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...]

Identity Crisis – Phoenix Real Estate

The shift in the Phoenix Real Estate Market has left some real estate agents with a major identity crisis. After years of rescuing underwater homeowners, dealing the evil banks and constantly changing government regulations, we are left in a fairly normal market. What do we do know!!? I guess, when it gets right down to it, we all have to adjust to this new "normal" market. Once the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder starts to wind down, anyway!! Don't be afraid to reach out for help during these changing times... Kristin LaVanway HereInPhoenix.com 480-282-7464 Special appearance by Jane Fendelmen :) Outro: Feeling Good, Kevin MacLeod … [Read more...]

The History of Phoenix Real Estate (at least since 2005)

To celebrate 8 years in real estate, I present to you: The History of Phoenix Real Estate (since 2005). It's been quite a wild ride since I got my real estate license...let's catch up, shall we? For all practical purposes, our Phoenix real estate market has experience an economic disaster that is quite similar to a Category 5 hurricane. And much like New Orleans experienced with Hurricane Katrina, we have endured different phases of this experience. 2005: The Tasty Wave phase when everyone grabs a board and jumps in - regardless of any actual ability to surf or even swim 2006: The denial phase - oh, haw bad can it really get? 2007: The … [Read more...]

Revealed – Inside a Realtor’s Car

You've seen Realtors driving around in their shiny clean cars, chauffeuring about clients, heading to meetings and looking fabulous. Have you ever wondered what those well-traveled cars look like BEFORE they get to the car wash? Curious why your agent always says "I will meet you there"? Well, hang on to your hats - you're about to find out, and friends, it ain't pretty! Kristin LaVanway 480-282-7464 Kristin@HereInPhoenix.com … [Read more...]

The Great Tortoise Addendum

What happens when the 20 year old tortoise doesn't want to be disturbed from his winter's nap - a tale of a Win - Win - Win transaction. The best kind, where everyone treats each other with respect and consideration...Love it! I wish the participants in all my transactions were as respectful and considerate as the members of this real estate party! … [Read more...]

Kristin LaVanway’s Secrets to Success

A friend of mine, Elizabeth Newlin, asked me how I do all the things I do. This coming from a Grand Canyon-hiking,marathon-running, cooking expert, ballet dancing trapeze artist. If you ask me, she does way cooler things than I do...But anyway, here they are: Kristin LaVanway's Secrets to Success. Try them out and let me know how it goes! And if you get a chance, check out Elizabeth's blog. She's hilarious... Kristin LaVanway http://www.HereInPhoenix.com 480-282-7464 Kristin@HereInPhoenix.com … [Read more...]

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 Kristin@HereInPhoenix.com 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 Kristin@HereInPhoenix.com 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...]