Moving to Phoenix? Things I Get Asked ALL The Time

Phoenix is a great place to live. Just ask the more than 4.6 million people that live in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Which is why I get regular phone calls, particularly from folks living in States that experience a frozen-tundra type of winter, asking about moving to Phoenix. ASAP. I have noticed a common thread among some of the questions I get asked. Clearly, there is a mystique about Phoenix, due in part by our "wild west" approach to our culture and a misunderstanding about what makes Phoenix tick. It ain't cattle drives, OK? Take for example, daylight savings time. We don't participate. That's right...we don't fall forward or … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Lyon’s Gate, Gilbert AZ 85295

Lyon's Gate is located in Central Gilbert, AZ, close to the 202 freeway, San Tan Mall and world famous Cosmo Dog Park. Homes range from zero lot-line high density homes to spacious homes with larger lots with over 1900 residences in the neighborhood. The community includes three community pools, neighborhood parks with playgrounds,  picnic areas and grills,  and a clubhouse which can be rented out by residents and along with numerous greenbelts located throughout the community. The Lyon's Gate HOA organizes events throughout the year, including  block parties, a Halloween party, neighborhood parades, movies in the park, chili cook-offs, … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Westwind, Avondale, 85392

Westwind is located in Avondale, AZ, just west of the 101 loop in the West Valley of Metro Phoenix. It is convenient to the Glendale Sports Complex, home of the Phoenix Cardinals, as well as shopping and entertainment venues. Over 500 homes were built in the late 1990's with a mix of one- and two-story homes. What's sold recently in Westwind?   … [Read more...]

Sellers! Strike While The Iron Is Hot!

Phoenix has been a hot market for sellers for quite a while and this year is sizing up to be another scorcher. High demand and scarce inventory is good news for sellers! Demand is high and the listings just can't keep up. It's going to be a strong seller's market this year in Phoenix, particular in the Central and Southeast parts of the Valley. Home prices are still affordable and interest rates are resetting to late 2016 rates. It's a great time to buy and home buyers are eager to take advantage. Even in a strong seller's market, good deals can be had. According to the Cromford Report, these are the HOTTEST zip codes in the Valley … [Read more...]

What Does It Take To Buy A House In Phoenix?

I don't know if you knew this, but it takes $4,000,000,000,000 to buy a cheap, dilapidated home in Phoenix. Do you have that in your bank account right now? I mean, everyone else does, why not you? JUST KIDDING. Seriously though, it does take some money to buy a home. (Key word here: "Buy") Here are three things you need to get your butt in gear: 1) Cash 2) Credit 3) Compensation Cash  What is cash? Well, it grows on trees, of course! But only in my fairytale books which I sold at a garage sale 20 years ago. (Sorry.) If you have a cash-money-honey tree then nobody cares who you are, what you look like, who or what … [Read more...]

We Need Listings! #NotABubble

Come on already! Why are you hording your own house? Put it on the market already! Don't get cast in that hypothetical TV show, "House Horders"! (Is this a show already? I'm not sure. I would probably watch it.) Weather-wise, it's becoming an early spring, and it's the perfect time to begin selling your home! Yet as you can see by my trusty chart in my video, house inventory is as flat as a pancake. Everyone in the Milky Way is moving to Phoenix, and why wouldn't they move here? We have sunshine and happiness all year round. There's no digging yourself out of snow, mud, or other kind of natural disaster. (I can't guarantee you won't … [Read more...]

What Homes Went On Sale In Mesa TODAY?

What's NEW in Mesa real estate TODAY? These homes just hit the market...be the first to see what homes are for sale in Mesa right now! Check out the list of the newest listings to hit the Mesa real estate market. From quaint fixer-uppers to mega-mansions, Mesa has them all! Do you want to stay on top of all the new listings in Mesa? You can create your own account (use the button below) so you can  save your favorites and get regular updates. Looking for something different? Tweak this search or request your very own custom search <---- right here   … [Read more...]

Buying a House and Selling a House — At the Same Time?

How the heck do you buy AND sell a house AT THE SAME TIME? Argh! It's REALLY stressful! ...Or is it? Here are some important tips on how to make buying and selling a house at the same time go a whole heck of a lot smoother. You might even feel much more prepared! Wow! First and foremost: Start packing I mean, do you even know how long it takes to pack up your life? I know someone moving from a tiny duplex, and it's still going to take her almost a month to pack, have a garage sale, sell stuff on eBay, give it away, whatever it is she needs to do to get herself packed and moved out of there. Additionally, buying and … [Read more...]

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

A friend of mine recently asked me about investing in a REIT, which is a Real Estate Investment Trust. There's been a lot of them poppin' up over the last 15 to 20 years - especially online. This particular one that she was looking at had $1,000 minimum. My friend asked, "I don't have the $1,000 now, but if I did is this a good idea?" The online REIT that she's looking at is so super-hipster right now too (because my friend who asked is also a hipster). The site talks about crowd-sourcing and how you can become a real estate mogul just like everyone else! It's real sexy, amazing, gnarly, yadda yadda yadda. A lot of REITs invest in … [Read more...]

Buying Real Estate the Smart Way in a Tight Economy

Ok, so as mentioned in my previous blog, we are due for another recession. Every 5 years, a recession occurs. We haven't had a recession in 7.5 years. Yikes! So it's time to tighten up the proverbial expenditure belt. And you might be thinking, "Well, crud, I wanted to finally buy a house this year!" NEWS FLASH: The #1 reason to buy a house is NOT, "Oh, it's not a recession right now -- Let's buy a house!" There are actually some very good reasons to buy a house right now. Reason #1 Interest rates are still really, really low. Even in the fours, they're still historically low. I mean, they may not be this low again when they … [Read more...]