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Phoenix file: granite myths dispelled

Phoenix file: Granite Myths Dispelled

 
Using Granite in your home Makes Sense–Dispelling the MythsIn recent years, granite has become a popular
surface choice for bathroom and kitchen countertops.
Granite is beautiful and extremely durable, but some
homeowners hesitate to use it because of myths about
it being unsafe or diffi cult to care for. Below, fi nd a list
of granite myths dispelled:
1. Granite is absorbent. Granite qualifi es as impervious
to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid
surface (plastic) products.
2. Granite stains easily. Granite is resistant to stains.
Generally any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up
within a few minutes, will not stain. Liquids that do not
evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains only if left to
soak into the stone.
3. Granite requires a lot of maintenance. Routine
cleaning with a mild soap and water is all that is
generally required. Once a year, a reapplication of a
penetrating sealer should be performed. It takes only
about 15 minutes. Never use abrasive cleaners.
4. Granite’s tiny pores and fi ssures harbour bacteria.
Bacteria are found everywhere. If they are on a granite
top, then they can also be found on a laminate or solid
surface top. Use an antibacterial soap to wash your
countertop if you are concerned.
5. Granite and marble are essentially the same. Other
than the fact that they are both natural stones and
can be polished, granite and marble are otherwise
very different. Marble is generally a calcareous stone,
formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed
under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however,
is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, that is
cooled and then hardened below the earths surface.
Your natural stone counter top choice will add years of
beauty, strength, durability, and ease of maintenance to
your home. Enjoy!

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Phoenix Real Estate for Sale: What do older buyers want in a home?

What do older buyers want in a home?

 
What do older buyers want in a home?

As many older Americans choose to remain in their homes as they age, they will become more concerned about issues related to mobility, home safety & care-giving options. To address these concerns, the MetLife Mature Market Institute has published the MetLife Aging in Place Workbook– Your Home as a Care Setting, a free guide to help individuals & families assess potential care needs, determine whether assistive devices are needed, identify potential care sources & understand costs. The workbook also includes a list of organizations & government agencies that can provide additional assistance. The free publication is available at www.maturemarketinstitute.com

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Phoenix File: 1 in 5 Canadians wants to buy US Real Estate

1 in 5 Canadians wants to buy US Real Estate

 
20% of Canadians want to buy US Real Estate
- With the Decline in Value of American Real Estate, Leger Study Shows 20 per cent of Canadians Would Consider Purchasing a Home or Property South of the Border
- Men Are More Likely Than Women to Purchase a Home in the U.S. (29 per cent Versus 16 per ce
Mar. 24, 2011 (Marketwire Canada) –
TORONTO, ONTARIO — As many Canadians return from south of the border after the March Break, a new survey from BMO Bank of Montreal shows they may have been doing more than visiting theme parks and beaches. The survey conducted by Leger Marketing reveals that one in five Canadians would now consider purchasing property in the United States.
In the study, Canadians indicated that both lower prices and the strong Canadian dollar have added to their interest in purchasing property in the U.S. and growing their assets.
Overall housing prices in the United States have fallen by 30 per cent over the past four years. However, prices in regions that are traditionally destinations for Canadian snowbirds have dropped even more. For example prices in Tampa have dropped 44 per cent, Phoenix, fell 54 per cent, Las Vegas, 57 per cent, and Miami, 49 per cent.
“Now, with the American economy and employment gaining strength, home sales should pick up and put a floor under soft prices,” said Sal Guatieri, Senior Economist, BMO Bank of Montreal. “We expect prices to rise over time as the overhang of unsold homes eases.”
He adds that beyond this year over the long term the U.S. greenback should strengthen as well. This would provide an opportunity for capital appreciation for Canadians who purchased U.S. property at a low price while the Canadian dollar was high.
The Leger survey also revealed:
Men are more likely to consider purchasing a home south of the border, 29 per cent in comparison to 16 per cent of women.
Regionally, those in Alberta (31 percent), British Columbia (28 per cent), and the Prairie Provinces (27 per cent) are most interested buying property in the U.S.
BMO Mortgage Specialist, Laura Parsons, advises that if the funds to purchase your property are not readily available, consider for example a homeowners line of credit. “By speaking with a BMO Banking Representative, they may be able to set up a line of credit against your current real estate assets. You can then use this to finance your property in the U.S. and give you a realistic spending budget.”
Another option is for customers interested in purchasing U.S. properties to finance the new purchase with a U.S. based financial institution. Customers can visit a branch of BMO Financial Group’s U.S. subsidiary Chicago bank, Harris Private Bank, which has branches in Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, Florida, and Wisconsin. “Staying within the family can save a lot of time and headache,” adds Mrs. Parsons. “Alternatively, seek out Canadian banks that are already established in the U.S. and in the area you are looking to purchase in.”
BMO offers the following tips for Canadians interested in purchasing property in the U.S.:
What states and neighbourhoods fit your needs?
Since you are responsible for property maintenance, consider how easily you can access your property from your Canadian home throughout the purchasing process and after acquisition.
Consider flights and airlines, if you can fly there direct, and the cost.
Research and even ask locals about the community to ensure it suits your needs.
What to consider when financing the purchase with a U.S. based financial institution?
It is important to be aware of the differences in mortgage financing and how interest is charged in the U.S.
Furthermore, understand the impact of penalties and withholding taxes if and when you decide to sell your home in the U.S.
Do you understand the status of the property?
Understand the terms of the property. For instance, is it labelled as short-sale or on foreclosure?
The status of the property can have a variety of implications. Be sure to consult an expert before making any buying decisions.
How will you use your property?
Is your purchase for investment or lifestyle purposes? This will affect where you buy and how you hold the property. Also, understand the options available and what will benefit you in the long run.
If your purchase is for income purposes, keep in mind that renting your property means added responsibility. Research the possibilities of increased utility usage, property management needs and the vacancy rate in the area to ensure you’re prepared. Investment properties can be subject to taxation in two countries, so make sure you speak to a taxation specialist.
How much time will you spend south of the border?
Consider how many months of the year you’ll be living there so that your purchase reflects your lifestyle.
Be aware that there are rules regarding the amount of time you can spend in the U.S. before being considered a U.S. resident and subject to paying income tax.
Internet Address: www.bmo.com

 

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Phoenix File: The gov’t should let me fix the real estate industry

The gov’t should let me fix the real estate industry

 The gov’t should let me fix the real estate industry. Here’s how:’

1. First, I would make whatever banks have to service whatever loans they grant. No passing them off to Greece or Iceland.

2. Second, I would start adding one per cent a year or every second year to the down payment amount people would have to pony up, till everyone had to have at least 20% down. However, I would make savings for a down payment a before tax saving, as long as it was in a certified down payment account. The interest on the account would also be tax free.

3. HELOCs would only be allowed if the bank was able to certify that the funds were actually used for home improvements. No rolling in car loans, trips, boats, credit card payments etc. or taking out cash for something unrelated to the house.

4. Only certified appraisers would be allowed to appraise. No broker price opinions. No bank rules for appraisers.

5. No gov’t bailouts for banks, no gov’t guaranteed loans like FHA except for low income housing. Low income housing only for those with low incomes, who would be able to ‘rent-to-own’ by adding a down payment amount to their rent each month.

6. Get banks out of the real estate business, because they are artificially depressing prices. As long as they can do foreclosure sales & short sales & the gov’t makes up the difference between what they are owed & what the house sells for, there is no incentive for the banks to allow prices to settle into a normal supply & demand mode.

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Phoenix File: Mistaken Identity

 

Phoenix File: Mistaken Identity

Phoenix File: Mistaken Identity

More than 8 million people were victims of identity theft in 2007, according to Privacy Rights Clearing House. Most people know the basic prevention measures, such as committing passwords & PIN numbers to memory & shredding credit card receipts. But there are other habits that can help you prevent fraudulent activity.

Check your mail often. Identity thieves often take pre-approved credit card offers & sign up for a new card to use without your knowledge. Be sure to shred these.

Reduce the number of credit & debit cards in your wallet; if possible, carry only one debit card for bank withdrawals & one credit card for other purchases. Use a credit card rather than a debit card while shopping on line. You’re better protected because credit accounts are more often monitored for unusual charges & offer quicker ways to freeze & replace cards than banks. Keep a list of all credit & bank card numbers & expiration dates, as well as banking account information in a secure place, such as a locked safe in your home.

When ordering new checks, make the trip to the bank to pick them up rather than having them delivered. When you are waiting for a new credit card to be delivered, be sure to call the issuer if it hasn’t arrived within the promised amount of time to ensure it hasn’t been stolen.

Paying bills the old-fashioned way? Park the car & deliver mail inside the post office rather than the outside box. Neighborhood mailboxes aren’t monitored as closely & could be broken into, leaving your checks open to alterations by a thief. Source: CRS Residential Specialist

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Phoenix File: New Baby Boomer Trends

 

Phoenix File: New Baby Boomer Trends

Phoenix File: New Baby Boomer Trends

* Boomers are having a hard time selling their larger homes, so aren’t buying retirement homes in the numbers estimated several years ago.

*By the time the first baby boomers reach age 70, fewer than half of those between ages 65 to 69 will have retired.

* Baby boomers have been hit hard by the recession. Their house values have plummeted, their retirement funds have almost halved. American Bankruptcy Institute estimates that people between the ages or 45 & 65 made up 42% of all those who filed for bankruptcy in 2007.

* Those boomers who do downsize to retirement homes still want all the fancy upgrades they had in their larger homes, including granite counters, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets & pantries, high end windows, green features, large outdoor entertaining areas, and home offices. they also want garages large enough to contain all the toys they have collected like boats, RVs, hobbies, sports equipment safe storage.

* Over the next 10 years, aging boomers will result in a 50% rise in the number of people 65-74 years old, a growth rate for that that group not seen in 50 years.

* Today’s boomers are more physically fit than their parents, more politically aware & more into healthy eating habits than any generation before them.

* Job growth areas for young people graduating will be in fields having to do with health care, elder care, computer/tech help, household/landscaping help, shop at home opportunities, financial consulting 

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Scottsdale Source– Great Walls for your home

 

Scottsdale Source: Great Walls in your Home

Scottsdale Source: Great Walls in your Home

No matter how big or small, all homes have one thing in common: wall space. But many homeowners get stumped by what to do with it. Walls are a blank canvas for creating an inviting space & showing off personality & although homeowners’ tastes vary widely, there are a few general ideas & guidelines to consider when deciding how to make the best use of your walls.

Sconces are a great way to add light & style to a room. They should be placed about  six feet above the floor, & if there are two or more, be sure to place them evenly to provide balanced sources of lighting. If the sconce is merely an accent to an already decorated wall, choose a simple design & a smaller sconce, rather than upstaging what’s already there.

If art is your wall decoration of choice, it’s important to decide on a style before choosing the paintings or photos. More traditional decorators might go for landscapes or gardens, while those with contemporary taste might lean toward bold bright colors. A ittle quirky? Think about framing old records or vintage movie posters instead of ready-made pieces. Be sure the size of the framed pieces complements the furniture in the room– wall art shouldn’t compete. A room with minimal furniture can have large art, but if the room already has big, ornate pieces of furniture, keep the art minimal.

Play with groupings of framed pieces. Experts suggest combining odd numbers such as three or five in a row or a square block of nine small prints. Be sure the pieces are similar in color & theme, & take time to choose a neutral colored frame.

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Trust an Arizona Expert to help you buy real estate in Phoenix

Trust an expert to help you buy Arizona Real estate

The current president of the  Arizona Association of Realtors, Holly Eslinger says athat the process of buyingArizonareal estate has gotten so complicated that even the most experienced real estate agents have been orced to seek additional training & expert advice on the new market here.

On top of having to meet strict financial requirements, house hunters in 2011 must be willing to make sacrifices in the process.

Here are some options to be considered before you beilieve everything you read in the media about fast cheap house sales inArizona.

New Homes generally cost the most & take a few months to build, but they offer total customization, a helpful seller and little to no buyer competition. They also offer fewer extras included in the price, but everything is new & carries a one year builder’s guarantee in most cases.

Investor-owned homes generally come with cosmetic repairs already completed & investors frequently offer the most flexible financing options But buyers still need to be wary of possible wear or damage underneath the fresh paint & capeting. In some cases, buying from an investor can also trigger more stringent creditworthiness requirements. I saw one house that had black stains which could have been mold but the house was bought & came back on the market weeks later with the black spots painted over. Another house had extensive termite damage, but the termite tubes had merely been painted over, not treated.

Short sales promise bargain prices, & in many cases the homes are in excellent condition, if the seller is still living there. You have to be carefull that ongoing maintenance has been taken care of by the owner, because often, once they start missing mortgage payments, they also stop making repairs, HOA payments, spraying for bugs etc.The owners are often very angry at the bank, so it may be in relatively good shape when you go to see it, but have light fixtures, appliances, doors, a/c units pool equipment, kitchen cupboards etc removed by the time you see it again.They involve plenty of extra paperwork & a negotiation process that can take months, with no guarantee the sale will ever go through.

Bank-owned homes generally cost the least. A savvy buyer can wind up paying a small fraction of the home’s previous market price. Still, they come ‘as is’, which frequently means they are completely trached, the seller is often slow moving & unresponsive, & intense competition from cash-paying investors can push traditional buyers repeatedly to the back of the line.

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Phoenix File: Closing cost high & low states

 

Phoenix File: Closing cost high & low states

 

Phoenix File: Closing cost high & low states

Bankrate.com lists the most and least expensive states for real estate closing costs.

The most expensive states are

1.New York

2.Texas

3.Utah

4.California

5.Alaska

The least expensive states for closing costs are

1.Arkansas

2.North Carolina

3.Iowa

4.Montana

5.Wisconsin

No particular reason are given for the differences, nor are the amounts charged.

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Phoenix File: New Baby Boomer Trends

 

Phoenix File: New Baby Boomer Trends

Phoenix File: New Baby Boomer Trends

* Boomers are having a hard time selling their larger homes, so aren’t buying retirement homes in the numbers estimated several years ago.

*By the time the first baby boomers reach age 70, fewer than half of those between ages 65 to 69 will have retired.

* Baby boomers have been hit hard by the recession. Their house values have plummeted, their retirement funds have almost halved. American Bankruptcy Institute estimates that people between the ages or 45 & 65 made up 42% of all those who filed for bankruptcy in 2007.

* Those boomers who do downsize to retirement homes still want all the fancy upgrades they had in their larger homes, including granite counters, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets & pantries, high end windows, green features, large outdoor entertaining areas, and home offices. they also want garages large enough to contain all the toys they have collected like boats, RVs, hobbies, sports equipment safe storage.

* Over the next 10 years, aging boomers will result in a 50% rise in the number of people 65-74 years old, a growth rate for that that group not seen in 50 years.

* Today’s boomers are more physically fit than their parents, more politically aware & more into healthy eating habits than any generation before them.

* Job growth areas for young people graduating will be in fields having to do with health care, elder care, computer/tech help, household/landscaping help, shop at home opportunities, financial consulting 

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Phoenix File: Recycle or Double duty Newspapers

Phoenix File: Recycle or double duty newspapers

Phoenix File: Recycle or double duty Newspapers

Got a stack of newspapers piling up, waiting to be recycled? Before you take them to the curb,
consider these alternate uses that will have all that print pulling double duty.

  Stoke the flames.
Newspaper is a great starter for your fireplace. To get the flames really going, roll it diagonally into a long tube, then tie into a knot. The shape creates a bigger spark to kick-start the coziness!

Get tastier tomatoes.
Wrap a winter tomato loosely in newspaper and leave it on the counter. The newsprint helps draw moisture, softening the fruit for great taste.

Sneak out of a slippery spot.
Next time snow makes it hard for your car to get moving, slip a stack of newspaper under your wheel. The dry surface will give you enough extra traction to get unstuck.

Wipe away streaks.
For crystal-clear windows, polish the glass with a piece of newspaper. It removes unsightly streaks without leaving lines like paper towel does.

Save your soles.
Crinkle up newspaper and stuff it inside your slushy-wet winter boots. Not only will it absorb excess moisture, but the newsprint will help the shoe keep its shape and keep them looking like new.

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Phoenix File: Don’t Let Leaky Roof Spoil Your Holidays

 

Phoenix File:Don’t Let Leaky Roof Spoil Your Holidays

 Phoenix File:Don’t let Leaky Roof Spoil Your Holidays

As the roof surface ages, it wears and becomes less and less reliable. Eventually it may leak, but it is not only old roofs that leak. One of the most common causes of roof failures is poor workmanship during installation. The reason this is not readily apparent is that it often takes a few years for a poor installation to manifest itself in a leak. By this time it is all too easy to point the finger at wear and tear.

A leaking roof can be disruptive and costly, causing damage to interior finishes. In some cases it is easy to determine the cause and in other cases it can be difficult to diagnose. In some cases a roof leak will only occur in specific weather conditions. Let’s try to make some sense of this mystery.

Sloped Roofs Shed Water
Sloped roof systems are designed to shed water from one shingle to the next down to the roof edge. Sloped roof systems are not waterproof. Understanding this concept is the first step to understanding how a roof can leak. Flat roof systems, on the other hand, are designed to be waterproof.

It’s All About the Flashing
Roofs don’t normally leak in the middle of a field of shingles or tiles. They leak where there is a roof penetration such as a skylight, chimney, dormer or roof/wall intersection. These critical areas are kept from leaking with flashing. Flashing is usually made up of pieces of metal configured so water will shed across the gap between the roof penetration and the roof surface. In many cases, roof leaks can be traced to poorly installed or worn flashing. If you have a roof that leaks, the flashing is the most likely culprit.

Wind and Rain
Roof systems should be designed and installed to accommodate your local climate. On the other hand, it is possible for a perfectly installed and maintained roof to leak given the right combination of wind and rain. Recall that sloped roof surfaces are not waterproof but they shed water down the roof.

Ice
In cold climates, ice can cause a perfectly good roof surface to leak. Ice can block the flow of water to the edge of the roof or to the drain. Water can then back up under the shingles and leak into the house.

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Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

 

Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories:

I have had several stories lately that I haven’t posted yet so here are your laughs for the day:

1. ThePhoenixTV news reported the other day that a listing realtor went over to an emptyScottsdalehouse to check on it. Heard strange noises from the garage, & found five– count ‘em, five– diamondback rattle snakes had taken up residence in the garage! Scary!

2. Tried to get the key out of the MLS lockbox, & the inside container with key was missing. Told the listing realtor that we wanted to get in, & she told us she didn’t have a key, so we’d have to find another house!! Does she want to sell it or doesn’t she? Later called seller, who let us in & told me she had the keybox inside the house. What a comedy of errors! Ended up offering on the house but have to wait for bank approval now.

3. Mary’s funny Real Estate Stories: house had carpet thruout, but paths of tile like a yellow brick road thru all the rooms. Finally figured former occupant likely had a wheelchair, but why not get rid of all the carpet, not just the paths?

4. Mary’s ‘funny’ real estate stories: I see a new homeowner taking possession of his house inFloridafound a dead body in a car in the garage! Surprise!

5. Buyer told us he was replacing picture window with sliding glass doors, then proceeded to ask my seller for $500 because the picture window had lost it’s thermal seal! My seller refused because he had told us about his plan to replace it.

6. Realtor told me her client wanted to take her own car so she could bring her dog along. When they picked her up, big dog was in front seat, realtor had to sit in back all day!

7. From a realtor, who gave 30% referral fee to another realtor, 25% commission to her broker, accepted 1% less commission from bank, whose clients DEMANDED a closing gift. My opinion of closing gifts? Do you give a gift to the grocer/plumber for good service? Realtors do a bangup job under trying circumstances, fo less money, more headaches, so maybe realtors deserve a gratuity for good service! 

 8. Years ago, my cousin was staying part time for the summer at our Grandad’s. He was out on the road working, came back, walked in to see strange lady in bathrobe. They introduced themesleves & the lady said she had bought the house the week before. Grampa hadn’t bothered to tell my cousin the house was sold.

9. Hard to sell a listing which has two abandoned cars full of feral cats next door. House also full of cats. Calls to animal control didn’t work. Even the neighbors’ BB guns didn’t work! Finally calls to the two old ladies’ relatives worked, the ladies moved to assisted living, the house was cleaned up, painted, & the cats disappeared. Then I got the listing for the cat house too.

10. Showing a house where young daughter needed brain surgery. Father asked me to hand out fund raiser cards at my office. My cliient pulled out $100 bill & contributed on the spot. I love my clients.

11. That TV program Hoarders is sad but true. Over 15 years in real estate, & I have seen lots of those kinds of houses. Also saw lots when I was a social worker many years ago…

If anyone has funny stories they want to share, please send them along. I’m thinking of writing a book.

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Five Ways to Make People Happy

 

5 ways to make people happy

5 ways to make people happy

Happy customers make for referrals and repeat business. These days, people have plenty of reasons for being apprehensive & upset about the current state of the economy. Anything you can do to make a transacation easier or to solve their problems will make them remember you and use your services again, as well as refer you to their friends and relatives.

1. Be honest. Unfortunately, due to economic downtruns, many people have been conditioned to expect an evasive or equivocal response from companies. If customers ask how your service differs from that of competitors, give an honest and straightforward answer. Never badmouth your competitors. It always gets back to them.

2. Let them talk. People enjoy talking about themselves. Your cusomters are no exception. Ask questions not just about their current goals, but about their family, profession & hobbies. Pay attention to how much of the time you talk compared with the time your customer talks. If you find that you’re talking too much, make an effort to ask more questions and listen. And try to remember what they have told you, or take notes.

3. Show you care. Thoughtful acts say a great deal about who you are. Record the names of customers’ children, pets, or birthdays & use the information when asking what their family is doing or to send a card. Email them a news article about their favorite band or send a recipe you think they’d like. Keep them on you email list after the sale to remind them you care after you get paid as well.

4. Be persistent (but not aggressive). Do you know whether you customers think your actions are aggressive? If they perceive you as being too pushy, they may back away from doing business with you. Rather than guess, simply ask them how often they want you to contact them & what time of the day they’d like’d like to reached. By asking them what their timetable is for a purchase, you can avoid contacting them before they are ready to buy.

5. Don’t break your word. If you tell customers that you’ll email them the next morning with more information, follow through. If you say that you’ll always return their calls within a hour, do it. People never forget a broken promise.

Remember the Golden Rule, which is never old-fashioned: Do for others as you would have them do for you.

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