Archives for January 2009

Photos and Videos are Nice, But You Need to Get on the Ground

Enter Sun City West from the south, off Bell Road just north of Surprise’s original square mile, and you’ll see homes built in the late 1970s and early 1980s with all the accompanying features – shingle roofs, siding, even the occasional television antenna (suitable for museum display.) Enter Sun City West from the east, off […]

Friday Afternoon Theme Music – January 30

Continuing with music from the Tempe scene … Here’s a live performance by The Refreshments at the Taste of Arizona festival 10 years ago. There’s one word not suitable for work (just warning you up front) … it’s early on and then you’re clear. Roger Clyne, front man for the band, since has moved on […]

Palm Valley Bank Owned Homes

Palm Valley is Goodyear’s largest master planned community, stretching from Dysart Road in the east to Cotton Land and beyond in the west and roughly between McDowell and Camelbacks Roads. At the heart of Palm Valley is the Palm Valley golf club, a 36-hold layout that runs through the much of the community. Palm Valley […]

Estrella Mountain Ranch Bank Owned Homes

On the below map you’ll find the bank owned homes currently for sale in Estrella (formerly known as Estrella Mountain Ranch), a master planned community in Goodyear approximately seven miles south of Interstate 10. Estrella features some impressive amenities including a Nicklaus-designed golf course, a lake with free boat rental for residents, a fitness center […]

Pebblecreek Bank Owned Homes

Pebblecreek is a guard-gated active adult community in Goodyear, north of Interestate 10 off the Pebblecreek parkway. Like many of the retirement communities in the Valley, Pebblecreek has been somewhat immune to the price declined caused by bank owned homes if not the market declines due to basic supply and demand. On the below map […]

ASU Realty Studies Figures Still Struggle With Foreclosures

Just under a year ago, Arizona State University’s Realty Studies program found an issue with its Phoenix real estate resale numbers. Included in the figures were foreclosure related “non-sales” where a property went to a trustee’s sale, wasn’t purchased and reverted back to the bank. These transactions appear as “sales” in the tax records for […]

Fulton Homes Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Remember last month when I wrote about Fulton Homes’ proactive (if slightly slanted) effort to position their new homes against the foreclosures on the market? Guess which segment outlasted the other? From the Phoenix Business Journal: Fulton Homes Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday. “It is confirmed,” said Rosaria Glasco of Knoodle Shop, […]

Aviano Bank Owned Homes

If you’re looking for Phoenix bank owned homes either for the market as a whole or for a particular city, we’ve got a website established to help you with your search. The information’s fairly comprehensive (as long as we get good data from the listing agent) and the mapping’s invaluable. But for those of you […]

A View From the Phoenix Light Rail

Thirty-one years ago, when there still were areas of open land between Phoenix and Tempe and only one freeway connected the East Valley to downtown (and the West Valley consisted only of a handful of very small towns), excess rain and winter runoff left the normally dry Salt River raging. Phoenix actually experienced “100-year” floods […]

Education? We Don’t Need No Education

This is one of those things my mother probably will tsk-tsk me for later on as it edges into politics – not always the best on a real estate blog – but it’s a rather important topic. If you’re anywhere near the State Capitol later today, stop in and let your elected officials know your […]