Phoenix Real Estate Market – 2015 in Review

And now, for the traditional look-back at the year that was. How did the Phoenix real estate market fare in 2015? Not too shabby! In a nutshell, 2015 favored sellers over buyers in most areas, as has been the trend since 2011. The good news for buyers, however, is that sellers can no longer dial it in. There were far more price reductions, more nail-biting, and overall, less partying by sellers and a little more satisfaction in the buying experience.  Gone are the days of slowly driving your car by a house, adding $20K to the listing price of some dump that meets 25% of your must-have criteria, and hoping this, your 27th offer, would … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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 agent...like me! … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Market Update – The Scoop for June 2012

Are you sitting down? Here they are - the numbers for the Phoenix Real Estate Market as of June 2012. Yeah, it's still crazy. Inventory levels for the lower price ranges are practically zero! Equity sales continue to grow in numbers and prices are fast approaching the 2003 price levels. Kristin LaVanway http://www.HereInPhoenix.com Kristin@HereInPhoenix.com 480-282-7464 … [Read more...]

Phoenix Real Estate Investing – It Ain’t Rocket Science!

Fix and flips? Rental properties? Everybody dreams of success in real estate investing, right? But where to start?? It really boils down to three easy steps: 1. Plan your strategy - are you setting long term or short term goals? For long term goals you are looking for buy and hold opportunities - rental properties. For short term plans, you will be buying property then re-selling it right away. You need to know which way you are heading to you can develop a successful strategy. 2. Know your numbers - Depending on your strategy, you can use some simple rules to determine which properties are the best candidates. For fix and flips, yoiu will … [Read more...]

Who Needs Cable When You’ve Got a Real Estate License

Trust me...the entertainment value of real estate is gravely underestimated!! … [Read more...]

Real Estate Negotiation 101

Negotiating real estate deals just ain't the same anymore Is it just me? It just doesn't seem like it's much fun any more to negotiate a real estate transaction. Short sales, REO's and homeowners who have have watched all the equity drain from the homes have taken all the pleasure out of the process. Remember the good old days, sitting around a table, playfully bantering counter offers around until everyone was happy? What do we have now?? Waiting months and months for that 50-50 chance that the short sale will be approved...working with the overworked REO lister, if you are lucky or the REO robot if you are not...or maybe it's an equity … [Read more...]

My Top Videos of 2010 – The Year in Review

Yeah, I know...it looks a lot like I took the last two weeks of the year off from social media-izing...no blog posts, no videos. The truth is, I needed to step back for a bit and regroup. This is the first full year that I have been posting videos and I have learned quite a bit. Mostly that I love to make videos!!! I have been working on some new ideas, learning Final Cut Pro - a more advanced editing software package - and setting some goals for next year. So, never fear (or run for your life, depending on your persepctive), I will be posting a lot more videos in the 2011. But for now, its reflection time - what worked and what I … [Read more...]