Op-ed Archives

Op-Ed: Blueprint for success in recovering multifamily markets

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By Flynann Janisse, Executive Director, Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation When the housing market collapsed in 2008, the industry as a whole saw individuals and families quickly scramble to find housing that could accommodate their new financial situations. During the height of the housing crisis, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition noted that in 2011 the lack… Read More →

Think before you ink a commercial lease


By J. Phillip Glasscock, CPA and Attorney at Law If you are a commercial tenant, your business premises lease might represent your highest monthly expense and your longest business commitment. Before signing a commercial lease, a thoughtful exercise in “due diligence” can help protect you from getting burned. Here are some basic “dos and don’ts”… Read More →

Op-Ed: New ROC regulatory philosophy triggers need for self-audits

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By D. Kim Lough, construction lawyer with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham Contractors throughout Arizona are being blindsided by a new administrative oversight role undertaken by the Registrar of Contractors (ROC). The Registrar’s new prosecutorial philosophy toward investigating complaints against licensed contractors places contractors at risk of losing their license for minimal technical violations which may… Read More →

Op-Ed: Alternative project delivery methods gain popularity

PHOTO CAP: Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant, the city’s first design-build project.

As a general contractor, one of the most critical roles we play is that of educator. Construction delivery methods are constantly evolving and expanding, and it’s our responsibility to stay abreast of the latest evolutions to inform our project owners so they understand all options available when planning for the design and construction of new… Read More →

Op-Ed: Slow and Steady Wins the Race for Phoenix Retail


Author: Dave Cheatham, President, Velocity Retail Group, LLC   As we are nearing the end of 2013 there have been several positive trends and factors that have influenced the Phoenix retail real estate market. These factors are being recorded in economic improvement such as job growth, housing prices, and personal income increases as well as… Read More →