glendale homes: Do you really want to be a rock star? - 07/04/19 08:19 PM
Over and over I see want ads imploring, “Help wanted Rock Star…”.
No doubt the portrait we have painted of a Rock Star appears to glamorous, successful, even desirable. But in reality, Rock Stars as a group are seldom successful and when they are their success is fleeting. They seldom get to enjoy the very thing that makes them a star and that is their passion.
Being a Rock Star may have some reward. They often leave behind a legacy. Their music, stories, events that they have participated in, may live on long after their star has extinguished.
However, if you really want long … (5 comments)

glendale homes: Disclosure vs. Discovery – There is a difference. - 07/02/19 06:52 AM

When should a seller disclose material facts that could affect the marketable value of a home? That, of course, is a trick question. The answer is always.
However, does the receipt of a home inspection report immediately require an update of the Seller Disclosure documents? Well, not always.
Let’s start by explaining the disclosure and inspection processes in AZ:
Whenever a house is placed on the market the Seller is required by law to disclose known facts (including history) of the property. We use a Sellers Disclosure form for that purpose. Upon receipt, the Buyer has 5 days to examine the Sellers Disclosure and … (20 comments)

glendale homes: AVMs – You Can't Live With Them, You Can’t Live Without Them. - 06/10/19 07:52 AM

Pricing a home for resale can sometimes be a tricky process. Price it too high and the house sits on the market too long. Even worse price it too low and the house sells for less than market value costing the seller thousands.
That is why performing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) can often require more in-depth analysis than simply gathering up the last few sales in a particular area and averaging them out to find a median price. It is one of the reasons that I push back so often when a seller tries to use the value published by websites … (2 comments)

glendale homes: The Lenders, The Dreamers and Me - 05/21/19 08:35 AM
I am always happy to learn about mortgage lending topics. Mortgages are the key to home buying. This excellent article by Rob Spinosa sheds the light on a topic that is often misunderstood.
The Lenders, The Dreamers and Me
 
Immigration, as a topic, has been in the news a lot lately. Without weighing in politically, at least overtly, this is a matter close to my heart as it's not hard for me to forget that my grandparents fit the classic Ellis Island mold that shaped the lives of countless Italian-Americans.  A couple of years ago, I was honored to write … (0 comments)

glendale homes: Riding the roller coaster to success. - 05/08/19 05:47 PM

Every sale, every transaction is different. Even when you think you have negotiated a slam dunk deal, something can go wrong. However, it can be especially unnerving when the best deal you can make is loaded with contingencies, being funded by a bank with a poor track record or working with an agent that is out of step with the closing process. It can be like riding a roller coaster. One minute you are chugging along slow and steady, the next barreling down into the unknown.
Riding a roller coaster at an amusement park can be fun if that is what excites … (2 comments)

glendale homes: Scottsdale named No 1 place for short term rentals. - 05/03/19 08:13 PM

According to a recent article by Lance Lambert [1] a data journalist for realtor.com®, Scottsdale Arizona is the number one place to own and operate a short term rental home like an Airbnb or VRBO.
Scottsdale of course has long been a vacation destination for winter weary travelers. Ever since the 1950s Scottsdale has been renowned for its resort corridor that was home to dozens of golf courses, spas, shopping and dining establishments. Many of the big resorts have given way to redevelopment with smaller hotels, condominiums and shopping centers. But Scottsdale still draws millions of visitors each year many of whom … (1 comments)

glendale homes: We Need A Song ! - 05/02/19 01:07 PM
Active Rain's Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland wrote about all of the details that need to be addressed when closing on a new house. There is no question that buying a new house opens a whole new chapter in the persons life. Margaret thought a song to sing the day before closing might be fun. Here is one that might address some of the angst, excitement and fear that a buyer might experience.
The song by Phillip Phillip, simply titled HOME, seems to cover some of the ground. I am going to start singing it to my buyers. Do you think it will … (2 comments)

glendale homes: Sloppy Copy - It will get you every time - 04/23/19 11:50 AM
I cannot tell you how many times I look at property descriptions and cringe.
Sloppy Copy will make you look bad.
Never Hit “Send” Without Proofreading One day my mail brought a promotion for an exclusive training class for would-be copywriters. It was all about teaching you to write copy that sells, and how to run a successful copywriting business.
The whole message was “formulatic.”
It had the scarcity – only 20 spots, so act now. It attempted to make you want the program by saying “this isn’t for everyone – you have to qualify.” It promised to turn the … (2 comments)

glendale homes: Anyone for Rabbit Stew? - 04/13/19 09:14 AM
I am readying the kettle. As soon as I catch that varmint he/she is history.
Recently I planted several beautiful Emu bushes. We are trying to get the yard back in shape after a hard Arizona winter. The Emus were doing nicely taking root, filling out and blooming with pretty pink flower buds.
Then it happened. We woke up to find our local rabbit population threw a party overnite at our expense. They didn't even bother to clean up after themselves.
One of out new Emu bushes was nibbled down to a mere shadow of its former self and they began to munch away … (0 comments)

glendale homes: "I am going to FSBOland!" - 03/21/19 01:17 PM

Sometimes finding the right house for your buyer means doing something extra or out of the ordinary. Going the extra mile.
I recently had one buyer that simply could not find a suitable property in the area he wanted to live. I showed him more than 35 houses over a period of about 6 weeks. We even wrote offers on two that did not get accepted.
Each week we wait for the new listings to hit the MLS. We began to expand the search area, nothing was working. Finally, we got with his lender and had the lender increase his Pre-Approval by $10K … (3 comments)

glendale homes: Hold Open Title Policy – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 03/14/19 08:54 AM
Real Estate investing has been a lucrative business for the last few years. Nearly every major market in the U.S. has seen significant appreciation in property values. This, of course, attracts investors of all types. Many investors buy properties at value prices then resell them at a later date for a profit. Maximizing profits is the name of the game.
One of the more commonly used tools that investors use to maximize profits is the title insurance binder or as it is often called, a “hold open policy”.
A hold-open policy or binder is a way that an investor can save a large … (3 comments)

glendale homes: It’s Valentine Day, so say Happy Birthday Arizona! - 02/13/19 10:42 AM
In most of the modern world February 14th is Valentine's Day, but in Arizona the day represents something else to love. February 14th is also Arizona’s Statehood Day, the day that the Arizona Territory was formally accepted into the union as the 48th state. 2019 marks the State of Arizona's 106th birthday.
There are many unique things about Arizona. Most people know about the Grand Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, the dry heat. But here are a just a few things you may not know about Arizona:
Arizona’s state bird is the Cactus Wren. The state flower is the Saguaro Cactus Blossom. Arizona known … (2 comments)

glendale homes: Moving on up and loving it. - 02/04/19 08:11 PM
I like to think that every client I serve has a special need or special goal. Yet, every so often a client comes along that needs just a little more help. I had one such client a few years ago. She was living in an old house in a low income, high crime neighborhood. She was divorced with a special needs child and a lot of worries about her future and the future of her son. Her son was starting middle school, a time when kids can be particularly cruel to children with special needs. She wanted to move to a … (9 comments)

glendale homes: The world needs ditch diggers too. NOT! - 01/20/19 04:15 PM
When I was growing up my father used to have a phrase that he would use whenever he encountered someone that in his opinion was not very smart or not very motivated. He would say, “Not everyone can be President, the world needs ditch diggers too.”
Unfortunately, that prophecy may no longer be true. Despite that many people believe government policy is to blame for the loss of jobs, the reality is that automation is cause for the loss of most labor-intensive jobs. And as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is perfected to a greater degree the change will only spread to a wider … (7 comments)

glendale homes: There are just too many flippers. - 01/13/19 03:50 PM
Lipstick on a pig! That is what we call it when we show homes that are listed as “remodeled” but when you get inside and see that all they did was paint over all the old dirt, then throw some staging furniture in the main rooms and place it on the market.
Every day the cable TV networks are full of programming on flipping homes. Then every night the airwaves are loaded with info commercials on how to get rich buying and flipping houses.
There is no question, that flipping houses can be a lucrative business. But as someone that shows homes, I … (5 comments)

glendale homes: Words that make me say "Ouch!" - 01/10/19 03:57 PM
Ah yes. More cringe-worthy moments from Marte Cliff. Great for a laugh.
Sometimes a word in a sentence just jumps out, hits you, and makes you think "Ouch!"
Such was a word in an email I received not long ago. It was a forward from a friend, and it had a fine message. The trouble was in the introduction.
It said "This bares repeating." Ouch!! 
The "ouch" problem is getting worse day by day - probably due to the number of people who are now using voice recognition software to do their typing.
Granted, some of these errors are due … (4 comments)

glendale homes: Don’t let FIRPTA to be a deal killer. - 12/14/18 05:22 PM

Foreign investment in U.S. real estate holdings topped $150B in 2017. Included in that number were 284,455 residential homes and condominiums. While most of these homes were located in Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas, foreign investment can be found in every state in the nation. Because of this growing trend, real estate agents across the country may perform transactions that involve foreign sellers. Many of these sales will involve complying with the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (“FIRPTA”).
 
FIRPTA specifies that when a foreign person disposes of their interest in U.S. real property the transaction is subject to … (5 comments)

glendale homes: Relocating to Phoenix? Here is your FREE Relocation Guide. - 12/09/18 04:11 PM
The Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa metro area is one of the most popular areas of the country for people looking to relocate. There are a lot of great reasons to consider Phoenix as your next home. In addition to an expanding job market, Phoenix features affordable housing, low taxes and a growing list of cultural activities that rivals any big city in the U.S. Affectionately known as the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix offers 300+ days of sunshine every year. It is no wonder more than 7000 people move to the Phoenix metro every month.
But to many newcomers, Phoenix can be confusing. Where to … (0 comments)

glendale homes: Don’t ask don’t tell doesn’t apply to real estate. - 11/25/18 06:19 PM

When selling a home it is always good policy to disclose any known material facts about a house. Hiding something that may be important to a buyer simply because “they didn’t ask” has the potential to cause problems down the road and maybe even end up in a legal battle.
Disclosure laws differ by state so what must be disclosed in some states may not be required in others. To help home sellers meet their disclosure obligations the state REALTOR® Associations have developed forms that the seller can use. The forms cover the most common items that might be asked by a … (16 comments)

glendale homes: Real Estate in the Wild Wild West. - 11/16/18 06:21 PM

Real Estate can be very different, depending on the laws and practice, in different states. Did you know that as many as 22 states or districts mandate the use of an attorney in real estate closings? In many states, only an attorney can draft the purchase contract and in many, the attorney acts as the closing agent as well. In addition, many states require a property survey prior to transfer of title. In fact, in some states, a boundary survey may even be required when an owner refinances a property.
In contrast, other states have eliminated much of the regulation surrounding the … (4 comments)

 
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