The Final Cold Spell of the Season

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentAs I wrote this post, we’re muddling along at 49 degrees here in the Valley of the Sun. This wouldn’t be newsworthy if not for the fact that four days ago, as I left Glendale Arena after a Phoenix Coyotes game at 10:30 p.m., it was 71.

Yes, folks, we are looking at the final cold spell of the season – an annual event that takes place in March, usually following a couple of weeks of 70-degree temperatures.

As your thermometers will tell you, it’s all uphill from here.

With the change in the weather come a change in priorities. While pools are high-demand items here in the Phoenix real estate market, they become a near-necessity if you want to sell your home after April 1 when the temperatures reach the 80s. Buyers feel the heat outside, the temperature differential inside and they start dreaming of a swimming season that runs for nearly six months.

For those folks with evaporative coolers in addition to air conditioners, the time has come to replace the pads and crank up the water … unless you like the musty smell of fish (and old wet sheepdog, which are prevalent with old evaporative cooler pads.)

If you’re selling your home and it’s vacant, we’re almost at the time when you want to turn the air conditioning on and leave it on, albeit at a wallet-friendly 83 – 85 degrees. (That range is at least comfortable without costing hundreds a month.)

And this also is the time when inventory expands. I’ll be adding at least two homes and possibly four to the mix by the end of the week.

I just want to wait for the last cold spell to pass lest I have to go find the windbreaker I’ve already packed away for the summer.

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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