“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, and if you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur “
Wynter Holden, December 21, 2016
WHETHER YOU’RE TRANSPLANTED from one of the other 49 states or one of those elusive Arizona natives you hear about but rarely see in the wild, these twelve commandments will keep you safe and sane living in the Grand Canyon State.
- Thou shalt wear sunblock.
According to EPA research, more than 40% of Arizona adults get sunburnt each year, and the melanoma rates for Gila County are 70% higher than the national average. Basically, our UV index is like a bajillion out of ten. We’d slather on SPF500 if we could find it. In fact, some Arizonan is probably in a lab trying to invent it right now.
- Thou shall not kill… cacti.
Sure, the saguaro blossom is the state flower an all, but most Arizonans aren’t that keen on cacti. The bad news is that cutting one down could technically land you in jail. Taking or destroying native plants is considered theft up to a Class 4 felony, and could score you a max of one to 3.75 years in the slammer if you’re a first-timer. So keep your paws off our prickly pals.
- Honor thy elders.
If Florida is where East-Coasters go to die, Arizona is where Western seniors come to live. 15.9% of the state’s population is over 65 years old; many live in retirement communities or dedicated senior towns such as the Phoenix suburb of Sun City. They’re some of the state’s most dedicated voters — and often very handy with a golf club.
- Thou shalt not take sides.
The Bible had Cain and Abel; we have the University of Arizona in Tucson vs. Arizona State University in Phoenix. Graduates from each school seem to carry a grudge against their counterparts for life, so when you go in for a job interview or try to make friends on the bus, feel out the folks before declaring your college team pride. Otherwise, you could end up jobless or black-eyed.
- Look out for number one.
Most employment in Arizona is at-will, which means employers can fire you at any time — and you can quit at any time. While it’s best to leave a job on good terms whenever possible, if your boss is an asshat and your company CEO makes Scrooge look generous feel free to walk out at lunch and never come back. Two weeks’ notice is for suckers (and employees who actually feel valued)
- Covet thy parking spot.
In Arizona, the most desired parking spot isn’t the closest one to the door. It’s the one with the shade. Drivers will seek out 2 inches of darkness versus prime real estate nearest their destination. If you find a spot with even minimal coverage, guard it with your life. And if you buy or rent a place with covered parking/garage space? Winning.
- Remove a rock at your own risk.
One of the best perks of living in the 48th state is the availability of quick day or weekend trips — Arizonans can see the red rocks of Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest all in a day or two. It may be tempting to take a rock or two back as a souvenir, but don’t give in to temptation. Officials at these sites have received petrified wood and stones back in the mail claiming that the takers were cursed with bad luck. Even if the Curse of the Petrified Forest isn’t real, why chance it?
- Keep the time holy.
Spring back, fall down… What the heck is that saying again? With the heyday of farming seated well in the past, most of the country feels that whole “spring ahead, fall back” thing is just a nuisance. We ditched Daylight Savings in 1967, so set your clocks once and you’re good for life.
- Thou shalt avoid the MVD.
We all hate the long lines and endless queues of motor vehicle departments. Number 365. 365. Bueller. Bueller. Luckily, your Arizona driver’s license is good till your 65th birthday, after which you’ll have to renew in person every five years. The best part? No new photos are required till you hit senior status. So get an Arizona DL at 25 and you’ll look young and perky for ages.
- Respect thy natives.
We’re not talking about the people born in Arizona — at least, not all of them. Arizona has the third largest Native American population in the nation and contains two out of three of the country’s largest reservations. It isn’t all pow-wows and teepees either. Permits are required for certain activities on the Navajo Nation, and the natives are skittish about photos. Put down the smartphone and pick up a peace pipe.
Phoenix Commercial Real Estate and Investment Real Estate: Investors and Owner / Users need to really know the market today before making a move in owner user Commercial Properties, Investment Properties and land in Phoenix / Maricopa County, Pinal County / Arizona, as the market has a lot of moving parts today. What is going on socio-economically, what is going on demographically, what is going on with location, with competing businesses, with public policy in general — all of these things affect the quality of selling or purchasing your Commercial Properties, Commercial Investment Properties and Commercial and large tracts of Residential Land Therefore, you need a broker, a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) who is a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry and who understands Commercial Properties and Investment Properties. I am marketing my listings on Costar, Loop-net CCIM, Kasten Long Commercial Group. I also sold hundreds millions of dollars’ worth of Investment Properties / Owner User Properties in Retail, Office Industrial, Multi-family and Land in Arizona and therefore I am working with brokers, Investors and Developers. I am also a CCIM and through this origination ( www.ccim.com ) I have access to marketing not only in the United States, but also internationalClick here to find out what is a CCIM: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCIM
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- DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS ABOUT MARICOPA COUNTY:
- The average age of the population is 34 years old.
- The health cost index score in this area is 102.1. (100 = national average)
- Here are some of the distributions of commute times for the area: <15 min (22.7%), 15-29 min (36.8%), 30-44 min (25.1%), 45-59 min (8.6%), >60 min (6.8%).
Feel free to contact Walter regarding any of these stories, the current market, distressed commercial real estate opportunities and needs, your property or your Investment Needs for Comercial Properties in Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona.
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Walter Unger CCIM, CCSS, CCLS
I am a successful Commercial / Investment Real Estate Broker in Arizona now for 20 years. If you have any questions about Commercial / Investment Properties in Phoenix or Commercial / Investment Properties in Arizona, I will gladly sit down with you and share my expertise and my professional opinion with you. I am also in this to make money therefore it will be a win-win situation for all of us.
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