The Skarphol Rapport
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On this site you will find timely information, tips as well as state-of-the-art tools to help you search available properties in the Metro phoenix market.
As an Associate Broker, Steve brings years of experience in construction and homebuilding to the real estate purchase and sale process. This is particularly helpful for the first time home buyer and a real added value to the experienced home owner or sophisticated investor.
In addition, Steve has a passion for the natural environment and continues to pursue opportunities to consult, design and build sustainable residential properties. In that pursuit, Steve has earned the US Green Building Council’s, LEED Green Associate designation as evidence of additional knowledge of green build principals, materials and processes.
Advanced training in dealing with short sales and foreclosures is recognized by the earned designations: CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), CSSN (Certified Short Sale Negotiator) and the National Association of Realtor’s SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource).
Mr. Skarphol’s career of senior level executive management positions and ownership at top real estate firms forged expertise in: land development, industrial/office warehouse, commercial, retail, hospitality, homebuilding, and general construction in AZ, CA, and the Midwest. This high level of experience provides extensive knowledge in RE related fields such as acquisition, negotiation, investment, land planning, entitlement, zoning, construction, finance, consulting, short sales, foreclosures and REO.
As an entrepreneur, Skarphol founded a technology/communications firm servicing Fortune 500 companies in Arizona, which he subsequently sold to a Top 10 rated Arizona Technology Company.
Steve is a graduate of ASU with a BS degree in Construction Management, magna cum laude, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Community services include two terms as president of ABEVA HOA, and ten years as a City of Phoenix BVA volunteer. Professional industry Board service/membership includes: AGC, AIC, ACCE, NACORE, NAIOP, and ULI. Skarphol is a qualifying party for an AZ GC license and a former USMCR combat engineer. Steve enjoys running marathons, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and golf; so when he’s not working in real estate… he’s experiencing it! Steve and his wife Patti reside in Paradise Valley.
Steve helped us buy two investment rental properties way back in 2012 and 2013. There were two reasons we chose him to purchase with back then - firstly was the outstanding references from a group of our personal friends who had used him for their transactions, and secondly, when asked what the cheapest house he ever sold was during the GFC in Phoenix, his reply was "$7,000. And I treated them the same way as I did someone who used my services for a $1 million house". That cinched the deal for us. And it proved to be true - his services were outstanding. So, move the clock forward to 2023, and it was time to sell the same two homes. There was an added twist with us - we are living in Australia now, and the sales of the homes needed to be done via "very long distance"! So armed with our good memory of the transactions 10 years prior, using Steve was the logical choice to sell with. During the sales process he never missed communicating with us in a timely manner - even though we were half way around the world. The whole sale process turned out to be exceptional - never having to worry if someone was on top of marketing our homes. His negotiation skills and years of experience proved invaluable. Thank you Steve - you took all the stress out of the sale of our rental properties!
Steven was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was available to show the house when asked and had good insight and advice. I would recommend him to anyway looking for a realtor.
Steve was instrumental in helping us secure a land lot for which to build a house. He was so knowledgeable about each area we looked at, incredibly patient with our search, and was just so responsive at all times. We are in Florida, and it was almost as if he was keeping eastern time zone hours. He stayed on top of all deadlines as the closing process came to a head, And has put us in touch with some trusted referrals to get us on our path to build our home.
Steve was both the seller and buyer agent. He did a great job of walking the line between us. He was always very professional, knowledgeable and showed great patience in negotiating and completing the deal. We had some issues to be completed after the deal and Steve has been very helpful and focused on seeing them through. I would use him again and recommend him to others.
Helped me buy and sell homes
Steve was knowledgeable in every facet of buying and selling homes. He successfully sold our home at a very good price even though it was distressed property. He was confident in his competence and was able to communicate honestly and effectively with the buyer. He showed the same level of competence and helpfullness when buying our new home. Steve utilized highly qualified professionals for every aspect of the purchase including recommendations for workman after we are settled i.e. gardners, pool company, roofers. The seller of the home we purchased was so impressed with Steve (the buyers' realtor) that he sent Steve a letter stating so. I have never heard of that happening before. We were fortunate in having Steve represent us.
Helped me buy and sell homes
Totally professional and competent in all phases of real estate transactions! Simply excellent! Steve had a real challenge with our property since we had been flooded and needed to provide a vision of how to solve the resulting issues. His previous experience as a developer/builder was key to furnishing the solutions. We highly recommend him!
Steve was referred to us from a friend. He was on the task from day one. He could always be reached and responded immediately to anything we needed. We appreciated that most of all. We never had to wait for an answer from him. He is a very professional realtor. He takes the sale of your home seriously and he gets the job done. THANK YOU Steve!
Helped me buy and sell homes
To be very honest, working with Steve was amazing. He was my second realtor due to the previous one failing to be of professional standards, and BOY AM I HAPPY. He held my hand, answered every questioned and was very supportive and professional. Being a single female, first time buyer during Covid and around holiday season was so very stressful, but Steve did everything he could to keep me calm about the purchase. All in all it was a great first buy, even after all the stress, I am so happy. About 3 wks post purchase and Steve is still referring renovation and handyman/landscaping for my duplex investment. Would recommend Steve to anyone looking to buy, especially in investment props/mulitfamily. Cant say Thank you enough
The best real estate agent I have ever dealt with. Very professional, experienced and helpful. If you are planning to buy a house in Phoenix or nearby areas, Mr. Steve is the one you should go for. He is absolutely wonderful to work with. It’s like having a friend on the “inside” that is working for you. Made buying a house such a breeze! I was new to home buying, he helped me every step of the way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
My husband and I are first time home buyers and Steve’s experience and positive approach throughout the process kept us grounded, informed, and comfortable. We had some difficulties during negotiations, but Steve shepherded us through to the end. Steve was recommended by a friend and we couldn’t be happier with our experience.