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July 16, 2019
First time home buyers

First Time Home Buyers Snatching Up Arizona Homes

First time home buyers have been very active participants in the Phoenix real estate market. A good job market, relatively low housing costs and historically low interest rates have certainly helped them on their path to home ownership. According to a recent study, 5 of the top 30 “Best Places for First-Time Home Buyers” are located here in the Phoenix metro area. Of those 5 communities: Peoria came in at […]
June 29, 2019

Google Coming To Mesa – Joining Local Tech Revolution

There’s a LOT of buzz about Google coming to Mesa to open a huge data center. The tech giant is said to be opening the 750,000 square foot data center near Sossaman and Elliot Roads in southeast Mesa. This is an area that still has some large chunks of vacant land but they are quickly disappearing. You’ll find a mix of large commercial and residential developments nearby that benefit from […]
June 3, 2019
Shalimar Golf Course listed for sale 2019

Shalimar Golf Course Has Been Listed For Sale

The Shalimar Golf Course has been listed for sale. Of course, there’s some very interesting history concerning past attempts to sell the property. After a failed attempt in 1979 to develop the course into a “high density residential area” there was an agreement put in place that says the golf course had to be operated as a golf course until 2025.  In February 1980, the Superior Court rendered a judgment […]
May 30, 2019

How It’s Always Been Done

I love the “new” narrative from so many real estate industry experts. It goes something like this: The industry is changing. Embrace it. “That’s how it’s always been done” will put you right outta business! There’s a whole bunch of people in the real estate industry who are trying to have a race to the bottom. They want to “make it easier” and “more efficient” for buyers and sellers. While […]
May 13, 2019
Rural and Warner public meeting notice

Rural and Warner Development Raising Eyebrows

There’s a whole lot of people interested in the proposed development project at Rural and Warner Roads here in Tempe. While the corner has been a hot topic of discussion in South Tempe for many years, recent news has brought the discussion to new heights around the water coolers, baseball fields, coffee shops, restaurants and homes of people living nearby. The community has been invited to a public meeting to […]
May 4, 2019
The Nick Bastian Team of REALTORS

New And Improved NickBastian.com

Welcome to the new and improved NickBastian.com website and blog. We are super excited to be launching this updated site with our good friends at the real estate tomato. I have owned this domain for approximately 25 years: it is my own little corner of the internet where I enjoy sharing our story. We have been purposeful in this redesign to make this site more about the relationships we have […]
March 18, 2019
That's Who We R Realtor

That’s Who We R®

That’s Who We R® is a new marketing campaign from the National Association of REALTORS®. Personally, I am glad to see more talk about what it means to be a REALTOR®. As an industry, I feel like real estate agents have done a poor job conveying the value of working with a professional. I also believe that representation and guidance is of utmost importance for consumers to get from their REALTOR®. For […]
March 10, 2019
sellers watching home buyers

Sellers Watching Potential Home Buyers

Are home sellers watching potential home buyers? Would that be a little creepy or do you think it is perfectly normal? Many people have different opinions about this topic. One thing is for sure, it is becoming a VERY common occurrance. Not long ago, it would be pretty uncommon for a seller to record your every move or your seemingly private conversations while you are looking at their home with […]
January 13, 2019
real estate texting

Real Estate Texting – A Handy Guide

“Real estate texting” is a VERY popular way for people to communicate. In fact, texting about real estate might just be more common than you think. I want to share a few of the most common acronyms people use to talk about their home purchase or sale via text message: NP: Not Pre-Approved SMH: Sell My House! WTF: Want The Fridge? BRB: Bonus Room, Baby! IDC: Immaculate Downtown Condominium IMHO: […]