A couple of months ago I wrote about a website dedicated specifically to Canadians buying Phoenix real estate. There probably won’t be live blog posts like you have here. Instead, there would be a glossary of posts that discuss different aspects of the real estate transaction here in the states.
As you’ve probably noticed, this project hasn’t gotten off the ground primariy because time has been short. Even with an unsteady Canadian dollar, prices have kept interest in the Phoenix market rather high. And with the recent surge in activity, I would think only either a more severe drop in the Canadian dollar or a sudden increase in prices locally will stem the tide.
In any event, an escrow a week will come a guy hopping.
The other stumbling block has been the content itself. Several items are absolute no-brainers: the lack of sales tax, the role of escrow companies and the alphabet soup of acronyms – FIRPTA, SPDS, CLUE.
As Mark H. has pointed out here and privately, I need to compile a list of third-party vendors that can help with different tasks. It’s not always as easy as it sounds; for instance, property managers here handle property rentals not house maintenance for part-time residents. I’m sure there are companies that handle the latter, but having not tried any (or had a client try) I’m hesitant to make that kind of recommendation. But that will come.
So my question for today is, what else do you want to see? What are the less obvious kind of topics you’ve always wondered about?
I’ve currently in website building mode, mostly for friends in need of help. So this one’s officially back on the radar.
At the end of the day, my Canadian friends, this will be your site. What do you need to make it the best it can be?
[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]