arizona homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 5 - 05/30/19 07:46 PM
Another band that brought a new sound to music during a time when super groups abound, was Genesis. The name Genesis proved to be fitting because just as the band was achieving huge success with the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, lead singer and driving force Peter Gabriel left to begin a solo career.
Faced with starting over, the band searched high and low for a dynamic replacement. Eventually, then drummer Phil Collins reluctantly took over as lead singer. Collins turned out to be the right choice as the band continued to gain popularity releasing album after album under the … (2 comments)

arizona homes: I feel healthier already. - 04/11/19 11:50 AM
Does where you live affect your health and wellbeing or does your health and wellbeing influence the place where you live? I don’t plan to answer the question, as I am sure there are dozens of studies and articles that can substantiate their findings and declare they have found nirvana.
But in a recent survey published by WalletHub, a web-based personal financial directory, Scottsdale, Arizona has been ranked amongst the healthiest place to live in America. According to WalletHub Scottsdale ranks 9th overall out of 170 cities based on a formula that includes Health Care, Healthy Food, Fitness and access to open … (2 comments)

arizona homes: Get Your Motor Running - 03/29/19 11:40 AM
It is almost here! If you haven’t made your plans yet, there is still time to head to Arizona for the hottest motorcycle gathering this side of the Sonora Desert!
Arizona Bike Week one of the world’s largest motorcycle rallies will bring the Valley of the Sun alive with roaring engines, rocking bands, and party-goers galore. Everyone is welcome.
Held annually, this event which has been growing by leaps and bounds officially starts on Wednesday, April 3rd, but we are already seeing groups of riders and clubs descending on the valley to enjoy the great weather and open roads. Since inception, the event … (3 comments)

arizona homes: The Desert in Bloom - 03/17/19 01:35 PM
This is the time of year when the boring old desert shows off its spring colors to the rest of the world. Today we took a drive out to the Bartlett Lake Recreation Area, just northeast of Scottsdale. It was a gorgeous sunny 67◦ and it was well worth the time.
The ride down to Bartlett Lake is about 5 miles of paved roadway winding through mountains and canyons with loads of picturesque views.
Along the way, we were able to stop and snap a few nice pictures of the wildflowers.
Here is a great shot of a patch of Mexican Golden Poppies and … (9 comments)

arizona homes: It’s Valentine Day, so say Happy Birthday Arizona! - 02/13/19 10:42 AM
In most of the modern world February 14th is Valentine's Day, but in Arizona the day represents something else to love. February 14th is also Arizona’s Statehood Day, the day that the Arizona Territory was formally accepted into the union as the 48th state. 2019 marks the State of Arizona's 106th birthday.
There are many unique things about Arizona. Most people know about the Grand Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, the dry heat. But here are a just a few things you may not know about Arizona:
Arizona’s state bird is the Cactus Wren. The state flower is the Saguaro Cactus Blossom. Arizona known … (2 comments)

arizona homes: A place no one would ever want to leave. - 02/11/19 10:06 AM
I was working in my office the other day and my mind began to wander. I began to imagine a place that was free from strife. No crime. A place where we didn’t need money. Where there was plenty of food, all organic, fresh water, clean air, no pollution.
I even began to imagine that people from all walks of life could live in peace and harmony. It wouldn’t matter if you were a movie star or a millionaire, a ship’s captain or a farm girl. Where scientists and cabin boys were all equal. A place were the women were beautiful, the … (18 comments)

arizona homes: Help someone else, help yourself. - 11/23/18 03:41 PM
Every year at this time I like to post this reminder to my Arizona friends and family.
How would you like to help someone less fortunate AND save yourself some money at the same time?
Yes, you can, and it is easy. Just make a charitable contribution to one of Arizona's Qualified Charitable Organizations and receive a dollar for dollar tax credit from the State of Arizona. Yes, you read it right! For every dollar you contribute, you save a dollar on your Arizona state taxes. Even Scrooge would take advantage of this program.
There are hundreds of eligible charities so I am … (4 comments)

arizona homes: Title Insurance – Nothing For Something? - 09/26/18 11:03 AM

I am often asked about the value of Title Insurance. Why do we need it? What does it do? Why is so expensive?
Title insurance protects the property owner in the event that someone or something causes a claim or other encumbrance on the ownership or title to real property.
Like all forms of insurance, it has no value until you need it. My father-in-law has been driving for 50 years. He has never gotten into an accident despite the fact that he has carried full coverage on his automobiles the entire time. Was it a waste of money? After all, he is … (3 comments)

arizona homes: Drinking cheap wine - 09/05/18 08:18 PM

There is a popular adage that “Life is too short to drink cheap wine”.
The problem therein is whether you can afford to always drink expensive wine? It is easy to find a good wine to drink if cost is no object. But price alone does not guarantee good taste.
So the challenge then becomes. How do you find a good wine that won’t blow your budget?
There are several things you can do to help in your quest. First of all pay attention to what the wine experts are saying about the production and quality of the harvest in the different wine producing … (8 comments)

arizona homes: Adventures in Paradise - The Prequel - 04/16/18 09:04 AM
Every now and then I like to recall some of the things that I have experienced since moving to the desert from the big city. I call them Adventures in Paradise. You will see a few of these articles here in my blog.
My favorite stories center around my introduction to Arizona's indigenous creators, primarily snakes. Like most people, I really don’t like snakes, but they are here so I must deal with them.
The area I live in is still somewhat rural so we see a lot of wildlife. This story is one from the first few weeks after moving into my … (0 comments)

arizona homes: Where there's smoke, there's fire. Protect yourself. - 04/09/18 07:12 PM
One of the greatest improvements in building safety has been the installation of smoke detector devices in homes, offices and commercial buildings. In commercial buildings smoke and fire detectors are generally part of a comprehensive fire alarm system. But residential smoke detectors, often called smoke alarms, are generally independent systems designed to protect one household or one unit in a multi-unit building.
Properly working smoke detectors cut the risk of fatalities in a home fire in half. The U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports 0.53 deaths per 100 fires in homes with working smoke alarms compared to 1.18 deaths in homes … (0 comments)

arizona homes: Honoring the Real Estate Hero. - 04/06/18 02:45 PM
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." This saying, which has often been associated with the Post Office, actually comes from a book by Herodotus, a Greek historian. During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers. The reference is to these couriers.
But the phrase could just as easily been written about the Real Estate Agent. Real Estate Agents work on the client’s schedule. We hear every rational reason for why the Seller cannot show the house … (9 comments)

arizona homes: Why a condo may be your best choice. - 12/16/17 09:43 AM
When trying to decide the type of property in which you should invest your hard earned money, many factors may come in to play.  While purchase price is always an important part of the equation, there are other ongoing costs that you may have to consider before deciding between a Single Family Residence (SFR), Townhouse or Condominium. But debating the economics of the purchase is only one factor in deciding where to live.
A second and equally important aspect of your decision should be your lifestyle. If you are someone that enjoys a large private yard, enjoys working in a garden and … (4 comments)

arizona homes: Dog Cancels Contract! - 12/10/17 07:18 AM
Home buyers will typically visit several homes before deciding which are of interest to them. Once they see what they like they may wish to make an offer on the home. In today’s active market buyers do not always have the luxury of multiple visits and time for a lot of research before making an offer. Fortunately, in most cases, the Buyer is offered an inspection period to further research the details of a home.
Many buyers believe that the inspection is limited to a physical inspection of the building, but in most states (Arizona being one of them) the inspections(s) cover a broad … (4 comments)

arizona homes: Sellers Property Disclosure a Burden or Benefit? - 12/04/17 09:53 AM
In most states, Sellers are required by law to disclose all known material facts about the property to the buyer, even if the property is sold As-Is. This is especially true with regard to defects and repair history. But disclosing facts about a property is not always easy, the older a house gets the longer the history becomes. Some items like remodeling or redecorating are easily discovered by new buyers. Other items like repairs to foundations or electrical work may not be as apparent to the naked eye.
While the burden to discover is typically placed on the buyer, it is important … (0 comments)

arizona homes: Selling a home with a pool. - 11/02/17 10:12 AM
Selling a home with a pool places some unique responsibilities to the seller that not be required by houses without pools. It goes without saying that sellers of homes with pools should make sure that the pool is in proper working order. Hardware like filters, pumps, valves, heaters, lights and other miscellaneous plumbing must be functional. There should be no leaks. If a spa is included it should meet all functional requirements as well.
But even if the pool meets all of the functional specifications there may be more that is required by homes and homeowners that have a pool. The pool … (1 comments)

arizona homes: When Boilerplate Just Won’t Do. - 09/11/17 10:48 AM
Purchasing a home can be complex and when it comes to drafting the sales contract it is imperative that the contract covers all anticipated provisions that may occur during the escrow period.
In some states, real estate sales require attorney review which helps resolve many of the legal questions that may arise between parties. But in other states licensed real estate agents have the ability to write sales contracts without attorney review. In places where no attorney review is required the state Realtor® board provides a standard contract for use by its members. These contracts have undergone extensive attorney review making … (0 comments)

arizona homes: A First Impression Can Be The Door... To a Quick Sale - 09/06/17 07:24 PM
Several years ago my wife and I decided to take a vacation with some of our friends. The friends had a new boat and invited us to visit their favorite lake and stay at the “resort” that they had been visiting for many years. Of course we jumped at the chance of spending a relaxing week of boating, swimming, early morning coffee and late night cocktails on the porch overlooking the lake. When we arrived at the “resort”, our hearts sank. The “resort” turned out to be a group of very rustic cabins overlooking the lake. The front door of our … (0 comments)

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