Category Archives: Buyer Advice

Arizona Contracts – Buyer-Seller – The Process and Flowchart

Our clients often ask why does it takes so long for a buyer to close on the home and obtain a loan. The contract brings in many participants to successfully close a transaction. The REALTORS for the Buyer and Seller … 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 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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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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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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How to Hire a REALTOR – 3 Core Requirements

  Where do you begin??? We have 82,000+ licensed REALTORS in Arizona as of June 1, 2017. How do you decide? Many times buyers and sellers will hire the first person they interview or simply go with a recommendation by … Continue reading

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Maricopa to build in three new areas, but no timeline set

We have lived in Maricopa since 2003 and we still get excited when we see new things coming to town. We’ve seen Maricopa grow from 4,000 people to just under 50,000. When we first moved here there was only Rancho … Continue reading

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