New Year – New Home? Part 2: Do Your Homework!

How to Research Builders Before Buying Your New Home in the West Valley In part 1 of this series, I touched on some things to consider before you buy a new home. One of the first things I mention is to research home builders. In the Phoenix area’s West Valley, there are dozens of builders… Read more »

New Year – New Home?

2015 is going to be an exciting year for home buyers. Builders are back and the West Valley is once again breaking ground! According to Homebuilders Marketing, Inc., an independent firm that collects data and analyzes the housing market, new home sales in the Phoenix area are on the upswing with positive growth expected over… Read more »

Garbage Disposal Tips

Courtesy of White Glove Home Inspections A garbage disposal can be a handy appliance that can make cleaning up the kitchen quicker and easier. But when poorly maintained (or not maintained at all) a garbage disposal is prone to drain clogs and breaking. So what are some best practices when it comes to using a… Read more »

Buyer vs Seller Expectations

Buyer and seller expectations are rarely the same, especially in an ever changing market. Buyers look for the best deals and Sellers want the highest price for their homes. Really it all evens out if you are selling your home and purchasing a new home in any market. You may get less for your home… Read more »

Arizona Republic’s article doesn’t tell whole story

In response to Catherine Reagor’s article in the Arizona Republic on September 3, 2014, “Buy or Rent, What choice is right for you?” – I have a couple of points to suggest when reading her article. First the “article” is more like a point counter point tilted towards renting.   She flung stats around with… Read more »


  Buckeye, AZ is at the western reaches of the Phoenix metro area.  Buckeye has a variety of housing options ranging from family friendly communities to active adult developments.  In this article I’m going to highlight two of the latest developments. If you’re from another state and are nostalgic for a small town feel with… Read more »

Estrella – Part 2

ESTRELLA – PART 2 Continuing my tour of some of the planned communities in the West Valley outside of Phoenix, Estrella has homes to please just about any budget.  There are several developed “neighborhoods” already but some areas are just starting to be developed and even some of the previous ones still have model homes… Read more »

Family Communities With a Lot to Offer

There are many choices for families looking for communities in the greater Phoenix area offering recreation, activities, and beautiful surroundings.  Over the next several posts I’ll briefly describe a few of these master planned communities that I recently visited located in the West Valley area.  First up: ESTRELLA Estrella is conveniently located off of the… Read more »

Landlord revival

Today’s move-up buyers are confident and considering all options when they decide to buy a new home, including becoming a landlord and renting out their current home. While this choice is not for everyone, a survey conducted by a major real estate firm revealed that a third of survey respondents answered that they are willing… Read more »


I am going from one end of the spectrum to the other in this blog post. First is: Cell phone use is out of control. Phones now ring at weddings, funerals, job interviews, bathrooms … and instead of jumping to quiet the ring, people ANSWER the phone. Have you ever gone to a restaurant and… Read more »