The Greatest Fitness Program Ever In The History Of The World!!!

This year as part of my "Three Words Instead of New Year's Resolutions" program, I am focusing on Community, Strength and Create. As it turns out, this secret to fitness success helps in two areas as it is truly a mind and body experience. Some highlights: It's EASY! It's FREE! It WORKS! The only caveat - you must commit to doing this every day. OK, by every day, I really mean at least 6 out of every 7 days, come on, let's be reasonable. But I have been doing just that for the last 3 months and the results are phenomenal! I am leaner and stronger, I have more energy, I have turned on my creative power source, and I am feeling less … [Read more...]

2012 New Year’s Catch Up – The Fab and the Dull

Kristin LaVanway I am soooo behind on posting videos, I decided to make one super-sized three-for-one special featuring a recap of the 2012 Phoenix Real Estate Market (zzzzzz), and word or three on New Year's Resolutions and a Very Special Home Tour. … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Update October 2012

Kristin LaVanway 480-282-7464 How's the Phoenix Real Estate Market doing these days? More "normal" than not...inventory still low, but most likely we will see fewer "speculators", and slightly higher inventory to close out 2012. … [Read more...]

Some &*!@* Advice for Buyers Agents

Kristin LaVanway 480-282-7464 A public service announcement for buyers and their agents who are agonizing about whether or not to send in that offer to purchase one of my listings...HINT: You can't win if you don't play! Our Phoenix real estate market has been favoring the sellers over the buyers for quite some time. I hear over and over again about how buyers missed the boat because they waited too long to submit an offer. The sooner the better these days! This isn't news! But I get a lot of phone calls that almost seem like the agent is looking for a reason NOT to submit an offer: Is the property still … [Read more...]

Realtors Need Love Too!

Kristin LaVanway 480-282-7464 You hate us more than lawyers and drug companies?? Awwww...come on now! According to the latest Gallup poll. the real estate industry is the fourth most hated industry in America! Not can read to right here: But, I don't blame you. America...deep down I know you don't really hate us. You are just frustrated and who cab blame you? Things have been pretty bad. But I have new for you: Things are getting better, really they are! Even the news media has … [Read more...]

The Beauty of the SPDS (Not the Potato Variety)

Ready to sell your house? Well don't forget your SPDS!! The Seller's Property Disclosure Statement, or what we in the biz affectionately refer to as the "SPUDS" is a detailed checklist of all the material facts that you as the seller need to disclose to the buyer who is looking to buy your house. Don't think of this exercise as stupid, a time-waster or big-brothery, think of it as your ticket to a clear conscious! Let's face it...if you put down in writing that there is a family of rapid skunks living in your backyard next to the exposed sewer piping that really started causing problems after the foundation shifted and caused that small … [Read more...]

How to Write a Winning Offer on Your Dream Home

You've found the house of your dreams and now you are ready to put in an offer! Here are some tips to help you write a winning offer, especially in a competitive market. Sure, price is important but here are a few more things to think about to make your offer irresistible to the seller! - Keep in mind that the sellers are seldom as anxious to sell as you are to buy - Make your first offer a strong offer - Keep it clean...too many conditions can muddy the waters - Close as quick as you can - Make sure your finances are in order Bonus: FHA Buyers may need to jump through a few more hoops to get the deal done ...and finally, always seek the … [Read more...]

Some Clarity Regarding Phoenix Real Estate – July 2012

Yes! I have a new fancy camera! A Canon T3i to be exact and I love it, I still have a lot to learn, but here's my first attempt at video with the new hardware. Hope it brings you a "clearer picture" of what's happening in Phoenix real estate! July's numbers are not all that different the June's, but there are some indications that things are rapidly heading towards a wonderful state of boring. The price increase we have experienced over the last year - 28% bump up - puts us right about where we should have been have the real estate market truly followed the laws of supply and demand last year - it didn't, so prices adjusted in a much more … [Read more...]

The A-word in Phoenix Real Estate

Here in the world of Phoenix real estate, we avoid mentioning the A-word as it strikes fear in the hearts of real estate participants who must face this adversary on the course of the transaction...dare I speak the work aloud? Appraisal! In a transitional market like we have right now, one that is experiencing a 20% increase in prices in a 6-month period, appraisals can be the kiss of death. Appraisals must follow conservative guidelines imposed by lenders and those guidelines tend to put the brakes on rapidly increasing prices. It an be hard when prices are increasing to obtain an appraisal that matches obvious market value. Many sellers … [Read more...]

Paging Mr. Spock – How Much is My House Worth, huh?

It's the $64,000,000 questions these days as values have shot up 20% since the beginning of the year. How much is YOUR house worth? Despite the fact that there are many online resources available that can provide an answer to that question - Zillow, bank websites, county tax records, and more - how accurate are those estimates? Because they are estimates, and ballpark ones at that. I am sure you have figured out that the only way to get an accurate market value for your home - one that includes all the intangibles that affect the price a buyer would be willing to pay for your home - is to talk to an experienced real estate me! … [Read more...]