Caution! While 🌵🌵Marching🌵🌵 Along the Trail of Real Estate!

Real Estate Agent with Scott Schulte LLC

Hiking around cholla cacti can be a beautiful and unique experience, but it can also march you into trouble.

Arizona has many unique natural wonders, including the jumping cholla cactus. These cacti have earned their name due to their tendency to "jump" onto unsuspecting hikers who brush up against them. While the jumping cholla cactus may seem like an odd comparison, there are a few similarities between these cacti and the world of Arizona real estate.


Arizona Real Estate


First and foremost, real estate and the jumping cholla cactus can be beautiful and dangerous. The jumping cholla cactus is a sight to behold, with its vibrant pink flowers and spiny exterior. However, one wrong move and those spines can latch onto you, causing pain and potentially even infection. 

Similarly, Arizona real estate can be a beautiful investment opportunity with potential financial gain. Still, not handled with care and caution can lead to financial loss and frustration.

Another similarity between real estate and the jumping cholla cactus is their resilience. The jumping cholla cactus can thrive in the hot and arid conditions of the Arizona desert and can even regrow from a small piece of its spiny exterior. 


Arizona Real Estate


Similarly, real estate has proven to be a resilient investment over time, able to weather economic storms and still provide a valuable asset for owners.

Finally, real estate and the jumping cholla cactus require careful planning and consideration. Hikers who venture into areas where the jumping cholla cactus grows must be aware of their surroundings and take precautions to avoid contact with these spiny plants. 

Similarly, those interested in investing in real estate must research, have home inspections, understand the market and the risks involved, and carefully plan their investment strategy.


Arizona Real Estate compared to Cholla Cactus


In conclusion, while the comparison between real estate and the jumping cholla cactus may seem strange at first glance, the two have several similarities. Both are beautiful yet potentially dangerous, resilient, and require careful planning and consideration. Home Owners can increase their chances of success and minimize risks by approaching real estate investment with the same caution and respect one would give the jumping cholla cactus.

In conclusion, investing in real estate can be a rewarding but potentially risky venture. Just like hiking around cholla cactus, it's important to approach real estate investment cautiously and seek a professional's guidance to help you resolve any potential real estate issues without the danger of the cholla cactus.


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Comments (24)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - I can see and feel your analogy.  It's actually quite sensory.  And effectively told with more than a few ouch-like moments to make an impression.  

Mar 03, 2023 05:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Similar to Dorie Dillard Austin TX I hadn't ever heard of the cholla cactus! Good analogy regarding both the cactus and real estate.

Mar 03, 2023 05:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Scott, that doesn't sound like something I want to rub up against, for sure!

Mar 03, 2023 06:41 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Scott Schulte - this post was not only fun to read, but it is also educational. 

I like your analogy between jumping cholla cactus and real estate.  

Thank you for participating in the March Challenge.  We hope to read more entries from you. 

Mar 03, 2023 07:23 AM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Thanks for the uplifting comment, love the culture at Active Rain. 

Mar 04, 2023 09:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Scott Schulte - thank you for being part of the culture on ActiveRain. Your creativity really impressed me. I was glad to know I wasn't the only one who did not know what a "jumping cholla cactus" was or how dangerous or beautiful it could be. Thank you for drawing out the comparisons to the real estate transaction, especially when it comes to legality. 

I look forward to reading more blogging posts by you. Thank you again, for entering this contest. If time allows, I hope you can surprise me and others on ActiveRain with two more educational posts and lessons to share!  


Mar 04, 2023 09:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Scott Schulte - I just read a post by Leanne Smith about boots and why you should wear them around the jumping Cholla Cactus. I didn't realize they really could jump out unsuspectedly to hikers or people taking photographs of the beautiful but very dangerous plant. I thought "jumping" was just a figure of speech. You took a risk and I now understand why a trip to the ER was necessary for you. I am so sorry that happened. How are you doing?

I hope you are okay.


Mar 11, 2023 03:24 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Love the comparison between real estate and Cactus! Real Estate can get prickly! Such a creative post! Loved the photos and the art piece you used. Very Nice! 

Mar 05, 2023 01:29 AM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Absolutely blown away that this is being showcased on the front page, 2 hours after I published it I wound up in the ER, I was just about to delete the post just so I can forget that day. Thank you! 🙏

Mar 05, 2023 09:56 AM
Scott Schulte

Thank you, yes, I'm feeling better! S

Mar 05, 2023 10:08 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Holy Heavens, Scott Schulte - given you have left this comment I trust all is well with you now.  I am so glad you did not delete the post.  

Maybe the well-deserved Feature Post will help you to remember that day in a more positive way.  


Mar 05, 2023 10:01 AM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Too many agents jump and latch on to buyers. Maybe laying back is better sometimes

Mar 05, 2023 10:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Scott Schulte - Congratulations on being FEATURED on ActiveRain. I was happy to see it appear with a FEATURE. You deserved it!

Mar 05, 2023 11:28 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Hi, Scott.

    First, I saw your comment above about the ER.  God bless you my Friend, I trust that you are okay, and you are past whatever took you there.

    Now to your post.. 

       I lived in Arizona in the 1970's; my brother and his sons live in Scottsdale today. I know about those jumping cactus!  Delightfully nicknamed, "Teddy Bear Cactus".  

    The worst thing in the world when I am hiking in the Superstitions, or in the vast area between Florence and Oracle, is to get snagged by one of those Jumpers!  Maybe not quite as painful as getting a thorn from a Barrel Cactus stuck in you, but oh that pain!  LOL  I can feel it right now!


   Great analogy, and a great comparison to not staying alert when you are in the middle of a real estate transaction. 

    A nice blog post!

Mar 05, 2023 05:00 PM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ


Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate I was probably around 14 when hiking with family.  Somehow that little sucker got me in the thumb.  They twist, so pulling them out is no joke!  Thanks for the nice words, I’m not 100 percent, but I’m working on it. 

Mar 05, 2023 05:41 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Scott Schulte - I am so sorry you had that painful experience. I noticed you wrote back to Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate on 3/5. And you may have read my other comment written to you today (above) about learning from Leanne Smith how sorry I was to learn exactly what you meant about the jumping plant and the dangers they possess. How are you doing now? I really did not know how serious it could be.

Are you okay???

Mar 11, 2023 03:29 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Well written! Also there does seem to be a trend of owning cactus plants throughout the country it’s kind of a hipster thing. :

Mar 06, 2023 12:39 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Scott Schulte - I had two of those cacti in my backyard.  When my grandson was born, I had both of them pulled out.  They did "jump out from time to time.  Nice comparison with real estate.

Mar 06, 2023 09:31 AM
Scott Schulte

wow not a good back yard cacti.  I would have pulled it also

Mar 06, 2023 07:16 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Love your analogy. And, yikes! I have never heard of jumping cacti. Wowzer.

Mar 06, 2023 12:54 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Lovely to look at...painful to touch.

Mar 07, 2023 09:04 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Great analogy. Yes those cholla cacti do jump out.  Congratulations on some outstanding photos and the feature. Well deserved.

Mar 07, 2023 09:19 AM
Scott Schulte

Thanks, fun to create them with dall-e

Mar 07, 2023 02:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh wow! I've never heard of the cholla cactus so, thanks for the education, Scott! Great analogy and fabulous photos!

Thank you for participating in this month's challenge and congrats on the feature.

Mar 08, 2023 09:15 AM
Scott Schulte

Fun challenge for March, Arizona has some unique cacti for sure! 

Mar 08, 2023 09:18 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Fantastic comparison, Scott...a Beauty and The Beast type scenario for both for sure! Congrats on the feature as well.

Mar 09, 2023 03:19 PM
Berni Kerr
Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc. - Port Dover, ON
AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON

Great post to read indeed.  There were a lot if sharp POINTS there ( pun intended🤣)

Mar 09, 2023 06:45 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Scott,

What a thoughtful comparison of our Arizona nature and the real estate transaction. It made me chuckle when I was reading about the jumping cholla, as we make sure to stay away from it, when we pass near by. Keeping your pets on leash near those plants is a good idea, too. 😀

Mar 17, 2023 08:39 AM
Scott Schulte

Oh yes, dogs especially off leash seem to get tangled up in that mess. 

Mar 17, 2023 08:46 AM