From the City of Scottsdale: In response to park users who wanted earlier access to the park, the opening time at the Chaparral Park off-leash area changed to 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. The dog park located on the north end of Chaparral Park near the intersection of Hayden Road and McDonald Drive. The earlier opening time will be in place on a trial basis … [Read more...] about Chaparral Dog Park Hours Change (Again)
Time for a South Scottsdale market update. I've put together the information outlining the current market and home sales activity through November 2007. Homes are selling in South Scottsdale at an average in an average of 102 days, which is right in line the this year's average and homes are selling at about 95% of the asking … [Read more...] about South Scottsdale Home Price Update – November 2007
I've been more than just a little busy with new clients who called me in a panic, a week ago Monday. Their landlord had just decided she wanted to move into the house they'd been renting for three years, and she wanted them out by the end of December. This great couple had been planning on buying a house, but not necessarily this week. They found me with … [Read more...] about How to Buy a Home in 21 Days
It's kind of like a national holiday when it rains in the Phoenix metro area. I guess it's because this is as close as we get to a "snow day". When we get as much rain as we've received in the past 24 hours, with more in the forecast, people do crazy things, like drive without regard or go out just for the sake of getting wet. Look at the Phoenix real … [Read more...] about The Fascination with Rain in Phoenix
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 easier than both Camelback … [Read more...] about Another Hiking Recommendation for Scottsdale: Try Pinnacle Peak Park
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 easily and that were in our … [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 the past five years … [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 her Special Education … [Read more...] about Got a Kid in Scottsdale Special Education?