phoenix homes: Old MacDonald Had a Pumpkin Patch. - 10/13/21 11:10 AM

It is fall, a time for transition. In Scottsdale, AZ fall is a time to put those hot summer days behind us and get back outdoors to enjoy the clear skies and cooler sunny days.
As the weather mellows, we begin to welcome back visitors and many of our annual fall festivities. One fall festivity that has become a yearly event is The Pumpkin Patch at MacDonald's Ranch in North Scottsdale.
Owned by the Richardson Family, MacDonald's Ranch has been a western-themed fun park that offers horseback riding, hayrides, and paintball outings since 1956.
Each year the owners convert the ranch to The Pumpkin … (5 comments)

phoenix homes: I never have to remember anything - 10/03/21 05:13 PM

I no longer remember important facts. No birthdays, no appointments, no history lessons. I don’t have to.
If I need to know what time it is, I just look at my phone. Need to wake up at a special time? Set an alarm. In the mood for one of my favorite songs? I have music at my fingertips.
I seldom lose an argument anymore. Once I get into a discussion with someone, I can just grab my phone and do a search on the subject in question. In just a few seconds I will have dozens of answers that I can sort through, … (20 comments)

phoenix homes: Can’t you see I am falling for you. - 09/21/21 07:32 AM
Fall is upon us. It will arrive officially at 12:21 pm on September 22.
Fall is a season of transition. It is a time when the days grow shorter, and the weather begins to change. The long hot days of summer will soon be behind us. Here in Phoenix the change will be subtle. The average high temperature will drop to below 100 degrees for the first time in months. With cooler days ahead. Up north you will wake up to cool mornings where you can see your breath on your early morning walk.
In many parts of the country the trees will … (7 comments)

phoenix homes: It’s Butterfly Time. - 09/12/21 07:17 AM
For those of you who know the Phoenix area, you know that it is a desert. The desert can be a hard place to live in the summer. But Phoenix also experiences a summer monsoon season when we get a significant portion of our annual rainfall. The amount of rainfall varies from year to year so you are never really sure how much will fall. This year has been a good year with more than normal precipitation. That means that the flowers and trees are experiencing exceptional growth.
Along with the flora came an explosion of birds and bugs and lovely little … (7 comments)

phoenix homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - America - 06/13/21 11:00 AM
In 1970 three young musicians, who’s fathers were stationed with the military in London met and formed a band they called America in homage to their homeland. The trio, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley found success with their soft rock sound.
They hit the charts in Europe and then in the U.S. with songs like “A Horse with No Name”, "Ventura Highway", and “I Need You”.
Success was not immediate, until in 1974 they teamed up with producer George Martin to produce their second album, Holiday. George Martin suggested that they emphasize their acoustic talents, and the rest is history. That … (9 comments)

phoenix homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Carpenters - 06/13/21 10:52 AM
In the early 1970s The Carpenters were one of the most sought-after acts in the world. According to their website they performed over 800 live concerts between 1971 and 1975 in addition to recording 10 albums and three number one singles. In the late 1970s they produced five television specials. That was an incredible workload.
During the 1970s The Carpenters were On Top of the World.
Driven by Richards compositions and harmony and powered by Karen’s deep sultry voice their music is easily recognizable and still sounds great 50 years later.
Although being known mostly as the lead singer, Karen, fancied herself as the … (8 comments)

phoenix homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Harry Chapin - 06/12/21 10:09 AM
Harry Chapin was a singer songwriter that achieved international fame in the 1970s with his poignant folk-rock songs often detailing the dark challenges that people face as they move through life.
His breakthrough hit was a song title Taxi which told the story of a cab driver lamenting his failed attempt to be a pilot.
Chapin was a dedicated humanitarian who performed more than half of his concerts for charity. He was an active force behind the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian efforts in 1987.
Our song today is his … (5 comments)

phoenix homes: Sountrack of A Lifetime - 2021 - Little Anthony and The Imperials - 06/07/21 04:24 PM
We are rolling the clock way back to the doo-wop era. In the late 1950s and early 1960s R&B music was finding its way onto the pop charts. Singing groups would harmonize with voices from deep bass to falsetto, behind a lead singer with a variety of made-up sounds (doo-wop) that kept the beat.
One of the more popular groups was Little Anthony and The Imperials. Their first big hit single was Tears on My Pillow which sold over a million copies to achieve gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Little Anthony’s child like high pitched voice added a distinct … (7 comments)

phoenix homes: The times they are a changing. - 05/19/21 01:46 PM
I have been on the fence lately. My Real Estate license is expiring soon, and I have been in debate about to whether to renew or not. I don’t sell as many homes as I once did. I work mostly on referrals or past with clients. With the market being as wild as it is, it is almost too exhausting to compete with the discount brokers and corporate bulk buyers. But I still think I can offer better service and most importantly do a better job of protecting my client’s interest.
Should I decide to renew my license, I will have to … (15 comments)

phoenix homes: What will I do with all these masks? - 05/14/21 09:23 AM

Yesterday was a milestone in our efforts to return to pre-pandemic life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first step in easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds, and in most indoor settings.
In certain crowded settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters, the mask requirement will remain in place. As we go forward and the impact of the virus subsides, I expect to see an additional easing of mask requirements.
I was able to fly this past week, just days before the change, and everyone on the plane … (25 comments)

phoenix homes: Arizona is a Land of Contrasts - 04/18/21 01:57 PM
At last, I had the opportunity to travel this weekend, an activity that has escaped many of us this past year. The trip was a short one. But a welcome chance to visit somewhere different with an overnight stay in Flagstaff. It is only a two-hour drive from North Scottsdale to Flagstaff, Arizona, but it is a world away in character.
For those of you that think of Arizona only as a hot, dry, dusty desert you will be surprised to know that the State of Arizona is truly a place of environmental contrasts. While southern Arizona resides predominantly in the … (16 comments)

phoenix homes: The Desert Botanical Garden, keeping the desert alive. - 04/17/21 11:43 AM

When most people think of Arizona they think of the desert, and rightly so because we sit smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. But what most people don’t know is that the native desert is rapidly disappearing.
In the late 1800s, a series of canals brought water to the desert. Arizona became an agricultural area. With irrigation, many crops like cotton and lettuce could be grown easily. Some crops had the benefit of two growing seasons which made them lucrative for the farmers. They also found that citruses like grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, would … (13 comments)

phoenix homes: Anthem Arizona Veterans Memorial, an Arizona Hidden Treasure - 04/12/21 07:56 PM

Arizona is home to many wonderful places for residents and tourists alike to visit and enjoy. Some are natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, or Kartchner Caverns. Others are man-made like The Hoover Dam or the Tumacácori National Historical Park.
All of these places and many other popular destinations can be easily found in travel guides or on Google maps, so it is no wonder these sites see thousands of visitors annually.
But there is one really wonderful place that rarely gets a mention. It is the Anthem Arizona Veterans Memorial, located in the Anthem Community Park in the suburbs … (13 comments)

phoenix homes: Escape from bondage. - 04/06/21 11:27 AM
Whether we like it or not the modern world has created a form of bondage that is hard to escape. Widespread access to the internet, with its hundreds of media outlets and social media, have us tuned in to the digital world 24 hours a day.
In all fairness, it would be difficult to conduct business without the quick access to information that the digital age has afforded us. We can find almost any form of information with just a few keystrokes.
I never want to go back to the old days of telephone books, catalogs, and paper maps. Nor do I wish … (12 comments)

phoenix homes: The Moral Victory. - 03/30/21 05:45 PM

Can you call it a moral victory when you make a sale in today’s sellers’ market?
A moral victory is one where you believe that you are right, even if what you have accomplished is considerably less than what would have been accomplished had the main battle been won.
The main battle I am speaking of is selling at a fair price for both buyer and seller.
As an agent, your fiduciary duty is the protect the client’s money. That of course means helping them get the best deal. As the Listing Agent, even if you are able to negotiate a great deal several … (11 comments)

phoenix homes: Leave the dog. - 03/21/21 03:21 PM
As anyone that has done a least a few real estate transactions will attest, they can get pretty bizarre at times. Buyers and Sellers often focus too much on things that do not have significant monetary value but have meaning to them in other ways.
A few months back one sale I was working on fell through because the seller had planned to leave some furnishing behind, which upset the buyer so much they cancelled the contract. I am sure we could have resolved the issue, but emotions ran high.
I once sold a home where the buyers wrote into the offer a … (26 comments)

phoenix homes: Spring has sprung! - 03/20/21 02:20 PM

Welcome to Spring 2021. The vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, took place this day of 3/20/21 at 5:37 am EDT.
To celebrate today we went to a garden center and purchased some lovely flowering plants for our yard.
While the weather may not be cooperating everywhere, it has been lovely here in Scottsdale. Today’s temperature was a sunny 77 degrees.
Tonight, we will dine at a new trendy outdoor restaurant to celebrate.
Spring as always brings new optimism and a feeling of renewal. 2021 should be no different. Let us all join together for a brighter future. … (10 comments)

phoenix homes: Topless - 03/08/21 05:42 PM
I had a chance today to get out and enjoy the great Phoenix weather. It's spring in Phoenix and as we prepare for the car auctions which invade the valley each year the streets are filled with classic cars of all types. From Ferraris to Model T's every car fan is showing off their wheels.
Anyone that has a car with a removable top took advantage of the fun.
I washed the car, popped the top, and blasted the stereo. What a great feeling.
What do you think?
Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your … (6 comments)

phoenix homes: The argument for still pricing a home correctly. - 02/09/21 05:52 PM

The last few months have seen an unprecedented tightening in many real estate markets across the country.
In popular areas sales have become skewed overwhelmingly in favor of sellers. Buyers seeking to purchase a new home have been met not only with dwindling inventory but with accelerating prices. Sellers have been able to bypass repairs or eliminate concessions.
In a market that exhibits these characteristics, certain buyers, ones that have access to additional cash have a great advantage. It allows them to make offers with larger down payments or to outbid other buyers in a multiple offer situation.
But what happens when the seller(s) … (5 comments)

phoenix homes: Don’t forget to delete those accounts. - 02/05/21 06:27 PM

The average user has dozens of online accounts or business relationships that change over time. Each of these accounts has the potential to reveal information about you or at the very least increase your digital footprint.
But leaving old unused accounts in place when they are no longer necessary can be risky. Let me offer some examples.
I recently moved. I sold my home of 19 years and moved to a new neighborhood. At my old house, I had smart thermostats. When I installed them, I created an account with the manufacturer that allowed me to control the thermostats remotely. Once I moved, … (24 comments)