phoenix az home: Selling Your Phoenix Home? What Does it Smell Like? - 10/29/10 05:53 AM
If you are selling your Phoenix home you may want to think about what it smells like.  We are all graced with the same five senses and smell can be an important one.  The smell of a home can be warm and inviting or assaulting, which reaction are you trying to achieve? 
First off if your Phoenix AZ home smells like cigarette smoke you are at a huge disadvantage these days.  Until the smell can be professionally removed it would be hard to consider having it available for showings.  If cigarette smoke is not an issue, consider what your home does smell like. 

phoenix az home: Super Low Mortgage Rates, Time to Refinance? - 10/19/10 10:04 AM
The current super low mortgage rates have many people wondering whether or not now is the time to refinance. For 23 weeks rates have been under 5%, last week headlines touted that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage was 4.19%, the lowest recorded since mortgage rates began being recorded. With such history how could now not be the time to refinance? Oddly enough, now might not be the right time for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind to determine whether refinancing is right for you:
Do you have equity in your Phoenix AZ home? … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Fall is Great Time to Examine Your Phoenix Home - 09/17/10 01:07 PM
Fall is a great time to examine the exterior of your Phoenix home in order to prepare it for Winter weather. A great first place to start is with your landscaping. Winter means the onset of most plants' dormant phase, almost like hibernating for the botanical world, and Fall is a great time to cut back plants, trim trees and shrubs, and get everything ready for new growth in the Spring. Not only will this neaten up the appearance of your landscaping but it is also an essential element of boosting healthy growth in the future.
Fall is also a great … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Do You Have Enough Storage in Your Phoenix Home? - 08/29/10 07:13 AM
Do you have enough storage in your Phoenix home? You may have when you first moved in to your home, but a few years later you may have expanded your family or your interests and accumulated more possessions along the way. To keep your home clutter-free everything needs a place and adding storage may not be as difficult as you think.Storage areas can come in all shapes and sizes. Take a good look at your home and try to search out areas that are not being used. To you have stairs? Often the space underneath is not used and can make … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Buying A Phoenix AZ Home is An Investment - 07/13/10 01:10 PM
Buying a Phoenix AZ home is always an investment and choosing the best bang for your buck is important. Whether a home is big or small, choosing the home that will have the best return on your investment is key. Schools, low crime rate, amenities and walk-ability all affect the resale value of a home.
Key elements that attract Phoenix Arizona home buyers to a neighborhood or specific home have historically included the quality of available education, the safety of the area, the parks and open space nearby, and the shops and restaurants in the area. Choosing a home in a … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade a Phoenix AZ Home? - 06/13/10 07:31 AM
Headlines touted the infamous line once again Friday that mortgage rates are at historic lows, inciting the burning question, "Is now the right time to upgrade my Phoenix AZ home to a bigger, better one?" Affordability is at an all-time high at many places throughout the country and if one has the ability to acquire and secure a mortgage, the cost of buying a home is better than it has been in years. That being said, wanting to move up and being able to move up are two different things, and it is a great time to take a hard, honest look … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Look Carefully, Buying A Phoenix AZ Home is A Big Purchase - 05/20/10 07:22 AM

Looking for a new Phoenix AZ home is not like shopping for a new pair of shoes, it is one of the most important purchases that a person will make in his life and should be approached with an examining eye.  While it is true that it is easy to see a home and fall in love with it on your own, the benefits of using a Realtor are many and can save a person much unwarranted pain in the long run.There are a things to realize and remember as a both a first time Phoenix home buyer and a veteran … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Phoenix AZ Home Remodeling Trends Have Changed - 05/08/10 09:45 AM
When it comes to home ownership, the Phoenix AZ home remodeling trends of the recent past appear to have changed.  The recent recession has left a permeating lifestyle change, one that has swapped over-indulgence with down-to-earth necessity.  In other words, if it isn't a necessity, many people won't do it. 
It is a buyer's market out there which means that the buyer is in control.  A seller can no longer pass off a roof in poor condition or a faulty wiring system.  If a Phoenix homeowner wants to sell, he will either have to make necessary repairs to his home, or credit the … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: When It’s Right to Buy a Bigger, Better Phoenix AZ Home - 04/28/10 03:30 PM

It is not uncommon for homeowners to outgrow a home, but knowing when it makes sense to trade up to a bigger Phoenix AZ home is important when making such a move.  Of course the biggest questions involve finances.
Does your current home have enough equity built up in it to make sense?  If you can sell your current home for a nice profit and have extra money to put down on your new home it will make your entire transition and easier one.
Can you afford the mortgage on your new home? If you can take the equity from … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Thinking About Using Tax Credit Toward Buying Arizona Real Estate? Act Fast! - 03/17/10 07:54 AM

If you are thinking about using the extended and expanded home buyer tax credit to purchase Arizona real estate this year, then you better act fast. 
The tax credit can be used on homes purchased by July 1, 2010, but the Arizona homes must be under contract by April 30, 2010.  What does this mean?  You have a little more than a month to locate your new home. 
The tax credit is for two types of buyers, first time home buyers (home buyers who have not owned a home in the past 3 years) or home owners who have lived in their … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Before Selling Your Phoenix Home, Clean House - 03/13/10 06:27 AM

We are rapidly approaching Spring and if you are selling your Phoenix home or thinking about selling your home, you might want to get into the Spring cleaning mode.  There is no doubt about it, across the board clean homes sell better than messy or dirty homes.  It is an unwritten, yet openly discussed, rule in real estate.
The main areas to focus on when cleaning, or examining your already cleaned home,  are windows, walls, baseboards, bathrooms, closets and cabinets.
Windows should be clear inside and out.  Large picture windows should offer a clear, smudge-free view. Walls should be clean, free … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Selling Your Phoenix AZ Home? Choose the Right Realtor. - 01/31/10 07:59 AM
When preparing to sell your home it is important to find a real estate professional like Gina McKinley in Phoenix AZ. A warm handshake and a friendly smile is all well and good, but if you want to sell your home pick a broker that is experienced and knowledgeable, you want someone that will do the best job for you.
When selecting your Arizona real estate agent here are a few things to keep in mind:
Data. Get a prospective AZ Realtor to bring in a copy of what they have listed and closed. They can present you with an MLS report that … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Inexpensive Ways to Improve the Look of Your Phoenix Home - 01/24/10 09:38 AM
There are a million ways to improve the look of your Phoenix home, some are more expensive than others.  If you are thinking of selling your home or already have your Phoenix AZ home on the market here are some tried and true, inexpensive ways to improve your home and make it more appealing to a potential buyer.
Paint.  Painting a home is something that anyone can do themselves, or hire a painter to do.  Fresh paint on the interior and exterior of a home makes it instantly appear clean and fresh. Clean & De-clutter.  Remove clutter, family photos and other personal … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Improve Phoenix AZ Home Exteriors for Better First Impressions - 01/05/10 05:54 AM
There is an annual report that examines the cost versus value for home remodeling.  The report is helpful for those who are considering making improvements to their Phoenix AZ homes, especially if their Phoenix home is one that they consider selling in the near future. 
Historically, bedrooms and bathrooms are where people consider spending their money but the return on the remodel investment is not necessarily there. According to the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report the best return for your money are exterior improvements that often begin at a lower cost. 
Adding decks, replacing siding, new doors and windows are … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Buyer's Market Now in Phoenix AZ Real Estate - 12/23/09 10:17 AM
When it comes to Phoenix AZ real estate the general sentiment appears to be that of putting 2009 in the past and looking forward to a brighter 2010.  Looking at where we are and where we are headed as far as Phoenix real estate goes will take us from the present into the future. 
Currently Phoenix AZ home values are affordable, because prices are low and interest rates are low.  Both of these low levels add up to the fact that it is a great time to be a buyer when it comes to Phoenix AZ property.
Interest rates … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: Take Advantage of the AZ Buyer's Market Conditions - 11/14/09 07:17 AM
There has been a lot of talk about what caused the housing bubble to crash, but hopefully learning the reasons behind the real estate market downturn could help us avoid a future occurrences.  As with anything in life, hindsight is always 20/20, but economists are blaming the housing bubble on a few factors. 
One economist, Randal O'Toole, points out that the housing bubble crashes that have occurred across the country was actually more localized and in far fewer markets than the general population has been lead to believe. 
According to O'Toole only 12 states have really been hit by the housing … (0 comments)

phoenix az home: First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Approval Will Help Arizona Home Sales - 11/06/09 06:00 AM
This last Wednesday, the Senate has approved an extended and expanded tax credit for home buyers. The First Time Home Buyer Tax credit has been seen as a huge success in Arizona home sales and nationwide real estate. Its expiration on November 30 has had many in the AZ real estate industry feeling nervous about what its end would mean. 
Those fears can now be put aside.  While the bill still has to pass through the House, which it is expected to do next week, is was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate in a 98-0 vote.
What is new and improved … (0 comments)

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