Yearly Archives: 2010

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a … What the Hell Is It?

Somewhere in 2008 … “Yeah, and if Abe Lincoln wore a skirt, he’d a been the bearded lady,” Ramiro scoffed.  “Look, I don’t care how it got there, all I’m telling you is it wasn’t there on Tuesday.” The three flannel clad men stood shoulder to shoulder around a five by eight foot depression in…

The Poltergeist Home Inspection Report

Date: 12/17/10 Location: 666 S. Hanson LN, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Client: Scheptich, Myron Present At Time of Inspection: Buyer, Buyer’s Agent, Malevolent Spirit(s) Time of Inspection: 1:57 PM MST Weather Conditions: 72F degrees, clear skies, light winds out of the SE. Note: Findings limited to visible observations of property condition at the time of inspection….

Desk Job

“And here is the mezzanine. Happy hour runs between five and six, Monday through Friday. Three dollar wells and half-price appetizers. You have to try the shrimp cocktail. It’s to die for.” The new arrival looked about in wide-eyed wonder. He hadn’t known what exactly to expect, but it most certainly wasn’t … this. “This…

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The blog as a Real Estate tool has been nothing short of revolutionary. Seemingly overnight, a million and two agents turned to their keyboards to flog consumers and search engine spiders with news from the front lines and advertise their wares. As the popularity of the blog as a marketing device skyrocketed, so too did…

The Borrowing

“Did you get a look at your attacker?” Gertrude looked down at her bare feet before responding to the patrolman. “I told you, it was dark. And bright,” she explained. Her matted, grey hair clung to her scalp in incongruous clumps. “Dark and bright. Got it, ma’am,” Officer Page replied, as if it were the…

Won’t Appraise, You Say? Then Bring Me a Cash Buyer!

Earnest Deposit FAQ

If only it were that simple. I’ve had this pearl lobbed across the kitchen table by a would-be Scottsdale home seller in denial more times than I can count, and I can count all the way to eleven, thank you very much. After all, it’s self-evident that the single most effective way to combat the…

All Aboard the McCormick-Stillman Railroad in Scottsdale, AZ!

Digging through my old archives for additional community information I could use to populate this site, I came across this video I shot aboard the Standard Pacific Railroad at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch (Scottsdale). Hard to believe it’s already been two and a half years since I shot this, as I barely…

Failed Business Slogans

As I prepare to place a new business card order for the first time in forever, certain aspects of its predecessor can stand some revision. After years of template neglect, for instance, I’m humiliated to admit that my email still reflects the AOL address I acquired in college. While not amongst the technology snobs (you…

Town & Country Scottsdale

Mid-century modern home

Continuing the Unique Architecture in Scottsdale series, this edition focuses on the mid-century modern designs of famed local architect Ralph Haver. If you enjoyed the style of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired homes of Mountain View East in McCormick Ranch, but are operating with a lesser budget, the South Scottsdale subdivision of Town & Country…

The Appointment

“I’m not going to GIVE my house away!” Blaine leaned back in his seat, laced his fingers behind his head and closed his eyes. This appointment was over. It was over before it started, in fact. A humorless smile played at the corners of his mouth. “Something funny,” the would-be seller demanded. “No, Mr. Davis,…

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