Rent or buy? Gosh, isn't that the $64 Million Dollar question? And as many things go in real estate, the answer depends on your circumstances. Let's start with the current state of rentals here in Phoenix. In the ARMLS rental database the overall average lease rate for active listings is $1,820 per month and the … [Read more...] about Rent or Buy Your Home…Which is Better?
A cold hard look at the inventory of affordable homes in Metro Phoenix, priced in the sub-$200K range - the sweet spot for first time and re-entry buyers, is sobering. Folks, there is no sugar coating this factoid. These homes are going fast. There are only about 3300 single family homes in Metro Phoenix - 2,300 in Maricopa … [Read more...] about Affordable Homes in Phoenix — $200K or Less, Going Fast
Real estate sales typically slow down towards the end of the year here in Phoenix. Buyers are distracted with holidays and take longer to make a decision. Inventory increases, so there are more choices. Advantages the sellers had during the busy season tend to wane as the weather cools off. But what if you NEED to sell your … [Read more...] about Can You Really Sell Your House in November (or December!)
A high and mighty look at the Phoenix Real Estate Market as we head into the 4th quarter of 2015. This time of year, the market tends to slow down and the trends we are seeing indicate that this year will follow suit. Inventory is rising, which tends to shift the advantage from the sellers towards the buyers, which many buyers … [Read more...] about A High and Mighty Look at Phoenix Real Estate
Sometimes! Have you been thinking about buying a house but figure you won't live long enough to save up that huge down payment? Never fear! Hope is here! Arizona has several down payment assistance programs that provide a grant to homeowners who qualify that shaves 3% off the minimum down payment. That's a huge chunk of … [Read more...] about Can You Really Buy a House With Only $1000 in Your Pocket?
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 … [Read more...] about That Solar Energy Thing – Savings in Downtown Mesa
My friend Debbie has breast cancer. She was treated in all the typical ways (and that sucked, let me tell you) but in the end, the cancer is going to stick around for a while. Really for the rest of her life. Yeah, that really sucks. So, I made a movie, basically, to convince my friend, Debbie to stop working so much and enjoy … [Read more...] about A Crazy Idea That Could Make a Big Difference
The shift in the Phoenix Real Estate Market has left some real estate agents with a major identity crisis. After years of rescuing underwater homeowners, dealing the evil banks and constantly changing government regulations, we are left in a fairly normal market. What do we do know!!? I guess, when it gets right down to it, we … [Read more...] about Identity Crisis – Phoenix Real Estate