Phoenix Real Estate Poetry on a Brisk Tuesday Morning

“For all sad words of tongue or pen,

The saddest are ‘It might have been.’ ”

– John Greenleaf Whittier

And with my sincere apologies to the long-deceased Whittier …

“The saddest words to roll off the tongue

Are find another home just like the other one.”

– Tobey

After more than seven years in this business, I remain stunned when a buyer lets an opportunity pass by abd then says “now, if you can find another one just like that one …”

“That one” varies from situation to situation, of course. Sometimes it’s due to the particular upgrades in the house. In the case of the mid-century homes I’ve been working in recently, it’s a combination of the layout and the charm of the house itself.

Sometimes it’s a backyard paradise almost too good to be true (unless you have a spare $50,000 sitting in your pockets). Sometimes it’s a too-low-to-believed price that someone else takes advantage of quickly while others sit and debate.

I understand the underlying sentiment, the sense of an opportunity missed that comes with the phrase “if you can find me one just like that one.” But that’s the thing. The opportunity is gone and, in a market where inventory is at a premium, there likely isn’t another home just like that one even in Phoenix’s tract home jungle.

The chance was there. I found you the home. If another one pops us, I’ll pass it along but the odds are slim that there are two of a one-of-a-kind home.

Yet, in all honesty, even if I find the next home I almost can predict what’s going to happen … nothing. And so the refrain will be sounded again. Cue John Whitter.

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


  • Anonymous 6 years ago

    You hit it on the head, but they may not want a home just like that one. Just because it looks nice does not mean it was maintained.

    I have performed home inspections on the same model in the same neighborhood and had totally different home inspection reports as one home was maintained and one was not.

    Nice site by the way.
    Scott Warga

  • Jonathan Dalton 6 years ago

    I’ll give you that, Scott … homes can vary widely from one to the next even as the same model. Having said that, when you ask someone where a home rates on a scale from 1 to 10 and the answer is a 10 …

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