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With a population of almost 1.4 million, Phoenix has grown to be the fifth largest city in the United States. The city also boasts the largest concentration of corporate headquarters in the area. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and attracts workers from across the country due to its climate, quality of life and economic opportunities.

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Learning to generate leads might be the most coveted skill in the real estate industry. For agents and brokers it's simple: the more people you contact, the more deals you'll close, and the more commissions you'll earn. A big part of the challenge is turning those contacts into clients, but a successful initial meeting, phone call, or email, can make all the difference.

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Finding great deals in the pre-construction market is easy - many developers will even bus you in from out of state to show you the latest hot property and attract your investment. The hard part, once you've signed on, is finding the next buyer.

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Open houses are the traditional method for generating buzz for a property. While most sellers see this as a valuable way to market their homes, some view open houses as a waste of time. Neighbors and curious passersby flock to your home and stroll around, eyeing up your private living space. Many of these people have no intentions of buying your house.

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There are many reasons for choosing a smaller living space: the kids have left, you want (or need) fewer responsibilities, perhaps it's because of financial issues or maybe you just want to simplify your life. Whatever your motivation, the prospect of getting your current stuff into your future space can be overwhelming, to put it mildly.

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When done well, preparing your vacation property for rental is an art. Lots of people do it, but if you are one of those people who do it with style you'll see bigger and better returns, especially in a busy market. Like staging a home for sale, with a little effort you can create an inviting environment for your renters.

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Condo Considerations

By Preston Guyton | Published 09/28/2007 | Real Estate |

So you're thinking of buying a condo? Owning a condo is a different world than owning a house, and comes with a whole different set of expectations and responsibilities. Maybe you're looking to find a vacation property, get out of the suburbs or get away from some of the chores that come with a traditional house - whatever the reason, you'll want to weigh the pros and cons of condo ownership before you make that final purchase.

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Demand for environmentally friendly buildings has grown considerably in recent years, and Realtors are making a lot of money helping investors buy and sell them. As this market grows, it's up to savvy agents to follow new green technology, and the changing interests of buyers. Government green building incentives and international treaties are also a big factor, and agents who know what policies are next can often anticipate demand.

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