Country Club Living at an Affordable Price – Val Vista Lakes – 1402 N Pebble Beach, Gilbert, AZ 85234

How would you like to live in a country club community? Who wouldn't right? But maybe you can't afford the country club price tag. Well check out this home in Val Vista Lakes, one of the most popular lakefront communities in Gilbert, AZ. The clubhouse is AMAZING! A beach-front lagoon pool overlooks  a lake that meanders through the community. It's flanked by a Jr Olympic-sized pool, hot tub and gazebo. Enter the clubhouse to find racquetball courts, cardio and weight-training facilities and recently updated locker rooms, as well as a staff that keeps the action going through-out the year.   Tennis? Oh yes - there's even an … [Read more...]

How To Buy A House (In A Nutshell)

How to Buy A a Nutshell! A simple Step-By-Step process for buying a's not so hard...OK it's really harder than it looks but that's why they invented real estate agents! But seriously, there are 5 basic stages to buying a home here in Arizona: Get yourself a purchase contract Open escrow Do your due diligence Order up an appraisal (your lender to do this!) Closing time (where you write a BIG check!) Check out the video for details. And as always, if you have questions, you know where to find me! Kristin LaVanway 480-282-7464 … [Read more...]

Can You Really Sell Your House in November (or December!)

Real estate sales typically slow down towards the end of the year here in Phoenix. Buyers are distracted with holidays and take longer to make a decision. Inventory increases, so there are more choices. Advantages the sellers had during the busy season tend to wane as the weather cools off. But what if you NEED to sell your house now? This may not be the most ideal time to sell your house, but it is doable. About 5,000 homes will go under contract this November compared to over 8,000 that went under contract in June, one of the busiest months. Sure the number is lower, but that's still 5,000 houses! And yours could be one of … [Read more...]

Should You Wait for a Better Offer (If the one you got is a piece of $#%@)

What should you do if you get an offer that frankly is a piece of S*&;%T? Here are some spicy tips on how to make the best of a *#%$% situation... First, you have to be realistic. And that is secret code for price your house right. Second, understand your negotiating position. Is is a Seller's market, or do the Buyer's hold the advantage? Right now, Sellers are not exactly in the driver's seat. You have to play nice with buyers if you want to make a deal. nice! Third, try to make the offer work, even it at first glance that seems as likely as snow in Phoenix. Because, guess what? Sometimes it snows in Phoenix! … [Read more...]

A High and Mighty Look at Phoenix Real Estate

A high and mighty look at the Phoenix Real Estate Market as we head into the 4th quarter of 2015.  This time of year, the market tends to slow down and the trends we are seeing indicate that this year will follow suit. Inventory is rising, which tends to shift the advantage from the sellers towards the buyers, which many buyers will welcome. Prices are stable, and may trend down slightly as seasonal inventory increases shift (to some degree) the advantage to the buyers. New rules have been implemented with the latest installment of mortgage reform legislation. Look for longer escrow times as TRID - TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure - … [Read more...]

Can You Really Buy a House With Only $1000 in Your Pocket?

Sometimes! Have you been thinking about buying a house but figure you won't live long enough to save up that huge down payment? Never fear! Hope is here! Arizona has several down payment assistance programs that provide a grant to homeowners who qualify that shaves 3% off the minimum down payment. That's a huge chunk of the low down payments required for FHA and some conventional loan programs. And it gets better... If the seller agrees to contribute towards your closing costs - effectively financing those closing costs - you might be surprised at the small amount of cash you need to get those house keys. I have seen folks buy for … [Read more...]

What’s Sold Recently in Carol Rae Ranch?

Carol Rae Ranch is located in North Gilbert south of Baseline Rd and East of Higley Rd, in the 85234 zip code. Close by are the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Southeast Regional Library, Superstition Springs Mall and so much more. For more information about Carol Rae Ranch, check out the community page for HOA details, park locations and more. Check out what's sold recently in Carol Rae Ranch... … [Read more...]

Motorcycles on Main – A First Friday Tradition in Downtown Mesa

On the first Friday of (almost) every month, Downtown Mesa, is transformed into a mini-Sturgess. Bikers from across the Valley descend upon Main Street for a street party that gets better every time.  Maybe you have heard of it...maybe you have thought about checking it out, but you aren't quite sure how it works. You don't need a bike - although bring it if you have it - to join this jamboree.  No, this is a fest with no rules! (Well, OK, you need to follow the traffic laws and basic municipal guidelines...) Here's a couple of tips: If you don't have a bike, don't come down Main - use 1st Street or 1st Ave. And, yes, Here in Mesa, the … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Market Update – September 2015 – Live from Downtown Mesa

A LONG overdue update of the Phoenix Real Estate Market - live from Volstead Public House at 105 W Main St in Mesa! Things are VIBRANT in the Phoenix real estate market right now, with an edge to sellers in most cases. Sales volume has started to lighten up as we approach the end of the year, but some of areas of the Valley are still seeing brisk sales. HOT areas are Avondale, Glendale, Surprise, Tempe and Mesa (yeah!). For more information, you can reach me at Kristin LaVanway 480-282-7464 Check out Volstead Public House at More in Downtown Mesa … [Read more...]

Shy Guys Guide to Meeting Girls – LoFi Coffee

Fun at LoFi Coffee with April Walterscheid and Sean Ryan McBride doing a little improv scene. This one offers some atypical advice for the socially awkward. Perhaps you can glean some worthy knowledge about meeting girls in coffee houses...Perhaps not. Starring April Walterscheid & Seam Ryan McBride Camera attempted by Kristin LaVanway who accidentally disconnected the shotgun mic so we went silent on the one. Music by Kevin MacLeod over at Incompetech: "Opportunity Walks" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 … [Read more...]