Metro Phoenix housing market has best month in a decade April just might have been the best month for metro Phoenix's housing market in a decade. Foreclosures fell to the lowest level since 2006. Homebuilding continued to rebound. Phoenix kept its spot as one of most affordable big metro areas for ...
More Phoenix homeowners have equity now Fewer metro Phoenix homeowners are underwater now, according to CoreLogic. Approximately 19.5% of the Valley's homeowners owed more than their house is worth as of June 30, down from 21% at the end of this year's first quarter. At the worst of the housing cra ...
Phoenix-area home sales, prices cool in July In Metro Phoenix, both sales and prices dipped in July. Home sales fell 4.5% and the median home sales price inched down to $210,000 compared with June, according to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The housing market's mode ...
Ariz. homebuilders offering deals New-home prices across metro Phoenix soared too high and too fast in 2012 and 2013 for many buyers to handle, leading to a slump in sales. Home prices have dropped slightly this summer, and builders are trying to lure buyers by offering incentives that include lowe ...
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News Article From: 06-29-2006

The first article Arizona mirrors nation on high-wage jobs, from The Business Journal reports that the proportion of high-wage jobs in Arizona is nearly identical to the national average, according to a new analysis of federal employment data. About 15 percent of all jobs in the U.S. pay high wages, defined as paying at least 50 percent more than the overall average wage, according to The Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, a unit of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. "Arizona ranked 17th -- in the middle of a group of competitor states, but near the bottom of a group of New Economy states," he said.




The third article Cost to borrow rises with rates, from The Arizona Republic reports that the anticipated Fed action today would lift the federal funds rate by one-quarter of a percentage point to 5.25 percent. That would be the 17th such increase since the Fed began to tighten credit in June 2004. This step would leave both the funds rate and the prime rate at their highest points in more than five years. Before the Fed's series of increases, the prime rate stood at 4 percent and the funds rate was at 1 percent. It was a boon for borrowers, a bane for savers.  Those extraordinarily low rates were needed to help brace the economy after the stock market bubble burst, the 2001 recession set in, terrorists struck the U.S. and accounting scandals rocked Wall Street.



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