Daily News from the desk of Nicholas L Miner, CCIM – June 17, 2009

Here are the news stories you might find interesting today:

Kierland store specializes in custom furniture

Elevation Chandler fails to draw buyers

Scottsdale home sales surged 16%

Housing agency faces budget cuts

Report: Travel and tourism spending down

Real spending on travel and tourism fell at an annual rate of 5.9 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to a 6.9 percent drop in the fourth quarter of last year, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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May housing starts jump in West

Housing starts across the country rose in April more sharply that expected, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier named Arizona State Land Commissioner

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has tapped Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier as the new Arizona State Land Commissioner.

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Los Taquitos stars on Food Network

Los Taquitos, located at 4747 E. Elliot Road in Ahwatukee Foothills, made its cable television premiere on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Monday night.

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Arizonans struggling with debt delinquency

Arizonans are having a tougher time managing credit card and mortgage debt than consumers in most other states, according to first-quarter data compiled by credit and information management company TransUnion.

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