Nick’s opinion

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 […]
April 4, 2018
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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 […]
May 29, 2017
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AZ Real Estate Commissioner Prefers Clear and Prominent

I saw this video from our friends at the Arizona Association of REALTORS recently where real estate commissioner Judy Lowe discusses advertising rules for real estate web sites. In the video, Judy talks about challenges she and Michelle Lind ( head honcho at the AAR ) had when trying to determine what “clear and prominent” means, as they put together the advertising guidelines and rules for Arizona brokers and their real estate web sites. […]
March 21, 2017

Home Seller Must Disclose Material Facts

It’s true… A home seller must disclose material facts when selling a home. Unfortumately, not all home sellers think it is a good idea. Heck, some of them might not really know what they have to disclose. Not knowing can be dangerous… I often wonder who people think they are trying to protect when we see agents put “No SPDS, No CLUE” in the public or private remarks of our […]
May 27, 2016
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What Should Replace Marcello’s In Tempe?

Marcello’s Pasta Grill has been at the southwest corner of McClintock and Warner for many years. It’s in a really great area in South Tempe where people feel like we are in need of more good restaurant choices. **Update! As of 10/18/16 it sounds like The Oink Cafe will be moving in to this space! I’m super happy to hear this as it looks like a really great place for […]
March 16, 2016

Details Do Matter

In a residential purchase contract, the details do matter… Sometimes, I am surprised by how many agents don’t pay attention to how a purchase contract works or how seemingly small details can raise questions. For example: Page 1 of our residential resale real estate purchase contract has a specific section for filling out the “Full Purchase Price” of the home and how it will be paid. For example, line 10 […]
December 27, 2015
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Over Killed In A Tempe Bike Lane

Update: The city of Tempe will be exploring new options for McClintock Drive modifications. Please continue to let the city know how you feel about the bike lanes and let them know how you think it could be modified or brought back to how it was before this failed experiment was implemented. Update #2: 12/17/2016 –  Mayor Mitchell along with Council members Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage have been looking […]
November 24, 2013
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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 […]