Let’s start with the important things first.
The beagle that almost certainly led you here is named Tobey. Back in 2004, before it became a brief trend to use your pets (or worse, somebody else’s pets) in your marketing, Tobey was my own marketing muse.
Everything started with a simply mailer with Tobey sitting in a too-small cat bed, asking if the recipient was feeling cramped in their current surroundings.
The direct mail ended long ago, but Tobey is still here and is one of three beagles in our household.
As off as it may sound, my relationship with Tobey mirrored the underlying theory of my real estate business. He and I always worked on a hand/pawshake agreement. I told him that I’d take care of him, which I did for as long as he could. And he didn’t spend his day calling other people to see if they’d like to be his owner.
Business ought to be that simple, right? Except don’t expect me to scratch your tummy for you.
Now the formal introductions …
Jonathan Dalton is an e-Pro certified Realtor with Realty ONE Group in the Greater Metropolitan Phoenix Arizona area. He is the creator and webmaster of several Phoenix area real estate websites –Westbrook Village Real Estate, Ventana Lakes Real Estate and Phoenix Retirement Real Estate – all of which feature Phoenix Arizona listings searches with no-hassle registration.
This is not an effort of technology for technology’s sake; with both buyers and sellers turning to the Internet in increasing numbers to search for qualified, full-time real estate professionals and quality homes for sale, Jonathan remains in the technological forefront for the benefit of his clients.
As a 30-plus-year resident of the Phoenix area, Jonathan is intimately familiar with the Valley of the Sun as a whole while specializing in Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale and Phoenix Arizona. Jonathan is a graduate of Dobson High School and Mesa Community College, both in Mesa Arizona, and Arizona State University in Tempe.
Before becoming a full-time real estate professional, Jonathan worked for the Sun City Daily News-Sun and Arizona Capitol Times as a reporter. He has written on a free-lance basis for the Associated Press since 1992, and currently can be found in the press box at most Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks games.
Jonathan lives in Glendale Arizona with his wife, Kathie, his three children and two dogs – Tobey and Captain Morgan. He formerly coached YMCA soccer and served on the board of Temple Gan Elohim in Glendale.
Tobey was the star of Jonathan’s real estate operation. With his natural good looks and his comfort in front of the camera (in exchange for T-bone steak bones), Tobey became the centerpiece of Jonathan’s marketing campaign. He also was a local celebrity known for his daring escapes from the Daltons’ homes, excursions that usually end two or three doors away when he finds a familiar face to save him from the cold, cruel world.
Tobey spent his days sleeping. And eating. And sunning himself in the sun. And then going back to sleep. It was a tough life, which sadly came to an end in late October 2013 at the age of 14.
Before adopting the Dalton family, Tobey was in the care of a foster family he found courtesy of Arizona Beagle Rescue.