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N. Mark Kramoltz, JD, GRI, CIPS writes blog articles on the metro Phoenix, Arizona, national and global real estate markets. Written from his perspective as a designated broker and real estate attorney, his articles avoid the inaccuracies and vacuous industry propaganda common to most real estate writings. He also blogs about animals (mostly dogs in the military) due to his love of pets and military history.

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N. Mark Kramoltz, JD, GRI, CIPS writes blog articles on the metro Phoenix, Arizona, national and global real estate markets. Written from his perspective as a designated broker and real estate attorney, his articles avoid the inaccuracies and vacuous industry propaganda common to most real estate writings. He also blogs about animals (mostly dogs in the military) due to his love of pets and military history.

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%...

Animals Deserve Medals Too.

Animals Deserve Medals Too.

Did you know a medal can be awarded to animals that have distinguished themselves in battle? The Dickin Medal is the top award for animal military valor. Since its establishment in 1943, almost half the recipients of the Dickin Medal have been dogs, including Bing, a...

Who’s Not on the Move?

Who’s Not on the Move?

In my last blog, Who is on the Move? I wrote about the most mobile generation last year - Baby Boomers. Who are staying put? Millennials, and those in the early 20's. But they are not alone as only 9.8% of all U.S. residents changed their address in 2019. This was the...

Who is on the Move?

Who is on the Move?

Which generation switched states more than any other in 2019? Baby Boomers. their number 1 reason for moving is because they are downsizing according to a Homes.com study. Probably a lot of them moved to places with nicer climates - like Arizona.

Phoenix Sales Rock.

Phoenix Sales Rock.

Phoenix is currently the strongest large-city housing market in the USA. As related in my blog Who's Moving to Arizona?, this is fueled by inter-state population movements. Retirees are a big part of that, but so are people moving here from California and other...

The Timid War Dog.

The Timid War Dog.

“Cappy” was a Doberman used by the Marines in the liberation of Guam in 1944. It wasn’t certain that Cappy would ever make it as a war dog, as the notes made by his trainers in the U.S. warned future handlers "this dog is gun shy. Not fit for combat duty … Be careful...

SimplySOLD Supports Animal Charities.

SimplySOLD Supports Animal Charities.

If you love animals as much as SimplySOLD™ does, you support animal charities and organizations. SimplySOLD™ donates to these companies each time a qualifying transaction closes. The newest organization we support is HALO Animal Rescue. HALO offers cat...

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