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USS Stennis in San Diego

While having lunch at Bali Hai on San Diego’s Shelter Island, we were able to look across the water and see the USS Midway – now a museum – and also the USS Stennis. As we were getting ready to leave my wife noticed the Stennis was in motion and on its way out. What does this have to do with Phoenix real estate? Not a damn thing. But it’s pretty cool. [youtube: 400 300]

Barbados Soccer and Phoenix Real Estate

Last night I finally had the chance to watch last weekend’s World Cup qualifier between the United States and Barbados – a 1-0 victory for the Americans after winning 8-0 in Carson, California the week before. Barbados’ national side combines a couple of professional players with some semi-pros and several amateurs who took time off from their day jobs as construction workers, electricians and such to represent their country on consecutive weekends. As the announcers said during the match, when watching practice it was easy to differentiate between the professional players and the amateurs even without checking a roster. The […]

Welcome Home to Phoenix

Nothing says vacation has ended like coming home from San Diego to temps in the one-teens and a house without a working air conditioner with temps in the high 90s. Fortunately, both beagles were well watered and were fine and after jiggling a switch for a while (and waiting for a few hours as the air conditioner dropped the house temperature 25 degrees) we were fine as well. So many ideas for posts came into my head during the past week and most disappeared nearly as quickly, receding on the retreating surf. Oh well … While I was away, though, […]

Best of Dalton’s Arizona Homes: Nordstroms and Real Estate

We’ll wrap up this week’s trip down memory lane with my personal favorite from my old blog on RealTown … The lesson, now as then? You get what you pay for. This article originally posted on October 18, 2006: Yesterday there was a fairly spirited debate about the future of real estate commissions, particulary on the side of the buyers’ agents, and whether a flat-rate structure truly represents the future or is little more than the latest marketing fad. (NOTE: Some of you are probably clicking away from this page, including my wife who may be heading here instead of […]

Quoted in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix

We briefly interrupt the regularly scheduled programming for this article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Saskatoon Residents find Arizona Opportunity – in which I was quoted. Fifteen minutes on the phone as the wife, kids and my mom walk down the beach to Belmont Park and I’m trapped on the patio … all for one quote. And it wasn’t completely accurate – correct in substance if not in the actual words. More unfortunate, though, is the almost predictable quote from the CEO of the locally-based Canada Arizona Business Council: “You can get brand-new houses here for nothing. Nice three-, […]

Best of Dalton’s Arizona Homes: Real Estate Reform

Has anything changed over the past two years? There are fewer active agents now than the two years ago but that hasn’t necessarily raised the overall competency level. Training still remains an issue … last night’s happy hour conversation dealt in part with the number of contracts written where the free-form language was unclear at best, brutal at worst. This article originally posted September 16, 2006: Over the past several weeks I have read numerous articles about the need for reform in the real estate industry. I’ve considered the arguments and have been tempted to respond one at a time […]

Best of Dalton’s Arizona Homes: Does Your Agent Go All In?

I love the smell of poker analogies in the morning … This article originally posted September 14, 2006: The provocative headline is solely for the benefit of my wife, as there’s virtually no other way I would be able to get her to read this post. And since she loves me primarily for my writing, I need to keep her entertained. I’ve been debating this topic for a while, not so much whether to write about it but how to write about it. The final catalyst was a conversation with a friend of mine regarding a non-real estate related matter […]

Best of Dalton’s Arizona Homes: And Atlas Yawned

Of course, I’m not always wrong. Sometimes I manage to hit the mark squarely … though in this case, it wasn’t much of a stretch to realize buyers are less concerned with who pays for their representation than some in the real estate community tend to be. This article originally posted November 10, 2006: And so we discover once again that superior marketing still won’t pique public interest in topics the majority simply doesn’t care about. It appears this boy and his dog were not so foolish after all. I’m sure that apology will be coming any minute now …. […]

Best of Dalton’s Arizona Homes: NAR and Me

This article was meant to be about my feelings on NAR and that idiotic things that organization does from time to time. But the references to my parrying the bubble bloggers earlier in the same week led me to this conclusion: I was wrong. I anticipated a decline but not to the degree that we’ve seen, not to where prices are where they were a year or more before the 2005 run-up. This article originally posted November 16, 2006: Returning from my two-day sojourn down the rabbit hole and into bubble-land … In some respects my initial characterization of many […]

Best of Dalton’s Arizona Homes: An Addict’s Confession

Over time, I’ve actually been able to cut back my blog reading. Now I’m down to a dozen or so that I check daily, another three dozen I’ll look at from time to time and another 50 or so that are in my blog reader but I virtually never get around to viewing. The premise – that you learn the more you read – still holds true although the explosion in the real estate blogging world means there’s a lot more chaffe among the wheat. This article originally posted on November 29, 2006: While I wait for someone to form […]