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Want to Buy Without Proof of Financing or Funds? Try the Phoenix Coyotes!

Just when those of us here in the Phoenix area thought the saga of the Phoenix Coyotes ownership was coming to an end, word comes that would-be owner Greg Jamison either never had the funding or couldn’t get his investors to commit to purchase the team – this after a year of work to purchase the team by this group. And so the four-year melodrama that is the Coyotes ownership marches on with two new investment groups allegedly interested and a Glendale City Council ready to tell anyone looking for a sweetheart deal to pound sand. Because, you know, an […]

Holding Back the Deluge With Two Hands

Many, many years ago I was a writer for the Arizona Capitol Times in downtown Phoenix. Back in the mid-90s, during the relative infancy of the internet, the Capitol Times had a service named LOLA, which allowed subscribers access to every bill introduced, every amendment made and the votes on all. It was a concept well ahead of its time – taking essentially public information and packaging it in an easy-to-use format for resale. But times changed. The internet evolved. And soon LOLA was rendered irrelevant by the Arizona Legislature’s own website. The newspaper’s owner fought the concept as best […]

New to the Market in Mesa

One week after multiple frost warnings is it too soon to start thinking about spring and summer? Not really. Not in the Phoenix area, where 70-degree days now mean we’re one final cold snap away from entering our mid- to late-February spring. So go ahead … think about afternoons and evenings on the back patio overlooking the cool, green grass, beverage of choice in hand. Plan ahead for the summer days spent splashing in the crystal pool diving pool that, thanks to a nearly 1/4-acre lot, sits in its own corner of the backyard without occupying the entire back yard. […]

Alvin Gentry, the Suns, Real Estate and the Blame Game

There’s an ancient maxim in sports that you can’t fire the players so you’ve got to fire the coach/manager. (Unless you’re Connie Mack and you happen to own the club.) Yesterday morning, the Phoenix Suns “parted ways” with their coach of the past four years, Alvin Gentry. For those not paying attention, the Suns have been abysmal this season – 13 losses in their past 15 games, one of the worst defenses in the league and a spot in the basement of the Western Conference. Yet it’s hard to blame Gentry, who is working with a roster containing nine new […]

Quick Look at Inventory Levels in Phoenix

Been a little busy with the winter retirement real estate season in full swing, so here’s a quick look at the numbers … As of the moment, there are 11,188 single family detached homes in Maricopa County. 52 are those are priced at $50,000 or under, 677 are at $100,000 or less. The most expensive? A mere $24,500,000 for six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and more than 20,000 square feet. There are 765 short sales available, 84 HUD homes and 829 bank owned listings. It remains a fairly strong sellers market up to around $125,000; at that point, it’s possible to […]

Homeowners Associations in the News

Since my original idea for today’s post has blissfully slipped completely out of my head, we’ll go this direction: homeowners associations. In the Phoenix area, if you’re looking to purchase a home built from the mid-1990s on inside a subdivision (and generally excluding acreage properties), you’re virtually guaranteed to end up in a homeowners association. There’s a simple reason for that – municipalities have learned they can outsource many of their code compliance duties, at least in terms of property maintenance (weed control, etc.) to homeowners associations, saving the costs of compliance inspectors. Life in an HOA is a mixed […]

Accepting the New Old Normal as Normal

I found myself banging my head against the steering wheel the other day while listening to ESPN Radio. There’s always the internal debate of whether the sports talk radio hosts really believe what they’re saying or are just trying to fill air time – I often hope for the latter – but the sheer stupidity of the statements overrode that thought process. In talking about baseball, one host suggested the powers that be lower the mound in an effort to increase scoring because “young kids” who grew up watching “video game scoring” through the steroids era are going to grow […]

Instant Winter Rental for Sale in Sun Village

I came across this one in my travels yesterday. As the seller told me, they’re only taking their toothbrushes. Buy today, close escrow by month’s end or early February and either get out of the cold yourself or get it rented out for March while the rates are high. It’s really just about that easy. Want details or ideas of similar “buy and rent” winter rentals currently on the market? Call me at 602-502-9693 or use the contact form above. [idx-listing mlsnumber=”4870591″ showlocation=”true”]

Want $15,000 Toward Your Down Payment on a Phoenix Home?

If you’re looking to purchase a home in the City of Phoenix but may need some help with the down payment and closing costs, the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program may be a viable option for you. Through the NSP, eligible buyers may receive up to $15,000 when they purchase designated move-in ready properties. Now, there are some minor hoops to jump through: Buyers need to contribute at least 50 percent of the down payment or a minimum of $1,000, whichever is greater Buyers cannot have their name on the title of any other property Buyers must be permanent, legal U.S. […]

Where to Live in Tempe to Watch Will Sutton and ASU

Surprising news came to the Arizona State football program when the incomparable Will Sutton, one of the nation’s top defensive linemen, announced he would be returning to Tempe for his senior season. Though he missed nearly two full games to injury, there seemed to be virtually no chance of Sutton coming back to Tempe despite the “one more year” chants that rang from the stands at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco during the Sun Devils’ romp in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against the Naval Academy. Whether you’re an ASU alum looking to return to Tempe yourself or even […]

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