About a year before I was diagnosed with cancer, I took a trip to Michigan to see my family. Arizona was experiencing the beginnings of its real estate boom and I was eager to tell my parents that they should invest.
I knew my parents had been thinking of buying an Arizona “investment property”, also known as a second home. They had been looking at houses in the Carolina’s and Florida but hadn’t found anything in their price range. When I suggested Arizona, my mother immediately said that she knew that she “would not like the desert climate and that everything is too brown”.
I knew she was wrong and I knew that Arizona would be perfect for them, but at that time, my mother said that she would never fly again (due to 9/11) and that the drive from Michigan was too long.
Of course that all changed when her baby was diagnosed with cancer.
This morning I called one of the real estate agents that I work with and asked him to email me some properties for my parents to look at. Now that my mother has seen Arizona she has expressed how much she likes it here. The agent emailed me a list of homes and I showed them to my parents.
My dad widdled the list down to 10 properties. I made an appointment for my dad to go looking with the agent. My mother chose to stay behind and have my dad do all the leg work.
A few hours later he returned with a grin on his face. “I think I found something that you should take a look at,” he told my mother.
I couldn’t believe it! My dad actually looked excited! My mom was a little skeptical, but she agreed to take a look at the property the following evening. I looked at the description of the house that my dad was interested in. It looked so cute! It was a 2 bedroom/2 bath home with 1.5 car garage. The perfect size for a car and golf cart. It was in a gated retirement community on a golf course about 6 miles from my house (in Sun Lakes, AZ). It was perfect.
I’m pretty excited for my parents, but a bid has already been placed on the house. The seller has not accepted it yet. She said that she would wait to see if my parents wish to bid on it before she makes her decision.