Archives for February 2009

Friday Afternoon Theme Music – February 27

With Cactus League spring training in full swing, how could we possibly go any other direction with this one? Personally, I’m heading out in a few to catch the Texas Rangers playing the Chicago Cubs. For those who recall I do a little bit of work as a free-lance sportswriter, this is one of those […]

Looking for Retirement Real Estate in Phoenix? Digest the Case Shiller Index With a Healthy Dose of Salt

For those who missed the news earlier in the week, the Phoenix real estate market has the dubious distinction of leading the nation with a 34 percent decline in home prices during the fourth quarter of 2008 according to the Case-Shiller index. It’s news that is absolutely relevant and largely irrelevant all at the same […]

Phoenix Real Estate Inventory Update – February 24

My apologies for not providing an inventory update but, as at least my mother has been able to surmise, it’s been a very busy week. I want to share with you two numbers … 2.07 and 3.61. The first is the absorption rate for bank owned homes in the city of El Mirage, which more […]

When Agents Don’t Know What Every Seller Should

I’m going to blatantly steal and idea from Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live for a special edition of a segment they/I call “Really?” Really? You’re a licensed, theoretically professional real estate agent and you don’t answer the phone when your listing specifically says to call you to arrangeĀ  a showing on a home? And […]

Canada Versus the United States

My good friend “Sheila” sent me this one a couple of weeks back; didn’t have a chance to do anything with it then but now that it’s late and I haven’t posted and I’m out of good ideas thanks to the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack echoing in my head, I thought I’d share with you. From […]

Quick Notes on Phoenix Bank Owned Homes

Another day, another several hours spent touring the Phoenix real estate market’s bank owned homes. I do this for a living and see these homes all the time and continue to be either amazed, amused or disgusted … I only can imagine what those unrepresented buyers who are trying to do this alone must be […]

A New Approach for Phoenix Single Property Real Estate Websites

For the past couple of years, all of my listings have received a single property page with photos and other information. This always has been one page of this website and it seemed to fit the bill as far as the search engines and visitors to this site was concerned. But I wasn’t really thrilled […]

A Tale of Two Phoenix Short Sales

This afternoon and evening I wrote a pair of offers on short sales here in the Phoenix real estate market. A short sale, for those not in the know, is a sale where the seller owes more to the lender than the current value of the home. For instance, if the seller owes $300,000 but […]

Friday Afternoon Theme Music – February 20

Took a little while but the shooter on this one figured out how to work the zoom feature. Just be a little patient. After a week like this, patience is a good thing. So are guitars and tiki bars, now that I think of it … All of my buyers have decided to come to […]

Can Obama’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan Help Phoenix Real Estate?

Once my mother calmed down about President Obama’s change of route on Tuesday, she asked what more or less is the pressing question regarding the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan … is this going to help? As I’ve said over the last couple of days, the parameters of the plan make it unlikely that it […]