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Phoenix Light Rail a good fit for Phoenix Convention Center - 02/26/08 10:25 AM
Interestingly enough, the Phoenix Convention Center is expected to be complete in December 2008. The last of the construction, the "North Building", will open to conventions in January 2009. It just so happens that our Light Rail system that will connect Phoenix to Tempe and Mesa is scheduled to begin carrying passengers in December of 2008. Sounds like some pretty good timing for both as they will surely compliment each other.The following picture looks at the new Light Rail stop at Washington and 3rd St which is right next to the 2 new buildings called the West Building and the North Building. (9 comments)
Local bloggers - Are they your competion or your friend? - 02/25/08 09:17 PM
I recently read this real estate tomato article 7 Reasons Why Your Local Real Estate Blogging Peers Are Not Your Competition. The timing of this post is interesting as made me think of some of my friends here on Active Rain. It even reminded me of a question I asked in Janruary,.. "Many of the friendships here on AR seem to be with people in different states. Yep, everyone wants referrals from each other - but is it really a bad idea to have friends locally? Just curious..." I believe we can, and should, have friends in the local real estate markets (27 comments)
Tempe Art's and Entertainment - 02/23/08 07:30 PM
In the past, we have mentioned some of Tempe's outdoor activities so I thought I'd share a little bit about the Arts scene as well.. Tempe. AZ has a really great Arts and Entertainment "vibe" that is supported by many different parts of our community. In fact, if you go to the City of Tempe site, you will find an "events calendar" for "Arts". There, you will also find information about the Tempe Historical Museum. One of the many really fun events is the Tempe Festival of the Arts held on the "famous" Mill Avenue. While the Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on (8 comments)
Please, don't ask me to commit fraud! - 02/18/08 11:23 AM
I'm sure many people are aware that there are tons of loan programs and down payment assistance programs available to buyers. When a potential buyer has "decent" credit but "no" money, it often becomes a request for the seller to "contribute X% of the sales price towards buyers closing costs / pre-paids." Sometimes it is 6%, 3%, 2% or what ever amount you want to use but heres the deal.. Over the past few years, when the market was in over-drive, it was pretty easy to add the number to the sales price and have the buyer "finance" the costs. As we ALL (25 comments)
More Transportation Convience Coming to Tempe via Light Rail - 02/16/08 11:49 PM
In December of 2008, Arizona will have a brand new Light Rail system running from Phoenix through Tempe and in to Mesa via a 20 mile "starter" line. Tempe is a centrally located city surrounded by freeways, minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and is conveniently located near jobs, and many different housing options. Our community bus system is growing in popularity but the coming Light Rail line will have a huge impact for many ASU students and Tempe residents. As you can see from the map, Light Rail will run East/West along Apache turning North/West through the heart of ASU, past Sun Devil Stadium and through the (2 comments)
In Real Estate, Variety is the Spice of Life - 02/13/08 04:31 PM
With the rapid growth of Arizona's housing market, you find a lot of homes in neighborhoods that all look the same. Tile roof, stucco exterior, 2 car garage and a color scheme that makes it hard to determine which house is which in certain subdivisions. It is always interesting to me to see homes in different parts of the country and to see how we compare to other states. Some states, basements are common. Some areas, brick construction might be more popular than frame construction. Urban markets, rural markets, they all have interesting aspects. Heck, even the different heating and cooling systems vary from town (2 comments)
Have Fun, WORKING in Tempe - 02/11/08 04:05 PM
Many people know that I truly love living and working in Tempe, AZ. While our great state has many quality communities and a diverse job base, I can think of no place I'd rather live. By far, the largest employer in our City is Arizona State University employing over 10,500 people! ASU is a huge campus on approximately 700 acres with many fascinating and ever growing research and development sectors. While the list of Tempe's Top Employersis extensive, it would be hard to get the feeling for how nice the community is by reading the list. Many of the smaller, "mom and pop" shops (2 comments)
Stroking the ego? - 02/10/08 05:25 PM
I got a letter this past week from a local television station inviting me to a seminar concerning a new marketing campaign focusing on local real estate. Now, I'm not sure how "exclusive" this really is because they offered two different days to attend. The interesting part had to do with them telling me (us) of a new year long television and internet campaign "limited to participation by a select number of Arizona's finest real estate agents." How could I say no to that? :-) I'm pretty sure they are trying to sell a new product or generate more ad dollars (5 comments)
Aura at Camelback - Green "Sustainable Luxury Living" - 02/09/08 07:44 PM
I was recently invited to preview the new AURA at Camelback project at their Phoenix sales center. ( Here is a newspaper article about Aura.) At the preview party, the developer ran some video renditions of the new development and had drawings/ plans etc. available for us to check out. It was one of those things where pretty people pass out fancy little finger foods and offer you wine so we will fall in love with the community.. Some one has to do it.. Aura calls itself "Sustainable Luxury Living." The concept was very interesting and this upscale condo project that will be in the beautiful "Camelback (1 comments)
Flippin' Cool?!?!? - 02/08/08 10:02 PM
ok.. so I went to this SEMPO meeting last night with a bunch of search engine marketers and it was pretty cool. There was a guy from Google and some other really interesting speakers talking about social media. At the end of the meeting, they had a drawing for a "Flip Video" recorder and one of the "experts" said this is a MUST HAVE for anyone that enjoys blogging / social video. Naturally, I searched Active Rain tonight to see what some of you think. Not a ton of info here but a couple of good articles and from what I found, it (12 comments)
Arizona's amazing sports weekend - 02/04/08 08:48 AM
Wow! Here in Arizona, we are fortunate to have such a variety of sports and activities. We have just completed an amazing, fun filled ( and busy) weekend of non-stop sports action. From the record setting attendance of the "best" stop on the PGA tour for the FBR Open to the dozens of events and parties that led to a very memorable Super Bowl! Of course, I tried to keep up with some of the festivities without getting "too crazy." I love to go out to the FBR and watch the golf (and the people). Last year, I braved the 160,000 plus Saturday (5 comments)
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