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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. Due to his love of animals and military history, he also frequently writes about dogs, cats and horses that have played a role in military conflicts. Subscribe to his blog now!

Most Popular Counter Top Choices.

Most Popular Counter Top Choices.

As set forth in a previous blog The New No. 1 Counter Choice, Quartz is purportedly the most popular counter top material used by U.S. remodelers. Quartz is an engineered stone, composed of crushed quartzite and resins. Granite is used widely in the metro Phoenix...

Can You be Sued by Your Lender?

Can You be Sued by Your Lender?

If your home is foreclosed on and your home is worth less than the loan, Arizona law provides for protection from being sued for that deficiency. This prevents a lender from recovering a money judgment against you if your home is “upside down” if the loan was used to...

Don’t Play the Waiting Game.

Don’t Play the Waiting Game.

Various studies over the years have shown that some sellers delay putting their home on the market because they are waiting for the highest possible price. The problem with this approach is no one knows if any home or investment will increase in price, and when it...

Best Remodeling Projects.

Best Remodeling Projects.

Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report contains an analysis of how much the estimated cost of certain remodeling projects will be recovered upon sale. For the Mountain region of which Arizona is a part, a minor, midrange kitchen remodel is one of the best return...

Simon the Sea Cat.

Simon the Sea Cat.

Since the establishment of the Dickin medal in 1943 (see Animals Deserve Medals Too) , almost half the recipients have been dogs. But the medal has also gone once to a cat. “Simon” was adopted by the crew of the HMS Amethyst. Simon excelled in his assigned duty of rat...

Phoenix is Getting Browner.

Phoenix is Getting Browner.

Front yard grass is almost non existent in new and newer homes in the Valley of the Sun. And in the back yard, the great majority of those homes have limited or fake grass. Desert or natural landscaping is the preferred choice. This is the reverse of homes built in...