Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Realty Executives Re-Launch: A Shot Across the Bow of Scottsdale Real Estate Brokerages

Ordinarily, we here at the Scottsdale Property Shop are not overly concerned with the machinations at play within our brokerage. Perhaps an odd disconnect given that Realty Executives has dominated the top spot in market share for virtually every measurable category in Scottsdale (and Arizona at large) since 1974, but it is a crutch to…

What’s Mean and Grey and Stupid All Over?

There are dragons lurking in the dark recesses of your property listing.  Mean dragons.  Scaly, grey, mean dragons that might rise up out of their lairs and go all Godzilla on your potential showings if left unchecked. And what, pray tell, is the name of these marauding reptiles? “REALTOR Remarks” Ah yes, that hobgoblin of…

The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Casas Dia Festivo

Casas Dia Festivo is a patio home subdivision located at the SW corner of Hayden and Mountain View Road in McCormick Ranch of Scottsdale, AZ.  Similar in size and character to the Santa Fe patio home community in the Southern portion of the Ranch, Casas Dia Festivo represents one of the better hybrid housing options…

The Bogus Gimmick of the Week: Calling All Carnivores!

Man was not meant to live on plants alone.  It’s true.  For the fruit and nuts enthusiasts in our midst, I point to the presence of your canines as proof that you are doing it wrong.  While your squeamish frontal lobe may prevent you from supping on our furry friends, your crocodilian brain never stops…

You Want to Preview My Home? Buzz off, Ebert.

I have seen my share of thumbs down houses over the years.  It’s a sad truth, but for every summer blockbuster, there is a Real Estate Gigli.  Properties that look so promising in the MLS trailer fall flat despite the star-studded cast.  Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, new carpet, manicured back yard … a…

Want Your Sale to Stick? You Have To Sell It Twice.

Oh, but that little house was turned out the day it landed on the multiple listing service! The hardwood floors all scrubbed and polished. The smell of freshly cut lawn and bougainvillea greeting new arrivals as they stepped out of Mazda Miatas and Chevy Tahoes and Ford Fusions.  The windows so crystal clear that the…

Winter In July At the Phoenix Zoo – Sat, 7/17

No plans for the upcoming weekend other than consciously staving off spontaneous combustion from the privacy of your own air conditioned home?  You might want to check out the “Winter In July” event taking place this Saturday (7/17) morning at the Phoenix Zoo.  Between the hours of 7 – 11 AM, the zoo will do…

You’ve Been Lied To: The Scottsdale Real Estate Market Does Not Favor Buyers

The current Scottsdale Real Estate market does not favor buyers.  I repeat, the current Scottsdale Real Estate market does not favor buyers. Allow me to explain.  For months, if not years, you have been told that the glut of housing inventory here in the greater Phoenix area makes for a buyer’s market of epic proportions….

The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Cuernavaca Segundo (Colonia Encantada)

Cuernavaca Segundo (Colonia Encantada) in McCormick Ranch

Cuernavaca Segundo (known to many by its marketing name, “Colonia Encantada”) in McCormick Ranch is a guard-gated, luxury patio home community.  Developed by Geoffrey Edmunds as the sister subdivision to the original Cuernavaca subdivision (located on Scottsdale Road, just South of Indian Bend Road and the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park), Cuernavaca Segundo lies along McCormick Parkway,…

McCormick Ranch Real Estate Series: The Subdivisions

Private Boat Dock on the Island at McCormick Ranch

Just about anyone who has spent any time at all in Scottsdale is familiar with the planned community of McCormick Ranch.  A community which includes some 23,000+ residents, many are less familiar with the approximately 50 individual subdivisions that fall under its umbrella.  With radical differences in architecture, amenities, pricing, etc from one subdivision to…

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