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May 23, 2022

Prescott Log Cabin

Custom Log Cabin | Prescott, Arizona 

 

There are so many things to love about this custom log cabin in Prescott, Arizona. The 360° views alone offer a tranquil spot for relaxing or as a backdrop to entertaining family and friends. You'll love dining with a view or enjoying a steaming cup of coffee on the patio. The finished basement is perfect for game time and making memories. A full laundry room, private drive, and tons of parking add to the convenience of this home. 

If you're looking for a home away from the hustle and bustle or are dreaming of a vacation spot, this log cabin is the one! 

Posted in Buyers
April 26, 2022

Neighborhoods Surrounding TSMC in North Phoenix

Where To Live If You're Working At TSMC In North Phoenix 

 

If a career with TSMC North Phoenix has you looking for housing nearby, you're in the right place. We have a vast knowledge of the beautiful master-planned communities surrounding the TSMC mega plant. From Union Park, Fireside at Norterra, Sonoran Foothills, Tramanto, and Anthem, we're sharing a sneak peak of these fabulous Norterra/North Phoenix neighborhoods. 

Located off the 1-17 in Phoenix and nestled at the base of the Sonoran Preserve, the Norterra area which includes the Shops at Norterra is the perfect place to call home. You'll love the Arizona lifestyle surrounded by hiking/biking trails, community pools, and the serene desert views. You'll also see a plethora of hot air balloons high up in the sky to add to the beauty of the area. 

So if you're working at TSMC and need helping finding your dream home. Call us! We'd love to assist in your search and get settled in this picturesque area of Arizona. 

 

Posted in Phoenix Living
April 6, 2022

Have You Ever Been Stung By A Scorpion?

Have You Ever Been Stung?

 

 

Living in Phoenix, Arizona most of my life I'll admit I used to be a bit freaked out at the sight of a scorpion. BUT, after having survived a sting, ON THE FACE, in the middle of the night, my fear has decreased substantially. While it's not a pleasant experience when it happens, or for a few days to follow, I realized that a little time and Benadryl were all that I needed to recover.

It's amazing how an experience like that can either elevate or reduce your fear of the unknown. Have you ever been stung? 

Posted in Phoenix Living
March 23, 2022

The Stillery Happy Valley | Coming Soon!

The Stillery Happy Valley 

 

We're so excited to welcome North Phoenix's newest restaurant, The Stillery Happy Valley to Norterra/85085. Conveniently located right off I-17 at Happy Valley Road in the Happy Valley Towne Center, this spot has it all. Live music seven days a week, a dance floor, signature cocktails, and more! Their menu is drool-worthy and they even fly in acts from Nashville for some of the nightly entertainment. This is sure to be a local hot spot.

The Grand Opening is April 4th, 2022! 

 

Posted in Around Town
March 8, 2022

What's The Prediction For Home Values

The Truth About Home Values in 2022 

 

 

I have a little experience in delivering forecasts (…wait for the clip of my former tv meteorologist days), but when it comes to real estate I look to the experts/economists to analyze trends and make their predictions. You may be surprised by what they are saying for home values in 2022! 

 

These are predictions for the country as a whole, but the Phoenix housing market is at the top when it comes to states that are seeing home values rising at a steady rate. 5.2% is the average home price increase experts are predicting, but here in Phoenix, Arizona we're looking at a possible 20% increase in 2022! Wow. 

So what does this mean to you? If you are thinking about selling, I would recommend checking what your current home value is and then make an educated decision based on that number and your other factors for moving.

 

Let me help get you started,  get your instant, FREE home valuation here.

Still have questions, call me #602-421-2324. I'd love to chat about your unique situation and help you determine if selling is right for you. 

Posted in Sellers
Feb. 28, 2022

Home Equity Rising At Dramatic Rates

Home Equity Has Increased By How Much? 

Have you stopped to check how much equity you currently have in your home? You may be surprised to realize how much Phoenix home values have increased in the past twelve months. 

The average homeowner has actually gained $56,000! Now what to do with that increase? Maybe you take a much needed trip. Maybe a new car. My top recommendation is to put some of that money back into your home. You'll be updating your investment - making it worth even more AND  get to enjoy the improvements while you still live in the home. Win. Win. 

Not sure what your current value is or how much equity you have? Let me help! Get your home value here now. 

 

Posted in Sellers
Feb. 25, 2022

Pests in Arizona

Will My Phoenix Home Have Scorpions?

You're excited to become a Phoenix homeowner. However, you've started laying awake at night thinking of creepy, crawly things like spiders, scorpions, and snakes (yikes!). It's inevitable that desert living will include the occasional visit from Arizona wildlife, but you can be proactive with keeping the encounters to a minimum. 

With scenic mountain views and your desert oasis, you'll have the opportunity to see coyotes, javelinas, snakes, and all kinds of unique and interesting animals in Arizona. Something to think about is critter proofing your home. Regular spraying will take care of the pests and insects. Snake fencing minimizes the number of slithering visitors you have too. So relax, enjoy desert life, but be smart about keeping your home pest-free. 

 

Posted in Phoenix Living
Feb. 22, 2022

Fireside at Norterra - Best Community in North Phoenix

We've helped over 200 families buy/sell homes in the North Phoenix community, Fireside at Norterra. Nestled at the base of the Sonoran Preserve, Fireside offers single family homes, condos, and townhomes. Home values continue to rise in North Phoenix as giant companies are coming to the area. TSMC (Taiwan semiconductor plant) in particular is building a $12 billion factory bringing thousands of jobs to the area. 

We're thrilled to help employees of TSMC find their home sweet home and get settled in a new area. Restaurants and business are continually coming the Norterra area which also makes this a great place to buy a home. 

The Shop at Norterra has welcomed several new restaurants like eggstasy, Osteria Mia, State 48 Rock House Brewery, Tikka Shack and more! 

 

Posted in Phoenix Living
Feb. 16, 2022

The Other Agent Story

FUTURE SUCCESS AS THE "OTHER AGENT" 

 

 

A little story about how you earn future business as the “other agent” in a deal…

 

The buyers of a past North Phoenix real estate listing I sold called me to sell their home when they were ready to move because of my professionalism while dealing with their less than stellar agent. I sold their Fireside at Norterra home (the second time around now) because they recognized how I represented my sellers when they were the buyers.

 

>>> It matters how both parties view you in a deal because you never know when they might just pick up the phone and hire you for their next transaction! 

 

 

 

Posted in Sellers
Feb. 9, 2022

Americans Choose Real Estate As Best Investment

Is Real Estate The Best Investment Right Now?

I am not a financial advisor – but I do know how to spot trends, and I’d like to think I’m wise enough to follow them. The people at Gallup have been studying long-term investment trends over the past decade, and the results have been interesting: 41% of Americans view Real Estate as the best long-term investment.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the responses received by Gallup:

As for the reasons Americans are choosing Real Estate, some are pretty obvious. The huge jump in home prices demonstrates how quickly a real estate investment can grow (Phoenix home prices grew more than 30% last year). Of all the investment options listed above, real estate is the only investment you can live in. Profitable as they may be, you can’t live inside bars of gold, barrels of oil, or pork belly futures! Plus, with real estate you can make money from your investment before it’s paid in full. That’s the benefit of having a mortgage - Although you’ve only partially paid for your home, you can make profits from the entire home’s value. Suppose you had $100,000 to invest, and you were deciding between a savings account or real estate. To keep things apples-to-apples, we’ll say that each investment gave you the same 5% ROI (Return on Investment). Here’s how that would look in each situation:

In a savings account, your profit is based on the money you invest.

But in a house, your profit is based on the total value of your home.

To repeat the first line of the article: I am not a financial advisor. And the best advice I can give you is to consult with one when planning your investment strategy. No investment is risk-free, and real estate will certainly have its ups and downs over the course of time. But I have no problem sharing information about the power of real estate as a long-term investment. It’s something worth considering as you plan your financial future.

 

Posted in Buyers