Crash Course in Phoenix Arizona Real Estate circa 2007

The last few months have been spent working with multiple clients moving to the Phoenix area from points around the country, nearly all working at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. One of the challenges of this task is the widely varied knowledge levels of the Valley (along with widely varying stages of the hiring process – I’ve worked with some folks on their first trip to Phoenix for their initial interview and others who already are in town and living in corporate housing.)

Today I spent the morning and early afternoon with a couple who once upon a time lived in Arrowhead Estates, in Glendale just south of Arrowhead Ranch. A return to the Arrowhead area seemed like a possibility though not probable because of two factors that did not exist when they last lived in the Valley:

1) Traffic, particularly on Interstate 10 where the freeway bottlenecks to only a couple of lanes of traffic.

2) The abundance of housing options in Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park.

Today we toured subdivisions from the gates Litchfield Greens in Litchfield Park to Estrella Mountain Ranch, including my listing on Estrella’s northern edge. What we knew going in was this couple wanted a larger-than-standard lot (standard being about 6,000 to 7,000 square feet), preferably with a minimum of freeway or traffic noise, somewhere over 2,000 square feet and with some decent landscaping in the backyard.

My initial search pulled well over 100 homes, a list I narrowed down to 20 and change last night. Today we viewed about eight to 10 of the homes (I can’t give an exact number unless I go check my notes – it was a fairly lengthy day and the homes began to blend.)

We’re heading back on Wednesday and while it seems on the surface that little process was made, in truth we’re far closer to finding the right home than we were before today started. Why? Because by walking through the houses with the clients and listening to their reaction to various features, the type of home they desire became clear.

In short, I did my job as a buyers’ agent today. I listened, incorporated the feedback and will help my clients get settled. Compare this service to a Redfin (a company blissfully non-existent locally and likely to stay that way for reasons I’ll detail at a later date.)

Redfin’s premise … find your own home, then come back to use to write the contract. Oh, you’ll get one 3-hour tour for free. But then it’s going to cost you.

There seemed to be two definite possibilities but nothing absolute. I’m fairly confident we’ll find the home that’s absolutely right on Wednesday or this weekend at the latest. I’d say it’s a far better system than some new practitioners would have you believe.
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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


  • Tom Scott 11 years ago

    Sounds as if you are one of the lucky few with buyers! Having grown up in the valley, it certainly has changed. Who would have ever thought, no offense intended, that Buckeye would be a place people would seek out to move to? The seniors community there, Sundance, has outstanding home floorplans and they are affordable. The service you provide will keep you in business long after the discounters have gone. Good luck!

  • daltonsazhomes 11 years ago

    You too, Tom … Buckeye is an amazing story and will become an even more amazing story in the coming years, once the freeway is expanded and once the city center shifts a little more to the west.

    Sundance, Verrado … it’s hard to imagine these communities going up 50 miles west of downtown, almost as hard as it is to sometimes believe all that already has been built along I-10 through the Avondale/Goodyear corridor.

    It’s a far cry from the days of the Wigwam Outlets marking the western edge of the Valley.