The Day I Can’t Tell You About

avatarthumbnail.jpgAs you may have noticed dear readers, experiences with clients usually seep their way into this blog. Some real estate agents consider this taboo; for me, if there’s something I can address in a general way that may answer a future buyer’s question, all the better.

So on Thursday I drove to a location I’m not allowed to mention for reasons soon to become obvious and pick up someone for a purpose I can’t describe. After handing me a cup of coffee, the alleged person says “today is off the record.”

Well, hell.

Actually, this probably was just as well as the alleged person and I had a couple of things in common which made most of the conversations thoroughly enjoyable personally and utterly useless for a real estate blog.

After further discussions over a second beverage (I didn’t receive clearance, but I’m going to tell you it was the Four Peaks Hefeweizen at Oregano’s – a local microbew at a local pizza place – excellent choices, both), here’s what I am allowed to share:

  1. Square footage is less important than layout when the differences are a few dozen square feet. A poor layout can make the much larger property seem far smaller.
  2. Location matters when you’re looking for something to turn into a vacation rental.
  3. Being next to a golf course isn’t necessarily a critical aspect of that location. Easy access to the Valley’s freeway system is because of the draws of spring training, golf, and hockey.
  4. Get an orange slice if possible with the Four Peaks hefe instead of a lemon as the lemon can overwhelm the flavor.

If not for a day filled with youth soccer and the Phoenix Coyotes’ first preseason game, I might be finding one of those hefes myself.

[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • CWaterhouse 9 years ago

    Reminds me of the saying “I could tell you, but then I’d have to shoot you” … 🙂 Reading through the lines … sounds like you had a great day, Jonathan.

  • Man-one 9 years ago

    For the record, it was a wonderfully productive day filled with great insights, stimulating conversation and plenty of laughs. The most disappointing part of the ‘tour’ was that the day ended far too quickly… hence the almost-missed-flight-out 🙂

    Your expertise and your time are/were sincerely appreciated! The next step is to bring my wife down to experience the Valley of the Sun so she can see firsthand the extraordinary beauty in and around Phoenix.

    Oh… and by the way, our conversation about our favorite sports figure will remain “off-the-record”.

    Talk soon JD!

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