Blog Profile / Phoenix Real Estate Guy

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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Waiting To Hear On Your Offer? To Do and Not To Do.

I have a Twitter friend  who has been house shopping (I’m not her Realtor. It’s not weird. People can have other Realtors and be my friend. Stop trying to make it weird; it’s not. You’re making me feel awkward.). Last week she sent a tweet about how they made an offer: Homeowners: what did you [...]Show More Summary

Short Sale & Pre-Foreclosure…Family or Just Friends?

I received the following email recently from a fairly indignant potential buyer: “I would like to know how you are listing this home as not a short sell as this house is already in foreclosure and is scheduled to go up for auction in a couple weeks?” That’s an easy answer actually.  You see, the [...]Show More Summary

Can I Sell My Phoenix House Now?

I want to sell my house, but I’m still underwater. Does that sound familiar? Many Phoenix area homeowners have been upside down on their mortgage for the past few years and would like to sell their house. Unfortunately, they have not been able to because they were in a negative equity position and did not want to [...]Show More Summary

The Hectic Last Days of an Escrow

A post on Facebook prompted me to compose this post. Yep, Facebook. Although I am now VP – New Media and Education for Chicago Title Agency, in my recent past I managed a branch operation for the company for ten years. During those ten years, I witnessed thousands of different HLDE’s (Hectic Last Days of [...]Show More Summary

Why flippers are good for the Phoenix housing market

Flippers, thank you for making my house worth more! If you work with any investors right now, you know that banks hate them. Many banks do not want to sell a home to an investor unless it has been on the market for at least 15 days, and only if no owner occupant buyers are [...]Show More Summary

Arizona HARP Refinance: Is It a Good Option For You?

The Home Affordable Refinance Program was first announced in 2009 as a way to help underwater homeowners refinance their homes and hopefully stimulate the economy. After HARP 1 didn’t go as well as hoped, the HARP program was modified and labeled HARP 2.0 early in 2012. While HARP 2.0 is helping more homeowners than HARP [...]Show More Summary

The Miraculous Maricopa Recovery

My Dad has a lot of great sayings. I’ll never forget the night of my senior prom. I brought my girlfriend back to our house for pictures. As I stood there posing in my $100 rental tuxedo he blurted out, “Son, you can’t polish a turd.” Gee, thanks Dad. In March 2009, my Dad bought a 1,500 [...]Show More Summary

New Thompson’s Realty Agent Roster

We decided it was time to update our Thompson’s Realty agent roster on this website. Step one, getting all of our super-star agent’s basic info somewhere that can easily be found. We now have this handy Thompson’s Realty Agent Roster page where you can quickly find a list of all our agents with their contact [...]Show More Summary

Getting your Phoenix house sold

Years ago, long before I became a real estate agent, I had my home on the market. To this day I remember the stress of trying to make the home viewing-worthy, of sublimating my own nature and living habits to the greater good of attracting a buyer. Every waking moment was spent wondering whether I’d [...]Show More Summary

Evernote – Hidden Secrets of a Real Estate Power User

Evernote is one of those game-changer applications – your life simply will not be the same once you start using it, and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. And since there are millions of users, there are probably hundreds of thousands of blog posts about it – how to get started, how [...]Show More Summary

The Declaration of Independence

Today is Independence Day. It isn’t about parades, and hot dogs, and baseball. It is about this: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with [...]Show More Summary

New Phoenix Housing Market Report List

So you want to know what is going on with the latest and greatest in the Phoenix real estate market? You have been coming to The Phoenix Real Estate Guy for that information. But now we are making it easier! We have started a new email list for Phoenix Real Estate market updates. Each week [...]Show More Summary

Phoenix Fireworks 2012: July 4th Fireworks shows in Phoenix Area

Looking for places to watch fireworks in Phoenix this fourth of July? Look no further — here is a list, compiled from several sources, of Independence Day fireworks shows in and around Phoenix. Ever since the really irate lady called me a few years ago, and blamed me for ruining her kids Independence Day celebration [...]Show More Summary

Real Photos from the Multiple Listing Service

The Multiple Listing Service (aka the MLS). It’s where real estate agents upload information about homes for sale. You know, things like the size of the home, number of bedrooms, baths. Maybe some cool text describing the home. And photos. Arguably photos are the single best way to share what a home for sale is [...]Show More Summary

Driving {or not} Safely in a Haboob, Stormpede or Dust Storm

{please excuse me while I dig the sand out of my teeth} Whew!  This evening coming home from a seller appointment in Gilbert I found myself stuck on the San Tan 202 Freeway waiting out a nasty dust storm.  As a native to sunny AZ I always grew up calling them…well…dust storms.  The last couple [...]Show More Summary

Phoenix real estate market: Hotter than a July afternoon

If you are in the market for a home in the Phoenix metro area you probably realize the market is a little challenging. Last month when I met with clients, I would tell them prices are up about 27% since last August and inventory was down to the lowest we have seen in about seven [...]Show More Summary

Where to live in Phoenix

Ah, summertime. School is out, the grills are being fired up, and all thoughts turn to … moving? Yep, moving. This is the time of year when real estate agents start getting tons of calls from people wanting to move to Phoenix. And why wouldn’t they? Sure, we may have a few days each year [...]Show More Summary

Sometimes You Need To Shut Up And Listen

Every now and then you run into a situation that makes you just scratch your head. This week I had such an occasion. I picked up a client at his hotel, and we headed off to look at a few houses including one in a new build development. My client is telling me how he [...]Show More Summary

Canadian Citizen Financing Options in 2012

Here in the Phoenix area, pretty much any lender can help you get a property financed if you are a US citizen and can meet the qualification criteria. A quick-and-simple overview of what loan options are available for US citizens include: FHA loans – popular with first time home buyers and people who have less-than-perfect [...]Show More Summary

10 Ways to Make Your Offer Stronger Without Increasing the Purchase Price

Do you watch those real estate ‘reality’ shows on Bravo? You know the ones I’m talking about. It’s always three douchebag Realtors in some super pricey market sleazing their way into sales and making insane paychecks. I know, I’m obsessed, too. My husband automatically puts in his ear phones whenever I turn one of those [...]Show More Summary

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