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Time to Review Your Home Owner’s Policy

Time to Review Your Home Owner’s Policy

What do you know about your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy?  Have you evaluated it recently?  If not, it is a good idea to review it every six months to ensure that your coverage is as expected.  Obviously, the best time to…

Home For Sale? Time to Spring Clean

Home For Sale? Time to Spring Clean

Spring is in the air, making it a great time to focus on sprucing up your home.  Whether you have just purchased a home or are planning to sell, a little bit of effort spent and a few quick cleaning…

Getting the Best Appraisal When For Put Up Your Home For Sale

Getting the Best Appraisal When For Put Up Your Home For Sale

A key aspect of the home buying and selling process is obtaining a home appraisal.  A home appraisal is secured to estimate market value and can be quite complex. Recently there has been a change in the home appraisal process,…

Real Estate Rants & Raves: Low Appraisals

Real Estate Rants & Raves: Low Appraisals

Sitting in class today I thought I would start a new series of blog posts. These posts will discuss the problems buyers & sellers are seeing in today’s market. Some of them will propose solutions. Others won’t. For me it’s…

Items to Consider When Buying a Home with Historic Value

Items to Consider When Buying a Home with Historic Value

Have you thought about buying a historic home? Maybe you have entertained the idea of owning your own bed and breakfast or just find the architectural aspects of such homes intriguing. Perhaps you have inherited a beautiful home that has…

Getting to Know Your New Home & Neighbors

Getting to Know Your New Home & Neighbors

Moving to a new home gives you an opportunity to redefine yourself and a chance to make new friends. Getting to know neighbors can be time-consuming, but is completely worthwhile since neighbors help one another out and keep track of…

Why Pre-qualify Before You Buy A Home

Why Pre-qualify Before You Buy A Home

One of the most frequently-asked questions I get from buyers is “should I prequalify for a mortgage or look at houses first?”  Then there is the more challenging request of  “I want to find a house I like then I…

Buying a HUD Home: Insured Vs. Uninsured

Buying a HUD Home: Insured Vs. Uninsured

This is a followup post to my previous entry entitled “Buying a HUD Home: Not a Walk in the Park”. I often get asked from clients – “What is the difference between an insured HUD home and an uninsured one?”…

Energy Tax Credits For Your Home

Energy Tax Credits For Your Home

Homeowners looking for eco-friendly tax credits to use to upgrade their home this year are in luck! While many of the programs available in past years have expired, the following are great options to consider now and all the way…

Terms to Know When Buying or Selling a Home

Terms to Know When Buying or Selling a Home

The real estate industry, like most others, uses jargon that is sometimes difficult to understand. Consider this a primer to learning a few of those terms!  Below you have a step by step definition that will make you sound “in…

Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Moving into a new home can be challenging. Stress and exhaustion are a natural byproduct of the upheaval created from relocation. However, a coordinated, inexpensive and organized transition is possible and actually pretty simple if you utilize the tips listed…

Keeping Your New Home Secure

Keeping Your New Home Secure

Spring is in the air and vacation plans may not be far behind!  Whether you are embarking on a weekend getaway or an extended trip, it’s critical that you make arrangements to ensure the safety of your new home.  Implement…

Being a Successful Homebuyer in Today’s Chandler Real Estate Marketplace

Being a Successful Homebuyer in Today’s Chandler Real Estat

I was out showing homes yesterday to a young family looking to purchase their first house. They were so exciting and starry-eyed, and I couldn’t help but reflect back to the time I bought my first house in 2000.  The…

Landscaping – A Key to Selling Your Home

Landscaping – A Key to Selling Your Home

When you meet someone for the first time – what do you notice?   If you’re like many of us, that initial impression is largely determined by outside appearance. Believe it or not, that concept rings true with your home,…

What Does “Accepting Backup Offers” Mean?

What Does “Accepting Backup Offers” Mean?

Today a client called me because she was browsing online at Chandler homes for sale and one listing she came across notated the home as “accepting backup offers”.  Her understanding is that the seller was taking offers at the listed price.…

Resources for Avoiding Home Foreclosure

Resources for Avoiding Home Foreclosure

Home ownership can be a heavy responsibility at times… especially when times are tough.  It can be challenging to find help when times are difficult due to a  decrease or loss of income, illness, unexpected disaster or home repairs, or…

A Lesson I Learned About Life from Real Estate

A Lesson I Learned About Life from Real Estate

Life lessons can be tough, even though they provide valuable experience with which you can move forward with. Doing things the wrong way can often cause a sting which may be temporary but the stick with you for a long…

How NOT to Sell Your Home: Showing Protocol

How NOT to Sell Your Home: Showing Protocol

Let’s recap my previous posts written about How NOT to Sell Your Home: – paint colors – flooring – odors – light fixtures – clutter – landscaping Today I am going to conclude the series by discussing a less-addressed subject…