The Super Bowl, Phoenix Real Estate and DVR Delays

avatarthumbnail.jpgOne of the distinct quirks of owning a DVR is you rarely watch television shows in real time. Pausing the action to answer e-mails, take care of some important personal business or simply to hold a conversation becomes common place.

We spent much of last night playing catch up with the Super Bowl; when my wife went to take some trash outside, I heard my neighbor tell her about the interception return for a touchdown about 25 seconds before I saw it on my own screen. Double the bummer.

In the game’s closing minutes, when the Cardinals had punted and I assumed they would not get the ball back and was lamenting that “the game’s over” my wife walked in from the garage and said, “judging by the screaming, it’s not over.”

And it wasn’t, even as we listened to 42 seconds of screaming for Larry Fitzgerald’s go-ahead touchdown coming from outside before we saw it ourselves. In fact, the only time we got to real time was during the final two minutes when the Steelers marched the length of the field (memories of Ohio State doing the same to Arizona State in 1996 to cost the Sun Devils the national championship.)

Working on a time delay in television usually isn’t a problem, unless it’s an event like the Super Bowl or the NFC Championship and all televisions in the neighborhood are tuned to the very same channel and it’s abundantly clear you’re not seeing things as they happen.

Working on that same time delay in real estate, particularly in an evolving market such as Phoenix, can be more problematic. Many buyers and sellers are relying on what they can see on sites such as Zillow and Trulia, even though those sites are looking back at the data and aren’t necessarily filled with the most up-to-date listings.

In a market where bank owned homes seem to attract the most interest and linger on the market for only a short period of time, the small gap between what’s currently available and what might have been available days or weeks earlier can be significant. What you need is real-time data, or as close to real-time as is available, so you don’t find yourself looking at a home while the new buyers already are celebrating their purchase.

Two services we provide are a personalized listing portal and automated e-mail updates. As new listings come to the market, or changes happen to the existing listings, you’ll see the changes reflected either in your e-mail or on this website.

Our Phoenix Homes Search and Phoenix Bank Owned Homes Search also allow you to save searches and receive updates as they happen.

The choice of availing yourself of these services is entirely yours, just as the decision to play catch-up with the Super Bowl last night was mine. (DVR is an absolute necessity when sitting through The Bachelor, if only because of the sangria.)

If you don’t mind knowing that what you’re seeing may not be what’s really there (say, if you’re an amateur astronomer and are used to such things), then carry on. But if you’re serious about buying (or selling) and want to keep track of things as they happen, drop us a line and we’ll get you set up.

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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