Giving Back: Blanketing Arizona

For several years now, The Aladin Group has participated in the charity Blanketing Arizona, helping to give blankets, sleeping bags, necessities and food to Phoenix’s homeless on Christmas Eve morning.

Last year we were able to share over 1,600 blankets and sleeping bags, serve about 40 gallons of chili and disperse many other items to help make the holiday season a little brighter and warmer for the less fortunate in our city.

Giving back to our community is so important to us, and we invite you to join us in this worthy cause.  Volunteers are welcome, or you can donate any of the following items:


•           Blankets – (Only New Please)

•           Sleeping Bags (Only New)

•           Hygiene Items

•           Food, Canned Chili, Cheese, Fruit, other canned goods to give away

•           Sturdy disposable bowls

•           Plastic silverware

•           Cardboard serving trays (like McDonald’s cup holders)

•           Cases of bottled water

•           Snack size bags of chips

•           Toys – No batteries needed

•           Wind-up radios and wind-up flashlights

•           Dry Dog Food

•           Cash $$

Donations may be dropped off at our office:

11201 N Tatum Blvd. Suite 140 Phoenix, AZ 85028

Or call us for pick up!


Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Improve your Credit Score NOW

We all know that your credit score is a critical factor when applying for a home loan, but did you know that there are some steps you can put into action now to improve your overall score?

Your score can improve by managing your credit responsibly over time and following some basic tips:

  • Make sure the information in your credit report is correct. You are entitled to one free credit report annually from the three credit bureaus – Experian, Transition, and Equifax. Visit to obtain your free reports. You may also purchase a copy of your credit score report through this website.
  • Review your credit report for accuracy (review the account-opened date, account balance, account limit and last activity information). Act quickly to correct erroneous information.
  • Pay down high credit card and revolving account balances, but don’t close the account. Don’t apply for credit that you don’t need – excessive credit report “inquiries” can lower your score.
  • Avoid moving credit balances from one account to another just to take advantage of low introductory interest rates. The combination of “inquiries” and “new accounts” can negatively impact your score.
  • If possible, avoid “finance company” type credit accounts, including “90-day” and “12 months same-as-cash” accounts. Mortgage loans, installment loans and revolving credit card accounts impact your score more favorably than finance company accounts.

If you would like more information about obtaining your credit report, or getting pre-qualified for a home loan, please contact us!

Rising Home Prices in the Valley

Metro Phoenix home prices continued to rapidly climb in May.

The median sales price of a home in the region is up 32 percent from May 2011, according to the latest report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

During last month alone, the cost to buy a Phoenix-area house climbed 7 percent to $147,000. The region’s home prices have rebounded back to early 2003 levels.

More regular buyers and investors coupled with a shrinking supply of homes for sale are propelling metro Phoenix home prices higher.

ASU housing analyst Mike Orr said in his report “high demand and low supply” remain the dominant factors in Phoenix’s housing market.

The number of homes for sale in the area is down 50 percent from May 2011. Currently, 8,550 homes are listed for sale and don’t have pending contracts from buyers.

Moderately-priced homes continue to draw the most buyers and bids.

“Most houses below $250,000 priced realistically are attracting large numbers of offers in a short time, and many exceed the asking price,” said Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at W. P. Carey School.

He said a Chandler owner recently received 84 offers, and a Glendale owner snared 95.

The Glendale house closed within four weeks for 17 percent above the original asking price.

“Needless to say, this is not something we would see in a normal market,” Orr said.

Metro Phoenix home prices can’t continue to climb at the “extremely fast rate” recorded in the past few months.

“The most likely time for prices to stabilize is during the hot summer months of June through September,” Orr said.


Want to have the leading edge in this competitive market?  Have questions about what your home might be worth?  Contact The Aladin Group!

The Aladin Group’s New Blog Series

The Aladin Group has come out with a new youtube blog series called “5 Things Your Realtor CAN’T Tell You!” Subscribe to their channel HERE! Check out Part 1 of 5 below! Enjoy!

This series will be very helpful for prospective buyers! There are some great questions that need to be asked but Realtors can’t legally or morally give the answers to.

Realty Executives files for Bankruptcy

Aladin Abdin discusses the effects of Realty Executives Bankruptcy on our clients. If you have any questions, comment below, comment on the youtube video , comment on Facebook or emailing! Enjoy!

Arizona Buyers are Buying…Don’t Miss this Opportunity!

cactusThis article was written in two fold, both for Arizona Realtors and for the buyer. 

Many buyers out there want and need our help, buyers of all price points. 

REALTORS:  From a buyers perspective, I know if an agent picks up the phone and we are willing to give a few minutes of our time, it is greatly appreciated.  In a very competitive market right now, it is simple…communicate.  Not rocket science…answer your phone, spend a few minutes with a potential buyer and next thing you know, you have a buyer that values your time and wants to partner together to find a home.

 The Internet can only get buyers so far…it does not allow them access to our homes for sale.  I think buyers realize after calling agent after agent after agent from the sign or Internet, they will see that it is easier to just work with one agent to answer all their questions.

I only have seven listings (availble) and get at least 5-7 buyer leads per week.  So if agents out there are not busy, I am not really sure why.  All my buyers may not be purchasing half a million dollar homes, but they are live buyers with a pulse, waiting to take advantage of low home prices!!