From Our Blog

WSJ House of the Day: Home With A Private Observatory

No, we haven’t started marketing properties to other solar systems–that is the view from one of our latest listings – currently featured as the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day!  This one is especially unique: in addition to having a private observatory (where this image of the Andromeda Galaxy was made), a tunnel connects the home to the garage, and it is located on over 80 pristine high-desert acres.  While Prescott is a few miles outside our territory, we’re always on the lookout for Arizona’s Finest Properties and are happy to be co-marketing it with Kathleen Yamauchi, an agent local to Prescott. Click here for more including the full write-up [...] read more

Arizona 5 Arts Circle Honors Sandra Day O’Connor

Walt Danley Realty was the featured corporate partner at the Arizona 5 Arts Circle (5 Arts) event on April 22, which honored the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Justice O’Connor spoke about a variety of current issues including immigration, the willingness of the Supreme Court to address contemporary social and economic issues, and the future of the Court, as well as signed her recently released book, Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court.   “It was an honor to support an event that offered guests Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s first-hand insight into our history – she truly [...] read more

Senator McCain’s Former Home for Sale

The newest home owners of the Senator John McCain’s former house have put this beautiful home back on the market, this time for $2.9 million. This house has some history between its four walls. Right before Senator McCain entered the presidential race, he owned this home along with eight others in his real estate empire. His family spent 20 years in this house, and then sold the home in 2006 for $3.2 million dollars. Once offered on short-sale, the latest owners bought the house for $1.8 million dollars. It is now back on the market, and has undergone some updates to make this home even more valuable. read more

Luxury Homes Sales on the Rise – AZCentral

During the crash, there was an oversupply of high-end homes over $500,000. Housing analysts were concerned that it would take a decade for the luxury market to recover. At the beginning of April, there were 2,267 houses listed at $500,000 or more on the market – which is a 3% increase from March, according to our latest market stats report. Fortunately, the housing market is recovering faster than expected, but not nearly as fast as the affordable end of the the market. In the coming months, it is predicted the luxury housing market will continue to rise, and we will all be back before the hit in no time. read more

“Modern Family” Shows How To Use And Not Use Social Media For Real Estate

I finally caught up with the latest episode of ABC’s Modern Family.  Phil Dunphy plays a Southern California real estate agent, and over the past few episodes his wife and brother-in-law have been working on flipping a house.  There have been a few great real estate laughs, but this episode was pure gold in the way they used social media to find out about a potential buyer (and proceed to know too much for their own good).  Highly recommended — just not at work because your coworkers will wonder why you’re laughing so hard The episode is available for free on Hulu. read more

I’m a member of Scottsdale Business + Life Magazine’s Advisory Board

  Recently I was invited to be on the advisory board of Scottsdale’s Business And Life Magazine.  I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with a publication written by and for people who live in, work in, or visit beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. During one of our spring Open House events, David Eichler, a reporter with the magazine stopped by and then a few days later — BAM!  Famous. read more

Whitepaper: The Emotional Role Of The (Luxury) Home

This in-depth study was recently published by Luxury Portfolio International and research firm Harrison Group.  It finds the “Emergence of Worth” and “The Home As Refuge” as two of the biggest changes in the luxury market since the recession.  It also covers topics like increased liquidity leading to increased demand, the 1-percenters driving second and third home ownership, and looking ahead to marketing to the next generation (Xers and Millenials) of home buyers. I will personally email you a copy of the report within 24 hours once you fill out the form below. read more

Luxury Home Market Striking Unusual Balance – Phoenix Business Journal

We’ve released our quarterly market stats report in collaboration with local housing expert, Michael Orr. The quarter’s report suggests that the luxury market has been wavering recently. Our report shows that the supply has grown to a level that makes the market is remaining balanced in this sector. Rising at an even faster rate was the number of luxury sales, of which there were 250 sales in February. That was an 18 percent jump from January and a 28 percent spike year-over-year. But for homes prices below $500,000, the scenario has been dramatically different. Unlike the luxury market, the overall sales activity last month has declined by about 12 percent [...] read more

Presentation At Arizona 5 Arts Circle

Walt Danley Realty was the featured partner at the Arizona 5 Arts Circle (5 Arts) event on March 20, showcasing the Audacity Barbershop Quartet in the home of Board Members Lori and Howard Hirsch. Supporting our local arts is so important to sustaining a strong sense of culture and connectivity in the community, so we’re happy to partner with an organization that cares so deeply about supporting the arts. Walt Danley Realty has been a benefactor of Arizona 5 Arts Circle since 2012. The Phoenix-based philanthropic organization supports five performing arts groups: Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, The Phoenix Symphony and the Scottsdale Cultural Council. Since it’s founding [...] read more

We Win Awards! First Place In Marketing and First for Most New Listings

Earlier this month we went up to the Leading Real Estate Companies Of The World and Luxury Portfolio conference in Las Vegas.  I wanted to write about it right then and there, but as anyone who attends these conferences will tell you, there’s just no time!  From the minute we landed to the minute we flew back home there were wonderful people to meet, amazing meals to be had, and I was even invited to give a speech to a huge (seriously, huge) room of conference attendees.  Oh, and somehow between all that they found time to give us a couple awards.  Read on:   Luxury Portfolio International® Awards Walt [...] read more