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Holiday Safety Shopping Hacks

by Lisa Bray

Holiday Safety Shopping Hacks

In the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and sales, it’s easy to get a little lax with our personal security. Besides; who’d ever try to steal from us during such a wonderful time of giving? But unfortunately, this is the time of year where criminals are at their peak. According to the Arizona Division of Public Safety report, November has the highest rate of "pick pocketing" of any month of the year, while shoplifting crimes are highest in December. That being said, here are some essential holiday safety shopping hacks.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings when you’re out and about shopping. Thieves typically target people who look lost in thought or are struggling to carry shopping bags and seem distracted so avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car, even if you’ll only be away for a minute. A quick thief needs a mere sixty seconds to make off with your car.
  • Always protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad or pin pad inside the store from anyone who is standing near you. All it takes is a peak, a quick distraction, and sleight of hand before your wallet is gone and your bank account has been drained.
  • Obviously if you’re traveling and away from home over the holidays you should lock your doors and windows. But also take additional precautions by having a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Want an extra level of safety? Leave your lights on an automatic timer.

Don’t be a target for dishonest criminals this holiday season, and don’t be afraid of being paranoid. You can never be too safe while you’re shopping for the season, and you can’t afford to be careless. Please share these tips with your loved ones and shop safe this holiday season.

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November 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

November 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Despite record low inventory for the month, October home sales increased 2.5 percent year-over-year and kept 2017 prices ahead of 2016, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report. Thirty-seven of the fifty-three metro markets in the November RE/MAX National Housing Report posted sales increases over October 2016. Meanwhile, inventory gauges were at their lowest point for an October in the report’s nine year history. The Months Supply of Inventory dropped to 3.3 – the lowest for any October in this housing report. It was mirrored by the Days on Market average of fifty-one days, also a new low for October for the report and a full week faster than the selling rate of homes in October of last year.

The Median Sales Price of $224,000 increased 3.3 percent over last October and was $19,000 higher than the same month in 2015. The median price remained on a par with the prices of last spring that kicked off the peak summer selling season.

“The housing market is steady and at least somewhat predictable with record-low inventory and increasing prices in markets across the country,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “With job growth and increased household formation, buyers will struggle and may even be priced out of the market until home building catches up.”

The average Days on Market for homes sold in October 2017 was fifty-one, up two days from the average in September 2017, and down seven days from the October 2016 average. To access the housing report infographic, visit: rem.ax/2cYFT50. If you would like to sell your Arizona home or find the perfect home for sale in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray. I will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and I am deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time.

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Welcome to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

Welcome to Goodyear

If you’re looking to move to the “valley of the sun,” you’ll likely research all the different cities to find what they have to offer and how they can best suit your needs. Whether you’re relocating to the state of Arizona or just moving to a new city, you’ll find Goodyear, AZ is an ideal locale that offers a diverse community rich with cultural activities, recreation, and growth. Once the recipient of the All-America City Award in 2008 and named one of the five "Most Livable Cities" in America, it’s no wonder so many residents are falling in love with this beautiful city! So welcome to Goodyear. Here’s why you’ll want to make it your home.  

Entertainment and Shopping: Goodyear, AZ is a part of the beautiful west valley where there are plenty of options for entertainment and shopping with a growing list of top choices for dining out. You’ll find the Wigwam Resort, the perfect venue for events, pampering, dining, and more located minutes away from Goodyear. The local hotspot of the Westgate City Center on the 101 Loop freeway offers a movie theater, a stadium to see your favorite sports teams and bands as well as tons of shopping, restaurants, and bars.

Outdoor Recreation: If you love to get outside, you’ll find the 300 plus days of sunshine in Goodyear to your liking…as long as you don’t mind a little sweat and sunscreen. You can enjoy the many beautiful public parks, golf courses, and trails available throughout Goodyear and the west valley. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with the hiking trails, such as the ones located at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. If you love to play, the popular 55-acre Friendship Park houses soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, ramadas, a dog park, and even a charming Japanese Garden.

Community Services: Residents who love being a part of the community will love the communal spirit that radiates in Goodyear. Whether you’re looking for a cause to volunteer for or services for you and your family to enjoy, there’s something for everyone. Goodyear and the west valley offers the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, performing arts sponsored by the West Valley Council, and air shows hosted by Luke Air Force Base just to name a few of the many available things to do. Sports lovers will appreciate the Goodyear Ball Park where they can watch games see their favorite players during spring training in addition to the many fun events hosted there.

Does Goodyear sound like the kind of place you want to call home? Contact Lisa Bray for real-time west valley listings and a complementary market analysis of your home.

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Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

by Lisa Bray

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

I love to see trick-or-treaters bustling through the neighborhood on Halloween night. The evening is always crisp and the streets are festive with Halloween decoration and giggles. Most importantly, I’d like to see all my neighbors have a safe and happy Halloween. Here are just a few tips to remember before you head out for the evening:

  • Children should avoid trick-or-treating alone, and walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
  • If attending an adult party, please don’t drink and drive. Select a designated driver or call a taxi.
  • Drivers remember to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

To trick-or-treat is much more sweet when we’re being safe, so be aware of your surroundings and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Attentive and Reliable

by Lisa Bray

Attentive and Reliable

You may have heard or seen the phrase “more than just a home” on my website and blogs, but what does that really mean? More than just a home means that I am more than an educated and experienced REALTOR® trying to sell you sticks and bricks. I understand that owning a home is an exciting, emotional process and one that many invest not just their finances into, but their hopes, dreams, and family traditions as well.

Because of this, I am a passionate, tenacious real estate consultant committed to providing dedicated service and counsel to those looking to sell or buy a home in Arizona. I am honored to be an Arizona native and Goodyear resident and have proudly been helping people find their “more than just a home” dream in the West Valley since 2003.  I strive to build lasting relationships with my clients that go beyond just one home sale or purchase, because I want to be your real estate advisor for life. Here is just one of many client testimonials that I am honored to have received as a trusted real estate professional in the West Valley.

“We really enjoyed working with Lisa. She was very attentive and reliable. We were pleased with the amount we were able to get for our home and how quickly she was able to list it and sell it. Lisa was prepared and even had a solid game plan for the sale of our home. We'd definitely use her again in the future.”

I am dedicated to my clients and committed to helping you achieve your real estate goals with an informed, educated decision. So if you’re ready to sell your Arizona home or purchase a home in the West Valley including Laveen, Litchfield Park and Goodyear, please contact me today for a no hassle market assessment and your free buyer or seller report. Your complete satisfaction with my service and representation is my number one priority! -Lisa

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Cities to Move to

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Cities to Move to

These days, most people who move do not relocate very far, but move within the same general area. With the presence of friends and family, a job, and familiar general surrounding, people often move to improve living conditions. Other reasons could include end of a lease, moving to be closer to work or family, to a better school district, to cut costs, or to a more suitable neighborhood, among many other reasons. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the total cost to move within major U.S. metro areas and ranked the top twenty-five most expensive cities to move. The ranking is based on calculations by real estate data company Moving Inc. that reflect the costs of moving within the principal city of large metropolitan regions. Here are the top 10 most expensive cities to move to from their extensive list.

10.) Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, Average total moving cost: $4,395

9.) Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Average total moving cost: $4,450

8.) New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Average total moving cost: $4,631

7.) Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT, Average total moving cost: $4,921

6.) Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Average total moving cost: $4,926

5.) Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Average total moving cost: $4,962

4.) San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Average total moving cost: $5,098

3.) Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Average total moving cost: $5,190

2.) San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, Average total moving cost: $5,302

1.) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Average total moving cost: $5,798

You can see the extensive list of twenty-five most expensive cities to move to here. Did your city or hometown make the list? If you’re ready to make the move and buy a home in the West Valley including Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Estrella Mountain, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Peoria, and Phoenix, please contact Lisa Bray today. I am deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time!

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September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report shows August sales topping July by 2.8 percent, but finishing 0.84 percent below August 2016 which remains the best August in the report’s nine year history. Houston, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, already experienced a 21.3 percent drop in sales from July and a 27.5 percent decline year-over-year.

U.S. home sales in August extended a summer of strong demand and weak inventory that once again resulted in listings with short shelf lives. In addition to the normal late summer real estate trends, a primary focus during the next month will be on housing in specific markets affected by natural disasters like devastating wildfires and hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Other notable numbers include:

  • Inventory in the report’s fifty-four markets declined 3.9 percent from July and 13.7 percent from a year ago
  • Days on Market have dropped to forty-seven – the fastest listing-to-sale average for any August.
  •  The Months Supply of Inventory, while continuing to rebound from a May low of 2.6, settled at 3.1 months and set another report record for August.
  • After hitting $239,950 in July, the median sales price dipped to $236,475 in August but still finished 5.4 percent higher year-over-year.

“Overall, we’re still seeing home prices rise year-over-year at just above historical averages -- even with slightly declining nationwide prices in August, which is an expected annual pattern,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “The data shows that home hunters continue to experience very limited inventory and increased competition, and home sellers are benefiting from quick sales for top dollar.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you would like to sell your Arizona home or find the perfect home for sale in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray. I will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and I am deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wear White after Labor Day

by Lisa Bray

Why You Shouldn’t Wear White after Labor Day

Labor Day is this Monday, September 4th and many of us are familiar with the adage that you don’t wear white after Labor Day. Have you ever wondered why? Is it a fashion faux pass? A cultural no-no? Here’s a few reasons why you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day.

The idea beyond the “no white after Labor Day” rule first came into the American fashion scene at the turn of the 20th century, according to the Emily Post Institute. Back then, the “summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day,” when city folks would shed their heavily-layered sidewalk frocks for more comfortable and light fabrics at the seaside.

Judith Martin, also known as etiquette columnist Miss Manners, tells TIME, "Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in T-shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes. And white is of a lighter weight."

Another theory states that the history of not wearing white after Labor Day originated due to snobbery. Back in the day, the wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between respectable old money families and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. Hence, if you didn’t get the memo not to wear white after Labor Day, then you were not from old money.

So do we still need to follow this archaic rule more than 100 years after it took effect? Absolutely not!  In fact, you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want, because you live in 2017. So don whatever you’d like, and have a great Labor Day!

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Should You Rent or Buy a Home this Summer?

by Lisa Bray

Should You Rent or Buy a Home this Summer?

It’s the eternal question; an on-going internal battle that’s progressed for years. Rent or buy? There are many factors to consider when it comes to renting or buying an Arizona home. And though renting is typically viewed as having fewer risks, home ownership has potential for greater gains if you purchase smartly. So it’s time to start planning. Should you rent or buy a home this summer? Here are some advantages of both to consider before making a move.

Advantages of Buying a Home

  • Home ownership provides tax benefits that renting does not such as declaring interest costs against taxes and equity building.
  • With FHA, VA and USDA loans and down-payment assistance programs, it can be cheaper to buy a home than it is to rent one.
  • You can decorate or make alterations to your home as you please.

Advantages of Renting a Home

  • Renting allows you the opportunity to avoid home ownership costs, seen and unforeseen, maintain liquidity and build credit.
  • Renting allows you mobility in lieu of being tied to a mortgage.
  • Maintenance of major systems such as plumbing, electric, heating and air-conditioning is taken care of by the landlord versus the renter.

When you rent a home you don’t have the tax benefits or write offs home ownership affords you and you are limited when it comes to making design upgrades to your home. However renting does allow you more mobility should you need to move. It’s important to make a well informed decision before making a commitment to a mortgage. If you’ve determined buying is right for you and you’re looking are looking to buy a home in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray today for a professional yet personal experience you can trust.

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First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales and Prices

by Lisa Bray

First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales and Prices

The first half of 2017 ends with record sales and prices according to the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. The U.S. housing market is on pace for another record year as four of the last six months have topped same month sales from 2016. June home sales were 1.4 percent higher than June 2016, which was previously the month with the most home sales in the nine-year history of the report.

The combination of increased sales and a record low inventory that slipped further to 2.8 months resulted in higher sales prices. June’s median sales price of $245,000, up 7.5 percent over last June, also set a RE/MAX National Housing report record. In fact, prices increased in fifty of the report’s fifty-three markets. The average number of Days on Market dropped to a report-record low of 47, while inventory dropped year-over-year in 87 percent of the markets.

“Sellers continue to benefit from limited inventory, getting top-dollar for their homes, and as a result, overall sales are at a record high,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “But buyers shouldn’t be discouraged. Mortgage rates are still relatively low and the market may be taking a positive turn, albeit subtle, as recent Labor Department data showed a decline in open construction jobs which could mean more workers focused on new home builds.”

In June 2017, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $245,000, up 5.6 percent from May 2017 and up 7.5 percent from June 2016. In June 2017, 52 of the 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply of less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market. Please click here to download a copy of the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

If you would like to sell your Phoenix home or find the perfect home for sale in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray. I will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and I am deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time!

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