sun city homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Willie Nelson - 06/16/21 01:10 PM
 
Today’s artist is a man that needs no introduction. Willie Nelson has been around what seems like forever. Actually, he hasn't been around forever. He was born in 1933 and at 88 years old is still performing to sellout crowds.
Always known as a Country singer, Willie and friends perfected the outlaw sound. Nelson has worn many hats as an entertainer including author, disc jockey, song writer and movie star. Willie had parts in 30 movies including his starring role in Honeysuckle Rose.
In the 1980s Nelson joined with John Mellencamp and Neil Young to establish the Farm Aid benefit concerts to help … (13 comments)

sun city homes: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Beatles - 05/31/21 11:05 AM
It is that time again!!! 30 Songs in 30 days.
Like so many other baby boomers, I grew up listening to Rock & Roll. From the mid-1950s right on up to the present day, Rock has endured. Even when we think the genre has run its course a new record or album surfaces that brings us back into the fold.
In June of 2018, I launched an effort to write a blogpost everyday for thirty days. I called it The Soundtrack of a Lifetime.
Listening to the songs was so much fun I decided to reprise The Soundtrack each year in June. Over … (20 comments)

sun city 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)

sun city 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)

sun city 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)

sun city homes: Where Have All The Listings Gone? - 01/31/21 01:14 PM
I don’t typically do Market Reports, there are dozens of sources that specialize in reporting on both the broader market and the nuances of each region of the country. But of course, I like to keep my finger on the pulse of the market. Anyone in this business needs to stay tuned in to the ever-changing face of real estate.
Today I received a market report from one of my partners and I could not help but share this remarkable data. The report was quite lengthy with several interesting facts and figures on the state of the real estate market in the … (3 comments)

sun city homes: A Place of Honor. - 01/27/21 06:09 PM

Laugh if you will, but I am a believer. Call it fantasy, hocus pocus, or superstition.
There is a story, perhaps a wives’ tale, that if you bury a statue of St. Joseph on the grounds of a home that is for sale that the home will sell faster.
As a young boy, I was taught that St. Joseph was a carpenter. I do not think he ever sold real estate, so I am not sure where the belief that he is the patron saint of real estate agents originated.
But why tempt fate?
Over the years I have made it a practice to bury … (16 comments)

sun city homes: Look both ways before you act. - 12/28/20 04:50 PM

Dual Agency some like it some hate it. Sometimes it is better, sometimes it is risky. Regardless of how you feel about dual agency, it happens. More often than we care to imagine.
Most often when we consider dual agency, we speak of one agent representing both the buyer and the seller. In this scenario, the agent is treading a fine line between representing one party better than the other. Something we must avoid at all costs.
Some states allow for the designation of transactional broker/agent. A situation where the agent does not represent either party to the contract and only works to … (6 comments)

sun city homes: A cherished memory from a Christmas past. - 12/22/20 12:25 PM
Holiday memories are cherished memories. We enjoy them when they are happening and again and again as we relive them years later.
We have had many wonderful holidays together as a family. Because you can never get too much family time.
I remember one Christmas in 2014 when our beloved Hallee was still an integral member of our family. Halle was a beautiful black German Shepherd with just a wisp of white hair under her neck.
To see her in person you might be a bit intimidated by her size and look, but she was the sweetest puppy that one might ever encounter. I … (6 comments)

sun city homes: I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on that. - 12/13/20 11:28 AM
We have had many wonderful Christmas celebrations. Some have been elaborate affairs with dozens of family members gathering together over the course of several days. Growing up in a large family of Italian heritage we would often visit several houses. We ate many meals together, drank toast after toast to family members that were no longer with us. When we were younger, we would stay up until midnight mass. We are too old to do that now.
It was a great time to share our love. Every year we looked forward to seeing people we had not seen since last Christmas.
Of course, … (8 comments)

sun city homes: Be thankful to learn from your client. - 11/27/20 02:23 PM

Every real estate agent I know bills themselves as an expert in their field. Most do a good job of keeping up with the market and helping their client execute what may be the biggest financial transaction of their lives.
Every once in a while, you come across a client that teaches you a thing or two. I had a few clients that have helped me learn and expand my expertise. Without them, I might not enjoy some of the success I have been afforded.
I can think of one example. It was when I partnered with a friend that wanted to start … (9 comments)

sun city homes: How many times a day do you say, “Thanks"? - 11/26/20 09:05 AM
How many times a day do you say, “Thank You”? I bet that it is quite a few.
Do we recognize how often we are thankful for the little things? Perhaps it is as uncomplicated as receiving good service at the local coffee shop. As simple as someone holding a door for you. There are so many things to be thankful for, every day.
Received a compliment? Say thank you. It goes a long way.
Today I tried to place close attention to each time I said, “thank you”. I was surprised by how often I did. Most of the time I was talking … (22 comments)

sun city homes: Never again, I promise. - 11/20/20 01:13 PM
 
She hovered over me with a shovel in her hand, her face flushed with resentment. I knelt on the ground cowering at the circumstances ahead of me. How did I get into this mess?
The ground in front of me was like concrete. My knees ached. My arms throbbed. Now I remember? It looked so easy.
I had vowed never to get myself in this situation again, but here I was. There was nothing more that I could do. I had to keep digging.
We took turns, digging, then clearing out the hole. The cavity was getting larger and deeper. Soon it would be … (6 comments)

sun city homes: Anchors Aweigh! - 11/16/20 03:44 PM
 
Turning a house into a home often require you to make changes to accommodate your lifestyle. When the changes are big you may require a handyman or a contractor. Other times there are small jobs that any homeowner should be able to handle themselves.
Today my project was to install two new robe hooks in our bathrooms. The builder did a good job of putting in towel rods and towel rings, but we wanted something more. We found two matching robe hooks online that were just what the doctor ordered. It is a small job, so I grabbed my tool belt and … (18 comments)

sun city homes: I would rather be a Hershey bar. - 11/07/20 12:19 PM
 
Some names are just renowned throughout the world. The name Hershey is synonymous with the candy bar. The name Xerox has long been identified with the brand name of a company that produces office machines that can duplicate a document. But Xerox is also synonymous with the act of making the duplicate.
In business, you want to be recognized. Being the first one that comes to mind when a need arises, puts you in the forefront. Ahead of the competition.
Easily recognizable names are not always a good thing. Some names identify with failure. Being a Benedict Arnold is tantamount to being a … (16 comments)

sun city homes: The Werewolf Cometh. - 10/31/20 07:28 AM
 
 Halloween 2020 will be a strange one. Should it be any different than anything else?
There is no question that 2020 has been a strange year. Despite all the negativity surrounding the pandemic, some memorable things have happened.
Why don’t we examine some of the things that will make this Halloween a year to remember? In 2020 we will experience both a full moon and a blue moon, something that happens rarely. Although blue moons occur about every two- and one-half years, the last time that we experienced a coast to coast full moon on Halloween was back in 1944.
Let us not forget … (6 comments)

sun city homes: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes... - 10/25/20 06:51 AM
 
How has my life changed recently? Enormously. 2020 has been a year of change. For me it was a move and a downsize. That meant selling a house that was my home for nearly twenty years. It also meant recreating that feeling of warmth and happiness in a strange new building.
Moving means changes. It means ridding yourself of the old and replacing it with the new. New appliances, furniture, and new neighbors. All stressful, all exciting. Since August we have been playing catch up with our lives.
But 2020 hasn’t been an ordinary year. The COVID pandemic has limited so many of … (7 comments)

sun city homes: The king is dead. Long live the king! - 10/20/20 04:57 PM
Well it happened yesterday; I lost my Brother. Sad because he was only eleven years old. The brother I am speaking of is my Brother MFC-J825DW multi-function printer. If you have followed my blog, you will know that I have extoled the virtue of this wonderful device. For many years it has performed flawlessly as I faxed documents across the country, scanned and digitized pictures, made a quick copy for a friend and printed countless documents.
It happened quickly. So quickly that I am not sure what happened. I was moving the printer from one side of the room to the other. … (5 comments)

sun city homes: The Questions Have Changed. - 10/19/20 08:27 PM

 
What happens when you have all the answers, but the questions have changed? It seems in today’s world this situation has become more commonplace. Many of the things that we take for granted are no longer true.
In times of rapid change, we must re-examine how we think, how we work, and essentially how we live.
The real estate business is not immune to this rapid change. In the last few months, we have changed the way we sell homes. Many of the traditional processes may no longer be the best way to market a house. At one time a seller’s goal was … (40 comments)

sun city homes: Who’s Zoomin’ who? - 10/09/20 10:09 AM
 
Where do they find the time? I mean everyone is Zooming everyone else. But Zooming is not what it used to be. Years ago, zooming meant deceiving or taking advantage of someone. More recently, zooming meant getting high on a mixture of drugs and energy drinks. Today, thanks to the Zoom video conferencing software, people are Zooming each other daily with no ill effects.
There are so many Zoom meetings that I cannot keep up with them. My brokerage hosts regular status meetings sometimes as often as two or three times a week. We host marketing strategy meetings. Almost all of our … (6 comments)