A New Beginning for The Phoenix Real Estate Guy

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This is a bittersweet post to write. It was almost 10 years ago that I started this little blog on a small corner of the Interwebs. Ten years is close to an eon in "blog time." Since then, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy (or "TPREG" for short) went from a readership of one (well, three or four if you count family) into having over a million unique visitors in its last full year of prime activity. It helped us open a brokerage, and it opened a lot of doors. 'Twas quite the ride. Today, I … [Read more...]

Revisiting: A life-altering moment. Putting things in perspective.

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Jay's note: This week last year I came upon a horrific accident scene that I was certain involved my only son. Shortly after I wrote this someone, I can't remember who now, said I should revisit it in a year. So here it is. "Personally, I'm going to make a concerted effort to stop taking things for granted. To appreciate life more. To not sweat the small stuff," was a pledge made in this article. I've done OK with that. Certainly not perfect, but the memories of this day are still strong, and … [Read more...]

Why your listing is on my website

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I get emails like this all the time... Hello Phoenix Real Estate Guy. Can you tell me why you have my listing on your web site? This is my listing and you aren't authorized to have it on your site. Please remove it immediately. The short answer is because YOU authorized it when you entered the listing. Apparently though, there are a number of real estate agents and even Designated Brokers that do not understand IDX (Internet Data eXchange). How it is possible in this day and age for … [Read more...]

The tPREG Manifesto

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When Jay and Francy Thompson ran The Phoenix Real Estate Guy, they developed a manifesto. While Dean and Shar worked for the Thompson's they embraced what they were doing. Going forward, all of us at the Phoenix Real Estate Guy will carry on with what they started. Manifesto: man·i·fes·to noun \ËŒma-nÉ™-ˈfes-(ËŒ)tō\ : a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. Spend any length of time in the real estate industry and you will hear buzz words … [Read more...]

A Peek Inside One Real Estate Brokerage Model

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Disclosure: I need to be careful here and not get myself sued or slapped with a Code of Ethics violation. Hence the complete lack of individual and company names. Any exchanges that have taken place via email, Facebook, or smoke signal have been paraphrased. What follows is simply my thoughts on a prevalent real estate brokerage model. I'm not singling out anyone, so please don't ask. Trust me when I say there are a LOT of real estate brokerages that utilize a business model similar to what I'm … [Read more...]