Phoenix Property Search: Anything but a Passive Exercise

For anyone who has never participated in a serious house-hunting effort, their mental image of how the experience will unfold may be a little off. They might imagine that, after narrowing down their requirements for a Phoenix home (size, price range, and the like) they will agree on a day and time, then just climb […]

Scottsdale Mortgage Interest Rates Reflect Fed Funds News

The way the media treated last week’s federal funds rate announcement by the Federal Reserve Board was a convincing demonstration of how much importance is placed on that singular piece of the financial puzzle. That rate may not be directly tied to Scottsdale mortgage interest rates, but since it determines lenders’ borrowing costs, its effect […]

More than a Daydream: a Vacation Home can be Practical

In Phoenix real estate, there are happy words (“sold!”) and there are troubling words (“default”). Because of the associations they conjure up, some phrases just automatically make us happier. Two of the leaders in the positive category are the magical words, ‘vacation home.’ All by themselves, they can trigger a smile. Why not? “Home” is […]

September Stats for Real Estate Market Arizona

COMMENTARY September Stats for Real Estate Market Arizona by Tom Ruff of The Information Market Our housing market continues to show slow and steady improvement. On a year-over year basis distressed inventory is down, foreclosures are down, traditional buyers are up, purchase money mortgages are up and new construction is up. Each of these metrics […]

Scottsdale Real Estate Listings’ Online Evolution was Foreseeable

Ever since the real estate world turned the corner and plunged full bore into the virtual world of home computers, cell phones and iPads, Scottsdale home buyers and sellers have benefitted greatly. There had been an issue about the fate of the once closely-held and jealously-guarded Secrets of the Kingdom—“the listings.” The Scottsdale listings are […]

Think about Selling Your Phoenix Home Long Before it Happens

If you are at all typical, you probably won’t put even minimal thought into planning for selling your Phoenix home until there’s a good reason to do so. One of the best parts of being a homeowner is the comfort you feel from having a stable home base. For a lot of us, thinking about […]

Factors that Shape the Scottsdale Luxury Residence Market

When you have a Scottsdale luxury residence ready put on the market, you are about to enter a specialized area of the Scottsdale real estate realm. The luxury home market is, as the name implies, other than ordinary—and so are some of the ways to effectively navigate through it. First off, we have to recognize […]

New Housing Trends May Not Surprise Phoenix Residents

A lot of what Phoenix readers and TV viewers see and hear can leave them with the definite impression that the nation is headed for rough sledding. Most of us do understand that the “news” is selected to get our attention…and that often results in a steady stream of headline-grabbing accidents, malfeasances, and international catastrophes […]