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Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

Mary’s funny Real Estate Stories: Some MLS photos are good, some bad, but some are hilarious. One set of photos showed a master bedroom, with the owner still in bed! Couldn’t the realtor wait a minute till the person got up & made the bed? Another realtor obviously didn’t realize that when you take a photo in a bathroom where there are mirrors, that you can be seen in the mirror when the photo is taken. There she was in all her glory, taking a photo of the bathroom, & she was topless! Maybe the a/c was turned off & she was hot taking all those photos?

Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at mary.maxie@pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ladies, & gentlemen who love ladies, Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Have a mammogram, do your self exam often, send a check to the Cancer Society in your area, attend a fund raiser, & say a prayer for a cure. (then you can think about ordering Justine’s Auction by Patrizia Murray from Amazon for insight into life & love after breast cancer). Let’s think pink & save all the tatas we can!

Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at mary.maxie@pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Canadian Thanksgiving

It is Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. Americans ask what is different about Cdn vs US Thanksgiving. The answer is ‘only the date’. It is a celebration of a good harvest, & all that we have to be thankful for. It’s always the Monday after the first full weekend in Oct. Same food, same family gatherings, except too cold for outdoor dining like here. So Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends & relatives both here & back in Canada!
Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at mary.maxie@pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Allergy Season Helpers for your Home

Allergy SEason Helpers for your home
1. change the filters for your furnace or air conditioner. Choose HEPA filters which help screen out allergens. Keep humidity low and the temperature around 70* to fight mold & dust mites
2. Flooring: instead of replacing worn carpet with more carpet, consider tile, lino, hardwood to keep allergens at bay. shanpoo or steam clean area rugs & carpets.
3. Plants: While they are good for air quality, the dirt can harbor dust mites & pollen. Spread aquarim gravel over the dirt in potted plants to keep out mold.
4. Food Waste: place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty the trash daily.
5. Kitchen & Bath: Scrub with bleach or other mold destroying cleaners, all fixtures, tiles tubs, sinks, showers. Clean or replace shower curtains & bath mats often.

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FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections
FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers
FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors
FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.
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FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament
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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties 602-738-6597
GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS

Low cost Kitchen re-dos buyers will love

Low Cost Re-dos buyers will love

1. Replace your kitchen hardware, including drawer and door pulls, hinges, faucets. New ones don’t cost much, and make your kitchen look like new.
2. You can add LED lighting under your upper cabinets quite easily, even if you aren’t a DYI expert.
3. Re-organize all drawers and cupboards to neaten everything up. Make sure all are clean and get rid of any clutter.
4. If it’s in the bidget, think about new counter tops. Granite is great, but costly. Granite tiles are cheaper, and look just as good. If neither are in the budget, there are laminates that mimic the look of granite, & are acceptable to most buyers.

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FREE Tips on Home staging your house for better showings
FREE Tips for First Time Home Buyers
FREE Tips for First Time Home Sellers
FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections
FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers
FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors
FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.
FREE shopping, golf, sports, Arizona Living info
FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament
FREE Market News from www.marymaxie.com
Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties 602-738-6597
GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS

Phoenix realtor vultures

Phoenix Realtor Vultures
Lately, whenever I show a house, there are typically anywhere from 2-8 realtors circling the house like vultures around a fresh kill, waiting their turn to get inside. More often than not, they have no client with them. This tells me several things:
1. There are very few houses available for sale
2. Those that are for sale are going to sell for more than list price, & often there’s a bidding war.
3. If it doesn’t seel right away, it’s overpriced or trashed.
4. If realtors are circling without clients, they usually represent investors who often don’t need to see the house, but just figure out if they can make a dollar or two by fixing and flipping.
5. There are so few houses for sale, that people are putting a high price on their offer, to get the house off the market, and then once they figure out it’s not an economically sound buy, they let it go back on the market.
6. There are several backup offers on every reasonably ‘good’ house.
7. Often a house goes on the market with several offers already accepted & backing up. This tells me that listers are offering the house to their own clients & clients of their office first, before putting it on MLS, so that they can double dip on the commissions. Not bad in & of itself, but discouraging for buyers.

If you or anyone you know wants to talk about pricing, short sales or anything else that’s going on in this crazy real estate market, please call me.

Arizona Short Sale Points To Ponder

Have you ever thought about a short sale on your home? Are you underwater but still managing to make your payments every month? Or maybe you have no idea what to do do next, & have had to stop making mortgage payments?

I’d be happy to sit down and explain a few things to you, and help you make the life-changing decision you will eventually have to face if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the above questions.

I can give you information on the newest plans for folks such as you from banks, government and real estate buyers and investors. The only thing that remains constant is change, and as your real estate professional, I spend many hours each week in contact with bankers, investors, and short sale lawyers, accountants and other advisors to keep up to the minute on what’s happening in the marketplace. It changes almost daily, wo what you thought last week, or read in last week’s media may not be valid this week or next week.

Let’s talk about the following:
1. Avoiding foreclosure & the future problems that foreclosure can cause
2. Find out about forgiveness of deficiency
3. In many cases, dings to your credit score can be avoided or minimized
4. Yes, you can begin to rebuild your real estate assets immediately
5. After a short sale, there are non-traditional financing options available
6. Cash for keys from the bank
7. Sooner is better than later to deal with underwater housing
8. Short sales usually bring a higher value than a foreclosure
9. Laws continue to change, very quickly and very often, so stay up to date

Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at mary.maxie@pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate Facts

Real Estate Facts:
-81% of adults view home ownership as the best long term investment they can make
-Due to increased affordability, 25% of people under the age of 35 are planning buy their first home within the next few years
-Mortage interest rates are at the lowest level in 30 years
-One in 3 Americans own their homes free & clear
-91.2% of mortgages are current, & only 3.75% are in foreclosure
-Two-thirds of Americans say that now is the bet time to buy a home.
-The median home price is 3.4 time the median household income
-In 2010, 20% of home buyers were single women & 12% were single men
-In 2010, 36% of buyers were under the age of 35.
-2010 home ownership levels will be around 66.9%
-By age group, 39% of under 35 year olds own their own homes, 65% of those aged 35-44 own their homes, 73% of these aged 45-54 own their homes & 79% of those aged 55-64 own homes.

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FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections
FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers
FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors
FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.
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FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament
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GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS

Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories: Out showing houses & stopped for lunch with clients. My (male) client sat down & asked if I minded if he took off his leg. Even though he had shorts on, his leg was so realistic I hadn’t noticed that it was a prosthesis. So he took it off, & as we were leaving, he took it out from under the table, & re-attached it. You just never know what is going to happen when you are showing houses!

Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene?
Interested in learning about short sales & how they affect your credit?
Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at www.marymaxie.pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Mary’s funny Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories: Great house, great neighborhood, great price. Problem? block retaining wall/fence behind, belonging to commercial building, was leaning precariously toward the house. It had been water eroded, & cars from the parking lot above had run into the wall, which looked like it would fall into the yard & onto the house at any moment. Bank refused to do anything about it, like contact the commercial building mgr or have an erosion test done, or shore up the fence, so buyer walked. Banks get away with anything these days.

Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene?
Interested in learning about short sales & how they affect your credit?
Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at www.marymaxie.pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Mary’s Funny? Real Estate Stories

Mary’s funny? Real Estate Stories: Went to show a house built in 1994, which hadn’t been cleaned since it was new. that wasn’t the worst part. Worst was that in one of the bedrooms there was brown spatter all over the walls, ceiling, floor, window, that looked suspiciously like blood spatter! E-w-w-w. Why doesn’t the bank clean up stuff like that before it goes on the market? If there was a murder or suicide in the house, it’s a disclosure issue, & people have to be told, so they can make up their minds if they want to live there or not. I know I wouldn’t want to live there!

Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene?
Interested in learning about short sales & how they affect your credit?
Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:
*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home at www.marymaxie.pruaz.com
*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate Report Dec 2011

Hello!

Here is the Market Update through the end of December 2011. Please note that the Valley Wide graph represents all of the MLS. The table below that graph just represents recordings for new and re-sales for Maricopa County.

Inventory (All Areas & Types in MLS): Total active listings have dropped by 1376 units over the beginning of last month. As of January 11, we sit at 25,342 Actives for Single Family Homes and Condos. Sales are at 7042 for the last 30 days (as of January 11th), up by 53 units from December 2011. We are currently sitting at a 3.6 months of supply. If you subtract out the AWC Contracts (which are included in Actives in the Cromford Report), we are at an approximate 3.0 months of supply. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. Now is the time to take listings!

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 32% of the Closings for December (compared to 30% in November) and 36% of the active Listings for a 3.9 Months of Supply. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 59% of the total sales for December. REO Sales have taken a dramatic drop to 27% of the sales from 30% last month. The listing success rate for Short Sales is 60.8%! Don’t avoid these listings! They are closing with greater success rate!

Closings (Maricopa County: New Construction and Re-Sales): There were 7806 closings in December 2011 vs. 6975 closings in November 2011, which equates to a 11.9% increase. There were 6991 closing in December 2010, which is a 11.7% year-over-year increase for 2011. And, for the entire year of 2011, there was a 9% increase in sales over the year of 2010!

Reality Check: The Median Sold Price for Maricopa County for December 2011 was $129,214, which is up .4% from November 2011. In December 2006, the Median Sold Price was $265,000! In December 2000, the Median Sold Price was $138,286. Use this at your listing appointments to help explain what has happened to our market and get realistic list prices!

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1,000,000+ continues to have the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. There was a 6% absorption rate for the month of November. Only 66 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more that $1,000,000 in December 2011.

Please click on the link below to take you to the Graphs. You can save/print/email them from there! Use these with all of your clients, SOI and Open Houses! Everyone wants to know what is happening in Real Estate – Be the authority!! Remember that you can always go to www.eta-az.com and click on Sales & Marketing, then Market Update for this info as well!

CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT GRAPHS

MONTHS OF SUPPLY

East Valley: 2.5

NorthWest: 3.6

Paradise Valley: 8.8

Luxury ($1mil+): 16.4

Southwest: 2.7

Peoria/Glendale: 2.6

Camelback Corridor: 3.7

Cave Creek: 4.3

Ahwatukee: 2.9

Scottsdale: 5.7

Apache Junction: 3.3

Fountain Hills: 6.6

Buckeye: 3.1

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 1.9

We all Need Referrals, Even Phoenix Realtors–Think About It!

We all need referrals—think about it
When you need a new hairdresser, doctor, car mechanic, painter, plumber, electrician, landscaper, or whatever, what do you do? You call your friends and relatives and ask them who they know, who has done the best job for them, who has the best prices,

When you look for a job, you ask friends to put in a good word for you at their offices. When you want to take a cruise, you ask people about the cruises they went on, and take their advice about which one was best. You also want to patronize the services with the best customer service record, the fastest response time, the most education and experience.

You may not need a realtor now, but perhaps your neighbor wants to sell, or your friends from Ohio want a winter place, or your parents are downsizing, your workmate has decided to sell or buy, or your friends who are expecting a baby need a larger place. I appreciate your referrals more than you can ever know. I have the education, experience, and know-how (note all those letters after my name, and see if anyone else you know can claim as much education and training) to help anyone you know to make the best deal, at the best price, with the least hassle. I take very good care of all my clients, and help them avoid the pitfalls and problems of buying/selling or investing in a home. Please continue to refer to me, and thanks for all the referrals of the past years.

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FREE Tips for First Time Home Buyers
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FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections
FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers
FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors
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GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS

Canadians Investing in Phoenix Real Estate

Canadians Investing In Phoenix Real Estate
I hear that people from Canada are reluctant to invest in homes in the USA. They seem to think that the economy is bad here. Surprise! Of course it’s bad. However, that’s what makes it so appealing for people to buy here. 46% of homes are now being bought by investors. They can’t all be wrong! Canadians are the largest group of buyers in the Greater Phoenix area, & for good reason. Last year, Canadians made up about 12% of the buyers here in PHoenix. This year, so far, Canadians are buying about 23% of the houses sold here. Chances are you’ll have a Canadian neighbor on one side of you or another.The Canadian dollar is hovering around 96 cents up to over one dollar US & prices here are low (all because of the US economy) If the US economy improves, guess what happens? The Cdn dollar will lose its premium against the US$, & home prices will rise. So the very things that make the Phoenix house market attractive are what some people fear. You can’t have it both ways, people. We are already seeing more stable pricing, low interest rates & mortgage money available for Canadians..

And even though the economy is bad here, gas, food, clothing, entertainment prices here are still much cheaper than in Canada.

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FREE Tips for First Time Home Buyers
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FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections
FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers
FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors
FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.
FREE shopping, golf, sports, Arizona Living info
FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament
FREE Market News from www.marymaxie.com
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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS

Mary’s Funny Phoenix Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Phoenix Real Estate Stories: One house had a plaque attached to the kitchen floor, stating that the seller’s baby had been born on that spot. HOpe they finally made it to the hospital, & hope they took the plaque with them when they moved out.
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FREE Pickup of books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, sheet music, for VNSA Charity Book Sale
FREE Tips on Home staging your house for better showings
FREE Tips for First Time Home Buyers
FREE Tips for First Time Home Sellers
FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections
FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers
FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors
FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.
FREE shopping, golf, sports, Arizona Living info
FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament
FREE Market News from www.marymaxie.com
Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor
Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS

Arizona Real Estate News: Social Trends Changing for Housing

Arizona Real Estate News: Social Trends Changing for Housing

Wedding Registries for Home Downpayments – More engaged couples are doing a different type of wedding registry that allows them to collect cash for a down payment on a home.  About 15% of registries at Deposit a Gift are to raise down-payment funds for a home.  The FHA permits gifts from a wedding to be used as a down payment.  About 27% of first-time home buyers use gift money from relatives and friends for a down payment, according to the NAR.  Read article:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2011/10/25/wedding-registries-for-home-downpayments

 

Baby Boomers Seek Smaller, Affordable Homes - Baby boomers who plan to move for retirement are looking for smaller, affordable homes that are easily accessible to medical care and near their family.  Baby boomers who make more than $100,000 a year are the most likely to say they plan to buy a new home during retirement.  However, more baby boomers say they don’t have any plans to move after they retire for financial reasons.  Read article:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2011/10/26/baby-boomers-seek-smaller-affordable-homes

 

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FREE Pickup of books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, sheet music, for VNSA Charity Book Sale

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FREE Tips for First Time Home Buyers

FREE Tips for First Time Home Sellers

FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections

FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers

FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors

FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.

FREE shopping, golf, sports, Arizona Living info

FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament

FREE Market News from www.marymaxie.com

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties

GREEN Master of Real Estate, GRI, CRS, ABR, CSSR, SFR, CRMS, CIPS