John Selman, Realtor, Broker, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Carefree

Still Available! Scottsdale Lock-&-Leave Property

$720,000   2,698 sq. ft.Rare opportunity to own the most popular floor plan single level home in highly sought after guard-gated “7600 Lincoln Drive”. This updated home is light & bright w/an open split plan, sitting in a prime location in the back of the...
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Paradise Valley Mountainside View Lot- Ready to build!

Opportunity is Knocking! This already permitted and excavated, 2 1/2 acre lot on Mummy Mountain is a remarkable opportunity for someone looking to Invest in Arizona Real Estate or Build the Luxury Estate of their Dreams. The current owners have over $5 Million invested, but are...
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Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé , my bargain fave!

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé , my bargain fave! People keep asking me what the name of my favorite bargain sparkling rose was. Well, this is it!This Crémant Rosé is a sparkling wine produced in Alsace by champenoise method, with the juice on the skins just long...
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A Valentines Caviar Treat

Caviar with Blini and Crème Fraiche for Lovers Required (for a dozen blini): 40 grams Caviar (1.43 ounces-for those, not quite so sure about caviar try a smaller amount of caviar, more crème fraiche), 1/2 cup crème fraiche, 1 dozen pre-cooked Blini-Thawed. *Heat blini at 300...
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FHA Loan Limits drop in January, anxiety and activity now in the $275-$400k range

The expected drop in FHA loan limits has been announced. Properties must be under contract by the end of the year, with the rate registered and locked in, to use the old FHA loan limits, when the house closes in 2014. Anyone searching or selling in the $275k-$400k range will be...
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Low Mortgage Rates: Scaring me with graphs

Lately, I have seen horrifying short-term graphs that show the rise in interest rates this year, and as much as I tell myself its all relative, I get fearful. So this morning, when a mortgage banker displayed the Chart Freddy Mac puts out with the rolling 5-year and 30-year fixed...
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The Dog Portrait

A couple of friends who had never been in the Malibu wine store, asked me about the dog picture at the top of the email, and it occurred to me that a lot of people might not know the story behind the painting that hung in Malibu Village Wines. The two Newfoundlands depicted are...
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Alberto Serenelli Afro Marche I.G.T. Barrique 2004

These bottles were our Friday night delight. We were hoping for a big, rich wine with some old world style and charm, and it brought the goods. This is a great wine choice for someone raised on California or other New World trophy wines who wants to try an Italian red, just a...
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Ch. Ausone 2000 Magnum

Saturday night, we pulled out a big bottle of this trophy Bordeaux. Like all of the other famed producers of Bordeaux, who jumped on the Robert Parker style bus, this is a fruit monster compared to older bottling. But, boy is it fun when the bottle is good. My luck has not always...
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Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Wine

Reflections on a few bottles shared with rockers on the road. I have a bumpy history when it comes to enjoying wine with musicians performing concerts. The wine drinkers are usually great to hang out with, have fabulous stories, and love a good time, people, food and wine. They...
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Custom Territorial Retreat Above the 11th Hole at Private Troon Country Club

$1.495M 5,660 square feet This craftsman-constructed, custom Territorial vacation retreat on its acre lot, overlooking the 11th hole of the private Troon Country Club, can’t be replicated for anything close to this price. An elegantly subtle, yet majestic home, precisely situated...
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Txakoli Rose, my new Basque girl

It’s going to be way over 100 degrees…Where’s my Txakoli Rose? Once upon a time I dated a Basque girl. She was stunningly pretty, with a great profile, awesome dark hair, and turned me on to her cuisine, BUT NOT TO THE WINE. Now, that could have been that it was harder to find a...
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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Crest “H3”, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Anytime I come across a fruit driven wine with great acidity and a reasonable amount of complexity in the $10-$15 range, I want to sing its praises. The Horse Heaven Hills wines remind me a lot of a great Alexander Valley Cabernet, where the tannins ripen and the wine is more...
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The “Log Mahal”, Majestic Mountain Retreat. 901 N Indian Paintbrush Circle, Payson AZ

One of the most magnificent homes in the state is found at The Rim Club.  This spectacular mountain retreat overlooking the 7th hole is known as ”The Log Mahal”. This property is a dream purchase for the ultimate golfer or outdoorsman. Elegantly sprawling over 10,000...
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Escaping to Payson’s moderate climate and The Rim Club GC, 401 S Decision Pine

So few people know about Arizona’s geography, with our rim country changing the elevation and weather, running across the middle of this state. Just a magnificent 90 minute drive from either Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, or Scottsdale’s private JetPort, this is a...
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