Tips for Holding a Successful Garage Sale

March 26th, 2015

Well, it is officially spring time and so starts the “cleaning season”. Something that could help with that is a garage sale. There are a lot of good reasons you may want to hold a garage sale. Some of the reasons you may want to consider include: Continue reading…

St. Patrick’s Day in Phoenix

March 16th, 2015
Casey Moore

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th every year. This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday. If you’d like to read the history of St. Patrick you can find it in an article we wrote on March 17, 2008. My wife, Kirsten, and I are not really beer drinkers. We’d much prefer a nice bottle of Chardonnay. The problem is that drinking green wine just doesn’t feel right, even on St. Patrick’s Day. So, you will most likely find us at one of the places below this year with green beer in one hand and a fork full of corned beef and cabbage in the other. Continue reading…

Finding A Forever Home

March 10th, 2015

Alright. We admit it. We’re dog lovers. And we were so happy when we saw the latest Coldwell Banker commercial during the 2015 Academy Awards. If you missed the commercial you have to see it. You will fall in love with the dog actors, but more than that you will get to see all the wonderful things Coldwell Banker is doing to help homeless dogs. For over 100 years Coldwell Banker has helped people find a home, and now their mission has been extended to man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Coldwell Banker has “teamed up with, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, to help adoptable dogs find a loving home.” Continue reading…

What is Escrow?

March 5th, 2015
Title company

We get asked on an almost daily basis, “What is escrow”? This is a great question, and for most people this question is as mysterious as “Is there alien life on other planets?” or “Why is the sky blue?” Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an escrow as “a deed, a bond, money, or a piece of property held in trust by a third party to be turned over to the grantee only upon fulfillment of a condition.” This is a great definition of what an escrow is, but when you’re buying or selling a home, a title company does so much more. Below is a description of the many roles a title company plays in the process of transferring real estate from one party to another. Continue reading…

7 Tips to Sell Your Home ‘For Sale By Owner’

February 24th, 2015
For Sale by Owner

This article is for you if you have made the decision to sell your home by yourself. Continue reading…

Three Great Coffee Shops in Metropolitan Phoenix

February 13th, 2015
Coffee Buzz

Starbucks is, well, boring. Don’t get me wrong, I like their coffee. But I have yet to find a Starbucks with any character. If you know where one is, please enlighten me. But for me drinking coffee with friends and family tastes so much better in a coffee house that is comfortable, warm, inviting and relaxed. Below is a short list of three places we enjoy visiting that fit that bill. Continue reading…

Things To Do For Valentine’s Day in Phoenix

February 3rd, 2015
Be Mine

Every Valentine’s Day across the country, couples are exchanging cards, gifts, flowers, candy, and romantic getaways to express their love for one another. But what to get that special someone is usually a challenge, especially for the male of the species. So, to make it a little easier, below are some ideas that may help. Continue reading…

FHA Lowering Mortgage Insurance

January 27th, 2015
FHA Lowering Mortgage Insurance

Lots of people have been asking me about the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) lowering the Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP), and with good reason. Continue reading…