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Aug. 18, 2019

Market update July 2019

 

I hope this email finds you all doing well and having a wonderful Friday early evening! 
Another months of sales data is ready for you. 
We continue to stay in a "sellers market"  with increasing prices, shrinking supply & inventory, increasing sales volume & appreciation rates.
Many people ask if we are in another bubble. I do not think so, we are not doomed to repeat the bubble. The reality is that we’re not afraid to repeat 2004, it’s the rapid 45% appreciation rate of 2005 that sparks fear and hesitance. Many laws and industry changes have been put into place since that time to avoid repeating history; changes that affected nearly every industry involved in residential real estate. That’s what makes this time interesting to watch going forward. We have been here before, but this time the industry is wiser.Appreciation rates in Greater Phoenix are forecasted to be positive for the rest of the year and into 2020. Enjoy the ride!
As always thank you for allowing me the privilege  of being your realtor and please let me know how I can help!
Posted in Buying
Aug. 18, 2019

Steps to interview an agent

Steps to Take Before You Hire a Real Estate Agent

 

Buying and selling a home is a complicated process, and it’s natural to want an experienced real estate agent to guide you through it. However, there are some things that buyers and sellers should take care of before they reach out to a real estate professional. Read on to have these tasks broken down into simple steps that anyone can follow.

Buying

When buyers don’t have a solid understanding of their finances, it causes frustration for everyone. Before shopping for homes, buyers should talk to lenders and get pre-approved for a loan, this will let a buyer know the amount they can borrow. Buyers should provide information about their income, assets, debts, and credit score to receive pre-approval. If you don’t know your credit score, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explains how to get yours.

 

If the mortgage that a buyer is pre-approved for is less than they’d hoped, they may decide it’s not the right time to buy. Paying down debts, building up savings, and improving one’s credit score can increase the pre-approval amount, but doing so takes time.

 

Sometimes, buyers qualify for a larger mortgage than they’re comfortable with. Buyers aren’t obligated to spend the maximum that they’re qualified for, and in some cases, doing so can harm the buyer’s overall financial health. Buyers should assess their budget and financial goals to come up with the amount they’re willing to spend on a home each month. In addition to the mortgage payment, buyers should factor in homeownership expenses including PMI, property taxes, homeowners insurance, HOA fees, utilities, and maintenance.

Selling

Sellers have their own to-do list to wrangle with. Before buying their next home enters their minds, sellers must get their current home ready to sell.

 

Sellers should tend to loose doorknobs, dripping faucets, stained carpets, scuffed walls, and other minor repairs that are easy and inexpensive to complete. For the most part, sellers should avoid spending money on major home improvement projects unless a realtor advises that they’re necessary to attract buyers. The exception is structural and mechanical issues that would come up during a buyer’s inspection, because problems that arise during an inspection can stall or stop a sale. To learn if there are serious issues to fix (or that warrant a reduced listing price), sellers should schedule a pre-listing home inspection. Home inspections cost an average of $278 - $390 nationally, and they can make the difference between a smooth transaction and protracted negotiations.

 

Once the home is in good repair, sellers should organize and stage. As HGTV explains, the point of staging isn’t to decorate to the seller’s tastes; rather, it’s to make the home a blank slate that interested buyers can imagine themselves living in. In addition to decluttering and removing personalized decorations, sellers should reorganize furniture so that rooms appear spacious and are easy for buyers to move through.

 

A real estate agent is there to guide clients through the most confusing aspects of buying and selling a home, like setting the right asking price and closing on a new home. But before getting to that point, home buyers and sellers have their own legwork to do. By handling these simple tasks before calling a real estate agent, clients avoid wasting their hard-earned time and money when buying and selling a home. 

 

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Medina James <medina@dogetiquette.info>

Posted in Buying
July 10, 2019

June 2019 real estate market update

 

read the full report here- 

https://armls.com/statistics

Posted in Market
May 9, 2019

How to Remove Signs of Pets at Open House

 

 

How to Remove Signs of Pets at Open House

 

If you are a pet owner, one of the most important things you must do when prepping your home for sale is eliminating problematic signs of pets. Potential buyers don’t want to walk into a home and see or smell signs of a pet, even if they own pets themselves. As a homeowner, there may even be pet smells or damage around your home that you haven’t noticed because you’re used to it. Your job as a seller is to find and eliminate these problems to make your home a clean and attractive space buyers want.

 

Remove Sights and Smells of Pets

The biggest giveaway that pets live in the home (and the biggest turn-off) is pet odors. There are the obvious sources of pet smells, like a litter box or dog bed. Along with these sources, there are also less obvious ways that pet smells linger, whether it’s from fur that they shed or smells in carpets and furniture. To tackle those stubborn smells, you may want to have your home deep cleaned by a professional. A professional deep cleaning will cover everything from counters to carpeting to remove buildup that causes lingering odors.

 

Once your home has been cleaned thoroughly, you want to keep odors away as long as your home is on the market. You can take some preventive steps by keeping dogs brushed and groomed regularly. U.S. News also recommends keeping pets’ nails trimmed to avoid damage 

from scratches. Vacuum daily, including furniture, and don’t allow pets on furniture where smells could start reforming. Using an air purifier (you can purchase one online for under $75) can keep smells away too, and some air purifiers are designed specifically to handle pet smells.

 

When you know your home is going to be viewed, opening windows beforehand to let fresh air flow through really goes a long way toward making your home smell fresh. You should also remove a litter box and other obvious signs that a pet is usually around. Make a practice of keeping food and water bowls stored away when they aren’t being used and keep pet toys and treats stored out of sight, too.

 

Fix Pet Damage

Besides being clean and free of bad smells, your home also needs to be in the best condition possible, which means repairing any damage pets have caused. Pets can leave marks on walls, scratches, and stains on furniture and floors. There may be small things that you wouldn’t notice, so consider asking a friend to come over and let you know if anything jumps out at them. If you have any furniture that’s been marked up by a pet, it may be a good idea to put these pieces in a cheap storage unit while you’re selling your home. In Phoenix, you can rent a 5’x5’ storage unit for as little as $20 a month at the StorQuest - Chandler/Frye facility.

 

If you have scratches on hardwood floors, you can probably fix those yourself as long as the damage isn’t too bad. Small scratches can be masked with a stain-filled marker, but if you have deeper or widespread scratches, you may need to sand and re-stain a portion of the floor. Stains on walls can be eliminated with a little DIY effort, too. If you have a pet that marks, leaving urine stains on the lower part of walls, K9 of Mine recommends covering those stains with an odor-sealing primer before painting.

 

Check Outdoor Spaces

If your pets spend time in your yard, don’t forget to look for trouble spots outdoors. Check for holes if you have a dog that likes to dig, and fill in any you find. Holes are unsightly, and you would hate for a potential buyer to step in one and possibly get injured. Some pets chew or lay on plants, so check plants for damage too. And be sure to pick up your pet’s waste before a showing. Along with holes, that’s another thing you certainly don’t want buyers stepping in!

 

The reality of pet ownership is that fur, smells and even some damage to your home all comes with the territory. Even though your pet is totally worth it, potential buyers won’t feel the same way. Finding these issues and fixing them now will make sure buyers see the value in your home, rather than focusing on pet problems.

Medina James medina@dogetiquette.info

Posted in Selling
April 14, 2019

Just Listed in 85257

Just listed | Completely Remodeled | 3 bed | 3 bath | 2380 sq ft | 8617 sq ft Lot | Awesome Old Town Scottsdale Location | More pics and property descriptions below

 

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Posted in Buying
April 14, 2019

Just Listed in 85008

Just listed | Completely Remodeled | 4 bed | 2 bath | 1898 sq ft | 7658 sq ft Lot | Awesome Arcadia Lite Location | More pics and property descriptions below

 

 

 

 

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Posted in Buying
April 14, 2019

Market update March 2019

Posted in Market
April 2, 2019

Canine Courtesy: Following the Basics of Doggie Etiquette

 

Canine Courtesy: Following the Basics of Doggie Etiquette

 


If pressed, most dog owners would probably admit that they’re a little prejudiced when it comes to their furry friends. People can, perhaps, be forgiven if they’re a little blind to their pups’ periodic transgressions when it comes to neighborly etiquette. They shouldn’t be forgiven if they allow it to keep happening. Standing by without intervening while their pet urinates on the neighbor’s front yard time after time, or doing nothing to keep their pet from barking at 4 in the morning is truly inexcusable and shouldn’t be permitted. In fact, it isn’t permitted. It’s why most communities have laws to keep people from letting their dogs go to the bathroom on other people’s lawns and why some areas have noise ordinances aimed at holding dog owners accountable for letting their pooch be a noisy pest night after night. And it’s why everyone should observe the rules of dog etiquette.

Dog duty

There’s really no excuse for not cleaning up after your pet. People often claim they just forgot to bring baggies or some means of picking it up, even though they’re fully aware of the fact that it’s against the law not to pick up their dog’s waste. Others just don’t want to bother with it, claiming it’s too disgusting. That’s a dangerous attitude to take in some apartment communities, where authorities have gone to great lengths to enforce the law, even going so far as to get DNA samples from dog owners so they can match the “evidence” to the guilty pet and owner. If you’re still thinking it’s too much trouble, remember that any pet store sells doggy bags that can conveniently be attached to a leash. You can do just as well with plastic grocery bags. Whatever you decide to use, just don’t forget them.

No more peeing with impunity

It can be difficult to keep your dog from urinating on everything they see. It’s in their nature to mark objects, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your pup hose down the neighbor’s prize butterfly bush. Try to encourage him to do his business in your yard before you head out into the neighborhood, after all, you’re the one holding the leash. If you like to take your pet for a stroll along a walking path, keep him from leaving puddles where people will be walking.

Don’t spare the leash

It goes without saying that your dog should stay on his leash out in public. That means in your yard or out on the street after dinner. It’s not safe for your pet to let him run free, and it’s unsettling for people who are just out walking around to worry whether the eager dog running directly at them is going to attack or just keep going. People often carry mace or firearms and won’t hesitate to use them if they think your dog might bite them.

A good run

If your dog is cooped up inside all day, it’s important to let him get outside and stretch his legs for a while. Like children, dogs need to burn off some of that pent-up energy. It’ll help keep them from damaging your apartment or house and from getting too frisky with visitors and neighbors, who may not like dogs as much as you do. If the lack of a safety fence is keeping you from letting your dog out, consider having one installed in your backyard. The average cost to install a wood fence in Phoenix ranges from $874 to $1,814.

As cute as your dog might be, that doesn’t mean you’re immune from being courteous and displaying good dog etiquette. Keep these tips in mind to help make sure your pup minds his P’s and Q’s.

Courtesy of Pixabay

Thank you so much!

 

Medina James
Posted in Buying
March 27, 2019

Give Your Move Four Paws Up: A Guide to Moving with a Dog

 

Your new home is purchased, you’ve exhausted the local supply of packing tape, and you’ve got your sights set on Phoenix. You look to the pup at your feet and think of all the fun times waiting to be had – dinner at Shake Shack, soaking up the sun on the patio at North Mountain Brewing, and plenty of time spent exhausting energy at the dog park in Washington Park or one of the many other local parks. Phoenix has much to offer for you and your pooch - all that stands in the way is the move. Have no fear! By using this guide, you can make it through the moving process in one piece, and start this new life journey as soon as possible.

 

  

1.Visit bringfido.com to find pet friendly establishments

2. Visit petsmart.com to order new ID tags

3. Visit yelp.com to read vet reviews

4. Visit humanesociety.org for help with packing a travel bag for your dog

5. Visit hireahelper.com to hire pet friendly movers

6. Visit vcahospitals.com for tips on managing your pet’s stress

7. Visit redfin.com for more tips on moving with a pet

8. Visit cesarsway.com to get tips on being calm and patient with your dog

 

Moving can and will be a little bit overwhelming at times, but with these tips, you can ensure that you get to Phoenix with that tail still wagging.

cited ***** 

Medina James medina@dogetiquette.info

Posted in Buying
Feb. 28, 2019

Market update 2.2019

Market update 2.28.2019- 
Eric's take - our market is just sailing smoothly along with no major news to report. Sales are slightly down year over year while inventory is up during that same time, however it is not significant enough to draw any clear indications about market projections other than a healthy "slightly sellers market w/4.28 months inventory available"with steady equity gains for home owners on the horizon. Prices are up year over year, foreclosures and distressed sales continue to fall. A key point of interest is we are teetering on the outer edge of affordability. Home prices in the valley, when compared nationally are almost identical in terms of affordability for home buyers. Our market is still seen as a great housing market where your dollar goes a long way but gone are the days when we were the bastion of affordability. I guess we are all grown up now. Relationships continue to be the most important aspect of the real estate transaction. With all the changes and uproar, disruption and "the end of the realtor" talk in reality the majority of homes will be bought and sold the same way they always have been this year (commissions are now and always have been negotiable). My clients are my family and I look at the trust the bestow upon me with such pride and dignity it will take more than a fancy website or app to break the bonds we have established. No service or good has ever been one where the lowest bidder had the most to offer, so those type of brokerages and offerings are nothing more than great marketing. It's the best time of year in the valley, some say, so get out there and enjoy it! Here's a link to the full report-http://armls.com/docs/2019-January-STAT.pdf

 

Posted in Market