Real Estate News & Local Information

You’ll find my blog to be a wealth of information, discussing everything from local market statistics, home values to community happenings. I care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I would love to talk with you!

June 11, 2019

Places to Cool Down This Summer

It's HOT but there are lots of places to cool off. 

Here is a great list of places to hide from the heat.  My favorite is a trip down the Salt River.  What's yours?

Groupon has lots of great deals at some of these locations.

Posted in Things to Do
June 5, 2019

#HouseCrush: 17933 E. Avendia Del Valle Dr

17933 E. Avendia Del Valle Dr | Gilbert, AZ | 85298

5 🛏 3 🛁 🏊‍♀️Pool 🐴1 Acre

My #housecrush is a gorgeous, remodeled, modern farmhouse.  It has a beautiful kitchen, quartz counters with high-end finishes, ceramic, wood-plank tile, and wrap around porch.  The master suite is on the main floor with tiled shower, claw foot tub, marble topped vanities and walk-in closet.  Sitting on an acre, this horse property is walk-able to Auxier Elementary School and with stunning views of the San Tans.  

 

See Full Listing Here

Posted in House Crush
June 3, 2019

Local Events June 2019

 

The temperatures are rising and there are plenty of fun things do do around Phoenix like movie nights, food trucks, Big Surf's 50th Birthday and more.  Check it out!

Posted in Things to Do
April 30, 2019

Bellaza II by Taylor Morrison

Live Tour of Residence 2 and Residence 3 at Bellaza II.

I recently toured one of Chandler's newest Taylor Morrison Communities, Bellaza II.  It has 3 customizable floorpans ranging form 2,911 to 3,509 square feet.  Additional structural options include additional suited bedrooms, multi-genrational suites and bedrooms in lieu is garage space.

In the videos I mention a Bellaza I.  That community is actually named Whispering Rock and is located on Germann, east of Val Vista.  That community is selling out of Bellaza II.

Pricing Starts at $500,900 at Whispering Rock and $520,990 at Bellaza.

Take a look at my live walk through of these smart floorpans.

Residence 2

Residence 3

There are a lot of incredible included features:

H.E.R.S Rating 57 or Higher

WIFI Capable, Programable Thermostat

Spacious Covered Patios

Coach Lights

12' Ceilings

Two-Tone Interior Paint

Charging Zones

42" Cabinets

Granite Counter Tops

GE Profile Appliances with Double Ovens and 36" Cook Top

Contact me for current pricing at both communities and let's go take a look!

Posted in New Construction
April 16, 2019

How to Declutter When Your Family Isn't on Board

Posted in Commentary
April 5, 2019

Easter Egg Hunts

Want to know where the best Easter Egg hunts are?  

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Posted in Things to Do
April 5, 2019

Things to Do April 2019

Posted in Things to Do
March 26, 2019

#HouseCrush: Residence 3

#HouseCrush

Residence 3 | The Reserves at Val Vista | Gilbert, AZ  85298

March 26, 2019

 

My #housecrush this week is Residence 3 at The Reserves at Val Vista in Gilbert.  Residence 3 has a smart floorplan with dozens of available customizations, including coffered ceilings, Rolling Wall of Glass, fireplace and upgraded laundry options. 

Residence 3 has 3 elevations to choose from with 9 color options.  Floorpan options start at 3,720 square feet, 4 car garage, and large lots of a minimum of 21,000 square feet.

 

Located in southwest Gilbert, just south of Riggs Road, The Reserves at Val Vista is in the award winning Chandler Unified School District.  The Reserves at Val Vista, is She Homes,  gated community with tree-lined streets and beautiful homes. All of the homesites are a minimum of    a quarter acre and have at least twenty feet between each home. The common areas include an outdoor fireplace, bocce ball court, hopscotch, and giant chess.  Photos courtesy of Shea Homes.

 

Contact me for current pricing, details and additional floorpans.

 

Jan. 28, 2019

Why Rent When You Can Buy

Why Rent if You Can Buy?

 

Home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in the last 50 years. Yet a large portion of Americans are still renting properties, instead of enjoying a home of their own. Consumer reports believe this is an issue because of a buyer's lack of trust in their ability to purchase. It is still a long standing notion that a buyer needs 20% towards the cost of the home in order to move forward, but this isn't true. With countless down payment assistant programs, and closing cost roll-ins, a home owner could move in with as little as a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Which is a huge difference in the time it takes to save up to make the move.

With interest rates at an all time low, home ownership in today's market is a great investment. The money saved over a mortgage's lifespan can result in tens of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds. That's more money in your pocket today. Don't wait to buy when interest rates soar again. With low interest rates, that means your monthly mortgage payments are at a significantly lower cost, as well. With such a heated housing marketing, rental prices are soaring, and statistics are constantly showing that home ownership can be equivalent to your rental rate each month, if not less. Why get stuck in a small 2 bedroom apartment, if you can move into a home a pay a monthly rate that is the same, and get a 3 bedroom house with a great backyard?

There is also a fear that a home can keep you "stuck" or "rooted" to one place, without an easy transition out if you decide to move. Although the future of the housing market isn't easily predictable from location to location, you can always discuss with your agent about buying a home in an area that has a strong turn-over rate when a home hits the market. The equity build up when it comes time to selling is going to be far more beneficial, than if you put money into a rental and decided to move. The money from selling the property can be used to purchase a new home. With renting, there would be no additional funds to transition into a new place.

Now imagine if you were renting a home for $1300/month. If your landlord is renting to make a profit, think how much less you'd be paying on a monthly basis towards your mortgage, if the home was yours. Then you wouldn't be paying a landlord to profit off of you, you'd be paying a reasonable rate, and get to call the property your own. Discuss with your agent and lender the steps you need to take towards home ownership, you might be happily surprised about the type of home you can afford to move into.

Click here to search for your dream home! and contact me today to stop giving your landlord your money...480-387-4722.

Posted in Commentary
Jan. 24, 2019

Don't Replace Your Agent With The Internet

With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry.

We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources, can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of that. You can use your devices to look for a home, look at market data the way you look at WebMD, knowing not to take it too seriously because you need a real professional's input, but it's fun and gives you a general idea of what to expect. But there in lies the issue, the data online is an oversimplified version of what goes into the process of buying and selling. The same way it oversimplifies medical diseases and surgeries, you'd still expect to get a professional's diagnosis.

Although a real estate agent isn't quite like a doctor, the industry in it's legalities, contracts, and processes is similar in the sense that it needs to be taken seriously. Looking for a house online and wanting to put an immediate offer on one can be exciting and fun, but the issues that require a professional's guidance comes after the initial contract is written up and the hard work comes into place to actually make the home your own. Same for sellers, if you decide to put your home on the market and want a website that will give you an automatic offer, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in the price? But most importantly, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in other aspects of the contract? Because there is a lot more to the sale of the home then just agreeing on a number.

The next time you're digging through public sites for homes for sale, and getting instant home valuation estimates, keep in mind that this is a simple process to give you an idea of your market. A very general idea. But after you've found the perfect house, or after you've decided that the numbers make some sense for you to sell, call your favorite real estate agent and make sure they give you a more detailed look into the market and assist you through the full process, not just the exciting first parts. Because it's going to be in the middle of a contract when the lending is falling apart, or negotiations can't be made on repairs and emotions are at an all time high, that you are going to wish you had put down your laptop and had an agent fighting for you by your side. Use the internet, have fun with it's amazing resources, but don't let it replace your agent. We aren't in an age, just yet, where technology can do everything a professional can.

 

Posted in Commentary