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.

Zillow Takes Data Inaccuracy To New Level

You’ve decided it’s time to buy or sell a home. If you are like most people, you begin researching online, even if you already have a favorite REALTOR. And, if you are like most people, you’d like accurate and truthful answers to your real estate questions.

The accuracy of online data has been a fairly hot topic in the real estate industry for a long time. Quite often we find Zillow’s “Zestimates” and the like to be at the center of that data conversation. While the Big Z freely admits their home valuation model is not meant to be a true value of a home, many people believe them to be an accurate estimate of value. In addition, when people see homes for sale on the site, they assume the homes haven’t been sold months ago.

All of the homes shown on public sites that are not really available, and all of the problems with “appraisals” that can be tens of thousands of dollars off, just go to show that algorithms can be an inexact science. OK, fine. They are working on getting better, we’re told.

Money For Nothin’ And Clicks For Free

Most of the public web sites get real estate data from the real estate industry for free. After that, they sell it back to the same real estate industry that gave them the data.  More homes, for sale or not, on their site mean more clicks, attracting more agents to advertise. More ads means more dollars for shareholders. So, what’s the problem with having a bunch of extra homes on the site? It’s all good, right? $ure it is.

Zillow Adds Agent Transaction Data

Now Zillow has added transaction histories to agent profiles on their website. You know, it’s a transparency thing, they just want to help you, the consumer. Just one problem. THEY DON’T HAVE THE CORRECT DATA.

We can’t get buy-side transactions from public records, and Agent Doe’s feed doesn’t send buyer agent info. But, agents can manually enter buy-side transactions into their profile in a few simple steps. – Zillow response on Inman News

You think Zestimates are off? You think it’s deceptive or wrong that a large number of homes they display as being for sale are not actually for sale? Heck, those numbers are nothing compared to the inaccurate sales data they are displaying next to most real estate agent profiles.

I’ve been selling homes since 1992. According to Zillow, I have “22 all time sales.”  Accurate numbers? Not even close. See this photo? It is a screen shot of homes I have sold in the southeast valley.

22 sales Nick Bastian

Heck, if you want to know information about my sales data, just ask. Over the past 21+ years, I’ve helped hundreds and hundreds of people buy and sell homes. Is that the biggest reason why I feel like someone should hire me? NO. My main selling proposition is that I’m a straight shooter, I look out for your best interest and I know the business inside and out.

OK, maybe this is just another way for Zillow to get clicks and to get agents to provide them more free data so they can continue to sell “leads” back to them. Fine. But, if they can’t provide accurate data, is it helpful?

I don’t pay a lot of attention to the large sites like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow and the like. But, because they have some relevance to a small portion of our clients, I feel a need to follow what they do. If your are here on my web site, I hope you will do more extensive research and allow us to help with your real estate needs. As always, our promise is to help you through the entire buying or selling process effectively and efficiently.

Look, some agents love the Zillows and Trulias of the world and some really don’t care for them very much. Around here, our only goal is to provide you with accurate, honest and up to date information while we work together to achieve your goals. Period.

The video below will show you a little bit about our web site and how to easily use it. Please feel free to call 602-803-6425 to discuss how we can help with all of your real estate needs.