Seems only fitting to kick off a new community focused blog with a posting about the new entrance being constructed. I paid a visit the to the McCormick Ranch Property Owners Association a few months back asking what the plans were for the Scottsdale Road and McCormick Ranch Road entrance. I'd heard rumor that plans were under way to update it. After … [Read more...] about McCormick Ranch Entrance Gets a Facelift
The seasonally adjusted Arizona Business Conditions Index rose to 53.8 in October from 48.2 last month, an 11.5 percent increase. An Arizona Business Conditions Index reading of over 50 indicates that the local economy is growing, while a reading below 50 suggests a slowdown in the overall level of economic activity in the near term. After the critical dip … [Read more...] about Arizona Business Conditions Index Climbs
Scottsdale Police are reporting an increase in vacant home burglaries this past year and suggest that home owners take an active role in making their property look occupied. Here are their suggestions for protecting a vacant home: Maintain exterior and yard so it looks occupied Close blinds so no one can see rooms are empty Pick up any mail and … [Read more...] about Sellers: Tips for Protecting your Vacant Home
Kari Monk, over at Wells Fargo, just sent me her quarterly newsletter and there's an article in it by David Bach, entitled "Buying a Home in Today's Market: Why Homeownership is Still a Smart Decision". David is the author of seven books including "The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner™ ", "Start Late, Finish Rich®", as well as one that I've read, "Smart … [Read more...] about Buying a Home in Today’s Market
Winter gets a bit crazy in Scottsdale with its continual stream of special events, and the City of Scottsdale keeps a events page on their web site for visitors and residents to keep track of what's going on. Scottsdale's special events season is about to blossom. From Super Bowl events to classic car auctions and the FBR Open golf tournament - residents … [Read more...] about Scottsdale’s Special Events Season Nears Kickoff
From this week's City of Scottsdale newsletter: City brush removal crews will pick up Christmas trees the week of Dec. 31. Simply place them where your trash is picked up by 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Collection will take place later in the week. In addition, two tree drop-off sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 -- at Scottsdale Ranch … [Read more...] about City of Scottsdale: Recycle your Christmas Tree
Changes, so many changes. This past Saturday, I took a class entitled, "Contract Writing for Today's Financing" from David Rider. It was a fast-paced class with lots of info for today's market. New Fees Beginning March 8th, 2008, new "delivery" fees will be attached to conventional loans. Fees are based on the buyer's FICO score and can be … [Read more...] about Real Estate Financing for 2008
OK, I admit that it's quite unusual for a real estate agent to sit in class the week before Christmas, when she's already finished her requirements for her license and it's been extended until 2011.... but I thought it was just a wee bit out of line for the instructor to have me stand up in front of the class and call me a "sick puppy". I did have a good … [Read more...] about Am I Really a Sick Puppy?