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About Farhat and Associates Real Estate

Professional - Our early careers were in Accounting, Property Management, and Technology fields. Both Aziz and I found our passion for real estate as we started in the industry as Investors. Since 2004, we have devoted ourselves to this business on a full-time basis and have sold 100s of homes for our clients. Personal - Our passions are our family, our dogs, outdoor activities, reading, photography, golfing, and discovering new foods/restaurants.

Conquering These 5 Crucial Home Maintenance Projects

Here comes the summer! We get it: Some much-needed summer relaxing time is beckoning, and home maintenance sounds like a drag. But a little pain now means your gain later. Our quick and easy tips will speed you through your home … Continue reading

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Zillow.com Sued Over Zestimate

It was a matter of time. Some buyers take the home value estimate seriously, known as the “zestimate”, and use this value when writing an offer on a home. We have found “zestimates” tend to be inaccurate when the home is … Continue reading

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6 Home Appraisal Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately

Yes, the appraisal is one of the scariest parts of the home-selling process—and one of the most confusing. After all, why is somebody valuing your home after you’ve already determined a listing price and received an offer? Plus, you’re never sure … Continue reading

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FHA Reverse Mortgages (HECMs) for Seniors

I admit, when I hear “reverse mortgage”, I immediately become skeptical. However, this one seems to offer what a true reverse mortgage should provide to a senior homeowner. If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid … Continue reading

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How much house can you afford?

Ready to buy a house? Before you spend a day drooling over homes you may not be able to afford, the first step is to determine your budget, which means it’s time to calculate your debt-to-income ratio.  DTI is used … Continue reading

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City of Maricopa Real Estate Market Update for March & April 2017

We’ve had a very busy selling season this year! Our city had 346 sales over the two month period with an estimated annual appreciation rate of 7.7%. Here is the complete list of the sales by subdivision. I’ve added a … Continue reading

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5 (Totally Legal) Tricks to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

So, you’ve decided next year is the year you’re finally going to buy a house. Congrats! But now you’re a little panicked because your credit score isn’t exactly going to make lenders swoon. You’re not alone. The national average credit score is … Continue reading

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Only a Few Bubble Signs Brewing

From our friends at John Burns Consulting, who have been very diligent in their reporting of market conditions over the years: Once again, we have completed our annual housing bubble check-in. Assessing the criteria that 73 industry executives identified in … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Mark of 2017

  MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Apr 13, 2017) – Freddie Mac (FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year mortgage rate dropping for the fourth consecutive week and hitting a new low for 2017. … Continue reading

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In These Markets, You’ll Earn Enough to Cover Rent—and Then Some

Reasonable rent and a solid-paying job? Dream on…right? According to a recent analysis by LinkedIn and Zillow, there are dream markets for renters—if their field of choice is finance, healthcare or technology. The analysis identified markets where renters earn in … Continue reading

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