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Who’s the 2017 Artist of the Year Vocal Music? Meet Daniel Sanchez

How often do you hear a teenager admit that his mother was right after all? With Daniel Sanchez, you might hear it a lot. Back when he was entering fourth grade, Sanchez’s mother insisted he audition for choir as an elective rather than sign up for study hall like all his friends.  He would sing […]

Who’s the 2017 Artist of the Year Dance? Meet Isabela Kimmel

Isabela Kimmel’s journey on the wooden floor took her from hip-hop to ballet. Some might call that quite a leap. But for Kimmel, it was an easy step to take. To her, dance is all about transition. “It’s always changing. It never stops evolving,” said 17-year-old Kimmel, who has spent the past six years as […]

Who’s the 2017 Artist of the Year Theater? Meet Daniel Zolghadri

The role Daniel Zolghadri landed in the upcoming film “Ready Player One” is smaller than what he had hoped for at his audition. But not getting what he wanted taught him not to be too haughty. After all, being cast as a high school student in the film, due in movie theaters next March, put […]

Who’s the 2017 Artist of the Year in Instrumental Music? Meet Aileen Chung

Tchaikovsky is Aileen Chung’s all-time favorite composer. And her most-loved piece by the world’s most popular Russian composer is his Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st Movement. The 1878 composition is a technical challenge for anyone, let alone someone only 18. But Chung has plenty of passion and skill to call upon, combined with the […]

Truck drags car on Cajon Pass, won’t stop, and it’s all on video

After a sedan crashed into a big rig Wednesday on the northbound 15 Freeway near Highway 138, the truck dragged the car for a few miles.

Orange County surfer Courtney Conlogue defends her title at Women’s Pro Bells Beach event in Australia

Courtney Conlogue had surf fans at the edge of their seats. The Santa Ana surfer scrapped her way to the final at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach on Sunday, then went on to defeat six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore to post back-to-back titles at the prestigious event in Victoria, Australia. Conlogue needed the […]

Letter from President Trump lifts 11-year-old Locker Board entrepreneur

Not a lot of 11-year-old entrepreneurs can say they’ve received a letter from the president of the United States, admiring their workmanship. Then again, not many are as bold as Carson Kropfl, who in January rode his skateboard into Trump Tower in New York City and left a note on a paper napkin for the […]

CFPB Changing How Homes are Bought and Sold

Beginning August 1st, 2015 the CFPB ( Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ) will mandate a new closing process known as TRID which is designed to increase transparency for consumers. Basically, the CFPB wants consumers to “know before they owe!” TRID stands for Tila-Respa Integrated Disclosure. Show More Summary

St. Patrick’s Day Open House in Fountain Hills!

Want to have some fun on St. Patrick’s day? Celebrate  in Fountain Hills this coming Sunday! Don’t miss the Fountain Hills St. Patrick’s Day Events. Beer garden, corned beef and cabbage, music and the World Famous Fountain turning green at noon! For more information on this festival and the day’s events click here. Want to take [...]Show More Summary

One Year Later: What Clint Miller Taught Me About Life

A year ago today, my friend Clint Miller lost a ridiculously gallant battle with testicular cancer. I miss him every day. Man, a lot of stuff has happened in the last year. Got a new job. Relocated. Had a heart attack. Sent the youngest to college. Watched the oldest move out. I learned a lot [...]Show More Summary

Phoenix Real Estate hotter than Phoenix weather?

Everyone has read plenty about how hot the Phoenix real estate market is. And we all know how hot the weather in Phoenix is, but is it as hot as you think? The weather that is. There are a lot of misconceptions about the city, and this great new video by Greater Phoenix dispels some of those common urban [...]Show More Summary

Why eXp? They are more than a real estate company

I had been with Thompson’s Realty for almost 2.5 years when they decided they were going to merge with eXp Realty. When the announcement was made I for one was excited about the possibilites. eXp offers a lot to their agent from the technology to innovation, revenue sharing and training. I was excited, but what [...]Show More Summary

Phoenix market for $500. Answer: What Is Change

Change is hard. Seriously, we get it. The last few years have been hell on wheels for most of us in Phoenix. The houses that we bought for what seemed like an obscene amount of money were worth three times what we paid for them just 6 short months later… and then, in a blink [...]Show More Summary

Two years ago today… In memory of Joe Ferrara.

As I was walking the streets of San Francisco tonight, an alert popped up on my phone, reminding me that it was two years to the day since my friend Joe Ferrara passed away after a short but gallant fight with brain cancer. He’s been gone for two years. I only knew Joe for three [...]Show More Summary

Really? L.A. manse rumored to be selling for $150M

Real estate news and views from around the globe that make you go, “Really?” Your Mama Hears… — RealEstalker Notorious Owlwood Estate Rumored to Be For Sale For $150MM — Curbed Owlwood Beverly Hills Mansion — YouTube Cher and David Geffen’s Siege on Sunset Blvd. — Curbed Sold twice by Joyce Rey. The second sale [...]Show More Summary

Really? Realtor says ‘Call Me Maybe’ on YouTube

Real estate news and views from around the globe that make you go, “Really?”   Real estate agent using pop song to get some business — WECT.com Real estate agent fined over security breach — New Zealand Herald Count Your Millions: Five Most Expensive Homes Currently For Sale — Realtor.com Listing Fails: The Best of [...]Show More Summary

Memorial Day 2012

We hope everyone has been enjoying their Memorial Day weekend. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking the time for “traditional” Memorial Day festivities, but it’s always nice to pause and give thanks to those that gave all to ensure we can live the life we lead. I found this image on Facebook and unfortunately I [...]Show More Summary

Really? Banks ignore abandoned foreclosures

Real estate news and views from around the globe that make you go, “Really?” Bad-neighbor banks neglect thousands of South Florida homes (Part 1) — Florida Sun Sentinel Neighborhoods crumble as thousands of homes sit in legal limbo (Part 2) — Florida Sun Sentinel South Florida cities target bad-neighbor banks with desperate tactics (Part 3) [...]Show More Summary

Phoenix Real Estate Market Update – April 2012

Jay’s Note: Here’s a nifty little video by Thompson’s Realty agent Kristin LaVanway with an update on the current Phoenix real estate market. Writing about market stats is difficult, and boring. Which is why you rarely find stats posts here. How does one make statistics interesting? Kristin does in this video. Hopefully there will be [...]Show More Summary

One year ago today…

Exactly one year ago today, my friend Clint Miller was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Exactly two months ago today, Clint lost his gallant fight against that insidious disease. Ever the good guy, Clint reminded us frequently over the last months of his life to “check your balls fellas”. It can save your life. Testicular self exams can [...]Show More Summary

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