Chum in the Water at Trulia Voices, Part Two

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentYears ago someone asked Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Pedro Guerrero what he was thinking in the late innings of a close game the Dodgers led. Pedro was known for his bat (15 homers in June 1985 back when homers still meant something) and definitely not for his glove.

“Dear G-d,” he said, “please don’t let them hit the ball to me.”

He went on to say he didn’t want them hitting the ball to Steve Sax either, the Dodgers’ second baseman with a penchant for hitting peanut vendors behind first base.

I thought of that quote today when I noticed this question on Trulia Voices:

I have heard that nowadays, being able to sell a Queen Creak house is like hitting a lottery. My house is around Johnson Ranch which is not as far drive as a lot of the much more lower priced amd further away homes in Queen Creek. The ex-agent told me that our house could not be sold unless to match those forclosure homes. Thsi sounds terrible. Do you know where I can still look for an agent who is still confident and willing to sale in this area?

Gee, I wonder what the responses were like.

My advice? Select the first agent who says “hell, I don’t want to try and sell in Johnson Ranch.” At least they’re providing an honest assessment of things. (Not to imply that anyone answering was dishonest but I almost guarantee not one of the folks there were bouncing on their toes with anticipation with taking a listing in a subdivision with 315 homes currently active in the MLS.

Lest I accused of being just a Northwest Phoenix guy (which I am), I’ve sold in Johnson Ranch. Once. Eighty-five miles one way from my house. I’ll not be doing that again.

[tags]Queen Creek, Johnson Ranch, Trulia Voices, Phoenix real estate[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Jay Thompson 10 years ago

    Sure, pick the one Voices question I’ve answered in months… Not sure how I got sucked into that exchange.

    I came up with 282 Johnson Ranch listings. How’d you get 315?

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Like 282 is better?

    I used a wildcard search: %johnson ra%

  • Steve Belt 10 years ago

    I had a Johnson Ranch listing 18 months ago. In 6 months we didn’t get a single showing (from anyone other than me). At the start of the listing period, the lowest priced home was $199K in the Ranch. At the end of the listing period it was $170K. Today, we see the lowest list price at $107K.

    I feel for anyone that ones a home in Johnson Ranch, and needs to sell. The listing I had was a very nice home, but it’s all about price there.