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N. Dakota residents snatching up Arizona homes

MINOT, N.D. — Some North Dakotans who normally would rent winter
retirement homes in Arizona are deciding to buy instead, taking advantage of a
recession-plagued home market.

Discounted home prices in cities such as Phoenix are proving attractive to
northerners, including many Minot residents hurt in last summer’s flooding.

Realtor Rocky Parra in Gilbert tells the Minot Daily News that traffic from so-called snowbirds is steady.

Minot resident Dan Clementich and his neighbor had considered retirement homes
in Arizona someday. After the flooding, they went together to buy a modular home
so they had a place to live in Minot, then traveled to Phoenix to buy homes
there. Clementich said he got a five-bedroom house with a swimming pool in a
gated community for an “astounding” price.


Information from: Minot Daily News,