Desert Living in Mesa, AZ

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Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths Premier Properties - SA640083000
Real Estate in Mesa, AZ, especially zip codes 85207, 85206, 85208, and 85215, is my focus. I talk about homes for sale, communities, activities, local oddities, buyer and seller information. I am a real estate expert with ten years of experience, and I want you to love Mesa and the desert, as much as I do.
Secrets of Working with Far-Away Sellers I have developed a few secrets of working with far-away sellers over the years, and by far-away I mean at least out of state, possibly out of the country.  Differences in time zones, a lag in communications, not to mention a seller usually under pressure t...
I feel badly when a listing agent calls me for feedback, and I have to tell them something like this: They liked the layout, but the smell of the kitty litter box was really overpowering, so no, they are not considering an offer. It's just too high-priced for the area. There are two other homes i...
The 3 Variables of Home Buying Have you encountered any of these situations? As a buyer, you want a newer home close to your workplace. However, there are no new homes in that area, because it is already built up with older homes. As an agent, your client wants to be close to a specific school, b...
Mistakes Sellers Make Sellers can make deadly mistakes that hinder, reduce, or even prevent the sale of their home.  I've seen quite a few of these and would like to highlight a couple of them for you. The biggest mistake sellers make is not taking their agent's advice. A case in point: I had som...
Are Mortgages Fun? Mortgages were fun in 2003. Think back to when anyone with a pulse could get a mortgage. Loans could be approved on "stated income" (meaning no proof of income) and 103% loans were available to cover everything from the down payment to closing costs. It was fun being a realtor....
Markets are Improving Sure, real estate markets are improving in most parts of the country. Inventory has declined and prices in many places are up, and up significantly. We are almost back to normal. Prices are better, distressed sales are way down in much of the country. So what's the problem? ...
Things in 2005 in Maricopa County were on a wild ride to the pinacle of the real estate roller coaster. Housing prices peaked in 2006, and then, as roller coasters do, we were sent screaming down at a terrifying speed which continued well into 2009. It was a time of despair. Foreclosures, evictio...
Moore, Oklahoma. What would we do? Since the recent catastrophic tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, this two year old blog post by Jason Nedrow of Moore, OK, seems timely again. I would hazard a guess that a majority of Americans live where some natural disaster or other can strike. Earthquakes in Virgi...
Top 10 Ways to Beat the Arizona Heat The thermometer is supposed to top 100 degrees today, mid-May here in Mesa, Arizona, and it will get up well over 110 pretty regularly in July and August. People who live in cooler places (pretty much the entire world except for the Arab Gulf states) shake the...
15 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are Away: Desert Version Being "away" in Arizona might mean you are on vacation, but it also might mean you've deserted the desert for the summer, and returned to your cooler winter home somewhere north. Either way, there are common-sense steps you should ...

Ann Griffin

Realtor, ABR, E-PRO, SRES in Mesa, AZ
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The Sonoran Desert is hot, dry, austere, and beautiful. Desert living in Mesa, AZ appeals to permanent residents and many winter visitors, who enjoy great schools, colleges, health facilities, shopping, an excellent road and freeway system, and proximity to two major airports. You'll find all types of housing, from luxury homes with a view, to inexpensive manufactured homes and condos. Mesa is 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix and 20 minutes from Old Town Scottsdale. Contact Ann to learn more about desert living in Mesa, AZ.