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desertAsh delivers excellence in Arizona
real estate.

Embrace the sun, adventure and endless opportunities- Arizona is a lifestyle! The DesertAsh Team delivers excellence in Arizona real estate.  With nearly 20 years experience in the Pacific Northwest - ranking #1 in the Seattle urban core, Ashley J. Hayes Michael and Phoenix native, Christa J. Hubbell, are determined to help you find your place in the Valley of Sun.

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Ashley J. Hayes Michael
Christa J. Hubbell

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Ashley J. Hayes Michael
As a Pacific Northwest native, Arizona has always been a popular destination for holiday getaways, second homes, and retirement, but over the course of the past three years, Arizona real estate has seen a major shift in growth, fruitful investment opportunities of all kinds, and more approachable solutions for those looking for a better quality of life in all age demographics.

As one of Seattle’s top real estate professionals for the past 19+ years, Ashley J. Hayes Michael, is known as “UrbanAsh” for her exceptional knowledge and experience in living and investing within the city. She is currently the Managing Broker (Washington State) and Principal Broker (Oregon State) of a talented team of agents at Pointe3 Real Estate, as well as a Leasing Specialist and Chief Operating Officer at Seattle Rental Group.

Ashley personally jumped into the Arizona real estate market in 2020 by purchasing her first short-term rental property at the base of Camelback Mountain and, in December 2021, purchasing another home in Biltmore Heights. Seeking a hyperlocal firm that shared the same high touch and like-minded approach to expertly servicing their client’s needs, she proudly joined The Brokery, coining herself as “DesertAsh.” She couldn’t be more excited to be expanding her service offerings to further assist her existing clients’ needs in Washington/Oregon, as well as taking on new clients in Arizona.

Since the beginning of her career, Ashley has helped countless clients find their dream homes or investment properties and thoroughly enjoys the process of listing, marketing, and selling homes and condominiums alike. Her guidance has been sought out by numerous families, as well as business leaders, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and employees from the country’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Boeing, and Amazon.

Ashley maintains a 5-star Zillow rating as a Premier Agent, and has received the Five Star Professional Award for the last 11+ consecutive years for her high production and industry-leading service. Ashley is also a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, widely regarded for her expertise, and has been featured as a home buyer and broker on the HGTV series House Hunters Seattle. She is proud to be a member of several exclusive broker-only strategy groups and also serves on her HOA Architectural Control Committee as Chairman.

Looking to the future, Ashley is already making plans to help her clients succeed in both Seattle and the Valley of the Sun – there is so much the two markets have in common, and yet, they are very different. Working with someone who understands and strategizes from both perspectives will put you in the best position for your next move in real estate.

Christa Jayne Hubbell
As an Arizona native, Christa Jayne - aka DesertCJ - grew up between Scottsdale, North Phoenix and Fountain Hills. Some of her earliest memories include exploring the untouched desert north of Rio Verde, camping at the base of the Grand Canyon and hiking the many mountainous trails around the Valley. Needless to say, she appreciates the desert lifestyle and all it has to offer. 

Christa also has ties to the Pacific Northwest, dating back to high school when she visited Bellingham, Washington for a water sports camp. She fell in love with the contrasting environment of the PNW and decided to attend Seattle Pacific University. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Christa stayed in Seattle where she lived in the city’s Queen Anne neighborhood for nearly twenty years. While there she practiced real estate, became a top seller for the national furniture brand Design Within Reach, worked on the business operations side of the fashion industry and was an Executive Assistant to some of the top names in the technology sector. In 2017 she returned to the Valley and went on to work for Zillow Group, managing the Zillow Offers’ Phoenix headquarter office while helping expand the brand to over 20 markets throughout the United States. Christa couldn’t be happier living in one of Phoenix’s most thriving neighborhoods, within walking distance of The Brokery’s Arcadia office. 

Christa’s passion for real estate stems from her love of interior design, architecture, art, and the opportunity each of us has to create a space reflective of our personality within the home.  She understands the needs of those relocating to Arizona, especially those from the PNW, and has a successful track record in providing guidance to individuals and families looking for the perfect home or investment property in the Valley of the Sun.