scottsdale homes: My favorite tool. - 09/05/20 03:06 PM
 
We all use tools. Tools for building, tools for gardening, tools for cooking, tools for cleaning. Some tools have become essential to our modern lifestyle. Scouring pads, shovels, screwdrivers, flashlights are all examples of tools that we use every day without consideration.
But what about the smartphone? Is it a tool? Can you use it in place of many of the tools that we have traditionally carried? The answer is a resounding YES!
Let’s just look at some of the wonderful tools that my smartphone has replaced.
It is a calculator. Now I can add subtract and multiply easily no need to own or … (5 comments)

scottsdale homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - Rolling Stones 1973 - 08/15/20 08:16 AM
For you Rolling Stones fans, the group is re-releasing their classic album Goat's Head Soup into a multi-volume set complete with re-digited music, videos, and story lines from the past.
The group released this video from the early 1970's as a promo for the album. It is a lot of fun to see the Stones as young men.
Check it out.
 
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scottsdale homes: The Eagle Has Landed! - 08/09/20 08:19 AM

We made it! After months of living out of a suitcase. Wearing the same clothes over and over. Self-quarantining in strange rental properties. We have closed on our new home.
It hasn’t been easy. Selling our old home took longer than expected. A task that has made me more sympathetic to my clients.
Overcoming shortages of livable rental properties. All the good ones were taken or outrageously priced. We had to move multiple times over a five-month period.
Then there was negotiating with the new builder. A process that leaves you feeling powerless. Delays in delivery of supplies like cabinets and appliances, along with … (3 comments)

scottsdale homes: Sound Track of a Lifetime - Just the Way You Are - 08/07/20 01:02 PM
 
Welcome back. For those of you have followed my Soundtrack of a Lifetime series you have probably wondered what happened to the June 2020 songs. Well they disappeared and may never return. I had considered restoring them, but I have always felt that this blog is more about inspiration than perspiration. So instead I will from time to time post an Encore entry when I feel inspired to do so.
Today I was in Lowes and as so often happens these days a popular song from my past is playing on the store’s speakers. To my wife’s chagrin I was singing along … (6 comments)

scottsdale homes: The Phoenix market is HOT! - 07/28/20 07:27 PM

The market in Phoenix is hot, in more ways than one.
Once again, the Phoenix metro has led the nation in year over year home price growth. In June 2020 sellers sold their homes for 99% of asking price. The average home went pending in 37 days and homes in hotter areas of the valley went from listing to pending in just 14 days.
Despite a spring slow down attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has rebounded nicely.
New home builders have seen an increase in sales of over 6% in the month of June.
The result is a market that clearly favors … (4 comments)

scottsdale homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2020 Encore 1 - 07/21/20 07:13 PM
Due to unforeseen circumstances, many of the Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2020 Edition posts have been lost. But there is still plenty of good music to listen too.
The Corona Virus/ COVID-19 pandemic has changed some of the ways we live our lives. Most rock concerts and live stage performances have been canceled or at least postponed. Yet, the performers that we enjoy are still playing, even if their fans cannot participate.
There have been a lot of performers that have offered virtual concerts which can be fun in the absence of live music.
One of the latest is a compilation of performers … (4 comments)

scottsdale homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2020 Edition, Day 30 - 07/20/20 08:28 PM
This is a recovered version of a post that was lost. Enjoy!  Well, June 2020 is in the books. It is time for the Soundtrack of a Lifetime to go back into intermission. 2020 has been a strange year in many ways, but the beat goes on. With each passing year our repertiore of sonds grows larger and more variedI wanted to finish the season strong. So, today you get something a little different.
The song is “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Written and originally performed by the great blues singer Etta James. The song is about a woman that realizes … (6 comments)

scottsdale homes: But will the neighbors complain? - 07/08/20 12:35 PM

We closed on a home in Sun City, AZ last week. It was a lovely ranch home loaded with upgrades including a solar grid that was only a few years old. The house was lovingly cared for by a husband and wife that owned the home for over 15 years. The couple had planned on it being their forever home, but sometimes life doesn’t work out as planned.
The husband passed away. Leaving his wife alone in this big house. She decided to restart her life in another area, closer to her family, so the home went on the market.
Along came a … (2 comments)

scottsdale homes: This is Why We are Irrational In Times Like These - 05/27/20 10:42 AM
Excellent article by Robert Siciliano 
Though we, as humans, are supposed to be pretty smart, we do a lot of things that might not seem rational.
For example, we do things like text and drive, we don’t get flu shots that can stop us from getting sick, and we hoard things like toilet paper…Dan Ariely, a professor from Duke University, has some reasons for this.
Ariely has released a book called “Predictable Irrational,” and it takes a look at why we do these irrational things…especially in a time of crisis. One of the most mind-boggling things is why we have all … (2 comments)

scottsdale homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2020 Redux, Day 6 - 05/25/20 10:10 AM
This is a re-do of a lost article from June 2020. Enjoy!
Wow, was there any artist that exhibited the golden touch in the ‘70s more than Kenny Rogers? Everything he tried he succeeded. Rogers's widespread appeal with rock fans, pop fans, and country audiences meant that his music was popular across several charts. His songs were the inspiration for television shows and movies. He even had his name on a string of restaurants worldwide.
In 1966, Kenny joined the New Christy Minstrels as a singer and bass player. Later Rogers and three others left the Minstrels to create the group The First … (2 comments)

scottsdale homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2020 Redux, Day 5 - 05/25/20 09:56 AM
 Here is a redux of a lost 2020m blog post. Enjoy!
I must admit that I was never really a big Springsteen fan. I suppose that when he was releasing his most popular music, I was listening to something else. But who can deny the impact that “The Boss” has had on rock and pop throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s?
I also freely admit that when I was working in New Jersey in the ‘90s I felt compelled to make a pilgrimage to Springsteen’s hometown of Freehold (although most people think he grew up in Asbury Park). Monmouth County has now created an … (4 comments)

scottsdale homes: I Never Get to Hug My Home Inspector Anymore - 05/23/20 10:04 AM
There was a time when I hugged everyone that I liked. Of course that practice is no longer acceptable, heck it might even be dangerous. So social distancing and proper precautions are the practice we must follow today.
For about ten years I would recommend one home inspector above all others. The company, a man and wife team, (she did the office, he the inspections) did an exemplary job. His credentials included being a licensed civil engineer and many years’ experience as a certified inspector. His wife ran a tight ship in the office. She always made sure that the house was … (8 comments)

scottsdale homes: The Golden Door - 05/17/20 09:35 AM
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”. ― Emma Lazarus
This quote by American poet Emma Lazarus which is emblazed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty exemplifies the ultimate Welcome Home sign. It says to everyone that approaches it, “Please enter and make this place your new home.”
So now you are trying to sell your home. You want to make a good impression. Shouldn’t every visitor to your home should be treated … (20 comments)

scottsdale homes: It is not as easy as it looks. - 05/13/20 06:25 PM
 
Ah yes, the life of a Real Estate Agent. It looks easy. Big money, little risk, wealthy clients that are easy to please. Or so it seems.
The average Real Estate Agent longs for the situation described above. In reality, the work is inconsistent, and the clients are demanding, unsure, and fickle. Yet we champion on because that is what we do.
Most people think that being a real estate agent is about sales. But selling is only one component in the job description. Other times you must be an analyst, a detective, sometimes a babysitter.
Every real estate agent has had their share … (5 comments)

scottsdale homes: Who was that masked man? - 04/29/20 08:19 PM
I never thought I would see the day when I would walk into a bank wearing a mask and be welcomed. I handed the teller my I.D., but since I was wearing a mask he just took my word that I was the same guy that was on my license. A strange new world in which we are living.
In the last two weeks, I have been doing almost all my work virtually. But yesterday I actually had to go into the office and print a document. I wore my mask and made sure to wash my hands as I left the … (9 comments)

scottsdale homes: Memories that last a lifetime. - 04/20/20 07:17 PM
Moving is a stressful time. It becomes even more stressful when you have lived in a home for a long time and have acquired a lot of stuff and made a lot of memories.
We just completed the first leg of a move out of a house that we called home for 19 years. Going through all your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to dispose of is difficult. Both my wife and I were forced to shed many items that while still perfectly good no longer have a purpose in our lives.
Whenever you perform a move of this nature … (10 comments)

scottsdale homes: Will the tide go out on Real Estate? - 04/16/20 07:53 PM
How will the economic downturn caused by the Corona Virus pandemic affect real estate? Well, in the absence of a crystal ball I can only predict that there will be a slowdown. How deep will the market slide? It is probably too early to tell.
Real estate for the last few years has been easy. Property values have risen steadily, construction resumed big time in many areas of the country, and interest rates have fallen to all-time lows. All the while, lending practices for many types of loan programs became more liberal. Collectively all these factors made selling homes easy.
As a result, … (9 comments)

scottsdale homes: We lost a good one today to the COVID-19. - 04/07/20 08:26 PM
Legendary singer/songwriter John Prine succumbed to the virus Tuesday April 7, 2020.
The raspy voiced Prine, made a living teaching people about life with his songs. Many of them about the darker side of life. His music was often considered “heavy”.
With songs like “Sam Stone” about a war veteran that returned home with a heroin habit. Or “Hello in There” a poignant tune about growing old.
Prine was a favorite in the Chicago folk scene. I had the good fortune to see him perform at one of the popular folk venues in Chicago, although which one escapes me now.
Prine a veteran himself often, … (4 comments)

scottsdale homes: What’s the worst that can happen? - 04/05/20 06:58 PM
 These are trying times no question about it. The world is in turmoil and it seems there is no safe-haven that we can reflect upon.
 During these difficult times, I am reminded of a quote by author and speaker Dale Carnegie. Carnegie took the formula drafted by engineer and inventor Willis H. Carrier and brought it to life in his books, lectures and training classes.
 In his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Carnegie penned the quote:
 “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”
 Well, for … (10 comments)

scottsdale homes: Keep up the good work. - 03/23/20 03:47 PM

We had our house painted a few days ago. I was thrilled with the outcome. The painters were very professional. They were on-time each day, quiet, respectful and cleaned up after themselves. The best part was they were reasonably priced.
I chose this company based on a referral from another agent. Referrals do not always work, but in this case, they were right on. When the salesperson came out to estimate the job, I could tell they were the company I wanted to hire. When you hear words like “We want to earn your business”, or “Here is my cellphone call me … (2 comments)

 
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