10 Things You Learn Showing Homes for Seven Hours

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate Agent1) 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]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.


  • Tim Harris 10 years ago

    Insight into these kinds of operations is always helpful. Being knowledgeable and motivated are key to surviving in today’s more difficult market conditions. Don’t you agree that putting both of these halves together is the ingredients of success??

  • Francy 10 years ago

    I applaud you Jonathan for going the extra mile for your clients! I have worked several buyers that have been told by other agents that they would not show them more than 10 to 15 total properties and all properties must be within the same city. Often buyers (especially those coming from out of state) cannot agree on what they want or where they want to live. Forcing a potential client to determine the exact area by themselves will often lead them to work with someone else. It can be exhausting to view many properties in several areas in one or two days. However – I have found that by the time these clients go under contract we’ve built a strong working relationship. They respect my abilities as an agent and know that I will do my best for them. Many have used my services again and refer me to their friends and family.

  • Howard Arnoff 10 years ago

    Jonathan, how have you had time to show all those properties and be such a prolific writer as well, your posts are hitting my feed reader quick and fast.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Tim – absolutely.

    Francy – thanks much! I’m not sure who was more worn out by trip’s end but with a short time here, the more time spent in homes the better.

    Howard – Keeping them short today out of necessity.