Archives for November 2011

A Little Patch of Heaven and It’s Mine

Much of my time the past two months has been spent looking at this view. My backyard has been a work in progress for a number of years, dating back to my first house. It was there that, after working a small ton of overtime as a trainer for Charles Schwab, I was able to […]

Today’s Oxymoron: Part Time Real Estate Professional

INTERIOR DAY, INSIDE AN OPERATING ROOM AS A MAN AWAITS A HEART OPERATION “Doctor, will this surgery cure me?” “I think so.” “You think so … you’ve done this before, right?” “Oh, yes … since I got my medical license 10 years ago I’ve performed at least a dozen of these surgeries. And two of […]

More Mistletoe Than Inventory

Any real estate agent in the Phoenix market can tell you this is the time of year when inventory climbs. Fewer buyers combine with sellers who have a poor sense of timing and lenders adding bank owned inventory without regard for market conditions to gradually flood the market. It was only a few years ago that […]

Quitting, Burfict Style

By all accounts, Vontaze Burfict quit Friday night. Quit on his teammates, quit on his coaches, quit on the fans who have made excuses for his hot-headed, bone-headed behavior on the field even as they cringed as the next penalty flag flew. Less than five minutes into the second half of Arizona State’s loss to […]

Traffic Patterns and Local Real Estate

Texas, as the residents of the one-time Lone Star Republic will tell us, is a different world. Such was the discussion that arose yesterday at my parents’ house as we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews who live in the Houston area. It seems that in Texas, those shoulders on the freeway […]

Coach Erickson, I Can Help

Dennis, First off, can I call you Dennis? I know you won the two national titles once upon a time but after spending hard-earned cash watching the teams you’ve coaches this past five years, I feel like we ought to be on a first-name basis. Second, I’m not here to lambaste you for the utterly […]

Arizona State vs. Nogales Tech, Redux

The only thing more enjoyable than pulling up old posts is discovering typos in the originals and cringing. My streak of consecutive ASU-U of A football contests ended last year for a variety of reasons after 21 straight years without missing a kickoff. Still regret it, if I’m honest. Today’s game comes with mixed feelings: […]

Spring Cleaning, Real Estate Style

I’ve never understood the concept of spring cleaning. (Some may argue I don’t understand the concept of any cleaning, but that’s another subject for another day.) Perhaps it has something to do with the hibernation habits of those living in places where the daytime December high isn’t in the 60s or 70s. Since I entered […]

Banks Selling Homes – See No Defects, Hear No Defects, Speak No Defects

Yesterday afternoon I ran into a bit of a conundrum. With the inspection complete on a bank owned property in Tempe, my buyer decided either the bank was going to need to lower the price (not normally a contractually allowed request in Arizona, unlike other states) or move on to the next property. The listing […]

How Phoenix Real Estate Can Be Like Purchasing a Suit

As a habit, I tend to wear shorts (or during the three weeks a year we call winter, blue jeans) and golf shirts. My days of dress shirts, slacks and ties disappeared once my work as a stock broker came to an end. But on those rare occasions where I need something a touch dressier, […]