Can the Phoenix Real Estate Market Recovery Sustain Itself?

There have been a pair of articles of note of late, spelling doom for the national real estate housing market. The first comes from SeekingAlpha, where the downturn in existing home salesĀ as reported by NAR has the author believing the bull market of the past year-plus is going to stall. I’m hard pressed to disagree, […]

Accepting the New Old Normal as Normal

I found myself banging my head against the steering wheel the other day while listening to ESPN Radio. There’s always the internal debate of whether the sports talk radio hosts really believe what they’re saying or are just trying to fill air time – I often hope for the latter – but the sheer stupidity […]

Want $15,000 Toward Your Down Payment on a Phoenix Home?

If you’re looking to purchase a home in the City of Phoenix but may need some help with the down payment and closing costs, the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program may be a viable option for you. Through the NSP, eligible buyers may receive up to $15,000 when they purchase designated move-in ready properties. Now, there […]

It’s that Time Again, Readers … The Semi-Annual Bachelor Post Returns

To be honest, watching the previews, I wasn’t certain I could deal with yet another season of The Bachelor. We’re officially into territory where the script is repeating itself in extremely painful ways, almost as if the women who are on this show have never watched a prior episode. To whit … Don’t be the […]

Buyers: The Truth About Listing Agents

It’s interesting where the “related posts” feature at the bottom of all the posts can take a person. For instance, this one was the second link on the list. It’s a post originally written at the start of 2011 but, aside from the fact the co-broke now does appear in the expanded six-page Exclusive Right […]

Raising the Bar, Video Fun and Other Tuesday Thoughts …

There’s a group on Facebook theoretically dedicated to “Raise the Bar in Real Estate.” Being a rather self-loathing lot, we tend to spend a lot of time worrying about all that is wrong with the real estate industry, most of which miraculously boils down to the “idiot” agent on the other side of the transaction […]

If You Really Want to Buy a House …

If you really want to buy a house here in the Phoenix real estate market, here are a few helpful things to keep in mind: 1) There is no prize for the person who looks at the most homes. If you’re looking at upwards of two dozen homes and haven’t written an offer either your […]

The Scientific Method of House Shopping … or … You Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, Eh?

Imagine walking into a home and knowing automatically that the price was too high. You’ve never step foot in the neighborhood, never looked at a comparable sale and your total experience in real estate is having looked at dozens of homes yourself before finally deciding on one to purchase. Learning the home has been on […]

Again We’re Taught, There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

At the moment, I’m reading “Before the Storm – Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus,” my first foray into the life of Barry Goldwater. The closest I ever game to the legend himself was seeing the back of his head as he spoke to a classroom of journalism students when I was […]

Perspective After 35 Years in the Desert

Before I became a real estate professional, I was a human being. This could come as a shock to some, but there it is. When I was growing up on the Dobson Ranch in Mesa, there were apartments about a half-mile away – the Haystacks, so named because they greatly resembled barns. Don’t bother looking […]