Grid Bikes! What Are Those Green Bikes On Main St?

Grid bikes! They have arrived on Main St. You will see 250 of these bright green two-wheelers in racks along Main St, ready for pedalists to explore Downtown Mesa, head to work, check out a Spring Training game or go wherever their hearts desire (that's within biking distance!) The most common usage is for folks who take the light rail to destinations that are just a little far to walk once you reach the light rail stop. Having a bike to take you that last mile or two can greatly increase the benefits of our light rail here in Metro Phoenix. There are several racks of Grid Bikes along Main Street - near each light rail stop, adjacent to … [Read more...]

No RENTS for the Weary

Are you having trouble finding a rental property in Phoenix right now? Well, you are not alone. Our rental inventory is a fraction of what it was a few years ago. Just to out things in perspective, in 2008,there were roughly 10,000 properties listed for rent in Metro Phoenix. Right now, there are less than 2200 homes or rent, listed on the MLS. And I mean in all of Metro Phoenix, meaning Phoenix and its suburbs.   That figure does not include vacation homes, but good luck there where rents are significantly higher than market rents, due to the furnished and short term nature of these leases. And keep in mind that there were a lot less people … [Read more...]

Who’s Calling the Shots in Phoenix Real Estate? Buyers or Sellers?

Word on the street is that it's a buyer's market in Phoenix right now. Ummmm...not exactly. The answer to the question of whether buyers or sellers have the edge in the Phoenix real estate market, like a lot of questions about Phoenix real estate, it depends. Let's take a look at how the price of the house is related to  who holds the cards. In a nutshell, sellers hold the cards in the lower price ranges and buyers take the advantage in the luxury market. Here's a breakdown by price range: Note that homes listed for $175,000 or less are in extremely low supply. Finding a good home in this price range is tantamount to a unicorn hunt. … [Read more...]

The Big Pre-Qualification Question

For some, calling a lender to get pre-qualified for a mortgage is an anxiety-riddled, hand-wringing, whiskey-swigging dilemma. Should I or shouldn't I? It's a big deal...or is it? The fact is, it is pretty much pointless to go house-shopping without checking in with a lender first. It's like going shopping without your wallet, only worse. If you forget your wallet, you can ask the cashier to hold onto the awesome bargain you found while you run back home and retrieve the forgotten financials. But if you don't talk to a lender first, you might be shopping at Nordstom's when you really should be shopping at Target (or vice versa). And either … [Read more...]

What’s Happening in Downtown Mesa

What's Happening in Downtown Mesa this week? Sometimes it's hard to find all the cool stuff going happening on Main Street (and thereabouts). Here's a rundown of the Downtown Mesa events for you. It's a little CraigsList-ish right now, I know, but this will be a living page that I will strive to improve over the next months so you don't miss any fun in my Downtown. #IHeartMesa! FRIDAY,  March 4, 2016 Play Me, I'm Yours Street Pianos Various locations throughout Downtown Mesa See the map here Anytime through April 9, 2016 Mesa Community Farmer’s Market 9a-1p MACFest Mesa City Plaza 20 E. Main Street, Mesa AZ 85201 9:00 am … [Read more...]

First Quarter 2016 – Review of the Phoenix Real Estate Market

It's about that time when I like to tantalize all of you with some market statistics! How is the Phoenix real estate market so far in 2016? Well let's take a look... Supply is gradually increasing as it usually does this time of year, but demand has been a little sluggish in the price ranges below about $250-300K in most areas, and a lot sluggish in the upper price ranges. Sellers still call the shots below $250K in most geographic areas, but buyers and in hog heaven in those upper ranges. Hope you bought your lottery tickets because this is the year to buy that mansion. Interest rates have decreased slightly since the Fed lowered the … [Read more...]

Bidding War? Bring It, Baby!

https://youtu.be/lfrwDv1DgqY This weekend, I submitted offers in two "bidding wars". OK. They were more like bidding skirmishes, as a bidding war these days usually garners 3-5 offers compared to the 25-40 offers we were seeing a few years ago. Multiple offer situations tend to scare buyers. But guess, what? My clients offers were accepted in both cases. Multiple offers are unavoidable when there are fewer listings than buyers, so here are my tips on how to be victorious should a bidding war be in your future. CHOOSE A STRONG TEAM: First and, absolutely, without a doubt, necessary is choosing the right Realtor. This is no time for … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your House on the Market FOREVER!

Selling your house? Let's be honest...there are a lot of things that are way more fun than listing your house for sale...going through a heart-wrenching break-up, surviving those mega-fun years with your teenager, sitting through one more season of The Bachelor (Season 20, are you serious?).  It might seem logical that if you list your house for sale, you would want it sold as quickly as possible, but sometimes logic does not prevail.  Take, for example,  a little Scottsdale cutie that's been on the market for 2696 days as of today. As in, it was originally listed back on 2008 and just went under contract yesterday. Scratch that, they … [Read more...]

Yikes! Where are All the Affordable Houses?

Home prices are going up in Phoenix. Great news if you are a seller...not so great if you are a buyer. Particularly a buyer who does not currently own a home. The bar for entry level homes is going up - homes are becoming less affordable. You are jumping onto a moving merry-go-round, my friend. Check out this visual from my good friends are the Cromford Report: Yup...the inventory below $150K is quickly becoming non-existent, and the inventory of affordable homes between $150K-200K is starting to fade away as well. Anything below $250K is going to be gobbled up quickly by strong buyer demand - and guess what? We are on the brink of … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Market – 2015 in Review

And now, for the traditional look-back at the year that was. How did the Phoenix real estate market fare in 2015? Not too shabby! In a nutshell, 2015 favored sellers over buyers in most areas, as has been the trend since 2011. The good news for buyers, however, is that sellers can no longer dial it in. There were far more price reductions, more nail-biting, and overall, less partying by sellers and a little more satisfaction in the buying experience.  Gone are the days of slowly driving your car by a house, adding $20K to the listing price of some dump that meets 25% of your must-have criteria, and hoping this, your 27th offer, would … [Read more...]