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Luxury Home Buying by the Season

The demand for luxury homes remains steady in today’s market, and if you’ve been thinking about purchasing a luxury home in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or the surrounding areas, timing is everything. One of the more common questions we’re asked by prospective buyers is “when is the best time of year to buy a luxury home?” And where there’s no universal, “one-size-fits-all” solution, our experience with representing both buyers and sellers in the local area leads us to make some recommendations regarding the best season to shop for a luxury home. The Best Season to Buy a Luxury Home in Arizona One of the main concerns luxury home buyers have is that [...] read more

Things to Look for When Buying a Luxury Home

The Valley of the Sun is a prime location to buy a luxury home, and if you’ve been thinking about purchasing a luxury home in the area (either as a vacation home or a full-time residence), now is a great time to buy. Before you begin your luxury home search, however, it is wise to have a solid idea of what you’re looking for in terms of features, amenities, and other aspects of your ideal home. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of the top four things our buyers tend to want when looking for a luxury home. 1. Area Amenities Consider a luxury home with neighborhood [...] read more

Luxury Home Brands

5 Luxury Home Brands You’ll Love

You’re ready to move up. Maybe the bones of your vintage Arcadia ranch were fabulous, but now you’re looking to spread out in Fountain Hills. Perhaps you’re relocating to the Valley of the Sun from California or the East Coast. Whatever the reason for your luxury home search, new furnishings will likely be required. At Walt Danley Realty, we understand that no two luxury homes are alike. You’ll want to marry the look of your new home to its contents, whether you choose a Spanish Colonial or a sprawling contemporary in the hills. To aid in your search, we’ve looked carefully at high-end retailers trending in modern interior design. From [...] read more

How to Invest in Luxury Real Estate

If recent sales figures are any indication, real estate is the new gold. Investors looking to diversify their portfolios are increasingly turning to luxury real estate as a long-term venture. Logic tells us that any home purchased at the right price is a solid investment. However, an investment in luxury real estate can yield greater returns in the long run. Whether you’re searching for your family’s primary residence, a winter vacation getaway, future retirement options or a pure investment, buying a Scottsdale or Phoenix luxury home is a solid bet. Our metro area tops the list of strongest real estate markets, with predicted gains of 6-7% this year. If you’re [...] read more

Best Time to Buy

The Best Time to Buy a Luxury Home

“How’s the market?” It’s a question every luxury real estate agent or broker has heard countless times before. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as that three-word query. The state of the luxury real estate market depends on several factors including pricing, inventory and the average number of days that properties stay on the market – all of which influence, or are influenced by, supply and demand. In July 2016, for example, inventory was high and 7-day average national pricing hovered around $1.5M. By the beginning of this year those figures had flipped, according to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, with prices hitting the $1.65M mark and the number [...] read more

5 NE Valley Hot Spots for Luxury Homes

Scottsdale and Phoenix are continually listed among the hottest real estate markets in the nation. In a 2016 forecast report by, Phoenix (which includes Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and other surrounding areas) nabbed the #1 spot, beating out Los Angeles, Boston and Tucson. Prices were expected to rise slightly, with sales growth increasing 7.2%. By March, the prediction was already coming true. At Walt Danley Realty, we’ve seen continued growth in the Northeast Valley luxury home market. In April alone, there were nearly 1,000 luxury properties available in the Scottsdale area, with sales netting about 91-94% of asking price. It’s a great year for buying a luxury home if you [...] read more

Scottsdale Luxury Homes

5 Stunning Features of Scottsdale Luxury Homes

The Scottsdale luxury home market picked up in early 2016 after a slow couple of years. Now, million-dollar home sales are on the rise again. This past March, local luxury home sales rose more than 30% over the previous year according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps recently settled in Scottsdale, while other celebs such as Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano have put their homes on the market. With all the recent activity in the Scottsdale luxury home market, what can buyers expect? Lush, plush and modern are this year’s buzzwords—at least, according to the lifestyle experts at HGTV predicts [...] read more

Smart Home

2017 HGTV Smart Home Showcases Scottsdale Luxury

Ever since HGTV started its Dream Home Giveaway in 1997, viewers have tuned in to see the latest in luxury home design and décor. The network later added two additional annual luxury home contests: The Urban Oasis and Smart Home, the latter serving as a showcase for state-of-the-art technology. Despite Scottsdale’s high livability index and recent ranking as the nation’s #1 place for employment, the HGTV trio had never featured a luxury home giveaway in the area until now. HGTV’s 2017 Smart Home is a high-tech, 3-bedroom, desert style ranch located near Whisper Rock Golf Course in North Scottsdale. At just 3,300 square feet, the Candelaria Design build isn’t exactly [...] read more

Get The “Insider’s View” From Libby Cohen

As a native Phoenician and lifelong Arizona resident, Libby Cohen makes it her business to stay on top of everything that impacts luxury real estate in the Valley. From the political climate to the thriving business scene, you can bet that Libby has the 411 on the dynamics of life in Arizona. Libby began her career in luxury real estate in 2005. After working with a partner for a couple of years, she decided to go out on her own. When Walt Danley got wind of her new career direction, he immediately recruited her to join his team. “I love the boutique nature of Walt Danley Realty,” Libby says. “We [...] read more

Top 10 Must-Haves For Luxury Homebuyers

What makes a home a luxury home? Aside from the obvious square footage and well-appointed features, a luxury home is one that exudes opulence, extravagance, and affluence. It’s a home that makes you feel pampered and caters to your desire for the best. At Walt Danley Realty, we stay on top of the latest trends in luxury homes and work with our clients to find their ultimate dream home. Listed below are 10 of the most popular luxury home amenities that buyers are looking for: Open Floor Plan: Ideal for both entertaining and everyday living, open floor plans provide an airy and expansive feel throughout the home. Wireless Home Automation: [...] read more