Home Buying Tips

July 12, 2019

July 2019 Real Estate Review

The seasonality in the Maricopa County real estate market couldn’t be more obvious, or consistent. Lots of sales in April, May and June; not as many in December, January and February.

The highs have risen slightly higher each year, but the lows have gotten lower as well. Overall volume per ...

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July 12, 2019

Housing Inventory Increases as House Prices Moderate

After years of an inventory shortage in the housing market, conditions are finally improving. This all adds up to buyers having more choices when looking for homes. Yet sellers will also have to adapt to the new market conditions, as an increase in inventory often leads to a slowdown in ...

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June 18, 2019

Anticipating a Move? Read These Seven Tips

Moving is a chore that everyone loves to hate. It is time-consuming, fraught with difficult decisions, and physically demanding. But it’s also unavoidable.

Here are some great tips to make your move more efficient and less stressful:

1. Weed Out the Clutter.

Before you start packing, honestly survey your belongings ...

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April 30, 2019

Don't Buy Into These Homebuying Myths

Buying a new home is exciting, but many buyers also find it overwhelming. There are a lot of myths about buying a home that buyers need to be aware of. Here are two common home-buying myths.

You Need a 20 Percent Down Payment

Many potential home buyers cite saving for ...

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April 25, 2019

Positive Signs for the National Housing Market

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales of existing homes climbed in February; what’s more, month-over-month sales recorded the highest increase since December 2005. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, several factors led to the impressive rise in sales including “a powerful combination of lower ...

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April 19, 2019

Six Ways a Mortgage Preapproval Reduces Homebuyer Heartache

There’s plenty to think about when you’re searching for a new home, and arranging a mortgage might not be at the top of your list. However, it’s important not to leave this task to the last minute.

Receiving a mortgage preapproval before you even begin house hunting has many advantages ...

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March 28, 2019

Home Prices, Inventory Levels, and Sales All Make Improvements

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the nation’s housing inventory fell from 1.88 million homes in September to 1.85 million in October. However, this was an increase from the 1.8 million homes that were on the market a year ago. This increase in year-over-year inventory ...

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Feb. 14, 2019

Common Reasons for Delays in Real Estate Closings

It’s important for home buyers and home sellers to be fully prepared for potential delays in a real estate closing. With so many parties involved in a successful real estate transaction, it’s understandable how delays can occur. Here are some of the more common reasons why real estate escrows and ...

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Jan. 29, 2019

Four Red Flags That Indicate a House May Have Major Defects

A knowledgeable real estate agent and a thorough home inspection can protect buyers from purchasing a home with major defects. It still helps, though, to know what to look for when it comes to the less obvious telltale signs of a problem. Here are four red flags buyers might not ...

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Dec. 18, 2018

National Sales Are Down, but First-Time Buyers See Opportunity

September marked the 79th month in a row of year-overyear home price increases. The median existing- home price climbed 4.2 percent to $258,100. This price increase is partly because of a supply decrease; inventory levels—especially levels for affordable homes—continue to hover near record lows. While price gains are ...

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