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...]

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...]

What? You Aren’t Using the AZ Buyer’s Advisory??

Two of my clients recently discovered that a really good deal can sometimes be a really bad deal. How did they do it? By using the Arizona Buyer's Advisory to research the properties they were interested in purchasing. By using the resources summarized in this document, they discovered deal breakers that made them decide to choose a different property. … [Read more...]

When Should You Get A Home Inspection? Always!

A professional home inspector should be one of the first people you call when your offer to purchase a home has been accepted. A home inspector will go over your home with a fine tooth comb and provide a detailed report on the condition of the home. He will check the condition of your roof, your AC unit, your electrical and plumbing systems. Your inspector will check for structural problems, and code violations. Some inspectors even do thermal imaging scans to check for hot spots or leaks that may indicate major problems with the home. In our Arizona contract, you are entitled to a 10-day period to conduct any inspections you deem … [Read more...]