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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.

Phoenix still Number 1.

Phoenix still Number 1.

Phoenix is attracting the most new residents and seeing the fastest economic expansion in the U.S., according to a new analysis by background check company Checkr. Using data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Checkr factored in metrics like...

Where Global Purchasers are Buying.

Where Global Purchasers are Buying.

Although the number of purchases by foreign buyers of U.S. properties are down due to rising home prices, international spending on homes continues nation-wide. Where are they buying the most homes? The top destinations for foreign purchasers in the last reporting...

Do you Have Mold?

Do you Have Mold?

It's not likely if you live in Arizona. But other states have high levels of fungus. Florida with its climate and flooding problems - and Mississippi, are basically tied for first with 38.76% and 38.66% of homes impacted by mold. Louisiana and Alabama come in second...

Arizona is Veteran Friendly.

Arizona is Veteran Friendly.

There are over 18.2 million veterans currently living in the U.S. To help military veterans find the best places in which to settle down, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities using 19 indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. The...

Bathroom Remodel Preferences, Part 2.

Bathroom Remodel Preferences, Part 2.

In Part 1 a study showed that open-concept wet baths are a design trend with bathroom renovators. The study also showed that as to showers, half of remodelers preferred a rain shower and half wanted a standard wall mounted head. An obvious solution to please everyone...

International Buyers Are Spending.

International Buyers Are Spending.

NAR's Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate surveys Realtors about transactions with international clients who purchased U.S. homes. In the 2023 Report covering from April 2022 through March 2023, the average ($639,900) and median...

The Red Baron’s Dog.

The Red Baron’s Dog.

Manfred von Richthofen was a German World War I pilot. A legendary ace in the Great War, who some may know due to Snoopy’s battles with him (flying his doghouse) in Peanuts. The real Red Baron had a dog which he acquired as a puppy. The flying ace described him at...

10 Reasons Not to Have Pool? Part 2.

10 Reasons Not to Have Pool? Part 2.

In Part One I listed five of the ten disadvantages of having a pool according to Kiplinger, some of which I did not agree with. The last five are even more problematic: 6. Your Energy Bills Will Go Up. Yup, that is guaranteed, but not that much, and it depends on how...

Death of the Ibuyer? Part 2.

Death of the Ibuyer? Part 2.

In Death of the Ibuyer?, I recounted how the internet direct buyers had been punished when selling in the last half of 2022. In 2023 the bad times continued, as the institutional (Wall Street) buyers and the local iBuyers accounted for only 2,014 total home purchases...

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