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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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Canadians Buying US Real Estate Need Extra Information

Canadians Buying US Real Estate need extra  information

Canadians Buying US Real Estate need extra information

Canadians buying real estate in the USshould ask the following questions of any realtor they meet:
1. What is FIRPTA?
2. What is the 180 Day rule?
3. Do you know where I live?
4. What happens if I have an income from my property in the US?
5. Do I need a US Social Security numbr to buy real estate?
If they don’t know the answers to these questions without going to the internet to do research, find another realtor. Any realtor dealing with Canadians should know the answer to these questions. If they don’t even know where you live, they are most likely only interested in their commission, not finding the right house or ensuring that you are well taken care of.
I find realtors all the time who think Alberta is a city, Ottawa is a state, and Vancouver is near the Arctic Circle. If they don’t even take time to know more about you, will they do a good job on anything else?
As a buyer, you need to know the answers to the first 2 questions, and your realtor should have written information to give you about both. If they tell you they will find out, that’s not good enough. If they have dealt with other Canadians, they should know the answers already. If they don’t, call another realtor who does.

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.ArizonasRealEstate.com

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Phoenix Canadian Realtor: Questions to ask your realtor before buying in the USA

Phoenix Canadian Realtor: Questions to ask your realtor before buying in the US

 
Canadians buying real estate in the US should ask the following questions of any realtor they meet:
1. What is FIRPTA?
2. What is the 180 Day rule?
3. Do you know where I live?
4. What happens if I have an income from my property in the US?
5. Do I need a US Social Security number to buy real estate?
6. What is escrow & why is it different in the US from Canada?
If they don’t know the answers to these questions without going to the internet to do research, find another realtor. Any realtor dealing with Canadians should know the answer to these questions. If they don’t even know where you live, they are most likely only interested in their commission, not finding the right house or ensuring that you are well taken care of.
I find realtors all the time who think Alberta is a city, Ottawa is a state, and Vancouver is near the Arctic Circle. If they don’t even take time to know more about you, will they do a good job on anything else?
As a buyer, you need to know the answers to the first 2 questions, and your realtor should have written information to give you about both. If they tell you they will find out, that’s not good enough. If they have dealt with other Canadians, they should know the answers already. If they don’t, call another realtor who does.

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

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Canadians Buying Real Estate In Arizona Need to Know…

 
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

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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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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

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Phoenix File: 10 Reasons Why I don’t answer my cell phone

Phoenix File: 10 Reasons Why I don’t answer my cell phone

1. I’m with clients & want to give them the same courtesy I do you, by giving them my uninterrupted attention.

2. I’m in the shower or otherwise occupied in the bathroom. Everyone needs private time.

3. I’m asleep. I get to do that sometimes, & most of the time, don’t want to be woken up.

4. I’m at the gym, & don’t want to lose my place in line.

5. I’m already on the phone, & don’t want to keep the person I’m already talking to wait while I answer your call.

6. I’m on the freeway or other busy road, & don’t want to have an accident.

7. I’m in a meeting where they fine us $5.00 if our phone rings during the meeting, & $10.00 if we answer it. It’s annoying to speakers & disrespectful too to answer.

8. I’m in church. They frown on phones ringing during the service.

9. I’m having dinner. There is a ‘no phone answering’ rule at dinner.

10. I’m at the movies, a concert, play, or other thing where rinfing phones are impolite & frowned on.

Please, think about this, and leave me a message which I’ll return as soon as I wake up, stop the car, leave the meeting, finish eating, get out of the shower, or whatever. It won’t take long, or you can text me, or email, & I’ll answer those as well.

 

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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*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

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Phoenix File: Landscaping Ideas

Phoenix File: Landscaping Ideas

Visualize Your Landscaping Project: Landscaping your backyard is no simple task.
The first step is to visualize your ideal environment. The Virtual Landscape Designer is
the kind of help you need. Take a photo of your home and yard. Then upload it to the
program. You can design your dream landscape right on the photo. The program contains
dozens of plants, pools, fences and other objects. Drop them into your photo. Then just
resize and position them. You can see your perfect yard before ever getting dirty.     Free  http://www.showoff.com/apps/(S(25214055mhhejy2h1o0c4sqn))/default.aspx 

Research and Kill Weeds:   One thing that can quickly ruin your garden is weeds. They
can kill your plants and take over your yard. You want to keep weeds far away. What
constitutes a weed, though? How can you get rid of a weed for good? Visit the National
Gardening Association’s Weed Library to find out. You can search for weed types visually.
Learn what they’re called and where they thrive. Then get tips on getting rid of them
permanently.   http://www.garden.org/weedlibrary/

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

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Phoenix Real Estate–US economy good for Canadians

Phoenix real estate–US economy good for Canadians

I hear that people from Canada are reluctant to invest in homes in theUSA. 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. The Canadian dollar is up to about $1.06 US & prices here are low (all because of theUSeconomy) If theUSeconomy improves, guess what happens? The Cdn dollar will lose its premium against theUS$, & home prices will rise. So the very things that make thePhoenixhouse 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 inCanada. 

See my earlier blog about the July market activity taken directly from the statistics of the Cromford Report, which is part of our MLS information system inPhoenix. 

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone. 

SignsArizona’s economy is starting to come back—City & state officials claim that a rise in sales tax revenues indicates more strength and confidence in the economy. 

Phoenix Housing Market Shows Signs of Life – In June, Phoenix had the strongest resale activity in six years, helping to lift total sales from the year-ago month when federal tax credits were boosting the market.  There were about 10,500 sales of new and existing houses and condos during June in the metro area covering Maricopa and Pinal counties, up 8.3% from May and 1.5% from June of last year, according to DataQuick, the real-estate research company based in San Diego.  Read article:
http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2011/07/27/phoenix-housing-market-shows-signs-of-life/ 

I heard at a realtor meeting yesterday that Canadians, once again are able to get mortgage money in theUS. For some time now, US banks haven’t been lending to Foreign nationals. You have to put at least 20% down, & have good credit inCanada. If you need any information, please let me know & I’ll put you in touch with lenders I trust.

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

*Frequent Market News

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597 www.marymaxie.com

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

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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 file: Canadians buying Phoenix

 

Phoenix file: Canadians buying Phoenix

 
It’s better than having a cottage at the lake, better weather too. 23% of properties sold last year in USA were to Canadian buyers. Distant 2nd was Mexico, followed by UK, Hong Kong. Come on down!

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.ArizonasRealEstate.com

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

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

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Phoenix File: Frustrating Deals with Fannie Mae, Banks, Realtors

 

Phoenix File: Frustrating Deals with Fannie Mae, Banks, Realtors

Phoenix File: Frustrating Deals with Fannie Mae, Banks, Realtors

Mary’s rant for today on the frustration of trying to do business these days

I called a listing realtor to see if the guest house sq ft was included in the total sq ft on the MLS. His answer? “What guest house?” He had never been to see the house, knew nothing about it. He told me he had 50 listings from a bank, that he was only making 1% on them, so it wasn’t worth his time & gas to go measure, take photos, etc of his listings.

What do you do when your cash client is waiting for his deal to make it through the bank maze, & Fannie Mae tells you they think they have the deal somewhere, but it seems to be lost in their computer system & they can’t access it? Do you abandon the deal and start over looking for homes? Do you try & keep your patience while they hunt for it? As the buyer’s agent, you can’t really call the bank or Fannie Mae. That’s the role of the seller’s agent. But the seller’s agent may only be making 1% on the deal, has 17 other deals lost somewhere in the system, & doesn’t seem too receptive to your plight.

I had a client call to ask about a house we had toured a couple of months ago, that he found on Trulia for $300K. When I was finally able to locate the listing, the person on Trulia was not the listing agent, & $300K was not the price. It was listed for $469K & the listing agent had no idea who the person posting it on Trulia was. When I finally reached the person who posted it, she told me she picks out listings that she thinks will sell for less than list, & posts them to Trulia under her own name. I’m not going to comment on the ethics of this pracatice, but it is frustrating for my client and me, especially when the listing was previously toured by my client with me, and he was excited that the price had (supposedly) dropped $160K.

I have clients who want to move, not becuase they are behind on payments, but for legitimate reasons, such as a job change or they have outgrown their present home. They can’t sell or rent their house because of the current marekt situation, can’t qualify to buy a second house, don’t want to walk away from the house, but see neighbors & firends doing exactly that. How can we teach our kids to have honor & respect for their own decisions if they see their parents trying to stiff the banks?

A respected real estate educator told me it had taken 14 months for him to obtain a loan modification on his house. He recounted all the frustrations & delays, asking if he, someone who is familiar with the system had such a hard time accomplishing this, what happens to some poor slob who is unaware of the system requirements?

I’m sure many of you have equally frustrating stories. Pls comment on them.

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Canadians Love Phoenix

Canadians Love Phoenix

Over 7000 residential properties in Maricopa County have Canadian addresses listed as their primary residence. The five primary reasons for this are:
1. Timing: the Canadian dollar is high, bargains abound in the valley, boomers have retirement money and oil bonuses in Canada.
2. Similar architecture to what the Canadians are used to, as well as similar amenities
3. Arizona weather: winter seems to last from September to June in Canada. It’s not just the snow and cold, but the lack of greenery for 8-10 months a year in many areas.
4. Outdoor lifestyle: Canadians are used to an outdoor lifestyle, and they love to bike, hike, golf, shop, attend sporting events and spend days by the pool, not to mention just dining al fresco.
5. Easy travel: most Canadians only have to change one or at most two time zones to get here, and it’s an easy non-stop three hour flight from western Canada. It’s only a 24-28 hour driving time from most points in western Canada, a bit more hauling a trailer.
The winter visitors’ bureau estimates 90,000 Canadians live in the valley permanently (that’s the ones who don’t take out US citizenship– likely twice as many who are now American citizens) Another estimate is 600,000 Canadians who visit the valley for at least part of every year, coming in by plane. The don’t keep track of those coming by car, so double that number and you’ll see why there seem to be a lot of Canadians around here.
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 the USA
*Difference between using Escrow and a lawyer for conveyancing
*Disclosure issues
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
*Market News from www.ArizonasRealEstate.com
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