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International Napping.

If you shop for a home overseas, work habits in many countries may be different from what you are used to. For example, in Spain, the siesta is sacred. People work from early morning until 1:30 p.m., and then in the evening from 5 p.m. on. From 3 p.m. until 4:30 – 5 p.m. its […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

A real estate photographer was taking photos of an old home with the agent present. Afterwards he looked at one of the photos taken in a room with a mirror when the agent was standing behind him. But in the reflection from the mirror, instead of showing the agent, the picture had an old man […]

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More Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

An agent’s buyer had a sister-in-law that was a medium. After the buyer put a contract on a home, the sister-in-law went through the home during the inspection to make sure there were no malevolent spirits lingering. As she left, she said: “I got rid of two, but there is a spirit in the front […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

In an Oklahoma City neighborhood, an old two-story house was on the market. The floors weren’t level, the steps squeaked, and it felt like someone was watching anyone inside. But what really creeped out an agent previewing the home was when he noticed light coming from the basement – but the house had no electricity. […]

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Support Animal Charities Through SimplySOLD™.

Do you love animals? SimplySOLD™ does, and donates each time a qualifying transaction closes. The organizations we support include the Arizona Humane Society and the Hermitage Cat Shelter in Tucson. This year so far, we have made out checks for over $850 to various animal charities. If you love dogs and cats, buy or sell […]

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Dobermans Flunk Out of the War.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII German Shepherds had replaced Dobermans as the preferred breed. The problem was said to be that Dobermans were a thinking breed, so could alter their behavior based on their experience. For example, they might avoid following an order when […]

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Dobermans go to War.

In my blog about King Mickey, I told the story of a Marine Corps bulldog during World War II. Bulldogs aren’t the only dog with ties to the Marines. In WWII the Marines needed dogs for combat as “scouts” on patrol or as sentries when dug in, to warn our troops of the approach of […]

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When Uncle Sam Wanted your Dog.

Animals have served with distinction in U.S. military conflicts, but when the U.S. entered WWII, there was no official military dog program. Although dogs had been used in WWI, the training programs had been disbanded so everything had to start from scratch. Due to the urgent need, a civilian created Dogs for Defense, and the […]

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Animals in the Military.

I stick to real estate and Arizona economic topics in this blog, but can’t pass up writing about my two favorite things – pets and military history. So I told you about Reckless, a Marine Korean war horse. This time the war is WWII and about a dog. Phoenix resident King Mickey was “enlisted” at […]

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House Warming Customs.

In the U.S., its common for a buyer to receive a gift after they purchase a home. In Germany the tradition is to give a small cup of salt and a loaf of bread to someone who’s moved into a new home. These food staples symbolize lifelong prosperity.

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Do You Love Animals?

Then support animal charities through SimplySOLD™! The holiday season means giving, and SimplySOLD™ does its part. We donate to the Arizona Humane Society each time a qualifying transaction closes. I also donate to the Hermitage no-kill cat shelter in Tucson. Since Spring, I have sent these charities checks in an amount over $1,700. So if […]

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Lot Shortage Problems Persist.

Finding suitable lots remains a top concern among home builders. Lot shortages are the most problematic in what are considered “A” — or the most desirable — locations. 62% of builders reported that the overall supply of developed lots in their areas was low to very low, according to a survey conducted by the National […]

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Death and Home Building in Ancient Times.

In ancient times a lot of things could get you killed, including building a house. For example, the law created by the Babylonians known as the Code of Hammurabi included some stiff penalties for builders of unsound homes: “If a builder builds a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house […]

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Love Animals? Support the Humane Society Through SimplySOLD™

SimplySOLD™ donates to the Arizona Humane Society each time a qualifying transaction closes. In the last 8 months, I have sent checks to AHS in an amount over $1,000. If you love animals, buying or selling a home through SimplySOLD™ will contribute to the welfare of animals in the care of AHS.

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Have You Heard?

Mark loves to speak to groups and share his knowledge and expertise for no charge. He is available to address your company, club, or organization on the Arizona real estate market. Get educated and learn how to save money and protect yourself when you buy or sell a home. If your group needs a speaker, […]

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