April 2018

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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! 

Jennifer@evoaz.com
  
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

Jennifer@evoaz.com

480-707-7554

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

Jennifer@EvoAZ.com

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