real estate: Tempe and metro Phoenix 6 year sales data - the big picture - 12/18/07 03:56 PM
I read a post by Bryant Tutas discussing perception of market data, looking at sales data for his area since 2002.  As he was inspired by another blogger, I was inspired to review data for Tempe and the metro Phoenix area.  Here’s similar data I got from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) as of 12/17 for single family detached homes, extended to include average square feet and Days on Market (DOM): 
Amazing as it may seem in today's market, the average price in Tempe and the Phoenix area in general has actually increased for every year since 2002, including … (2 comments)

real estate: Realtors in top tier of job satisfaction ranking - 12/03/07 02:44 AM
Recently, Russell Shaw pointed out that Real Estate agents are considered by the Harris Poll to be at the bottom of the most prestigious occupations.  While you may think that those at the bottom would have low self esteem, not so according to Time Magazine which ranks Real Estate Brokers in the top tier of those most happiest with their job (ranked #18, with 45.29% saying they were "very happy").  We were ahead of athletes and school teachers.  The bottom? Gas station attendants.  My job satisfaction comes from experiences like this one.

real estate: Sadness and Joy of Home Selling - 12/02/07 06:14 AM
The emotional ups and downs of being a Realtor.  On a recent sale as the buyer's agent, I met the owner agent at her now former home on closing day to pick up the keys for the new owner.  She wandered about the house for the last time, sad, on the verge of tears, leaving her family's home of 20 years, and her mother's home before that.  Soon after she left, the new owners came by to get the keys.  They were extremely excited and happy to finally have their new home, hugging me for helping them.   I stood there with mixed emotions, thinking of the … (3 comments)

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