Ah, summertime. School is out, the grills are being fired up, and all thoughts turn to … moving?
Yep, moving. This is the time of year when real estate agents start getting tons of calls from people wanting to move to Phoenix. And why wouldn’t they? Sure, we may have a few days each year where it’s hotter than 30 hells and you don’t want to step out of the house, but that’s what air conditioning and swimming pools are for, right?
Despite the slightly inconveniencing heat, you’ve decided that you are going to be moving your family to Phoenix. But where? Do you pick one of the older, historic neighborhoods near the center of the city? Want to be close to Papago Park so you can see the view to the right every morning? A planned community like Anthem in the north, or Agritopia on the east side? Or maybe you’re fascinated with fighter jets, and want to live somewhere like Surprise or Litchfield Park, where you can see them fly by every once in a while.
Now you’re starting to figure out that moving to an area as large and diversified as Phoenix isn’t as easy as searching the web for a house to buy and packing the UHaul. What’s a good area to live in? What school is going to have that special music program for your kids and isn’t overrun by “bad influences?” Since you’re not an expert in the area, you decide to ask your real estate agent, ’cause that’s what we’re for, right?
Yeah, we can’t answer that for you. It’s not that we’re trying to hide stuff, but that it’s a basic fact that we’re…not you. Your idea of a “safe neighborhood” or a “good school” may not be the same as ours. Not to mention there’s all these Fair Housing laws on the books that we kind of need to follow.
Luckily, the Arizona Association of Realtors has put together this handy guide they call the “Arizona Buyer’s Advisory.” This 12 page document contains all sorts of links to information about living in Arizona, including covering things like crime statistics and census results. The buyer’s advisory is one of the best guides for answering all those opinion-based questions that we, as your agents, can’t – unless we really want to get fined heavily or have our licenses yanked by the Fair Housing powers that be.
So feel free to ask us anything – for example, where to live if you love to watch live hockey and football (that would be Glendale or the surrounding areas, by the way). We can answer questions about the Arizona Purchase Contract and all it’s associated addenda, and recommend professionals that can inspect the home you want to by and lend you the money to buy it. However, while we can’t make up your mind for you about the location of your new home, we can definitely help you by giving you the tools to do the research for yourself. That’s our job, and where we add value. And we love it.