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...]

Why Choose A Full Service Realtor?

Choices abound in how you sell your home; why choose a full service Realtor®? Let me tell you of a recent experience I had that highlights the added value of the concierge service offered by a customer focused brokerage. Representing buyers looking for a 3-4 bedroom home for $250,000 in the east valley this spring has been a delightful challenge. There has clearly been more demand for these homes than supply. If buyers don't act quickly, the home will almost always be sold before they know … [Read more...]

East Valley, West Valley, YOUR Valley Realtor

What do you think is the first question people typically ask a Realtor? Regardless of whether they are interested in buying, selling or investing in a real estate, I am often asked, "what part of the valley do you specialize in?". It makes sense. Often we are told that in order to be good at something and to be successful, we must find a niche. However, working primarily by referral, I find myself traveling throughout the valley: East Valley, West Valley, Glendale, Sun City, Scottsdale, Maricopa … [Read more...]

The Bidding War: Offer Acceptance In A Sellers Market

No, we're not in a housing bubble again. But it may feel like we are if you are a buyer trying to get your offer accepted on a home priced under $200,000. In certain parts of the valley, attempting to get under contract on a home priced below $250,000 feels like you are going to war. At this point in time, and for reasons too many and too complicated to discuss in this article, the number of people ready and willing to sell their homes is far less than we hope. Listings priced below $150,000 are … [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...]

October rollout of TRID: Don’t Let It Scare You Out Of Buying A Home

If you have a pulse, you've probably heard about changes to the mortgage approval process that may be making you wonder if it's become too difficult to purchase a home. Especially with some lenders and real estate agents quaking in their boots about the changes and "government intervention" it's easy to feel like there are too many forces working against  you. The fact is that the TRID changes were designed to, and in fact DO simplify the disclosures that you as a buyer must read, and make the … [Read more...]