Confession: I’m Not Writing that Many Real Estate Contracts

… at least, I don’t seem to be writing nearly as many contracts as many of my peers here in the Phoenix real estate market. It’s an embarrassing problem – maybe not men’s erectile disfunction advertisement during football embarrassing – but still, it’s hard not to feel a bit … I don’t know, inadequate.

This isn’t the kind of thing that’s easy to admit. Go to happy hour and all you’ll hear are agents talking about how many contracts they’re writing. This is a short sale market, they say and I nod knowingly, or at least try my best to nod without giving away my hidden truth. Hell, even the most influential voice in the wired real estate world is writing multiple contracts all in an effort to secure a single property for his clients.

Life in the Southern Hemisphere, Sort Of

The toilets don’t drain the wrong direction and we’re not on the verge of summer here at All Phoenix Real headquarters, but we’re gearing up for the high season just as many real estate agents are getting ready for the long winter leading to 2011 and the year, in theory, the Phoenix real estate […]

Investor Opportunity at Peoria’s Trilogy at Vistancia

I just received notice a few minutes ago that Shea Homes is planning to sell and leaseback its six model homes at Trilogy at Vistancia, a 55-plus active adult community in north Peoria. Sale prices will be determined within the next couple of weeks. Six floor plans are for sale: St. Tropez – backyard has […]

If You See a Smoking Deal …

Thus concludes most conversations I seem to have with prospective buyers these days. Working primarily in retirement communities is a decidedly different gig. Once buyers make up their mind the time has come to buy they generally move decisively and the transactions – usually cash deals – go smoothly. My business remains at the mercy […]

Out of Town and Looking for Phoenix Real Estate? Maybe Some Video Will Help

As anyone searching for a home can tell you, photographs often lie. From a real estate agent’s perspective, we prefer to think of selective, creative photography as accentuating the positive and, all in all, this is what is most likely to attract a buyer at least initially. Continued interest only comes, however, when a buyer […]

Running With the Pack

Welcome to sick day in the Dalton household. Not all the children are sick, mind you. The oldest one’s stomach was in full revolt and the two younger ones picked up on the vibe in no time flat. In comes the middle child in full zombie mode, sitting silently behind me hoping I’ll notice that […]

Looking to Purchase a Vacation Rental? Here’s Your Huckleberry

Yesterday during my weekly tour of East Valley bank owned properties listed by my company, I came across the below townhouse in Chandler’s Fulton Ranch subdivision. There’s a Pei Wei about a half-mile away so on that basis alone it has to be good, right? Here’s what was most striking about this two-level townhouse: That’s […]

If You’re Looking to Own a Vacation Rental, Now is the Time to Buy

Though the vacation rental season in the Phoenix market is nearing its end, the months of April and May remain the time to buy a property to use as a vacation rental – especially if you’re looking to purchase in one of the area’s many retirement communities. Inventory thins substantially at the end of the […]

Projecting Anxiety on Furniture

Work enough in the retirement communities in Phoenix and you’ll inevitably run into the phrase “furniture available outside of escrow.” On the surface, it seems like a simple enough proposition – the seller doesn’t want their stuff, the buyer doesn’t need to buy new stuff and all can walk away happy. Except it rarely works […]

Representative Rental Rates and Home Costs in Phoenix Real Estate

We’re a little late getting back with the sample property prices to match the sample rents from a week or so ago. The same methodology applies … I went into the Arizona Regional MLS looking for single family detached homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths between 1,500 and 1,600 square feet without a pool. […]