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Gene Urban - the Urban Team
Phoenix Arizona
Interests: sailing, hiking, blogging, magic, amy and our dog fred
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If you've been near 7th Street and Portland you've probably seen a bit of welcomed construction. What you are seeing is phase 2 of Portland 2 condos. Portland II condos are the brightly colored 4 story condo homes on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Urban Life
We are working on a huge update on the condo info section of our sister site, The lastest is a look at Tapestry on Central, the 6 story brownstone on Central near the Encanto Light Rail stop. We've put... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Urban Life
Just a last minute reminder that the Willo Tour is happening this weekend on Sunday, February 12th, 2012. If you've never been to the Willo Historic Home Tour in downtown Phoenix, you should change that. Many people have no idea... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Urban Life
The web site gnomes have been very busy lately changing the theme and updating our downtown and north central real estate, home information and search site, We've been using the StudioPress Agent theme for a whiile and just updated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Urban Life
People often ask us what to do in downtown Phoenix? What are the best restaurants? Do we have a favorite nightclub or bar? Are there tours of downtown Phoenix. What cultural venues and events happen in downtown Phoenix? I think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Urban Life
Inman News says Phoenix continues to be a top place for people searching for homes in the US. This news comes as no surprise to us who practice real estate in the Greater Phoenix market... we’ve been busy!!, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Urban Life
I attended the debate between the 5 Phoenix Mayoral candidates last night at the Phoenix Theater at 1st and McDowell. The place was packed as Greg Stanton, Wes Gullett, Claude Mattox, Peggy Neely and Eisenhauer answered questions posed by moderator... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Urban Life
The Arizona Republic ran an article today questioning the fitness and ethics of Councilwoman Peggy Neely to run for mayor of Phoenix. As those who have been following the early race know, Neely has been reluctant to quit her job... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Urban Life
Our good friend Sarah Moran from Equity Title just sent the real estate market news and update for April 2011. I like Sarah's approach to performing real estate market analysis and home price projections. Like me, she is based in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Urban Life
Hi Ace... Hope you are doing well. 44 Monroe is no longer a condo development... it is a luxury apartment building now. The have a leasing office in the lobby and have already leased out over 30% of the units. There are still a few units that are condos; these are the ones that were bought when the project first opened. I plan on posting something about 44 Monroe and another proposed apartment complex in the next week on our site.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2011 on 44 Monroe in Downtown Phoenix Condos at Urban Life
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Hi Ace, 44 Monroe failed to rebound as a luxury condo project. The new owners decided to convert it to rentals. As a luxury rental property it is doing very well. I understand they started accepting leases a bit over a month ago and already have leased over 30% of the units.
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You are right about me not knowing what your life is like. That said, the government isn't going to help tenants with scumbags that are trying to to scam tenants. Knowing your rights helps and being very cautious. Good luck.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2011 on Renters.. Beware of Landlord Scams at Urban Life
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RadiatePHX will hold its February 22nd meeting at one of the latest additions to the downtown Phoenix restaurant offerings, The Arrogant Butcher. This new Sam Fox concept restaurant just opened its doors on February 21st and Radiators will be among... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Urban Life
An article in the Arizona Republic and on today has stirred up a lot of controversy on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. As is usual, many of the comments are spot on and some are riff with unsupported... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Urban Life
Sean Sweat has been on a fast race collecting signatures asking the City of Phoenix to create a dog park on the gone-forever Ramada/Sahara Inn site. His cause made where much was mentioned about why a dog park was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at Urban Life
44 Monroe, the condo towers in the heart of downtown Phoenix are getting very close to opening their doors for new condo sales. We've been writing update articles on our downtown real estate site,, for a bit now and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Urban Life
CityScape wants to add to the fun that is downtown Phoenix by hosting a big Octoberfest party on Friday October 22nd and Saturday October 23rd. The Octoberfest celebration is both a fun event and a charitable one benefiting the Phoenix... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Urban Life
A free event is always a good thing and one that includes food, music and the Mayor's State of Downtown address is even better. Here are the details: Event: State of Downtown Mayor's Address When: Thursday, November 4th Time: 5:00... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Urban Life
There is a lot of interest now that the new owner of 44 Monroe has announced condos will be available soon at this downtown Phoenix condo tower. We are posting updates on 44 Monore on our downtown real estate site,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Urban Life
We just announced on our sister site the newest info and news about 44 Monroe in downtown Phoenix. The short story is that you'll be able to buy a condo at 44 Monroe sooner than later... probably by the end... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Urban Life
Many of you only know Gene Urban as a realtor and blog guy. In a former life Gene traveled around the world performing close up magic and mentalism. He still performs about a hundred shows a year for corporate groups... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Urban Life
The Urban Team has joined up with Security Title Agency to provide a real estate search page just for people looking to buy or sell a home, house, or condo in the Squaw Peak area, AKA Piestua Peak. If you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Urban Life
We are excited. Our brokerage, Realty Executives, has been doing a lot of technology enhancements. Our corporate web site has been moved to a WordPress blog platform and many radical innovations are happening. Plus, we are launching a Microsoft Tag... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Urban Life
A friend forwarded this wonderful story about someone trying to get an FHA loan. You will laugh and clap your hands to the response a savvy real estate attorney gave to the FHA. THE STORY: Part of rebuilding New Orleans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Urban Life
There is a lot of confusion for homeowners facing foreclosure or short sale in the Phoenix AZ area. We get phone calls and emails every day with short sale and foreclosure questions like: Will I be responsible for the loan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at Urban Life