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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!

The Ugliest Doberman.

The Ugliest Doberman.

Edmund Adamski was a WWII dog handler in the Pacific theater. He led patrols “on point” with his Doberman “Big Boy”. Being on point meant the furthest up front - the most dangerous position to be in due to the potential of being the first to be ambushed. But while on...

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...