Nick’s opinion

May 12, 2013

Communication Skills Are Always Important

In my business, communication is extremely important. Without open lines of communication with buyers, sellers, other real estate agents, mortgage professionals, inspectors, escrow officers, etc. it is difficult to have a successful career. When I started my real estate career, we had corded phones, cell phones were very uncommon, and these kinds of crazy new things called the internet and a fax machine were changing the way we could communicate. […]
July 28, 2011

Tempe Looking To Speed Things Up

Remember the Google Fiber effort from last year? Of course you do. While the big GOOG made the wrong decision by choosing a city other than Tempe, the chase for speed in our region is far from over! Check out these details below from the City of Tempe. Tempe and 28 communities, universities launch ultra high-speed network effort A group of 29 universities and communities across the country, including the […]
July 1, 2011

Like, You Should Totally Like This

So, the City of Tempe has started a new campaign to raise awareness and to get more people to Like their page on Facebook. According to the press release below, you and I can win cool stuff just because you “Like” the City of Tempe. How cool is that!?! Once you like them, just tell them that Nick said you would find cool stuff on their page. In a way, […]
April 16, 2011

Casino Capers – Tempe Diablos Know How To Party

The Tempe Diablos have been doing GREAT things in Tempe for over 40 years. I vividly remember stories from when I was a little kid living in Tempe of my uncle telling us about the organization he has been a part of since longer than I can remember. To be clear, Casino Capers is about MUCH more than just a GREAT party. It’s about changing the lives of people in […]
April 14, 2011

Hey Nick, How’s The Market?

There is rarely a day that goes by when I haven’t had a conversation about real estate. As you know, it’s in my blood and I enjoy talking to people about any aspect of the real estate business. In the mid 2000s, the conversations were a little different than they have been for the past few years. Obviously, we have gone from what seems to be one extreme to another. […]
January 26, 2011

Singing the Short Sale Foreclosure Blues

Who’s got the foreclosure blues? Distressed sales.  You hear the term almost every day. Like most things you hear often, there are two sides to the story. The fact is, not everyone is singing the blues these days. For some, the recent Trulia.com report saying that it is cheaper to buy a home in most markets than it is to rent, is good news. In the report, Phoenix and Mesa […]
November 16, 2010

Can You Compete?

The last few years have been tough on traditional home sellers. Downward pressure on pricing has made it very hard for many people to compete against the large numbers of bank-owned and short sale properties. Unfortunately, many home sellers price their home for what they “should have sold for” when they first thought of selling. Over-pricing a home can be a huge mistake. In order to price properly, you need […]
September 11, 2010
how quickly can we close

Google investing in real estate

I saw an article in Forbes Magazine this past week announcing the fact that Google is investing in real estate. No, not just to continue to gain market share in searching for homes on the internet, they have actually invested $86 million into helping fund 480 low-income housing units across the Midwest and West Coast. Apparently, the boatloads of cash they are sitting on is now being invested in places […]
August 18, 2010
NIck and Lori Bastian

Happy Birthday Lori!

Happy birthday to my beautiful wife. Thanks for being soooo much more than I ever hoped for. The perfect mother, the love of my life and the best friend I have ever had. I thank God each and every day for what we have…