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Looking for real estate information? Articles on the home buying and selling process are here. What you need to know, from A to Z.

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Phoenix Short Sale Info

Short sales in Phoenix are a fact of life. No one wants to short sale their home. But if you need to, you need to be informed. We can help.

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Thompson's Realty Group at eXp Realty

Thompson's Realty Group at eXp Realty has agents all across the Phoenix metro area who are available to help you sell or purchase a home. We're here to help!

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Just how big is Maricopa County in Arizona?

I was talking to my dad this morning. As the conversation typically goes, he asked what I have been up to lately and how business is going. I told him I have a house in escrow for a couple that are relocating to the Phoenix Metro area and that it had been a hard process [...]

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Hiking Arizona: Bell Pass-Windgate Loop in Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Hiking the Bell Pass Trail

I try to do 2 -3 hikes in the moderate to difficult range every week totaling 12 – 15+ weekly miles. Truth be told, I am not always consistent. In fact, I only hiked one day last week. Yesterday a few of my friends were meeting at the Gateway Trailhead in the Scottsdale McDowell Mountain Preserve to do a 9.6 mile [...]

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Upcoming change to Arizona’s FHA Loan Limit in 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, Maricopa County’s maximum FHA mortgage limit will be reduced from $346,250 to $271,050 for Single Family Residence (SFR) home purchases. This reduction applies to all counties in Arizona with the exception of Coconino, where the FHA loan limit will drop from $450,000 to $362,250. What does this mean for buyers? If a [...]

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Phoenix Residential Real Estate Distressed Market Update: December 2013

I was talking with an investor client that had purchased a few homes through me in the past. He had heard that inventory was rising in the Phoenix metro area and he wanted to know if prices had dropped and if it would be possible to get a “good deal with a decent rate of [...]

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Hiking Arizona: Sonoran Trail in Fountain Hills

Follow the signs to the trailhead

I love to hike. It is my quiet time to reflect and take in all of the beautiful scenery that Arizona has to offer. I am fortunate to have the access to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve, and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve trails within a few miles from my home in Fountain Hills. [...]

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Creatures you may encounter in Arizona

Baby bobcat at the top of the hill. He didn't mind having his picture taken. He stayed there for a few hours then walked off.

I was planning to write about the trip I took to the Tonto National Monument for a hike and tour of the Upper Cliff Dwelling yesterday. Due to 3 continuous days of rain and my coming down with a nasty cold, that didn’t happen and the trip was re-scheduled. You can look for that post [...]

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Fountain Hills Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 28th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Judy Hedding, About

Who doesn’t love a good parade with fancy costumes and elaborate floats? Growing up I always wanted to go to a Thanksgiving Day Parade (or Mardi Gras), but I had to settle for plopping down in front of the TV to watch instead. Now I get my chance! Fountain Hills is home to the ONLY Thanksgiving Day Parade in the [...]

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Fountain Hills Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1mile Fitness Walk: November 28th, 2013

Do you want to get your blood pumping and get a little exercise before the annual ritual of Thanksgiving Day gluttony? It’s not too late to register for The Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run or 1 mile Fitness Walk that will be held in Fountain Hills on Thanksgiving morning. Early Fees thru November 21st, 2013: [...]

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Fountain Hills in Pictures

Four Peaks

I am not a writer. Typically it takes me hours to come up with a topic, research the topic, write a post, then MANY hours of editing before I feel like it is ok enough to publish. Even then, it is not uncommon for me to make additional edits AFTER the post is live. I [...]

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Chihuly in the Garden at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden: November 10th, 2013-May 18th, 2014

Photo from 2008 exhibit: "Chihuly: The Nature of Glass"

I am somewhat of a glass collector. I have several pieces on display throughout my house. I do not own anything as extravagant as a Dale Chihuly original, but I do have a piece that was crafted by a glass blower that was trained by him. I had the pleasure of attending “Chihuly: The Nature [...]

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