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We will never forget – 9/11/01

September 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Funny Phoenix Real Estate Photos

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Over the years, I’ve seen some pretty remarkable things in the Phoenix real estate market, both at properties and in the MLS.  A few years ago, I finally started collecting images of the more interesting topics.  I also have an outstanding collection of Realtor business cards that’ll leave you rolling, but that’s another blog post for a different day. As you look through these photos,... 

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Have $1.7M to spare? This UNDERGROUND Las Vegas estate could be yours!

August 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In the market for a luxury estate with a retro vibe? Love the excitement and glamour of Las Vegas? But…worried about nuclear holocaust? This could be your answer! Originally built by a wealthy businessman as a post-apocalyptic bunker, this estate boasts luxury appointments (for the 60’s/70’s anyway), a guest casita, pool, spas, custom lighting, and “realistic” flora.  Best... 

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Phoenix tops Kiplinger list of cities where home prices have risen the most

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a recent Kiplinger article, Phoenix leads the nation with a 26.2% increase in home prices.  The author doesn’t draw many conclusions, but implies the market will slow down as distressed inventory levels fall and more sellers jump into the market. While I agree that Phoenix real estate can’t sustain a 26.2% annual appreciation rate for the long term, I don’t see any indications... 

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Think you don’t need flood insurance in Arizona? Think again!

August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If you happen to be one of the many who think it’s not possible to have your home flooded out in the desert, look no further than the Phoenix suburb of Anthem for your answer. Or simply take a look at the photo below. Last week, residents of Anthem experienced a rare storm that dropped more than 5 inches of rain in about 90 minutes.  Even in a newly-built community where runoff is designed... 

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Phoenix Real Estate Sellers Get Their Cocky Back

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Competitive Phoenix Real Estate Market Inspires Insanity As more and more local property owners clue in to the state of today’s frenzied market, we’re starting to see some of the crazy cockiness that sellers exhibited in the mid-2000’s during the height of the boom. Yes, our market is looking better for sellers than it has for 6-7 years, but I’m not yet convinced that some of... 

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(Foreclosure) Buyer Beware!

October 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As if there weren’t enough risks and potential pitfalls in purchasing real estate foreclosures, I’ll add another one to the list: angry former homeowners!

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Further proof that there’s never a dull moment in Phoenix real estate sales…

August 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

I spent 2 days this week showing properties to a couple of Canadian investors.  On our second day, we found a great condo in a really nice community close to the PV Mall.

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Loan modifications are failing — thanks to the banks, er, the government!

August 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Whenever I talk with homesellers who are in dire straits – without sufficient equity to sell and/or in immediate risk of falling behind on payments – the first thing I advise them to do is consult with their lender(s) to try to structure a loan modification.  I encourage them to be honest with their lien holder(s) and let them know, point blank, that they are no longer able to keep up... 

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Foreclosures from a Buyers’ Agent’s Perspective: Inefficiency Personified

May 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Foreclosures are prevalent in the Metro Phoenix market, no doubt about it.  Banks have recognized the significance of the problem and have recently responded with sometimes shockingly-low prices.  We’re talking about 1600+ sq ft homes, less than 3 years old, in excellent condition, priced in the $120’s and $130’s.  There are some great ownership opportunities in Phoenix real estate... 

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