We briefly interrupt the regularly scheduled programming for this article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Saskatoon Residents find Arizona Opportunity – in which I was quoted.
Fifteen minutes on the phone as the wife, kids and my mom walk down the beach to Belmont Park and I’m trapped on the patio … all for one quote.
And it wasn’t completely accurate – correct in substance if not in the actual words.
More unfortunate, though, is the almost predictable quote from the CEO of the locally-based Canada Arizona Business Council:
“You can get brand-new houses here for nothing. Nice three-, four-bedroom places for $200,000. There is a real opportunity,” said Glenn Williamson, CEO of the Phoenix-based Canada Arizona Business Council.
Much of my time is spent patiently explaining that this also is true in substance if not in the details. There are nice homes for $200,000 in certain areas of the Valley. But not everywhere. I know Glenn didn’t say that, but that’s the general impression that many Canadian buyers have.
The closer you want to be to the airport, the more expensive the house likely will be. The better view you desire, the more expensive the house will be. Gated community? Raise the price a bit. There are tradeoffs for everything.
It seems the notion that any house on the market can be had for 50 cents on the dollar has faded. There are opportunities to be had here. But giving possibly false impressions about what can be had isn’t particularly helpful.
Enough stalling … I’m off to Legoland.[tags]Phoenix real estate, Canadian buyers Arizona real estate[/tags]