Guide to mortgage closing costs: What average mortgage costs are, and how to keep yours low

Closing costs when you buy or refinance a home

First-timers may be shocked at the amount of mortgage closing costs required to buy a home. And those who refinance get another shock, because when you buy a home, you often split some or all of the closing costs. But when you refinance, they’re all yours. This guide provides a complete list of the most common closing costs, average closing costs by state, and tips on what you can do to minimize them.



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City of Maricopa Market Update & Sales Report for the month ending February 2018

Our city had 97  sales in the month of February.

According to , our median, annual appreciation for the city of Maricopa is 10%. To see the most recent sales  in your neighborhood, click one of the links below.   (Note: These links expire on 4/13/18.)

Sold Homes in Acacia Crossing, Cobblestone Farms, Homestead, The Lakes, Province, Rancho El Dorado, and the Villages

Sold Homes in Alterra, Desert Cedars, Desert Passage (Smith Farms), Glennwilde, Meadows, Palo Brea, Rancho Mirage, Santa Rosa Springs, Senita, Sorrento, and Tortosa

Note: The subdivision is provided by the listing agent of each property.  (Some agents will enter the community name or parcel with the subdivision name). If you have a specific address, please contact me and I will gladly research it for you.

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The True Cost of Home Improvement

Home Improvement Cost – Nationwide Average of 57 Common Projects – Provided by


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Selling Your Home? 8 Uncomfortable Realizations You’ll Have Before You Succeed

This is a good article written by another REALTOR out in Maryland. Our sellers go through most of the same experiences here in the Phoenix area. Check out the  8 Realizations to expect as a Seller here




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9 Powerful Feelings You’ll Probably Have When You Sell

Selling a home has its moments of joy and frustration. Here’s your emotional road map.


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5 Common Reasons Why Property Taxes Go Up, No Matter Where You Live

Homeownership is one of life’s great highlights, but ask homeowners about paying property tax and they’ll tell you it’s one of their least favorite responsibilities. But as much of a downer as they are, property taxes are vital for funding schools, libraries, police departments, fire departments, and public works like roads and parks.

5 Common Reasons Why Property Taxes Go Up, No Matter Where You Live

Do you need to appeal your property taxes for this year?

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Maricopa County



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Existing vs. New Construction: Which Is Better for You?

Sponsored by Chase Mortgage Banking. 


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The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house — and end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospect walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light. 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale



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The Mythical Value of Smart Homes

As REALTORS, we receive continuing education and  other articles to help us better serve and educate our clients This is an excellent article written to educate REALTORS that I believe is valuable advice to pass along to my readers. The Mythical Value of Smart Homes



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