McCormick Ranch Railroad Park

I grew up in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and I have a plethora of fond childhood memories of the McCormick Ranch Railroad Park. It really is a gem in the middle of the city. One that I frequent with my own children now. The park has two playgrounds, a train museum, two trains to ride, including […]

My Family Friendly Scottsdale

You already know that Scottsdale is a great place to dine, enjoy nightlife, golf and live a resort lifestyle. What you may not know is that it is also extremely family friendly. I am a married thirty something with two beautiful kids and have lived in and around Scottsdale my entire life. That is why […]

A family night out in Scottsdale

My family, wife and two boys, and I live in south Scottsdale just east of Old Town and we love it. We have been here 10 years and love the community and its amenities. While we do enjoy cooking at home, some nights that just ain’t happening, more often than not on a week night after […]

How to get around Phoenix without a map

It is a nightmare scenario that none of us wish for but must always prepare for. Your phone/GPS systems battery has died and you have to navigate a city you don’t know without technology. What do you do? What do YOU do!? Rest easy, the solution is right in front of you, at least in […]

Four Reasons to Buy vs Rent

There are numerous articles telling you why to buy v. rent this year…here are my top 4 reasons. You know, so you don’t have to read all the articles: Mortgage rates are still historically low (check out the chart below). Which means you have more money to invest in your home which gives you more equity and more […]

Down Payment Assistance Programs

This is another great post by one of my mortgage partners, Aaron Alvarez and Alliance Home Loans. Call me or Aaron if you have any questions. A home that was once a distant dream can now become a reality! Often, potential buyers have what it takes to qualify for a mortgage but have not managed […]

Step One to Owning a Home

I get this question a lot. I want to buy a home but where do I start? Do I talk to a mortgage professional? Do we start looking at homes right away? Well, here is my answer. I always suggest that my clients start with contacting a mortgage professional before starting any home search. There […]

Infant Self Rescue – A real life saver

I originally posted this on my personal, and neglected, blog at dpatricklewis.com in 2012. Since then Nathan has become an excellent swimmer and we intend to enroll his new little brother in the program in a few months as well. You can find the original post here. It happened so quickly. When they say it […]

Upcoming Scottsdale Shred events.

Update: This list has been updated with the 2017-2018 dates. Note they are not always on the first or last Saturday.  The events will be on Saturdays from 7-10am at the same location mentioned below. October 7th, 2017 November 4th, 2017 December 2, 2017 January 6th, 2018 February 10th, 2018 March 3rd, 2018 April 7th, […]

Scottsdale Scenes: Chaparral Park

Scottsdale is one of those fortunate cities that has an abundance of parks and open space for its residents to enjoy the nearly year round beautiful weather.  One of the 11 community parks that the City of Scottsdale has and part of its Indian Bend Wash park system is the 100 acre Chaparral Park.  Located […]