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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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Our piece of heaven in North Central

Posted On: January 23rd, 2018 10:42PM

I have been doing these articles now every month for the past 7 years and I really enjoy the positive
feedback that I get from the North Central readers. This month I asked a North Central
resident, Daniel Valenzuela, who is also a Phoenix City Councilman, towrite an article why he and his
wife, Wendy, chose this area to raise their family. ~ Bobby Lieb

 

Anyone who has been through the process of searching for a new home rarely finds it to be an easy
undertaking. There is a fine balance of the most home for the least cost along with that all-important consideration that is the root of every real estate decision – location. My wife, Wendy, and I recently
completed such a task, made far easier because I have the good fortune of being intimately familiar
with one of our city’s great strengths – our neighborhoods. We are now delighted to call North

Central Phoenix home. As a member of the Phoenix City Council, one of my most enjoyable
responsibilities is to work with neighborhood leaders who typically have no shortage of energy in
their commitment to preserving and  strengthening our communities.

So even before calling North Central home, we were well aware that one of its real assets are its
countless neighborhood activists who deserve much of the credit for what the neighborhood is today.

Phoenix, now the nation’s fifth largest city, is on the move. Unprecedented downtown construction. Expanding transit options. New businesses. It’s easy to measure these bricks-and-mortar advancements. But a truly vibrant city is one that consists of a rich and diverse fabric of safe and desirable neighborhoods.
In our neighborhood, everyone seems to know each other. We spend lots of time out front chatting with
neighbors as our children play. Our children continue to attend the acclaimed Madison School District. Several parks are within walking distance,contributing to a level of tranquility that seems almost out of place in the heart of a bustling city. All of our family needs, from groceries to healthcare, can be met with
just a drive of a few minutes. Simply put, North Central is a little piece of heaven.
I am further reminded of that every day now, simply by coming home.


Daniel Valenzuela
North Central Resident
Phoenix City Councilmember

Valley Firefighter

 



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North Central Home Values are Changing

Posted On: October 10th, 2017 8:24PM

I want to thank all of you for helping me achieve the #2 agent ranking in Maricopa
County for 2016 based on sales volume data researched by the Phoenix Business Journal
for the second straight year. We sold 130 homes valued at $70 million lastyear.
I received an interesting e-mail yesterday from a North Central resident blaming ME for all the tearing
down of older nonhistoric homes in North Central, building brand new homes and
basically destroying North Central. There were a few %*%*# in my responses to him because he got very personal with me but Iasked for him to call me in the morning so that we could clear the air. We talked for
about 20 minutes the next day ... lots of yelling initially but here is what I explained to
him. I explained that dad moved to Central Phoenix in 1964 so my brother and I visited him twice a year until I moved here in 1978. I also told the resident that many times when I get hired to sell the homes for a developer, the land was already purchased before I got involved.
Sellers always want the most money they can get for their property and if it is a big
lot, usually the developers will pay the most money for the land. I have never met a seller
who will say they will take less money if the buyer is not a developer. You also have to realize
that more than 25 percent of the time I am dealing with the surviving family members
who just want as much money as they can from the property and could care less
about anything else. That certainly is their right and can you blame them? The real key
issue here is the zoning of the property. If the lot allows 2-5 homes and meets all the city requirements,
such as setbacks, lot dimensions,etc., then there is not a lot the neighbors can
do to fight it. It is always smart for the developers to meet with the neighbors before hand
to smooth over any objections that might exist since they are neighbors.
I understand that my sign is what the neighbors will see and if they are upset they will call
me. Truthfully, if the zoning supports multiple homes then it is not the realtor’s fault. I strongly disagree with complaints that the new developments cause harm to North Central..Quite the contrary. Arcadia's values are off the charts because they tore down the old homes and built new million-dollar mansions. The same
goes for North Central. Homes that are 60 to 70 years old are past their prime unless they are
zoned historic. I see buyers moving here from Arcadia and PV who are buying because of all the
new homes. I do not think it is any coincidence that we have more than 50 new restaurants in our
area because of all the new families buying these new homes. I also do not think there is any coincidence
our home values are increasing because the new developments also generate more taxes,
which help increase the quality of our local schools. I saw this happen in Paradise Valley when I
first started in real estate in the 1990s. Buyers and developers tore down the 50- and 60-year-old
3,000-square-foot homes because the value was in the land and put up 6,000-square-foot homes.
Guess what happened to the home prices in PV? The values increased 10 fold and PV also collected
more property taxes. Please stop telling me that new developments are causing harm to our
area. Everybody benefits from these changes and it is something that needs to happen for areas to
keep growing. I am happy to discuss any thoughts you may have on this article. Email me at
boblieb@aol.com. Hopefully you are calling me to sell your home!! We have sold 118 homes so
far in 2017. Have a safe and happy October!

 

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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