Mountain markets offer retreat from heat

Land constraints will lift prices

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At higher elevations, the air is thinner and so are the second-home-buying opportunities. However, in this recession, a brief window of affordability has opened for entry-level homes.

This is good news for people like me.

I live in Arizona, and out of the 20 families on my street about a quarter of them own second homes and they are all located in mountain communities, not at beaches.