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Market Update: Mortgage Rates, Sales and New Listings

Market Update

Fletcher Wilcox Grand Canyon Title Agency   Mortgage Rates in Perspective Since 1971 Freddie Mac has tracked the thirty-year fixed mortgage rate. Chart One shows a partial history of their tracking. The year with the highest annual average thirty-year fixed mortgage rate was in 1981 when it was 16.63 percent.  In 1990 it was 10.13… Read more

The State of the Arizona Economy


Sarah Kirsch Richardson Tru Realty   If you all haven’t subscribed to Elliot Pollack’s Monday Morning Quarterback, then stop reading this right now and subscribe. If anyone has the crystal ball on the Arizona economy, it’s Elliot. Listening to him speak is always a treat if you can get a ticket for the room. In… Read more

“Fix-up” Costs Before Sale & 1031 Exchanges

General Real Estate, Investing

Joe Callaway Asset Preservation, Inc.   It is common for many Arizona real estate investors to make repairs, updates, and improvements to enhance a relinquished property in preparation for listing with a real estate agent or broker. A commonly asked question by investors in Arizona is, “Can I be reimbursed from the 1031 exchange for… Read more

How MLOs and Real Estate Agents Make a Great Team

General Real Estate

Britt Scearce Emery Federal Credit Union   Purchasing a home can be a tedious, complicated process for home buyers. Not to mention, it’s a pretty big deal! Amidst the life-changing decisions, having support from trustworthy professionals (cough, cough: a quality mortgage loan officer and real estate agent team) will help to make the process as… Read more

DST 1031 Exchanges

General Real Estate, Investing

Paul Ohanian Scottsdale Wealth Planning   In the course of my business working with high-net-worth families, I have been exploring solutions for clients who are planning to sell their commercial or investment real estate property, often in preparation for retirement, including 1031 exchanges and DST 1031 exchanges. Real estate professionals may already be familiar with… Read more

Myths About Real Estate Appraisals

Appraisal, Market Forecast

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   If you are a real estate agent, understanding the basics and nuances of appraisals will help you close more transactions with very few “blips” along the way. And if you’re a consumer who owns real estate, you may encounter the appraisal process as a part of obtaining a… Read more

The 2019 AZ Market Forecast

General Real Estate, Market Forecast

Phil Sexton Sibbach Team – Realty ONE Group   The Greater Phoenix real estate market has seen many changes in the last 7 years. Prices have gone up year-over-year. Sales volume has also improved year-over-year. The Sibbach team’s production has increased every year since 2011. But there is still a bit of caution in our… Read more

November 2018 – Letter From the Publisher

Publisher's Letter

Nate Hoelzen President, Arizona Journal of Real Estate & Business  Dear Readers, As you look ahead to plan for 2019, it’s important to take a step back and learn from what the Arizona real estate market experienced in 2018. Throughout the past year, you’ve seen home prices steadily increasing, mortgage rates rising, and single-family homes… Read more


Laying Down the Law

Christopher J. Charles, Esq.   Phillip A. Overcash, Esq. Break out your dictionaries; or just rely on the word of the Arizona Court of Appeals to define “encumbrance” in the real estate world. In Baumgartner, et al. v. Timmins, 1 CA-CV 17-0484, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently held that certain affidavits recorded against real… Read more

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