Drumrolls Please for Our 2000th Article

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Here’s where we began more than five years ago on RealTown Blogs …

Jan. 9, 2006 – Unrepresented sellers
As I drove around Glendale and Peoria today, I saw a large number of homes being sold by unrepresented sellers (or For Sale By Owners, if you prefer.)

While I was amazed by some of the prices being asked a year ago, the ultra-heated market here in Phoenix seemed to justify almost any price an owner can name. But even now, with the market swinging violently from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market, and with properties remaining on the market for weeks or longer, unrepresented sellers continue to try and jump ahead of the going market price.

And here’s where we began here, on AllPhoenixRealEstate.com more than four years ago

Posted on January 3, 2007 by Jonathan Dalton

Welcome to our new blog!

In keeping with this year’s theme of constantly improving upon the systems we have in place for better performance, we have made the switch from RealTown Blogs to WordPress while also moving the blog onto our own server.

The transition has been far from easy, to be perfectly candid. RealTown Blogs featured a remarkably simple, remarkably intuitive platform. I’m confident in time WordPress will be as familiar as RealTown had become.

This marks post number 2,000 here on All Phoenix Real Estate.com. Most have dealt with real estate. Some have been music videos trying to set the mood ahead of the weekend, for those who have normal weekends.

Some have been how-to, some have been how-it-ought-to-be-done, some have been outright screeds.

Since we started, the Phoenix market has crashed and showed signs of recovery. Prices have fallen, inventory has soared and then fallen again.

Tobey has aged. Morgan and Charlie have joined the family. I’ve gone into A-fib, had congestive heart failure and had two heart valves repaired and still continued on, selling from my room in Arrowhead Hospital’s cardiac ward.

No one said I was all that bright.

Short sales have moved from the area of theory to an all-too-painful reality. Many have lost their homes, many have purchased vacation and second homes.

We’ve talked about the real estate profession and the Phoenix real estate market. In the journey we have made many, many friends and endured the slights of local braggarts whose mouth vastly outruns his own accomplishments.

We’ve watched Twitter and Facebook go from odd fascinations that caused my wife to ask what the hell I was doing with my time to becoming part of the fabric of today’s society.

We’ve lost good friends and, more importantly, great people

I’ve worked through months of writers’ block and more than once wanted to throw in the towel and pull the plug on this site and social media. I watched 2,000 creeping closer and found myself struggling like A-Rod trying to hit home run number 600. And then I came back to the site and kept plugging along.

I’ve intermingled “I” and “we” to pretend this is more than a one man, one dog operation.

Through it all, I can tell you this … It’s been one hell of a ride. And I thank all three of my readers for riding along with me through all these words, all these posts and all these years.

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 allphoenixrealestate.com.