Jen’s Corner

Lot 221…wait, I mean 217!!

So we bought some dirt…Just kidding!

Lot 217 on 1/7/17. It was fate!

We are so excited for our decision to build a brand new home where Alex “Munch” will grow up and make lasting memories! It all started when I attended a Realtor preview event to view this awesome concept of homes where they all face the big grassy areas. The thought of Munch being able to play out front and not in the street piqued my interest. I HAD to check them out. When they told me there was a FOUR car garage option at an affordable price point, I said sign me up!! I didn’t realize until they released pricing just how amazingly affordable this was.

I kept in contact with the VP of the Project and anxiously awaited news on the floor plans and pricing. Once they started building the models, we HAD to go check them out. Even though they aren’t finished just yet, we got a great feel for them and were AMAZED by the extensive list of standard features like granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, LED lighting throughout, gorgeous cabinet hardware and SO much more…

As we waited for the builder to release their first set of lots, we pondered over the floor plans for what seemed like FOREVER! The night before we went to put down a lot reservation we debated on 3 different plans and then finally decided on a totally different one. Then, you won’t believe this, we changed our minds AGAIN! Thank goodness for being a Realtor myself because I would be lost otherwise…So we started with Lot 221 and then had a genius idea to switch to a corner lot and a 3 car garage. <3! So 217 it was!

Munch has already claimed it as HER house and is super excited to be sandwiched between both awesome parks! The model homes should be done soon so we can’t wait to see the vision come to life!!

Stay tuned to the next phase in our process. Until then, I need to know. Who prefers the Spanish style and who likes the Craftsman because WE CAN’T decide!!

-Jen Duncan a.k.a. JD!

They Always Say…

You always hear Lender’s and Realtor’s warning everyone about rates going up, but have never taken them seriously. It’s always “Yea yea..you say that, but it’s not actually going to happen!”

Well the time looks to be here finally! The Fed is expected to make THREE rate increases just this year. With Arizona’s Real Estate market expected to jump 6% this year, it might be a good idea to start looking into ditching your landlord and building your family’s legacy! There are grant programs right now that will give you $20,000 (NON-REPAYABLE) toward your downpayment leaving you with instant equity and 0 down to buy.

Definitely something worth thinking about!

To Buy or To Rent? Holiday Edition!

You hear everyone saying it’s cheaper to buy verses rent all the time, but it’s hard to believe until you actually calculate it out. These two condo’s are the EXACT same models! The monthly payment estimate even INCLUDES your HOA dues! Crazy huh!? You could be taking that extra $139 per month and investing into your retirement account to create a nice nest egg for your future! Definitely something to think about!

Priced Reduced During The Holidays!

Check this out! Price reduced all the way down! Everyone is focused on the Holidays and you could be out there getting a great deal on your new home.

We saw on the news that the Phoenix market home values are expected to rise almost 6% next year. Lock in your dream home now and build some equity of your own! Home Ownership is the gift that keeps on giving!

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/12/01/realtor-phoenix-no-1-housing-market-2017/94698824/

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Pinterest Worthy

1. Put Weathered Wood to Work

Reclaimed wood walls are hot and can create the perfect accent wall!

2. Take Mason Jars to the Next Level

Mason jars are one of the best storage options around! Turn them into a space-saving solution as well by attaching the lids to the underside of kitchen cabinets, filling the jars with dry goods, then screwing the jar onto the lid.

3. Give Pallets New Purpose

Wood pallets are one of those rare, readily available and free (seriously, what’s not to like about free?!) castoffs that can be up cycled into so many useful items.

Outdoor Furniture:

http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/outdoor-spaces/how-to-make-stylish-outdoor-pallet-seating

4. Show Your Stripes

From traditional ticking to bold bands of color, stripes are one of those patterns that work in any style of room — from preppy to ultra-mod. DIY the look with painter’s tape and two similar paint shades or create a fun focal wall with wallpaper.

5. Make a Statement With Lighting

The right fixture puts the finishing touch on any room and is the cherry on top of an awesome room! To really kick up the drama and highlight a dramatic fixture check out the different styles of light fixtures.

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/types-of-light-fixtures-pictures

6. DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

The wooden pallets can be transformed in so many interesting projects. If you are a coffee lover, then you can try to make this coffee cup holder and display your favorite cups.

7. Barn Doors

Barn Doors are all the rage! You’ll love this rustic touch!

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-build-sliding-barn-door

8. Custom Pallet Art

This custom pallet art will surely stand out in your home!

9. Mason Jar Candles

Use bright colors to create a cluster of jars, accented with candles and pebbles.

http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2015/09/fall-mason-jar-craft.html#_a5y_p=4334244

10. Makeover Your Patio

Give your patio a makeover with these fantastic ideas! String lights add a beautiful ambiance to enjoy company by the fire.

http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2016/08/extend-your-patio-into-fall30.html