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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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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

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
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Arizona Real Estate Prices Inching Upward

If you have been waiting for real estate prices in Arizona to go lower, I think that boat has already sailed. We are finding that prices are inching up about 2-4% every month. Multiple offers are common, usually far above list price, & many listings show up on the MLS as brand new, but already under contract. Most have several backup offers in the wings, in case the first contract doesn’t make it to closing.

Cash is king, & sellers, whether banks or short sellers, will always take a cash offer over a financed one. That’s why it’s imperative that before you make any offer, you have a bank confirmation of funds, or else an ironclad lender approval for funds.

If the house you want is in a good area, is in good shape, & is under $500,000, chances are good it won’t be on the market for long. Anything over $500,000 will last a bit longer on the market, but they are moving well too. The investors & house flippers have pretty well taken over the under $100,000 market, & fixeruppers are snapped up quickly. Then they are resold or held as rentals.

Market conditions change weekly, if not daily, so if you need information on anything to do with the Arizona Real Estate market, please call me for clarification. Don’t believe everything you read in the media or find on various websites. Talk to a professional.

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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:
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*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying
*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report, Arizona Living
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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

Phoenix Real Estate Market Report Nov 2011

Phoenix Real Estate Market Report Nov 2011
Greater Phoenix – Single Family Detached

Market Headlines

· In every price range, sales prices in $/SF are now higher than a year ago.

· Inventory is still falling below $200,000 and constraining sales volumes.

· Above $200,000, supply is rising and demand remains relatively weak.

· After a noticeable weak patch during the summer, prices have regained strength.

· Lender-owned inventory is falling fast, especially at the lower price levels.

· Short sales are overtaking foreclosures as the primary mechanism to resolve mortgage debt problems.

1. Homes under $100,000

Summary: Supply getting tight and now constraining the market. Prices are rising and are now 2.7% higher than last year.

2. Homes Between $100,000 and $200,000

Summary: Supply lower and demand holding. Pricing is on a firm upward trend.

3. Homes Between $200,000 and $400,000

Summary: Supply is higher and demand is still unimpressive. Nevertheless, pricing remains extremely stable.

4. Homes Between $400,000 and $800,000

Summary: Supply is up only slightly and demand is stronger. Prices regaining ground lost in August and September.

5. Homes over $800,000

Summary: Supply is growing while demand remains below par. However prices remain remarkably stable.

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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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Arizona Real Estate News: Gov’t Help for Home Seekers/Owners

Arizona Real Estate News: Gov’t Help for Home Seekers/Owners

Obama To Promote New Steps To Help Housing Woes – According to an administration official, Obama’s housing initiative will help homeowners with little or no equity in their homes refinance by cutting the cost of doing so and removing caps for deeply underwater borrowers.  The new rules apply to homeowners with federally guaranteed mortgages who are current on their payments.  With the president’s jobs bill struggling in Congress, the White House is refocusing its efforts on steps Obama can take to address the nation’s economic woes without getting lawmakers’ approval.  Read article:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141648275

 

Ariz. underwater homeowners to get help with refinancing – More Arizona homeowners may soon be able to refinance to current low mortgage-interest rates, no matter how far underwater they are in their homes.  The federal Home Affordable Refinancing Program has allowed certain loans to be refinanced if the borrower owed up to 125% of the home’s value.  The plan announced Monday would lift the value requirement completely, allowing some borrowers to refinance no matter how much their home’s value has dropped, if their mortgage is backed by one of the two largest federal mortgage agencies and they meet other requirements.  Read article:
http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/2011/10/25/20111025arizona-homeowners-underwater-help-obama.html

 

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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

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 downturns, 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 your 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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Phoenix Real Estate News: Snoring Rooms

Phoenix Real Estate News: Snoring Rooms

New home designers are adding a new room to today’s houses. It’s called a Snoring Room or sometimes a double master suite, or sometimes a sick room. It’s primarily so couple can get a good night’s sleep if one of them is snoring, or if one is ill, or coughing, or simply if one is a lark and the other is an owl.

Larks and owls always somehow seem to find each other. Larks are up with the birds, fall asleep at 9pm, and owls are night people, who want to party or read or work till the wee small hours of the morning and then sleep till noon. The REM sleep for larks and owls is totally opposite. The deepest sleep for a lark is early in the night, usually righ after they fall asleep. The deepest sleep for an owl is closer to wakeup time for them. Larks seldom nap or sleep during the day, because it’s too light out. They are more apt to nap if they nap at all, while they watch TV in the evening.

Owls can sleep despite sunlight, and if they need to nap, don’t care if it’s light out.

Whatever the reason for snoring rooms, people tend to sleep better when their sleep is not disturbed by noise or sickness or different sleep cycles, yet couples who want to remain close in the night, don’t wan’t separate bedrooms. They solve that problem by adding a room that is part of the master suite. Either may utilize it, depending on their individual sircumstances. It could be utilized at times as a nursery, office, library or just a sitting room too.

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, Prudential Arizona Properties

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Phoenix homes: What home buyers want

 

Phoenix Homes: What home buyers want

 
Paul Cardis, CEO of Avid Ratings, which conducts an annual survey of buyer
preferences, identified these must-haves in new homes:1. Large kitchens with islands 2. Energy efficiency, including energy-efficient appliances, super insulation, and high-efficiency windows.3. Home offices 4. Main-floor master suite 5. Outdoor living spaces 6. Ceiling fans 7. Soaking tub in the master suite and/or an oversize shower with a seating area 8. Stone and brick exteriors rather than stucco or vinyl 9. Community walking paths and playgrounds 10. Two-car garages, but three-car garages are even more desirable

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

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Phoenix Homes: Low Flow Shower Heads Save Water

 
Low Flow Shower Heads
Selecting the right shower head for economy and ease of use can be a challenge.
Here is some helpful information to assist you.
Why is low-flow the way to go? Older shower heads use between 3 and 6 gallons (15 and 30 L) of water per minute, whereas newer, low-flow models use less than 2 gallons (10 L) per minute – and you won’t even notice the difference in water pressure.
What you will notice though is that your hot-water use will be reduced by up to
50%, which will cut both your electricity and water bills in the process. A family
of three could save between $175 and $190 per year (depending on whether
they use electricity or natural gas to heat the water) just by switching to a low-flow
shower head.
Which shower head is best for your needs?
• Aerating shower heads mix air into the water stream. This maintains steady
pressure so the flow has an even, full shower spray while using less water.
• Non-aerating shower hears deliver a strong spray minus the air. The water flow
pulses, giving you a massaging effect.
• Mutltiple-flow shower heads allow you to set the spray from fine to coarse.
Some even feature a pause setting, which allows you to stop the water while soaping up, saving even more. The big tip here? Remember to use it!

 

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