What’s For Sale in Bella Via – Mesa, 85212

Bella Via is a Tuscan- styled master-planned community East Mesa with homes by Pulte. The neighborhood feature scenic views of the Superstition Mountains and countless recreational activities, from walking paths to playgrounds, to a full size outdoor basketball court and a dog park.  At the heart of the community an amphitheater where you can connect with your neighbors at community events. What's for sale in Bella Via? … [Read more...]

Recent Sales In Bella Via – Mesa – 85212

Bella Via is aTuscan- styled master-planned community East Mesa with homes by Pulte. The neighborhood feature scenic views of the Superstition Mountains and countless recreational activities, from walking paths to playgrounds, to a full size outdoor basketball court and a dog park.  At the heart of the community an amphitheater where you can connect with your neighbors at community events. What's sold recently in Bella Via?   … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Santo Tomas, Tempe, Arizona 85282?

Santo Tomas is located in Tempe, just west of the 101 freeway and southeast of Arizona State University. The homes feature a mix of architectural styles including ranches and villas.  The area has  fun, quirky vibe and is very popular among those seeking a great location and a home with lots of personality and character. What's sold recently in Santo Tomas? … [Read more...]

My Three Words for the New Year – 2017

Happy New Year! Right? It's still a happy time - the honeymoon stage of 2017. It's all about promise and potential. Everything to look forward to with no regrets or disappointment. Just goodness.Sunshine and rainbows. Traditionally, we tap into this seasonal optimism and make all those promises to ourselves to eat right, exercise, save money. work harder, blah, blah, blah. Resolutions...I stopped doing them a long time ago. Really cut down on my need for therapy. Now, I navigate the year using just three words. It's worked out really well. Last year, I focused on: MAP CONNECT MOJO and by December 31st, I was looking back on a … [Read more...]

A New Dishwasher Moves Us Into the 21st Century

Isn't is beautiful! We got it last Friday. I wasn't home when it was delivered, so I missed the farewell to the doorstop that previously occupied this space. A new dishwasher. A thing of beauty. A marvel of modern technology. An end to dish-pan hands. We bought this house just a tad over two years ago. This will be our 3rd Christmas in Downtown Mesa. That was a huge milestone for this statistical boomerang buyer, after spending 5 years in rental purgatory. You know where dishwashers come from in rental purgatory? Craigslist. "Re-furb'ed" if you are lucky. Duct-taped together more likely. The kind of dishwasher that gives you high hopes … [Read more...]

Big Box Banks vs. Local Mortgage Banker

Does it really matter who you choose to do your mortgage? Can't you just go down to any ho-hum bank and get a home loan? Or call that spammy 1-800 number (that is most likely a sex hotline) you got from a quick Google search? Yes, it matters! And it’s a big FLIPPIN’ deal! You might be thinking, “Big Box is the way to go because I like everything BIG, GINORMOUS, and boxy—Texas-style!” (Remember that hit song, I'm Boxy and I Know It? LMAO!) But visit any realtor-infused happy hour and you will understand why realtors start breaking out in a cold sweat when they see a pre-qualification from 1-800-Big Box Walmart Wannabe Bank. When you … [Read more...]

What’s the Easiest Way to Invest in Real Estate?

A friend of mine recently asked my opinion about a REIT - Real Estate Investment Trust. You know, those sexy crowd-sourcing ventures where you pool you money with other mogul wannabes and buy retail shops, apartment buildings and office complexes and just watch the cash flow into you pockets. Sort of. Actually, the fund managers do all the work,collecting rents from the tenants and paying the investors dividends when they make a profit. Of course, you know what happens if there is not profit, right? Let's say you have $1000 laying around and you wanted to invest in real estate? Is the REIT the best way to go? Maybe. But before you join the … [Read more...]

The Elusive Tiny Home Near Downtown Mesa

I have heard from several folks over the last week or so who are looking for a tiny home near Downtown Mesa so they can be a part the awesome Main Street community. And it's a good time to get in while the getting is good.  A home near Downtown Mesa, within walking distance of the Light Rail, essentially put you within walking distance to Tempe and Phoenix, while enjoying the funky, artsy vibe that Main Street in Mesa offers. If you haven't been downtown lately, check it out. There is so much going on! OK, it's still a little sleepy, but there aren't many places around anymore where the bartender knows your name, where the cook knows … [Read more...]

Population Pause…We Need More Babies!

One of the biggest drivers in housing demand is population growth. Simple math here. If you have more people, you need more houses. There are essentially 2 ways people come to Phoenix - they move here or they are born here. And folks, the number of people born here is on the decline. My friends at Cromford Report, pointed out the shift in the population make-up we are seeing in this country. Nationwide, folks are living longer and having few babies, so the population is essentially aging, skewing towards an older demographic. This will result in a slowing population growth. We have seen this trend in the United States before, so it will be … [Read more...]

Historic Fraser Fields – Downtown Mesa, Arizona

Fraser Fields is one of Mesa's historic neighborhoods, with ranch style homes on large irrigated lots near Downtown Mesa. Homes in the Fraser Fields Local Historic District  were built in the late 40's and 50's and appealed to the affluent middle class, looking for a change from "the city" in what was known at the time as Mesa's most exclusive community. Yes, that's what it was like in the 50's.   There is no single builder in the neighborhood - homes were built to order for the original residents, which included doctors, lawyers and businessmen with names that are easily recognized in Mesa. Fraser Fields was originally a plot of land … [Read more...]