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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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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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Phoenix Real Estate defies national trends

Phoenix Real Estate defies national trends
Phoenix housing market shows strong rebound
The Phoenix-area housing supply is down 42% from a year ago, foreclosures are down 52% from February 2011 and single family home prices have been trending upward since September 2011, according to a report authored by Michael Orr at the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. CoreLogic, meanwhile, also shows a local drop in foreclosures, so much so that the Phoenix foreclosure market is tracking below the national foreclosure rate of 3.43% of outstanding mortgages. That number locally in January was 2.85% of outstanding mortgages.
Read article – Phoenix Business Journal

Investors with Cash Driving Up Home Prices
Home sales are up across the valley. But many families looking for affordable places to live are getting squeezed out as more and more investors move in. Investors are taking advantage of foreclosed homes and short sales, paying cash. It’s good news for people who are stuck in underwater homes — prices appear to rising fast. “We went straight through normal and back from a fear-dominated market to a greed-dominated market with nothing in between,” said Mike Orr, a professor at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Orr says 40% of home sales are cash deals today, compared to about 10% in normal times.
Read article – MyFoxPhoenix.com

Short Sales Get Shorter: New Deadlines to go into Effect
As part of a settlement with state attorneys general, the five largest mortgage servicers are adopting new requirements for short sales, which is expected to speed-up the process. This article covers some of the new requirements, including:
*Servicers must provide borrowers with a decision within 30 days after receiving a short sale package request.
*Servicers will be required to notify a borrower, also within 30 days, if any necessary documents are missing to process the short sale request.
*Servicers must notify a borrower immediately if a deficiency payment is needed to approve the short sale.
Read article – Realtor Magazine

Valley housing values, sales improve in Feb., foreclosures down
The Valley’s housing market improved by almost every measure in February, with an increase in values, an uptick in homes sold and a drop in the number of foreclosures. The ARMLS reports that 7,249 homes sold in February – up 1.3% from a year ago. “Sales above 7,000 units are seen as robust for the Valley’s market,” the report said. Median sale prices also rose, to $122,000 – up from $108,300 in May of 2011. The total number of homes on the market dipped 5.2 percent from the previous month, to 23,736. Inventory is down 41.6% since February 2011.
Read article – East Valley Tribune

Seniors, Young Adults Will Influence Housing
Aging Baby Boomers and their “Echo Boomer” children will significantly impact trends in the nation’s housing market over the next 20 years. Over the next two decades, the aging baby boomer generation will swell the nation’s senior population by 30 million. That demographic shift will likely help increase the supply of housing, since people over age 65 typically release much more housing than they absorb. “Housing, jobs, and the economy are inextricably connected,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “A strong recovery with favorable housing market conditions would encourage substantial growth in Echo Boomer households, which would help absorb the current vacant inventory and stabilize conditions for residential construction.”
Read article – Realtor Magazine
Phoenix home sales increase as prices move higher
Average sales prices have been rising slowly in the Phoenix metro area from a low of $151,400 in August 2011 to $166,000 in February. Median sales prices also have climbed from a low of $108,300 in May 2011 to $122,000 in February. List prices also are increasing. Pending foreclosures have dropped. There was a high of pending foreclosures in November 2009 with 50,568. That compares with 17,833 pending foreclosures in February. Distressed sales as a percentage of all sales are declining. February’s 3,723 distressed sales represent 51.4% of total sales. That compares with the highest level in September 2010 when distressed sales accounted for 74.1% of total sales.
Read article – Phoenix Business Journal

Mobile Devices Become More Important in Home Searches
Smartphones and tablets are being increasingly important tools for home buyers. A recent survey shows that 68% of mobile users contacted a real estate professional to schedule a showing based on their mobile search. What’s more, 98% of those who reported using mobile devices considered the tools valuable in their home search, and 46% said they were “essential.” See the full article to learn more about how they are using their mobile devices in their home search.
Read article – Realtor Magazine

When it comes to deciding which wood floor would suit your needs in the best way, consider the room’s use, what subfloor or existing floor that is there now, budget and your preferable design.

Solid hardwood floor. might outlast your house since it can go through several refinishing cycles. Installation needs underlayment, but it could be installed on existing subfloor. Hardwood provides an excellent design solution as it comes in many kinds of wood: oak, maple and ash.

Engineered floor. provides all the benefits of hardwood, it can be refinished as well but is easier to install and does not require underlayment subfloor and can be installed on any surface. Engineered hardwood flooring is made of wood, but it’s not solid. Instead it is a laminated product like plywood, with a thin but tough veneer of real wood on top laminated to three to five layers of less expensive wood (or fiberboard) and bonded under pressure with strong glues.

Laminate. is completely synthetic with a tough melamine wear coat over a paper or fiberboard core. The beauty of laminate flooring is that it can be made to look like any material; stone, ceramic tile, wood, and more – at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. The effect is achieved in the second layer, which contains a photographic representation of the real flooring material. It is easy to install and water resistant.

Bamboo plank floor. is an environmentally friendly material. Not only is bamboo a fast-growing and renewable crop, the companies that make bamboo flooring use binders with low emissions. Bamboo flooring is made by shredding stalks of the raw material, then pressing them together with a resin that holds the shreds in their finished shape.
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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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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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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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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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Pre-Qualification vs Pre-Approval for mortgage loans

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval for mortgage loans >One sure way to reduce stress during the process of home
buying is to seek pre-approval. Buyers who are pre-approved
are taken more seriously than their pre-qualified counterparts.
Pre-qualification is not a loan commitment from a lending
institution; it is only a loan agent’s opinion that you will be
able to obtain financing. Virtually anyone can achieve prequalification
status. Pre-approval, on the other hand, signifies
that the application has been taken through a rigorous
procedure. Pre-approved buyers enjoy these benefits:
1. If you make an offer on a home and then apply for a
loan, you are at the lender’s mercy. He sets the interest rate
and points, aware that you do not have time to shop around.
2. Pre-approval saves time spent looking at houses you
can’t afford.
3. If you rely on your lender to tell you what you can afford,
you may end up with a high mortgage payment. Most people
can qualify for more than they feel comfortable paying.
4. Having a pre-approval letter from a lender gives you an
edge when multiple offers have been made on a house.
5. Pre-approved buyers can generally close escrow more
quickly. Once you submit your credit package, most of the
legwork has already been done.

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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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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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More Arizona Real Estate Investors

More Investors Bypass ‘Flipping’ for Renting –
 
The days of flipping houses for big profits have all but vanished in many markets as more investors see bigger profits in rentals.  Investors flipped half of their purchases in July, which is down from 75% from a year prior. The other properties were being held onto to rent out.  A recent survey by the company HomeVestors found that their investor clients were 57% more likely than two years ago to buy a property for renting than to flip.  Read article:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2011/09/29/more-investors-bypass-flipping-for-renting
 
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Green Tips for Air Conditioning in Phoenix homes

 

Green tips for air conditioning in Phoenix homes

 
Heres how to keep the AC on the lowest setting and still be comfy, even on the hottest days.
Trying the shrubbery trick.Landscaping to shade your entire home from the sun is a great way to keep it cool for less. The best use of your landscaping dollars is to plant a few inexpensive shrubs to shield the air conditioning unit. This trick will actually boost the unit’s efficiency bill and save you money.
Cleaning house at this time.Dishwashers, washers, dryers and vacuums all give off enough heat to make your air conditioning work 10% harder. Use them when your house is naturally cooler either first thing in the morning or after dark – and the extra heat won’t kick the AC into overdrive.
Swapping your light source.Not only do compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use about 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, but they also give off 75% less heat. Make the switch and your AC won’t be working so hard – saving you about $40 in cooling costs over the lifetime of just one bulb.
Cracking an attic window.The hottest air in your home is on this upper level–and it can often seep lower into your living space. By cracking a window, you can lower the attic temperature–even a few degrees is enough to help reduce the stiflingly hot air that heats up the rest of your home

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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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Phoenix Real Estate: Who buys a green house?

Phoenix Real Estate:Who buys a Green House

 
Who buys a GREEN house?
1. Economizers– wnat to save money in the long run on the running of their home– they like strategically planted trees, ceiling fans, skylights, High energy HVAC systems, energy star appliances and windows, increased insulation and tight construction.
2. Health Conscious buyers– often have allergies, looking for air purification systems, solar tubes, quality of artificial and ambient lighting, carpet & paint made with low volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde-free finishes, no carpeting.
3. Lifestyle focused buyers– they like proximity to public transport, smaller square footage, smaller yard, access to open spaces, bike/walking paths.
4. Environmentalists– want to save the planet, –they like rainwater collection and grey water systems, low-flow faucets, showerheads, toilets, tankless water heaters, green insulation options, reduced water landscaping, use of recycled or renewable materials.
5. Eco-Chic– they like High Tech, current green design features, GREEN certified features, More expensive features, such as recycled glass, pressed paper, hardwood palm/bamboo flooring, electrical systems to monitor and control resource usage throughout the home.
If you intend to remodel, keep these in mind both for your own comfort, safety, health, cost saving, and for future resale. For more info www.marymaxie.com GREEN, Master of Real Estate, GRI, ABR, CRS,

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Phoenix Home buyers’ Information: To remodel or not.

Phoenix Home buyers’ information: To Remodel or not to remodel?

 
Is it worth remodeling?

The  Cost Vs. Value survey, conducted by Remodeling Magazine, reports that minor kitchen remodels give the greatest return on investment of the top 20 remodeling projects in the Phoenix metro area– 88%. Although the house will have more curb appeal and may sell faster with a fresh exterior coat of paint, only 60% of the cost will be recouped.
The magazine also conducted a poll of its readers published last Nov. and found some interesting information:
* the three most important features buyers are interested in, are the roof, kitchen and mechanical systems.
* the number one reason people remodel is to meet a desire or need, not the return.
* Most people are not willing to buy a “fixer-upper”, because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of living through a major remodeling– cost is not the biggest issue.

 
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