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Happy March Madness Month

Posted On: August 22nd, 2020 4:17PM

 

I teach a three-hour continuing education class every two months, which is Agency Law and Marketing Essentials, and was honored to have 153 people in my February class. I discuss the marketing ideas that have worked for me, ultimately helping me sell an average of 118 homes per year and also talk about what ideas didn't work. The key that that I share with agents is that you have to spend money and continue to market yourself and your properties if you want an edge in our competitive market. My spend is more than $5,000 per month. This includes sending out 3,000 post cards every month marketing my active listings and $1,500 per month in marketing my recent sales, which range from $275,000 to $2.4 million. We also add marketing dollars on advertising our homes in the North Central News (three full pages) as well as social media and various Internet sites.
 
I am very appreciative of all my clients in 2020. This includes the 19 home sales and more than $18 million in sales so far. I am seeing more and more younger families moving to our neighborhood from Paradise Valley and Arcadia. They realize our values in the Central corridor are the best. We also have great public schools and let’s not forget the impact that All Saints’, Brophy, Xavier and other private schools have in our neighborhood. Additionally, being close to our downtown also is very important for judges, attorneys and doctors and nurses who have recently moved to North Central. If you are new to our ‘hood, enjoy our restaurants and businesses that are unique and special to those of us who have lived here a long time.

Thanks again for the kind words and letters that many of you sent me for my family’s tribute to our dad Herb in last month's article. 

Hope to see you at a Spring Training game this month! Have a great 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 

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Memories of my dad...

Posted On: February 5th, 2020 9:32PM

My dad, Herb Lieb, would have been 100 years old on Feb. 8, 2020. WOW!! Dad has been gone now for nine years but certainly his spirit still lives in all of us who were lucky to have known him. Dad moved to Phoenix in 1964 while my brother Michael and I moved to Atlanta with our mom Sharon. Dad partnered up with Geri Aron at Kagel's Women's store at Park Central Mall and Michael and I were fortunate to meet so many people through my dad. At Park Central Mall we met Marcia and Mal Straus (Leonard's Luggage), Jeff Pollett (Pollett's Men Store), Midge Galst (Great Expectations),Tony from Miracle Mile and Bernie Teck from Switzers.

The Strauses and Arons/Hanilas were very special to Michael and me because they always welcomed us into their homes when we were in town for Passover and breaking the fast on Yom Kippur. They always made us feel like we were part of their family.

Another special person in our lives then was Gregory Andro who was part of Rocky's Hideway on 4th Avenue and Maryland and years later, Gregory's Penthouse Restaurants. Gregory always had us over his home for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners (HE COOKED EVERYTHING) along with Gov. Rose Mofford, who was an amazing person and always very kind to my dad. Gov. Mofford could always handle my dad.

 

I cannot forget another great friend of dad's, Larry Debus, who also was Dad's attorney. I am not sure how much money dad paid Larry for legal fees but I am certain it was not enough because dad was a FULL TIME CLIENT!

Also a huge shout out to Mike Davis, who was always there for dad. Many of you did not know that my dad had the very first disco in Phoenix called Herb's Underground in 1970. His disc jockey was the one and only Bill Heywood, who was the #1 DJ in the country at that time. Bob Sikora, who opened many Bobby McGee’s restaurants, credits dad for the success of all his nightclubs because he learned from my dad how to run one. After Herb's Underground came The Jockey Club, which was a private disco/restaurant that dad opened in 1976 at Town and Country Shopping Center. I started at the Jockey Club in 1978. We had over 2,000 members when we sold the building and business in 1985. I was lucky enough to hire a disc jockey in 1981, Mary Ann Ortiz, who worked for me for five years and then we got married in 1986.

Yes, we are still married after 33 years. Mary Ann also doubled as a referee between my dad and me while at the Jockey Club and afterwards!!!!! She earned her $60 a night pay!! We then opened another Jockey Club in 1987 at Uptown Plaza (Central and Camelback) and sold the location/lease to Sweet Tomatoes in 1995. I started doing real estate in 1992 but still helped out with the club on weekends. During our last five months in the club, we leased the space for the movie Waiting To Exhale to be filmed, which featured Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. A lot of the scenes were filmed at our club. My dad passed in 2011 but those of us who knew him certainly miss his smile, personality and wisdom.

Happy 100th birthday DAD. Your family and friends know you are looking down at us and giving us support.

 

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 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

lphx.com www.centralphx.com www.biltmoreazagent.com

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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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