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Pricing Homes for Sale in Sun City

Local newspapers take great delight in writing stories that discuss the average selling price, or even the average selling price per square foot, of homes in a given city. But there’s a distinct flaw in the reportage – with incredibly rare exceptions, a city or town is too large an area for an average price per square foot to have any meaning. Take, for example, Sun City … and if you’re not familiar with Del Webb’s original retirement community, don’t adjust your screen. It really is a bunch of circles stacked on top of each other. View Sun City in […]

Homes for Sale in Phoenix are Spiking Higher

Inventory of homes for sale in the Phoenix real estate market is spiking higher by the day right now, causing the current rabid sellers’ market to calm down ever so slightly. As of the moment, there are 10,324 single-family detached homes for sale in Maricopa County. That’s still about 1,000 less than what we had at the beginning of the year, but also up about 1,000 from the lows six or so weeks ago. Some important notes: It’s not shadow inventory; there only are 438 bank-owned homes active on the market. It’s not distressed inventory; there only are 408 short […]

The Art of the Buyers Inspection Report

There’s nothing like the feeling of stepping into your new home for the first time. When it’s a new build, you know yours are the first feet (hopefully) to walk barefoot across the carpet and the scent of fresh paint still is in the air. When you purchase a resale home, however, it may not always be perfect when you first walk in. But we still want it as perfect as possible, which is understandable. In Arizona, when buyers and sellers use the AAR Residential Resale Purchase Contract, buyers have a 10-day inspection period in which to complete their due […]

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

That has been the general theme for the past year or so here around All Phoenix Real Estate.com headquarters … or at least in the rooms of my house that’s don’t constitute the real headquarters for the dynastic monolith that is All Phoenix Real Estate. Big bulky furniture has given way to simpler designs, carpeting for tile, complex electronic arrangements for the more basic, landscaping designed to bring ease to the mind more than concern for the constant upkeep needed to maintain it. Where simplicity hasn’t necessarily come is to this website itself, with the multiple options off each category […]

All Peoria Contractors Are Not The Same

Even after nine years in the business, there’s room to learn something new. For most repair requests, I have recommended to my clients one of a couple of licensed contractors with whom I’ve done business in the past. This never has been an issue, until the past few days when it was and for one simple reason – not all contractor licenses are alike. Your average handyman, for instance, may be licensed for what the Arizona Registrar of Contractors calls “minor household repairs” but not necessarily to handle electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling issues, even though they may know how to […]

An Aside for a Birthday …

Yes, I completed another trip around the sun earlier this month and started a new one, but that’s not what I’m talking about at the moment. Technically speaking, this here blogging adventure started in January 2006 when I started a blog back on the RealTown website. I beg of you, just skip the archives until you get into July. That was the point when I finally figured out (or had someone tell me) why the hell I should have a blog in the first place and the content became, if not good, at least somewhat palatable. We began on this […]

How to List Your Phoenix Home for Sale on Zillow

  Every day like clockwork, someone comes to my website looking for information on how to list their home for sale on Zillow. (The irony of someone who doesn’t want to use an agent using an agent’s website to find out how to use a free platform amuses me, but that’s another story.) It’s a rather simple process: Go to Zillow Set up an account Type in your address and claim your home Click on “post for sale” That’s all there is to it. But – and you knew there had to be a but – now that I’ve told […]

Quick Tip for Peoria AZ Sellers – VIDEO

It’s hot, mom had appointments and so did Tobey. So I’ll talk about Friday’s ridiculous jump in interest rates tomorrow, and for today leave you with a quick tip about how to prepare your home for sale. And, by the way, if you’re looking to sell for the highest possible dollar amount in the shortest amount of time, click here TODAY and get your free marketing kit before the Fed and/or the economy does something else to slow the market’s year-long roll.

Phoenix Market Update – July 2013

It’s human nature … nobody wants to believe the good times are going to end. The Roaring 20s, with an economy built almost entirely on credit? What could possible go wrong? Troy? Forget what Cassandra has to say and pass the wine. The Roman Empire? Too big to fail. The honeymoon phase of any marriage … well, okay, you get the drift by now. How about the Phoenix real estate market of the past year? Values have soared higher as inventory shriveled into the several thousands and buyers continued taking advantage of historically ludicrous low interest rates to purchase homes. […]

Honoring the Fallen in Yarnell

Also posted on PeoriaAZLiving.com … We watch the news from around the country in wonder of the natural disasters that take place in other areas. Hurricanes up and down the Atlantic Coast. Tornados in Oklahoma, Joplin, Tuscaloosa and throughout the Midwest. Superstorm Sandy and the destruction wrought in New Jersey and the boroughs of New York City. Heat waves? We sit in our homes and watch others struggle to make do in areas not equipped to handle triple-digit temperatures. We smile ruefully and consider we are enduring 118-degree temperatures with minimal humidity while others are trying to survive 95 and […]