Real Estate

Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice, relives the housing crash while watching the Oscar-nominated film “The Big Short” with The Arizona Republic’s Catherine Reagor.

The 2015 real estate market in Phoenix took off in the first week of February 2015, but quieted down beginning in July to finish the year on a less exciting, steady-as-you-go pace. That’s according to the Greater Phoenix Housing Market Report, issued monthly by Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

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Even though the Phoenix real estate market was sluggish in August, optimism prevails this fall. But the W. P. Carey School’s expert has questions about whether there will be significant upward momentum in the near future. Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice, delivered an overview of the market, including new numbers for September, at the October luncheon meeting of the Economic Club of Phoenix.