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...

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.  R.L. Brown – housing reports, market analysis, and forecasts Elliott D. Polack & Company – recent speeches from this site are a quick and easy way to get a snapshot view of what going on. ASU Polytechnic Realty Studies – real estate studies for various aspects of the housing...

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. The 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...

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: SUSD District Web Site Scottsdale School District Report Card-...