Over the Prickett Fence

Happy Anthem Independence Day!

Happy Anthem Independence Day!

Editor’s Note: Anthem Community Council was wholly controlled by Del Webb from the community’s opening in 1999 until April 30, 2008, when a board of volunteer residents took over. A certain columnist at the time declared April 30 to be Anthem Independence Day, an idea that never really caught on. Ten years later, here’s that […]

The Truth About Mortgage Lenders

The Truth About Mortgage Lenders

By Chris Prickett — I’m prepared to take some flack for this one… My wife will be starting my car for the next couple of weeks. All mortgage lenders are not the same, and a bad (or lazy, or incompetent) one can cost you not only in fees and rates, but in getting the home you want. […]

The Art of (Getting) the Deal
By February 22, 2018 Read More →

The Art of (Getting) the Deal

By Chris Prickett—It’s human nature to want the best deal. Whether its cars or stocks or houses, that means selling for top dollar, or buying at a rock-bottom price. For someone who is both buying and selling a home, the goal is often to sell high and buy low. Time for a reality check, folks. […]

The Ups & Downs of Hiking
By February 15, 2018 Read More →

The Ups & Downs of Hiking

By Chris Prickett — I like to hike. Back in the day, my hikes were, well, hikes. Two or three days, sometimes more, combined with rugged camping and, dare I say, survival. The survival tended to be more accidental than not. Before GPS and fancy locator beacons and the like, stupid decisions put me into dangerous situations. […]

Your House is Not an ATM
By February 8, 2018 Read More →

Your House is Not an ATM

By Chris Prickett — I cringed when I heard the pitch on a radio commercial the other day. “Your home is your bank!” The gist of the thing was that you could pull the equity out of your home to “pay down debt, remodel, or take that vacation you’ve always dreamed about!” Oh no, not again. With […]

What’s My Home Worth?
By January 23, 2018 Read More →

What’s My Home Worth?

  By Chris Prickett — Just because the “average price per square foot” in a given neighborhood is $150, that doesn’t mean your home is worth that. It could be worth more, or it might be much less. I’ve put together a “competitive market analysis” (CMA) for more than 3,000 properties over the years. I […]

New vs. Used Home: Which Should I Buy?
By January 15, 2018 Read More →

New vs. Used Home: Which Should I Buy?

By Chris Prickett — The new build craze is (once again) sweeping the area. There’s nothing like that new-house smell, I guess. A new home can be the right choice, or not, depending on way too many factors to sum up in the 300 words (or so) I’m allotted, so I’ll throw out the main […]

The 2018 <i>Chris</i>tal Ball
By January 4, 2018 Read More →

The 2018 Christal Ball

By Chris Prickett —The year 2017 was eventful, to say the least, in local real estate. From the ashes of the 2008 bust, new developments have been rising all over the NoPho area. Resale is healthy, and we even have a new super-mega-colossal Fry’s. It seems like every patch of empty space along the I-17 corridor, […]

My First Car: 2 Engines, 2 Loans, 4 Years of Trauma
By December 21, 2017 Read More →

My First Car: 2 Engines, 2 Loans, 4 Years of Trauma

By Chris Prickett —Car buying is not my strong suit. My love of shiny things, combined with lack of patience and an acutely tuned BS meter combine for a volatile concoction that has no business being anywhere near an automobile dealership. Or maybe it has to do with the trauma of my first experience. As a […]

Take a Moment… and Give a Moment
By December 15, 2017 Read More →

Take a Moment… and Give a Moment

By Chris Prickett — If you think about it, the holidays are really about moments. The best memories are never about the final tally of a year’s Yuletide haul, but more about special moments and memories shared with friends, family, and sometimes with people that just pop into your life for one brief but magical […]

Picking Paint When the Inevitable Notice Arrives
By November 10, 2017 Read More →

Picking Paint When the Inevitable Notice Arrives

By Chris Prickett — Like death, taxes and trimming your nostril hairs, painting your home is unavoidable, especially if you live in an HOA community where, if you wait too long, you’ll likely get a love(less) letter reminding you to do so. The good news is that when you repaint, you can choose any color […]

Houses Haunted by Outdated Décor Demons
By October 25, 2017 Read More →

Houses Haunted by Outdated Décor Demons

  By Chris Prickett — Your home may not be a creepy, damp, house of horrors, but in today’s market, dated finishes and fixtures can make it seem less like a dream home and more like “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Here are a few eerie examples. Bathroom Carpet Just the thought of those microscopic goblins haunting the padding […]

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