1) The Valley of the Sun can be an imposing place to someone who’s never been here before.
2) Queen Creek must look closer to Phoenix on a map than it is in reality, else out-of-town buyers wouldn’t keep asking about it. Prices are low, though.
3) Scottsdale’s really expensive. For real estate, for gasoline, for coffee.
4) “Waterfront lot” and “mountain views” are incredibly vaguely defined terms on an MLS marketing sheet.
5) Shopping online for homes only gets you so far. (See #4 for part of the reason why.)
6) There are waterfront lots and then there are WATERFRONT LOTS. And there are mountain views and there are MOUNTAIN VIEWS.
7) MOUNTAIN VIEWS are harder to come by in cities like Gilbert, Chandler for one reason – the mountains aren’t sitting in your back yard (or barely a mile away.)
8) Builder’s agents are really happy to see real estate agents here in the Phoenix real estate market these days. Especially when you’ve brought multiple buyers to the same community over the past five months.
9) Open houses haven’t changed since I started doing them. The agents are still out there looking for buyers first and foremost – even had one tell me as much.
10) Seven hours is a very, very, very long time.[tags]open houses, Phoenix real estate[/tags]