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Embrace the Rain

The rainy season is here in the Northwest, and “Oregon Sunshine” is drizzling and pouring on our lives and our homes. Now is the time to enjoy beautiful waterfalls at full force and cozy up during a storm or downpour. Some may dread the damp blanket of moisture that covers the sky, but here in [...]

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

Friday Fun – Even More Portland Time-Lapse Video

Another delicious Portland time-lapse video for your Friday enjoyment. We live in a gorgeous city. Portland, Oregon HD Timelapse from 5dNEP on Vimeo.

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

Friday Fun: Even More Portland-y Time Lapse

It seems Portland photographers are vying for the “Top Portland Time Lapse Video Award”. That’s fine with me. Another beautiful example, Finding Portland: Finding Portland from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo. Video by Uncage the Soul Productions.

Friday Fun: Another Portland Time-Lapse Vid

Put ‘time-lapse’ and ‘Portland’ in the same sentence and I’m hooked. Here’s another from John Eklund. Watch it in full screen or from the Vimeo page for better resolution. If you missed the earlier Portland time-lapse find by Lance Page, catch it here. Hat tip to Rick Turoczy for the find.

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

‘Stuff’ Portlanders Say

Riffing on the explosively viral ‘Sht Girls Say‘ video meme, it was only time before a Portland version emerged. Given the Portlandia mania, it would be tough to pull off something totally fresh. A few clinkers here, but offset by a number of classic Portland truisms.   How long before the inevitable Vancouver, WA version?

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

ARG Abbott Realty Group Pulls Listings from Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com

The real estate interwebs blew up last night when the announcement from San Diego based real estate brokerage Abbott Realty Group (ARG) came down that they were going to stop syndicating their company’s listings to national listing aggregator sites Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. Sounds exactly like what Edina Realty announced in November 2011. (Though curiously, [...]Show More Summary

Everyone Can Use Karma Points. RIP Clint Miller

Hey you! Yes, you, standing there in the Starbucks line, waiting to get your venti quad-shot mocha frappachino with-whip latte. What say you turn around and give that five bucks to a family that can use it a lot more than your hips and ass needs that calorie-laden coffee concoction? How about you skip that [...]Show More Summary

What Clint Miller Taught Me About Life

Clint Aaron Miller March 8, 1971 – December 11, 2011 It is not often that I sit and stare at a computer screen, and have no idea what to write… Last night, Clint Miller passed away after an incredibly courageous battle with testicular cancer. Cancer that spread to his brain and elsewhere. It ravaged his [...]Show More Summary

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