Saturday, August 05, 2006

All About Our Great State

Here is a link to a great site for new comers to AZ. Check it out.
Address the huge growth here, which we all know, and breaks down each city.
Great Neighborhoods

Monday, July 24, 2006

Working Hard in the HEAT!!!

Damn its hotttt outside. Cant even get out of your house or car without getting swampy. What the hell is this florida? Been working hard on the NEW site check it out. I am really pushing for a great site to direct people where they want to go next with their home buying or selling process, and have a great experience doing it. I dont know how great the experience will be, but I am trying. I also made a BIG move to a NEW brokerage firm, RE/MAX Discover. Located in Old Town Scottsdale. This place is NICE. By day it is a real estate office. By night, a great cozy art gallery. In the winter time here in AZ is beautiful, with people walking around etc. (not sweating by the way). All of the art galleries in Old Town open up to showcase their art. This is a great medium to get people who are interested in the door, and while we are at it sell them a home. It is a great concept and has proven to be successful with the walk in traffic this last winter. So we will see how it pans out. RE/Max is the #1 real estate firm in the WORLD, yeah world. Big moves in HOT times. Well check out the new site and let me know your feedback. Remember if buying or selling a home. ASKJamie.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

How Low Will It Go?

Greed drove metropolitan Phoenix's home prices and sales to new records in 2005. Fear is driving the market this year.
Home buyers are worried about paying too much and are waiting to purchase. Concerned about dropping home values, some owners are trying to cash out. Builders, struggling to sell even deeply discounted new homes, are scaling back production and warning of lower profits. Each day more people, from contractors and mortgage firms to real estate agents, are losing jobs or money in the metropolitan Phoenix's rapidly slowing real estate market. read more

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Qualifing for a Loan Easier Than You Think

As we enter the month of June, the home buying season is in full swing. Whether you're considering purchasing a new home, or even a vacation or investment property, now may be the perfect time to do so. Here are a few of the reasons why:

There are currently more homes available to choose from than at any other time over the past several years.

-Price appreciation has slowed, enabling a greater number of borrowers to qualify for mortgages.

-There's a broader array of mortgage products available to assist home buyers.

Let's take a closer look at these factors and see how they may benefit you. Read More

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Get Your FREE AZCondoLiving Guide today

I just posted the new and updated FREE guide today. Get your copy today. If you are interested in purchasing anything you see contact me I have many re-sale units in the complexes that are all sold out.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Scottsdale Waterfront

The Scottsdale Waterfront only has 10 units left! Call me today to schedule your appointment to view the models. With its grand architecture and the perfect location, this project will be one of the nicest luxury complexes in the valley. Check out the site. Scottsdale Waterfront

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hazardous Duty (Part 1 of 2)

Every house has a quirk or two, whether it’s a porch light that flickers when it rains or a bathroom door that won’t stay closed. Homeowners learn to live with such inconveniences, and buyers expect little surprises like these to surface in the months after they close. However, some houses have things like aluminum wiring, radon, lead-based paint, asbestos, and mold. Far from quirky, these conditions are a bit more troublesome and, depending on the situation, may actually affect someone’s health. It’s not your job to search for or fix these conditions, but it’s a good idea to know a little about them to assist your clients. Many environmental and man-made conditions in homes worry people, so you can help your clients understand the risks and reach a logical conclusion. You can provide your seller with information on what to do if his house contains such a condition or assist your buyer in finding a qualified professional to assess the impact of such a condition.

Aluminum wiring. Just because a house has aluminum wiring doesn’t mean a buyer should immediately assume that it needs to be rewired. Many homes built in the late 1960s and early 1970s were wired with aluminum, which can be just as safe as copper wire as long as it has been installed correctly. Aluminum wires expand and contract more than copper ones as they warm and cool. Also, aluminum wires tend to oxidize when in contact with certain metals. When aluminum oxidizes, it heats up more to conduct the same amount of electricity, which then causes more oxidation. Eventually, aluminum wires may start to overheat and melt the attached fixture.

If your clients are considering purchasing a home with aluminum wiring, recommend that they hire a licensed electrician or inspector to check the wiring system for any potential problems. There are several safe remedies available to them besides a complete rewiring of the house.

Radon. In addition to the standard real estate inspection, your buyers might want to consider a test for radon. This colorless, odorless gas occurs naturally in the soil as a by-product of decaying uranium, and breathing its particles increases a person’s risk of developing lung cancer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Certain areas of the country are more prone to radon than others, but it exists in every state. And radon levels can even vary from house to house on a given street, depending on the soil surrounding the structure and construction techniques used. Radon from the soil enters a home through small openings, such as tiny cracks in the concrete foundation, making lower levels of structures more susceptible to radon. The gas also can seep into ground water, putting houses that use well water at a higher risk for radon than those on a municipal supply.

The EPA recommends that buyers ask for either recent test results or to have the property tested. Even very high radon levels can be successfully lowered in a house through relatively inexpensive methods. Your clients can learn more about radon testing and remediation by calling the National Radon Hotline at 800/SOS-RADON; this hotline will send consumers information as well as discount coupons for radon test kits.

Asbestos. Once used in a variety of construction applications because of its durability, strength, and resistance to fire, asbestos was discovered to have one large drawback: It’s a carcinogen. If inhaled, the fibrous material lodges in the lungs and -- because of its durability -- stays in the tissues. Repeated exposures can lead to lung and stomach cancer. Asbestos use was curtailed in the 1970s. Before then, however, it was used in floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, roofing, shingles, siding, and some shielding around heating and electrical systems. Properly installed, asbestos-containing materials do not usually present a health risk. As long as the materials remain intact, the fibers cannot be released into the air; the danger arises when the materials begin to deteriorate or need to be disturbed due to remodeling or other work.

Buyers concerned about asbestos in a home should consult their local real estate inspector or state agency for more information about asbestos, its inspection, and its remediation.

By: Ward Lowe,

Stage Your Home for a Bigger Sale

In many parts of the country, the red-hot housing market is, predictably, cooling off a bit. So, if you're looking to sell your house as quickly as possible and for top dollar -- two of the most common home-seller motivations -- some experts believe that "staging" the property is more important than ever before. The idea behind staging is to spruce up your house to make it look less like your home -- that is, less specific to you -- and more like what a prospective buyer probably wants to see.
"Staging is not decorating," said Barb Schwartz, founder of Associated Staging Professionals and author of "Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money." "Decorating is personalizing a property to your taste, putting your unique stamp on it. Staging, on the other hand, is de-personalizing it, making it, for lack of a better word, more generic."

In the hope of selling in a reasonably short period of time and getting the most money possible for their modest two-story, three-bedroom home in Watertown, a middle-class Boston suburb, Melissa and Will Skinner have decided to hire Thomas Holmes-LaFever and Kate Stenson-Lunt who own a staging business in the Boston area called "Nuances." The Skinners have owned their home for a little more than three years now and have put it on the market for $474,000.
The Nuances team has big plans for the Skinner home. They want to take away the area rug in the living room in order to showcase the beautiful hardwood floors below. They plan to remove the personal photos from the fireplace mantle and add some topiaries. The home office is currently crammed with books and clutter, and the bed needs to be made hotel-style.

"Would I have cleaned up the house before a potential buyer came in? Yes, of course," said Melissa Skinner. "But would I have paid the same attention to detail and the overall sort of 'wow factor?' No, probably not."
The staging is considered so valuable to the eventual successful sale of properties that the Skinners' Realtor pays the $250 evaluation fee for every home they sell. The owners then decide if they want to pay the full fee, which typically runs between $500 and $3,000. But, the investment can be well worth it, said Anita Shishmanian, a real estate agent for Century 21.

"They seem to get a bit of a payback on it," Shishmanian said. "For probably every $100 they spend, they make -- that is, gain in value -- $1,000." That sounds like a worthwhile investment, indeed.
The Skinners decide to go for the full treatment, so they check into a hotel for the night to let Nuances do their thing. The following day, the Skinners are very pleased with the results. The guest bedroom no longer looks like a playroom. And, with the treadmill gone and fewer books jamming the shelves, the office actually looks like an office. Meanwhile, the master bedroom looks like it belongs in a luxury hotel.

"It makes such an incredible difference," Melissa Skinner said. "I mean, I honestly didn't expect it to be this much of a difference. It's really shocking."
The home now has that "wow factor," and that, Holmes-LaFever says, is the key to staging success.

"When you buy a home it is emotional, not intellectual. It's not ‘oh, I guess we could live here if we have to.' We want them to open the door and feel," he said, sucking in his breath to demonstrate the excitement, "'I've got to live here. This is mine.'"

After all, you only have a few seconds to grab the buyer, Holmes-LaFever said. "You have to grab them when they open the front door," he said.


I found this site tonight. It has great resources and a really cool calculator estimating if you sold remodel or move. Check it out.