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Homeowner tax cut, new outlet mall in Phoenix

Homeowner Tax Cut, new outlet mall in Phoenix

Most county homeowners to get tax cut - For the first time since the downturn of metro Phoenix home values, most of the region’s homeowners can expect a noticeable drop in their property taxes.  Maricopa County property-tax bills are being mailed this week, and the average homeowner bill is expected to decline more than $60 from last year’s bill.  Most of those districts raised tax rates this year, but the overall amount of taxes those districts plan to collect is down almost 6 percent.  Read article:
http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/2011/08/30/20110830maricopa-county-homeowners-property-tax-cut.html

Social Networking Reaches New Milestone - Social networking is getting even bigger: Half of all American adults now say they use a social networking site, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Six years ago, only 5% of adults reported using social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or MySpace.  Women between 18 to 29 years old account for the “power users” of social networking sites.  Read article:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2011/08/29/social-networking-reaches-new-milestone 

Plans for outlet mall targeting Loop 101 area in Scottsdale
http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/2011/08/29/20110829scottsdale-loop-101-outdoor-mall-plans.html

 Spring buying boosts home prices
http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/2011/08/30/20110830US-Home-Prices0830.html

Consumer spending rebounds, rose in July
http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2011/08/29/20110829consumer-spending-rebounds-rose-08-pct-july.html

 New iPhone 5 likely in October
http://www.azcentral.com/business/consumer/articles/2011/08/29/20110829New

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

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Phoenix Market News: Get the best home inspector, not the cheapest

Phoenix Market News:Get the best home inspection not the cheapest

 
Get the best home inspection, not the cheapest. It always amazes me that people price shop for a home inspection on the biggest asset they will ever purchase, and will choose their inspector based on as little as a $25 difference. Before you choose an inspector, ask to see proof of the following:
1. Is the inspector certified/licensed by the state or federal authorities in your area?
2. Does the company have liability insurance (should be a minimum $1million)?
3. Does the company have Worker’s Compensation for its inspectors?
4. Does the inspector belong to a recognized national home inspectors’ group such as ASHI or NAHI, which mandates continuing education?
5. Does the inspector indemnify the realtor against any lawsuits for whatever reason, and does the inspector carry Errors and Omissions insurance?
There are many other reasons to hire an inspector, but if an inspector can’t satisfy me as to all of these, I won’t allow my buyers to hire him/her. I also ask for all these qualifications from inspectors before my sellers will allow them into my listings, on behalf of a buyer. I feel I need to protect my sellers as well. In these tough and litigious times, it only makes sense to protect your buyers, sellers, and yourself as a realtor.
In tough times, many home inspectors let their insurance, their national home inspectors’ group memberships and continuing education lapse, because it is very expensive to keep up. If they are offering a cheaper home inspection, it’s often because they don’t have propert qualifications, credentials, experience and insurance. Don’t assume that someone who had those things a year ago, still has them. Ask to see all of the above at least once a year, from whoever you recommend as an inspector.
Price shopping is not the way to choose a home inspector.

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How not to sell your house: Mary Maxie’s funny real estate stories

How NOT to sell a house: Mary’s funny real estate stories

 
Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories: I went to do a listing presentation to a lady who raises exotic birds. There were cages from floor to ceiling on all the walls of every room in the house, obviously making all the rooms much smaller than they actually were.

The noise from the birds was deafening, sort of like being in the rain forest. There were feathers flying everywhere, and her fans were just causing them to fly and land on every surface. There was also a good amount of bird poop and bird seed everywhere. Some of the birds were out of their cages and flying around, landing on me, my paperwork, my briefcase, etc. It was complete chaos.

I gently tried to tell her that buyers wouldn’t be able to even see the house, because there were so many birds and feathers etc. around. She was hurt to think I might suggest that she move the birds to another location while the house was on the market. She was offended when I said that perhaps there were lots of people (like me) who wouldn’t be thrilled to have birds squawking and flying around while they were viewing the house. I turned down the listing. Can you even imagine how difficult it would be to hold an open house there?

Don’t hurt your chances of selling by being too rigid in your views of your pets or other stuff after your realtor gently asks you to change something. She is not trying to offend you, but tell you what buyers want to see when they look for a new home.

  Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

How not to sell a house: Mary Maxie’s funny real estate stories

How NOT to sell a house

 
Mary’s Funny Real Estate stories: How not to sell a house– I was showing a house, and the first turnoff for my clients was a large cage of mice. We couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to keep common field mice, but we continued to tour the house. When we got to the master bedroom, there was a large heavy shelf above the bed, with an enormous fish tank on it. In the tank was the bigest boa constrictor I had ever seen, and for a snake-o-phobic, like me, it was at least 118 feet long. We figured out what the mice in the cage were for, and beat a hasty retreat.

Another house (not the same buyers, thank heavens) had a reptile room downstairs. Snakes, tarantulas, gila monsters, lizards, etc. My clients walked out and said they would always be afraid one of the reptiles would have escaped and they would find it in the wall or coming up thru the toilet.

Get rid of pets like these before the house is shown. In 99% of cases, people don’t like reptiles, and we can’t just advertise for those who do, and hope they will show up to view the house.

 
 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

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix File: List your home with an internet professional

 

Phoenix File: List your home with an internet professional

 
Don’t be afraid to list and sell your home. The interest rates have dropped and buyers have even more reason to buy a home. It is the time to sell if you want to relocate or move to a bigger or smaller home. Many people still are working, have money, and good credit to buy your home. People are still wanting to move here becasue of the house prices, the weather, the amenities. The inventory of homes to sell is very low, and as long as your house is priced properly, it will sell. The houses which are not distressed, (that is, bank owned or short sales) always sell first, but the price has to compete with the distressed sales in your neighborhood.

However, Sellers, you must really WANT to sell. I hear “I’ll sell if I get my price” hundreds of times. I have attended listing appointments where the freeway noise deafened, where the yard looked like Mother Nature had a bad hair day, where the fact that a homeowner ran out of paint and never matched the rest made Andy Warhol’s paintings look tame and were a litter box looked like Mt Everest.

Your price is determined by the market in YOUR area, location, curb appeal, cleanliness, maintenance, & staging of yard and home. Also smells, colors, pets, and the ability of agents to show your home when a buyer wants to view it all have an effect on price. And unfortunately, foreclosures and short sales have a detrimental effect on prices in the area. If you don’t allow a sign, flyers and a lockbox, you are missing major marketing tools. Also, choose a listing realtor who is internet savvy and can market your property effectively on a variety of websites. Nearly 80% of buyers now begin their search on the internet.

When you invite an agent to your home to talk about selling, they will show you different sets of facts & figures to come up with a market price, & then walk you through to consider your home’s interior & exterior, making recommendations to make your home more saleable, or ask you to lower your price. If you don’t believe an agent’s pricing, get an appraisal.

WHAT DO BUYERS LOOKING AT YOUR HOME ALREADY KNOW?When agents represent buyers, the buyers receive a market analysis of the homes they are interested in, plus they know all the other homes available, pending sales, recently sold homes in the area of your location. They know what your home is worth via all the information sources that buyer’s agents have. If the buyer is financing the purchase, the offer is subject to appraisal, so hoping to get thousands more for that built-in BBQ, boulder waterfall or custom faux paint will not work in 98% of cases. Also remember that a Buyer’s Agent is just that, they represent the buyer, (not you). Be nice to them, they’ll likely sell your house for you.

 

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

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate: Pre-listing home inspection saves headaches

 

Pre-Listing Home Inspections Save Headaches and Money

 
Consider a Pre-Listing Home Inspection
I usually advise all my customers who are listing their home for sale to have a pre-listing home inspection. It costs $300-500.00 depending on the age, size, and amenities of the home, and is well worth the expenditure when you consider the following:

*If you were buying this home, wouldn’t you want to know that the current owner had felt confidant enough in it to have the home inspection done, and then make it available to you before the sale? Sure, the buyer is going to have his/her own home inspector do the inspection also, but it gives a sense of certainty to the buyer that can help them make the decision to buy, if they already know you have taken good care of it. They never get to the stage of having a home inspection if they don’t make an offer that you can accept.
*If the pre-listing inspection finds something serious enough to warrant repair, then it’s a good idea to find it prior to the buyer bringing in their own inspector. Once their inspector finds something wrong, they start to question whether they should buy it at all. I have seen buyers walk away from a deal because of even small things their inspector finds wrong.
*As your realtor, I’d like to know if there is anything wrong with the home before I start marketing it. I feel much more comfortable telling prospective buyers that it’s in tip top shape if it really is in tip top shape.
*So you get a contract on your house, and the buyer brings in his/her own inspector. Some inspectors are so nitpicky that your buyer comes up with a huge list of repairs they want you to make before they’ll go through with the sale. Wouldn’t you want to know from your inspector, which items are important to have tended to, and which are not? And if the list of repairs is small, often the buyer will accept the house as is, instead of asking you to repair everything. You deal from strength in having knowledge of your home’s great and not-so-great features.
*A home which is in tip top shape, can bring a higher price than one which has problems.

Home inspectors in AZ have to pass a rigorous testing process before they are allowed to perform inspections. They have to have errors and omissions insurance, and proof they have conducted inspections in the company of a certified inspector. Do yourself a favor, and order up that pre-listing inspection and save yourself and your realtor possible headaches later

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

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate File: Flex Housing

Phoenix Real Estate File: Flex Housing

 
FlexHousing– A New Approach to Construction

How would you like to have a home that adjusts to your changing needs, instead of having to move when you outgrow your present home? Sound ideal? Maybe a new approach to construction called FlexHousing is your answer. FlexHousing focuses on adaptability and accessibility. Designers are looking at housing which can accommodate a broad range of individual needs over time. Accessibility features focus on design requirements which facilitate the lives of persons with disabilities.
There is a wide range of guidelines for the design of the main elements of a dwelling to achieve adaptability and accessibility objectives.These guidelines pertain to entries, circulation spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, living and dining areas, bedrooms, storage spaces, laundry facilities, balconies, doors, windows, electrical outlets and controls, heating and air conditioning. They also pertain to spaces outside the dwelling, including parking areas, walkways, commmunal areas, and yards.

Some areas in flexible design:
-designed to promote social interaction, by supplying a front porch and outdoor courtyard space, to bring residents togther rather than keep them apart.
-designed to accommodate a variety of family types and provide for home office space, bedrooms, a rental suite or garden.
-on-grade access, with no steps to enter the home.

As the population ages, it will not be necessary to move to more accessible housing. Homes will be designed to simultaneously satisfy users with varying disabilities. They will offer on-grade access, with no stairs, open floor plans, adjustable kitchen counters, lever door handles, accordion closet doors, adjustable rod and shelf heights, and reinforcing for future installation of a stair lift and grab bars. Strategic use of color, contrasts and changes in texture of ground and wall surfaces serve as visual and tactile cues for persons with sight and cognitive limitations.

More homes will be designed for different family units, including double master suites, more multi-purpose rooms. One such project had several single person units each with one bedroom, one bath, and a bar fridge, hot plate, microwave, small kitchen and TV/Music area. In another area of the house, were a large commercial style kitchen, large dining room and entertainment area, large office area separated by dividers, and fun areas such as a games room. Thus residents could have as much or as little privacy as they wanted.

As there are more single adults, they may wish to live communally, but will want their own bedrooms and bathrooms. As with any housing, the most important issues are still community, flexibility, accessibility, sustainability, home automation and affordability.

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Mary’s funny Phoenix Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Phoenix Real Estate Stories

 
In one house I was showing, there was a brass plaque on the kitchen floor that said the seller’s baby was delivered there, when they couldn’t get to the hospital in time to have the baby. It was about 3 X 5 inches & detailed the baby’s name, date of birth, weight, etc.  Hope they took the plaque with them when they moved. Would have left a sizeable hole in the tile to remove it.

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Phoenix Real Estate News: Being a Realtor is not an easy job

Phoenix Real Estate News: Being a Realtor is not an easy job

 
It’s not as easy as you think!

This profession of “Realtor” isn’t as easy as just taking a three or six week course at a realtor school, and getting some business cards printed.
We have to take all kinds of courses on everything from finance to contracts, to fair housing. We have to update our education regularly. All these courses, our computer access to MLS, forms, our yearly dues etc. cost a great deal of money and time.
If we want to be take seriously, we have to seek designations such as GRI, (Graduate of the Real Estate Institute– a North American designation which is a graduate level degree in real estate) and ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative,) In these tough times in real estate, I am a Certified Short Sale Negotiator (CSSN), and a Short Sale/Foreclosure Resource (SFR).
I am also a Certified Real Estate Specialist (CRS), and carry the GREEN designation, for realtors who have completed a lengthy course in environmentally responsible real estate. I am a certified negotiator, and a Certified International Property Specialist, an Accredited Home Stager, and am a member of Arizona’s prestigious Master Of Real Estate society, indicating hundreds of hours of education and transactions in my portfolio of credentials. In addition, I’m a Certified Risk Management Specialist (CRMS) to help you have a worry free real estate transaction.

We have to keep on top of banks all over the country to negotiate sales on houses that may have been damaged or trashed by disgruntled sellers & may be called on to repair those houses at our own expense until the house sells, when we may be reimbursed by a bank often months later.
And to top it off, we now have to watch out for dangers such as thieves who use the date rape drug on realtors holding open houses, so they can rob the house, and finding out about Meth labs which are set up in houses to manufacture drugs for sale. Meth is very harmful, even in small doses, and if we walk on a rug in a house where the fumes have permeated, we can then spread it to other houses, even our own, on our shoes. If a small child plays on that rug, cases of mental impairment could result.
So, being a real Estate Broker these days is not just a couple of weeks in a classroom and some new business cards. Look for a realtor who is committed and has years of experience and education, like Mary Maxie, not your relative who just took the course or the first person you see at an open house.
I love my work, and I am in it for the long haul. I have seen ups and downs and I will be here for all the ups and downs in the future too.

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

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

Phoenix Home buyers’ Information: Internet Buyers More Savvy

Phoenix Home Buyers’ Information:Internet Home Buyers More Savvy

 
Internet House Hunters are more satisfied with their buys
A new study of Internet versus traditional home buyers shows some very interesting findings. The study was conducted by the California Association of Realtors, and concludes that Internet home seekers tend to be younger, wealthier, and more ethnically diverse than traditional buyers. These buyers also felt that they were more in control of, and understood more of the home buying process, and knew more of what they wanted before they actually saw any homes. This resulted in greater satisfaction with their purchase.
Internet buyers spent more time researching and investigating before contacting a realtor. While research ultimately saves the buyer and the realtor time, Internet users should always realize that finding a home is only the beginning of the home buying process. Your realtor acts on your behalf, and negotiates to get you the best deal, and guides you through the morass of legalities and post-offer processes that change often and are almost always confusing to buyers.
Other findings:
*51% of all Internet buyers reported that the information they received from the Internet was less useful than the information provided by their realtor. In other words, it’s a good place to start, but you should finish with a qualified realtor.
*77% of Internet buyers and 70% of tradtional buyers received a 4 or 6 year degree.
*Married couples constituted the majority of both Internet and traditional buyers
*A higher proportion of Internet buyers were first time homebuyers (11%) compared to 6% of traditional buyers.
*The median price of homes purchased by Internet buyers was $310,000, significantly higher than the median of $165,000 for traditional home buyers. This was a California study, so the prices may be higher than here, but the percentage spread would likely be similar here. More info, see www.car.org

 

Canadians: Want to know more about buying a home in Arizona? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*180 day rule for foreign nationals

*FIRPTA tax rules for selling your home in theUSA

*Difference between using Escrow and a lawyer for conveyancing

*Disclosure issues

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*Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty mary@marymaxie.com

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

Phoenix Real Estate News: Why get a home inspection?

 

Phoenix Real Estate News: Why get a home inspection?

 
Home Inspections…Just what’s going on?
If you have ever bought or sold a home, or know someone who has, chances are, you’ve had a home inspection. The American Society of Home Inspectors defines a home inspection as “an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical checkup. If problems or symptoms are found, the home inspector may recommend further evaluation”. Generally, the inspector will observe and report on “readily accessible installed systems and components of a home”. These, according to the AZ Board of Technical Registrations, which certifies home inspectors to practice in the state, can be structural, such as ceilings, floors and foundations; exterior, including vegetation (grading) and driveways; and roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, central air conditioning, insulation, and ventilation. Safety issues are also addressed to some degree.
Sellers may not be aware of defects, and generally realtors are not qualified to evaluate the physical condition of the property.
I usually ask my sellers to have a pre-listing inspection, just so we don’t get any deal-killing surprises from a buyer’s inspector. This gives us a chance to address problems and for my sellers to correct the most serious of them, before prospective buyers see the home. And I always ask my buyers to have an inspection to avoid later surprises in the homes they are purchasing.
It is now illegal to hire an inspector who is not certified, or who has not applied for certification by the AZ Board of Technical Registrations. This ensures that the inspector you hire is insured against liability, and that he/she has passed state exams, and has performed at least 50 home inspections. A list of certified inspectors can be found at www.btr.state.az.us/RegistrantSearch.asp
A person who conducts home inspections and has not applied for, or received certification, could face a $2000. civil penalty. A realtor who recommends or uses such a home inspector could face disciplinary action the the AZ Dept. of Real Estate.
Rates generally start in the $300. range for a 3-4 hour inspection, and you should plan on attending with the inspector and your realtor for at least part of that time. Rates can go substantially higher depending on how many A/C and heating zones, amenities such as fireplaces, pools/spas, appliances, age and condition of the home, and square footage.
Remember, this may be the largest single purchase you will ever make, so doesn’t it make sense to find out if there are serious defects, or if the home really is all you hoped it would be?

Canadians: Want to know more about buying a home in Arizona? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*180 day rule for foreign nationals

*FIRPTA tax rules for selling your home in theUSA

*Difference between using Escrow and a lawyer for conveyancing

*Disclosure issues

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Market News from www.marymaxie.com

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

*Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty mary@marymaxie.com

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

Canadians Buying AZ Real Estate need to know

Canadians Buying Real Estate in Arizona need a Realtor who knows the market in Canada as well as AZ

 
If you want to buy a second home in Arizona, you need to know a lot more than what the average realtor knows. Mary Maxie was a realtor in Canada, and now specializes in showing Canadians the differences between buying and owning in Canada versus buying and owning here in the Valley of the Sun.
Did you know there are tax implications to owning here? Did you know there are differences in building standards between the two countries that you should be aware of? Are you aware of what happens to your home here when you die? What costs are normal, and which are not in buying in AZ?
Some realtors think Canadians are made of money, and don’t offer any ideas on saving money or after sale service, or are unable or unwilling to offer Canadians the advice they need to live here.
Mary Maxie will help you navigate and make the best deal, and she’s always there for after sale questions about anything– real estate related or not.
 

Canadians: Want to know more about buying a home in Arizona? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*180 day rule for foreign nationals

*FIRPTA tax rules for selling your home in theUSA

*Difference between using Escrow and a lawyer for conveyancing

*Disclosure issues

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Market News from www.marymaxie.com

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

*Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty mary@marymaxie.com

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

Phoenix Real Estate News: Take a Look at Your Roof Today

Phoenix Real Estate News: Take a Look at your Roof Today

 
Take a look at your roof today
At least twice a year, walk around the perimeter of your home and look at your roof. Check for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles/tiles. Look for open seams, blisters, or bald spots on flat roofs. If you have them, clean gutters, strainers and downspouts, and make sure downspouts and overflows from coolers are directed away from the foundation. Check the attic for any evidence of leaks. Note the flashing around all surface projections, sidewalls and protrusions. Trim tree limbs and vegetation away from the roof. Check fascia and soffits for deterioration and damage. Remember your mother used to tell you “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

If you can’t see, or can’t get up on the roof, call Mary Maxie in Phoenix for a recommdation of a home inspector or roofer to do this for you.

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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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Phoenix Real Estate News: Ten Most Common Home Problems

 

Phoenix Real Estate News: Most Common Home Problems

 
Ten Most Common Home Problems

In a recent survey, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) identified the most common home problems. It is interesting to note that four of the top ten problems involved water or moisture.

1. Improper Surface Grading and Drainage: By far the most frequent problem, it is responsible for the most common household aggravations, including water penetration into basements, craw spaces and foundations.
2. Improper Electrical Wiring: A number of respondents found this to be a significant defect. This includes such situations as insufficient electrical service, inadequate overload protection, and amateur (often dangerous) wiring connections.
3. Roof Damage: Ranked third, leaking roofs are a frequent problem. This is caused by old or damaged shingles or improper flashing and drainage.
4. Heating Systems: Defective items in this category include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, and unsafe exhaust disposal.
5. Poor Overall Maintenance: A common problem with all homeowners. Signs of poor maintenance include cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, makeshift wiring or plumbing, and broken fixtures and appliances.
6. Structurally Related Problems: As a result of problems in one or more other categories, damage is sustained by such structural components as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters and window and door headers.
7. Plumbing: Though not ranked as a number one problem, plumbing defects still rank high. This includes the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, as well as faulty fixtures and waste lines.
8. Exteriors: Flaws in this category, such as windows, doors, and wall surfaces, rarely have structural significance, but may pose discomfort to the occupants due to water and air penetration. The most common culprits are inadequate caulking and /or weather stripping.
9. Poor Ventilation: In a effort to save energy, many homeowners have “over-sealed” their homes, resulting in excessive interior moisture. Significant moisture can lead to rotting and failure of both the structural and non-structural elements.
10. Miscellaneous: This category includes interior components (often cosmetic in nature) which were so infrequent that they did not rank individually in the survey.

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Phoenix Real Estate News: Mold is a Maintainance Issue

 

Phoenix Real Estate news: Mold is a Maintenance Issue

 
Make sure your home doesn’t become a haven for mold. Look around your house and see if any of these potential mold problems exist arund your home, and fix them before they turn into a helath hazard for your family and require an expensive ‘fix’.
1. Turn outside aprinkler heads so that they do NOT spray against the exterior of your home. Over time, water will seep through stucco or block and into the wall system
2. Buy a new water heater at the reommended life limt of your current one. Water heaters rust, leak and may burst. It is easier to buy a new one BEFORE you have potentially moldy situation or a flood.
3. There are two kinds of reverse osmosis units: those that have leaked and those that will. If y ou have one, check it regularly.
4. A bucket under the sink is NOT a fix. It is a band-aid solution. The cause of the leakmust be remedied Sometimes the cost of a plumber is worth it.
5. Do not put wallpaper in bathrooms. Humidity can be high and mold loves the glue.
6. Do install a good exhaust fan in your bathroom. Small fans or open windows are not enough to exit the steam from the room

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