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Phoenix: A Top 5 Cleanest City.

Phoenix: A Top 5 Cleanest City.

In January 2020 ImproveNet surveyed 4,326 people across the country about how they cleaned their home. They asked what was done, the time that was invested, and the level of detail that was employed. Out of 21 cities, Phoenix was ranked in the top five. What cities...

How Educated is a Real Estate Agent?

How Educated is a Real Estate Agent?

What education do you think the state of Arizona requires of real estate agents?1. A four year University degree (BA or BS), three years post-graduate (Master's Degree and a Phd/Doctorate or their equivalent), and 180 hours of real estate school ("RES"); or2. A four...

Reckless the War Horse.

Reckless the War Horse.

An example of a recipient of the Dickin Medal (see Animals Deserve Medals Too) is Sgt. Reckless, a chestnut mare who served in the Korean War. She was a U.S. army ammunition carrier during some of the bloodiest trench and outpost fighting. She made repeated trips to...

Are Rents Becoming Unaffordable?

Are Rents Becoming Unaffordable?

Metro Phoenix area apartment rent increases lead the nation, rising 7.4% over the past year. Almost every Valley of the Sun city beat the national 3% increase, with the city of Surprise leading the way with a remarkable 16% rent hike. Luxury complexes are still being...

Do You Want a Pool?

Do You Want a Pool?

Back in the 1970-80s, about 40% of new homes in the Phoenix metro area were built with pools. As of 2014, only 6% were. And some owners of older homes are removing existing pools. Reasons given are safety, the burden and cost of ongoing maintenance, and the energy...

Why Do Homeowners Downsize?

Why Do Homeowners Downsize?

Homes.com surveyed 1,000 individuals who had downsized their homes. The survey found the most cited reason for Baby Boomers to size down was because their previous space was too large. For younger generations, the reason was simple. Almost 80% of Millennials and 65%...