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...]

The Sharyn Younger Real Estate Team Just Got Bigger & Better

The Sharyn Younger team is proud to announce the addition of Traci Tartaglio as a referring agent. Traci has been a licensed Realtor® for four years combining her love of real estate with her business acumen derived from decades as the owner of Ahwatukee Carpets. She has helped families all over the valley create homes they love with flooring and remodeling services.  She is great at helping people identify their needs and applying just the right solutions to get them the biggest bang for their … [Read more...]

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...]

Is Buying Phoenix Rental Properties A Good Investment?

I've always said that the smartest people I know don't know everything. But they know people who have the answers to their questions. One of the things I love about real estate is the constant learning experience. And I'm smart enough to know that I don't have to have every answer to every question; but I better know the people who do. That's how I am helping investors add real estate to their portfolios and build wealth for themselves and their families. My go to real estate investment guru is … [Read more...]

Downtown Phoenix is Rising and Diverse housing options abound

Have you been to downtown Phoenix lately? There is an incredible amount of activity around the light rail. Hot new restaurants and clubs seem to be coming in every month; new business and corporate headquarters are filling up high-rise buildings; supermarkets are sprouting up to serve the influx of people wanting to be in the center of the action. Phoenix is rising and diverse downtown Phoenix housing options abound. I first moved to Phoenix from New York in the early 80's. While I loved the … [Read more...]

Check out this central Phoenix gem priced below $300,000!

Check out this central Phoenix gem priced below $300,000! Think it's impossible to find a beautiful, updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath single story home in an up and coming central Phoenix neighborhood for under $300,000? Guess again! Check out this brand new listing near the Arcadia light neighborhood near 24th Street and Indian School Road. Nearly 1200 square feet on a large lot with great curb appeal. A freshly remodeled kitchen and master bath, along with beautiful paint and hardwood flooring in … [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...]

Buyers And Sellers Can Avoid The Dreaded “Fall Out Of Escrow”

"Derailed" , "Gone South", "Fell Out", "Crashed and Burned" - there are lots of ways to describe a home sale that falls apart before it gets to the finish line. I am seeing an increase in deals that don't make it to the closing table. Buyers and Sellers can become frustrated by investments of time, money and emotion in a process that doesn't result in a win and can put them weeks behind in achieving their goals. There are things both buyers and sellers can do to keep a sale on track and avoid … [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...]