Albertans hold the lead in buying Arizona property

The number of Canadians  buying property in Arizona has nearly doubled from 2009 to 2011, according to a local Phoenix market reserch company, with Albertans holding the lead. And today's stormy global stock markets  may be spurring even more and younger Canadians to invest in the beleaguered sunbelt's housing market. Here's an update on the Phoenix real estate market and some people... Continue Reading →

Scottsdale offering up some real estate gems

Some say the best time to buy a home south of the border is in the dead of the summer, when it's too hot to look for deals. (Sort of like buying a home in January in Canada.) Scottsdale, one of the most expensive real estate markets in America, has been hit by the housing... Continue Reading →

Closing your second home for the summer

If you own a second home in one of the sunny southern sunbelt destinations like Arizona or Florida, you may be closing it for the summer and returning north for a Canadian summer. But who's watching your home while you're gone? I interviewed a women who has a home watch service in Phoenix and her tips on closing up your... Continue Reading →

City of the Future

I have seen the city of the future, and it looks a lot like the past, only greener. The prototype city of the future is in the high semi desert of central Arizona, and for the past 40 years, students and professionals have come to lend a hand in the creation of this future world city. Some say... Continue Reading →

Hillside hamlet favourite haunt for ghostseekers

The young woman at the registration desk reached around behind her, plucked a room key from the hook beside the cubbyhole and hesitantly handed it to me. "This is Room 32, It's one of our most 'active' rooms. I shouldn't be doing this, so please bring it right back."

The Old West is alive in Prescott

Any driving holiday in Arizona is bound to include a road trip north of Phoenix to the majestic southern rim of the Grand Canyon or the spiritual red rock country of Sedona. But to really take in the history of this Wild West state, you must take a detour off the northbound interstate and head to... Continue Reading →

On the road to Tubac

We're heading south of Phoenix on a last-minute girls' getaway to a golf and spa resort near the Mexican border. We had to get away. The temperature in the city was clinging to summertime highs of 44C, and the air lay like an electric blanket on our bare skin....

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