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What is a 203k Loan?

What is a 203k Loan?

If you’re buying a fixer-upper or need to make some repairs before moving in, an FHA 203k loan may be what you need.  This type of loan allows you to roll renovation costs into your mortgage so that you’re only…

Chandler Market Update for January

Chandler Market Update for January

Chandler home sales were up nearly 10% in December. The housing market saw 315 homes change hands, with an average of 42 days on the market (down from 59) and a median sales price of $265,500 (up from $250,000). That’s an…

Should You Make a Backup Offer?

Should You Make a Backup Offer?

You’ve found a house you love and you’re ready to make an offer. Unfortunately, you find out from your real estate agent that the house is under contract – meaning the seller has already accepted another offer. While it can…

Preparing for Your Open House

Preparing for Your Open House

If you’re selling your home, then an open house is likely going to be one of the tools your agent uses to market your property to prospective buyers. An open house is a great way to show your home to…

Reinvent a Room for Staging

Reinvent a Room for Staging

You’re ready to sell, but you know that your home could use some updates to attract serious buyers. But you don’t want to invest significant time or money, which is understandable. Major remodels don’t always bring a desired return on…

Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home

Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home

If you’re in the market for a new home, perhaps you’ve browsed listings and come across a foreclosure or two that you like. Maybe you’ve even noticed that some of these homes have listing prices that are below the typical…

Watch Out for These Moving Scams

Watch Out for These Moving Scams

If you’re getting ready to move to your new home, you’ve no doubt been advised to research moving companies. While it may seem like a huge inconvenience to spend time vetting movers, there are some out there that are less…

How to Save on Closing Costs

How to Save on Closing Costs

You’ve saved up the money for a down payment and are finally ready to make your dream of owning a home a reality. Congratulations! Buying a house is one of the most exciting – and one of the most stressful…

How to Win a Bidding War

How to Win a Bidding War

Buying a home is an emotional, complex and often stressful process. This is doubly so if you’re buying in one of the country’s hottest real estate markets, where there are more buyers than there are houses available. It’s quite likely…

Getting Ready to Sell

Getting Ready to Sell

As we head into 2017, you may be thinking that this is the year to finally put your house on the market. And when you do, you’ll want it to sell quickly for the best possible price. Here are our…

Housing Trends for 2017

Housing Trends for 2017

If you’re considering buying or selling a home in 2017, it’s advisable to know what to expect as you dive into the market. Here’s a look at what some experts are predicting for the coming year. Mortgage rates are expected…

11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll probably come across some terms that you’ve never heard before, or don’t completely understand. Being confused about the terminology can make an already complex process that much more stressful. By educating yourself…

Chandler Market Recap for December

Chandler Market Recap for December

CHANDLER MARKET RECAP FOR DECEMBER: While home sales declined by 5% last month, the average sales price increased.  Lower home sales were a direct result of decreased inventory available, which caused the upward trend in pricing. Chandler saw 382 homes change hands with…

5 Tips for Millennial Home Buyers

5 Tips for Millennial Home Buyers

Realtor.com has predicted that 2017 will be a hot year for millennials in the real estate market. Millennials are beginning to reach those milestones in life that drive people to buy a home – specifically, getting married and having kids.…

How to Shop for a Mortgage

How to Shop for a Mortgage

When you’re making a big purchase, like a car or a new computer, you tend to shop around for the best deal, right? While you may not realize it, you should do the same for a mortgage. After all, a…

New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Instead of making the same pact year after year to lose weight or eat healthy, why not make a resolution that sticks? If you’re a homeowner, consider making a commitment that can really…

Dress Up That Unused Fireplace

Dress Up That Unused Fireplace

Nothing beats a warm, toasty fire on a cold, snowy day. But what if your fireplace is not working or not used? No problem! There are many creative ways to put that otherwise unused space to work for you. Here’s…

Make Your Winter Garden Beautiful

Make Your Winter Garden Beautiful

Just because Old Man Winter is here doesn’t mean that your garden can’t be beautiful! In fact, winter gardens can provide their own special kind of magic and wonder, seamlessly taking you on a visually appealing journey from fiery fall…