We woke up in Phoenix today to the sounds of raindrops falling against our roofs, the first of what is predicted to be five straight days of rain – the first time that’s happened in the month of January since 2003. Once every seven years … you have to admit, that’s not too shabby.
As the kids wandered in little circles, free from school because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and unable to spend much time outside lest the water cause their somewhat washed bodies to melt, my own thoughts turned toward March and the beginning of spring training in the Cactus League.
With the arrival of the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, the Cactus League now is 15 teams strong – all but 13 of those teams play in the Valley (the other two are in Tucson) and all but four of those play west of Central Avenue roughly along the I-10/Loop 101 corridor (the Rangers and Royals being the most deviant geographically.)
Dodgers and Padres and Indians … oh my!
With the beginning of the games comes the influx of visitors here specifically to watch the Boys of Summer work off some rust in the spring.
(Here comes the real estate hook.)
Some come in RVs and campers, others come down and pay surcharge after surcharge for rentals cars and hotels – in case you’re wondering, that’s how we paid for these spring training parks in the first place.
(Wait for it.)
And still others come down either to their own second homes here in the Valley or simply rent a home for a week or a month to better allow themselves to overload on baseball, sun and in many cases, suds.
(That wasn’t so bad, was it?)
Owning a second home certainly isn’t for everyone. But if you happen to like your baseball a little more intimate and you’ve got 20 percent of the purchase price squirreled away, then maybe the other factors in play – low prices, low rates and even the $6,500 tax credit if you decide to make Phoenix your primary home by the end of April – might make it the right time to have a conversation.
It’s raining now but there are another 300 sunny days in the forecast.[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]