Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 11, 1997 · Page 9
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Tuesday, November II, 1997 The Arizona Republic A9 Valley home prices up 7; Defendant denies lolling socialite Tovrea VALLEY, mm Page A I with half of the homes for c.ii;.,.. more and half selling for less for Valley resales hit $115,500 during the third quarter. Nationally, the increase in the median sales price of existing homes increased 5 percent. At $126,500, the typical U.S. sale price for a home is higher than the Valley median price. "The good news is Valley homes are definitely appreciating," said Jay Butler, director of the Arizona Real Estate Center at Arizona Suite Uni-versify. But, he said, tlie rising cost of buying a home will make it tougher for some buyers to swing the American dream. Also, he said, the higher price could dampen the area's booming home market. . Home building analyst R.L Brown said the price increase should not sound any alarm bells. That's because, compared with other large cities, the Valley is still a relatively inexpensive place to live, he said. The median price for a home in San Francisco rose 10 percent to bit a startling $300,600. That city price helped inflate the median price for a house in the West, where 21 cities including Phoenix posted increases to reach an overall median of $163,000. Low interest rates have helped buyers bridge the rising cost of homes the past year. People can buy more house with a 7 percent mortgage than they can with a loan carrying an 8.5 percent rate, which is where interest rates were a year ago. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage is currently around 7.3 percent Spurred by job growth and a strong economy, the Valley's home market has gone like gangbusters the past year and is on pace to beat 1996's record level. For the first nine months of 1997, 34,450 existing homes were sold in metro Phoenix, up from 34,014 for the penod in 1996, according to ASU's Real Estate Center. The new home market also has boomed, with forecasts calling for as many as 30,000 houses to be built across the Valley this year, up from 1 996 record construction of 29,000. Last year, analysts predicted a slowdown in home construction afler six straight years of growth. But halfway through this year they revised their forecasts up because of evidence that housing growth was still going strong. However, the increase in resale prices could be a sign that the Valley's go-go market might have peaked. The median price for a new home in tlie Valley is $134,642, according to the Real Estate Center. Cash not from her stepson but from deals, he testifies By Victoria Marker The Arizona RopubHc The man accused of killing Valley socialite and cattle heiress Jeanne Tovrea said Monday he had nothing to do with the crime. James "Butch" Harrod took the stand during his murder trial to say he did not kill Tovrea and was not at her home the night of her execution-style murder, April 1, 1988. He also denied that cash he received in Federal Express packages before and after the murder was payment for killing Tovrea, as alleged by prosecutors Paul Ahler and William Culbertson. Instead, the money was from legitimate overseas business dealings with t Tovrea stepson, Edward "Hap" Tovrea Jr., I larrod said. "I would not take any money like that," said Harrod, 43, of Ahwatukee. Police had no solution to Tovrea murder until after IJarrod's ex-wife, Anne Costello Harrod, came forward in 1994 and told them about her ex-husband's dealings with Tovrea's stepson Hap in 1987-88. ' She said Harrod told her tliat Hap and his two sisters hated Tovrea becausf she 'was squandering their multimillion-dollar inheritance. Hap, hired Harrod to kill Jeanne, she told police. None of the Tovreas has been charged in connection with tlie killing. Prosecutor Abler alleged that the business deals were really a cover-up for laundering the murder-for-hire cash. Jason Hu, a consultant who works with investors in Giina projects, testified Monday that he worked with Harrod and Hap Tovrea on what he believed were legitimate business deals. Harrod testified that he designed beach bags and athletic shoes, dealt with businesses in Asia, and ased express mailings to send and receive cash related to the production of his beach bags. Harrod said that he met Hap Tovrea through a customer at liis car repair business and that he , went to China as a liaison for I lap, who did not have expertise in dealing with tlie Chinese. "My role was to kick Ed under tlie table about when not to speak or speak," Harrod said. Harrod signed a consulting agreement with Hap Tovrea in which Harrod received $3,000 a month. Phoenix police arrested Harrod in 1995. Ihey said they found llarrod's fingerprints on tlie window into the kitchen of Jeanne Tovrea's Paradise Valley home where tlie killer, or killers, gained entrance. 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