Great golf is just the beginning at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale

In this golf-given land of Arizona, there is golf and then there is great golf. Mountain vistas and vally views are plentiful playing golf around Phoenix, but this was the first time the beautiful scenery took over my golf game.  My husband and I were playing  with the director of golf at Desert Mountain in North Scottsdale. High in... Continue Reading →

Albertans hold the lead in buying Arizona property

The number of Canadians  buying property in Arizona has nearly doubled from 2009 to 2011, according to a local Phoenix market reserch company, with Albertans holding the lead. And today's stormy global stock markets  may be spurring even more and younger Canadians to invest in the beleaguered sunbelt's housing market. Here's an update on the Phoenix real estate market and some people... Continue Reading →

Sweater Weather in Phoenix keeps Canadians coming back

Going south for the winter is like slipping through a tear in the fabric of seasons where, magically, fall is knitted to spring by nothing more than a comfy sweater. With 320 Vitamin D days a year and joint-salving temperatures reaching the high 60s, sweater weather is why Canadians winter in Phoenix. Just ask the... Continue Reading →

Great golfing and great deals in authentic mountain village of Canmore, AB

The deals on condo hotels in the year-round mountain retreat of Canmore, just outside of Banff, Alberta, continue to be made as prices keep slipping from 2008 highs. We recently checked out the real estate market for this story and discovered a village that was pleasantly both upscale and downhome. Couldn't resist  a game of mountain golf at Silvertips Golf... Continue Reading →

Scottsdale offering up some real estate gems

Some say the best time to buy a home south of the border is in the dead of the summer, when it's too hot to look for deals. (Sort of like buying a home in January in Canada.) Scottsdale, one of the most expensive real estate markets in America, has been hit by the housing... Continue Reading →

Closing your second home for the summer

If you own a second home in one of the sunny southern sunbelt destinations like Arizona or Florida, you may be closing it for the summer and returning north for a Canadian summer. But who's watching your home while you're gone? I interviewed a women who has a home watch service in Phoenix and her tips on closing up your... Continue Reading →

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