Nick’s opinion

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 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 […]
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, because they lost several properties because they wanted to hammer the seller for a really good deal. Eventually, in […]
April 4, 2018
how quickly can we close

How Quickly Can We Close?

How quickly can we close escrow? That’s a question we get quite often. For the most part, we have to use the old, “it depends” answer. Basically, we say that because it really does depend on a whole lot of things. I remember a recent closing of ours that took just FOUR business days from contract to close, AND the property was located within a Home Owners Association. That’s a pretty […]
December 4, 2017
Welcome to Tempe, Herm!

The Herm Edwards Train Has Arrived in Tempe

Yesterday was the “official” announcement that Herm Edwards has been hired to coach the ASU football team. This morning, there was a press conference where we learned a little more about how Dr. Crow, Ray Anderson and many others hope to “elevate” this program to another level. During the press conference we learned more about the “new model” that will be used at ASU going forward. Under the new athletic […]