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June 5, 2019

Today's Real Estate Mistake to AVOID

One of my favorite subjects is to share true real life, real estate mistakes others have made to help you try to turn an unfortunate real estate experience into a positive one. 


Quick Story and Real Estate lesson for today... 


I have a client interested in a home for sale in Scottsdale. Normally, this is a good thing. However, in this case, it has become a learning lesson for this article rather than a home sale.  

Previously I had been speaking to the agent for the home seller and had queried the agent, ‘why after a year had the home not been further reduced in price and our previous offer not accepted ?’  The agent never really had an answer and simply answered, ‘homes sell within 5% of asking.’ So with that reasoning, I thought, ‘GREAT! I could sell my friend’s trailer home for $475,000 because I asked $500,000.’ UMMM…wait, probably not. 

Anyway, I encounter all kinds of lackluster agents. So, I have been keeping my buying client informed of the home’s status and just yesterday, as luck would have it, I was able to call the home seller directly because the (home) listing was canceled. What that means is, the exclusive listing with the sellers’ agent was canceled. When an exclusive listing cancels, any real estate agent can then call the home seller and either try to obtain the listing or sell the property to their client(s). Prior to a canceled listing, Realtors are prohibited from calling another agent’s clients. This is tantamount to calling the husband or wife of a friend and asking them for dinner - a big NO NO. But once the listing is canceled/divorce finalized, it’s okay to call. 

So, in the interest of my buying client, I called, emailed and sent a smoke signal to the sellers to let them know again my client was interested but not at the last counter price we had all deadlocked on. The seller’s reply was ‘he could NOT sell the home for less than what he paid for it.' Whoops - the wrong answer...because his answer was not based on the comparable sales or any relevant market data. Well, it makes sense because neither was the information from his agent. 

In fact, I had already sent his previous agent relevant, accurate, well-presented current market data showing the home was worth what my clients were willing to pay.

Unfortunately, for the seller, he could not bring himself to sell it for less than he paid for it, at least not yet, after almost a year. Yikes! But the time will come.

So TWO lessons here.

Lesson #1

  1. A home is ONLY worth what the buying public is willing to pay, which is based on comparable homes they have seen for sale.  A home is not worth what you, the seller, can’t live without or because the seller would love a new yacht or a new dish set. The moral lesson here is (and I see this ALL of the time) don’t let your ego get in the way of your success and happiness. 
  2. The practical lesson here is if a house is on the market for almost a year with, at least, decent marketing and does not sell, the price is toooooo high. This is not rocket science. A home is a product for sale. The public are shoppers. Have you ever seen a shopper not buy something that was priced right and looked good??? Right?

Lesson #2

Get a great Realtor. Again, not necessarily a Realtor that looks the nicest or has the best comedic lines or looks great in a red dress. Get a Scottsdale Realtor - that is great and that would include, yes me! Because I am VERY      knowledgeable, experienced, honest and professional. And there are not a lot of agents with all of these qualities.

So, the second lesson here is the "don't OVER pay for a home" and you will not overpay IF you get an agent who knows what a house is worth. You would be surprised how many real estate agents talk "as If"  they have expert knowledge but have very little.


Lesson Demonstrated

I sent the seller ALL of the comparable sales when he purchased the home. Of 15 comparable homes sold around the time he purchased his property, his purchase was the HIGHEST. And it gets worse. Not only was his the highest price paid PSF, but his home also has stairs everywhere. What does that mean to a knowledgeable, experienced, honest Realtor? The value goes down. For every stair, subtract $10,000 (Not exactly in every instance but you get the idea). And there is more. The floor-plan is not ideal in the home. Again, subtract more $$$$. You get the idea.

The sad part here is, the sellers are very nice, awesome people. I even just briefly met the sellers’ daughter and she could not have been nicer. So here is this really nice, sweet Scottsdale family saddled now with a home they can't sell for what they paid for it that they have been stressed out selling for almost a year. They will probably spend another 8 months trying to sell it in vain until the invariable emotional exhaustion sets in and the ego is relinquished to reason and the home is reduced in price and THEN sold within 5% of asking. Take heed on these  Scottsdale Phoenix real estate lessons.  Thank you for reading!

Call me anytime with real state questions for Scottsdale- Paradise Valley homes for sale and Phoenix homes for sale or to sell. 480-450-4632


Posted in Home buying tips
May 24, 2019

How To Save Money Going to the Seller's Agent?

One of my favorite subjects. How a home buyer can save money going directly to the seller’s agent.
As one of the most recognized professionals in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Real estate, I have seen it all.

 There is always a small percentage of home buyers trying to be clever and negotiate directly with the seller's agent to save money on a home he/she is interested in. The goal is;  to go directly to the seller’s representation and ask for a commission reduction and further negotiate an extra low sales price.

With over 20 years of real estate experience, 99% of the time, the clever home buyer loses thousands of dollars and 100% of the time increases his/her chances of being involved in future legal litigation.

For this article, I am going to share only one example of "How home buyers saving money on commission" actually lose thousands more by going directly to the seller’s agent without their own buyers representation.

Recently, a couple I know decided to buy a larger home. The gentleman, a very nice, extremely intelligent, successful CFO decided he would save money and negotiate the offer for a home himself. This, in spite of his fiancee's many requests to have their own experienced buyer representation. This gentleman was going to be "smart and save money".  

How it turned out.

Now, one of the most important processes in purchasing a home is the Home inspection. The couple hired a professional home inspector and during the home inspection several items came up as needing repair and replacement. Now, this is not unusual. It's actually extremely rare to find a home that does not have a long list of items that need either repair or replacement. In fact, if you do a home inspection and the inspector smiles and shows you just a few minor items needing repair, hire another inspector, even on brand new construction homes for sale; there is always a long list of repair items.
So when these homebuyers were negotiating the repair request, the gentleman/negotiator asked and received a $15,000 reduction in the sale price. Nice!!!
Only one small problem. Having heard all of the details, had the couple hired a professional,  honest Realtor to represent them, they would have been able to receive an almost $35,000 price reduction with ease. BTW, part of the irony in this home-buying scenario is, the home buyer, in this example, will walk away from this experience feeling "as if " he did a great job.  Not knowing how much he over-paid for the home... and lost in the inspection negotiations.

Home buyers,  please always hire a professional, Multi-year experienced and honest Realtor to represent you.
If you are still wondering why,... let me ask, if you were in a legal battle, would you hire the other side’s attorney to represent you?  Or would you hire a nice but less than the best attorney if you had a free of cost choice??

To learn about more ways in which home buyers try to save and lose by going to the seller’s agent, please feel free to call me directly at 480-450-4632.  It is my pleasure to serve and educate.


Michael Chaisson  Realtor - Specialist in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Luxury Real Estate.
RL Sotheby's International Realty Premier Client Services
Ranked Top 1% Nationally
Circle of 26 Excellence Award Recipient

Posted in Home buying tips
May 23, 2019

Scottsdale's Best Realtor Reviews

The Realtor is of incredible importance in the purchase and/or sale of a home. Today with inexperienced agents and discount brokers popping up left and right offering open doors to homes for sale. Most Home buyers will never know how much they over-paid or how much they lost selling their home... And with so many inexperienced agents in the business now, most home buyers will never experience living in the dream home they could have.

After hearing hundreds of home buying horror stories, I promise you...There is a difference in Real Estate professionals. If you heard the stories I have,  you would never work with a Realtor with less than 10 years experience and most assuredly, only one who is honest, patient and encourages you to wait for the VERY BEST home in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley or the city you are looking in.

Just a sampling of my reviews are below and a sampling of what you might expect from me as your Realtor.


-"He is patient, knowledgeable, personable at the risk of sounding redundant, the hardest and most honest Realtor we’ve ever met".  

*Harry and Carol

-"You far exceeded any of our expectations, absolutely the best Realtor we’ve ever worked with!"

*Christine and Rick

-"We have worked with the biggest name Realtors in the business and Michael Chaisson was by far the most committed, dedicated and talented Realtor we have ever worked with. The result was a relief and pleasure with superior buyer showings and a very welcomed sale price for our home." 

*Rod and Karen

-"We can’t thank you enough for the incredible job you did in getting us our dream home, your patience and insight was a gift ". 

*Richard and Ann

- "One in a million. Thank you for your direct guidance, communication and genuine niceness. We’re so glad we got the chance to work with you."

*Joe and Susan

- "Our home was listed for 2 years with two other Realtors who promised us the moon; with the first two Realtors, there were very few showings and slowly less and less communication with the Realtors; Michael was our third Realtor, he was honest and from the moment we met him, he started working on what, I considered a much more comprehensive approach to selling our home.

He worked his tail off from the beginning, always kept us informed. and he followed through on every one of his promises. We sold our home in less than 90ty days at near asking with Michael and his team. Some of the nicest people I could ever have the pleasure of knowing

*Arek S.


-"We met Michael at open house and found him to be very friendly and knowledgeable, we had bought a home a few years ago at the bottom of the market , although it had come up in price My husband and I still were trying to get, as Michael said “a very strong number” although the number was above all the neighborhood comps Michael said, “he would do his best”.

We prepared our home exactly as he and his team recommended, Michael had an outstanding photographer prepare the home photos, with a graphics member enhancing each image for the web, he also took several steps we had not seen another Realtor do including.

We had multiple showings from about the first day, feedback from several of the first viewings agents was, “ we were way too high on list price “. However , even with this feedback , Michael sold the home for full price after 15 days on market , we closed the sale in less than 30 days."

*Dee and William

-"My husband and I recently had the pleasure of working with Michael to buy our new home. Choosing Michael as our Realtor was one of the best decisions we made. He is professional, not pushy, is easy (and fun) to work with and he really understands the market. He was very patient and always took the time to explain everything to us and answer any questions. While we were in the process of looking for homes, we never felt pressured. In fact, Michael would point out things about a home that we would never have noticed and recommend holding out for something better. That's not something you find often, as Realtors are usually interested in closing the deal and moving on. We never felt that way with Michael. We always felt that he gave us honest advice and that we could trust him. And now we have found our dream home and we couldn't be happier!

During the process of closing on our new home, Michael recommended a home inspector for us to use. When we later met with the home builder, we were told that he was the most thorough inspector he had ever worked with and that our Realtor must really be looking out for us to have recommended him!

Michael is genuine and hardworking and will always be on your side supporting you and looking out for what's best for you. While dealing with the issues that our home inspector found, Michael addressed the issues quickly on our behalf and worked diligently to make sure they were resolved as quickly as possible. He was on top of everything and always kept us informed and educated.

Michael is hands down the best Realtor and we would recommend him to anyone looking to buy (or sell) their home!"

*Jocelyn and Ian

-"Michael Chaisson is the most amazing Realtor I have ever worked with, 4 days before the scheduled closing on my house, We learned that the buyer's loan was not approved by the lender, even though we had received multiple verification's the loan was on schedule and on time. I had already made arrangements with a moving company for a cross country move. I nearly canceled everything, but Michael resurrected the deal. He took charge of the buyer's problem and actually arranged a new loan and lender when the buyer's own agent could not. Michael pulled in all favors and the loan was approved in record time and we closed in only 2 weeks, incredible after all had seemed lost. Michael saved the day.  His hard work, experience and tenacity was a God send. He was a real hero!"

*Donna E.


-"Michael Chaisson is everything one could ask for in a Realtor and more. I initially met Michael in November 2013 when one of my friends was closing on his house. Prior to meeting him, my friend told me that I should consider him when I start looking for houses. He spent a lot of time with them and was patient. When I met him, he said "when you are ready, we can go out and just have some fun" looking at houses.

A few months later, my wife and I were ready to look at houses so we called him up and started on our journey in August 2013. He took us to every area we had in focus. My wife and I both doctors have busy schedules that often conflict, which sometimes made it difficult to arrange for meetings. Michael made it work. He took us to see an endless number of houses. In the beginning we were not very vocal about what we liked and did not like, but as time went on he teased out the things that were really important to us. If we found a house online, he would research it, and give his opinion on whether the house was truly something we would like. In the beginning we saw many houses regardless of his opinion, but we soon saw that his assessment of a house, and whether we would like it was spot on. This saved us time later on when considering a house.

This was our first time looking for houses so there were certain things that we didn’t necessarily think about when looking at a house, such as resale value, whether the yard faced east or west, if the house was next to a road. He educated us on all these details and many more. We spent a lot of time with Michael, and we enjoyed every minute of it. He is very amiable and has a great sense of humor, which made the whole experience more like spending time with a friend. There was a period of time when we started to get a little despondent, and he was very supportive. There were one or two houses that we hesitated on and lost , but he always encouraged us, told us that we would find a better house, and one that was just right for us”. He clearly understands the emotional rollercoaster that one goes through when going through the process of buying a house. When he read our frustrations, or even perhaps when we were overzealous, he would help bring us up, or give us perspective, and he did so kindly. He was available at all times. He would call us to see how we were doing even if there were no houses to see. He had a tremendous amount of patience given the fact that it took us almost a year to find our house, and the wait was truly worth it.

The house that we finally bought was one that Michael found for us. The day it came on the market, he told me we had to move quickly, as “it would go soon”. My wife couldn’t make it so I went with Michael, and spent about an hour at the house. We were the first people to look at the house. I told my wife she had to see it, and we went to see it early the next day. By that time another 6 people had seen it, and he was nervous that someone may have already put in an offer as it was a short sale, and the asking price was already great. At this point seeing our enthusiasm, he really encouraged us and we went to his office and wrote up a detailed offer. If Michael had not wisely encouraged us at this point, or allowed us to hesitate, I am certain we would have missed out on an absolutely amazing home. Other buyers tried to make offers in the house in the days that followed, fortunately we had the home in contract.

While Michael was excellent during the period of time that we were looking for a house, he was AMAZING when it came to the closing process, and getting us the best deal possible. The short sale was a long process that took 5 months. We put our offer in August 2014, and finally closed in January 2014. He made sure I was on track to have everything in order so that the closing would occur without a hitch, and certainly during those 5 months it was not smooth sailing as we negotiated with the bank. The bank eventually accepted our offer on December 7th and said we had to close by December 31st, which gave us less than 13 working days(given Christmas vacation) to get our loan in order, the house inspected, and once inspected to get estimates on the possible repairs. Again, without him I do not think we would have accomplished all that we did in those last days of December. He was invaluable! After the inspection of the house he was a tremendous advisor when it came to negotiating some of the repairs that the house needed.

In Summary, Michael Chaisson is a fantastic Realtor, who I have already referred to friends. He goes above and beyond his responsibilities as a Realtor. In the future if we move, he will be the first person I call. If you are in the market for a house, I would urge you to call him. I give him my highest recommendation without reservations. His integrity and desire to truly help his clients is unmatched. I have no doubt he will work his hardest for you, as he did for us."

*Randal and Stephanie


-"Michael has gone above and beyond for us the last year in trying to find the right home for my son and myself, my son being a disabled veteran needed a specific house. Working with Michael from 1500 miles away made the process easy. Thanks Michael for being there for us". 5 STARS !!!

*Mark and Adam W.

Michael is amazing! He will go the extra mile for you! I highly recommend his services. He is honest and has integrity. He is also smart and very knowledgeable about the Phoenix real estate market.

*Anita and Armand 5 STARS !!!

-"When I first met Michael I was impressed with his knowledge of the real estate market but most importantly, I was struck by the fact, as a Realtor he clearly wanted the very best for me. My concerns were his concerns, Michael truly cared about my goals. Furthermore, He gave me great ideas for homes and insight into various locations throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Michael was always available to answer questions or provide tips.His whole approach was to be completely helpful and lead with a cheerful positive personality. This took off a lot of the stress associated with the relocation process. In closing we found a great home and Michael negotiated a terrific price. A price well below what other homes in sold the area had sold for. I could not be happier or give a stronger recommendation for a Realtor who leads with integrity and heart."  5 STARS !

*Susan P.

For more reviews please feel free to contact me at 480-450-4632 . There truly is a difference in real estate professionals and a great Realtor will make a tremendous difference for you.

Posted in Home buying tips
May 20, 2019

Calculating home closing cost in Phoenix

If you are buying an home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Paradise Valley, one of the factors you will likely be interested in is, How much will your closing cost be, when purchasing a home in the City of Scottsdale, Town Of Paradise Valley or any of the over 20 cities that make up the Phoenix metropolitan area. On this web site you can search home all over state of Arizona. In term of the cost of buying a home,  there are five main cost, 1. Purchase Price ( I always recommend buying well within your budget, stretches are only good for the body) 2. Taxes Maricopa County, has not only one of the lowest residential property taxes in the US but also some of the lowest property taxes in the State of Arizona  3. Closing Cost ( Fees for title transfer,  title Insurance and associated fees) 4. Hoa Fee (if any - fees associated with monthly, quarterly, semi annual or annual fees set by the Homeowners Association when applicable) 5. Property Maintenance and renewal (Homes in Arizona typically have less repair and maintenance than homes back east. The weather, as nice as it is to live in.... is also a joy to the homes here. Meaning roofs, walls, floors everything still in better shape longer.  Below is a link to one of my favorite title companies, with a closing cost calculator.


When filling this out, please note county is Maricopa and unless you are an "investor" select not applicable when it ask about "Investor"


For more information on real estate in Scottsdale, Phonix or Paradise Valley; please feel free to contact me directly
I am one of the most recognized names in Luxury Real Estate in the Scottsdale area. It is due to providing you excellent - honest services, hard work and a genuine talent for making sure my clients get the best home within their budget and selling and marketing homes so my clients earn top dollar. I am on my cell now, looking forward to your call at 480-450-4632  Michael Chaisson. Realtor @ Sotheby's International Realty.

Posted in Home buying tips
May 10, 2019

Arizonas Top 15 Most Expensive Zip Codes

Arizona's Top 15 Most expensive Zip Codes are not surprisingly are almost all in one the most beautiful cities in Arizona and one of the most desirable. If you are looking for homes for sale in Scottsdale or Paradise Valley Arizona... you have excellent taste. Both those cities ranked #1 and #2 for most expensive home buying zip codes. Homes for sale in various parts of Scottsdale dominated the list of top 15 most expensive zip codes. There is no price you can put on living in a community that is not only beautiful but offers every amenity & comfort under the sun .. allowing you to live a lifestyle second to none. Below is a chart showing the median price for homes in Arizona's top 15 most expensive zip codes. As you can see from the chart; Homes for sale in Scottsdale are still affordable. If you are looking for a home in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley or any city in the Phoenix area...and purchasing the right home at the correct market value is important to you then... it is absolutely critical for you to work with an honest, experienced Realtor. This cannot be emphasized enough. Buying a home is a huge investment. I have seen home buyers lose thousands working with the friendly faced Real Estate agent they loved having over for a barbecue. For the very best in honest - experienced Real Estate/ Realtor services you can call or text me 7 days a week at 480-450-4632.   Below is the graph of Arizona Top 15 most expensive zip codes.

May 8, 2019

How to Sell Your Scottsdale Home for More



How to Sell Your Scottsdale Home for 10-percent More and 50-percent Faster. 

If you want to sell your home in the shortest possible time frame and earn top dollar, especially in Scottsdale, Top Realtors suggest, “hiring a professional home stager is an absolute essential “

“There’s not a home at any price point that is not benefited by staging,” said luxury Realtor, Michael Chaisson with RL- Sotheby’s International Realty in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Office.

“However, in the Scottsdale real estate market, staging and the elements involved in staging is especially important because you’re dealing with primarily higher price point home and more sophisticated and selective homebuyers. Every detail is scrutinized to a greater degree than homes selling at a lower price. There are selective buyers in every price range but with years of experience as a Realtor, the luxury buyer is by far the more discriminating client.”

 Homeowners in Scottsdale own some of the most valuable homes in  Arizona. “As of November 2018, the average per square foot sale price of properties in Scottsdale was $253.29, the second highest per square foot city selling price in the Phoenix metropolitan area, said Sotheby’s Realtor Michael Chaisson.

Mr. Chaisson said when you’re dealing with high-end buyers, all of the detail in the house has to appeal to a more sophisticated clientele, to that end…

“In Scottsdale, I work with stagers who use more expensive, designer and contemporary furniture, art and décor items,” I personally work with the stagers to hand select more expensive items that are distinctive pieces and/or notable for the quality, design and the comfort they project;  to appeal to a more sophisticated buyer.”

Many of these homebuyers want to be in Scottsdale because of the amazing lifestyle and culture according to Chaisson who says, “Scottsdale is clearly one of the ten best cities in the world for quality of living and that is the draw to those all over the world looking to relocate or to have a second home here”

 In order to appeal to home buyers, who are more in touch with design trends and savvier to what’s happening In the luxury market,

 Chaisson will also often times work with a staging team including color consultants and have clients repaint the house to a more contemporary color, corresponding to the style of the home and neighborhood, something he doesn’t always do in all communities. It’s also not unusual to request the home seller to enhance curtains, blinds. flooring and more, all within reason and in direct relation to goal sale price of home.

“The #1 most important thing a seller can do to sell their home faster and for more money is to create the most visually appealing product possible,” said Chaisson.  This is marketing #101, “This will allow the home to stand out.”  The better, the product appears, the faster it moves and the more it sells for! “

 Trends are also changing.

 “One of the biggest new trends in staging is 'virtual staging' where a home buyer searching the internet can see the home empty and on the next image of the same room, the home has been staged, virtually,” said Chaisson.

He said, virtual staging is an interesting concept and a useful tool for home sellers who simply can’t afford to properly stage the home. However, virtual staging does not qualify as a substitute for staging.

 “Most importantly because the sale of a home happens when the home buyer sees the home and is actually in the home,” explained Chaisson.

“I think one of the other trends I am seeing from more home sellers is the understanding of the value of home staging and the creatively talented home sellers are taking staging to the next level and doing more than furniture, art and painting. They’re also changing cabinets and countertops, for example, to maximize the profit on the home.” I am seeing some Scottsdale home buyers making over a quarter million dollars and more by taking home staging to the next level.

“It’s been well documented that doing certain home decor improvements can have a substantial improvement on price,” added Chaisson.

“However, I strongly caution. Home sellers alone should not make the creative decisions. Always call an experienced professional before doing any of these improvements.”

There is no one formula that works ideally for every home. Recently, Chaisson sold a home another agent was not able to sell. By doing additional home staging enhancing the look of the home and strategic painting, the home sold in 45 days for an additional $50,000.

“Staged homes absolutely sell faster and for more money than equally un-staged homes,” said Chaisson. Statistics are well documented. “According to a survey from The National Association of Realtors, almost 30% of buyer's agent indicated staged homes sold for between 5% and 20% over equally non-staged homes. In my experience, properly, well-staged homes typically sell for between 4% and 10% over equally non-staged homes depending on the price point. In addition, according to the survey by the NAR, almost 40% of seller’s agents surveyed said staging a home greatly decreases time on the market.”

“For example, given two equal homes, both priced similarly with one staged and the other not staged, the staged home 95% of the time sells for a higher dollar amount and in a shorter time,” Chaisson added. 

The cost of home staging usually depends on the number of rooms staged and to what degree the home will be staged. Some home buyers will elect to only do staging in the living room and master bedroom with light staging in the rest of the home but will not do any painting or freshening up.

“Staging in Scottsdale for a small townhome at 1,400 square feet, starts at about $1,200,” said Chaisson. “The stager will provide all of the items and home sellers are not required to buy any furniture. On occasion, if the sellers or seller’s agent feels something is necessary outside the scope of the stager than they will likely charge an additional fee. Some home stagers will also offer color consultations for a fee and even design tips on lighting fixtures or design sources may be employed.”

As far as things you can do yourself, Chaisson says especially in Scottsdale, less is more and the old rule of de-cluttering is as apparent today as when home selling began. It’s also important to have the home look fresh, clean and bright.

“For example, clean the windows, clean tile grout, carpets, leave the curtains open, when showing, open the blinds, turn on the lights, bright homes sell” said Chaisson. “If you are handy with a brush, a new fresh color of a light neutral color can add thousands to the value of a home.” Keep the front of the home clean, racked and trees trimmed.

Case study #2,

Chaisson gives an example of a former client who was insistent on keeping old furniture and was not open to painting any rooms in the house. Five Realtors later, Chaisson persuaded the client into making a few changes. The seller spent $3,500 painting the interior and did proper staging and the home sold for $65,000 more within 60 days.

“There are certain items you need a professional for that are relatively inexpensive but can add thousands to the resale value,” said Chaisson.

For more information on marketing and selling a home at the highest value, contact Michael Chaisson at "







Posted in Selling your home
May 4, 2019

Scottsdale - Phoenix Zip Code Home Search

Searching for homes for sale by zip code in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area is an extremely useful tool.


Let’s get right to it.  You can start your zip code home search on this web site. For example, if you are looking for homes for sale in Paradise Valley, the zip code for Paradise Valley homes is 85253. The 85253 zip code is as famous in Scottsdale as the 90210 Zip code is in Beverly Hills. 


Please note that although Paradise Valley is in a beautiful, highly desirable community, Paradise Valley has essentially 5 different sections; however, they are all in the same zip code. Portions of Paradise Valley are more lush, beautiful and potentially more desirable than others. 


For more information on homes for sale in Paradise Valley and specifics on the various sections of Paradise Valley, please call me, 480-450-4632. I specialize in Luxury Homes in Paradise Valley, Phoenix and in Scottsdale. 


Scottsdale is a city with an incredibly fun and vibrant lifestyle. Homes for sale in Scottsdale allow you the flexibility to enjoy whatever lifestyle you choose. For example, if you want a beautiful Scottsdale home with only the sound of chirping birds and total privacy, you can have it. Or do you prefer the “in town” lifestyle close to great restaurants, shopping galore and only a walking distance to a great gym? 


One of the nice things about Scottsdale is although it is technically a fairly large city it often feels like a homey community. A distinctive difference from Phoenix.  Let’s explore a bit of homes for sale in Scottsdale’s different zip codes. North Scottsdale Zip codes include, (see map at the bottom of this article) 85331, 85266, 85262, 85255, 85054. Two of the most popular zip codes for North Scottsdale are 85255 and 85262. 


Interested in Central Scottsdale? A popular zip code for homes for sale in Central Scottsdale is 85258. 


South Scottsdale is where it all began in the very popular “Old Town Scottsdale.” Don’t move here if you are shy. Everyone is friendly and they will say “hi.” Lots of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and minutes to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. 



Interested in the Rockwellian community? It’s otherwise known as a VERY popular community in Phoenix called “Arcadia.” Arcadia is partially known for its charming ranch style homes but bring your checkbook. The charm of this Arcadia community comes at a price. Take a look at homes for sale in 85018. 


Feel like living in a beautiful community but not breaking the bank? Consider beautiful Gilbert, Arizona, 20 minutes from Scottsdale and truly a lovely community. Homes for sale in Gilbert can be found on the zip code search on this site in 85298 or 85297 and more. 


Another city that has some great values but not often mentioned is Litchfield Park. Homes for sale in Litchfield park can be found in zip code 85340. Chandler, Arizona is another awesome community in the Phoenix Metro area. Take a peak in 85249 and/or how about viewing Chandler homes for sale in 85286?  


Have you heard of Tempe, AZ? That is the home of Arizona State University (ASU). If you feel like dusting off your letterman jacket, you can look at homes for sale in Tempe in zip code 85284. 


There are so many interesting and diverse ways to search for a home in Phoenix. I am here to help you not just search but most importantly negotiate; provide counsel on multiple inspections and contract items; help with neighborhood value assessments, including values of homes based on location, site orientation, amenities, floor plans, lots, size, age; and review contract issues, escrow holdings and multiple other facets of the home purchase. 




I am an Award Winning Realtor because of my services. My clients range from top international celebrities, business executives and doctors to every home-buyer under the sun. One thing they have in common is, they have all given me 5-star reviews because I have humbly and honorably listened and served each of them as I will you.


Locals often refer to different portions of Phoenix as being in different parts of the valley. Below is an easy reference map.




Hear what clients are saying about me: 




            "We have worked with the biggest name Realtors in the business and Michael Chaisson was by far the most committed, dedicated and talented Realtor we have ever worked with.” Rod & Karen


      "He is patient, knowledgeable, personable at the risk of sounding redundant, the hardest and most honest Realtor we’ve ever met.” Carol & Harry    


            "We can’t thank you enough for the incredible job you did in getting us our dream home, your patience and insight was a gift.”  Richard & Ann        


          "You far exceeded any of our expectations, absolutely the best Realtor we’ve ever worked with.” Christine & Rick       



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Feb. 18, 2019

Why Californians are choosing Scottsdale to buy a home

It's no secret that homes for sale in Scottsdale and Phoenix are typically less than half the price of comparable homes in almost any city in California... but there are 8 more important reasons why living in Scottsdale and /or Phoenix is superior to living in any part of California....I wrote the letter below to a very nice gentleman who has joined this site who is considering Scottsdale as a place to buy a home.

"I moved from California myself about 14 years ago.. here is my top 8 reasons to move to either Scottsdale, Phoenix or Paradise Valley from California. 
1 Low Taxes.. property taxes are typically less than 1% of a homes value.
2. Cost of living is half..including gas is approx. 20% less here in Scottsdale
3. It is FUN to live here!  The lifestyle is vibrant and energetic for people ages 20 to 90
or if you want to be secluded... there are beautiful homes for sale is Scottsdale literally 20 minutes away from the center of the city on quiet dirt roads.
4. It's only 1.15 hours to the beach via Southwest Airlines... and Phoenix may someday be beachfront property.
Beaches can be reached by car to beautiful resort beaches in Mexico.... Essentially the same amount of time it take to get to Malibu Beach from most places in Los Angeles.
5. People are SUPER friendly in Scottsdale and Phoenix.. it's because most of the people who live here moved from states where you wave to everyone who drives by.
6. Winters are beautiful  summers are warm...but not humid and great for those people wanting to save on paying for a tanning booth.
7. The traffic is 80% less intense than in the large metropolitan cities in California especially Los Angeles.
8. Waiters in Scottsdale are waiters ... and/or students doing great jobs as waiters... not actors (as in Los Angeles) annoyed by your food order because they are really are supposed to be preparing for a acting scene. Sorry inside joke .. I am originally from Beverly Hills.
9. Scottsdale consistently ranks in the TOP TEN best places to live in the US ... and recently ranked in TOP TEN for Happiest cities in the US and By CNBC NEWS as having one of Top Ten Best Job markets in the entire US !!

If Scottsdale, Paradise Valley or Phoenix is your preferred home buying destinations... The most important person you can have in your corner is an honest, experienced and professional Realtor. There truly is a DIFFERENCE in real estate professionals. My 5 star reviews, numerous awards, and #1 Client ratings speak volumes. Please call me direct at 480-450-4632 to discuss your home buying goals.


Michael Chaisson, Realtor
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Premier Client Services
Ranked Top 1% Nationally
Circle of 26 Excellence Award Recipient

Feb. 17, 2019

Scottsdale Schools Rankings

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When it comes to buying a home in Scottsdale, finding a home in a good school district or near an excellent public, charter, or private school is important to those with children. The good news is Scottsdale has some of the highest ranked schools in the state. Highly ranked Scottsdale schools are not only prized by families with children but ‘good schools’ create demand and therefore help create good resale for home sellers. 




The Scottsdale Unified School District is ranked above average in Arizona. “Niche” rankings put Scottsdale schools at #9 in AZ with a B+ The public school district has almost 24,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1.




Desert Mountain High School 


At Desert Mountain High School, grades 9-12, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, students have the chance to take Advanced Placement courses and exams. Fifty-three percent of students participate. 


Ranked at #19 in Arizona, there’s a 23-to-1 teacher to student ratio with over 2,200 students enrolled. Graduation rate is 89-percent equal to Chaparral High School. The boundaries for Desert Mountain High go from Pima Rd east to Eagle Ridge and from Bell Rd south to Doubletree.

The boundaries for Desert Mountain High go from Pima Rd east to Eagle Ridge and from Bell Rd south to Doubletree.


For more facts and sense of Desert Mountain High School check out these two links: and


There are two middles schools nearby: Desert Canyon and Mountainside, both 6-8; one traditional school, Cheyenne, serving grades K-8; four elementary schools, K-5,  Anasazi, Desert Canyon, Laguna and Redfield.


Desert Canyon Middle School


Desert Canyon Middle School is located at 10203 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale. SchoolDigger ranks Desert Canyon Middle School 111th of 700 Arizona public middle schools. In 2018, Desert Canyon Middle School ranked better than 84.1% of middle schools in Arizona. It also ranked 3rd among 5 ranked middle schools in the Scottsdale Unified District.


The school has a picturesque backdrop at McDowell Mountain Ranch which has 3,200 acres of undisturbed Sonoran Preserve. It’s a uniquely conformed Master Planned Community nestled in the midst of abundant desert wildlife, desert flora with extensive hiking trails.   


Two well-developed parks, the Community Center and the Recreation Center, provide extensive amenities including children's playgrounds and splash pads plus tennis and basketball courts, pools and spas.  


Mountainside Middle School


Mountainside Middle School, 11256 N 128th St, Scottsdale, is ranked   56th of 700 Arizona public middle schools by SchoolDigger.


The school offers several languages: French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish plus classes in Advanced Engineering and Design. 


There are plenty of homes for sale in this great school district. Be sure and call me at 480-450-4632 if you’d like to learn more about homes for sale in the mountain side school district. 


Cheyenne Traditional School


The goal at Cheyenne Traditional School, 13636 N 100th St, Scottsdale, is to guide and challenge learning for all students through an environment that gives priority to basic traditional skills and values. The school has an elevated grading scale and expects parental commitment, involvement and support. School Digger ranks Cheyenne Traditional School 10th of 1,104 Arizona public elementary schools.


Here’s what parents are saying:


“Awesome K-8!... Great balance for well-rounded student with 7:40 am to 2:15 pm schedule allows time for homework and sports.”


“The Students, Parents,Teachers and Staff have higher standards and expectations of achievement at Cheyenne Traditional School. The Roadrunners community is very tight-knit and cares about the well being of the students. I would highly recommend this school to students and their families who want an excellent start in life.”


More info at


Anasazi Elementary


At Anasazi Elementary, 12121 N. 124th Street, Scottsdale, their vision statement is to “Empower and inspire each child within a culture of academic excellence, creativity and critical thinking.”


The school offers Before and After-School Programs and Academic Enrichment that includes Word Masters, Math Olympiad, Continental Math, News Crew and Zaner-Bloser Handwriting.


Desert Canyon Elementary


You probably notice that Desert Canyon Elementary, 10203 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road St. A, Scottsdale, shares the same address as Desert Canyon Middle School. That’s a plus when buying a home in close proximity to the school. 


Desert Canyon Elementary has a kindergarten mandarin immersion program, gifted programs and a robotics and chess club. That could be a contributing factor in SchoolDigger ranking the school 27th out of 1104 Arizona public elementary schools. 


Laguna Elementary


Laguna Elementary, 10475 E. Lakeview Drive, Scottsdale, offers Lego, Robotics, Engineering, Coding and Fine Arts.


This parent gives the school a rave review: “The teachers and administration are completely vested in the kids. My three children are so different from each other and yet they all get exactly what they need on an individual basis. The school has a very close and inclusive community. They have had only 3 principals in 30 years and has been and is A+ rated. I love it.”


Learn more at


Redfield Elementary


Redield Elementary, 9181 East Redfield Road, Scottsdale, offers a gifted Pre-K Academy along with a comprehensive gifted program. The school is also known for its outstanding fine arts program.


SchoolDigger ranks Redfield Elementary School 143rd of 1104 Arizona public elementary schools.


You can follow on Facebook and on Twitter at @RedfieldSUSD 


Horizon High School 


While Horizon High School is in North Scottsdale, 5601 E. Greenway, it’s part of the Paradise Unified School District. The boundaries go from Cactus Rd north to the Loop 101 and from Tatum east to Pima Rd. The school is ranked #47 in Arizona. 


Students can take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The school offers AP classes in 18 areas, 23 dual college credit classes and a humanities program, blending drama with English and social students. The participation rate of AP classes at Horizon High is 29-percent. 


In national rankings, Horizon High earns a silver medal based on performance on state-required tests and preparation for college. 


Over 2,200 students attend Horizon High. Graduation rate is 97-percent. 




Arcadia High School


Arcadia High School, 4703 E. Indian School Rd., is part of the Scottsdale Unified School District even though it’s in a Phoenix community called “Arcadia” that borders Scottsdale just to the west of Old Town Scottsdale.


Arcadia is a highly popular school serving students in grades 9-12. The school is ranked a Top 50 High School by U.S. News and World Report; Silver Award. The boundaries go from 40th St east to 68th St and from Lincoln south to Thomas.


The school offers Creative Musical Arts & Sciences (CMAS), Advanced Placement (AP), Honors & Dual and free, after-school tutoring. More info can be found on the school’s website at


There’s one middle school, Ingleside, grades 6-8 in the district along with Echo Canyon School, preschool - 8. The two elementary schools in the area are Hopi and Tavan, K-5.


Ingleside Middle School


Ingleside Middle School, grades 6-8, 5402 E. Osborn Road, is about a 1/2 mile away from Arcadia High. It offers a full year of physical education, has a comprehensive gifted program, math lab and interactive media center plus offers band, strings, choir, visual arts & video production. 


Languages & Exploratory Courses: Spanish & French plus Japanese & Spanish for Heritage Speakers. 


Go to the school’s website,, for more information. 


Echo Canyon School 


Echo Canyon School, 4330 N 62nd St, Scottsdale, used to be Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center. Echo Canyon is a preschool-8th-grade school with gifted services, an honor program and offers art integration.


Learn more at


Hopi Elementary


Hopi elementary, 5110 E Lafayette Blvd, Phoenix, believes learning is a continuous process that involves the entire community. The academic learning environment, based on Arizona State Standards, is designed to meet the needs of all students with the belief that all children can learn.


In addition to a self-contained comprehensive gifted program, the school has two computer labs, Chromebooks and iPads. 


Right now, the school is being rebuilt. Follow the progress at @HopiSUSD. 


To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have compiled some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs. Michael Chaisson – Realtor Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix 480-450-4632


Tavan Elementary 


Tavan Elementary, 4610 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, has an all-day preschool and is ranked by the Arizona Educational Foundation 2017 as an A+ School of Excellence. The school also offers free all-day kindergarten and free summer school. 


A gifted program is also offered along with computer labs, mobile Chromebooks labs and iPads. 


Hear what parents are saying:


“I have three children that attend this school. The teachers are passionate and well educated when it comes to working with students at all different levels.”


“Amazing teachers and staff. The teachers and administration go out of their way to keep parents informed and motivate students to excel.”


Chaparral High School 


Chaparral High School is ranked #18 in AZ by U.S. World News Report. Students in grades 9-12 at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust, have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Chaparral High School is 48 percent.    


Almost 2,100 students attend Chaparral High. Graduation rate is 89-percent. The boundaries for Chaparral High go from 40th St east to Pima Rd and from Cactus south to Northern/Via De Ventura. There’s also another school admittance zone from Bell Rd north to Pinnacle Peak, east of Pima. Within these boundaries are portions of the town of Paradise Valley.  


Chaparral comes with some high credentials in addition to being ranked #18 in Arizona. Chaparral High School has consistently ranked

in Newsweek’s list of Best High Schools in America. Chaparral high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (37 in 2014). Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona.


There’s one middle school, Cocopah, 6-8, and a K-8 school, Copper Ridge in the area. The three elementary schools are Cherokee, Cochise and Sequoya. 


Cocopah Middle School


Cocopah Middle School, 6615 E Cholla St, Scottsdale, has a National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Honors Programming. The school also has a   World Language program that includes French, Mandarin and Spanish. 


The school also offers STEM Applications; Advanced Engineering & Design Visual Arts; Band; Choir; Orchestra; Drama Award-Winning Science; Olympiad Spelling and Geography Bees plus Physical Education.


Learn more at


Copper Ridge School 


Copper Ridge School is a K-8 school located in North Scottsdale at 10101 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. 


The school requires students to wear uniforms. They offer a Gifted Services Honors Programming; World Language (Spanish); 4th - 8th Grade Band, Strings and Choir Music; Art and Physical Education; Bring Your Own Technology STEM Focus School; Middle School Athletics Robotics; and Before and After-School Programs


Cherokee Elementary


Cherokee Elementary, 8801 N 56th St Paradise Valley, was named the state’s first literary landmark in memory of children’s series “Junie B. Jones” author, Barbara Park. The Junie B. Jones series, published from 1992 to 2013, focused around a young girl who is “almost six years old” starting her first day of kindergarten.


The series included over 20 books and sold over 60 million copies in North America alone, states. The series was consistently a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, spending over 180 weeks on the list.

SchoolDigger ranks Cherokee Elementary School 38th of 1104 Arizona public elementary schools.


Arizona Educational Foundation gives Cherokee an A+ School of Excellence™in 2013 & 2017. It’s also ranked as the13th Best Elementary School in the Nation by, ranked #2 based on AZMerit testing by the Phoenix Business Journal, in 2016 ranked as the #4 School in the Valley by The Arizona Republic.


Hear what parents are saying:


The majority of parents are giving it 5 stars:


"Great school and great community. Teachers, staff, parents, and APT all work hard to make this a real success. Couldn't be happier with the choice we made for our two kids.”


“Excellent public school great and dedicated teachers.”


To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have complied some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs.


Cochise Elementary


Students at Cochise Elementary, 451 N. 84th Street Scottsdale, do well on test scores. In fact, A recent report stated, test scores at this school are far above the state average, suggesting that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level.


Students at this school are making more academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state.


Strong progress with high test scores means students have strong academic skills and are making bigger gains than their peers at other schools in the state.

The mission of Cochise Elementary School, in alignment with the mission of the Scottsdale Unified School District, is to ensure that each student achieves academic and personal excellence by nurturing a culture that celebrates diversity, encourages creativity, instills thoughtful traditions, and supports continuous growth and lifelong learning. Their motto is CATS: 


C - Caring Community - To achieve excellence is the shared responsibility of the student, school, family and community. 


A - Academic Excellence - To establish high expectations for students through a commitment to academic rigor and lifelong learning. 


T - Tomorrow’s Thinkers - To be future-ready by providing students the tools and materials that will help them problem solve and apply critical thinking skills. 


S - Students First - To promote a safe, structured and supportive learning environment which enables students to grow and succeed. 


Sequoya Elementary 


Sequoya Elementary, 11808 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, believes in Character High Expectations, Outstanding Academics, One United Community and Lifelong Learning 


Test scores at this school are far above the state average, according to A recent report suggested that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level.


Sequoya has achieved the Arizona Educational Foundation 2014 A+ School of Excellence™ and offers a Gifted Services/Honors Approach;  World Language Program (Language of Choice); Science - Engineering Integration 5th Grade Leadership; Clubs; 4th - 5th Grade Band and Strings; Music; Art; and Physical Education Enrichment Programs. 


The school is actively posting on Facebook. Follow them at Sequoya Elementary Association Of Parents and Teachers (APT)


Saguaro High School


Saguaro High School is at 6250 N 82nd St, Scottsdale. The boundaries go from 40th St east to Pima Rd and from Northern/Via De Ventura south to Osborn.


U.S. News and World Report say the school is recognized by Niche® as a    2017 Top 100 Public High School in Arizona. Saguaro High has a Nursing Program, Biotechnology and Engineering Advanced Placement (AP), Honors & Dual Enrollment, Career & Technical Education Programs, an Award-Winning Performing Arts & Visual Arts division and an Award-Winning Robotics team. 


In sports, Saguaro High is proud of the following honors:

— 2016 Football State Champions

— 10-Time Football State Champions

— 2016 Football Coach of the Year

— 2016 Girls and Boys Cross Country Section Champions

— 2016 Boys Soccer Semifinalist & Section Coach of the Year 

— 2016 State Champions and 2015 Regional Champions 


The nearby schools are Mohave Middle School, grades 6-8, and three elementary schools, K-5: Kiva, Navajo and Pueblo. 


Mohave Middle School 6-8


Mohave Middle School, 490 E Jackrabbit Rd, Scottsdale, has a STEM program, Robotics Program and Future Cities, an Honors English Language Arts Comprehensive Gifted Program, Fine Arts Program (Band, Strings, Choir, Drama and Art), Clubs and After-School Activities, College & Career-Readiness Program plus Clubs and After-School Activities.


SchoolDigger ranks Mohave Middle School 168th of 700 Arizona public middle schools.


Get the latest updates on Twitter @MohaveSUSD


Kiva Elementary  


Students at Kiva Elementary, 6911 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley,  are making average academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state according to a recent report.

Kiva’s mission statement is to create “a foundation for lifelong learning by providing meaningful learning opportunities that support critical thinking, embrace unique talents, encourage collaboration, and empower students and staff to persevere towards excellence in an evolving world.”

There are plenty of updates on school activities/events listed on the “Kiva Community” Facebook page. 


Navajo Elementary


Navajo Elementary, 4525 N Granite Reef, Scottsdale, is closed for the entire school year after a fire broke out in a storage room on August 22, 2018. The fire did not extend to the rest of the building but the principal decided to close the school for the remainder of the school year. 


Students have been relocated to Oak Learning Academy, 7501 E. Oak street until further notice.  


Pueblo Elementary 


Pueblo Elementary, 6320 N 82nd St, Scottsdale, offers Computer Coding and Robotics, Gifted Services and Music, Art & Physical Education. 

A  recent report indicated test scores at this school are far above the state average, suggesting that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level. Students at Pueblo are also making more academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state.


Be sure and follow the school on Facebook. 




Coronado High School 

Coronado High School, 7501 E Virginia Ave, Scottsdale, is located in one of Scottsdale’s more established neighborhoods. The area has more options for families looking to live and buy a home in Scottsdale. The boundaries go from McKellips north to about Indian School and Pima west to 64th St. 


The school is proud to be the 2017 Boys State Soccer Champions, home to Award-Winning Performing Arts and Visual Arts Programs, Award-Winning Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) Program and offer Advanced Placement (AP), Honors and Dual Enrollment.


The nearby middle school is Tonalea, K-8, and three elementary schools: Hohokam Traditional School, Pima Elementary and Yavapai Elementary, all K-5. 


To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have complied some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs. Michael Chaisson – Realtor Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix 480-450-4632 




Tonalea Middle School, 6720 E. Continental, Scottsdale, offers a 6th - 8th Grade Gifted Program and STEM electives; Rigorous Academics; 4th – 8th Grade Band, Strings and Choir and Video Broadcasting. 


SchoolDigger ranks Tonalea 821st of 1,109 Arizona public elementary schools in Arizona. However, at least one parent gives the school a five-star review saying “Tonalea is a great school.” 


Hohokam Traditional School  


Hohokam Traditional School, 8451 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, received the Arizona Educational Foundation 2016 A+ School of Excellence award and is recognized as a “Top School” by the Education Equality Index. 


A recent report stated test scores at this school are above the state average.  


Here’s what parents are saying:


“His teachers are AMAZING!!!!! No nonsense, won't let him get away with anything and he LOVES them! They never give up on him and he is progressing very well.”


“A decent amount of homework... it has forced me to take a more hands-on approach to my son's education and has made me into a better mom. By the time my son is done with this school, he'll be very prepared.”


Pima Elementary  


Pima Elementary, 8330 E. Osborn Road., Scottsdale, offers rigorous academics, gifted services and music, art and physical education. 


When students returned for the 2018 school year, they were greeted with a new campus and new school model that includes a traditional school philosophy. In November 2016, Scottsdale Unified School District voters approved a $229 million bond to rebuild and replace needed infrastructure within the schools. Pima Elementary School — in addition to Hopi, Hohokam and Cheyenne — was at the top of the list for rebuilding. A recent report stated test scores at this school are above the state average.


Learn more about the school at


Yavapai Elementary  


Yavapai Elementary, 701 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale, core values include improving students’ success in language arts and math; to provide quality programs in the fine arts and supporting areas as well as integrate state-of-the-art technology into all areas of student learning. 


The school has an award-winning robotics team and rigorous academics along with gifted services. 


SchoolDigger ranks Yavapai Elementary School 577th of 1109 Arizona public elementary schools.




BASIS Scottsdale 


In addition to a great public school system, Scottsdale has the #1 school in the country! U.S. World News ranks BASIS Scottsdale, a tuition-free charter school in Northeast Scottsdale, 11440 N. 136th Street, as the top in the nation! 


The liberal arts curriculum school has over 700 students enrolled and scores 100 on the College Readiness Index with a 100% graduation rate. 


BASIS Scottsdale is part of a public charter school system serving fourth through 12th graders with locations across the country. In or before 10th grade, BASIS Scottsdale students begin taking Advanced Placement courses. 


BASIS Scottsdale, and all BASIS Curriculum Schools feature a top-ranked STEM-inspired liberal arts curriculum that inspires students to love learning; to develop a fascination for critical inquiry; to be independent and formulate their own goals and to graduate prepared for top-tier colleges.


In their senior year, qualified students may take BASIS Capstone courses, set up to be equivalent to 200 or 300 level college classes. These seniors may produce an off-campus research project during their last trimester. BASIS Scottsdale offers more than 70 extracurricular activities that include sports teams, honor societies and clubs. 


You must fill out an application form in order. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings, your name will be entered in a lottery. 


To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have compiled some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs. Michael Chaisson – Realtor Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix 480-450-4632 

Jan. 3, 2019

Home Prices First Part of 2019 -Phoenix

Interested in homes prices in the Phoenix - Scottsdale area for the first quarter of 2019 -

Below is a graph of where we start the year- Based on ' price per square foot home sale prices" across the Phoenix Metro area. Dec- 2018 to Jan 2019

home prices phoenix 2019



If Scottsdale, Paradise Valley or Phoenix is your preferred home buying destinations... The most important person you can have in your corner is an honest, experienced and professional Realtor. There truly is a DIFFERENCE in real estate professionals. My 5 star reviews, numerous awards, and #1 Client
ratings speak volumes. Please call me direct at 480-450-4632 to discuss your home buying goals.


Michael Chaisson, Realtor
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Premier Client Services
Ranked Top 1% Nationally
Circle of 26 Excellence Award Recipient