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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.

Seller ‘Waiting Game’ Unwise.

Studies have shown that some homeowners who want to move say they won't put their home on the market because they are waiting for the highest possible price. This is the same unwise strategy holders of stocks employ when they say they won’t sell until a stock reaches...

The Dog that Could Fall, Part 1.

The Dog that Could Fall, Part 1.

In The Dog that could Fly, Antis flew missions with his owner fighter pilot in WWII. But Bing the German Shepard-Collie mix did the opposite. He was donated to the British war dog program by his owners because under war time rations, they couldn’t afford to feed him....

Emerging 2022 Design Trends, Part 1.

Emerging 2022 Design Trends, Part 1.

1. Improving the Outdoors. Continuing the trend started during Covid, more than half home renovation projects include upgrades to outdoor areas, according to the 2022 U.S. Houzz & Home Study. And in Arizona and other areas experiencing drought conditions, many...

Ex-Husband Goes with the Home.

Ex-Husband Goes with the Home.

A real estate agent selling one of her Panama City Beach, Florida properties offered a discount if the buyer accepted a unique condition. The $699,000 list price would be reduced if her ex-husband was allowed to stay. “Wonderfully rehabbed ex-husband up for grabs.”...

Arizona Growth Continues.

Arizona Growth Continues.

Five Arizona cities are some of the fastest growing in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau. From July 2020 to July 2021, the metro Phoenix cities of Queen Creek, Buckeye, Goodyear, and nearby Casa Grande and Maricopa were among the top 15 U.S. cities with...

Your HOA Can’t Stop You.

Your HOA Can’t Stop You.

In an effort to preserve water and protect private property rights, Arizona has passed a law that lets you choose your lawn type. Phoenix metro resident Sherry Lund and her son Bradford who lives next door, were served with a lawsuit by their HOA after installing...

Jeep the Coyote.

Jeep the Coyote.

During the World War II pilot training of John "Wild Bill" Crump at Harding Field, Nebraska he found a 2-week old coyote pup which he named "Jeep". Soon the pair became inseparable (in case you are wondering, Coyotes can occasionally be domesticated). When the time...

To Avoid Disasters, Choose Arizona.

To Avoid Disasters, Choose Arizona.

According to Zillow, large amounts of buyers consider the risks of flooding (55%), tornadoes (41%), hurricanes (35%) and earthquakes (29%) when choosing a home. These events are believed by some to be getting worse due to climate change, and Zillow found that...

They’re Moving to Phoenix, Part 3.

They’re Moving to Phoenix, Part 3.

It has been a while since I detailed who are flocking to the Valley of the Sun. The latest U.S. Census shows that by far the most movers to the Phoenix area are from Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim. Tucson came in number two. Those from Asian countries were the...

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