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A Brief Look at “Subject Tos”

This one’s dedicated to my Canadian readers, who usually are the ones to give me a list of “subject tos” for any offer they make. What’s a subject to? Things to which the offer is subject, friends. Or as we usually call them here in the States, contingencies. The Arizona Association of REALTOR’s Residential Purchase Contract has a number of these subject to (from here known as contingencies) already built in. Here are a few: Appraised value Financing Inspections HOA rules and regulations Sellers dislocures Insurance claims histories I’m likely missing something but I’m pretty sure I’m not. There also […]

Hail, Hail and Bank Owned Roofs

We talked about last October’s hail storm a few times in the fall, back when adjuster’s trucks were in everyone’s driveways and the air was filled with the sounds of nail guns pounding home new shingles. Who am I kidding … it’s still a common sound now, nearly seven full months after mother nature decided to have some rare fun with the Phoenix metro area. While it may seem like a universal ballad, there’s a set of homes here in the Phoenix area that never have been visited by an insurance adjuster; if a roofer has come by, it’s only […]

My Own Version of March Madness

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here for the past six weeks. Then again, given the traffic numbers since roughly Valentine’s Day, maybe you haven’t. And I can’t say I blame you much. “Why aren’t you writing,” you might rightfully ask. And the truth is, I’ve been writing nearly every day for the past month. Just not here. And just not about real estate. This has been my office for the past six weeks, or at least one of my main two: This is the view from the press box in Surprise Stadium, spring […]

Phoenix Real Estate Negotiations That Make You Shake Your Head

Tell me if you can made sense out of any of these scenarios … Scenario 1 A lender puts a home on the market. At some point thereafter, the lender has a roof inspector check the roof. The inspector tells the lender that the roof is going to need to be replaced because of hail damage. The lender lowers the price by $10,000 without anything on the listing that might indicate there’s a major, five-figure issue looming. Buyer makes an offer on the listing and, even before escrow opens, receives a copy of the roof report. Buyer is quite stunned […]

Alternate Realities: Spring Training and Buying Short Sales

Let me set the scene for you. (SURPRISE STADIUM, night. A spring training game drones on past the three-hour mark. Virtually every player with a real chance of making the roster of either club already has left the game, showered, and is on their way home. Suddenly, the visiting team rallies to take the lead in the top of the ninth.) In the bottom of the inning the home team, we’ll call them the Rangers, comes to bat. And in the stands come the sounds of encouraging chatter from the fans … “Big hit, five-oh!” “Here you go, kid!” “Come […]

Charlie Sheen, Real Estate and Twitter

Once upon a time, there was this vaguely known and occasionally used Internet thingy called Twitter where people could write their thoughts in 140 characters or less and share them with, well, whoever wanted to hear such things. As with most things real estate agents attempt, there soon were experts telling us how to use Twitter. Don’t write without responding to others, share and share alike, make it a conversation, build up … hell, I don’t even remember the term now. The thing is, we as real estate agents had this mostly wrong. It took a couple of years for […]

Random Thoughts on a Spring Saturday

The “experts” tell me this is exactly the kind of post that shouldn’t be written on a real estate blog – not SEO-friendly and all – but you know what? We’ll all live. Not sure if I’ve written it here so directly but, for those who don’t know, before I was a real estate agent I was a sportswriter. In fact, I continue to work to this day as a free-lance writer for the Associated Press. March is like Christmas for local sportswriters thanks to spring training and I’m no different. My real estate days usually are split in two […]

Let’s Talk About Phoenix Real Estate Searches

Now that you’re here, we’re not going to talk about the technical aspects of the search aside from the standing advice to start general and work your way down rather than start more specifically and lose good properties due to bad data. Rather, let’s talk a little bit about what happens once you’ve hit the contact button to reach and agent … in this case, me. Know first and foremost that clicking the button really does send a message to me. And, to my sometimes fuzzy mind, it would seem you wish to be contacted … unless you’re just electronically […]

Our March Newsletter is Out …

… with only one typo and one dead link. So much for proof-reading. Here’s the main topic … if you haven’t subscribed yet, head on up to the top of the page here under Real Estate Articles and Help and have the real thing delivered to your Inbox at the start of the month. As March dawns here in the Phoenix real estate market, we’re still sitting on about six months worth of inventory. There 5,105 sales of single-family detached homes in Maricopa County in February – about 400 homes better than where we were a year ago with the […]

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