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Ever had a friend who was the life of the party? You know the type, fun, loud, felt like when it came to the game of life, he had won the charisma jack-pot? Back in my old college days, that used to be Party Pete. If there were fun to be had, he would be leading the charge. A few years after graduation, he decided to start his own business. Vows were given, and promises were made that nothing would really change...I haven't seen him in years. How do the past adventures of good old Pete equate to homeownership, I hear you cry? Let's take a small philosophical leap together. At the heart of it, life is about progress and change. What more significant step can one take than to buy a new home? But how do you know when is the right time? We have provided a…

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what are today's scottsdale real estate trends from this house and percentage symbol

With an outstanding return of investment in 2021, the real state market in Scottsdale is one of the most attractive investment options. Everyone is buying properties, especially for Airbnb rentals, as the market is growing! In this article, we will go over the Scottsdale real estate trends for 2021!

2021 Scottsdale market overview

Scottsdale is an Arizona desert city. It is famous for its luxurious spa resorts and golf courses and has long been regarded as one of the most valuable real estate investments. Scottsdale real estate for sale and rent offers a diversified market. Celebrities, CEOs of Silicon Valley firms, tech titans, and sports personalities, as well as new families and investors wanting to make intelligent real estate selections,…

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Before we moved to Arizona, we had visited many times.  My Mom lived in Mesa and she took us to Old Town Scottsdale.  But I didn't find Los Olivos restaurant until a few years later when I went to Arizona on a Girl's Week Away.

During that trip, we split up a bit in Oldtown and I thought I was getting lost.  But I found Los Olivos Mexican Patio and the exterior decor piqued my interest, plus I love Mexican food.  I had to go find the rest of the group so we could have lunch there.

the entry to los olivos restaurant oldtown scottsdale

The fun entrance that made me want to see more

The "Blue Room"

As we walked inside the restaurant, we were amazed at the first dining area we were able to eat in.  I called it the "ocean room" with its strange blue ceiling and the aquarium.  I'll call it the…

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Gray contemporary style house in Scottsdale Arizona, surrounded by cacti and local plants.

Arizona offers a diverse variety of specific home styles, such as Pueblo Revival, Spanish Mission, Ranch, Tudor, and much more. If you're looking to buy your dream home in Arizona, you'll see a stunning mix of Contemporary, Spanish and Mediterranean architecture and design. Whether you want something romantic, elegant, and exotic, or something simple and affordable, many homes on the market can fit your needs and preferences. Here's the list of the 7 most popular types of homes you will find in Arizona.

#1 Pueblo Revival

The Pueblo Revival style was popularized around the beginning of the 20th century. It draws inspiration from the original pueblos built throughout Arizona and New Mexico. This type of architecture reflects dwellings built by…

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If you've been reading local Scottsdale real estate articles in the news, you might notice that there are morelady reading scottsdale real estate news price reductions right now and longer days on market.  There are fewer Scottsdale homes for sale that go under contract in 24 hours.

What other agents are saying

I belong to several real estate groups on Facebook.  Some people think the market is simply evening out and heading towards a more normal cycle.

Others feel it's just a summer lull, especially as more people are getting vaccinated and traveling for the first time in a year or more.  People feel safer getting out and are enjoying doing more things in their own towns besides grocery shopping.  They want to get out and do things after being stuck at home for so long.

Another…

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There has been a lot of attention on the current trend of both increasing home prices and mortgage rates. Some of the attention has been due to arguments over whether house prices should drop when mortgage rates rise. That all seems logical, but this is rarely the case for reasons which we will discuss in the next section.

Shouldn't Scottsdale Real Estate Prices Decrease if Interest Rates Increase?

The theory of home prices decreasing is typically discussed by those people who are looking for a home to purchase. If you are a homebuyer, you like to think you are getting a good deal by paying more for a home, and you should be able to see a decrease in price somewhere else as well. Unfortunately, there are several causes for home price increases…

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A road in an Arizona desert with large green cacti and a blue sky

House shopping can be a wonderful experience, especially if you are not in a rush and can have some fun browsing and visiting all your potential dream homes. However, for those moving between states who cannot physically be present for viewings, it can be somewhat challenging and stressful. If you are buying a house in Arizona remotely, you will need some guidance and help from experts in the field.

Where to begin?

You have taken the first step and chosen Arizona as your destination—good for you. If you have already decided on a specific city or area, one of the most complex parts is over. Whether your relocation is a joyous occasion or a necessity, it is bound to cause anxiety. Like with any big undertaking, it is a good idea to start planning…

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scottsdale home for sale in grocery cartSince the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, every industry has shifted towards more digital and remote work platforms. The real estate industry has been no different. Despite widespread concerns, innovation has reigned supreme and people have continued to buy, sell, and search for homes throughout the entire pandemic. The ongoing dynamism of the real estate industry has relied heavily upon remote home viewings.

To keep potential home buyers and sellers safe, secure, and socially distanced during the pandemic, home viewings have gone digital. And the trend has continued even now that the in-person home viewings are beginning to return.

So beyond the traditional concerns of boosting your home’s curb appeal for in-person viewings, there are new…

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flag of arizona

Arizona and California are similar in a lot of ways. They are two neighboring states that share the same climate, with summer temperatures all year long and plenty of things to see and do. Both states are also very multicultural, with many developing cities. Living in either of these places offers a lot of education and business opportunities. Still, many Californians have been buying properties in Arizona in recent years, especially in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Buckeye, and Tucson. So, if you were wondering why Arizona attracts homebuyers from California, you're in the right place. Keep on reading to find out.

Arizona has a variety of different architectural styles

Californian homes are usually modern and elegant, with a lot of glass and chrome…

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scottsdale june days summer solstice celebration sign

We decided to brave the triple-digit weather to visit Solstice Park in Scottsdale, Arizona to celebrate Scottsdale's June Days and to welcome the summer solstice.  It was held on Sunday, June 20th, in Solstice Park (previously named Solari Plaza), which is near Oldtown Scottsdale and at the Solari Bridge by the canal, or Scottsdale waterfront.

As we drove into Oldtown Scottsdale and the Fifth Avenue Shops area, we were surprised to see most, if not all, of the parking spots taken.  It was hot out!  But I guess that didn't stop tourists and area residents from visiting Old Town.

The day before we went I wondered how many other brave souls would attend the Summer Solstice Celebration.  Even with free snow cones, ice cream, water,…

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