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Equal Pay For An Equal Day’s Work Remains Elusive, Study Shows

equal pay

Tuesday, April 17 is Equal Pay Day, a day to mark the fact that women still only earn 77 percent for each dollar earned annually by men and 82 percent of each dollar earned weekly. A new fact sheet released today by the at Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows that the gender wage… Read More →

Using Financial Statements, Tools To Plan Your Future

Financial Statements

Know what you have before planning the future using specific financial tools and financial statements. There are many famous quotes about the importance of enjoying the present and not focusing too much on the past or the future. We do this in our personal lives and with many of our responsibilities, such as work, education… Read More →

Investment Products: Which Is Best For Me?

Investment Products
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Investment Products: Which Is Best For Me? The financial industry continues to develop innovative products and improve services. As consumers we can feel overwhelmed when faced with choosing a product for our needs. There are many products for different needs, and when faced with choosing one, it can be difficult. Investors have many choices and… Read More →

Edward J. Robson of Robson Communities Talks First Jobs

Ed Robson, Founder of Robson Communities, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Edward J. Robson Title: Founder/Chairman Company: Robson Communities Describe your very first job and what you learned from it. I had several first jobs growing up. I knew at a young age I wanted to make money, so I decided to go door-to-door offering to shovel snow in the winter time for just $2. Then,… Read More →

Have A Small Kitchen? Learn How To Make It Look Larger

Kitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design
by in Executive Lifestyle | Real Estate

Phoenix Metro is the 5th largest city in the United States, and we are seeing that more urban living options are growing. Unfortunately, these new smaller, urban living options — like lofts, condos and townhouses — are not as roomy as a traditional single-family home in the suburbs. So, we end up compromising on some… Read More →

Median Price Not Full Story For Phoenix Market


The median price for resale homes in the Phoenix area has been edging up for several months. Does this signal that the market is approaching normalcy? Jay Butler, associate professor of real estate and author of the Realty Studies report from the W. P. Carey School of Business, talks about the factors affecting median price,… Read More →

Falling Prices, More Foreclosures Plague The Valley’s Housing Market

by in Economy | Featured | Real Estate

The housing market in the Phoenix metro area continues to tread through troubled waters. According to a new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, the median price for an existing home in the Valley fell for the third straight month. Making matters worse, foreclosures continue to weigh down… Read More →

Shea Homes Again Ranks Highest In Customer Satisfaction Among New-Home Builders In Valley, Report Indicates

Housing Development
by in Economy | Real Estate

For the third straight year, Shea Homes ranks highest in customer satisfaction with new-home builders in the Phoenix market, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study released today. “The downturn of the housing market — along with intensified competition for a very limited pool of home buyers — has… Read More →

Sustainability Is Possible In The Suburbs. Really.

Illustration of suburb with recycle logo
by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

Is it possible to build a sustainable suburb? The answer depends largely upon your perspective. Of course, sustainability is a word freely associated these days with eco-friendly building materials, alternative energy and “living off the grid,” and is usually used in conjunction with the concepts of urban living, light-rail and transportation-oriented development. However, some of… Read More →

High Foreclosure Rate And Unemployment Make Housing Recovery Hard To Read

The Phoenix resale market slowed a bit in May when compared to April, possibly because activity spiked last month as the federal first-time home buyer program came to a close, according to Jay Butler, associate professor of real estate and author of the monthly Realty Studies Report from the W. P. Carey School of Business.… Read More →

Bringing Energy-Efficient Mortgages To Valley Homeowners

by in Featured | Green | Real Estate

Mortgage and auditing firms are teaming up to help green homeowners cut costs Buying a home can come with many unexpected and obstructive costs. REEIS is partnering with mortgage companies to help homebuyers curtail costs and go green. By teaming up with W.J. Bradley and Wells Fargo, REEIS, an energy efficiency auditing firm, offers free… Read More →

Three Things Building Owners Need To Know To Reduce Their Taxes

Three Things Building Owners Need To Know To Reduce Their Taxes - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

In today’s economy everybody is looking for ways to improve their cash flow, especially as it relates to real estate. Implementing tax-saving strategies is certainly a way to help cash flow in the current year, and in some cases these strategies will provide benefits for years to come. While there are numerous strategies for lowering… Read More →

Forty Ways to Go Green In The Workplace

Green Workplace
by in Featured | Green | Workforce

Everyone involved in office space — owners and property managers as well as tenant office managers and employees — has a shared responsibility for reducing the environmental impact of our business activities. In commemoration of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, here are 40 ways to make the office a greener place to work. Owners 1. Include… Read More →

ATA Profile: Mark Grenoble

Mark Grenoble President, Enchantment Group Not many professionals can say they grew up in their industry. Mark Grenoble is one of the few who can. He has worked in some capacity in the tourism industry since he was a teenager, and aside from a few years in real estate, he has never left the… Read More →