Archives for August 2013

Month-End Rally Keeps Phoenix Real Estate Afloat

What a final week it was; where a week ago there only were 3,100 sales logged in the Phoenix real estate market – detached homes only, data courtesy of the Arizona Regional MLS – a late rush of escrows pushed August’s final sales number to 5,057. So, instead of being the worst August in 2008, […]

So You Want to Be a Sportswriter …

As anyone who reads this website regularly knows, I write free-lance articles for AP Sports and have for the past 20-plus years. It’s easier to list what I haven’t covered – Arizona State football and the Arizona Cardinals – than to list the events I have worked, ranging from the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes and […]

On the Fair Housing Act

On Sunday, I posed the question regarding the following statement from a craigslist housing for sale by owner ad, asking readers to spot the potential violation of the Fair Housing Act: Sunland Village is easily one the cleanest, nicest 55 and over communities in the East Valley – beautiful golf course, pools, and all the amenities […]

“We’d Rather Give the Buyers a Better Deal”

Confession time … I troll the real estate by owner listings in craigslist, not because I happen to be in the market for a place nor because craigslist is in any way, shape or form an ideal format for serious buyers to find a place (for reasons ranging from ads that make the old four-line […]

Phoenix Real Estate Inventory Now Above 11,000

So when is the opportune moment here in the Phoenix real estate market? I think it depends largely on what you’re trying to accomplish. As of this morning, there are 11,108 detached homes for sale across Maricopa County. That’s a mere pittance when you consider the county is the size of New Jersey, but it’s […]

FHA Throws Lifeline to Would Be Buyers With Short Sales and Foreclosures

Yesterday, FHA announced that it was cutting the timeframes which some qualified would-be buyers who had gone through a short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy would have to wait before purchasing another home. “FHA recognizes the hardships faced by these borrowers, and realizes that their credit histories may not fully reflect their true ability or propensity […]

Life as a Hooligan

You probably don’t know this – I didn’t know it myself until last night – but I am a hooligan. At least, that’s according to one Officer James Acosta of the Phoenix P.D. and the thoroughly overwhelmed and overmatched supervisor of “nationally recognized” Reach 11 Sports Complex in north Phoenix. I’m not the only one. […]

The Value of a Buyers Agent

Let’s puncture a couple of real estate myths today, shall we … Myth #1: I’ll get a better deal working directly with the listing agent There’s one obvious flaw with this train of thought – the listing agent doesn’t work for you, he or she works for the seller and is pledged to work in […]

A-Rod, Ryan Braun and Willful Denial

I didn’t want to believe it. Deep down, I absolutely new Ryan Braun got caught with his hand in the PED cookie jar but, when he escaped on a technicality, heart overrode head and I willfully chose to ignore the inconvenient truth that he really had gotten caught using performance enhancing drugs. Call it a […]

Going Back in Time – A Saturday at Costco

Part of the Big Brother-ish back end on this website allows me to see what people search for. Someone yesterday was looking to see what kind of discount they could get purchasing through an agent sitting at a Costco roadshow. Truth be told, I don’t have the slightest idea anymore as it’s been six years. […]