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June 28, 2020

June 2020 - Real Estate Market Update - Phoenix Metro area

In this month's market update we take a look at home increased process have affected Buyers. Please watch the video to see for yourself how increased prices combined with lower interest rates have actually contributed to a lower monthly payment for Buyers. Watch the comparison of numbers for equal size and condition homes financed with 10% down payment now and 18 months ago.

If you would like more information about your area of town, please call me and I will be happy to provide you with a similar analysis for it!

Posted in Market Updates
June 15, 2020

The Home Buying Process in Arizona

If you are thinking of buying a home in Arizona, please watch this video to learn about the different people and stages involved in the process. Arizona is an escrow/title closing state.



When buying a home, one person who is by your side all the time as your trusted advisor is your Realtor®, also known as the Buyer's agent. Your Realtor® will answer your questions, will research properties for you, schedule appointments to see properties, negotiate price and contract terms.

The video is just a short overview of the Home Buying process in Arizona. I am sure you will have many questions. So, please remember, your Realtor® is the first person you may want to talk to.

I am proud to provide the highest level of service to all my clients. Please call me and I will be happy to answer all your questions.



Posted in Home Buying
June 13, 2020

Neighborhood Beautification Awards 2020

I was walking along one of the Tempe streets for my morning stroll and saw this beautiful front yard and the sign in front of it - Winner of the Beautification Award. It looks well-deserved - it certainly caught my eye right away.

I am aware of this City of Tempe activity and have been attending this event for years in person. It is usually held in April. 

From the city of Tempe website I learned that actually it is coming soon - the annual City of Tempe State of the Neighborhoods Event. This year it will be held virtually.

It recognizes residents, properties and businesses in our neighborhoods that make it special for all of us, living there. 

There are about six-seven different categories of Awards:


What: State of the Neighborhoods + Awards

When: June 27, 2020 (Saturday)

Time:  9 a.m.

Where: Virtual - (registration required)

How to register: City of Tempe website  (click on the link to register)


Neighborhood Beautification Award Winner

Posted in Local Event
June 4, 2020

MacDaniels Signs Retiring - Their Incredible Service Over the Years

One of the incredibly wonderful businesses I work in my every day business as a Realtor® is MacDaniel Signs and Installations. I think I hired them for the first time back in 2008 and have been using them for all my transactions, with little exceptions, over the years till now.

They have set up an operation that is working like a Swiss clock - precise, exact, elegant. In 2008 we created a customer online account from where we ordered the installation of the posts for signs in front of the homes or commercial properties for sale. This portal did not change for all those years, we felt comfortably familiar with everything - yet it contained everything we needed, presented in a simple and clear way. I can order at any time, within minutes, my signs and posts from the templates that were available, I can see the history of my orders from the very beginning of my being a customer with them. All the expectations were clearly written, for e.g. if I do so and so before 2 pm, this will happen on this day, if after 2pm, on the next day. 



Somehow, I never had to call for additional clarification, or let alone for a complaint. Everything went smoothly, as expected, professionally performed. The person who was installing the signs and posts was always the same, he knew me personally, too - I had attended a few of the post installations to make sure the sign was visible enough from both street. 

About a month ago, I received an email from my contact at Macdaniel Signs - and here is what it says:


Dear Valued Installation Customer,

After 58 years of signs service and 45 years of myself working in the family business I am retiring.

We will continue to do the installation service until April 30th 2020. If you store your signs with us please email the installation department at to make arrangements to pick them up.

Here is a list of other Post Installation companies in the valley:

·      Leading Lister 602-439-7086

·      Post A Sign 480-668-2927

·      Champs Post 602-996-1656

·      Discount Post 480-659-6552

·      Quik Post 623-435-3566

You can contact one of these post companies and make arrangements with them to pick up your signs, but please make sure to let us know they are picking up your signs.

It has been a pleasure working with and servicing you for all these years.

-- Debbie at MacDaniel Signs


When nothing goes wrong, we don't need to interact the customer service - Macdaniel Signs customer service was somehow embedded in their process, so that I don't have to call them. They knew and anticipated our needs, and proactively responded. From the email I learned that the people that I had been admiring quietly have been doing this work for 58 years, and after 45 years in the family business they were retiring. And Debbie, our primary contact, she still cared for us, her customers, she sent a list of substitute companies to contact, so that there is no interruption of our process. 

One thing, I always wondered, is how MacDaniel Signs never sent me ads, never had special promotions, no questionnaires about how they are doing, they did not even change prices very much for the last 12 years, yet they were always top of mind, and we never thought of anyone else when we needed signs and installations.

Now, I am sitting back, and thinking how they have designed the essential functions within their business to be available to their clients in an easy to understand and connect way all the time. 

I am so grateful to have worked with the Debbie, Jose and all the professionals from MacDaniel Signs. 



Posted in People
May 31, 2020

Papago Park Walk Path

June Morning walks at Papago Park can be delightful - the air is not as hot, the occasional quail can be heard in the distance, a jack rabbit will cross your path.

The views of Tempe and Phoenix downtowns can be snapped quickly with your camera from the high point near the ramada.

This is what my photos looked like today.

 Distant View of Downtown Phoenix, 05/2020

Downtown Tempe from Papago Park walking Path, 05/2020

Papago Park is open from Sunrise to Sunset.

Papago Park

Address: 625 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix AZ 85008


Posted in Photo of the Day
May 30, 2020

May 2020 - Real Estate Market Update - Phoenix Metro

This is our monthly Phoenix Area Real Estate Market update for May 2020.

The dynamics in the real estate market are always changing. These last couple of weeks they have been quite dramatic. One curious fact is that if you are a Buyer and did not buy last year, it is still not too late - prices went up, but interest rates went down, and the monthly payments on a $300,000 loan (P+I) can be lower than what they were last year at this time. And if you are a Seller, and did not sell last year, it is still a Seller's market, trending higher.

If you have questions, after you watch the video, please reach out to me. I will be happy to provide the most up-date real estate market info.


Posted in Market Updates
May 29, 2020

Now Under Contract - My Listing Phoenix 85029

This beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Phoenix AZ 85029 is now under contract. It was on the market for about 10 days before the Sellers accepted an offer.

Tamarron subdivision in Phoenix, AZ 85029 is located West of I-17,  between Cactus Rd and Thunderbird Rd.

It was built in the late seventies, early eighties of last century. This is a neighborhood with no HOA. A lot of homes have larger back yards, and side gates that allow storing of a larger vehicle like a boat, or an RV. 

The elementary school is within walking distance, and the West Campus of ASU is close by, within a biking distance. There is a university bus, which transports students, faculty and staff between the two campuses - in West Phoenix and Tempe. Residents enjoy the peaceful parks nearby, trails and lakes.

If you are looking for more information about the market activity in Tamarron subdivision, please click on the name and view the most recent sales activity on a different page of my web-site.

Posted in Listings
July 31, 2017

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Posted in Market Updates