Central Valley Mayors talk home ownership issues

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A panel of mayors came together Friday at CSU Fresno to discuss issues on home ownership in the Central Valley. Mayors Lee Brand of Fresno, Paul Creighton of Atwater, Pro Tem Jose Flores of Clovis and Mike Murphy of Merced all showed up for the panel.

The room was packed in the Alice Peters Auditorium in the Craig School of Business building for the presentation hosted by the California Association of Realtors, Center for California Real Estate. The audience listened to C.A.R President and moderator, Jared Martin, ask a series of questions to each of the mayors.

Topics included the economic recovery following the 2008 recession, the impact of lending changes, the effect of infrastructure projects such as the high-speed rail and a chance for audience members to voice their concerns.

Fresno’s Mayor Lee Brand called the housing market an “oxymoron” as renovations are needed and costly, but those in need find a way to “get by” financially. Brand said the leaders need to find better solutions to solve the problems.

A question was asked by an audience member with her concern on safety had Flores responding on his belief on how to equip yourself with the proper tools.

“Provide yourselves with professionals who could come and teach you the proper strategies for safety,” Flores said, adding he teaches his faculty and students a situational awareness course.

The C.A.R.’S Center for California Real Estate continually holds events weekly. For the calendar of events go to www.cvar.org.

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