What Does It Take To Buy A House In Phoenix?

I don't know if you knew this, but it takes $4,000,000,000,000 to buy a cheap, dilapidated home in Phoenix. Do you have that in your bank account right now? I mean, everyone else does, why not you? JUST KIDDING. Seriously though, it does take some money to buy a home. (Key word here: "Buy") Here are three things you need to get your butt in gear: 1) Cash 2) Credit 3) Compensation Cash  What is cash? Well, it grows on trees, of course! But only in my fairytale books which I sold at a garage sale 20 years ago. (Sorry.) If you have a cash-money-honey tree then nobody cares who you are, what you look like, who or what … [Read more...]

We Need Listings! #NotABubble

Come on already! Why are you hording your own house? Put it on the market already! Don't get cast in that hypothetical TV show, "House Horders"! (Is this a show already? I'm not sure. I would probably watch it.) Weather-wise, it's becoming an early spring, and it's the perfect time to begin selling your home! Yet as you can see by my trusty chart in my video, house inventory is as flat as a pancake. Everyone in the Milky Way is moving to Phoenix, and why wouldn't they move here? We have sunshine and happiness all year round. There's no digging yourself out of snow, mud, or other kind of natural disaster. (I can't guarantee you won't … [Read more...]

What’s the Easiest Way to Invest in Real Estate?

A friend of mine recently asked me about investing in a REIT, which is a Real Estate Investment Trust. There's been a lot of them poppin' up over the last 15 to 20 years - especially online. This particular one that she was looking at had $1,000 minimum. My friend asked, "I don't have the $1,000 now, but if I did is this a good idea?" The online REIT that she's looking at is so super-hipster right now too (because my friend who asked is also a hipster). The site talks about crowd-sourcing and how you can become a real estate mogul just like everyone else! It's real sexy, amazing, gnarly, yadda yadda yadda. A lot of REITs invest in … [Read more...]

Hot Spots in Phoenix Real Estate

There are some real hot spots in Phoenix this winter. These Hot Spots are fueled by two things: Jobs Lifestyle There's been a lot of job growth recently in the I-10 corridor, the I-17 corridor as well as right around North Tempe and South Scottsdale. So let's use a fun bee analogy, shall we? These areas (Phoenix Metro area) are attracting a lot of employers (hives) which in turn are attracting employees (bees). Ok, silly bee analogy over. I just wanted to be cute. What's big right now is what I like to call "Urban Roosting." There are two demographics at play when it comes to Urban Roosting: Demographic 1) The … [Read more...]

Buying Real Estate the Smart Way in a Tight Economy

Ok, so as mentioned in my previous blog, we are due for another recession. Every 5 years, a recession occurs. We haven't had a recession in 7.5 years. Yikes! So it's time to tighten up the proverbial expenditure belt. And you might be thinking, "Well, crud, I wanted to finally buy a house this year!" NEWS FLASH: The #1 reason to buy a house is NOT, "Oh, it's not a recession right now -- Let's buy a house!" There are actually some very good reasons to buy a house right now. Reason #1 Interest rates are still really, really low. Even in the fours, they're still historically low. I mean, they may not be this low again when they … [Read more...]

Happy New Year 2017 – Looking Ahead in Phoenix Real Estate

We have spent 7.5 years in an awesome growth period as a country. On the flip side, this makes us well overdue for a little recession. That's pretty amazing though - considering we've come a long way from foreclosure and losing our homes back in 2008. The interesting thing about being overdue for a recession is this: It's kind of like being overdue for a major earthquake in Los Angeles - except a tiny recession is much more likely to happen yet won't leave your life in shambles. This mini-recession will not be anywhere near as bad as 2008. We won't have to rebuild an entire city, or country, for that matter.   Here are … [Read more...]

Are We Headed For Another Real Estate Bubble?

Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled PBS program in the drab, grey fields of irrational paranoia, fear and anarchy, but I have an important message for you: IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD. WE ARE NOT IN A HOUSING CRISIS. We are not about to be in one either! I know what you're thinking, "Oh, but Kristin, you're a REAL ESTATE agent. Of course you would tell us we're not in a housing crisis... You just want my $%#^@ MONEY!" No. I want you to be happy. And happiness comes from being educated by the facts. With knowledge comes power and confidence - not this fear bullcrap. Let's get rid of this fear thing. It never does anyone any good … [Read more...]

About that Zestimate, Spencer….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9EoBa_ez3Q Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of Zillow, sold his house in Seattle in February for a cool $1,050,000. You might be wondering why I am telling you about this. Who cares if Spencer sold his house..whatever. Well, what makes this story interesting is that Rascoff's website, Zillow, zestimated that the house is actually worth $1,608,670, off by a measly 53% of the actual market value. Ooops! And while it's super fun for real estate agents to bash the "evil" Zillow monster, the realty is that computer-generated valuations are far from the best way to determine what your house is worth. … [Read more...]

No RENTS for the Weary

Are you having trouble finding a rental property in Phoenix right now? Well, you are not alone. Our rental inventory is a fraction of what it was a few years ago. Just to out things in perspective, in 2008,there were roughly 10,000 properties listed for rent in Metro Phoenix. Right now, there are less than 2200 homes or rent, listed on the MLS. And I mean in all of Metro Phoenix, meaning Phoenix and its suburbs.   That figure does not include vacation homes, but good luck there where rents are significantly higher than market rents, due to the furnished and short term nature of these leases. And keep in mind that there were a lot less people … [Read more...]

Who’s Calling the Shots in Phoenix Real Estate? Buyers or Sellers?

Word on the street is that it's a buyer's market in Phoenix right now. Ummmm...not exactly. The answer to the question of whether buyers or sellers have the edge in the Phoenix real estate market, like a lot of questions about Phoenix real estate, it depends. Let's take a look at how the price of the house is related to  who holds the cards. In a nutshell, sellers hold the cards in the lower price ranges and buyers take the advantage in the luxury market. Here's a breakdown by price range: Note that homes listed for $175,000 or less are in extremely low supply. Finding a good home in this price range is tantamount to a unicorn hunt. … [Read more...]