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.

TICKET PRICES:
Monday-Tuesday
FREE
General Admission Only

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
$45
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Friday & Saturday
$60
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Weekly Sponsor Package
$450

-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

Would you like a home with a golf course view? Call me today to begin your search in the many golf course communities throughout the Valley of the Sun! 602-329-7782

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.

Memorial Day Events 2019

American FlagEven though summer may not officially begin until June 21st, Memorial Day weekend traditionally signifies the start of that season. Memorial Day has become a day for picnics, pool parties and the start of summer vacations, but it’s important to remember the holiday has somber roots. Memorial Day was first held on May 30th, 1868, to honor those lost during the Civil War.  After the United States’ involvement in World War I, the holiday was expanded to honor all killed in any US war. Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, this moved the observance of Memorial Day from May 30th to the last Monday in May. That law took effect in 1971. Here are some events and activities in Phoenix dedicated to honoring those who we have lost.

Day of Remembrance in Anthem
The Daisy Mountain Veterans and Anthem Community Council host this ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Ceremony includes speakers, music and a POW/MIA ceremony. Roses will be placed on the pavers of those who were killed in action. Ceremony concludes with playing of “Taps.”

Details: 9am Monday, May 27th. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Free. onlineatanthem.com

Memorial Day with Pioneers’ Cemetery Association
The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association presents its annual Memorial Day observance with Marty Manning as master of ceremonies. Free public parking available at Wesley Bolin Plaza. After the ceremony, tour the cemeteries and visit the historic Smurthwaite House.

Details: 9am Monday, May 27th. Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street, Phoenix. Free. azhistcemeteries.org

Blue Star Museums Initiative
The Heard Museum is part of this program which offers free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families from May 27th through Labor Day, September 2nd. That includes active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

Details: 9:30am-5pm Mondays-Saturdays; 11am-5pm Sundays. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free to those eligible members; $7.50-$18 for others. heard.org

Best of Zillow

I’m so excited to share that I have achieved the Best of Zillow status! It’s the highest mark of distinction they award. The Best of Zillow badge is awarded to realtors who are among the top 10% of all Zillow Premier Agents. These ratings come directly from customer, so I want to say “thank you” to all my customers who have rated me 5-Stars!

Best of Zillow

Easter Brunch

Easter BasketWith so many Easter brunches around the valley, how do you choose? Here are a few of my favorite restaurants for brunch!

Southern Rail
 – 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix

Devour chef Justin Beckett’s beloved brunch at Southern Rail from 10am to 3pm on Easter Sunday. Go for the fried green tomato Benedict with tomato jam, sweet potato hash with a soft-boiled egg, or bread pudding French toast with bourbon sauce. Bottles of Arizona wine will be half-price all day. Call 602-200-0085 to make a reservation.

Urban Margarita – 6685 West Beardsley Road, #180, Glendale

Celebrate Easter with festivities at Urban Margarita. In addition to regular brunch items like enchiladas and eggs ($13.89) and Frosted Flakes French toast ($10.89), the restaurant is featuring crab and lobster Benedict ($15) and bananas foster french toast ($12). Treat yourself to a Bellini in flavors like peach, mango, and raspberry, or go for a tried-and-true mimosa; either drink will run you $4. Call 623-561-6674 to make a reservation.

Wright’s at the Biltmore – 
2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix

Enjoy an extravagant Easter brunch buffet at Wright’s at the Biltmore from from 9am to 2:30pm. Standout menu items include wild berry-ginger pancakes, prickly pear barbecue-glazed ham, and a sweet-glazed doughnut wall. Chef-manned stations offer up everything from made-to-order omelettes to vanilla waffle ice cream. Arrive at the resort early to join in the annual Easter egg hunt at 8:30am on the Squaw Peak Lawn, with plenty of festivities for children. Brunch costs $105 for adults and $45 for children ages 5 to 12. Call 602-954-2507 make a reservation.

Once you have finished your Easter Egg hunt and you are ready to hunt for your next home, give me a call! 602-329-7762

4 Ways to Dispose of Old Appliances

kitchenWhen preparing your home for sale, I may recommend to replace your old appliances with new ones to increase the selling value of your home. Or you may have just bought a home with old appliances and you replaced them, but what’s the best way to dispose of your old appliances?

Recycle
Many cites offer quarterly electronic recycling events for smaller appliances. Look for announcements of these events in your monthly water bill.

Donate
Check with local charities to see what their policies are regarding used appliances donations. Charities that accept appliance donations will often offer free curbside pick-up service. You may also be able to write your donation off on your taxes.

Sell Them
Are your old appliances still running? Post them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to sell them. There is a growing market of shoppers looking for a bargain. Fielding offers from bargain shoppers can be a more time consuming option, but with a little effort, you could earn some extra cash!

Hauled Away
You may decide you just want the appliances out of your home as soon as possible. When that happens, you can call services for responsible appliance removal. There will be a fee, so you might want to go through your house and find any additional items in need of being hauled away to make the call worth the time and money.

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Spring Training Baseball

baseballIt’s the best time of year in Arizona-baseball Spring Training time! Camelback Ranch in Glendale is the spring training home of two of baseball’s most storied franchises, the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. They have enjoyed record-setting attendance and national recognition since its inaugural Cactus League season in 2009.

The 141-acre sun-kissed baseball center of award-winning architecture is wrapped around a five-acre lake on the Glendale-Phoenix border in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. The lake separates the Dodgers and White Sox training facilities and offers aesthetic beauty and irrigation to complex landscaping and playing fields. The stadium has 10,000-plus seats plus seating for 3,000 on the bermed grass area. There are also 8 full suites, 4 mini-suites, a press box, a suite-level party deck, and a series of outfield terraces that create party areas. View the Camelback Ranch 2019 spring training schedule here!

When it’s not spring training season, the stadium is used for league rookie baseball, amateur baseball tournaments, corporate hospitality, concerts, festivals and other community events.

Want to view homes for sale in Glendale before or after a game? Give me a call at 602-329-7782!

Buckeye Is One of The Country’s Fastest Growing Cities

West Valley View wrote an article recently about Buckeye being one of the United States fastest growing cities in 2017. According to the Federal Census Bureau’s report about cities with a population of 50,000 or more, Buckeye had the fifth fastest growing population in 2017. And we’re not surprised! There are so many reasons to call Buckeye home. 

Affordable Housing 

Buckeye is just a short commute to Phoenix, making it an ideal spot to raise a family. Choosing to live in Buckeye means lower cost land and bigger homes than what’s available closer to the city. 

New Business

It’s not only families that have noticed Buckeye’s growth. New businesses have opened in the area, bringing more amenities, money and jobs to the community. Recent new businesses include an Aldi grocery store, a fitness center and Nikola Motor Company. 

Outdoor Fun and Adventure

No matter what outdoor activity you enjoy, there’s plenty to do in Buckeye. Hike one of the many trails and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert. Or enjoy a day with the family at one of Buckeye’s six large parks! 

Community Charm

The city of Buckeye is known for it’s small town charm. There’s no shortage of great community festivals and events throughout the year. Popular events include the Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, Pioneer Days Festival, and Helzapoppin Days!

The word is out! Buckeye is a great place to live. Why not see for yourself?