We visited the Arizona Science Center last weekend. It was a hot summer day, and my son picked it over a trip to the Grand Canyon. :-) It had been many years since I'd visited the Science Center, so it was a good refresher. The building is currently undergoing major renovations, but there was still more than enough to see, … [Read more...] about Arizona Science Center
Archives for July 2010
I sit on the Board of Directors for the Sandpiper Home Owner's Association here in Scottsdale, and receive up-to-date HOA information from a number of sources. Yesterday, I received the following email from a local law firm (Ekmark & Ekmark), and since it covered the new sign and open house laws so well, I asked if I could … [Read more...] about Arizona Home Sellers – Changes in Sign Laws for Home Owners Associations and How They Impact You
June is the month were many of the highest recorded temps have been recorded, but with its lower humidity doesn't feel quite as hot as July and August, when the humidity of monsoon season arrives. Whether it's heat, humidity, sprinkles, lightning, wind, or a true rainstorm, the weather at this time of year varies as much … [Read more...] about Scottsdale Weather Forecast – What does a day in July look like?
I received the following info in an email from Matthew Remus, a lender at People's Home Equity. The Federal Tax Credit for First time Home Buyers is still available to US Military Service Men and Women until June 30, 2011. Members of the military and certain other federal employees serving outside the U.S. … [Read more...] about Federal Tax Credit for Home Buyers Still Available to US Military until June 30, 2011
Since I've started taking a intermediate photography class from the City of Scottsdale Park & Recreation, my life seems to revolve more around my camera than ever before. As a Realtor, photos are a big part of my job. In fact, with most initial home shopping being done on-line, I decided that improving my photography skill … [Read more...] about A Week in Review
Here's a quick update on the status of the Scottsdale real estate market, looking at it from a "distressed" point of view. First, a reminder of where the Scottsdale market was last year at this time. A quarter of the listings were either pre-foreclosures or lender-owned properties, yet these two types of sales accounted for … [Read more...] about Scottsdale Real Estate Update: Comparing Short Sales and Foreclosures, 2009 vs. 2010
I have all kinds of great real estate statistics at my fingertips, and I find the Scottsdale real estate market really interesting. Different from the surrounding cities because of its price range. Highly desirable because of its beauty, features, attractions, schools, and more. People from around the world know Scottsdale, … [Read more...] about Scottsdale Real Estate Tip: Pricing your house to sell
One of the mortgage blogs I read (or listen to) regularly is Tyler Osby's Mortgage with Wealth. Even though he's located in Iowa, he shares information that can be helpful for home buyers, regardless of where they live. He recently emailed me this video, where he explains how mortgage lenders get paid. It's … [Read more...] about How Do Mortgage Lenders Get Paid?
Mike Orr, founder of the Cromford Report, does a fabulous job of looking at the details of the Phoenix real estate market. So thorough that , with his permission, I'm sharing his full report for July 2010. I've taken the liberty of underlining what I see as the highlights of his very detailed information and our current real … [Read more...] about Phoenix Real Estate Market Summary – July 2010
Always on the lookout for signs of improvement in the Scottsdale real estate market, I found one today. For the first time in almost three years, positive (greater than zero!) appreciation was noted. In fact, you will see that Scottsdale real estate appreciation has been improving fairly steadily over the past year, and more … [Read more...] about Scottsdale Real Estate Update: A Hopeful Sign?