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New Home Community in Peoria

New Home Community in Peoria

So I was out with these buyers last weekend and they started asking me about what new home communities are available in Peoria, AZ. (As opposed to Peoria IL or Peoria, CA) Funny because I had just visited a brand new subdivision just off Deer Valley Rd in 85383. It has 219 total lots, but is already 65% sold out. However I had snapped a few pictures while I was there.Peoria New Home

This community has homes from $365,000 up to $557,000 with the size range from 2,200 sqft up to the big dog 6 bedroom floorplans with 5,674sqft. They are all a minimum of 10,000sqft lots with RV gates and they are allowing RV parking (first community built in the last 15 years to allow RV parking in this area of Peoria).

Call me if you want a new home community tour, I’ve got about 6 communities we go through in a 2 hr period. 602-329-7782

Or if you’d like to look at others… Click here to see these and other New Homes in Peoria

Staging & Selling Before the Holidays

Staging & Selling Before the Holidays

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Staging & selling your home before the holidays can help save stress and give you time to focus on family and holiday festivities. Getting your home sold before year end is ideal so you can start the new year fresh. There are a few tips to help the process started and assist in running smoothly and effectively.

Take advantage of the tax write-offs. Often, part of staging a home includes purging. If you have a large amount of items you’re having trouble parting with, consider the tax credits for donating. Add up the value of the items you might be willing to donate and look at the tax savings using a Goodwill or Salvation Army calculator. This might be the perfect motivation to help let go of the items you don’t really need.

If you’re relocating or downsizing and won’t be able to take all your items, consider using home listing photos with a list of contents you’re looking to get rid of on Craigslist or other goods selling site as an alternative to donation. Selling before the Holidays is an effective idea especially, because people might be in the market for some gently used or vintage gifts.

Use Online Coupons. By now, we’ve all heard of sites like Groupon, Deal Chicken, Living Social, Amazon Local, etc. These sites offer local goods and services a a discounted price. The cost and effort of staging can be a hurdle for sellers. Search these sites for offers for cleaning services, painting, etc. Affordable ways to get these jobs done may get your home ready to show more quickly and with a lot less effort on your part. Especially during the holiday season, the last thing you want to be doing is a lot of work on the house. Let the professionals help make the staging a success at a discounted price.

Shop Ahead. If you’re selling to move into another property, you likely have either already found that property or at least have a solid idea of housing and new furnishings to make the place your own. If you have the budget, shop ahead for the furnishings. Things like furniture, non permanent lighting, decor, etc. for your new place might help stage the space you’re selling in the mean time.

No matter your situation, staging & selling before the holidays is a great idea and, with a little help from Elise Fay & Associates, you can get a smooth process started right away. Just give us a call!

To Pool or Not to Pool?

Photo courtesy of www.shimmeringwaterspoolservices.com

Photo courtesy of www.shimmeringwaterspoolservices.com

To Pool or Not to Pool?

Are you one the many families in the Valley who can’t decide whether or not to install a swimming pool in the backyard? Before you take the plunge, here are some things to consider.

Most importantly, think about why you want a pool. Adding a pool is an expensive endeavor and, realistically, just because you spend $40k on a pool does not mean that it will add the same amount to the value of your home. It could even add nothing to the value, depending on current market and neighborhood standards.

The only real reason to add a swimming pool to your home is because you want a pool. The investment lies in the fun, enjoyment and recreation for your family, enhanced appearance of the yard and the cool escape from hot summer temperatures. If you’re only looking to add a pool to your home with the expectation that you will recoup the cost upon sale, it’s really not worth the investment.

The fact is, there is no definitive answer as to whether a pool will or will not help sell your home. Many Phoenix area buyers want a pool. Some people fall in love with homes, but don’t buy because there isn’t a pool and they don’t want to go through the installation process physically or financially. Although already having a pool appeals to some buyers, there are also many buyers who won’t look at homes that have a pool at all.

My personal opinion, as a buyer, is that if the home is perfect except it doesn’t have a pool and I want one, I’d have one installed. Were I a buyer looking for a home and did not want a pool, I would not consider looking at homes with one. This is simply because having a pool filled and landscaping the yard seems like unnecessary work, whereas adding a pool would be a value to my family’s enjoyment and recreation.

Only you can consider whether the investment is right for your family and answer the ultimate Phoenix homeowner question: to pool or not to pool?

For more information on adding a pool or other upgrades to your home and their potential values, contact Elise Fay or the Fay Team.

Easy Luxury Fixes Buyers Love

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Easy Luxury Fixes Buyers Love

There are several luxury fixes buyers love. No matter how tight their budget, buyers will have a wish list of features that feel luxurious.

Here, we focus on refining details, outlining the third installment of our ideas for luxuries buyers look for and how to accomplish them effectively. Contact the Fay Team to quickly achieve list ready status.

Adding, improving or tweaking details in your home can add great value without breaking the bank. A few easy and even DIY ideas include:

Updating baseboards or adding crown moulding

Adding interior or exterior shutters to windows

Painting moulding, baseboards, mantles and/or door trims a contrasting color

Replacing doors or light fixtures; a new light fixture can change the feel of a room completely

Replacing dated faucets, sinks, toilets, hardware, door handles

Exterior paint updates; eaves, doors, trims & fences

Built-ins: Adding built-ins for books, in closets, desks or even recycling centers in the kitchen  feels luxurious because it eliminates furniture and offers a polished look and efficient use of space.

Dedicated Spaces: Dedicating a space to an activity can make a big difference in the perception and feel of the area or room. Choosing the right color paint, appropriate furniture and places for supplies are key here. Think office or craft room for example; use bright colors in these spaces as research shows bright colors foster creativity.

If you’re looking for more easy luxury fixes buyers will love, contact Elise Fay or the Fay Team for more ideas on how to make your listing shine.

 

Easy Luxury Fixes Buyers Love

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Easy Luxury Fixes Buyers Love

There are several easy luxury fixes buyers love. No matter how tight their budget, buyers will have a wish list of features that feel luxurious.

Here, we focus on energy efficiency, outlining the first installment of our ideas for luxuries buyers look for and how to accomplish them effectively. Look for more on the blog in weeks to come. Or, if you can’t wait, contact the Fay Team to quickly achieve list ready status.

Automation:  People love when they can cross remembering something off their list. Or, in today’s technology obsessed world, remove one of the many reminders Siri is managing for them.

In Phoenix, the summer months can hit the pocketbook hard with electric costs. Installing an easily programmable thermostat is a great little luxury fix buyers will love. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a great option. It features auto-schedule, which means it programs itself in about a week, creating a personalized schedule based on changes you’ve made and continually adapting. It also has an auto-away feature, which senses when you’ve left the house and automatically adjusts the temperature to avoid high energy costs. Most convenient of all, you can change the temperature and adjust the schedule from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Cost is right around $200 upfront, more or less depending on home size and number of devices.

Solar:  8 out of 10 homeowners have said they would install a solar system at home if cost wasn’t a factor. In Phoenix, where it’s sunny nearly every day of the year and one of the hottest places in the country in the summer, a solar system is definitely a viable luxury for any home buyer.  Installing a solar system can create a double luxury of allowing homeowners to run their home on a renewable energy source and also to reduce monthly energy costs.

In some areas, costs can be quite low for solar panels. Some companies may pay for the system, install for a low cost and pay for maintenance while the customer only pays for the power used each month. While these deals are not available everywhere, it’s definitely something worth looking into for the energy savings.

Considering one of these energy updates for your home is a little luxury fix that will go a long way. Whether the update is for your own enjoyment or you’re looking for an easy luxury fix buyers will love, energy efficiency is a win-win for the environment and for your listing.

Look for more easy luxury fixes buyers will love next week. Or, contact Elise Fay or the Fay Team for more ideas on how to make your listing luxurious.

 

 

 

Top Arrowhead Ranch REALTOR®

Arrowhead Ranch Realtor

Arrowhead Ranch

Top Arrowhead Ranch Realtor

In order to be a top Arrowhead Ranch REALTOR®, I am client centric. I do more direct marketing for my clients than other real estate agents. I listen to my clients, give guidance on ways to maximize the value of their home, and act with their best interests in mind. This ensures a smooth experience from listing to closing.
The difference between me and other Arrowhead Ranch realtors is that I am energetic, eager and driven. I’ve been in the Arrowhead Ranch market for over ten years and I am an ambitious marketer online and offline. The Fay Team markets homes directly to the consumer, so we drive more people through our listings than the competition. Many other agents rely solely on the MLS to sell homes.

The majority of our competition is tired, intermittent or part-time. We’re different. We’re progressive, We’re aggressive. It’s the only way we know how to be a top Arrowhead Ranch REALTOR®. Call Elise Fay & The Fay Team to start the progressive home listing process today.

Three Easy Fixes for a Great Home Showing

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How Vodka, a Laundry Basket & a Fabric Softener Sheet can help close your deal.

No, this isn’t an episode of MacGyver, simple things you already have at home can help eliminate some common reasons your home is still on the market.

There are three easy fixes for a great home showing sellers forget, but buyers notice, that are easy and inexpensive to tackle.

Smell Your Way to a Sale

One unseen factor that could be keeping your house on the market is odor. The variety of odors that could be present are endless, most commonly cigarette smoke, pet odor or a musky scent in a bachelor pad for example. Here are a few odor issue easy fixes for a great home showing:

  1. Orange you glad you drink coffee?

You can put orange peels and/or coffee grounds in a bowl for a little decorative piece or put them in the trash can or garbage disposal. Orange peels and coffee grounds are both odor neutralizers.

2. Happy Hour Mist

Vodka grabs and evaporates odors, so make a freshening mist to spray before a showing. Recipe: Two parts water, one part vodka (You can also use this to clean   glass…just spray on mirrors or windows and wipe clean with newspaper)

3. Good old fashioned vinegar

A bowl of vinegar in a room will soak the odor.  Put a bowl out the night before the showing and the odor will disappear overnight.

4. Fire away bad scents. Grab a match and a small bowl of water. Set the bowl on a surface in the room with the odor.  Let the mach burn 7-10 seconds then submerge in the water.

A Scummy Deal Breaker

Soap scum is generally found in the kitchen or bathrooms which are some of the most important spaces in a home and also are often used before or even during a showing. One quick way to lose the scum for a great home showing:

Grab a fabric softener sheet and a plastic glove and you’re in business.  Just wear the glove and use the dryer sheet to wipe away soap scum on tubs/showers/sinks, etc.

“Necessary Clutter”

Every home has clutter that’s necessary to the home’s functionality. Staging this clutter is easy and important. A few of my favorite ways to store those essentials that are easy fixes for a great home showing:

Use storage baskets, canvas bins, etc. to store things in any room: toys, magazines, crafting supplies, etc.

One of my favorite ways to de-clutter the garage or backyard is with laundry baskets.  All the kids’ outside toys, balls, etc. can be thrown in the baskets and if it rains, the water will not pool in the bottom of the basket.

These simple, quick and inexpensive fixes could remove an obstacle in the way of selling your beautiful home; why not try one and see (or smell) the difference! For more tips on how to prep for a killer home showing, contact Elise Fay and the Sibbach Team.

Home Price Index-Rising Real Estate Prices

Home Prices On The Rise.Phoenix Real Estate Market

The Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) was published today. Although this report is very promising, it does not reflect activity thru May but from the 1st quarter of this year, January thru March. The median date of sales for this Index is about February 14th, and according to Michael Orr of the Cromford Report, this is about 3.5 months from today. To imagine the HPI for today’s market we would have to allow an additional 105 days of home price changes.

Phoenix still leads the 20 cities reported…up 22.5%. Phoenix’s increase over the last month of about 1.7% looks pretty modest compare to other cities that are racing to the top at an incredibly fast pace. Here are the 20 cities ranked by percentage between Februaru and March of 2013.

1. San Francisco 3.9%
2. Seattle 3.0%
3. Las Vegas 2.7%
4. Portland 2.7%
5. Tampa 2.6%
6. Charlotte 2.4%
7. Los Angeles 2.3%
8. San Diego 2.2%
9. Phoenix 1.7%
10. Washington 1.7%
11. Denver 1.4%
12. Atlanta 1.3%
13. Dallas 1.3%
14. Miami 1.2%
15. Boston 1.2%
16. Detroit 0.0%
17. Cleveland 0.0%
18. Chicago 0.0%
19. New York -0.4%
20. Minneapolis -1.1%

The overall gain is about 1.4% which reflects the strong seasonal gain exhibited by some of these areas, but cities such as Minneapolis and New York are showing a decline as their market is different than other cities since they have “different” weather patterns which affects their seasonal growth for this time of year.

Looking at the 20 cities over the past 12 months we can see the following changes.

1. Phoenix 22.5%
2. San Francisco 22.2%
3. Las Vegas 20.6%
4. Atlanta 19.1%
5. Detroit 18.5%
6. Los Angeles 16.6%
7. Portland 12.8%
8. Minneapolis 12.5%
9. San Diego 12.1%
10. Tampa 11.8%
11. Miami 10.7%
12. Seattle 10.6%
13. Denver 9.8%
14. Chicago 7.8%
15. Washington 7.7%
16. Charlotte 7.3%
17. Dallas 6.8%
18. Boston 6.7%
19. Cleveland 4.8%
20. New York 2.6%

Contact me for up to the minute market updates and a more detailed report of what is going on in yor neighborhood. We will be happy to customize a report for you and your community.

Sonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

Sonoran Mountain RanchSonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

In the Northwest Valley north of 67th Ave & Happy Valley Rd, you will find Sonoran Mountain Ranch with its breathtaking desert views. The high desert setting offers homeowners views of the surrounding landscape while dedicated to preserving the open space and natural beauty of the desert. There are extensive hiking trails, parks, natural washes and spectacular mountain views.

There are many different floor plans and builders to chose from in Sonoran Mountain Ranch; some of these include Camelot Homes, Cresleigh Homes, Element Homes, Maracay, Morrison, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific and custom homes by Desert Cove Homes.

There are approximately 1468 homes in Sonoran Mountain Ranch. 345 of these homes have pools, 660 are single story.  Roughly 100 homes sit on lots that are larger than 15,000 Square Feet.

The schools served by Sonoran Mountain are some of the best in Deer Valley School District; Terramar, and Sandra Day O’Connor High School. There is also some great shopping, hiking, and walking paths nearby. The shops at Norterra on Happy Valley Rd, just east of the 101 offer fantastic shopping, boutiques and a variety of dining choices as well as some of your big box stores and a Harkins Movie Theatre.

If you are looking for a community with expansive desert views but still close to all the conveniences, then Sonoran Mountain Ranch will have a home just for you.

Glendale Homes For Sale-Westbrook Village-Active Adult Community

Westbrook Village.

Westbrook002Westbrook Village is located just north of Union Hills and between 83rd ave and 99th Ave. This adult community requires that at  least one permanent resident of each unit be 40 years of age or older and no more than 20% of all residences in Westbrook Village may have the oldest resident between 40 and 54 years of age. Westbrook loves our snowbirds and there is also an RV Parking Lot right in the community for those who like to travel.

* Did you know that during WWII, part of Westbrook Village (NW of Union Hills & 83rd Ave) was an auxiliary airfield for Chinese and Royal Air Force pilots training at the nearby Thunderbird Field (Greenway & 59th Ave)?

Click here to learn more about Westbrook Village