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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…

Top Ten Questions Veterans Ask About VA Loans

Top Ten Questions Veterans Ask About VA Loans

Today’s guest post comes to us from Cal Carlson with Prostaff Mortgage. Veterans Administration (VA) loans are special home loans given to current and past members of the U.S. military. They are guaranteed by the federal government, so there are…

How NOT to Sell Your House, Part 6: Clutter

How NOT to Sell Your House, Part 6: Clutter

Clutter doesn’t just apply to people on the show Hoarders. Of course on TV we get to see the extreme examples of what happens when people fail to purge their belongings, but for most buyers clutter can squash their desire…

Why Stay Loyal to Your Real Estate Agent

Why Stay Loyal to Your Real Estate Agent

How would you feel if you kids sought out another parent? Pretty extreme, but now I have your attention. Real estate can be alot like parenting. Someone invests alot of time, energy, and effort into you, helping you find a…

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 5: Landscaping

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 5: Landscaping

Often owners put so much time, energy, and money into making sure the inside of the home is stunning that they neglect the outside. The term “curb appeal” still applies and always sets up the expectation level for the buyer…

The Home I’m Buying Didn’t Appraise for the Purchase Price – Now What?

The Home I’m Buying Didn’t Appraise for the Purchase

Today we’re probably seeing more low appraisals than ever before. Appraisers were partially blamed for the major price increases from 2004-2006 in the Phoenix marketplace, and it seems now that the pendulum has swung the other way.  Being conservative is…

Win-Win Negotiations in Real Estate: Are They Possible?

Win-Win Negotiations in Real Estate: Are They Possible?

Yesterday while sitting in a continuing education class the instructor brought up the concept of win-win as it applies to real estate. His argument was that it simply isn’t possible to create win-win scenarios between buyer and seller in a…

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 4: Paint Colors

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 4: Paint Colors

Paint is another item that homeowners really like to guard defensively. Because they like a particular shade of mauve they think the whole world must love it as well. After all it’s difficult to step outside of ourself and understand…

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 3: Odors

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 3: Odors

Now this should go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many owners don’t pay attention to one of our stronger senses. Only noting the visual components in a home is a huge mistake. Just like people can’t smell…

How NOT to Sell Your House Part 2: Lighting

How NOT to Sell Your House Part 2: Lighting

So I’m continuing my series of posts concerning do’s and don’ts of selling your home. The first post was a hit, so I’m glad to be giving you the reader exactly what you want when it comes to real estate…