The unseasonably warm weather has finally cooled off, and by Sunday we should have clear skies again. It you're looking for something to do outside this weekend, try a hike at Pinnacle Peak Park in North Scottsdale. One of Scottsdale's newer parks, the three and a half mile trail is rated as moderate by the Sierra Club, and is … [Read more...] about Another Hiking Recommendation for Scottsdale: Try Pinnacle Peak Park
Archives for November 2007
My son had a homework assignment this past weekend to visit several apartments and get information on rental rates and move-in fees. Since I've never lived in an apartment in my life, I jumped at the opportunity to drive him around and get educated. We focused on areas that he would be able to get public transportation from … [Read more...] about Where’s my Crystal Ball? Rent or Buy?
Periodically, the Arizona Republic publishes this great Phoenix Metro map that shows pricing trends for individual zip codes. For today, I've just posted a partial look at the current median home prices in Scottsdale, as well as the percent increase over the past five years. When you look at the total price appreciation over … [Read more...] about How Are Scottsdale Home Prices Holding Up?
As VP of Communications for the Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) of Scottsdale and a parent of a child with special needs, I want to make sure that all interested parents know about our November meeting, which features Dr. John Baracy, Superintendent of the Scottsdale School District, along with Lois Healey and … [Read more...] about Got a Kid in Scottsdale Special Education?
From the City of Scottsdale: Beginning November 26th, the Dog Park at Chaparral Park will go to its winter hours of 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Off-Leash Area will still close every Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon for regularly scheduled maintenance. … [Read more...] about Winter Hours at Chaparral Dog Park
This post is a total digression from real estate, but since I stumbled on this video, entitled "How creativity is being strangled by the law", it keeps popping into my mind. Plus, it's been the impetus for several spirited family conversations that have ranged from generational differences to politics. Creativity is one of … [Read more...] about A Passion for Creativity – Challenging the Status Quo
My son turns 16 today. A rite of passage for him, as much as for me. I just can't believe how many times I've heard my mother's words come out of my mouth over the years. And now, Anita Renfro has created the Mom Song to end all Mom songs! Of course, my son doesn't think this video is all that funny... yet. … [Read more...] about Because I Said So…
I just wrote a contract for a buyer, on a home that had been on the market less than two weeks. I called him right after the property went on the market, telling him that this 3 bedroom home on the golf course that was just available. Although he'd been looking for a place like this for almost a year, he told me the timing … [Read more...] about Are you pricing your home through your rear view mirror?
I met a kindred spirit at the National Association of Realtors convention in Vegas last week. Mike Price of MLBroadcast and I have a common vision of what the future can be, at least in terms of real estate and on-line marketing and blogging. My first move when I arrived at the convention was to text Jay Thompson (aka The … [Read more...] about Another Reason to Be Thankful…
I woke up this morning thinking of all the things that I'm thankful for in my life, which, for me, always starts with my family.... my husband who tolerates and celebrates me (somehow at the same time), my son (who is finally growing into his own skin), and my parents (who are both approaching 80 and very much alive). The sky … [Read more...] about Being Thankful