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“Don’t just love me for my comps!”

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

About a week ago, I was driving in Central Phoenix and I saw a Times Square-sized billboard of a happy, smiling Realtor who’s a well known name in the Valley.  Next to his portrait, in which he’s fielding an obviously mission-critical phone call with a clipboard tucked under his arm, and yet still managing to give a thumbs-up and toothy-grin for the camera, was a simple phrase: “What’s... 

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Buying is still cheaper than renting in Tucson and Phoenix

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

To own or rent, that is the question that continues to weigh on the minds of potential homebuyers everywhere. While the gap may have narrowed over the past year due to rising mortgage rates and home values, buying is still a better bargain than renting in most communities across the country – including Phoenix and Tucson — according to an online real estate company. Trulia recently reported... 

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7 Landscaping Mistakes That Wreck Curb Appeal

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

by Justin Lombard Don’t let bad landscaping happen to you.  Here are the seven landscaping mistakes that bust, rather than boost, your home’s curb appeal. 1. Planting Without A Plan Some landscaping choices, such as a line of begonias, will last a season; others, like trees, can last a lifetime. So, take time to plan and plot a yard that gives you maximum enjoyment and curb appeal. For the design... 

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Staging Tip: Clean light fixtures for a brighter home

March 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Or “I SEE THE LIGHT!” When selling a home, there are a number of variables that you cannot control, such as location, lot-specific features, community dynamics, and (to an extent) floor plan.   Home sellers and their real estate agents should embrace these variables – the good, bad, and ugly – and emphasize the positives as best they can.   So while you can’t move... 

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What is a home warranty?

August 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve been a big believer in home warranties since I began my career in real estate, which is why it’s surprising to me how many people aren’t aware of exactly what a home warranty is or does.  While some, particularly those from other countries, are often completely unfamiliar with the concept, others tend to confuse it with home insurance. Home insurance is a very different protective... 

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Condos are a Different Animal

July 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Very often, I work with buyers who are more focused on specific property characteristics (e.g. square footage, # of rooms, interior upgrades, price, location, etc) than the type of property they purchase.  They’d equally entertain a house or a condo with no strong preference either way.  This is particularly true of seasonal “snow bird” residents, who tend to have stronger preferences... 

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Trilogy at Vistancia to Open New Neighborhood

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Trilogy at Vistancia remains my favorite active adult community in the Valley.  When I do a walk-through of a new home in Trilogy, I’m consistently impressed with the quality of construction.  With many builders, I leave a walk-through looking like a blue-tape blizzard has blown through, due to so many quality control issues.  I’ve done walk-throughs with Shea Homes where we haven’t... 

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IRS Cracking Down on Real Estate Gifts

September 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I read an interesting post on the American Express OPEN Forum small business website that asserts the IRS has requested sales records from all states in order to cross-reference transfers of gifted real estate with tax filings to ensure the gifts were properly claimed.  Penalties can include huge fines (1/3rd the value of the property!) or even criminal prosecution. Read the full article here. This... 

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Think you don’t need flood insurance in Arizona? Think again!

August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If you happen to be one of the many who think it’s not possible to have your home flooded out in the desert, look no further than the Phoenix suburb of Anthem for your answer. Or simply take a look at the photo below. Last week, residents of Anthem experienced a rare storm that dropped more than 5 inches of rain in about 90 minutes.  Even in a newly-built community where runoff is designed... 

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Commentary: Renter’s Red Flags – 7 Things to Check Out Before Signing a Lease

July 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

  Tenant Beware! In a recent article posted by Laura Drucker in the Daily Muse, she proposes 7 tips that any renter needs to check out before signing a lease. They are: 1) Noise 2) Weak water pressure 3) Bad laundry facilities 4) Odd smells 5) Faulty doors and windows 6) Bad-tasting water 7) Pet policy While these are certainly good tips for apartment living, a lot of Phoenix real estate... 

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