Archives for August 2008

Searching for Lofts in Scottsdale, Phoenix or Tempe?

If so, we happen to have a few ways to help. Loft-specific searches for each of the three cities now are live on our new site, Scottsdale Luxury Lofts and  Simply click on the city at the top of the site and you’ll be taken to a page containing a map-based search that will […]

Negotiating with Builders on New Construction

This question came from Trulia Voices today, but it’s one that I’ve been asked many times in the past: “How much less than the list price should I offer on new construction?” The answer, if you want the house, is zero. Because builders don’t negotiate on list price. Rather, they negotiate with the incentives and/or […]

Inside the Arizona Monsoon

As Vicki Moore in San Mateo explained the concept of fog to me yesterday, she asked me what exactly the “monsoon” might be. Arizona’s monsoon season doesn’t compare to the monsoons of Southeast Asia, but for the middle of the desert it’s often an impressive sight. For those who are interested in the technical details, […]

The Arizona State Sun Devils Take The Field

And so it begins anew tonight at 7 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium – another year of Arizona State football kicks off with the season opener against Northern Arizona University. Another year sitting in section 22 next to my parents (though I reduced my ticket allotment from 4 to 2 in realization my wife will […]

Friday Afternoon Theme Music – August 29

And also a brief lesson in marketing … A couple of years back, Arizona State University hired Lisa Love to be the new athletic director. Love had worked previously at USC and when she came here, the Sun Devils ended up with a schedule fairly heavy on daytime kickoffs. She said at the time she […]

Condos, Townhouses and Lofts … Oh My

What’s the difference between a condominium and a loft in the Phoenix real estate market? Whatever the listing agent says it is, of course. And don’t even get us started on casitas, which are unique to active adult communities. Seriously, there often is little rhyme or reason to how attached properties are entered into the […]

Four More Years …

Today’s post will be rather brief as the day has been spent (and continues to be spent) completing the last of my continuing education classes required by the state of Arizona as part of my real estate licensing. The theory behind completing 24 hours of continuing education every two years is that a licensed agent […]

Phoenix Real Estate Inventory Update – August 26

Once again there was little change from last week to this in the Phoenix real estate market’s inventory numbers. Listings of single-family detached homes remained roughly stable at 36,921 and sales over the past 30 days also were about the same at 4,422. Overall, we have an absorption rate of 8.35 months in Maricopa County. […]

The Mark Condominiums – Luxury in Old Town Scottsdale

What strikes you immediately as you step out onto the fourth floor swimming pool of The Mark Condominiums in Scottsdale is the view. Just beyond the water and the chairs and the plexiglass sits Camelback Mountain (named for its resemblance to, well, a camel’s back as it rests on the ground.) Similar views are available […]

Star Watching at Chase Field

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain was at Chase Field this afternoon, taking in the game from the front row next to Diamondbacks CEO Jeff Moorad. Also in attendance and throwing out the first pitch was Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. She strode to the mound wearing her gold medal and threw the ball […]