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Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

When you’re looking to sell or refinance your home, it’s important to consider your home value and take as many measures as you can to make sure that you set yourself up for success as much as possible.

There are many ways that you can increase your home value without breaking the bank. Below, The Fay Group goes over a few of the most inexpensive ways to make your home stand out without having to do a costly remodel.

There are many ways that you can increase your home value without breaking the bank. Below, The Fay Group goes over a few of the most inexpensive ways to make your home stand out without having to do a costly remodel.

Clean and Declutter

One of the cheapest ways to increase the value of your home is to give it a nice deep cleaning and decluttering. You can do this one of two ways: with good old-fashioned elbow grease or by hiring professional help.

If you’re working on a budget, it’s a good idea to set aside a weekend to get the job done solo. You can enlist family members and friends for help. All you have to do is spring for some cleaning products. Of course, on the other hand, if you hire professional help you will cut down on time and labor on your end, but you can expect to pay the going rate for cleaning services in your area.

Just by cleaning and decluttering your home, you can increase your home value by 3-5%, according to sources like Forbes.

Powerwash It

Two ways to give your home a visual makeover include putting a fresh coat of paint on the interior and exterior as well as giving your home and driveway a good pressure washing. You will want to do the pressure washing on the exterior of your home first to remove debris, stains, and additional build-up.

Try pressure washing:
  • fencing
  • driveway
  • patio
  • deck
  • walkways

If you’re looking to hire someone to power wash parts of your property, the price of different elements will differ. A house typically costs $220-$380, while smaller aspects cost less. While hiring a professional would save you time, you could avoid all extra costs by renting a power washer from your local hardware store for a pay per hour, which usually costs a lot less.

Paint It

You can address any exterior paint fading or chipping by repainting the exterior of your home. When you paint the interior, try to go for a neutral color so that it doesn’t end up being too jarring to a potential buyer if you’re looking to sell.

If you DIY your paint job, you can expect to pay from $200 for the interior and  upwards. Exterior painting will end up costing closer to $1,000-$2,000. Pressure washing is fairly inexpensive- $200-$500 should do the trick. You have the option to either rent equipment and get the job done yourself or hire a professional service, which will come at a higher rate.

Boost Curb Appeal

Real estate people love using the term “curb appeal”, which is how your home looks to someone walking or driving by. You can make your home stand out a little more by touching up any worn-out landscaping, pruning bushes, trimming trees, re-mulching, or even mowing the lawn.

Other inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home include:
  • changing out hardware and light fixtures
  • adding green energy solutions to your home
  • upgrading certain appliances
  • adding crown molding

Once you get done sprucing up your home and you’re ready to sell, contact Elise Fay Group today.

We specialize in helping our clients get the most out of selling and purchasing their homes in the Pheonix-Metro area and surrounding communities. We’re excited to help you get the most out of your investment, no matter where you stand. 

Earth Day Tips for Your Home

Earth Day Tips for Your Home

In observance of Earth Day, The Fay Group is here to help our clients and readership with valuable information that will help make a greener home. Right now, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and a great place to start is on the home front.

Earth Day House Plants

Many options are available as far as products and technologies are concerned, not to mention a few simple habits you can adopt to make the world a better, cleaner place.

Below, The Fay Group goes over some Earth Day tips for going green at home.

Be a More Conscious Consumer

Earth Day Trash Build Up

Before you do any sort of upgrade or overhaul, you can practice making more conscious decisions when it comes to the products you buy and the brands you support. Top green brands include Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s, and Numi. As you can likely tell, you can make more environmentally conscious choices when it comes to the foods you consume, the beverages you drink, and the clothes you purchase and wear. Now is the time to pay a little closer attention to which companies, brands, and organizations you support. If a company or brand is not holding up their end of the environmental bargain, it’s a good idea to give them the boot and stop giving them your hard-earned dollars.

Crafting a Green Sanctuary at Home

Earth Day Green Sanctuary

Many people plan to go out into the world and plant a tree on Earth Day, which is a fun and fulfilling way to make a positive impact in your community. You can also take such measures at home, whether it’s in your front or back yard. The benefits of planting trees include combating climate change, providing oxygen, preventing soil erosion, and even preventing harmful UV rays.

If you haven’t already, head to your local nursery to check out the best and most viable options for your neck of the woods. Once the planting is done, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of raising plants and trees while engaging in eco-friendliness as well.

Green Upgrades for Your Home

Earth Day Power Conservation

From smart plugs that automatically cut off energy when devices are not being used to solar-powered outdoor lights, there are so many products and technological innovations that will help you reduce your carbon footprint while helping you save money simultaneously.

There are also backup energy solutions such as solar-powered generators that will ensure you have the power supply you need, even in emergencies. Nowadays gas-powered generators are starting to become a thing of the past, and if you run out of fuel for a gas-powered generator, you could end up in an uncomfortable situation during your time of need. Solar-powered backup energy solutions are a more sustainable and often a more reliable option. 

Earth Day Fay Group

There are a variety of benefits when it comes to going green at home, including increasing your home’s resale value. If you’re thinking about selling your home, there are more than a few simple upgrades you can make that will end up being a smart investment when it comes time to sell. If you have any questions about going green on the home front or selling/purchasing a home, The Fay Group is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about why we are the number one real estate team in Maricopa County.



Benefits of Purchasing a Home Warranty

One of the early purchases you might make as a homeowner is your home warranty. In fact, a home warranty is such a common helpful resource for homeowners that it’s often negotiated into a purchase contract which means you receive warranty coverage as soon as you close on your home.

A home warranty is a contract you enter with a warranty provider to gain repair coverage for your home. It’s a great alternative to needing to file an insurance claim if something, like the AC, goes out. A home warranty claim is a lot more cost effective for the homeowner (typically around $60 for the trip charge) compared to filing an insurance claim where you then have to pay a hefty deductible before you get your repair made.

If your home warranty wasn’t included with your home purchase, you can also pay for a home warranty on a monthly or annual basis. When a problem occurs with an appliance or one of your home systems, you’ll give your provider a call to file a claim. With a snap of your fingers, a service specialist will be there to diagnose the problem and provide applicable service. Since you’re already paying for your warranty, you generally won’t have to shell out any more cash in a problematic or emergency situation.

What Exactly Do Home Warranties Cover?

Home systems covered by warranty usually include electrical, heating (including your water heater), interior plumbing, ductwork, and in some cases more.

Major appliances covered by many warranties include air conditioning (which is usually optional), dishwasher, garage door/garage door opening system, garbage disposal, oven/stove, refrigerator, pool-related equipment, and more.

Home Warranty Benefits

Home warranty benefits include peace of mind knowing that you’re covered whenever a problem happens. Many homeowners worry about the functionality of their home systems and appliances, sort of like worrying about an automobile that is not covered by a warranty. Whenever a problem happens you will usually have to pay a hefty sum completely out of pocket. With home warranty coverage you can rest at ease.

A home warranty will also save you time. If you need to file a claim, all you have to do is contact your provider and they will make it simple and easy on you. If you have to go out of pocket for repair, you’ll spend more time comparing the prices and services of contractors. 

Having a strong home warranty will help you stick to your budget and continue to build your savings. Without coverage, random problems might seem to come up right when you’ve put a little bit of money away, draining a huge amount of your savings in the process. With a home warranty, you can anticipate exactly how much you’ll spend on a monthly or yearly basis.

Contact Elise Fay Today

If you have questions about whether or not you should purchase a home warranty or questions about becoming a homeowner, Elise Fay Group can help.

With over $22 Million in sales, our team has developed a solid reputation as Top Real Estate Agents in the West Valley and Phoenix-Metro areas. We have unparalleled expertise in the current real estate market. We work with integrity, loyalty, and professionalism. Elise Fay Group aims to provide stellar customer experiences at every stage of the homeownership process, whether you’re buying, selling, or somewhere in between. Contact Elise Fay Group today to learn more about who we are, what we can do for you, and how we can help you achieve the living situation of your dreams.

10 Reasons to Work with a Local Realtor

1-Local Realtors will know why some homes on the same street are worth more than others.

2-They can determine accurate prices on specific homes in the neighborhood.

3-They may know who previously owned homes in the neighborhood, and why they sold them.

4-They know which streets in a neighborhood are more desirable than others.

5-They know the listing agents in the area and can negotiate with them and get the inside information.

6-They can advise you on which agents take overpriced listings and which take listings at market value.

7-They can refer you to local home inspectors, and they know if there are any inspections that should be performed that are specific to the area.

8-They know about homeowners associations that may be in the neighborhood, and what their rules and regulations are.

9-They know what attributes a buyer in that neighborhood should be seeking.

10-They know what you need to know before you even have to ask!

Understanding Title Insurance

Title insurance is a mortgage term we’ve all heard when buying real a house, but what exactly is it?  Why is it necessary?

Simply explained, title insurance is another form of insurance for your home.  Just as flood insurance and homeowner’s insurance protects against loss from theft or fire or floods, title insurance protects the title to your home from financial hazards.  When you purchase a home, you’re not purchasing the actual land or the building, you are actually purchasing the title to the property (i.e., the right to use and occupy the property).

The title to the property you intend to purchase may already be affected by claims or rights filed by others, and these claims may limit your use of the property and may even cause financial loss.   Therefore, by purchasing title insurance you are authorizing a search of public land records surrounding the property you intend to purchase.  A title agency typically will conduct this search and will look for any evidence of issues surrounding the title.  For example, there may be a lien against the property due to the seller’s unpaid taxes, pending legal action against the property, or an unknown heir of a previous owner who claims ownership of the property.   Being aware of these issues will enable you to require these issues to be addressed before you take title to the property.

Purchasing title insurance will protect against these hazards and defects that may exist in the title and is purchased at one time, instead of annually.   Even though this is a short summary of title insurance, we hope this has shed some light on a common part of a real estate transaction.

Every transaction is different, and while I’m unable to give legal, tax, or accounting advice, I look forward to helping you navigate your own process with ease and clarity.


Holiday Celebrations During Covid-19

christmas cookiesThe year 2020 has been quite unusual. The Covid-19 global pandemic disrupted summer vacation, traditional school year starts and now the fall and winter holidays. For the first time in history, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for Americans to safely celebrate the holidays.

Everyday Tips

Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The CDC says this should be done after someone has been in a public place, after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will also work.

The CDC encourages everyone to continue wearing cloth masks in public and to continue practicing social distancing. It recommends everyone to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people you don’t live with.

Food and Drink Safety Tips

As of now, there is no evidence that suggests handling food or eating is associated with spreading the coronavirus. However, it could spread if someone touches a surface or object, including food, food packaging or utensils where respiratory droplets have landed then they touch their face, nose or mouth.

Holiday Gatherings

Officials suggest celebrating virtually or only with family members, which poses only a low risk of spreading the virus. People who shouldn’t attend a holiday gathering this year include those with or exposed to the coronavirus and people who have an increased risk for severe illness.

If you are hosting a holiday gathering, the CDC asks that people consider the following steps to keep everyone safe:
Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities
Try and limit guests to just people in the local area
Limit the number of guests as much as possible
Encourage guests to wear masks and use hand sanitizer
Limit people around the food preparation area
Wear a mask while preparing food or serving others
Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items
Avoid any self-serve food or drink options

The CDC also encourages guests to avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors. It recommends keeping music levels down so people don’t have to shout or speak loudly to be heard.

If someone develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive after a gathering, they should immediately contact the host and others that attended the event.

Donate to Those in Need

This holiday season donations are especially crucial as many people have lost loved ones or are experiencing financial hardships. Consider volunteering your time or donating money to an organization or charity that’s meaningful to you in lieu of having a big holiday gift. You can also donate your time by checking in on elderly neighbors and offering to run their errands.

However you choose to celebrate, I wish you a happy and HEALTHY holiday season! -Elise

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5 Most Common Mistakes When Home Shopping

arizona homes for saleWhen you’re looking for a new home, it’s easy to fall into some of the mistakes many other homebuyers just like you have made countless times before. If it’s your first time buying a home, the risk of making a mistake is a lot higher, but even old pros who have been through the routine a few times already may hit a pitfall without even realizing it. It’s important to know what you’re up against when you’re going shopping for a house, and it’s especially a good idea to familiarize yourself with the most common mistakes made by people in your position.

#1 Unrealistic Budget  This is probably the worst and most common mistake made by homebuyers. If you don’t know how much you can spend on your home, you’re going to be in a bad situation from the very beginning.  Start with getting pre-qualified with a lender and communicate with your realtor clearly that you cannot go over this price. In a best-case scenario, you’ll have to find another home when you try to qualify for a loan you can’t afford. And in a worst-case scenario, you’ll end up buying a home you can’t pay for and will have a lot of financial trouble down the line.

#2 Pickiness  Being too picky may mean you’ll never find the right home. If you have a specific budget, you can’t be so choosy that you turn down every home that doesn’t meet every item on your checklist. Prioritize a few items that are most important to you (no major renovations needed, big backyard, located in town) and leave off the ones that you can live without (updated bathroom, fence around the yard, already landscaped).

#3 Forgetting Expenses  Don’t forget that the cost of the home isn’t the only expense you’ll have at closing. Closing costs, taxes, and a host of other expenses will come your way. If this is your first home, you’ll also need to factor in home insurance; if you’ve already been owning a home, this may be an expense you’re used to.

#4 Emotional Investment  It’s hard not to get attached to a home you feel is perfect for you, but the truth is that you’re probably not going to get the first home you fall in love with. Try not to get emotionally attached to a home until you’ve signed the contract.

#5 Ignoring Home Inspections  Some buyers just ignore what the home inspection says and only have one done because it’s required, either by the law in their state or by the contract they have. It’s always a good idea to pay close attention to what the inspection tells you so you can decide whether or not to progress with the purchase.

When you are ready to search for your next home I can connect you with a trusted lender that fits your needs and budget. Call me today! 602-329-7782

2020 WM Phoenix Open

golfNicknamed “The Greatest Show on Grass,” The Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name. The tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best attended event with nearly 500,000 energized spectators each year. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event by helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum”-the loudest hole in golf! Formerly known as The Phoenix Open and The FBR Open, the event has been hosted by TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course since 1987. The annual tournament held in North Scottsdale benefits The Phoenix Thunderbirds and helps to generate millions of dollars in donations for the most deserving organizations in the area.

General Admission Only

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Friday & Saturday
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Weekly Sponsor Package

-Monday and Tuesday FREE Admission courtesy of Ford Free Days.
-Ages 15 and under are FREE all week when accompanied by an adult.
-Weekly Sponsor Package includes 4 Sponsor badges (good all week for tournament admission) and 1 reserved parking pass good all week

For more information, visit: wmphoenixopen.com

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Rattlesnake Safety

snakeDid you know that from April through October, rattlesnakes can be found anywhere from hiking trails to city streets? There are 13 different types of rattlesnakes slithering throughout Arizona, so it’s important for everyone to know what to do when crossing paths with a snake. While snakes aren’t looking to cause trouble, people still must use extreme caution when they come across a rattlesnake. A snakebite has enough venom to cause serious injury or even death. Most snakebite victims have to spend at least two to three days in a hospital and spend weeks rehabilitating the area around the bite in order to regain full range of motion and muscle functionality.

Valley fire departments offer these tips for making your property less hospitable to snakes:

-Eliminate rodents (a snake’s preferred food) from around your home.
-Remove wood piles and junk from your yard to eliminate potential homes for snakes and their prey.
-Walls deter snakes from entering your yard. Solid walls 4 feet high with a four-inch lip angling outward will discourage most snakes. Sink the bottom of the wall well into the ground.
-Install gates snugly against the ground.
-Keep walkways clear of brush.
-Light pathways around your home.

Tips to keep safe when rattlesnake activity is at its peak:

-Stay on the trails. Rattlesnakes are more likely to be found in places with better opportunity to hunt, hide, and stay out of trouble.
-Be aware of your surroundings. Watch your step. Texting while walking has resulted in at least one bite that we know of, and head phones will keep the natural warning system from working.
-If you have a dog, keep it on a leash. Have the dog vaccinated for rattlesnake bites, and have it trained if it’s available in your area.
-If you encounter a snake, take a step (or two or three!) back. Snakes can only strike at a distance of one-third of their full body length, thus a three-foot snake has an effective strike range of 12 inches. The average human stride is 36 inches, so a step back will quickly put you out of harms way. If those seem to be obvious, it’s because they absolutely are. Rattlesnakes are simply not a threat to those who don’t go looking for it. Staying safe is just a matter of knowing better, and if you didn’t before, now you do.

For more information or to speak to a snakebite expert, call the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center’s free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.