San Tan Valley Mini Mansion

Just southeast of Gilbert, Arizona lies a pair of cities that are seeing tremendous growth, yet still maintains a country feel. Queen Creek and San Tan Valley offer some of the most affordable housing in the valley of the sun. Single family subdivisions, Master planned communities, horse properties, and farms dot the open desert surrounded by the San Tan Mountains with beautiful vistas where you can almost always catch a glimpse of the horizon. And it's possible to own your own piece of the area … [Read more...]

Ahwatukee Foothills Home For Sale

Ahwatukee Foothills is home to spectacular mountain views, peaceful preserve areas and beautiful vistas. Driving west across Chandler Blvd into the foothills, the beauty can take your breath away! Some very fortunate home owners have access to that those views from their own home, particularly if they are located on or near the preserve, or on a hilltop. To have a 360 degree view of the mountains is a rare luxury that is waiting for you at this Ahwatukee Foothills home for sale. Peacefully … [Read more...]

Amazing Verrado Home For Sale

THIS ONE'S A STUNNER!!! In the master planned community of Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona you will find this wonderful 3 bedroom HGTV worthy home. The location within the community can't be beat. Imagine relaxing on your charming front porch (a Verrado staple) looking out toward the open space of the greenbelt directly across the street with no homes to obstruct your view, and a truly serene experience in this amazing Verrado home. Almost new, this home was built in 2013 and has been gently … [Read more...]

What does an appraiser do in a home purchase?

We've been talking about the "team" you will have at your side when you purchase a home. Your Realtor is your coach and gets you on the field by helping you find the right home and negotiating an accepted purchase contract; then monitors performance to make sure everyone is playing their position to their full potential (and obligation). Your teammates will be the title/escrow officer, your lender (if you're financing), your home inspectors(s), and the appraiser. Many people get the home … [Read more...]

What Exactly Does A Home Inspector Do?

Purchasing a home is a major endeavor. It may well be the largest purchase you will ever make as well as an important part of your financial portfolio. There are some crucial members of your home buying team including your Realtor®, your lender, your title/escrow officer, the appraiser, and your home inspector. What exactly does a home inspector do? And why do you need one? Your Realtor® will negotiate an inspection period during which time you will have the right to inspect nearly every … [Read more...]

Buying a new build home? Make sure you have a Realtor at your side.

Enter A New Build Home Sales Office Without A Realtor At Your Own Risk! It seems like you can’t go anywhere in the valley these days without running into construction - street widening, new commercial space and lots and lots of builders carving out parcels and putting beautiful new homes up where there once was dirt. With inventory shortages in the resale market, and prices going up, you may be tempted to stop by and browse some model homes. If you’re just wandering through for decorating … [Read more...]

What is earnest money and why do you need it?

What is earnest money and why do you need it? If you are planning on buying a home, there are some up front, out of pocket expenses you will want to be prepared for. These funds should be liquid and easily accessible whether you are financing or paying cash. The three main checks you will be writing (who writes checks anymore?) are for the home inspection(s), the home appraisal (required if you are financing, not required if you are paying cash), and earnest money. But what is earnest money … [Read more...]

How Increased Mortgage Interest Rates Affect You

There is SO MUCH in the news about rising mortgage interest rates lately. It seems like just a moment ago we were seeing mortgage rates hovering around 3.75%. Those days are very likely behind us as we approach 5% and beyond on a more regular basis. While this might seem catastrophic to some, the reality is that rates below 5% are NOT the norm. The average interest rate over the last 50 years is somewhere between 8% and 9%. Regardless of that fact, increased mortgage interest rates will affect … [Read more...]

Being a Brilliant Buyers Agent

Everyone has a child, sibling, parent, cousin, friend, or acquaintance who "just got their real estate license". As stated in an earlier post, it's tempting to want to help that new agent out by throwing them some business. Perhaps they can put you on an MLS portal and when you see an interesting property, you can have them take out their shiny new e-key and open the door to your potential new home. But what if you want to make an offer on that home? is your newbie agent capable of being a … [Read more...]

Hiring A Stellar Sellers Agent

Real estate is an interesting industry. To be a successful agent you need to be incredibly organized, technologically savvy, quick on your feet to anticipate, recognize and solve problems, entrepreneurial, a marketing genius, a great listener, an influencer, an information junkie, an exceptional communicator, and possess an ability to maintain a degree of equanimity (holding steady despite magnificent swings in the market and in the life of a transaction). Despite that long list of skills and … [Read more...]