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Jonathan Dalton
REALTOR
ePro, SFR
602-502-9693

Canadian Buyers

Inventory in the Phoenix Market on the Rise

Inventory is on the rise again here in the Phoenix market after a sleepy start to the year. As of the moment there are 16,505 detached homes for sale across Maricopa County; we had fallen below 16,000 homes in late December, bringing a temporary pause to what had been a steady rise over the prior few months. Now the question is whether buyers are coming along for the ride, a question best answered at the end of February when the solds for that month are available. (For those less aware, solds are a lagging indicator in as much as what […]

How Phoenix Real Estate Can Be Like Purchasing a Suit

As a habit, I tend to wear shorts (or during the three weeks a year we call winter, blue jeans) and golf shirts. My days of dress shirts, slacks and ties disappeared once my work as a stock broker came to an end. But on those rare occasions where I need something a touch dressier, such as when purchasing a new suit, I’ve found it’s much easier to walk into a men’s shop and turn myself over to the experts working there. If you’ve ever gone this route, you know there are countless choices inside the store at which you […]

Age Limits in Northwest Valley Retirement Communities

When the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, preventing discrimination in housing in seven different categories including age, an exception was given for age-restricted communities. If a community was declared an age-restricted area and more than 80 percent of the homeowners were age 55 or over, then the restrictions were not a violation of the law. In communities such as Sun City (founded by Del Webb and essentially the first of its kind), Sun City West, Leisure World in Mesa, Sun Lakes in Chandler and elsewhere, the caveat provided by the 80 percent rule was irrelevant. The age limit […]

Gearing Up For Retirement Real Estate’s Busy Season

Inventory generally ebbs in the Valley’s retirement communities over the summer months as buyers turn their thoughts to places where the temperature isn’t routinely in triple digits (or, given the way this summer went across the country, isn’t in triple digits as a matter of course.) But this summer, in which inventory across the Northwest Valley and the rest of the Phoenix area has dropped precipitously, the drops have been even deeper. Westbrook Village has roughly 5,000 properties and around 100 are for sale at any given moment during the winter months. Right now there are 59. Ventana Lakes generally […]

Lessons About Canada Day

Before I became the REALTOR to the Canadian set, I discovered Canada Day while taking a look at National League baseball schedules. Just was we had oddly-scheduled games to accommodate the Fourth of July, the Montreal Expos would play oddly-timed games on July 1 for Canada Day. Beyond that, I must confess, I didn’t know much about Canada Day. And so I did what anyone else would do in 2011 – I Googled it. And I have to say, it was interesting in a cute, quaint kind of way. In other words, it’s representatively Canadian. Canada Day commemorates the anniversary […]

Scottsdale Real Estate via the Calgary Herald

Saw this Scottsdale real estate article come across the wires this morning. From the Calgary Herald: Median prices vary significantly across Scottsdale, increasing from the southern section to the newer developments in the north, with family homes, condos and resort-style properties ranging from the $100,000s to multi-million dollar estates. And now with the loonie at a three-year high, the sun-dazzled city is a treasure for savvy Canadian investors. For once, I don’t have a lot of commentary to add. Prices are going to range wildly but it’s safe to say any detached home with a “1” on it is in […]

Toronto Globe and Mail: Shotgun Journalism

Nothing to do with real estate, just the random thoughts of a guy with a journalism degree. I guess the dominant theory at the Toronto Globe and Mail’s hockey reporters is if they print enough rumors and speculation,  something is bound to turn out to be true. From the Associated Press: The Globe and Mail in Toronto reported Thursday that the Thrashers’ agreement with True North was done and will be announced in Winnipeg on Tuesday. True North is led by Winnipeg businessman Mark Chipman and billionaire David Thomson, whose family owns The Globe and Mail. On his weekly radio […]

Another Year of Phoenix Coyotes Hockey

Last night, the Glendale City Council voted to put $25 million into escrow, some or all of which will be paid to the NHL to cover the league’s losses operating the Coyotes in case the team’s ownership situation hasn’t been hashed out quite yet. Let’s hope that happens for a number of reasons, not the least of which is a concerted effort at marketing the club, combined with the knowledge that the team will be here beyond 2012 – as opposed to the past two near-lame duck seasons – likely would help reduce the losses of the past years. Reduce, […]

Amending the West Valley’s Highlights

It’s a sentence that has rolled off my tongue a couple hundred times while talking to Canadian buyers either in person, on the phone, or via e-mail … “And right there is Jobing.Com Arena, where the Coyotes play.” I might have to amend that. Because at the moment, it’s very much in doubt whether the Phoenix Coyotes will be back for a 16th season next fall. Though you’d never know it reading the Canadian papers, especially those fountains of objectivity (*insert toungue in cheek*) the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Coyotes aren’t interlopers. They’ve played only […]

The Mother Nature Method of Negotiating in Phoenix Real Estate

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world." - Archimedes "He's making a [expletive] sweater here and I'm trying to put Tiger Balm on this jungle's [expletive]." - Cody, the special effects dude in Tropic Thunder Those are two decided different views on what essentially is the same concept, wouldn't you say? Power, leverage, the ability to bend something to your whim. One sought to use leverage to his advantage, the other just wanted to see how high the flames could go when he blew up the landscape.

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