the Fannie Mae February 2015 Housing Survey, consumer optimism toward the housing market and the economy has reached a new all-time survey high. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they believe the economy is headed in the right direction. Likewise, the share of respondents who believe it would be easy to get a mortgage today rose to 54 percent, another record survey high.“Population growth is on the rise and home values, after a few years of steady growth, are now providing homeowners with more flexible equity positions,” according to Doug Reynolds, vice president, loan officer and division manager at Washington Federal Bank. “These improvements, along with long-term rates staying low and financing remaining readily available, should continue to be positive drivers of new construction and increased values.”Orr notes that listings for non-distressed homes under contract in the Phoenix area were up 26 percent from last year on a typical day in February. Listings from $150,000 to $600,000 were up more than 30 percent. He attributes this largely to lenders starting to relax their tight loan-underwriting guidelines and “boomerang buyers” who went through foreclosure or short sale being able to come back into the market.“I’m noticing a lot more showings at all of my listings, which is a sign of activity in the market,” says Mike D’Elena, a Realtor with HomeSmart and co-owner of Northgate Group. “Most of the buyers out looking right now are new buyers just beginning their search. I’m also working with a lot of move-up buyers — these are people who have recognized that rates are trending upwards and want to take advantage of current low rates and get a bigger home.”Experts says supply is an issue when it comes to all types of homes, including affordably priced rentals, which Orr says are at the lowest level he has seen in 14 years. But Tom Davis, vice president at Pioneer Title Agency, says in some areas, pending listings are up as much as 33 percent and this appears to be the trend throughout the Valley. Davis is quick to add that we are still in somewhat of a sellers’ market, with only about a six week inventory of homes on the MLS.“Supply remains relatively low except at the high end of the market,” Orr says. “At the moment, we are seeing early signs that demand is likely to recover quite a bit faster than supply. It would only take a modest increase in first-time home buyer demand to overwhelm the current weak level of supply, making it tougher to find affordable homes for sale.”Orr says home builders aren’t enjoying 2015 much yet. In January, newly built single-family homes hit their lowest monthly sales total in three years. However, most experts expect that trend to reverse, too.“Traffic is running about the same as it has been, but sales are substantially up,” says Dennis Webb, vice president of operations for Fulton Homes. “We are seeing more buyers that have experienced a short sale or foreclosure and now want to move into a new home again. We are also seeing people who have a home to sell being able to move up because the value of their existing home has increased.”last_img read more

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Mau Berlibur ke Istanbul? Baca Dulu Beberapa Tips Berikut Ini!

first_imgJangan Lupa Visa!ilustrasi visa. Sumber: kompas.comSelain tentunya paspor, Turki merupakan salah satu negara yang masih memerlukan visa untuk kita masuk ke dalamnya. Tenang, Anda tidak perlu bersusah payah untuk mencari Kedutaan Besar Turki di negara domisili Anda, karena Pemerintah Turki telah membuat situs web yang akan memudahkan Anda untuk mengajukan permohonan, membayar, dan mendapatkan visa Anda secara online dalam hitungan menit (visa on arrival).Biaya pembuatan visa itu sendiri beragam, tergantung negara domisili Anda. Pastikan pula paspor Anda masih aktif ketika hendak melakukan permohonan pengajuan visa. Untuk berjaga-jaga, segeralah mencetak visa manakala sudah terbit, karena Anda harus menunjukkan visa tersebut ke beberapa petugas bandara sebelum Anda tiba di counter kontrol paspor. Jadi, visa yang sudah dicetak tersebut akan sangat memudahkan Anda pasca de-plane (turun dari pesawat).Kedatangan pun Akan Memakan Waktu yang LamaSumber: tmgrup.com.trJika Anda menjadwalkan sebuah pertemuan satu jam setelah landing di Turki, hampir dapat dipastikan Anda akan melewati pertemuan tersebut, karena proses keluar bandara akan memakan waktu yang sangat lama, walaupun visa yang sudah Anda cetak berada di tangan. Biasanya di hari-hari sibuk, proses keluar dari bandara akan memakan waktu kurang lebih satu jam, tentunya perkiraan waktu tersebut bisa berubah kapan pun.Petunjuk: Sebenarnya ada dua customs control di kedua ujung koridor terminal kedatangan. Jika Anda menghadap ke arah pintu keluar, customs control yang berada di ujung kanan biasanya tidak terlalu ramai. Jika di area tersebut sudah ramai, dapat dipastikan Anda akan menghabiskan waktu kurang lebih satu jam untuk mengurus perijinan tersebut.Meninggalkan Turki Akan Lebih Sulit Ketimbang DatangJika fase di atas sudah cukup membuat Anda muak, pastikan kesabaran Anda sudah teruji karena proses meninggalkan Turki akan memakan waktu yang lebih lama daripada Anda datang ke negara ini. Anda akan melawati serangkaian proses pengecekkan keamanan sebelum Anda harus melakukan kontrol parspor lagi. Setelah melewati tahap tersebut, Anda akan melewati satu fase pengecekkan keamanan lagi sebelum Anda tiba di pintu menuju tarmac. Layaknya di terminal kedatangan, terdapat dua customs control zone di terminal keberangkatan.Usahakan Untuk Tidak Jajan di BandaraSumber: aa.com.trLayaknya di beberapa bandara di dunia, harga penganan hingga souvenir yang ditawarkan tentu akan lebih tinggi daripada di pusat kota. Namun harga yang ditawarkan di beberapa bandara di Turki memiliki perbandingan harga yang sangat signifikan. Disarankan untuk menahan diri atau mempersiapkan segalanya secara matang sehingga Anda tidak perlu “melubangi dompet” Anda untuk berbelanja di bandara.Baca Juga: Jalan Ini Hubungkan Jepang dan Turki Sepanjang 20.000 Km!Ada pula keunikan dari beberapa bandara di sini. Satuan mata uang yang mereka gunakan di sini adalah Euro, bukan Lira Turki. Jadi, bisa Anda hitung sendiri selisih harga antara 30 Euro dan 30 Lira!Satu lagi tips yang mungkin berguna bagi Anda yang hendak berkunjung ke Turki, yaitu Anda bisa menggunakan Tram sebagai moda andalan untuk berkendara selama berada di sini. Jika Anda ingin merasakan sensasi moda lain di Turki, Anda bisa menggunakan bus atap terbuka yang dapat dijangkau melalui Alun-alun Sultanahmet. Jadi, sudah lebih siap kan untuk berlibur ke Turki?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Sumber: thevibeagency Ada beberapa maskapai internasional yang melayani rute Jakarta – Istanbul (Turki), namun diantaranya hanya satu maskapai yang melayani penerbangan langsung (direct flight), yakni Turkish Airlines yang terbang setiap hari mengantarkan wisatawan dari Tanah Air menuju Istanbul, kota bersejarah yang membelah Asia dan Eropa dengan Sungai Bosporus-nya.Baca Juga: Mau Melancong? Yuk Intip Biaya Visa on Arrival Saat Tiba di Bandara Luar NegeriIstanbul memang menjadi daya tarik favorit wisatawan dari Indonesia, sebut saja disana Anda bisa melihat The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Cathedral, menghabiskan waktu berjalan-jalan di Alun-alun Sultanahmet, hingga melintasi Jembatan Galata yang terkenal merupakan beberapa spot wisata yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan. Lalu, apa saja yang mesti Anda perhatikan sebelum melancong Negeri Kebab tersebut? Berikut KabarPenumpang.com himpun beberapa tips tersebut versi laman huffingtonpost.com.last_img read more

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Man City player ‘very supportive of women’s football’ – Offered to…

first_imgManchester City fans who follow our coverage of the Chilean media are probably aware of how big Claudio Bravo is in his home country. Even though the national team has big stars such as Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez, the goalkeeper shares the spotlight with them.For the past year, we’ve covered several stories about his controversial return to La Roja, since he had issues in the squad which put him in the headlines for months.With everything sorted now, Bravo is back to being a national team hero, and his support for women’s football is doing the rounds in the Chilean media.Outlet En Cancha managed to make an interview with Romina Parraguirre about the women’s national team, and as usual the support from big figures has been a topic in the conversation.Embed from Getty ImagesIt was directly asked if men like Claudio Bravo could help the fight to get more attention, and she explained he’s actually been in touch with her.“Yes, we had a conversation with him, and he did support us, he was very supportive of women’s football,” Parraguirre told En Cancha.“What he was saying is that he can be the voice, but he doesn’t have the financial backing to support all of women’s football.”Speaking of the biggest problems for women’s football in Chile, she said: “Everything is on a theme of culture. I was working in Australia in a private school doing football classes, where the girls start playing at 4 years old. There were mixed teams, where the culture feels that football is not only for men. “In other countries they invest in women’s football, they invest in teams and by investing you are going to have better fields, you are going to have better training, where the players are going to be better and there you are going to be able to give a show where people see that this it’s good, where there is a good show. This is not happening here because it’s not invested. Big companies and teams don’t think this is a business.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia我們現正尋找希望使用市面上最新幾乎隱形的助聽器的香港試用者。限50歲以上*聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Changed To Help SMEs During Covid-19CNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoStrategyCombatPlay this Game for 1 Minute and see why everyone is addictedStrategyCombatUndoEveryday KoalaThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Till You See Them TodayEveryday KoalaUndolast_img read more

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