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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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Luxury Homes in North Central

Posted On: January 23rd, 2019 9:32PM

I have been a licensed Realtor/Associate Broker for more than 26 years specializing in North Central Phoenix, which offers homes in a wide variety of values. I was fortunate to sell 118 homes in 2018, 48 of which sold for less than $500,000 and 32 homes that ranged from $57,000 to $400,000. There are many luxury homes in the area as well that are valued at more than $750,000. We were fortunate to sell 27 of these homes in 2018 and we also sold 10 homes last year for more than $1,000,000, including one home for more than $3 million.

As I mentioned in December, our sale at 6755 N. Central sold for $2.28 million, which was an all-time record at $458 per square foot! I wanted to focus this month's article on our evergrowing luxury market. I feel my advantage in selling here for more than 26 years is that I know our area values well, as I have seen all the high-end homes that have sold the past few years.

My primary focus is the North Central area, where I market our listings every month with three full pages in The North Central News and send postcards promoting our listings. Additionally, I am a big believer in social media. We post our listings on social medial sites and internet sites that we feel are effective. We also hire professional photographers. Another great marketing tool we use is having the property on the North Central Realtor Tour, which is great exposure for the property.

It takes smart marketing, knowledge and experience to sell homes successfully. When you hire me, you hire a successful Realtor with proven results. I always do my best to sell homes within a reasonable time and for the best price possible. Just two weeks into 2019, we sold 115 W Morten Ave for $1,050,000. So, if you are considering selling or buying in North Central, please call me. You can also visit our website for client testimonials at www.centralphx.com. Wishing everyone a great start to 2019!

 

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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Bringing 2018 to a close..

Posted On: December 18th, 2018 5:04PM

Is it really almost 2019? I cannot believe that it is almost time to ring the bell on another year.

Thank you to all of our North Central families who have
allowed me to sell almost 120 homes totaling $63 million in sales for 2018. We sold eight homes

for more than $1 million, including three homes for more than $2 million, and on

the other side we sold four homes for under $100,000.
Whatever you have to sell, I would be honored to list and
sell it. I am very proud of my kids Sean and Juliann. Sean is a commercial realtor

with SRS Real Estate Partners located at 32nd Street and Camelback, He just became First Vice President at

his company. You can contact Sean at 602-376-9797 Both my kids went to All Saints, then Sean went to

Brophy Prep and the University of Arizona while Juliann went to Xavier and Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Juliann is now a realtor with me and hopes to be practicing as a sports psychologist in 2019. It is really exciting to see all the new businesses opening up in our area but lets not forget the ones that have been around for 20 or more years. I just stopped in to Inman & Sons Auto and Truck Center with nails in two tires. Jeff Inman, who is the son of the owner, was a class act and helped me on a Saturday afternoon by stopping what he was doing and putting air in all four tires. Some auto repair shops would have tried to sell me four tires. Hats off to Inman Auto and Truck Center! We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday, and here’s to a healthy and happy 2019!

 

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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