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...]

Hot Spots in Phoenix Real Estate

There are some real hot spots in Phoenix this winter. These Hot Spots are fueled by two things: Jobs Lifestyle There's been a lot of job growth recently in the I-10 corridor, the I-17 corridor as well as right around North Tempe and South Scottsdale. So let's use a fun bee analogy, shall we? These areas (Phoenix Metro area) are attracting a lot of employers (hives) which in turn are attracting employees (bees). Ok, silly bee analogy over. I just wanted to be cute. What's big right now is what I like to call "Urban Roosting." There are two demographics at play when it comes to Urban Roosting: Demographic 1) The … [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...]

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...]

About that Zestimate, Spencer….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9EoBa_ez3Q Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of Zillow, sold his house in Seattle in February for a cool $1,050,000. You might be wondering why I am telling you about this. Who cares if Spencer sold his house..whatever. Well, what makes this story interesting is that Rascoff's website, Zillow, zestimated that the house is actually worth $1,608,670, off by a measly 53% of the actual market value. Ooops! And while it's super fun for real estate agents to bash the "evil" Zillow monster, the realty is that computer-generated valuations are far from the best way to determine what your house is worth. … [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...]