Recent Posts: Home Ownership

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Don’t Under-Budget your Custom Home.

Its said that over 50% of custom builds never get off the ground. The number one reason is that many people do not prepare a realistic, comprehensive budget. To avoid disappointments, early consultation with an experienced builder is essential. A competent builder is a valuable partner in avoiding pitfalls and offering plan alternatives that will […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Mechanics Liens.

When you have work done in Arizona, workers have a right to place liens on your property to protect their right to be paid. With residential property, only contractors with a contract with the owner have lien rights. But in commercial projects, it doesn’t matter if the owner didn’t hire or agree to pay the […]

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Don’t Neglect Your Landscaping.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a beautiful yard to buyers. 84% of adults say that the quality of a home’s landscape and yard would affect their decision on whether to purchase a home or not, according to a survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

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Can You Recycle your Fridge/Freezer?

If you wanted to replace an old refrigerator or freezer in the past, your utility company could arrange for it to picked up and pay you $30. But that program was discontinued in late 2015. So what now? An alternative if you live in Phoenix is their pick up service. They will take your old […]

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Lower Your Insurance Costs.

In 2013 The American Association of Insurance Services created a cosmetic damage exclusion to home owners policies. It makes home insurance rates more affordable by eliminating cosmetic damage as a loss under the policy. This gives home owners the option of fixing and paying for cosmetic-only wind and hail damage if they incur that kind […]

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Use the Right Plywood.

Did you know that plywood is not all the same? To pick the right sheet of plywood for your job, check how it is graded before you buy. Plywood sheets are designated by a pair of letters, which are the grades of each face, with the first being the exposed-face. If intended for exterior use, […]

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Green Your Home With a Loan.

Fannie Mae announced HomeStyle Energy mortgage program last year, to help borrowers finance energy and water upgrades to make their home more energy efficient when buying or refinancing a home. The loan makes buyer-owners eligible to receive up to 15% of the as-completed appraised value of the home/condo to use for energy efficient upgrades. An […]

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Avoid High Cost States.

Like higher costs, fees and taxes? If not, come to Arizona. Arizona doesn’t impose costs on snowbirds upon sale of a home the way Florida does. Full time Florida resident property tax bills can’t rise more than 3% annually, while snowbird taxes can go up to 10%. Plus every year, non-residents of Florida have to […]

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Five More 2017 Home Trends.

In Five 2017 Home Trends, I detailed likely buyer housing wants. Here are 5 more: 1. Wellness systems. Healthful features like lighting systems that utilize sunshine (such as clerestory windows and skylights), swimming pools without chlorine, and vegetable gardens. 2. Specialized storage. Storage where it’s needed, such as reducing the size of an adjoining bedroom […]

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Do you Know the Uses for WD-40?

WD-40 was invented for use on metal parts to displace water and repel water (its full name is water displacement formula number 40). Besides using it for that, it can be very handy around the house. Here are 8 things you can use it for: 1. Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery. […]

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How Much is Solar Worth?

Part 3.  A study conducted by appraisers between 2010 and 2013 in six states (Arizona wasn’t one of them) found that solar homes with a typically-sized system sold, on average, for around $14,000 more. With our lower than average energy costs, metro Phoenix area solar owners may not realize an equivalent value boost. But as […]

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Five Home Trends for 2017

1. Open spaces. An open floor plan may feel like old hat, but use of this layout will accelerate in both condos and single-family homes. Eliminating walls and barriers provides greater access to the kitchen – the room most buyers feel is the most important space in a home. 2. Multiple master suites. Having two […]

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Don’t Leave Out Real Estate.

A national survey of U.S. investors by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate found that 89% of U.S. investors are interested in incorporating real estate into their investment strategy.

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Phoenix Home Ownership Soars.

The home ownership rate in the Phoenix metro area has risen to 63%, a remarkable recovery for one of the cities hit hardest by the housing crisis, according to a report by Ten-X, an online real estate transaction marketplace. The increase surpasses the national average for the first time since 2010. And this growth should […]

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The New No. 1 Counter Choice.

The most popular counter top material U.S. remodelers say they’re using is quartz, followed by granite. In 2015, 89% of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said they used quartz in their kitchen remodeling projects. Obviously that means the popularity of granite has been declining. The ability to make quartz resemble marble and its abundant […]

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