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Cambridge Properties Top 3 picks for 2013

Are you thinking that the recovery has finally turned a corner? After the investor storm last year are you ready to purchase some property in Arizona? Where are the best deals?

Do I want to buy a condo or single family house? Something to live in or something for me to rent? Where are the best 2013 Phoenix real estate deals?


1. Luxury Homes: With the rest of the market going up the Luxury Market is still in a bit of a downturn. If oyu have the money to spend then the $1m+ homes are for you. There are so many deals in Arizona luxury homes right now you’ll have your pick.

2. Condos: Last year you couldn’t even look at homes under $300k unless you had a pocket full of cash to pick it up quickly. IN the sub $300k market right now the best deals are found in Condos. This Market is doing so well that there are even new developments going up, such as Pinnacle Pointe in North Scottsdale.

3. South Scottsdale/Skysong: During the downturn one of the first things to fall from the topic of conversation was revitalization. You may not remember but the up and coming area right before prices went crazy was south Scottsdale. One of the few places to find a good deal is the area around McDowell and Scottsdale Rd.


Are you looking to jump back into the market? Now is the time. These aren’t the only deals in town but they are our top Recommendations.

Cambridge Properties new website!

If you haven’t had a chance too please head over to our new website. We’ve made it easy to search the Arizona MLS. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us right away. 

We hope to get your feedback on how we can improve the site.

Is having a Garden really cost effective? It is, but…

One of the more popular websites today is, which is a user generated behemoth. At any time on anyone of it’s many “subreddits” (sections devoted to specific topics) you’ll find someone asking for help and some really great answers.

As we speak there is a discussion in the frugal section where a user asked the question “Does r/frugal think that gardens are actually financially frugal?” The top comment is such great advice we wanted to share it with any of you would be home gardeners. Even if cost isn’t an issue for you it’s still sounds advice:

“It is, if:

  • You identify the plants you eat a lot of and are expensive and grow those. Eat a lot of potatoes? Probably not a good idea to grow them, because they’re so dang cheap. Like chives? Well, they are really easy to grow, and cut herbs are expensive in the store, so go ahead. . Raspberries are also super easy, and pretty expensive. My general rule is: grow leafy vegetables, herbs, and berries. Buy root vegetables and squashes, plus anything that doesn’t get enough heat here.
  • Find out what crops grow well and easily for you, in your climate. For me, beans are tasty, yes, but we just don’t get a big enough crop to make it worthwhile. However, I grow a lot of kale, because it just does fantastically here- in fact, since some self-seeded, I don’t have to do anything but harvest now.
  • Develop your soil’s fertility cheaply or for free. For example, I’m getting a truck load of composted horse manure from a friend for the price of gas. Compost kitchen scraps and lawn clippings, check out coffee stands and see if they’ll give you coffee grounds. All of these are free or nearly free sources of fertility that will make your garden really produce.
  • Don’t get carried away and buy a pile of tools. Really, unless you have a big garden, all you need is a shovel, a trowel, and maybe a rake and garden fork. You do not need to buy rototillers or other fancy and expensive doodads.
  • Realize that gardening is a skill, and may take some time to develop. Some people are fantastic their first year, but many have entire crops fail before they figure out what they need to do.

TL;DR: Find out what crops you eat a lot of, aren’t cheap, and basically grow themselves for you. Get free and cheap sources of soil fertility. Only grow what you will actually eat. Figure out how to minimize effort and time investment while maximizing yield.”

It’s great to see people who posses specific knowledge and skills share that knowledge with other people.






Micro Kitchen Design makes us want to buy a micro house to put it in.

Micro Kitchen Design makes us want to buy a micro house to put it in.

We’ve mentioned tiny houses on our blog before and one of the big problems with them is that you often have to sacrifice to make it work. With the worlds growing population and emerging markets gaining clout it’s nice to see that design is something we won’t have to comprise on.

This Red dot winning design is a modular mini kitchen that can be configured in different way to meet any need. It’s going to be a while before Arizonan’s begin to run out of space but when we do, we know what the kitchen will look like. Champion of the Grand Ave. Rail Project.


“Today’s post is by contributing writer Kirby Hoyt:

Historically, cities have been designed around their prevailing modes of transportation. When Phoenix was first conceived, there were two modes of transportation: the train (for long distance and shipping) and the horse-and-buggy (for local and hauling needs). The streets in Phoenix were designed in a grid that emanated from the railroad depot and ancillary buildings, kind of a play on the Law of the Indies. Within six years of the incorporation of Phoenix, the beginnings of an extensive streetcar system was put in place, with the first streetcar operating on six miles of track using horses to pull cars, and by 1893 the system was completely electrified. It then operated for more than fifty years. Unfortunately, in 1948 the streetcar saw its last day due to a “suspicious” fire that destroyed all but six cars, Coincidentally, this was about the time National City Lines, a company with investors from Firestone Tire, Standard Oil, Phillips Petroleum, General Motors, and Mack Trucks together were buying up streetcar lines across the country and decommissioning them, forcing people to either buy automobiles or ride buses.”

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Schoolhouse Electric: 1960’s IBM wall clock re-issue

Midcentury is a term thrown around a lot lately. I feel that part of the reason there is such interest in that time period is that it’s seen as the zenith of both modern design and American Manufacturing. That convergence of two emotionally powerful aspects of our society are perfectly combined in the Schoolhouse Electric 1960’s IBM Wall Clock.   Learn more about how this clock was brought to life through a collaboration between Schoolhouse Electric and IBM for their 100th anniversary.


1960s IBM Clock from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co on Vimeo.

From REALTOR.COM: Inventories Hover at Historic Lows


While buyer demand is picking up, many consumers increasingly are finding fewer choices in housing these days. The number of homes for sale continues to remain at record lows with the nationwide inventory of for-sale single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and co-ops is about 19 percent below inventory levels from a year ago, reports in its analysis of July housing data of 146 markets.

“Low inventories, combined with rising list prices and lower times on market, are positive signs that the overall market is in a stabilization mode,” reports.

Median asking prices were 2.63 percent above list prices in July, and the median age of the housing inventory has fallen about 9 percent in that time period, reports.

California cities have seen some of the largest drops in inventory levels in the past year, as well as some of the largest price increases.

13 Metros With Largest Inventory Drops

The following metro areas have seen the largest drops in inventories of for-sale homes in the past year (July 2012 compared to July 2011):

1. Oakland, Calif.: -59.30 percent

2. Fresno, Calif.: -47.81 percent

3. Bakersfield, Calif: -44.71 percent

4. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.: -42.23 percent

5. San Jose, Calif.: -41.76 percent

6. San Francisco, Calif.: -40.26 percent

7. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.: -40.24 percent

8. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.: -40.03 percent

9. Atlanta, Ga.: -38.27 percent

10. Sacramento, Calif: -36.43 percent

11. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, Calif.: -34.89 percent

12. San Diego, Calif.: -34.55 percent

13. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.: -34.37 percent

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Daily News