Is There a Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a REALTOR?

April 15th, 2015
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Did you know that there’s a difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR? Most people we speak with don’t. It might sound like a distinction without a difference, but it’s not. The difference is important because who you work with matters. You want the real estate professional you’re working with to adhere to a code of ethics. And that is exactly what all REALTORS agree to do. Continue reading…

10 Tips to Drive Safely in Phoenix

April 9th, 2015
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I think driving in Phoenix is easier than anywhere else I have lived. The roads are well-maintained, the streets are laid out fairly easily, the sun shines 85% of the time, it doesn’t rain very much, and it never snows…well, almost never. It snowed on February 20, 2013. The good news is that it melted fairly quickly. You can sell your snow shovel, or give it to you neighbor. Below are 10 tips that will help keep you safe and happy while driving in the Valley of the Sun: Continue reading…

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
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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
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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 Adopt-a-Pet.com, 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
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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
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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
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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…