Category Archives: Buyer Advice

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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City of Maricopa Real Estate Market Update for July 2017

We’ve had a very busy selling season this summer! Our city had 153 sales in the month of July with an estimated annual appreciation rate of 6.7%. Here is the complete list of the sales by subdivision. I’ve added a … Continue reading

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How to pick a home-security system you can monitor from your smartphone or tablet

We have been with a home security monitoring service for years. The average cost has been about $25/month ($300 year!) After looking at the costs to install a DIY home security system, it looks like a great way to go! … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Solar Roof Panels

We get asked about a lot of things in this business and one of the latest hot topics are the Tesla’s new solar roof tiles. Here’s a few sites to answer any burning questions: What are solar roof tiles? Tesla … Continue reading

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How Much Home Can You Afford?

How does a loan officer determine what you can afford? Here’s a quick breakdown of how they calculate your future house payment.

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Why is our home inventory so low?

The Selling Dilemma by Bay Equity Mortgage Record demand for housing means windfall cash gains for today’s home sellers. Today’s sellers are averaging record returns of $44,000 over what they paid, an increase of 24 percent – and much more … Continue reading

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