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Rising Mortgage Rates May Cause Homebuyers More than Just Headaches

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 59% of current homeowners wish they better understood the details of their mortgage, but new homebuyers may not even have that luxury if they don’t settle on a home in the immediate future. According to Bankrate.com, mortgage interest rates reached a new high at the end of 2016. As of December 21 2016, the national rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.17%, which marks one of the highest interest rates for 2016. According to sales figures from the Northern Arizona Multiple Listing Service, that interest could accumulate into more than most homeowners could handle. The 4.17% interest rate from December 2016 marks a 7% increase from the rate in November 2015. Lisa Paffrath, owner and broker of Grand View North Realty, reported that interest rates on mortgages have been on the rise since the election. The nature...

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According to AAA, Americans Nationwide Are Not Taking Care of Their Cars

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

AAA Roadside Assistance believes that Americans don’t take care of their cars as well as they should. All in all, neglecting vehicles costs the economy over $2 billion each and every year, but according to AAA, this can be easily prevented if drivers simply follow the manufacturer recommended precautions to keep their car in tip top shape. For perspective, there are 7,970,946 registered vehicles in Arizona, so the economic impact of paying more attention to vehicles could have a great effect on the Grand Canyon state. Consumers who regularly forget or ignore their recommended maintenance pay an average of $100 more per visit to the auto mechanic. AAA revealed its list of the 10 most frequently skipped maintenance items, followed by the percentage of drivers that do not complete it. The list includes: 1. Brake fluid –88% 2. Proper...

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Small Business Saturday Brings Many Benefits to Local Arizona Companies

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

In general, 75% of online shoppers never scroll past the first page of search results. While this can give big businesses an advantage, locally-owned, small businesses struggle everyday to foster client loyalty. To get clients in their doors during the holiday season, small business owners have banded together nationwide to create Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday comes once a year after the mega-shopping day Black Friday. The day’s objective is to promote locally owned businesses and to pull them from the shadows cast upon them from large companies. Shoppers in Tuscon are able to grab a piece of the small business pie this Saturday, November 26. News 4 Tuscon interviewed some local business owners on their thoughts about Black Friday, and Lissa Marinaro, owner of Zoe Boutique, has high hopes because she offers unique products incomparable to big box...

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Researchers Continue to Search for Ways to Preserve Arizona’s Water Supply

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

Experts say that the optimal amount of lawn watering is roughly one inch for each watering session. In Arizona, however, more water could be needed since temperatures regularly exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Arizona relies greatly on the Hoover Dam. According to Arizona State University, the dam’s water provides clean water for California, Nevada, and Arizona, but there are concerns over what’s on the surface of the dam. About 200 feet above the bottom of the dam is a white bathtub ring that experts believe will never go away. Due to increasing climate change and a continuing drought throughout the area, the ring will not remain. “I think people have come to the recognition that the infrastructure which has served us so well over the last 100 years is not going to do the same job in the next 100...

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Spanish Classes for Health Science Majors to Begin at the University of Arizona in Spring 2017

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

The majority of the world’s population is bilingual; however, just 17% of the American population can speak a foreign language in addition to English. With a large Hispanic and Latinx population, the U.S. healthcare system has been unable to sufficiently treat a number of these patients. Hispanic-Americans are 50% more likely to die from diabetes and liver disease than non-Hispanic whites, and are also predisposed to obesity and high blood pressure. To better the care of Spanish-speaking patients, the University of Arizona will begin offering Spanish-language courses to its health sciences majors in spring 2017. Dr. Francisco Moreno, physician and director of the UA Health Sciences-Hispanic Center of Excellence, hopes that this new program, in conjunction with the university’s Spanish and Portuguese Departments, will be able to assist students in their future professions when caring for individuals both locally...

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Anti-Marijuana Group Posts Billboards Across Phoenix Area

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 37% of consumers report looking at an outdoor ad every time they pass one, but Phoenix drivers may be in for a surprise during their commutes. An anti-marijuana group has been posting billboards across the Phoenix area as part of a campaign to halt the legalization of marijuana across the state. The group has started their campaign just two weeks before voters will be able to have their say at the polls. Rather than focusing on smoking devices, the billboard campaign has its focus on edibles. If marijuana is legalized, edibles, or foods that contain marijuana, would be legal to buy and sell. The major concern of this group is that some edibles will be packaged and marketed in a way that might be attractive to children who might accidentally consume them. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like...

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