What’s Sold Recently in Crossings at Crossroads, Gilbert, AZ 85295?

Crossings at Crossroads is located in central Gilbert, Arizona northwest of the 202 freeway loop, near the San Tan Mall.  The community features homes with a down-home appeal, larger lots, neighborhood parks and proximity to schools, shopping and more. What's currently on the market in Crossings at Crossroads? What's sold recently in Crossings at Crossroads? … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Estrella Mountain Ranch, Goodyear, AZ 85338

Estrella Mountain Ranch is a master-planned community, nestled in the Estrella Mountains  in  Goodyear, AZ. The community features a fantastic slate of amenities, including two first-class clubhouse facilities, a waterpark, a yacht club (yes! a yacht club!) a championship golf course, neighborhood parks and miles of hiking trails. It's a community within a community and continues to expand with more to offer to it's residents. What's sold recently in Estrella Mountain Ranch? … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Hughes Acres, Tempe, AZ 85282

Hughes Acres is located in Tempe, north of the US60 and southeast of Arizona State University. Most of the homes are classic ranches built in the 1960's. Due to location near the vibrant Mill Ave area of Tempe, Hughes Acres has become a popular area for those seeking an affordable home in Tempe, particularly those who are into remodeling. What's sold recently in Hughes Acres? … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Market Update – It’s a Buyer Frenzy!

The Phoenix real estate market is in a buyer frenzy early in the season due to low inventory in the most active price ranges. For Buyers: Buyers continue to find themselves in a frenzy of competition for homes as March recorded the highest number of non-distressed sales through the MLS since September 2005.  Supply has dropped a significant 12.7% overall compared to this time last year. That's a whopping 22% drop  in the Southeast Valley and 27% in Pinal County! Despite the extreme lack of supply under $300K, 30% of closings in this price range are showing some form of seller-paid concession at close.  Compare this to 27% in March of … [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...]

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...]

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...]

3 Words for 2016 – My Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

I am a big fan of the New Year concept. A fresh start. The New Year's Resolutions. I realized long ago that I was not the kind of person who benefited from setting New Year's Resolutions.  Sure, I would go forth with the best intentions to weigh less, earn more, exercise regularly, organize my office, etc, etc, etc, but at the end of the year, I would generally hate myself for weighing more, earning less, and deciding it might be easier to go out and buy a new stapler because I will never find the old one in this Einsteinian mess I call a desk... The truth is, I am in good company. Not just in the messy desk department, but in this whole … [Read more...]

Interest Rates Rise for the First Time Since 2006

Told ya... As expected, the Federal Reserve announced that short-term interest rates would rise by 25 basis points (0.25%), the first time the interest rate has increased since 2006. For seven years,  the Fed held short-term rates near zero to apply the paddles to the cardiac crisis that hit the US economy back in 2006, and nurse it back to health. Although the US economy isn't exactly ready for an iconic post-recovery marathon, it is at least at the 10K stage where economic experts agree that a little return to normalcy will do us all some good. Now, the interest rate we are talking about is NOT the mortgage interest rate. The Feds … [Read more...]

Country Club Living at an Affordable Price – 1402 N Pebble Beach Dr – Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert AZ 85234

How would you like to live in a country club community? Who wouldn't right? But maybe you can't afford the country club price tag. Well check out this home in Val Vista Lakes, one of the most popular lakefront communities in Gilbert, AZ. The clubhouse is AMAZING! A beach-front lagoon pool overlooks a lake that meanders through the community. It's flanked by a Jr Olympic-sized pool, hot tub and gazebo. Enter the clubhouse to find racquetball courts, cardio and weight-training facilities and recently updated locker rooms, as well as a staff that keeps the action going through-out the year.   Tennis? Oh yes - there's even an … [Read more...]