Archives for February 2011

Phoenix HUD Homes for Sale

As of this particular moment in time there are 777 single-family HUD homes for sale in the Phoenix real estate market. How do I know this? Because I can search the Arizona Regional MLS specifically for Phoenix HUD homes. Of these 777 homes, 764 of them are being advertised on the Internet through ARMLS’ IDX […]

What Does the Price Reduction on that Short Sale Mean?

Absolutely nothing.

My Real Estate Market Sucks Less Than Yours Does

A couple of weeks ago my local bagel shop posted a sign letting loyal customers (and presumably non-loyal, as they’d also be affected) that a “slight” price increase was coming as of mid-February, the first change in prices in four years. Slight turned out to be about 10 percent when you include tax which, to […]

99 Years of One, 9 Years of Another

Once upon a time, I wooed my wife on Valentine’s Day by asking if she’d be my date for Statehood Day. For those not in the know, today is Arizona’s 99th birthday … still hoping we can celebrate the 100th with the reversal of the Gadsden Purchase, but that’s another story for another day. That […]

Notes on the Municipal Bond Market

How about some financial news? I’m dipping heavily into John Wake’s territory with this one but far be it from me to give my Canadian friends the chance to tell me I’m not paying attention to economic-type stuff. From the Bloomberg news wire … Investors withdrew about $1.2 billion from U.S. municipal-bond mutual funds this […]

When Do It Yourself Only Gets You So Far

We’ve lived in the same house since 2003. When we first moved in, we were determined to take down the wallpaper infesting the hallway, the master bath, the border in the master bedroom and, steamer in hand, started work shortly after we unpacked the boxes. As of today, there’s still wallpaper in some of the […]

Fun With Website Data

Two weeks ago I attended WordCamp Phoenix, a gathering of like-minded geeks who are exploring the power of the WordPress blogging platform. If that read like Greek to you, basically it’s people who have websites using the same software as this one. Truth be told, while I have a pretty good idea what I’m doing […]

Featured Neighborhood – Coyote Lakes, Surprise Arizona

Beginning with this month’s All Phoenix Real newsletter, I’m going to spotlight one neighborhood at a time. Not subscribed to the newsletter yet? No worries, you can add yourself to the list on our subscription page. Once upon a time, before Del Webb and a dozen other developers discovered the city of Surprise and […]

Answering the Universe’s Most Crucial Question

Feel free to print this and carry it on your wrist a la an NFL quarterback while you’re looking for homes, all in answer to the universe’s most pressing question, “Why is This Home Still on the Market?” People didn’t like the tile People didn’t like the carpet People didn’t like the linoleum People didn’t […]

Questions that Make a Guy Smile

Saw this on the tail end of a question on Trulia Voices this evening … And we want to make sure we don’t pick a neighborhood that has been hit especially hard by the real estate bubble burst. Hmmmm … might I suggest something in Fargo, perhaps? Because here in the Phoenix real estate market, […]