Adams and Rowe Real Estate Group

The Adams and Rowe Group consists of, clockwise from top left, Rob Rowe, Cory Adams, Jackie Buboltz and Danielle Nichols.

Those who drove through Maricopa as recently as 2000 might not have even realized where they were. The area was still unincorporated, with a smattering of businesses in between farms and dairies, along with enough homes for a few thousand residents. Nobody could have guessed that in 20 years it would turn into a thriving city with the largest population in Pinal County.

Yet that position became official last year when the U.S. Census Bureau announced Maricopa had a population of 58,125, surpassing neighboring Casa Grande. The Heritage District and a few businesses from the rural days remain, but they are now surrounded by constantly expanding subdivisions, new businesses and a lot more traffic.

A city that grows exponentially in a matter of decades needs real estate agents who know the ins and outs to navigate new home buyers into the Maricopa community and understand where it’s come from and where it’s going. Luckily, Maricopa has a homegrown group that has seen all the growth first-hand and has jumped in to help that trend continue.

Danielle Nichols, Cory Adams and Jackie Buboltz are three siblings who, along with new partner and "honorary Adams" Rob Rowe, have been working together as the Adams and Rowe group and are now selling more than 100 homes a year, all in the place they grew up, back when their Maricopa High School had a graduating class a small fraction of what it has now.

“We like being able to help our city grow while helping our clients through this process,” Adams said. “That’s how we built our business, on word of mouth from people telling their families about us. We know these people, and we take care of them. Looking back on it all, it’s crazy how far it’s all come.”

That all the siblings got to work together was no foregone conclusion. Real estate wasn’t a family business before them. Nichols got her real estate license first and convinced her brother to later do the same. They formed the Adams Group under the Maricopa Real Estate Company umbrella about 10 years ago, and added Buboltz a while later after she decided to get into the game.

Their parents still live in the rural Thunderbird Farms area south of Maricopa and are happy to see them all working close together and close to home. Growing up in that area, they have become go-to experts on that type of property, including some things other neighborhoods might not have. Adams said they know about septic inspections, private wells and all the trouble that can come with dirt roads.

But they don’t sell more than a hundred homes a year with just the large lots in Hidden Valley and Thunderbird Farms. They are also tirelessly monitoring the latest trends in what has been a roller coaster market in the heart of the city. They remember the dark ages of the Great Recession, when Maricopa became famous nationwide as a symbol for residential gloom.

Two years after the market crashed, Nichols got her license, and Adams followed shortly after. They helped get Maricopa out of that rut of foreclosures by getting people homes where they could build equity, and they are proud that now pretty much every buyer does. The group just had their best year yet, selling 131 homes in 2021. And already in 2022 they are on pace to best that mark.

“Every buyer is a little bit different,” Buboltz said. “Some are looking for a lot of acreage while others just want a larger house in a subdivision. It’s about learning their preferences.”

Now, that buyer’s market has flipped. In recent years, the number of existing homes up for sale has often been in the single digits, and while builders have been putting up as many new ones as they can, they can’t keep up with the demand. Of course, that means prices have gone up, and the time buyers have to look at a property is minimal, or often nonexistent.

While things have evened out a bit, this has led to a bit of chaos in the market. But the group doesn’t feel this is a sign that Maricopa is about to see a repeat of 2008. There are a lot more rules in place now, and buyers are more educated about the predatory lending practices that caused the bubble to crash back then. While they don’t see the rapid growth of the past couple years, that doesn’t mean people should be scared of the worst.

And besides, compared to other places in Arizona, they want to remind people that Maricopa is still a great community with bargain prices.

“One of the good things about Maricopa is that you can drive 20 minutes north to Chandler, and a house with the same floor plan is going to be easily $100,000 more,” Nichols said. “So we’re still attracting a lot of people here who are looking for something more affordable.”

With such a fast-moving market, the group is always on to the next sale. But every once in a while, they remember walking the halls of Maricopa High School, along with the other couple hundred students who made up the entire student body. Now, the community has to build a second one.

“Sometimes, even now, I’m driving down the 347 and I’m like, ‘Wow, when did all this stuff pop up?’” Nichols said. Adams agreed, noting that he can remember when a piece of land was full of pecan trees, and now there’s a restaurant or a subdivision. “You get a flashback of how things used to be. It’s neat,” he said, “but you don’t stop to realize just how fast this all happened.”

Still, they believe the small-town feel draws people into town, where they can have a sense of community apart from the Valley, where one suburb blends into another. And more than anything, they believe in helping their neighbors make a decision they can be proud of.

“It’s one of the biggest purchases someone is going to make in their lives, and it’s stressful,” Rowe said. “So we want to make sure it’s a nice, smooth transaction. With all the details that stress people out, we want to make sure we alleviate problems even before they arise.”


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