Giving yourself some luxury for the holidays makes the season merrier and brighter. But luxury means different things for each of us. Luxury defined in the dictionary means: “not essential or necessary, but conductive to pleasure or comfort in life.”
According to recently released rankings of projected top homebuilding markets for next year by the national housing research firm Metrostudy, metro Phoenix is ranked No. 10. Metro Phoenix is also ranked No. 9 on Metrostudy’s list of areas that will see the biggest gains in home sales during 2015.
Fall is here and the weather couldn’t be nicer. What a great time of the year to buy or sell real estate. Let’s look at the numbers. October numbers continue to be down for the Ahwatukee/Foothills market. According to the Arizona Regional MLS, October property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes were 100 sales, down 15.3 percent from 118 in October of 2013 and 19.4 percent lower than the September sales of 124. October 2014 sales numbers were lower than October of 2013 and 2012. Year-to-date (YTD) sales of 1,207 are 15.7 percent behind last year’s YTD sales of 1,432.
A Desert Vista High School Junior Achievement group took first place at the 2014 Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge after the students more than doubled their net worth of their mock stock portfolio.
It’s been 20 years since “Dumb and Dumber” and almost 10 years since the awful “Dumb and Dumberer.” Unlike the needless prequel, “Dumb and Dumber To” finally reunites all the principle players that made the original a ‘90s comedy classic. This sequel is likely to be enjoyed by anyone who was a fan of the first film, meaning that the overall consensus will be split down the middle. Chances are you either despised “Dumb and Dumber” or you still find yourself quoting the movie in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, I’m among the latter group.
As consumers continue to change how they shop it’s important for businesses to learn that the purchasing funnel has changed. Today’s shoppers are in search of convenience, they want it yesterday, they look at reviews, are not as inclined to visit the enclosed malls as much, and are getting more comfortable with ordering products online. The interaction with consumers has changed over the past 10 years and is more complicated than ever before.
In 2004, then-Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon let it be known that he had identified a secret weapon in the fight against neighborhood crime and isolation. The deterrent wasn’t a literal weapon. It was a front porch bench, which served as the focal point of Gordon’s Front Porch Bench Initiative. In essence, the mayor urged Phoenix residents to buy a bench, place it in front of their homes and use it to get to know their neighbors.
There are numerous ways to make money like investing in the stock market, in real estate, money lending, engaging in small business or big venture, and a million ways more. A decision to invest in any product whether real estate or stocks needs to be an educated decision based on a long-term financial strategy rather than an emotional decision based on speculation. My personal choice is land because of practical reasons.
Dear Claudia: It’s time to spruce up my house for the coming holiday since I am having family over to visit. Can you please give me some home decor holiday ideas, taking into consideration a small budget?
For any real estate agent to get a few people to show up to an open house at a luxury property is a challenge, but local Realtor Brian Bair has found a unique way to pack the house with interested buyers and create a conversation about the property that lasts for weeks.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is the heartbeat of our business community. What does this mean, you might ask? It has two meanings to me. First, if you are a local small business owner and you are already a member, do yourself a favor and take the time to review all the benefits that your membership has to offer. The chamber is there to help get your business exposed along with making you aware of local political issues, available workshops that will better your business practices and help you get connected through networking events and expos, just to name a few. I have been a member of a chamber for over 25 years and I will say personally this is the most rewarding way of getting connected with so many great people, which has been incredibly valuable in the growth of my current real estate business.
Halloween doesn’t only bring out the ghosts and zombies — it’s also full of plastic wrappers, one-time costumes and wasted pumpkins, but some simple tips can help you make your holiday a little more sustainable.
Being a mother has caused Jennifer Swisher to be more aware of the chemicals she’s bringing into her home through food, but while on vacation she read a newspaper article about dry cleaning chemicals that has since changed her life.
In the midst of NFL season, I got to thinking about teams, coordinating them, strategizing, picking the right person for the task, everyone understanding the goal and planning on how to attain it. Real estate isn’t much different because we use teams and strategy and goal planning to create a successful transaction. We have lots of players with different roles, who use words you may never have heard of; therefore I would like to introduce you to the Real Estate Gridiron