--- "Flush with cash from an oil boom and plentiful jobs, North Dakotans are snapping up homes 1,500 miles away in balmy Arizona, where prices have plunged since the real estate bubble burst.
"It boils down to the weather and taking advantage of the market," says real estate agent Rocky Parra of HomeSmart Realty in Gilbert, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb. He and wife Beverly, a native of Minot, N.D., have sold eight homes to North Dakotans in recent months. Parra is heading to North Dakota this month to meet with possible buyers.
"A lot of people have struck it rich," he says. "Oil companies are coming in and buying businesses and land. They're selling up there at the peak and buying down here at the bottom." Some want second homes. Others move outright."
MP: Drill, drill, drill in North Dakota = jobs, jobs, jobs = real estate sales, sales, sales in Arizona. This provides another excellent example of the many positive spillover benefits of America's new age of energy abundance.
HT: Nick Schulz