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The Unpredictable World of Short Sales…

Just when you think you have done enough short sales to have figured out the process, a lender you have never dealt with throws you a curve ball.  Currently, we have a home listed in Ahwautkee Foothills and have an approved short sale price.  After the six […]

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Why use a Real Estate Agent from Ahwatukee Foothills?

So, I get this mailer at my house “Record Sale”.  Gee, I wonder what is a “Record Sale”?  I have lived in the Ahwatukee Foothills for 26 years and I don’t think I have ever seen a “Record Sale”.   I searched everywhere for a viable definition for […]

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If You Have a Mortgage, What Should You Do Before Interest Rates Increase?

The Federal Reserve has started raising interest rates and it appears that rates will continue to inch upward into 2017.  This certainty of rate increases calls for action from savvy homeowners. While rates are near historic lows, refinancing to take advantage of lower interest rates may make […]

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READY TO SELL? Home Improvement Ideas that can Add Value to your Home!

1. Kitchen Facelift – What sells a home the fastest? The answer is kitchens and baths.  Bring this space in your house to something known as builder-grade luxury. You can do this by replacing basic black appliances with stainless steel, for example, and change laminate countertops with […]

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Is a HARP Refinance Right for You?

Harp expires at the end of 2016.  Refinancing your mortgage and locking in a lower interest rate is a great way to lower your monthly mortgage payment. However, in the past, homeowners who had little to no equity in their home were out of luck when it […]

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Greatest Impact on the Housing Market in 2016

It’s 2016 now. What to expect for the rest of the year? We had a great 2015. It actually was the best year for housing since 2007 and 2016 looks bright as well. With economic growth stable, employment will continue to increase, meaning that people will have […]

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How to Save Money for a Down Payment in 2016!

You can make 2016 the year of the down payment! It’s easy!  Cut a few things from your budget in 2016 and you can have your down payment for your dream house by next Christmas. Skip the Starbucks:  Annual savings: $876 A medium latte at Starbucks costs […]

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5 Things Not to Do When Buying a Home!

One of the first things you want to do before looking for a house is get pre-qualified by a mortgage lender. However, remember that getting pre-approved for a mortgage and even under contract does not guarantee approval. Loan pre-approval is not loan approval. So, you will need […]

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12 Things to do Before the Year’s Over!

IF YOU BOUGHT A HOUSE Read up on your upcoming tax breaks -Organize your finances now so you are prepared and aware of the benefits come tax time. If it’s your first home, you may qualify for deductions you’ve never heard of before. If it’s an additional […]

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Learn How to Avoid Common Mistakes of First-Time Landlords

First-time homebuyers are a declining group. Historically, 40% of homebuyers have been first-time buyers. However, that number continues to shrink, even if the true homeownership rate among millennials climbed ever so slightly last year. If you’re already a homeowner, your wheels might be spinning right about now, […]

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