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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ideas Blooming in South Phoenix

Ideas Blooming in South Phoenix

There is always something about the spring season in South Phoenix (SoPho) that brings a high level of optimism to me each year. Colorful birds and butterflies are migrating through our beautiful South Mountain and Rio Salado habitats. Wild Sonoran desert flowers, cactus, shrub and tree blooms paint the mountain side with vibrant yellows, oranges, >> Read More…


A Wave of Short Sales

A Wave of Short Sales

There are three segments to the real estate market: owners with equity in their homes, renters and owners that are still under water with their mortgage.  Owners with equity typically bought in the past few years and have seen their properties appreciate or owners who bought before market values ran up and did not take >> Read More…


Real Estate Trends With Staying Power

Real Estate Trends With Staying Power

Last year there were some common national trends in real estate that seem to have staying power. According to Realtor Magazine six of them were: Generation X jumps to the top, mobile real estate, paperless business, reversal of fortune in inventory, drone photography, and micro-apartments. Graham Wood, columnist for Realtor Magazine, noted these as six >> Read More…


Central Ave Sparkling for Holidays

Central Ave Sparkling for Holidays

It’s that time of year again when we have the opportunity to light up Central Avenue with a bit of glamour and holiday cheer for our community. I have had the opportunity to be a part of this group over the past two years made up of community members representing the greater downtown Phoenix community, >> Read More…


A Balanced Real Estate Market

A Balanced Real Estate Market

This year has been another year of shifting real estate markets. In the last quarter of this year we have seen a dramatic change in the demand for real estate in the Valley.  According to The Cromford Report, demand has been falling dramatically for the past three months.  This is not just due to seasonal >> Read More…


Making Phoenix a World-Class City

Making Phoenix a World-Class City

I started writing this article on my flight back from Ottawa, Canada. I had just spent five glorious days in one of the most amazing cities I have ever had the opportunity to visit. To give you a little perspective I’ve had the privilege to spend time in many great cities including London, Birmingham, Toronto, >> Read More…


Good Reasons for Buying and Selling

Good Reasons for Buying and Selling

 Many buyers and sellers are not aware that it is an opportune time to buy or sell a house. The news media reports that the market is recovering, after many years of broadcasting negative news when it comes to real estate. There are many good reasons to buy or sell a home right now. The >> Read More…


The South Phoenix We Want

The South Phoenix We Want

Back in April I had the pleasure of attending the Phoenix Urban Design Week event titled, “The Downtown We Want,” at the The Phoenix Center for the Arts. The house was packed with residents, community leaders, developers, small business owners, architects and people who just passionately care about Downtown. The night was filled with great >> Read More…


The Heart of South Phoenix

The Heart of South Phoenix

A great urban planner by the name of Donald Hilderbrandt once said that “The city’s expression of itself is best personified at its core or heart.” So I have to ask this question… where is the core or heart of our community? You could easily argue that the South Mountain Preserve and its over 16,000 >> Read More…


How to Get a Better Appraisal

How to Get a Better Appraisal

Thankfully we are in a market where values are appreciating. The reason we are seeing home prices on the rise is because there is a shortage of homes on the market for sale. There is a large pool of buyers competing for a small supply of homes. When demand exceeds the supply, we experience upward >> Read More…


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