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...]

What’s Sold Recently in Monterey Point – Chandler, AZ 85225

Monterey Point is located in Chandler, Arizona, on the SW corner of McQueen and Frye Roads just North of Loop 202. Great location in this popular Phoenix suburb, Monterey Point is just minutes from Historic Downtown Chandler, and convenient to local schools, city parks, and hundreds of restaurants and shops.  Easy access to three major freeways and employers such Intel, Orbital, Wells Fargo, GE, and Paypal. … [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...]

The Elusive Tiny Home Near Downtown Mesa

I have heard from several folks over the last week or so who are looking for a tiny home near Downtown Mesa so they can be a part the awesome Main Street community. And it's a good time to get in while the getting is good.  A home near Downtown Mesa, within walking distance of the Light Rail, essentially put you within walking distance to Tempe and Phoenix, while enjoying the funky, artsy vibe that Main Street in Mesa offers. If you haven't been downtown lately, check it out. There is so much going on! OK, it's still a little sleepy, but there aren't many places around anymore where the bartender knows your name, where the cook knows … [Read more...]

Historic Fraser Fields – Downtown Mesa, Arizona

Fraser Fields is one of Mesa's historic neighborhoods, with ranch style homes on large irrigated lots near Downtown Mesa. Homes in the Fraser Fields Local Historic District  were built in the late 40's and 50's and appealed to the affluent middle class, looking for a change from "the city" in what was known at the time as Mesa's most exclusive community. Yes, that's what it was like in the 50's.   There is no single builder in the neighborhood - homes were built to order for the original residents, which included doctors, lawyers and businessmen with names that are easily recognized in Mesa. Fraser Fields was originally a plot of land … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]