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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

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 #EricWilliamsonRealtor #SellforTopDollar #ArizonaRealEstate #AZAgent #JustListed #OldTownScottsdale #azrealtor #arcadia #remodeled

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





#EricWilliamsonRealtor # SellforTopDollar #ArizonaRealEstate #AZAgent #JustListed

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.

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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 to find pet friendly establishments

2. Visit to order new ID tags

3. Visit to read vet reviews

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

5. Visit to hire pet friendly movers

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

7. Visit for more tips on moving with a pet

8. Visit 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

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-


Posted in Market
Jan. 25, 2019

Tax Win: IRS Provides Clear Test on How 20% Deduction Applies to Rental Income, Exchanges

Tax Win: IRS Provides Clear Test on How 20% Deduction Applies to Rental Income, Exchanges






The Internal Revenue Service has issued final rules on the 20 percent business income deduction (Sec. 199A of the Tax Code) that was enacted in late 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Among other things, the rules confirm that the deduction applies to your business income, as a real estate agent or broker, if you operate as a sole proprietor or owner of a partnership, S corporation, or limited liability company. It applies even if your income exceeds a threshold set in the law of $157,500 for single filers and $315,000 for joint filers. 

In addition, the rules provide guidance that NAR has been seeking on two other provisions of importance to you: 1) whether any real estate rental income you have is eligible for the deduction, and 2) how the deduction applies to properties you've exchanged under Sec. 1031 of the tax code. 

Eligibility of rental income 
If you generate rental property income, that income can also qualify for the new deduction, as long as you can show that your rental operation is part of a trade or business. The IRS has released proposed guidelines that include a bright-line test, or safe harbor, for showing that your rental income rises to the level of a trade or business. Under that safe harbor, you can claim the deduction if your rental activities—which include maintaining and repairing property, collecting rent, paying expenses, and conducting other typical landlord activities—total at least 250 hours a year. If your activity totals less than that, you can still try to take the deduction, but you'll have to be prepared to show the IRS that your activity is part of a trade or business. 

Eligibility of 1031 like-kind exchanges
Under earlier proposed regulations, if your income was above threshold levels set in the tax law—$157,500 for single filers, $315,000, for joint filers—and you had exchanged one property for another to defer taxes under Sec. 1031 of the tax code, the amount of the new deduction might be reduced because of the swap. NAR and other trade groups reached out to the IRS to change this treatment, and the IRS has made that change. Under the final rules, you can use the unadjusted basis of the depreciable portion of the property to claim at least a partial deduction. 

"The final rules are the result of several months of advocacy and collaboration between NAR, our members, and the administration," says NAR President John Smaby. "They reflect many changes that NAR sought to ensure the new 20 percent deduction applies as broadly as possible."

Posted in Selling
Nov. 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Eric Williamson Realtor

Posted in Market
Nov. 8, 2018

October 2018 Arizona Real Estate Market update

Eric Williamson Realtor
Published by Eric Williamson
3 mins

Eric's take- the buzz right now are the i buyers- which really just is a fix and flip model of business. I find it interesting that the consumers see these services as a "quick way out" of their property and a venue by which they perceive they will net the most money on the sale of their home,this could not be further from the truth. The "ibuyer investor" is making 10's of thousands in flip equity on the property. A properly marketed and exposed property would net the home owner more money every time. I would argue that there are huge equity losses taken by the home owners that sell using these models. I would rather offer lower fees' to compete and adapt to an ever changing real estate market while at the same time providing the professional services and insight a good Realtor can bring to the table.


Acces the entire report here-


Posted in Buying