Month: April 2018

4 Beds plus Den in Gilbert – Home for Sale in Gilbert

This is the PERFECT size and the perfect floor plan! True 4 bedroom with double door den downstairs, all the formals, huge kitchen and family room, 1/2 bath down across from the spacious laundry room. The den already has the closet practically framed, just add doors and you have a 5th bedroom! The 1/2 bath downstairs has plenty of room to add a stand up shower to complete the guest suite. The laundry is oversized and is its own separate room. No more walking through the laundry room to get to the garage! This beautiful home has updates galore! Enjoy new hardwood flooring, all new carpet, new granite counter tops, fresh white cabinets, fresh custom paint inside and out, new and oversized walk-in master shower with glass doors. Master walk-in closet is HUGE.

Two of the other bedrooms have spacious walk-in closets as well. There are so many storage options here especially with the 3 car garage! The lot is oversized and there is a good amount of space between the homes in this neighborhood. The neighbor behind has such a huge lot that it doesn’t even feel like there is a neighbor back there.

This awesome location is close to everything. It’s within minutes of the 202, Joe’s Farm Grill, the dog park, Top Golf, San Tan Village Marketplace, Costco and more. Ashland Ranch elementary is at the end of the street (just a few houses down) and there is actually a secret passage way through the wall to get to the school. The kids will literally be at school within minutes from your door!

Corner Lot in Active Adult Community, Sundance – Home for sale in Buckeye

Clean, beautiful and well kept! This low maintenance, spacious 2 bedroom is perfectly placed on a corner lot in the active adult community of Sundance. Gorgeous plantation shutters throughout, new carpeting in 2014 (that has only been used 30-45 days a year) and all appliances.  Bright and beautiful south facing back yard is blooming with flowering plants. Sundance offers  2 pools, billiard room, exercise facilities, tennis and more. 

Cul-De-Sac Charmer! – Home for sale in Tempe

The features are endless with this beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath cul-de-sac home located in Kyrene School District.

Stepping into the home you’ll be pleasantly welcomed with soaring vaulted ceilings and a lovely open living room. The floor plan is perfect for entertaining with the kitchen being open to your living and dining areas! The kitchen has been recently updated with new cabinets, stainless steel appliances and gorgeous granite countertops. Right off your dining area is a sliding glass door leading to your private north patio which is perfect for a morning coffee or relaxation. The guest bathroom includes a beautiful new vanity. The master bedroom features french doors leading to your large covered patio. Master bathroom features a separate tub & shower which is very rare to find in this price range in Tempe!

Over 10k sqft. lot which features double RV gates with plenty of room for a boat, RV, & toys! The entertainment is endless with your large covered patio, stacked stone horse-shoe pit, and putting green! You get all of this and an awesome location close to everything including restaurants, Trader Joe’s, Wildflower, 101, 60 & western canal for miles of biking/walking/jogging trails!

5 Educational Tips to Learn About Buying a Home

How exciting to start the process of buying your own home! This is a very exciting time, but can also be scary with the fear of the unknown! Our goal is to help ease your nerves and learn the home buying steps before you hit the pavement and view some properties. The worst is when you find a home you’re in love with only to find out you can’t have it just yet. 

1) Who is this Ryan Guy? 

You’re probably wondering who this Ryan guy is that we recommend for your Mortgage! Check out this video of him explaining the process of applying for a home loan and answering some questions you might be already thinking! Talking to Ryan is going to be your first step in learning what you can afford and the steps it will take to achieve your homeownership dreams.

Meet Ryan!

2) The Downpayment Assistance Programs

Lots and lots of our clients have benefited from the Down Payment Assistance Programs including ourselves! Contrary to Popular Belief, these are not only for First Time Buyers. If you’re planning to occupy the home, let’s “taco” bout the Downpayment Assistance Grants.

Info about our experience here:

How We Bought For Only $750 Down

3) Buyer Cheat Sheet

A copy of our Buyer Cheat Sheet will be crucial to your home search. This has tips for what to do when preparing to buy, info about the loan programs, and a list of the home buying steps. You can use this as a checklist throughout the process to check off where you are and know what’s next.

Email me for a copy of the Cheat Sheet!
4) What Costs Can I Expect?

Next up! Here is a sweet informal video from Katie Lambert, our Team Owner, about some costs to expect when buying or selling a home. The first half is geared toward home buyers. Definitely take a peek at it when you get a chance!

Closing Costs for Buyers and Sellers

5) Where to Move?

So you’re ready to start looking, YAY! This link has 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Neighborhood. There are some GREAT tips here that you probably didn’t think of!

Tips on Choosing a Neighborhood

JD a.k.a. Jen Duncan


Phoenix Real Estate Tip of the Week…#1 – The Appraisal

An appraisal can be a scary thing! Is the home going to be worth what I’m buying it for? Or, is my appraisal going to be high enough so I can get rid of my Private Mortgage Insurance? Some people are wondering what the heck an appraisal is!

When you buy, sell, or refinance a home, it must have an appraisal completed to ensure the home is worth what you are purchasing it for. The only instance where you wouldn’t need an appraisal is if the buyer is paying cash and not taking out a mortgage.

An appraisal can be very exciting if you find out your home is worth more than you are buying it for, but can also be detrimental if it comes in under value and both parties can’t agree to lower the price. 

It’s important for your Realtor to take some measures to help with this process. Because the Phoenix Real Estate market is a sellers market currently, sellers are pricing their homes higher to see what kind of offers they can get, and they are getting them! Some agents are encouraging their clients to offer above list price in an effort to secure the home against multiple offers. However, this plan can backfire badly! It’s always a good idea for your Realtor to research the last 90 days of comparable home sales when putting together an offer to be proactive and avoid any appraisal headaches. A great listing agent will have a conversation with the appraiser to go over the comparable home sales, best features of the home, and perks of the neighborhood in an effort to educate them on why the purchase price should be supported.

We recently started the process of refinancing our new build home in Eastmark. Because the home is only 6 months old, there are not many listings on the Multiple Listing Service to run a comparable home search. This lead the appraiser to just grab homes in the same size range that weren’t truly a match to our home.

Here are 5 Things I Did to Help the Appraiser Determine Our Home Value:

1) Pulled all of the park facing homes that closed in the last 90 days that are model matches.

2) Compared lot sizes and similar features

3) Listed all upgrades that we’ve done to the home after moving in

4) Attached a sheet with all of our upgrades from the design center

5) Provided a link to the builder website to show the cost to build our exact model 

As always, if you are thinking of moving in the near future please feel free to reach out so we can chat about what’s best for you!

Much Love,

Jen Duncan a.k.a. JD a.k.a #NewBuildNinja

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Guest House and all the Fixins! Home for sale in Phoenix

One of a kind! Many of the cherished historic characteristics were preserved while blending in the modern features desired in today’s world. A french country theme helps bring this home to life with a clean, rich and classy feel. Graced by a large master bedroom and bath not typical for this area, new floors, shaker cabinets, quartz counters, appliances, fans, Schlage hardware, new roof, new HVAC, lights, doors, trim, electrical, plumbing, and more. Guest house with lots of space and available separate access from alley, perfect for the parents or VRBO. The guest house garage is plumbed for HVAC as a temp controlled game room/workshop. Covered parking for 3 cars and more on grounds parking. All work was completed by seasoned professionals and permitted by the city of phoenix.

This home is in the heart of the city minutes from great restaurants, freeways, night life, and airport!

Seller finance is available for the deserving buyer.

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful..Six Months in Our Eastmark Build


I can’t believe today is SIX months since we moved into our brand new home in Eastmark. We are over the moon about living here and it’s been amazing seeing our little corner complete construction! The fact that you can go outside and see neighbors chatting, kids playing and an overall sense of community is something special here in AZ. The last six months have been a great chance to reflect on some of the choices we made and think about some of the things that we wish we would have changed.

Let’s start with the good!

1) Lot Placement

We chose our specific lot because it faced the park and had no neighbors behind. Small perks that we noticed on our lot hunt were a tall wall in the back for privacy and a smooth entry driveway.  We also love that we aren’t situated near any main entrances to our part of the neighborhood so it cuts down on chances of speeding while the kids are out playing. We lucked out with having some amazing neighbors! There are kids galore in our section. The beauty of Eastmark is they have a little something for everyone such as entry level homes, move up homes, and retirement options. One of the reasons we chose our section is because A) it was in our budget and B) after working in Real Estate for a bit, I know that this price point it will attract a lot of families with younger kiddos which is perfect for our daughter.


2) Paint

We are SO happy that we decided to hire a painter to come in and paint our interior before moving in. Sure, it sounds super easy to just have the builder do it (at a premium of course), but it was 100% worth it to have Sun Valley Painting Professionals come in and do it the right way. The builder will typically use flat paint which is NOT kid friendly. We were able to choose which colors we wanted and upgraded to a Cashmere finish which is more durable if you have little ones. This saved us over $1,000 from having the builder paint and we got a more customized look.


3) Fixtures

At first we were unsure if we should pay the premium to upgrade things like our faucets, fans and lighting or just do it ourselves. I’m happy to say that I’m still in love with our fixture choices. It saved a lot of money in the long run (think interest on a 30 year loan) to go with the standard items and upgrade later. 



There are so many more amazing things about this home, but let’s shift to the Bad.

The Bad

1) The backsplash (or the Granite)

One of the choices I wish we had waited on is the backsplash. We had pre-picked out that backsplash because we LOVED the brushed aluminum look and had to have it. As you can see from our sample photos, our granite turned out MUCH busier looking than the sample piece. They did warn us that styles may vary since granite is a natural stone and not manmade.

If I could go back, I would not have had the builder do the backsplash and waited to see what our countertops were going to look like. If you are doing a Quartz style where the pattern doesn’t vary as much, this doesn’t apply to you as much. We actually love how the granite turned out, but a simpler backsplash would make it look perfect!


2) Big Giant Showers

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the huge walk in shower…but, if we were able to travel back in our DeLorean, we would absolutely have had it tiled with something that doesn’t show so much dirt. The shower is so big, you almost have to walk a mile before your feet hit any kind of water. In Arizona, we don’t have clean feet unless you wear socks all day! If you can’t afford to upgrade the tile, absolutely get the grout sealed ASAP before moving in. Luckily, this is something that can be changed by hiring the right professional.

New build tip: If you are opting for a huge open shower, be sure to put add a door to the entrance of your master bath so you can close the door and steam it up before showering. I’ve heard many people say they freeze their butts off in their giant showers.


3) Sinks

I definitely still love the square sink style. The only draw back is they are very hard to keep clean! Maybe it’s a personal problem since I don’t put in much effort. Since they don’t have a normal round bowl to get that pesky toothpaste down the drain, the mess just tends to sit there. If we could do a do-over, I would go with the granite countertop upgrade and oval sink combo.


The Beautiful

This neighborhood just drops my jaw daily. Everything here is so pretty from the parks, the Bus Stop at the Visitors Center, the Pool/Splashpad, the Diner…the list goes on! We are even getting our own farm in the neighborhood where we can get fresh produce and eggs. Many people tell me they don’t want to live this far out until they actually see it in person. I sure would have wanted to be the first person in Chandler before it got huge! This area is booming and there are tons of jobs coming to Southeast Mesa along the Elliot Technology Corridor. With 5 schools choices with-in 2 miles, there is something for everyone! 



To stay up to date on everything Eastmark, check out The Eastmark Experience on Facebook! 

If you’re thinking of building new now or in the future, send me a message! I have my new build radar on everyday and will look out for the best neighborhood that fits your needs. We have special deals for our clients so be sure to ask about our coupons!

Happy Hump Day!

Jen Duncan a.k.a JD a.k.a #NewBuildNinja


It’s a Sellers Market in Phoenix AZ – March 2018 Real Estate News

It’s official.  It’s a sellers market.  We have 2.13 months of inventory on the market in the Phoenix area right now.  If you are a seller, you are in control.  If you are calling up investors or those “close when you want” real estate companies (AKA investors), you are costing yourself more than you think.  Contact Katie, at 480-250-0023, to talk about the details of your home and get an accurate value assessment