Nick’s opinion

January 17, 2020

Postino Coming To South Tempe

Tempe Public Market Closed – Postino South Tempe Coming Soon: As of Friday, January 17, 2020 Postino has purchased and taken possession of the former Tempe Public Market Cafe! The doors are locked and a remodeling / rebranding will begin right away. No real word yet on how long until Postino opens their doors, just that they WILL be opening their doors here in south Tempe soon. The business transaction […]
October 20, 2019
Tempe Valvoline Store at McClintock and Warner

Two Sided Story Raises Questions In South Tempe

If you live in Tempe, especially South Tempe, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the proposal by a property owner who wants to put a Valvoline branded shop on the corner where a Shell gas station once stood. That proposal was turned town by Tempe’s Development Review Commission. **Update: the lot was sold in January of 2020. Continue to the bottom of this post for details: If you are […]
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 […]
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 16, 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 […]
May 14, 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 […]
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: […]
October 11, 2018

Can A Real Estate Deal Just Be A Deal?

Can A Real Estate Deal Ever Just Be A Deal? I totally get it… Everyone wants a deal when buying a home. Right? Sometimes, people get so wrapped up in “making a deal” and hammering a seller on a price, that they end up paying more for a home than necessary. How do they end up paying more? By being too aggressive with their offers they tend to lose several […]