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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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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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Greater Phoenix Real Estate Mostly Good News

Greater Phoenix Real Estate Mostly Good News

Massive West Valley development to launch – Two Phoenix-area developers, John F. Long Properties and the Alter Group, are planning a massive mixed-use commercial development in the West Valley that will span Phoenix, Avondale and Glendale.  The project is made up of three separate parcels totaling 1,500 acres and likely will take decades to complete, the developers said.  Over the course of its development, the project is expected to create 3 million square feet of employment space, generate at least 10,000 West Valley jobs and rake in $500 million in construction costs.  Read article:
http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/2011/10/21/20111021massive-west-valley-development-launch.html

Investors See Bigger Profits From Rising Rents – Rental demand and prices continue to soar, and investors are cashing in.  Rents are rising at a 5.17% annual rate — up from last year’s 4.72% rate.  Renters are increasingly showing an appetite for single-family homes owned by investors.  Investors make up anywhere between 20 and 40 percent of monthly existing home sales, according to home-sale data.  Read article:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2011/10/21/investors-see-bigger-profits-rising-rents

Renters Spending 5% More Than Home Owners – Rising rents are forcing renters to outspend homeowners on housing costs.  Since 2005, homeowners’ housing expenses have climbed from 31.9% of their household budget to 33.2%.  However, renters’ expenses have jumped from 35.6% to 38.4% during that same time period, according to the October CoreLogic U.S. Housing and Mortgage Trends.  Read article:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2011/10/26/renters-spending-5-more-home-owners

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Greater Phoenix Real Estate: Cromford Report

Cromford-Report: Greater Phoenix – Single Family Detached

Market Headlines

* A big contrast exists between the market under $200,000 and the market above that figure

* Enthusiastic buying below $100,000 is causing significant price rises as inventory becomes tight.

* Above $200,000 the market continues to deteriorate slightly. 

* Above $400,000 there is potential for further price weakness unless demand improves.

* The overall average for sales pricing is now on an upward trend.

* REO inventory is falling fast, especially at the lower price levels.

Overview The demand for homes between $50,000 and $150,000 continues to be particularly strong as investors, many from out of state, seize the profitable opportunity of becoming landlords. Demand from owner occupiers remains relatively weak due to the difficult financing climate. The supply from foreclosures continues to fall very fast and short sales are becoming a more important part of the picture. Lenders are receiving far fewer homes into REO inventory as a larger percentage of the trustee sales result in a sale to a third party. The market below $200,000 is now highly supply constrained.

Homes over $400,000 are suffering from lower demand and the supply has started to creep back up. Demand for homes over $3,000,000 remains very weak especially compared with this spring.  

A clear and significant upward trend has developed in the price of homes below $200,000, particularly those sold by lenders. In contrast the pricing for homes over $400,000 is currently very stable but with the possibility of a bias to the downside. Because of the high sales volumes at the low end, price averages are very likely to push higher which may have a positive effect on sentiment. 

The period from the second half of August to the first half of September represents a low point which looks likely to be seen in hindsight as our second market bottom, the first having been April 2009.   

Foreclosures New notices of foreclosure continue to be filed at similar levels for the last two months, though more than 50% down from the levels of 2009. We now have fewer homes pending foreclosure than at any time since the middle of 2008. However, more of these are finding solutions other than the trustee sale and the completed foreclosure counts are now falling fast. 

 

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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Phoenix Real Estate: Blue jeans go green in my attic

 
 

Phoenix Real Estate: Blue Jeans go Green in my attic?

 
Blue Jeans in my Attic?
Warm up to cotton. Old blue jeans are finding new life as home insulation material. Bonded Logic of Chandler AZ manufactures UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation, which is made from 85% recycled denim & cotton fibers. Contains no VOCs or formaldehyde, doesn’t irritate skin. Very healthy too. Mold/fire resistant. Receives maximum insulation performance rating, sold at retailers nationwide for 50 cents to $1.50/sq ft For more info www.bondedlogic.com

Maxiemize Energy Efficiency

 
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Phoenix Real Estate Closing Nightmares

Real Estate Closing Nightmares

 
HGTV warns consumers about closing nightmares
HGTV’s program “Front Door” lists what it says are the “Top 10 Real Estate Nightmares”
According to the show, home buyers and sellers should be aware of:
1. Stigmatized properties: homes with a past can be good deals… or not…
2. Uninspected homes. Properties should always be inspected
3. Showing shockers. Some homes have been prepped for showing, some not
4. Home owner associations. Some rules can be too restrictive.
5. Neighbor Nuisances. Talk to people in the neighborhood before buying.
6. Financing. Talk to more than one lender about financing.
7. Short Sales. Make sure your realtor is experienced in these kinds of transactions.
8. Unwelcome Guests. Be careful of squatters living in foreclosed houses.
9. Bad Agents. Do some research before deciding who to work with.
10. Closing. Surprises at closing delay deals. Make sure documents are reviewed in advance.

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Phoenix Real Estate: Green Cleaning Products Best

Phoenix Real Estate: Green Cleaning Products Best
 
Our 10 year old granddaughter’s science fair exhibit is the topic today. She wondered if all the hype about green cleaning products was just hype, or if there was really something to it.

My idea of cleaning windows is to use vinegar and water, and wipe with newsprint. Works better than most commercial products, costs less, and is easy to find lying around the house. Vinegar also works just fine on mirrors and any glass or porcelain surfaces.

But back to the science project. She used white porcelain floor tiles, and smeared them all with ketchup, mustard, dirt, and black markers. Then she scrubbed each tile with several regular commercial cleaning products, and also with several brands of “green” cleaning products. All the products are available at major grocery stores.

Her findings were that the green cleaning products cleaned faster and took off more grime than the regular products did. The price for the green products was only slightly more than regular ones, but the ease of cleaning, a cleaner job, and less time to scrub, more than outweighed the extra cost.

And she got an A+ on the project. If we teach our younger generation about saving the planet, maybe we can actually save the planet

 

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Phoenix Real Estate: landscape to wow buyers

Landscape to WOW buyers

 
Landscaping tricks that WOW buyers:
Add splashes of color.
Size trees and shrubs to scale or scale them back if necessary.
Maintain a perfect lawn, or rake your gravel yard. No weeds!
Light up the outside so it looks good at night too.
Let them hear water– pool cascading, even a tabletop fountain gets rid of ambient noise
Decorative architectural elements– new window box, fence, mailbox, fountain or sculpture– don’t overdo it.
 
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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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Mary’s Funny Phoenix Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny Phoenix Real Estate Stories

 
Black stories:

One couple who listed their house had allowed their teenage daughter to decorate her own room. She had spray painted the walls, ceiling, windows, and even the rug, all black! She had black bedding and curtains– it was like walking in to a cave.

A father who was upset that his kids constantly tracked in dirt, had all the carpets taken up and black linoleum installed– even in the kitchen, baths and bedrooms. Unfortunately, no one told him that mud shows up just as badly on black as on lighter colors.

One house had (seemingly) dark tinted windows all around. There was no lockbox, so couldn’t get in to see it. Later got in to find the entire interior was black with smoke and the whole inside had been burned.

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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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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:

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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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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

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