Monthly Archives: May 2010

Real Estate Agent or Social Media Icon? Choose Wisely When Selling Your Scottsdale Home.

Social Media Prophet

The collection of hats in a Scottsdale Real Estate listing agent’s closet grows at an exponential rate.  We alternately don the garb of property evaluator, pitchman, marketing pro, receptionist / showing coordinator, contract prep specialist, home inspection consultant, appraisal jouster, loan oversight committee (of one), repair foreman, closing editor, schedule contortionist, marriage counselor, dime store…

Break the Chain! Echo Coffee in South Scottsdale

Scottsdale Coffee Shop

Recognizing that one has a problem is the first step towards overcoming addiction.  Recognizing that one harbors a chemical dependency on roasted caffeinated goodness … not so much.  I am a full-blown, pull-my-hair-out-by-the-roots java junkie.  I don’t need help, I just need a double espresso with a finish so smooth it could be mistaken for…

The Farm at South Mountain (Phoenix, AZ)

One of the great things about the Phoenix metropolitan area is the abundance of unique weekend destinations for both food and fun. While I love all that my home city of Scottsdale has to offer during the week, I like to load the family into the car on the weekend and visit one of the…

The Scottsdale Unified School District

Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ

The Scottsdale Unified School District is one of the primary drivers for relocation to Scottsdale, Arizona. Consistently ranked at the top of school districts across the state, it is little wonder that many new Arizona residents with families opt to begin their searches for a new home here. With composite test scores that outpace state…

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ)

McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch

“ALL ABOARD!” The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has been a staple of Scottsdale, AZ since opening to the public in 1975. The 30 acre park sits on land that was donated to the city in 1967 by the Fowler McCormick family. The jewel of the park is the 5/12 (5 inches equals 1 foot) standard Paradise…

Bogus Sales Gimmick of the Week: Free Haggus

It's What's For Dinner ... If You Buy a House Today

Sound the bagpipes! In honor of our Gaelic brethren who put the “Scot” in “Scottsdale,” the bogus sales gimmick of the upcoming week is all you can eat haggus for two at the local pub of your choosing. Sign a listing agreement or exclusive buyer’s representation agreement with Ray & Paul today, sup on stomach-encased…

Scottsdale, AZ Relocation Guide

Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

No matter the state of the national economy, political climate, or the price of beans in Uganda, Scottsdale, Arizona remains a coveted relocation address. Official population estimates put our grown-up resort town at 237,000+ residents and climbing (as of 2015).  For those of you keeping score back in Delaware, that’s a 10% increase from the…

When Less Is More: Why Listings Agents Should NOT Attend All Showings

Spying Realtor, Delayed Home Sale

By now, nearly every prospective seller in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area has been inundated with the well-worn advice that it is wise to make oneself scarce during showings.  If HGTV and its fleet of “Real Estate experts” haven’t gotten to you yet, your relatives have.  Or maybe you heard it from the co-worker…

“Is the Gypsy Next Door an Illegal Alien” and Other Questions Your Agent Cannot Legally Answer

Survey Says ... "Do not go there"

There are things that you, as a home buyer, want to know about a prospective new neighborhood. Are the schools top shelf? Is there shopping nearby? Do the neighbors hold a semi-annual Scott Baio look-alike contest? For the most part, your agent can help you find the answers to your questions (though determining a victor…

Soliloquy

A well-heeled businessman strode into the foyer of a nondescript office building.  Tossing a nod over his shoulder at the exiting secretary who held the door for him, he failed to suppress the knowing grin that tugged at the corners of his mouth.  A quick appraisal of the surroundings threatened to dampen his buoyant mood,…

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