Cinco De Mayo Celebration at the Scottsdale Mall

It’s time for a party – and here’s a family option for you.

Saturday, May 3rd, from 6 to 9pm

The City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Division is hosting a family Cinco De Mayo Celebration at the Scottsdale Mall, just north of the Scottsdale Arts Center on the Outdoor stage. City of Scottsdale’s International Club Dancers will be performing. There will be Mariachis and live music by Mundo Latino. Game and craft booths will be available for everyone to participate in. There will also be prizes to raffle off for participating in the activities. Cinco De Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French. Many celebrate this significant day by having parades, live music, folklorico dancing and other types of festive activities.

Arizona Real Estate Reports and Economic Forecasts

Yesterday, a neighbor asked for my take on the real estate market.  He’s has a strong economics background, so I knew that he’d want more than just my perspective and experience, so I shared the following three web sites with him.  

If you are into historical reports, market trend, and forecasting, I think you might really enjoy them. 

Phoenix Real Estate Bloggers – Working Together

Last week was a big week for real estate bloggers working in the East Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix Metro. As real estate buyers and sellers turn to the Internet to find real estate information, and even to find and qualify their Realtor, blogging becomes more and more mainstream.

While I signed up for my first blog over two years ago, it was only last summer that I finally started writing. What I found when I began networking with other blogging Realtors, was that there’s a need to connect and share. The relationships that I’ve found via the blogosphere have expanded my universe into the realms of social networking. I think the biggest surprise for me has been how friendly and helpful more experienced bloggers and social networkers have been.

And last week was an example of just how connected the Phoenix area real estate bloggers have become, and the lengths they will go to in helping educate other agents on how to get started blogging.

On Thursday, the East Valley Real Estate Blogging Network held the first get together in Gilbert and attracted a good number of bloggers, many who are prolific on Active Rain.

Technology Symposium - SAARThe Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® hosted a Technology Symposium that included several topics, including a demo of our soon-to-be new Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and, of course, blogging. One hundred and fifty real estate agents from around the valley attended. Our keynote and moderator, Keith Garner, from the National Association of REALTORS® Center for Technology shared a video on Web 2.0, The Machine is Us/ing Us“, that may really open your mind to the possibilities – truly worth watching.

More photos from the symposium.

Saturday morning, even more bloggers, all in real estate related industries, met for breakfast in Scottsdale. I arrived late, but still had the opportunity to meet new bloggers and re-connect with others. People were still standing in the middle of the restaurant chatting, as I pulled myself away.
Conversations that occur at these networking events are amazing. People who have never met each other in person, but who are connected on-line, greet each other as long-lost friends. There’s almost a hunger for connecting in person, after getting to know someone from reading their writing for so long.

Keith and I had a sidebar conversation during our time together, and he mentioned the large population of social media types and real estate bloggers in the Phoenix area. Being in the midst of this dynamic group of people has been an inspiration to me, and as I have mentioned in the past, blogging has made me a better REALTOR®.

And if you are Phoenix, Scottsdale, or East Valley buyer or seller reading this blog, I’d encourage you to search around the Internet to find a real estate agent that blogs, who has the experience and skills you need, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to read local real estate blogs.

Here are just a few bloggers I’ve met, who participated in this past week’s events:

You’ll find that we all have different “voices”, and different areas of expertise, plus we provide a real-time look of communities around the valley. Add in the up-to-date real estate statistics that are shared, and you will find that reading real estate blogs to be a valuable addition to your search for professional real estate expertise.

Scottsdale School Superintendent Announces Retirement

John Baracy, Superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District for the for past 4 years, announced his retirement this week.  He brought a vibrancy and collaborative environment to this highly performing school district and will be greatly missed. 

My interactions with Dr. “B” were primarily in the area of special education, where he showed his support for the 10% of the Scottsdale students that receive special services.  As a parent of an adult child with special needs, Dr. Baracy knew both sides of the story. As a parent, he’d fought the battle for needed educational services for his child, and as an administrator, he knew the realities of providing federally mandated services that were even close to being fully funded at the federal or state level.  I appreciate Dr. Baracy’s willingness to listen, to explain, and to forge ahead.

I’m sorry to see him leave. He will be missed.

For more information on Scottsdale schools: