Desert Property Investor Takes A Look Back At The 2012 Housing Recovery

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

Following a story that appeared on CBS Money Watch online, Desert Property Investor concluded that the U.S. housing market recovery has been largely fueled by corporate investors buying up distressed properties — most notably in Phoenix, which led the nation in housing price increases for 2012, and where a significant percentage of home foreclosures have been turned into Phoenix vacation rentals.

Desert Property Investor was particularly swayed by comments from Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business. Orr noted reduction in inventory of short sale properties as the primary driver of the housing rebound, especially in Arizona. Desert Property further surmised that historically low interest rates have drawn Wall Street hedge funds into real estate, as a way of reaping larger returns on ventured capital. For those readers interested in investing tips — via short term historical data, Desert Property culled these highlights from 2012, which appeared prominently in the CBS news story:

1) The biggest housing price increases occurred in areas hardest hit by the Great Recession, most notably, Phoenix.

2) Home prices were up in more than half of the 384 metro area markets in the second quarter of 2012.

3) Pending sales of existing homes were up 5.2 per cent as late as October.

4) Overall 2012 housing inventory was down, 22 per cent, year-over-year.

Desert Property Investor is of the opinion that the home rental market, already skyrocketing in Arizona, will remain strong for the foreseeable future, until such time as hedge funds begin liquidating their supply of homes, even as the credit markets finally begin to loosen up, making it easier for the rank and file consumer to secure a mortgage.

Desert Property Investor examined a report appearing in CBS Money Watch, and concluded that corporate investors are driving the current housing rebound (in Arizona, and nationwide) by buying up significant quantities of single and multi-family homes. DPI insists it’s difficult to tell whether the 2012 indices highlighted in this announcement will extend into 2013, or carom back, into negative territory.

About Desert Property Investor:

Desert Property Investor examines the current pitfalls, services and ongoing legislation relative to residential real estate prices and opportunities in the California, Arizona and Nevada deserts.

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Stark Personal Training located in Irvine, California in the heart of Orange County, develops a creative approach to raising money for charities using an age-old marketing tool: sex appeal. In an effort to get the entire team focused on raising social awareness through good old, healthy competition, the thirty-day event (exhibiting somewhat risqu? photographs) demands involvement by everyone at Stark. Im all over it, says Chelsea McCrea, 23, a receptionist and trainer in training, and the current front-runner in the contest. Dont tell my boss Im spending all day on Facebook, she whispers through a smile.

Its a bit of a bait, because theres no real nudity; at least according to Facebook guidelines, says Todd Vande Hei, 44, President of Stark. Stark Naked is a photograph competition hosted on Starks Facebook Fanpage. Almost the entire staff began training hard, dieting perfectly, and following a show-prep-like process for the shoot, rending every bit of fat possible from their bodies.

It was really a lot of fun, states Brad Davidson, 36, V.P. of R & D at Stark. I would say the Old Guys [Davidsons team] worked the hardest. The voters will be the judges. So, go vote, but vote for the Old Guys, says Davidson with a wink.

According to Kristina Kasper, Fat Loss Specialist at Stark, the contest inspired tremendous focus. Even though were in the body business, were human. We still need a purpose. I worked so hard I lost two inches on my thighstwo inches, a problem area my entire life. I look better than I ever have, even after three children and at thirty-nine years old; without the competition, Im not sure I would have made so much progress, says Kasper.

The Stark competitors, comprised of trainers, strength coaches, nutritionists and office staff were grouped into teams of two and three, each representing a single charity: Royal Family Kids Camp, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, The Finally Home Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, and MIKA Community Development. The team with the highest number of votes earns a donation from Stark for their respective charity.

Stark Naked started as a water cooler-like challenge with some of our people claiming to have the best abs, or legs, or other various body parts. Were in the body business. Its a normal topic of conversation for us, says Vande Hei. Deciding to put our money where our mouth is, were letting our fans decide. However, there wasnt enough purpose to it. Thats when we decided to take our clothes off for a good cause and engage with some meaningful local charities.

According to Vande Hei, being creative during the U.S.s tepid recovery is essential to survival. Contributing to something bigger than oneself (the charities) helps keep the organizations sense of purpose clear, enhance pride of team, and keep morale high. Stark Naked seems to be a bit of both those: creative and the sense of being a part of something bigger.

Stark is the coolest little gym in America (the companys slogan), says Jesse Gawinske, one of Starks Generation Y personal trainers. This project was cool.

The Facebook competition continues through November 18th at which point the votes will be tallied, and a winner announced. To cast your votes, go to the Stark Naked Application at Be sure to look for future posts by Starks client base; they seem to want to partake in the competition, adding a whole new reason to get healthy.

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