Category Archives: Home Buying

Real Estate Advice and Consumer Information for Scottsdale Arizona Home Buyers.

Take the Scottsdale Neighborhood Quiz!

Considering a move to Scottsdale, but unsure where to start? Looking for a winter home and wondering which neighborhoods offer golf and/or gated options? Perhaps, you already live in the Valley and just want to know where the neighborhoods with unique homes, best schools or freeway access are? Whatever your needs, allow us to take…

Welcome, Winter Visitors!

Camelback Mountain behind the McCormick Ranch Golf Course

Greetings, Winter Visitors! On behalf of the fine city of Scottsdale, I’d like to welcome you to the land of short sleeves and flip flops. Whether you are visiting us for the first time or have been making the annual pilgrimage for many years now, you are warmly welcomed. Literally. There is no shortage of…

What Is a Patio Home?

Alright, alright. Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?

Earnest Money FAQ

Earnest Deposit FAQ

Earnest money. You’ve heard about it, been asked for it; you may have even written a check for it. What exactly is earnest money, though, and why do you need it when you buy a house? __________________________________________________________ Earnest Money FAQ  What Is Earnest Money? When buying (or leasing) a home in Scottsdale, you will be…

How Long Should It Take to Find the Right Home?

Have you been searching for a home for six months? A year? Longer? If you have not found the home of your dreams (or, at least, the home of your needs) despite a protracted hunt, it’s time to come to grips with this stark reality: you are dreaming too big. The home buying process is…

Agency and the Ascending Market

The role of a Real Estate agent in a transaction is an ever-evolving one. Remember sub-agency? No? That is a testament to how quickly and totally the job description has changed over the past couple of decades, with every passing generation bringing more empowerment to consumers and choices in levels of service. The relationship between…

Appraisers, Underwriters and the Artificial Suppression of Housing Values

In theory, an appraisal is an independent evaluation of a property by a neutral third party to determine its likely worth in the open market. In practice, it has become the de facto final word on a property’s worth, overriding the agreement between a willing buyer and seller. How is it that the guestimation of…

The Placeholder House

It wasn’t your first choice. It wasn’t your second either. In fact, the short sale you wrote the offer on was likely more a product of attrition than anything else. Short sales take time. Like most astute 2012 home buyers, you are all too aware that the offer you submit on an upside-down property will…

The Referral Responsibility: Are You a Man Or a Mollusk?

Classic risk aversion for the liability-phobic mandates that an agent make no actual referral to an auxiliary service provider in the course of a Real Estate transaction. Need a lender? Here are the names of three professionals. Need a home inspector? Sift through this stack of business cards and let me know who you choose…

Why Your Offer Loses

Tired of getting your teeth kicked in by competing buyers on the homes you try to buy? Wonder what sellers are thinking when they reject your offer time after time? You’ve landed on the right blog. Let’s take a quick look at a few critical components of an offer through a seller’s eyes to find…

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