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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, ┬ásomething is bound to turn out to be true. From the Associated Press: The Globe and Mail […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.