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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.

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 695, while only half … Continue reading

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Tour de Force: Don’t Make These 10 Huge House-Hunting Mistakes

You’ve been thinking about settling down and buying a home for a while now, and you finally think you’re ready. It’s time to tour some digs! But hold up—you need a game plan. House hunting is about more than popping into a few … Continue reading

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When to adjust your Homeowner’s insurance

Here’s a great article from a fellow REALTOR: Homes often grow and change alongside the people living in them. If you’ve added expensive furnishings or made substantial upgrades, it’s important to re-evaluate your homeowners insurance and make sure your policy reflects those … Continue reading

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City of Maricopa Real Estate Sales for August & September 2017

Maricpa Real Estate Market Update for August & September Home Sales. Our city has had over 300 sales in the last two months. According to Cromfordreport.com , our median, annual appreciation for the city of Maricopa is 9.1% Here is the complete … Continue reading

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From the National Association of Realtors: Millions of Middle-Income Homeowners Stand to Lose Under “Big 6” Tax Proposal

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2017) – A group of legislators and administration leaders known as the “Big 6” today released an outline for comprehensive tax reform that if enacted, according to the National Association of Realtors®, could lead to a tax … Continue reading

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Illuminating the murky business of Phoenix-area HOA foreclosures

Most of us who live in the City of Maricopa live in a community managed by a Home Owners Association. Please check out this article from USA TODAY: Illuminating the murky business of Phoenix-area HOA foreclosures http://azc.cc/2xIfvG5

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New Program to Help Buyers Bypass Appraisals

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac has announced a new program allowing some home buyers to skip a traditional appraisal, which could lower the fees the buyers pay and speed up the closing process. Full Article: New Program to Help Buyers Bypass Appraisals … Continue reading

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How accurate is a Zestimate on Zillow?

On Zillow’s website, they answer this question for us. Data Coverage and Zestimate Accuracy Over the years, Zillow has become the most visited real estate website. When we meet with a seller to list their home for sale, the topic … Continue reading

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What Buyers want in a new home: Fixer-Upper vs. Move-in Ready

According to the Bank of America Home Insights Report, more buyers want a move-in ready home versus a home that they need to make repairs. We’ve noticed this as a very strong trend during our entire 2017 buying season. Sellers … Continue reading

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Why paying all cash for a house might not be a smart move

An interesting, brief article on things to consider before buying your home with cash instead of a mortgage.  Full Article If you have the financial means as a buyer and you plan to hold the home for 5+ years, this … Continue reading

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