I am considering as a luxury real estate agent moving from Southern California to The Scottsdale/Paradise valley area of Az.

Asked by Andrea, Newport Beach, CA Wed Dec 26, 2012

How is the market in this area? Are properties sitting on the market long? Are listings impossible to get without years and years of contacts and connections? Are the industry professionals really "clicky" like southern California? I guess I just want to now if a new agent could successfully transfer and thrive in this area. My kids and grandkids have settled in that
area and I'm desperate to be closer to them. Any advice is greatly appreciated :)

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Christa Lawc…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Properties are moving, especially those in the $1-2.5M range! However, even those in the upper echelons are being purchased: As a member of the Luxury Home Tour, we recently discussed a sale at $10M.
Like all markets, success comes to those who are willing to work. As a REALTOR and Broker for the past 15 years in the PV area, I am excited to see what's happening. I also am a Branch Manager for an office located in the heart of the Biltmore and PV area, and again, I'm excited to see what's happening here.
I'd welcome the opportunity to discuss with you your goals and share more of the market happenings. Please call me directly at 602.288.4400.

Christa Lawcock, Branch Manager
Prudential Arizona Properties at the Biltmore
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Jill Brenens…, Agent, Paradise Valley, AZ
Thu Jan 17, 2013
I have lived in Paradise Valley for 18 years and love it. There are a lot of agents trying to work in this market. We have a group of Luxury Agents that meet every other Friday to network and tour homes. There are over 500 members of this group. Last year approximately 350 homes sold in Paradise Valley. As you can imagine there are many agents in that group that are not fortunate enough to sell a home in our Town. With that said, most of the active agents know each other. I also have my license in California and work in Coronado. I would say very similar.

As far as inventory. Coming out of the slump before much of the country we are seeing a shortage of inventory. High end properties generally take longer to sell, so we have some carry over from the slow time. Now, if new listings come on the market at the right price they go quickly.

So, maybe focus on Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Much more inventory in Scottsdale. Now is the busy time and we will always be a destination, much like Newport Beach.

Good Luck!
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Don Maclary, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Thu Dec 27, 2012
Think about the East Coast, Beautiful Virginia Beach http://chooseahomenow.com/search
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Jeffrey Masi…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Dec 26, 2012
Dear Andrea:

As you know, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley are highly desired places to live and known to people from around the world. Treating people as they wish to be treated goes a long way in this market as in most. The area has been among the highest for year over year turn pirice around from a year ago. With your family and their friends you have a good base to get the word out about your move.
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Lucinda Tkach, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Dec 26, 2012
Inventory is low and many homes are still recieving multiple offers that are priced right. I think listings can be obtained with good connections.

Feel free to contact me direct if you would like to have a discussion,

It is a great area to live and prices are significantly less than Sothern CA.

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Sonny Shriva…, Agent, Surprise, AZ
Wed Dec 26, 2012
I think you'll do just fine, welcome to Arizona! :)
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