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...]

San Tan Valley, Arizona – What You Need to Know

San Tan Valley is an unincorporated area suburban to Phoenix. It lies Southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County. Now, it's not that incorporation hasn't been attempted, but this is the Wild West and some folks like it just that way it is. As of 2015, all attempts to incorporate the town have failed. Eventually, it's bound to happen. In the meantime, San Tan Valley has experienced amazing growth. It was booming back in the early 2000's when the area offered homes at super affordable prices. What's a little extra gas money when you can have a great new home, right? But then, our little "crash" happened in 2007 and development in the area ground … [Read more...]

Queen Creek, Arizona – What You Need to Know

  The Town of Queen Creek is a suburb of Phoenix, located primarily within Maricopa County. The Town Limits  extend into Pinal County on the eastern and southern borders. To the east and south of the Queen Creek Town Limits, in Pinal County, is a large (est. 87,000 population in 2015) unincorporated community commonly called San Tan Valley. Queen Creek has a country feel, a strong nod to the equestrian lifestyle.  A quaint downtown area features brick store fronts, narrow sidewalks and a historic atmosphere. Recent development along Ocotillo and Ellsworth have produced large shopping malls that gain more ground, and more … [Read more...]

Living the Main Street Life…Homes for Sale in Downtown Mesa, Arizona

  Downtown Mesa! It's coming alive folks.  Back in the day, Main Street in Mesa was The Place, and like many downtown areas in the suburbs of Phoenix, it is enjoying a renaissance. With the opening of the light rail extension from Sycamore to Mesa Drive, Main Street has a new energy, an artsy vibe. The historic buildings are casting aside the past and inviting new businesses to wake up this blast-of-the-past town center. With a focus on art and music, Downtown Mesa welcomes an artist-centric culture to the East Valley. This is Main Street USA, where people wave to you as you stroll down the street. Stop in at Jarrod's Coffee, … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Carol Rae Ranch?

Carol Rae Ranch is located in North Gilbert south of Baseline Rd and East of Higley Rd, in the 85234 zip code. Close by are the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Southeast Regional Library, Superstition Springs Mall and so much more. For more information about Carol Rae Ranch, check out the community page for HOA details, park locations and more. Check out what's sold recently in Carol Rae Ranch... … [Read more...]

Shy Guys Guide to Meeting Girls – LoFi Coffee

Fun at LoFi Coffee with April Walterscheid and Sean Ryan McBride doing a little improv scene. This one offers some atypical advice for the socially awkward. Perhaps you can glean some worthy knowledge about meeting girls in coffee houses...Perhaps not. Starring April Walterscheid & Seam Ryan McBride Camera attempted by Kristin LaVanway who accidentally disconnected the shotgun mic so we went silent on the one. Music by Kevin MacLeod over at Incompetech: "Opportunity Walks" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ … [Read more...]

Need a Shot (of Espresso?) – Head to LoFi!

Like most Realtors, I have a home office. It's great, right? No commute...I can work in my PJs...throw in a load of laundry while I negotiate some big deal...NOT! After a while, it occurs to me that I haven't had any human contact in DAYS and I start to go slightly mad. Soon, I start thinking about the episodes of Walking Dead I haven't seen yet and figure, what the heck? Why not just eat that cookie dough instead of actually making the cookies for the Open House. In other words, working from home is a mixed blessing, K? So, today, my primary mission was to take my laptop out into the world and work SOME PLACE ELSE...like LoFi Coffee. This … [Read more...]

That Solar Energy Thing – Savings in Downtown Mesa

Yes, it gets hot here. Really hot. And even when it's not blazing hot, it's more than likely sunny. Really sunny. It only rains about 30 days a year here. So, if you are a weather forecaster, your job is pretty easy. Because we have SO MUCH SUN in Phoenix, it makes sense to consider solar energy. A lot of sense. Solar is catching on and companies that supply solar panels to homeowners are popping up faster than weeds in March. More and more new home builders are offering solar as an option. It's a big deal in the Valley of the Sun, so much so that in 2012, Governor Janet Napolitano observed that solar power in Arizona has the potential to … [Read more...]

My Own Backyard!

This morning, I picked some grapefruit. From my own tree. In my own backyard. It was awesome. Not exaggerating. It's taken me four years to get to pick grapefruit from my own tree in my own backyard. Four years ago, well, let's just say I had a really, really bad day. A really bad day that was about four years in the making. That was the low point. That day when some dude knocked on my door and told me I no longer owned it. That I had 5 days to get out. I bought the house after my marriage ended. Our new beginning, nestled in a familiar neighborhood so we could move forward. That house was the anchor for my family. Instead of a new … [Read more...]

Dragon Boat Racing at Tempe Town Lake – 2014 Festival

Dragon Boat Festival 2014 at Tempe Town Lake with the Breast of the West Dragon Boat Team. Dragon Boat teams from across the country gather for this 2-day racing event. All Aboard...getting ready to race Each 20 person crew is led by a steerer and a drummer who pounds out the cadence during the race. The teams range from include high school and college athletes, cancer survivors, masters teams and folks who just enjoy the comradery of this amazing team sport. Yes, there's even the occasional jester or two.   Breast cancer survivors benefit from the physical and emotional experience of Dragon Boat racing. The rowing motion is … [Read more...]