Before Buying In An HOA Community Ask These Questions

So you've bought a home in an HOA community. Be prepared for LOTS to read and know what to look for to avoid future problems. The most common question I hear about Home Owners Associations is "what are the fees?". You should be asking other essential questions before buying in an HOA community. What do the HOA fees cover? There is considerable variation in monthly association fees. It's important to know what services are provided. Services can range from simple common area maintenance to … [Read more...]

Are we in a housing bubble?

The most frequent question I'm asked lately is "are we in a housing bubble?".  The Phoenix housing market was predicted to be among the hottest in the country in 2017 and now that we're through the first third of the year, I'd say that prediction is on track to being right on the money. With homes appreciating at a nice clip and inventory shortages at some price points resulting in multiple offers, it would be easy to conclude that we're in a housing bubble. Especially those who lived through … [Read more...]

Ahwatukee and the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

  There's been so much press about the expansion of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway down Pecos Road in Ahwatukee to connect the east valley and the west valley. Opinions vary as to the wisdom of running the freeway through the southern portion of Ahwatukee. Some have been dead-set against it. Some feel that of all the options that have been considered, this is the most practical. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, the fact is, it's becoming a reality. Homes have been … [Read more...]

Ready To Downsize? Answer Some Important Questions

How Do You Know If You're Ready To Downsize? Ask Yourself Some Questions That Tap Both Your Logic And Emotions.. Some people look at a home as a place within which their lives unfold. They see multiple generations moving through and thriving in that one place that evolves with the needs of its residents. Others see home like chapters in their lives. Begin a new chapter, move into a new home. Regardless whether you have lived in your home for decades, or have bought and sold homes based on … [Read more...]

When is the right time to call a Realtor®?

The decision to sell and/or purchase a home is one that typically happens in stages. More often than not the idea germinates for awhile before a home seller or buyer feels "ready" to start the process. Information needs to be gathered, challenges identified, emotions dealt with. Unless there is an immediate need driven by a life circumstance, the decision to leave one home for another usually takes some time. When is the right time to contact a Realtor?  There is a misperception that a Realtor … [Read more...]

Phoenix Offers Home Buying Help for Helpers: First Responders, Police, Fire, Paramedics and Teachers

Have you ever had that thought? The one that goes like this: It seems so unjust that athletes, movie stars, and Wall Street traders get paid mega-bucks while our teachers, police and firefighters struggle to get by ("teachers get paid bubkas", as my friend once put it). Well Phoenix's helpers just got a financial boost when it comes to purchasing a home. A grant totaling 4% of the mortgage loan amount is now available for downpayment or closing cost assistance to teachers and first responders … [Read more...]

Waterfront homes in the East Valley

Lakefront properties provide wonderful relaxation and entertainment opportunities in the desert. Imagine sitting on your covered patio watching the sun set over your lake front property with mountain shadows changing colors as day fades into night. We are fortunate to have some excellent builders in the east valley that have designed environmentally friendly, water-wise, master planned developments which can be found in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, … [Read more...]

Buy Now, Brag Later

What a surprise, A real estate agent who believes that NOW is the perfect time to buy. If you are skeptical about pronouncements that urge you to act now based upon predictions of the future, it's certainly understandable. While the recent housing market crash is, in my humble opinion, not something we're likely to see happen again in our or our children's lifetimes, it certainly gives us pause in making predictions about real estate investments ALWAYS moving in a positive direction. My … [Read more...]

Sure, use Zillow and Trulia for fun, but call a Realtor® when it’s time to get serious

Are you old enough to remember avacado, orange and gold shag carpeting and formica counter tops being "up-dates" to a home? If you are than you probably remember real estate agents schlepping around a volume the size of two Manhattan phone books with weekly listing updates. THAT'S how they stayed on top of the market. My how things have changed. It's said somewhere in the range of 90 to 97 percent of all home searches begin on the internet. And why not? With sites like Trulia and Zillow, … [Read more...]

Large, Lovely Ahwatukee home for less than $127 per square foot?

Located in the annexed southwest portion of Phoenix known as Ahwatukee is the award winning  master planned community of Mountain Park Ranch. This is a highly sought after community due to it's high quality school system (Kyrene/Tempe Union High School District) and  it's amenities, which include pools, spa's tennis courts, hiking trails, walking paths, parks and the incredible mountain views in every direction. Additionally, the location cannot be beat. Off the beaten path, it is nestled … [Read more...]