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On Waiving the Appraisal Contingency

On Waiving the Appraisal Contingency

In some markets, especially Phoenix, sellers are starting to ask buyers to waive the appraisal contingency. As multiple offers converge on practically every home hitting the market, sellers have their pick of which bid they wish to accept. With many…

How Long After I Short Sale Until I Can Buy Again?

How Long After I Short Sale Until I Can Buy Again?

With foreclosures & short sales running rampart in the Phoenix-metro area, many would-be homeowners are now asking themselves when they will be able to purchase a home once again. Many homebuyers are now talking to mortgage lenders again because they…

Swim Safely & Securely This Summer

Swim Safely & Securely This Summer

Summer is here in Chandler Arizona, bringing with it beautiful sunshine, warm weather and children with a lot of free time on their hands.  Much of that time is likely to be spent swimming, whether at the beach or a…

Does a Cash Buyer Stand a Better Chance?

Does a Cash Buyer Stand a Better Chance?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “cash is king”. In the world of real estate this is definitely the case. Paying cash vs. taking out a mortgage increases your chances of having your offer accepted by the seller, particularly in the…

Why You Should Get That Termite Inspection

Why You Should Get That Termite Inspection

Today’s post is brought to us by guest blogger Keith Birkemeyer of Pro Best Pest Why You Should Get That Phoenix Termite Inspection Termite Inspections often are called Wood Destroying Insect Infestation Reports (WDIIR). The Office of Pest Management (OPM)…

Advertising Your Chandler Home for Sale – Does it Work?

Advertising Your Chandler Home for Sale – Does it Work?

When sitting down with prospective home sellers, they frequently want to know that their home will be advertised as much as possible. The belief is that the more ways to get their home out there is the marketplace, the more…

Spring & Summer – The Perfect Time to Host a Neighborhood Sale

Spring & Summer – The Perfect Time to Host a Neighborho

As the weather warms on homes in Phoenix AZ (mostly in spring, not summer, TOO warm then!), so does the chance for a successful neighborhood sale. No matter what you call it, be it a yard sale, garage sale, tag…

Dual Agency: My Chandler Real Estate Agent Also Represents the Seller

Dual Agency: My Chandler Real Estate Agent Also Represents the Se

You walk into an open house. It is perfect – everything you’ve always wanted in a home. You’re sold the moment you walk in the door, not by the Chandler real estate agent, but by the features & upgrades of…

If a Lender Pulls My Credit, Won’t it Lower My Credit Score?

If a Lender Pulls My Credit, Won’t it Lower My Credit Score

Are you pre-approved for your home purchase? If not, you need to be, and no, it won’t affect your credit rating. In today’s real estate market, serious buyers know that the home buying process cannot begin in earnest until they…

Should I Ask for Repairs When Making an Offer?

Should I Ask for Repairs When Making an Offer?

It depends. There are lots of negotiation points in real estate. In fact, practically everything is negotiable, from having the seller leave the pool table, to when the close of escrow date is, to the purchase price of the home.…

What Happens During the Home Inspection Period?

What Happens During the Home Inspection Period?

10 magical days. That’s how much time the buyer typically has to do all of their due diligence on the home they are purchasing. By the way, it’s calendar days, not business days (sometimes the inspection period for bank-owned foreclosures…

Deciding Between Buying a Home or Buying a Condo

Deciding Between Buying a Home or Buying a Condo

In your search for the right home, you will likely be doing a lot of footwork and analysis. Before you begin looking at actual homes, it is wise to determine how much home you can afford and the level of…

6 Reasons Why a Home Won’t Sell

6 Reasons Why a Home Won’t Sell

We are going through a seller’s market in the Chandler area. Homes are being snatched up quickly. Competition is fierce and it seems everyone wants a piece of the action. Not all homes are moving at lightning speed, however. For a home…

Phoenix is Where Labor Day & Memorial Day Are Flipped

Phoenix is Where Labor Day & Memorial Day Are Flipped

Most Americans look forward to Labor Day & Memorial Day as being a time to spend with friends & family. They are 2 days squeezed in the normalcy of May and September, and a welcome one at that. Many families…

7 Strategies for Getting Your Offer Accepted

7 Strategies for Getting Your Offer Accepted

In today’s Phoenix real estate market buyers are more frustrated than ever. Inventory is low, demand is strong, and financing is tough to get. One of my buyers recently quit looking because he got so frustrated with the process. This…

In a Hurry to Sell Your Home?

In a Hurry to Sell Your Home?

Click here to receive a FREE valuation of your home If you are considering listing your home for sale, recent market studies have indicated that we are entering a seller’s market, so your timing could be perfect! A decrease in…

What is a “Good Area”?

What is a “Good Area”?

When working with homebuyers I often get told what they are looking for in a home. One of the parameters is that it be in a “good area”.  Unfortunately I can’t set up there search with this item, as good…

Beat the Heat in Your New Home

Beat the Heat in Your New Home

The approach of summer brings longer days and bright memories of time spent outdoors with family and friends, whether at the beach or in your backyard. This time of year can also bring back memories of heatstroke, sunburns and feeling…