Bobby Lieb

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We’re coming up on year’s end!

Posted On: November 14th, 2018 8:50PM

Happy almost Thanksgiving 2018! It just does not seem right that there are only 60 more days before 2019 hits upon us? I have often written here in this monthly article how much has changed for the better in North Central starting with all the new restaurants on Central Avenue, 7th Street and 16th Street. Additionally, watching Uptown Plaza, where my old nightclub, The Jockey Club was located for eight years (1987- 1995) has revitalized Central and Camelback into an incredible location filled with a mix of excellent retail, restaurants and one of the best grocery stores in the Valley, AJ'S. I am proud to say that a 2013 custom home that we listed a couple of months ago located at 6755 N. Central Ave just sold for $2,280,000 – the highest per-square-footage price ever at $459 per foot. The home is 4,968 square feet and built by Rick Stark, who owns North Central based Starion Custom Residences. Rick and wife, Alex, designed an incredible home for their family with the best quality of everything throughout both inside and outside. There is a huge demand today for quality luxury homes in North Central and the only thing holding builders back is the lack of land, which forces some builders to tear down older existing homes. My request for some builders and flippers is PLEASE be consistent throughout with your construction. Starion Custom Residences also has many remodels currently being built in North Central and the surrounding areas. Contact Rick Stark at 602- 861-2247 to set up a consultation. I am so appreciative for the continued support and referrals from all of you over the past 25 years. I was fortunate to be ranked the Number One Realtor in Maricopa County for 2017 by the Phoenix Business Journal for number of homes sold, which was 117. In 2018 we have sold 102 home so far ranging from $55,000 to $3.29 million (I have to feed my dogs so I will sell anything!) We have actually sold eight homes over $1 million this year, including two homes over $3 million. I currently have 36 homes for sale in all price ranges and have listed 125 homes in 2018. I am very fortunate to have an assistant WHO has been with me for more than 19 years, Kathy Wright, who has an incredible work ethic and keeps me organized. I also have another amazing person who works with me and her name is Juliann Lieb (Xavier class of 2010), my 27- year-old daughter. Juliann sets up our open house schedule for realtors every week, checks our vacant houses weekly to make sure that everything is in good shape and she also has been an excellent buyer's agent. In three or four months, Juliann will begin using her degree in Sports Psychology to help young athletes succeed in their respective sports. Juliann can be reached at 602-376-0472. Thanks again to all of you for allowing me to be involved with either listing or selling your homes. I have been lucky enough to have represented some of you in three or four home purchases over the years and I am glad you still talk to me!! Have a great Thanksgiving  holiday and keep safe! 

 

Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

HomeSmart Elite Group Manager/Founder

5225 N. Central Antral and Biltmore Specialist

602-376-1341 (mobile) View our listings at www.centralphx.com 

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Thanks to local restaurateur

Posted On: July 23rd, 2018 9:22PM

Last month my wife and were invited to a tribute to Bob Sikora, who created Bobby McGee's Restaurants in 1971 along with many other Valley favorites. There were more than 300 guests in attendance including many patrons who frequented McGees as well as many employees from Bobby McGees.

 

The event was very special to me because Bob mentioned my dad, Herb, as his inspiration for the discos inside Bobby McGees as well as his first disco bar, Mabel Murphy’s, which was located in Scottsdale and created in 1972. My dad created the first disco concept in Phoenix in 1970 and called it Herb's Underground. Later on in 1976 dad created the Jockey Club, located at 20th Street and Highland, and in 1986 another Jockey Club at Central and Camelback. Bob founded Mr. Lucky's in 1971, which featured Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, who became great friends with Bob.

 

Waylon's family was in attendance last night including his wife, Jessie Colter, who is also a well-known superstar country singer. Bob also founded Chimmie McFadden's Restaurant, which was located on 16th Street and Highland. He then opened 23 more Bobby McGee's restaurants ranging from Australia to Honolulu and added a few more in Tucson and Phoenix before selling all his locations except for one. Bob changed the Bobby McGee's on Northern and 27th Avenue in 2005 to a new BBQ concept called Bobby Q's. Bob went all over the country and taste tested BBQ everywhere until he found the magic formula that his restaurant now serves.

 

There is another Bobby Q's located in our area at 3154 E. Camelback Road, which now also features a new farm-fresh, flavorful summer protein bowls and salads approved by fitness expert Dr. Art Mollen. I am so proud of our family friend, Bob Sikora, and I appreciate the friendship and respect he had with my dad for more than 40 years. Stop by and visit Bob at his latest concept, Bobby Q's. The valley restaurant scene owes Bob a debt of gratitude for turning a quiet little city called Phoenix into the metropolis we now live in.

 

Bobby Lieb

Associate Broker

HomeSmart Elite Group Manager/Founder

5225 N. Central Ave., Ste. 104

Phoenix, AZ 85012

Mobile: 602-376-1341 Fax: 602-996-9141

bobby@centralphx.com

www.centralphx.com www.biltmoreazagent.com

 

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Charity begins at HomeSmart

Posted On: May 3rd, 2018 3:25PM

Five years ago I found out that an agent in our real estate company, HomeSmart, had been involved in an incredible life-changing event. The agent was looking out his living room window and watched as a carjacker threw this agent's wife from her car onto the driveway pavement and she ended up in critical condition at the hospital with a serious head trauma. She was in the hospital for more than 30 days and when I found out about this, I called Carol Perry, who is the Chief Business Development Officer at HomeSmart, to discuss how we could help this family. We were going to give money to the husband to help with his costs but all he wanted was some good meals because he had been eating fast food for the past 30 days. So, Carol took him some quality food to fuel his request. I then set up a meeting with Carol and Eric Kilstrom of VIP Mortgage, which had a 501c charity, and talked with them about creating a charity that helps our HomeSmart agents in times of need. At that point HomeSmart had about 3,000 realtors in the Valley. Since then, we have the largest real estate company in Maricopa County with more than 6,500 agents. We are now the largest real estate company in the state. Our charity is called HomeSmart We Care For Others. In the past five years we have raised more than $50,000, which has paid for a funeral at our company, meals for a week or month for our agents’ families, free real estate dues, home cleanings, flowers and more, basically helping our agents out in times of illness, injuries or other medical setbacks they’ve suffered. We recently held our fifth annual We Care fundraiser, which drew 175 agents who showed up to buy raffle tickets for more than 50 items donated by either our own agents or our many HomeSmart business partners. Some agents also just gave cash, which totaled almost $5,000. We raised a total of $9,000 and our HomeSmart founder, Matt Widdows, did what he has done every year … he matched our total, which meant we raised $18,000! I am so proud of our HomeSmart agents in how they rallied to make this an incredible event that helps their fellow agents. We have a big family at HomeSmart and it is awesome to know that our agents care about each other no matter how many agents we have in our local family. 

I hold a monthly meeting at North Phoenix Baptist Church, which usually draws around 200 HomeSmart agents. The April 10 meeting was my 73rd consecutive one but it was the first in seven years in which the guest speaker received a standing ovation. Our speaker was Brian Mueller, CEO and President of Grand Canyon University (GCU). Brian and GCU have done an incredible job resurrecting an area of town that was very rough, buying many parcels in the area to expand the campus, including rehabbing a city owned golf course and helping secure a couple of the area high schools, and now the residents can be proud of what GCU has done for the West Valley. The standing ovation Brian received was in response to his powerful and motivational message - he will be a tough act to follow for our next monthly speakers. Have a safe May and remember school is out soon, so watch out for the youngsters.

 

Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

HomeSmart Elite Group Manager/Founder

5225 N. Central Ave., Ste. 104 Phoenix, AZ 85012

Mobile: 602-376-1341 Fax: 602-996-9141

bobby@centralphx.com

www.centralphx.com

www.biltmoreazagent.com

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You can go home..

Posted On: April 4th, 2018 3:13PM

First of all, thank you to the 30 buyers and sellers who have allowed me to sell their homes so far in 2018. We are seeing a lot of activity in all price ranges this year including the luxury market, which has come back strong. We have sold six homes this year priced for more than $900,000 and we have nine more months to go. Please contact me if you are considering selling or buying in North Central at any price! We will list and sell any home at any price range.

 

March 16 was a trip down memory lane for me playing in the All Saints Episcopal Golf Tournament with my brother Michael, Brian Friedman (he paid for us ... thanks!) and Mike Olson. It was a lot of fun seeing my son Sean's coach Mark Wagner, who also was Sean’s basketball during his freshman year at Brophy. Coach still likes to smack talk with me, which just means he still likes me. What I really took out of the golf tournament today is what All Saints means to the North Central community. Many families have relocated to our area to go to All Saints as well as Brophy, Xavier and the incredible charter and public schools that we have in our small ‘hood. We also have the best home values in the city. 

 

I am very proud also of what my brother Michael has done in our area the past five years: sold Macayo's on Central to an apartment builder and then helped them relocate next door, assembled two office buildings on 7th Street just south of Camelback, which developed into a 240-unit luxury apartment complex, and assembled 14 parcels on 7th street, which developed into Earnhardt Lexus. Finally, Michael and I are going back to Atlanta for a few days to spend Passover with many of our cousins who we have not seen in a long time or even met. I’m also going to see my old college baseball coach, Jim Morris, who has been at the helm of the University of Miami for 26 years and won two national championships. Miami is playing Georgia Tech the last weekend of April so it will be a memorable weekend to see my cousins and my college coach. Coach told me I was actually his first college baseball recruit. See, you can go back home and it is always better when it is a happy occasion. Have a Happy Easter and Passover and anything else you are celebrating!

 

Bobby Lieb

Associate Broker

HomeSmart Elite Group Manager/Founder

5225 N. Central Ave., Ste. 104 Phoenix, AZ 85012

Mobile: 602-376-1341 Fax: 602-996-9141

www.centralphx.com www.biltmoreazagent.com

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A great start to the new year

Posted On: February 20th, 2018 3:49PM

It is hard to believe we are already in our third month in 2018. SLOW DOWN! I am so appreciative of my clients in 2018 who have allowed me to sell their homes this year. We already have closed 15 homes and have eight others in escrow in just two months. Four home sales are more than $900,000, including two over $1 million. One sale at 6821 N. 2nd place ($475,000) sold for full price on day one and we had four other offers. There is an incredible demand for homes that are under $600,000 so if you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time. I feel the strong demand for North Central is the incredible location with excellent public and private schools, a variety of places to eat and shop and the reality that our home values are the best in Maricopa County. The home prices in Arcadia and “Arcadia lite” are almost double than our prices. Finally, families are realizing what I have been touting for more than 25 years …een touting for more than 25 years … NORTH CENTRAL IS THE TOP PLACE TO LIVE IN THE VALLEY AND THE MOST AFFORDABLE. I know some of you long-time residents are not thrilled with some of the new home developments in our area but that change is happening all over the Valley and has added to your values. If any of you have an acre or more please contact me as soon as you can because there is an incredible demand from buyers looking to move to our area from Arcadia and Paradise Valley. I feel very strongly about my relationship with Platinum Home Warranty because they take customer service as seriously as I do. I know that my clients will be taken care of by a company that consistently makes me look good. The personal way in which they follow up with every homeowner on every claim is a true testament to their level of care. Further, I love that they have their own technicians, who show up in uniform and Platinum logo-wrapped trucks. These are guys I can trust in my own home and in my clients’ homes. My good friend, who is a U.S. marshall, just spoke about the importance of knowing who you are letting into your home, whether that be for home repairs or homes for sale. It reminded me that reason I appreciate Platinum for that very important reason - what a huge value their unique business model really is to me and my clients. Oh , and you probably heard me say this before - Platinum also has a retail division. They saved me $600 on my new A/C system and they have done the same for several of my clients. Talk about making me look good! Check them out at: www.platinumhw.com. Great blog, with lots of articles plugging other local businesses, too. Have a safe March!

 

Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

HomeSmart Elite Group Manager/Founder

5225 N. Central Ave., Ste. 104 Phoenix, AZ 85012

Mobile: 602-376-1341 Fax: 602-996-9141

www.centralphx.com www.biltmoreazagent.com

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