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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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How to Know What’s Going On.

Want to get real-time information about construction activity, development, building permits, and code enforcement in your city? In Scottsdale, go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/bldgresources/alerts/services to sign up for the “Scottsdale P & Z Link”, a bulletin that includes information about new planning and development projects. Or search your neighborhood at https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/eservices/dmc/CompleteList.aspx. For Phoenix, some of the same […]

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Millennials are Destroying Homebuilding.

Are the buying habits of Millennials helping to destroy certain industries? A Wall Street Journal article last year said that Millennials are killing 5 industries. One of those businesses was new home builders, because Millennials don’t seem to be interested in owning homes. Our Information Market agrees, saying there is only one conclusion to draw […]

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My latest listing…

MLS #527362 is a single story home in the prestigious, gated Scottsdale Mountain community that features gorgeous mountain views. Its open floor plan has a den/office, a living/dining room, a family room with wood burning fireplace, and a spacious kitchen that boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, oak cabinets, travertine tile, and an eat-in counter/breakfast […]

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Porn in Your Real Estate?

It has been said that there is nothing more popular than porn on the internet. There are also photos of homes, buildings, and other unique architecture available on the web. But is there a place where pornography and real estate have been combined? You would think so with all of the real estate related web […]

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Get Paid to Recycle your Fridge/Freezer

Old refrigerators and freezers waste energy and money. If you replace an old unit, you will lower your electric bill. In addition, your utility company will pick up and haul away the unit for you, and they will pay you to do so. Both the Salt River Project (“SRP”) and Arizona Public Service (“APS”) participate […]

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How to do a Short Sale

Are you thinking you need a short sale? If you are selling a home in Arizona, chances are good you are, as about a quarter of our sales are being done that way. A short sale is necessary when sale of the property will not generate enough proceeds to pay off the loan. As a […]

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It has been a bad 10 years for stocks

And you thought real estate sucked?  According to an article in the Arizona Republic this weekend by Russ Wiles, stock values overall have gone nowhere since the late 1990s.  This is a rare occurrence, and hasn’t happened since the stagflation days of the late 1960s and 1970s.  He calls it the “lost decade.” The current […]

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Dead Men Don’t Tell Tales (Part I)

I wanted to pass along a story about gruesome surprises found in homes for sale.  This one concerns a foreclosed home. In Dayton, Ohio last year a home had been foreclosed on and a contractor was hired to remove any remaining items the previous owner left behind. While doing his job the contractor found a number of […]

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