Recent Posts: Home Ownership

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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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Do you Have a HOA Dispute?

Arizona law provides homeowners and homeowners associations a method for resolving disputes between them. This is an alternative to the civil court system, and does not limit the legal rights of the parties to litigate or arbitrate if need be. Strangely those administrative procedures were set up to be heard through the Department of Fire, […]

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Coyotes Player Loses $$$.

Unlike me, agents have no legal training. Yet they are allowed to prepare contracts. An example of what can go wrong when an agent plays attorney occurred to Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who lost a $100,000 cash earnest money deposit when he tried to buy a home. He sued to get it back, and probably […]

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Why People Rent, Not Own, Part 2.

According to the Wall Street Journal, when asked what was their primary reason for renting, 49% of those aged 18 to 34 said they were not financially ready to own. Of those 35 and older, 26% cited that same reason. In the younger below 35 group, 15% said they rent because it is more affordable […]

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Why People Rent, Not Own, Part 1.

A study of renters by Fannie Mae revealed the top 3 reasons that they were renting: a. 57% said it allows them to live within their budget; b. 52% said its less stressful; c. And 50% believed its the best decision given the current economic climate.

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Get Paid to be Energy Efficient.

Did you know there are dozens of energy efficiency incentives, rebates and tax credits available to Phoenix area home buyers and owners? Even installation of an ordinary water heater can qualify. And are you aware that various loan programs will pay for you to make energy efficiency improvements when you buy a home? If you […]

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