Looking Forward to Another NAR Tech Edge in AZ

OK, so I’m a bit of a geek. Not really a full fledged geek, but a geek none-the-less. This may be why I was excited to hear that NAR Tech Edge is  coming back to the Phoenix area. Basically, Tech Edge is a day where geeks like me get to talk about fun and effective ways to grow or maintain their real estate business.

NAR Tech Edge rocks

 

For anyone outside of the real estate business, NAR is the National Association of REALTORS. This year, they are once again bringing this series of conferences to seven different cities, and I get to be one of the presenters here in AZ!

“This one-day, high energy conference is geared towards agents who are eager to learn how current web-based and mobile technologies can benefit their business and clients.”

I’m fortunate to know most of the people that I’ll be hanging out with at Tech Edge. They are an awesome group of speakers, and I’m pretty sure none of them are doing it to sell something to the attendees. One of the things that drives me nuts about so many industry events is the fact that someone is almost always trying to get in our pockets. NAR Tech Edge is different. It’s a bunch of people from our industry sharing tips, tricks and ideas to help each other learn new things or different ways to do them. I promise, no one will be pitching the latest and greatest way to effortlessly get you to page one of Google in 5 seconds. You probably won’t hear anyone say that “for today only, your subscription to our super duper service is only $19.99 per month!” What they will be talking about are proven ways that agents have been using to build their real estate business. Just honest, up-to-date, and accurate information.

What: NAR Tech Edge
When
: Wednesday, September 24
Time: 9:00 AM to  4:30 PM
Where: SEVRAR Conference Center
1363 S. Vineyard, Mesa, AZ 85210
Register: NAR registration page

I’ll be sharing  my thoughts on social strategy, blogging and online branding. While these are three different topics, I believe you can use all of them to help build your real estate business, and I’ll talk about specific examples of how I’ve done that. To me, these topics are a lot of fun. We hear people talk about this stuff all the time, but I’m going to try to put a slightly different spin on it.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all of the answers. Heck, the rules seem to be constantly changing and the competition to be found online seems to get more sophisticated each day, but there are things you can add to your business plan to effectively enhance the online portion of your business.  For instance: Is social media just about what you had for breakfast? Can a blog help your business? What is YOUR brand? Do you own it? Do you control it? Let’s talk about this stuff.

Here’s a list of topics that will be covered, straight from the Tech Edge agenda.

Connecting With the Online Consumer 
10 Things to Know About Data Security
Email – Friend or Foe?
It’s a Mobile/Tablet World
Photo & Video Tips for Building Your Business
There’s an App for…Everything!
REALTORS Property Resource
Social Reputation, Ratings and Rankings
Business in the Cloud
Facebook for Fun & Profit
Content That Sells
Tweets, Pins, Check Ins & Social Strategy
Getting Your Blog On!
Learning to Love LinkedIn
OnLine Branding

I’ll be sharing some ideas about social strategy, blogging and online branding. While these are three different topics, I believe you can use all three of them to help build your real estate business and I’ll talk about specific examples of how I’ve done that. To me, these topics are a lot of fun. Many people hear people talk about this stuff all the time but I’m going to try to put a slightly different spin on it.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all of the answers. Heck, the rules seem to be constantly changing and the competition to be found online seems to get more sophisticated each day.

This is a list of the speakers for the 2014 NAR Tech Edge event in AZ. I always learn things when I hang around people who eat, sleep and breathe this stuff, and I think you will, too.

2014 President, Evan Fuchs
Nick Bastian
Dru Bloomfield
Amanda Sue Eberson
D. Patrick Lewis
Holly Mabery
Paula Monthofer
Terry Nolan
Bill Risser
Melanie Wyne

Tech Edge is Emcee’d by internationally known and world famous Bill Lublin. Heck, just come to hear what this dude has to say and you’ll be way ahead. He’s just cool like that. A BIG thanks to AAR, SEVRAR and AAR for making this all happen!

I hope you will join us, it is sure to be a lot of fun. In a REALTOR geek sort of way…

NAR Tech Edge AZ

Golden Corner Perfect Fit For 24 Carrots

Late last year, 24 Carrots opened in a really great South Tempe location within the very popular Tempe Square shopping center at McClintock and Guadalupe. If you live anywhere near this area, you probably know this busy intersection well. The intersection is home to a ton of popular places. Places like Mac’s Broiler and Tap, Trader Joes, A&B Barbershop, Pei Wei, Jamba Juice, Miele’s Italian Bistro, Orange Theory Fitness, Baskin Robbins, Fry’s Grocery, Wildflower and Paradise Bakery and more. Soon, there will also be a re-opening of the super cool  “Classic Italian Pizza.” There really is just about anything you could want or need nearby.

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The menu at 24 Carrots natural café and urban juicery changes each week based on what produce is available. In the short time they’ve been open, they have had a lot of really good press and have created some big time fans of their restaurant. They serve “100% Vegan, largely gluten free” items from the best local, seasonal, organic and artisanal ingredients they can find. It’s a great spot for healthy eating. The smoothies, soups, sandwiches, breakfast items and more are free of chemicals, additives or preservatives.

24 Carrots

Health nut or not, give 24 Carrots a try. They are located at 1701 E Guadalupe Road in Tempe. Their phone number is 480-753-4411 and their current hours of operation are:

Sunday – Tuesday 8am – 2pm

Wednesday – Saturday 8am – 6pm

If you decide that you *really* love 24 Carrots or any of the other great places nearby, we’ve conveniently attached a list of homes that are within ( approximately ) 1/2 mile from 24 Carrots. This way, you can walk over and enjoy them any time you’d like…

FHA Loans – Not All Homes Qualify

It is a common misconception that all homes qualify for all types of financing. Many buyers wanting to utilize a low down payment mortgage to purchase a home look to an FHA loan because of its 3.5% down payment option. Unfortunately, if buyers are looking to purchase a condominium instead of a single family home, their options can be limited to condos that “qualify” for FHA financing. While the guidelines are the same all over the valley, let’s use Tempe as an example of what I mean by limiting your options when buying a condo.

FHA homes in Tempe

FHA approved in Tempe

Recently, we looked at the website for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. You know, HUD, the guys that make the rules for FHA loans. What we found is that, in the entire city of Tempe, only 8 condominium complexes are listed as being “HUD Approved Condominium Projects.” Basically, what that means is, if you are trying to purchase a condo in Tempe, your FHA loan choices are limited to a very small percentage of buildings that have homes for sale. Even if mom and dad are helping with a “parent student home loan” and have golden credit with tons of cash in the bank, HUD says “no can do.” Yes, really.

The list below shows the complexes we saw as being FHA approved as of 4/7/2014. This list does change from time to time so please contact us if you would like an updated copy at any time.

Broadmor Place 22 E Redondo 85282 – 51 units (31: 1 story units 20: 2 story units 6 buildings.) Expires 6/20/2015

Hacienda Del Rio 122 S Hardy 85281 – 64 units Expires 5/30/2014

Harbour Village One 5200 S Lakeshore 85283 – 80 units Expires 12/20/2015

Hudson Trace 2333 E Southern 85282 – 138 units Expires 1/16/2016

Springdale Condominiums 1222 W Baseline 85283 – 114 units Expires 2/14/2016

Tempe Gardens Townhouse 4179 S Mill 85282 – 169 units Expires 6/7/2014

Tempe Urban Living Condominiums 520 S Roosevelt 85281 – 15 units expires 7/9/2014

Villagio condominiums 2401 E Rio Salado 85281 ( multiple addresses, all “should” be approved? ) 742 units Expires 1/9/15

It looks like the 525 Town Lake condos applied in 2013 but were rejected due to missing documents or incomplete package submission

University Ranch Condominiums 905 S Lola Lane 85281 – 112 units rejected due to missing documents or incomplete package submission ( applied 2/14 )

The Vale at 1101 W University 85281 – 50 units applied in 2013 but was rejected due to missing documents or incomplete package submission.

Many single family homes will qualify for FHA financing but there are things that can eliminate them from the equation. For an updated and accurate list of homes for sale in any area, contact The Nick Bastian Team at 602-803-6425. We’ll be happy to help in any way.

The homes below are condominiums in FHA approved complexes.