Phoenix’s Warehouse District – Getting ‘Crazy Popular’

Phoenix’s Warehouse District – Getting ‘Crazy Popular’

It was February or March a number of years ago, and I was a senior in high school. Not willing to pay somebody to tell me how to pose for senior photos, my parents and I decided to make it a D.I.Y. project. I threw on a dress, my parents grabbed the camera, and together…

Arrive Phoenix – Arriving Soon

Arrive Phoenix – Arriving Soon

There is something special about finding purpose for things that have been sitting dusty on a shelf for quite some time, neglected for so long. Restoring something to its former glory brings a satisfaction that a brand new product cannot produce. There is history in what’s been used well, and new life in restoration.  …

Auditioning for Amazon’s HQ2

Auditioning for Amazon’s HQ2

Amazon’s future second headquarters is causing a buzz on the internet, as the company has made a request for proposals to build or locate what is being called HQ2. On Amazon’s website, it states that the company has received “238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts, and territories across North America.”…

Light Rail Decision Disappoints

Light Rail Decision Disappoints

On January 1st of 2009, I have fond memories of spending New Year’s Day traveling on the brand new Valley Metro light rail with my family. From Phoenix we visited Tempe, and spent the day shopping, walking, and eating pizza. I remember walking down the streets of Tempe, surrounded by the high-rise buildings and immersed…

Tempe’s Struggle (Homeowner vs. Developer)

Tempe’s Struggle (Homeowner vs. Developer)

  Whether it’s a new shopping center, high-rise condos, or an apartment complex, it’s not difficult to notice the changes that a community or city can undergo, even in a short amount of time. As we try to keep up with the ever-changing demands and trends of society, so do our neighborhoods. Think of the…

A Sign of Urban?

The video goes on about twice as long as necessary but for a high rise fan it’s interesting to see scaffolding, eye bolts, the views from the roof, the width of the parapet and exterior walls, the way high rise signs are constructed and more. We really do know urban!

The Number One Most Important Thing in Urban Living

The real estate community is the only profession I can think of that advertises silly plays on words or brags about how much money we make. I look around and I see things like: Will “Sells A Home” Daly Will Daly “A House Sold Name” Will Daly, Multi Million Dollar Producer Really? Who Cares? I…

Take It From Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay is a nationally syndicated business advise columnist and author of several best selling books. He once wrote, “If you’re an average American, you’ll buy and sell six houses in the course of a lifetime. That’s twelve transactions, each one of which may represent, in dollar terms, the biggest deal you will ever make….

Tactical Infill Adds Multifamily Value

Tactical Infill Adds Multifamily Value

originally in Commercial Architecture on May 5, 2017 in Architects Carefully designed, smaller-scale housing and mixed-use projects are needed in diverse, thriving cities such as Phoenix, where most developers suffer from thinking big. The George project comfortably brings together eight single-family attached units on a 1/3-acre site, arranged in two groups of four units. The…

Phoenix High Rise Condo Prices Up 9.5% First Quarter 2016

Phoenix High Rise Condo Prices Up 9.5% First Quarter 2016 You may know that we watch the high rise and loft condo market very closely; both condos for sale and also for rent. While our agents watch for great condo steals and deals daily I tend to watch from the proverbial 30,000 foot level. And…

Rent in Urban Cores Going Up

Rising rents have been hitting the headlines for over a year now. I just came across a cool visual that helped me better understand which areas are hot rent wise and which areas aren’t. IMPORTANT, THIS DATA IS FOR APARTMENTS. While this can be a good indicator of rents in general it may not accurately reflect…

2015 Phoenix Urban Condos in Review

We watch Phoenix urban condos. We watch them closely. We gather stats on urban condo sales and rentals every quarter and we also look at those markets at the end of every year. Every January for the last five years I have written an overview of the dynamic market for Phoenix urban condos from both a sales and…

New Midtown & Downtown Phoenix Condos

New Midtown & Downtown Phoenix Condos

Finally New Construction of Midtown and Downtown Phoenix Condos! Seems like years since I’ve had the pleasure of writing about construction of brand new midtown and downtown Phoenix condos and I have to say it feels good to do so. After a really rough 7-8 years for midtown and downtown Phoenix condo communities I’m happy…

One Hundred Mill Brings More Urban Density to Downtown Tempe

One Hundred Mill is a proposed $190 million mixed use, office, retail and hotel development consisting of two 15 story towers right on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe on the former site of Monti’s La Casa Vieja. One of the fifteen story high rise buildings will house 260,000 square feet of premier office space and…

Farmer Avenue Lofts Now For Sale in Tempe

  Farmer Avenue Lofts is an eighteen residence townhome community that just went up for sale about 12 days ago. We Know Urban Realty is handling the sales of all eighteen. Without a doubt Farmer Avenue Lofts is one of the coolest communities in downtown Tempe. And no, I’m not just saying this because the…

Why It’s Important to Choose A Lender You Trust

In my most recent transaction, I dealt with the worst possible lender out there! For the sake of integrity I am not going to use his name, even though I secretly want to, but this lender made my transaction one of the most stressful months of my life. In this case, my client was a…

Mechanics’ Lien Priority Question at Summit at Copper Square

Boring title isn’t it? I think so, but the issue behind the title is absolutely fascinating… at least to me. And certainly not boring if you are considering buying or selling at Summit at Copper Square. There is a law suit being heard by the Arizona Supreme court that involves the high rise condominium building…

44 Monroe Reduces Prices

44 Monroe Reduces Prices

44 Monroe is one of the cooler residential rental buildings in downtown Phoenix, heck in all the Valley. It is tall, really tall, 34 stories tall, the tallest residential building in Arizona tall AND it’s sexy. It was built as high rise condominiums, so the quality is great, but almost all of the 202 condos have…

Thousands of New Apartments Coming to Urban Areas – How Will They Affect The Market?

No doubt you have noticed, there are new apartment buildings being built all over town… like a ton of them. Remember a couple years ago when it seemed like a new Walgreens or CVS was being built on every corner? Now it seems like another 200-300 unit luxury apartment building is under construction next to…

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Do you own a condo at One Lexington??

I probably won’t be telling you anything new by saying that One Lexington is one of the hottest selling buildings in Phoenix right now, but did you know there is a shortage of unique corner units?? While at the building recently I received calls from two different agents with prospective buyers for a corner unit…

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