Let's start with the somewhat less earth-shattering milestones ...
1) Next week will mark a decade since I passed the state real estate exam and became a real, by-God practicing real estate agent. For the first nine-plus years I was selling full-time; the last nine months have been spent as a so-called rainmaker. You contact me and I'll get you set up with one of my excellent buyers' agents. Listings, I still do.
Does that make me a part-time agent? I guess so, assuming you also believe … [Read More...]
Every now and then on ESPN Radio I'll hear an ad for something called DiedinHouse.com which, theoretically, tells you whether someone has died in your home.
The big hook? According to the ad, only in three starts "are Realtors required to tell you if someone died in a home."
Which isn't actually correct.
If, by chance, an agent is aware of a death in a home and is asked if someone died there, the agent is required to disclose what they know. However in most states, Arizona included, a … [Read More...]
When I was driving around the other day, I saw a number of interesting neighborhoods in the area of Deer Valley Road and I-17. These all are newer homes and all are fairly close to three of Phoenix's larger call centers - USAA, American Express and Discover Financial.
Another such area is Dynamite Mountain Ranch, just north of Norterra near Happy Valley Road and I-17 and hard by a whole lot of retail shopping with easy access to the above call centers and anything else accessible via I-17 or … [Read More...]
Do you know what Cinco de Mayo celebrates? If not, don't feel bad. Few people seem to.
The "Battle of Puebla" took place on May 5, 1862; in this battle, less well-trained Mexican forces turned back a French force led by Napoleon III. (The photo above depicts a re-enactment in Mexico City.) Not many in the United States paid attention to what was happening in Mexico at the time, understandably, since we were in the midst of our own domestic war at the time.
Interestingly enough, according … [Read More...]