Feds Raise Rates, What does that mean for mortgage financing?

The Fed raised interest rates a quarter of a point this afternoon. Here’s what it means for your money. Mortgages: If you’re shopping for a new house, the mortgage could run you an additional $720 a year if all of the Fed’s three expected rate hikes go through, based on a $200,000 home currently financed […]

Day Trip from Phoenix: Explore Sedona

Sedona Day Tip from Phoenix How far from Phoenix? 2 hours About Sedona – Sedona is a super popular tourist destination.  Why? Well it has these mesmerizing red rock mountains, tons of art, boutiques galleries and of course a deep spiritual pull dragging you out to find an energy vortex that won’t cure your arthritis but […]

Day trip from Phoenix: Explore Cottonwood

Verde Canyon Railroad

Cottonwood Day Trip from Phoenix How far from Phoenix? 1 hour 40 minutes About Cottonwood: Along the Verde River known for it’s Cottonwood Trees. Now a great place to check out up and coming Arizona Wineries. Things to do:  Blazin’ M Ranch – Offering a complete Western experience with a chuckwagon dinner show that features the […]

Day Trips from Phoenix: Explore Prescott

Day Trip to Prescott – Everybody’s Home Town How far from Phoenix? 1.5 hours Things to do:  Courthouse Plaza – The original town square. Check here for events in the square.  Sharlot Hall Museum – Panorama of Southwestern history dating back to 1864. You’ll see the John C Fremont House, The William C Bashford House […]

3 Great Vacation Condo Communities in Phoenix

Aderra Condominiums Aderra is luxury gated condo community located in the prestigious Paradise Valley area adjacent to the Stonecreek public golf course and the Paradise Valley Mall. From the low $180’s. Find Homes for Sale in Aderra     The Cloisters at the Biltmore 24th St & Camelback: Condos in Phoenix, Location, Location, Location! Just steps […]

Will the Phoenix housing market lose more affordability in 2017?

Affordability and the Phoenix Housing Market Some industry experts are saying that the housing market may be heading for a slowdown in 2017 based on rising home prices and a jump in mortgage interest rates. One of the data points they use is the Housing Affordability Index, as reported by the National Association of Realtors […]

Things to do *INSIDE* in Mesa AZ

By Amy Gerrish So yes, we live in Arizona and in June/July/August it really sucks to go outside for longer that 36.2 seconds. I’ve created a list of some cool Mesa things to check out inside…you know, where there is air conditioning.   THE IDEA MUSEUM This is a great place to bring kids! Be sure […]

My kids review of Odysea in Scottsdale (Reviews)

By Amy Gerrish This is a new attraction in the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro. They are still building out the Dolphin section (which is under a lot of criticism), but have opened up the aquarium side for business.  It’s a large building with many exhibits on display. The sharks at the beginning (and oddly enough this attraction […]

Downtown Phoenix – Top 3 neighborhoods

    By Amy Gerrish   Today we are featuring the top 3 downtown Phoenix Neighborhoods in 2016 that have seen the biggest increase in value from the prior year. The national average is a 4%-6% increase Historic Districts The Downtown Phoenix Homes in the 35 historic districts seemed to have boosted considerably from the […]

Why is Arcadia in Phoenix so popular?

By: Amy Gerrish   I moved to the Phoenix metro when I was 20 years old. The first neighborhood to stand out to me was Arcadia. In fact, my first job was at the Subway on 44th St & Indian School, trust me, that plaza looked nothing like it does today. It was run down, […]