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Words from Jerry P. Weiers, Mayor of Glendale

General Real Estate, Industry News, Market Update

Mayor of Glendale Jerry Weiers   THE DAWN FOR GLENDALE This is a great time for the City of Glendale. I’m proud to report on a number of exciting projects that will enhance our residents’ quality of life even more than today and reaffirm Glendale’s position as the leading economic engine for the West Valley…. Read more

HUD Says Screening Based on Arrest Record May Violate Fair Housing Act

Laying Down the Law

Christopher J. Charles, Esq. Provident Law   As many as 100 million U.S. adults – or nearly one-third of the population – have a criminal record1. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a warning and compelling statistics that reveal that certain protected classes are being disproportionately impacted by their criminal… Read more

Fifteen Noteworthy Notes

Special Interest

P.R. ‘Randy’ Cooney Arizona School of Real Estate & Business   In the spring of 2009, I received a phone call from Austin, Texas. On other line was the executive assistant for Mr. Gary Keller who is the founder of Keller Williams International Realty. His assistant was extending an invitation for me to attend a… Read more

Don’t Let Tradition Cage Your Ambition

General Real Estate

Greg Hague Founder & CEO, Maverick Strategy Coaching   Last week I attended an event with a fascinating collection of successful entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries. One of the guests was a stratospherically successful 34-year-old who grew up in an economically depressed copper mining town. Except for his teachers and pastor, everyone he knew… Read more

Home Auctions: An Answer to Selling A Listing

General Real Estate

Mike Brandly President, Brandly & Associates, Inc.   Most people may not be aware that auctioneering and real estate work hand-in-hand. In fact, over 50 percent of all auctioneers across the U.S. have a real estate license. At the same time, only 4 percent of all real estate professionals have an auctioneer license – this percentage… Read more

One Minute: Can You Make A Positive Business Impression?

Special Interest

Pat Warren Corporate Etiquette Consultant, Accelerated Learning   In today’s fast-paced work world, trying to navigate proper etiquette can be tricky. Between relaxed dress codes, the prolific use of technology, blurred boundaries between social and professional courtesies – the way in which we should conduct ourselves has become a conundrum. Strong social etiquette skills and being… Read more

Market Summary

Market Update

Michael Orr Journal Columnist Founder and Owner, Cromford® Report   The second quarter of 2016 started pretty much where the first quarter left off. In fact, March and April were remarkably similar. Maricopa County unit sales for single family and condo homes were up 8 percent from April last year. The median sales price rose… Read more

Three Counter Offers, Two Addendums, One Unwritten Side Agreement and No Contract

Law Briefs

David W. Degnan, Esq. Degnan Law, PLLC   Real estate agents draft contracts every month. Many contracts are straight-forward and easy to follow. However, real estate agents often engage in intense negotiations in an effort to keep a deal alive. In such cases, agents are often left with a contract that has multiple counter offers,… Read more

Strategies for Defending ADA Accessibility “Tester” Lawsuits

Law Briefs

Matt Anderson Partner, Jaburg & Wilk   In the last 15 months, over 300 lawsuits alleging ADA accessibility violations have been filed by a handful of plaintiffs against Arizona multi-family building owners, commercial property owners, retailers, restaurants, and hotels. These “tester” cases assert nearly identical allegations related to insufficient handicapped parking, unequal access to the office/business… Read more

Pathway To Purchase

General Real Estate, Market Update

  The Arizona Department of Housing recently announced the launch of Pathway to Purchase. This is a new program for Arizonans statewide looking to become homeowners in select cities. With the escalating increase in rents, many creditworthy renters are finding it more and more difficult to save for a down payment. Pathway to Purchase gives… Read more

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