Month: August 2018

Gorgeous in Gilbert – Gilbert Home for Sale

Exquisite remodel in popular Gilbert neighborhood right around the corner from Val Vista Lakes! Private, over-sized cul-de-sac lot with plenty of room to park that RV! The extra long driveway can fit many cars, low maintenance front yard and charming entry make for a cute and functional curb appeal. Soaring vaulted ceilings with double door 3rd bedroom, formal dining and spacious family room offer plenty of space for the family and entertaining guests.

GORGEOUS, high-end kitchen, completely remodeled recently, offers a large, kitchen island with sink and space for a few bar stools. Cook in the dark no longer as this kitchen has incredible lighting!! Custom built and mounted LED dimmable lighting under and over all the cabinets, dimmable LED can lights and gorgeous pendants dropped in that perfect location over the kitchen island. This gourmet kitchen offers stainless appliances, Cambria quartz counters with under bar cabinetry and wine fridge. Stunning designer cabinets with crown molding, dark hardware and custom backsplash. 

The two car garage has an insulated garage door with quiet rollers. Spacious back yard with huge, mature shade tree. Backs to Packer Park. Located minutes from the 60 and the very popular shopping plaza, Dana Park. Close to Patterson Elementary and Freestone Park.

R.E.A.L. with Matt and Katie – Who we are and why this isn’t 2006! Episode 1

Matt and Katie here!  We are a married couple that has been conquering the world of Real Estate in Phoenix AZ for years together. In this podcast we’ll share our lives, our experience and wisdom.  

In episode one, learn who we are and why we are doing this.  We also touch a bit on why this real estate market isn’t like the market we experienced in 2005/2006.

Please share your feedback and questions by contacting us here! 

360 Degree Views of the Ahwatukee Foothills from the Mountaintop – Home for sale in Ahwatukee

Katie Halle Lambert with Team EvoAZ.com, Ryan Gilliam with Waterstone Mortgage  and AZLuxuryTour.com have teamed up to broadcast this awesome mountaintop opportunity to Southern California and the greater Phoenix and Tucson area!  TV Marketing at it’s finest!  😍  Jump on this hidden gem quick, before it’s gone!  Ahwatukee Mountaintop Estate 

Feeling the Burn! Phoenix AZ Real Estate Update for July 2018


May still reins champion as the month with the most homes sold in 2018 and we’ve been trickling down ever since.  Have no fear, Arizona, this is typical for this season.  As the temps heat up, showings die down a bit and therefore sales do too.  It’s just too hot and families are wrapping up vacations and getting the kiddos settled and off to school.  Interest rates aren’t the lowest we’ve seen but they aren’t the highest either and, with prices still on the climb (steadily), you’re better off buying now than waiting since we already know the prices and rates now…but don’t know what they will be later. 

We’ve seen more buyers from CA, Canada, WA and CO than we have in recent years.  They are loving our weather, prices and the opportunity that comes with being a Phoenix area resident at this exciting time.  Call me, Katie, at 480-250-0023 to discuss how these market conditions are affecting you and your specific situation. 

Resort-like Condo in Scottsdale!

Positioned perfectly in highly sought-after North Scottsdale against a stunning backdrop of a stately Arizona foothill, this recently updated, turn-key home awaits. New carpet, fresh, custom paint throughout and attractive tile adorn the front entry and can be found throughout this spacious 2 bedroom / 2 bath. Gorgeous granite, updated cabinets in that perfect, popular shade of grey, equipped with new stainless appliances, new faucet and brushed nickel fixtures, this kitchen is sure to please the family cook. There is also a private balcony with storage overlooking the grounds.

6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You Pre-Approved Before Showing You Homes


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Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean, or they don’t value your business… it’s actually because they’re looking out for your best interests.

Let’s face it, shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like walking into a grocery store without a wallet. You may have the desire to buy, but you lack the ability. Let’s cover some basics…

What is a mortgage pre-approval?

In a nutshell, a mortgage pre-approval is written assurance from a lender or broker that you’re able to borrow money to purchase a home up to a certain amount. It’s based on the income, employment and asset documentation you supply at the time of application, in conjunction with your credit history. So let’s look at the 6 reasons you should get pre-approved.

1. It carries more weight than a “pre-qualification”.

A pre-approval differs from a pre-qualification. With the former, the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount (usually for a particular time period such as 30, 60 or 90 days). A pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but it’s a less accurate indicator of your ability to purchase. A pre-approval always carries more weight.

2. You’ll know how much house you can afford.

Getting pre-approved before you begin house hunting allows you to know how much house you can realistically afford. Knowing this narrows down the options and makes the selection process more efficient. Not to mention, it protects you from the unpleasant surprise of realizing the home you fell in love with doesn’t fit your budget.

3. It adds clout to your offer.

In many markets, homes attract more than one offer. If the sellers are weighing one offer against another, they may lean towards the one accompanied by a pre-approval letter. That’s because pre-approvals instill confidence that the buyer is financially capable of purchasing their home.

4. It could increase your negotiating power.

In addition to strengthening your offer when compared to buyers who haven’t taken this step, getting pre-approved may give you the upper-hand when negotiating the price. If the homeowner is eager to sell, they may be more willing to accept a lower offer from someone they’ve been assured is financially capable of purchasing their home.

5. It saves time.

Obtaining a mortgage is a lengthy process. Getting pre-approved ahead of time shortens the time between contract to close — this way you’re ready to proceed with finalizing the mortgage once you’ve found the home you want to purchase.

6. Without it, most agents won’t work with you.

Makes sense, too. Right? Think about it: when you hire an agent, he/she will invest countless hours showing you homes over the course of your house hunt. If you were in their shoes, wouldn’t you want assurance that your hard work would lead to a favorable outcome for both you and your client?

New Housing Is Just Around The Corner As Building Permits See Dramatic Increase


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There’s no denying that the inventory crisis (which, according to the recent Housing Shortage Report from Realtor.com, is the worst facing the US in more than 20 years) has made things difficult for buyers. But according to a new report from the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, things are about to start looking up.

According to the report, 1.3 million new building permits were issued in May 2018—up a solid 8% from last year. And housing starts (construction on new homes that’s been started but not completed) was at 1.35 million—up a whopping 20% from May 2017. (Both new building permits and housing start statistics are at a seasonally adjusted annual rate).

All this new construction—both construction that’s already started and construction that will soon start thanks to new permits being issued—will be hitting the market soon. And when it does, that new inventory will cool off markets across the country and make it a lot easier for potential buyers to find and buy a home.

The Takeaway

So, if you’ve been thinking about buying a home but have been hesitant thanks to the high prices, crazy competition, and low inventory, get ready—all this new construction means things will be looking up soon.

4 Ways To Rock As A Real Estate Client


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Why do you care if your Realtor considers you a good client or not? Because the better client you are, the better results you will have. No, you and your Realtor do not have to be in love with each other, but effort on your part will bring you better results and a more positive transaction. Here are some best practices.

1. Be easy to educate

Most Realtors are teachers at heart, and the more you can learn, the better prepared you will be. Yes, your friends, family and various websites have lots of good information to give, but nobody has a better “boots-on-the-ground” perspective on your local neighborhood and various current trends than your Realtor. Ask all the questions you like and try to absorb as much info as possible. Yes, there is a lot to learn, but you will find that you become educated very quickly.

2. Be easy to communicate with

If your Realtor must text you five times before you respond, you will eventually miss some important info or even the house of your dreams. Ask your Realtor for communication expectations and let them know if you prefer calls, emails or texts. If there is a time that you do not wish to be contacted at all (say, when you put your kids to bed), make sure your Realtor knows that in advance. They will probably have a “no-contact” time, too. Of course, if your Realtor is constantly difficult to reach, you may want to consider switching to somebody else.

3. Be as available as possible

Of course, you are not expected to take off work to see a home, but see what accommodations can be made in your schedule. This is critical in viewing homes in a hot market. If you are selling a home, please be mindful that after-work and evening showings are highly likely. The more people that see your home, the better and higher price offers you will get.

4. Be loyal

House purchases and sales do not just take your time, they take your Realtor’s time too. If your Realtor learns that you are also working with several other Realtors, it is understandable that they will just not be as motivated to work hard for you. If you are unhappy with the Realtor that is selling your home, ask for a meeting to turn things around. Again, be clear about your expectations and be willing to listen.

7 Signs That You’ve Picked the Right Real Estate Agent


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Buying or selling a home can be a complicated and stressful experience. There can be a lot of moving parts involved that may come as a surprise to people who have never been through the process before. This is why having a great real estate agent is critical.

Picking the right agent isn’t always easy, but you’ll definitely know if you’ve picked the right one for you. Here are seven signs that you’ve made a great decision in picking your real estate agent:

1. You like being around them

You don’t have to be head over heels in love with your real estate agent, but you need to at least enjoy being around him or her. You will spend a lot of time communicating with your agent, so the relationship needs to be a good one to help make the experience as painless as possible. There’s nothing worse than dealing with a person who you don’t like being around, especially if the going gets rough. If you don’t cringe at the sound of your agent’s voice then you might have found the right one.

2. They’re responsive and available

This point is non-negotiable. A good real estate agent will make themselves available to you and won’t leave you hanging when you’re waiting for a response. If your agent is leaving you feeling like a spurned date, they’re doing something wrong. The right agent understands how important and serious a real estate transaction is, and will always make sure to make your needs a priority.

3. They’ve asked you to get pre-approved

If you’re a buyer and you haven’t spoken with a mortgage professional before going out and looking at houses, a good real estate agent will ask you to. It might be frustrating if you don’t understand the reasons why, but a good agent knows that it’s for your own benefit just as much as theirs. There are a number of important things you might find out by going through the pre-approval process, many of which you should know before spending any of your time searching for a home. A good agent knows this, and wants you to know as well.

4. They’re proactive and not just reactive

This is one indicator that will set the right agent apart from everyone else. The right agent will not just go through the motions and take orders, they will be proactive in helping you identify and find the right solutions. For instance, instead of just sitting back and waiting for you to send properties you might have come across, a great agent is always on the hunt for the ideal property for you, and will communicate and suggest things that you might never have considered before. Being proactive is a mark of a true real estate professional.

5. They’re honest with you, even when it hurts

Just like honesty is important in a romantic relationship, so is honesty in a real estate relationship. The right agent will tell you the truth when you need to hear it, even if it’s inconvenient for them. It takes a lot of guts to be honest with someone when it might cost you money, but it’s also an ethical imperative, and a great agent will always put their own character, honesty, and integrity ahead of making a buck. And if they have to tell you the harsh truth that what you’re looking for is impossible, the right agent will do that too.

6. They don’t give up easily

A real estate transaction rarely goes off without a hitch these days, and sometimes it feels like the universe is conspiring to keep you from buying or selling a home. But it’s much easier to throw your hands in the air and say “I give up,” or “Someone else can figure this out,” than it is to buckle down and come up with a solution. The right agent doesn’t give up, and will uncover a way to keep things moving, even it takes some creativity. The right agent fights for you, and doesn’t throw in the towel after getting jabbed.

7. They want to build a relationship

One of the best signs that you’ve picked the right agent actually occurs either before or after you work with them on a deal. Even though real estate is transactional, the best agents look to build a relationship with their clients instead of just working with them on a deal and then disappearing. If your agent stays in touch, presents themselves as a constant resource, and is in it with you for the long-haul, then you’ve definitely found the right one for you.

Just Sold in Phoenix, AZ – By Team EvoAZ – July 2018

Team EvoAZ’s Sales Totaled $3,030,490 for July 2018! 

28207 N SHUNDEEN CIR, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

10532 E. Relativity Ave, Mesa AZ 85212 

542 W Virginia Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85003

3129 E. Fountain Street, Mesa AZ 85213

8667 E. Palo Verde Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85250

11509 E LINDNER AVE, Mesa, AZ 85209

16032 N 33RD AVE, Phoenix, AZ 85053

1139 E LOMA VISTA ST, Gilbert, AZ 85295

1121 E Michelle Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85022