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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

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*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

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

How NOT to sell a house

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

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

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

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix File: List your home with an internet professional

 

Phoenix File: List your home with an internet professional

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Home Sales: Staging works to sell your house

Phoenix Home Sales: Home Staging Works to Sell Your House

 
Home Staging– Great Idea for Selling Your Home
There is a trend in selling homes, called “Home Staging.” What this involves is getting your home ready for prospective buyers by “setting the stage” for viewing. Mary Maxie is an Accredited Home Stager, and will helpyou get your home ready for buyers.

Home stagers may or may not be interior designers or interior RE-designers. They may or may not bring in their own furniture, artwork and accessories, depending on what’s needed in the home. They will re-position furniture, art and accessories, get rid of clutter, arrange everything to maximize the look of spaciousness and light, so that your house looks so good, you may not want to leave!

Home stagers will tell you to remove anything precious, so it won’t be damaged by prospective buyers. They will advise you to remove all family photos. The theory is that if the buyer sees your family in the spaces, he or she won’t be able to visualize their own family in the spaces. They will likely tell you to remove about 25-30% of all furniture in your home, to create the feeling of lots of space in the home. They will tell you how to ready the home for visitors when the realtor calls to say they are on their way. For instance, ensuring all lights are on, cooking odors are absent, etc.

Your home stager is likely your realtor. And it certainly will be if you call me to list your home. I have experience in interior design of model homes, and staging of re-sale homes as well. I will give you a room by room list of the changes needed before the home is listed on MLS. I will tell you if you need paint, cleaning, or any kind of improvement which will help your home sell faster.

I also recommend a pre-listing home inspection. This will pinpoint any problems that a buyer’s home inspector may find, and allow you to make corrections before the deal goes sideways. It also shows prospects that you have confidence in the quality and condition of your home, so they may have the same confidence as a buyer.

Often, as realtors look at comparable listings in an area, there is very little difference in the homes they show their clients. You need to have an edge over the competing homes for sale, and get the buyer to choose your home. That’s where the home stager, and I, as your realtor, come in. If you want more information on home staging, talk to me first about listing your home, when you are ready.

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate: Pre-listing home inspection saves headaches

 

Pre-Listing Home Inspections Save Headaches and Money

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

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

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

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate File: Flex Housing

Phoenix Real Estate File: Flex Housing

 
FlexHousing– A New Approach to Construction

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Phoenix Real Estate News: Ten Most Common Home Problems

 

Phoenix Real Estate News: Most Common Home Problems

 
Ten Most Common Home Problems

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

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

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FREE Tips for First Time Home Buyers

FREE Tips for First Time Home Sellers

FREE The 10 Things Most Often Cited on Home Inspections

FREE Info on 180 day rule for foreign home buyers

FREE Info on FIRPTA Rules for foreign investors

FREE Info on what Canadian buyers of Arizona Real Estate need to know.

FREE shopping, golf, sports, Arizona Living info

FREE info on Great Canadian Picnic, & Canada Cup Golf Tournament

FREE Market News from www.marymaxie.com

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

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Phoenix Real Estate News: Mold is a Maintainance Issue

 

Phoenix Real Estate news: Mold is a Maintenance Issue

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

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

News for second home buyers/investors in Arizona

News for second home buyers and investors in AZ

 
Second homes: Rain, rain stays away almost every day in Scottsdale, Ariz., an article from USAToday.com, has Scottsdale enjoying the national spotlight. The article covers the many benefits that Scottsdale has to offer and examines three neighborhoods: North Scottsdale, Downtown/South Scottsdale and East of Scottsdale. While North Scottsdale was the last part of the city to be developed, it is home to the most upscale golf communities. In Downtown/South Scottsdale, second homes have gained in popularity. “There are 10-plus story high-rises with luxury services and concierges, while a greatly increased number of stores and restaurants (around Old Town) has made it much more livable,” said broker Mary Maxie. The lowest second-home prices can be found in golf communities just east of Scottsdale, including Gilbert, Ocotillo, Queen Creek, Mesa and Fountain Hills. See the full article http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2009-03-12-scottsdale-arizona_N.htm
 
 Want to know more about the Phoenix Scottsdale home scene? Call or email mary@marymaxie.com for free info on the following:

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix File: Green Home Buyers

Phoenix File:Green Home Buyers

 
I recently completed an extensive course on Green Housing and Energy Efficient Homes. In these times of financial uncertainty, more and more people are looking to save money on their utilities, and at the same time, help to save the environment.

When searching for a new home, buyers not only look at the initial cost of the home, but the cost of maintaining and repairing and living in that house.

Green homes homes spend roughly 25% less time on the market than conventional homes, and they sell for more money per square foot.

Green features most often looked for and often not listed on the MLS or flyers, are double-paned, low-E windows, well-sealed and insulated structure, balanced attic air intake and exhaust, spray foaminsulation.

Additional energy efficient features or appliances include dual flush toilets, tankless water heaters, low-flow shower heads and faucets, high-efficiency HVAC systems and furnaces, flourescent lighting, solar features, and Energy Star appliances.

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix file: help with your memory

 Phoenix File: Help with your memory

Load Routine Websites Automatically: If you load the same programs or Websites
every morning, check out Start My Day. It’s an alarm clock program with extra features.
You can configure it to start applications, load Websites and play music. There is an
activation list for each area. Add website addresses directly from your browsers address
bar. The program is also compatible with a wide variety of file formats. It works with all
Microsoft Office formats too. It lets you run these items at a scheduled time or on-the-fly.
The download link may be hard to find on the developer’s website. Scroll down about three
quarters of the page. You will find a blue animated arrow pointing down. That is the
download link.  Free    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/start-my-day-utility-automates-
daily-windows-tasks

 

Help With Remembering Tasks: We need a noticeable reminder. Desktop Reminder 2
is a perfect solution. It allows you to quickly record a task and set a reminder time. It will then 
 alert you with a pop-up and an alert sound. Everything in Desktop Reminder 2 is customizable.
The look, the sounds and the pop-ups can all be personalized. All this is free. While the free
version is great, you might need more. For $20, the Pro version includes a day planner, time line,
and more. Free; ($20 for the Pro version)  

 

http://www.desktop-reminder.com/en/download/index.html

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

*Register for frequent MLS updates on your new Arizona Home

*Disclosure issues affecting Phoenix Home buying

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix File: 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

*Shopping, Golf, Sports, Critter Report,ArizonaLiving

*Maxiemize Lifestyle with PhoenixAreaCanadianRealtor 602-738-6597

Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Desert Dwellers Realty

Frequent updates at my blog www.marymaxie.com

Phoenix Real Estate–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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Canadians need to ask questions before hiring a US 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 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.
 

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