Bobby Lieb

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Happy end of 2019!

Posted On: December 3rd, 2019 5:35PM

I hope you and your family have had a happy and healthy year and I want to wish you an even better 2020.

 

Thanks to all of my clients for allowing me to be part of your real estate needs in selling 117 homes this past year, ranging in prices for $150,000 to $5.4 million. As most of you know, my team includes me and my amazing assistant of 20 years, Kathy Wright. When you hire me, you get me and, unlike a Realtor team, you are not passed on to agents that you really did not hire and are not very experienced in our area.

 

I am seeing some of my clients downsizing and either moving to smaller homes or moving to one of our amazing Independent living /assisted living facilities such as The Beatitudes, Orangewood Terraces or La Siena. If you are concerned about your timing to sell your home so you can move there, please give me a call and I will make your life easier. I have one current client who is moving into one of the facilities mentioned above in 2020 and did not want to sell their home now and be forced to move twice (selling their home and then moving into a rental before their new residence was ready). My suggestion to them was to list the home in November instead of January, have a buyer purchase the home now, close escrow in 30-45 days and then allow the sellers to lease for 60 days until their home was ready.

 

This scenario allowed my clients to have their home sold now, giving them peace of mind and money in the bank. Due to the current short ages of quality inventory of homes in our area, we sold the home in five days with four offers and all of them were going to allow the home to close quickly and then have the seller lease back for two months. I have been a realtor for almost 30 years and I will find a creative way to sell your home NOW so you can move forward with peace of mind that your home is sold and relieve you of one more stressful scenarios. Some of these facilities will recommend a relocation service to help you sell your home, which in my opinion is a waste of money and a waste of time. They will recommend a realtor who pays the relocation company a big referral fee to be recommended to you but 90 percent of the time the agents they refer you to do not even know where North Central or the Biltmore is located, which is what happened to the home that I just sold.

 

North Central has been my specialty for more than 25 years and I have sold more than 3,500 homes in that time frame. I know all the areas here and many of the residents since I have lived in our ‘hood for more than 40 years. Please give me opportunity to either sell your home, help you buy a home or help you with both situations. I always answer my phone or If I am on the phone, I will quickly call you back. 

 

Thank you,

 

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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Happy 105+ degrees!

Posted On: July 1st, 2019 5:50PM

There is only one thing to do in 100-degree-plus weather and that is play golf … for some reason the courses are wide open!! Additionally, for some strange reason the cost of playing golf is reduced in half.

 

I am very excited to have been hired to list and sell the 22 new home subdivision, 16 Ocotillo, located in the heart of North Central on the southwest corner of 16th Street and Ocotillo Road. Watt Communities, the builder, has been around for more than 75 years. 16 Ocotillo is a gated community with a dog park and a pool and spa. We have now sold seven homes; we have five spec homes that are available now and 10 other home sites to build your dream home. We are offering three different floor plans: • PLAN 1 IS 4 BEDROOMS/ 2.5 BATHS, 2515 SQUARE FEET AND LISTED FOR $575,000 • PLAN 2 IS 4 BEDROOMS/ 3 BATHS,2432 SQUARE FEET AND LISTED FOR $595,000 • PLAN 3 IS 4 BEDROOMS/ 4 BATHS, 2875 SQUARE FEET AND LISTED FOR $625,000 **PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND THE SPEC PLANS PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE UPGRADES.

There are currently various builder incentives, including utilizing our preferred lenders and also $40,000 towards upgrades or a discount of $40,000 on already completed homes. Once a few more homes sell the $40,000 will be reduced to $30,000 so BUY NOW!! We have already reduced our incentives once and buying early gets you built-in equity. Please call me if you have any questions. The community is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or you can call me directly for a private showing anytime! It does not get any better than to live in the city and in a home built in 2019! Have a great July!

 

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@centra

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Urban infill: Coloring inside the old lines

Posted On: April 29th, 2019 8:52PM

Many people tell me they don’t like to see the new apartment building where an open field used to be…or the parking lot that now covers a field where kids used to play soccer, baseball, football and soccer. What they’re really saying is that they can’t get used to the fact that Central Phoenix has morphed from its suburban roots into A Big City. Let me just get this out of the way, right up front: as a realtor, yes, I do benefit from more people moving into Phoenix who need housing—whether they’re leasing an apartment, or purchasing condo, townhome, or house. But, there are four social benefits I want to tell you about regarding this kind of growth—known as urban infill.

The first is that there are historic preservation considerations that happen before land use changes. Structures and land that served as single-family residences in the past may now be the foundation where many more families live and enjoy the benefits of that location and its history. In many cases, the new development is named after the property’s history, such as Windsor Square, Madison on 16th and Madison Pointe, Roosevelt Square, Colter Park and Biltmore Commons. The second benefit of infill is environmental. Many projects are being developed with the idea of walkability — reducing vehicle use and minimizing carbon footprint.

Before residential development can be zoned in a brownfield (or any property that was used for something else, such as boarding horses), there must first be an elimination of all hazards on the property. In the case of horse properties (three to five acres), and the land is more valuable as residential space than as a boarding property. The horses, once so much a part of suburban Phoenix, are now being boarded outside of this big city’s limits. Sprawl…minimizing anymore urban sprawl is the third benefit of urban infill. When was the last time you drove “to the desert” just to see the native plants and flowers? How far did you have to drive to see them?

Finally, yes, there is a social economic benefit to urban infill. Infill takes place where there is already infrastructure that benefits residents. Being able to live in a place that is well-located in a city as opposed to outlying areas that require commuting—is what keeps the heart of Phoenix expanding within its own boundaries.

 

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 

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HomeSmart awards and charity

Posted On: March 26th, 2019 5:25PM

April is a fun month – my wife, MaryAnn, was born on the third and I was born on the 18th ... and they said two Aries would never make it. After 32 years we have proved them wrong!! I have mentioned in this column a few times how incredibly lucky I am to work with the largest real estate company in the state, HomeSmart, which has 6,500 agents in Maricopa County and 15,000 agents all over the country. I was honored two weeks ago by being named the #1 agent in our overall company for 2018 based on my sales volume for the past year. Thank you to all of my North Central clients who have supported me for the past 27 years and helped me to sell 118 homes in 2018.

I am also very proud of Homesmart because of our annual fundraiser, which is for our agents, on March 12. Five years ago, I started a charity, along with Carol Perry and Eric Kilstrom, for our HomeSmart agents who were sick or injured as well as any of their family members. We have a large family of agents in the Valley and sometimes life does not run as smoothly as we would like it to. We have actually paid for funerals, helped with some medical expenses, given our agents free dues so they can get caught up and even helped with family meals and house cleanings for a month! Our incredible agents donated money and raffle prizes and our awesome HomeSmart sponsors did the same. We have raised around $9,500 and our HomeSmart founder, Matt Widdows, matched our total as he has every year so we should raise about $20,000 from our meeting. Absolutely amazing group of agents and sponsors and I am very proud of my friend Matt Widdows for stepping up every year as he has done. I also want to thank North Central resident U.S. Marshall David Gonzales, who was our keynote speaker for this meeting, which is always held at North Phoenix Baptist Church. David has been our U.S. Marshall since 2002, appointed by the President of the United States. My family has known David and his wife, Nancy, for many years - his kids went to school with our kids at All Saints, Xavier and Brophy. David's theme was all about personal safety, not only for realtors doing open houses but going on listing calls and showings with complete strangers. David also emphasized changing your daily routine by going home different ways some days and just being aware of your surroundings, which we all take for granted in our everyday lives. I recommend having David speak to your schools and businesses about overall safety because we are fortunate to have the best living in our own backyard and we all take our daily routine for granted. I think that about covers everything I can think of for now!! Have a safe April!

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Hire Bobby, Get Bobby!

Posted On: March 4th, 2019 8:41PM

I remember a few years ago, my long time friend, realtor Jeff Polett, used as his slogan, "When You Hire Jeff You Get Jeff," which I think was a brilliant marketing tool. I understand Jeff's comment because I started as a realtor 27 years with a team of four in which our top realtor would get the listing and then had nothing to do with the property the whole time we had the listing but showed up at closing to get the check. I did all the work, which helped me learn the business quickly even though the client hired my boss and not me.

 

I have worked on my own now for 20 years and I truly agree with Jeff that if you hire ME you should have me involved from the beginning to the end and not pass your valuable asset to another agent on the team. Our true North Central boundaries are about 14 square miles, where I have taken pride in being able to sell more than 3,000 listings by myself in 27 years because I work six and seven days a week selling what YOU hired ME to do. It also helps that I have an incredible assistant, Kathy Wright, who has been with me for 19 years. I don’t need a team to sell my homes as long as I do everything that I promised you that I would do. I have already sold 16 homes by myself in 2019, although I do have a partner just with three Paradise Valley listings ($5.8 million, $1.6 million and $1.49 million), all of which are now in escrow.

 

I owe a lot of my success to my father, Herb Lieb, who moved to Phoenix in 1964 to become a partner at a lady's store at Park Central Mall called Kagels. Next my dad opened the first disco in Phoenix, called Herb's Underground, in 1970, where his DJ was the one and only Bill Heywood. After my dad sold the Underground he opened The Jockey Club Nightclub in 1976, located at Town and Country Shopping Center, which he sold in 1986. I came from Atlanta in 1978 to become a partner with my dad at this nightclub, where we had more than 2,000 members. Many of my current and past clients were members of our club. Finally, we opened another Jockey Club in 1987 at Uptown Plaza and then sold the location to Sweet Tomatoes in 1996. I was burned out in the bar and restaurant business, so in 1992 I started in residential real estate with Mark Moskowitz, who was with Realty Executives, as my mentor. I had been coming to Central Phoenix since I was 7 years old to visit my dad twice a year, so when I finally moved to Phoenix when I was 22 I felt like I knew every person who lived in this area, including their pets. North Central has been my home for more than 40 years, so I am very lucky to live and work in the same area that my dad moved to in 1964. I have seen many changes to North Central in 50 years and I am very proud to be VERY active in my Dad's old ‘hood!! Thanks to all of my past, current and hopefully future clients who hire ME, knowing that I will work hard to get your home sold and hopefully help you find your new one!!

 

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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