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Proud to be a Certified Residential Specialist

by Lisa Bray

Proud to be a Certified Residential Specialist

I’ve got great news! I’ve just recently earned my CRS Designation, and I am now a Certified Residential Specialist. The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers from the esteemed Council of Residential Specialists.

As a proud member of the National Association of REALTORS®, I have the unique opportunity utilize their wide-range of programs and services to help me increase my skills, proficiency, and knowledge so that I can be of better service to my community and to my wonderful clients.  Education and experience is the foundation of being a Certified Residential Specialists, and I am proud to have earned this honor.  

Less than four percent of the more than one million REALTORS® in business today hold the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. That's because just one in twenty-five has the experience, the commitment and the hours of advanced training necessary to call themselves a Certified Residential Specialist.

And as new CRS designation recipient, I promise to continue to provide the expert level of service you’ve come to expect from me over the years and more. So whether you’re looking to sell your Arizona home or buy an Arizona home, let a newly Certified Residential Specialist with a proven track record of success guide you every step of the way!

Lisa Bray

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May 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

May 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1 percent below March and 4.5 percent below the previous April, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report.

More than three quarters of the report’s fifty-three metro areas saw April home sales decline year-over-year. By contrast, March posted a 6.6 percent year-over-year spike in sales. Even so, April saw homes sell for more than they did in March in 81 percent of the markets, while 92 percent of the markets saw higher year-over-year sale prices.

“We may be seeing some frustration from buyers,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder“Inventory is tighter than ever, while strong demand keeps driving up home prices. At the same time, many potential sellers may also be reluctant to list their homes because the tight inventory might impact them as buyers. Home buyers and sellers will need to work with experienced real estate agents to navigate this tough market.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the May2017 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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What it Means to be a Mother

by Lisa Bray

What it Means to be a Mother

What is motherhood? What does it mean to be a mother? These questions are as challenging to answer as they are simple. Yes, to give birth; yes, to adopt children; yes, to have a family. But being a mother is also about much more than that. There’s some large, overwhelming, and beautiful piece at the center of motherhood that is so hard to put words to. It’s a feeling, not an explanation. Maybe that piece is best called love. If so, it is truly a unique love reserved for the mother/child relationship. And when you’ve felt it, you know it. In honor of Mother’s Day, these three moms share what it means to be a mother.

“For me, motherhood is seeing the profound value in learning about who your children are, and then encouraging and teaching them to be the best versions of themselves. It is my greatest hope that this acceptance and unconditional love will empower and strengthen my children as well as foster self-confidence and kindness!”—Courtney Westlake, blogger, Blessed By Brenna

“Motherhood is truly a remarkable gift and a privilege that I hold very close to my heart. To me, being a mother means to be fearless2, to be a positive role model, to be a continuous cheerleader for every milestone my children will experience, to demonstrate the abundance of unconditional love that has no end and to cherish the countless memories that is truly priceless.”—Eluka Moore, Co-Founder & Author, Kitchen Club Kids

“To me, being a mother is the greatest job in the world. Helping my girls through all the things life throws them, while also lifting them up so they can reach for the stars and grab one! That’s what being a mom is all about—always being there—the shoulder to cry on, the cheerleader to never give up, the one that gives the standing ovation, the familiar hand to hold.”—Bobbie Rhoads, Founder & President, FunBites LLC

Motherhood means different things to everyone, but one thing is for certain. The love of a mother is a unifying love that can be felt by many for generations from family to family. Thank you to all the wonderful mother’s out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

Lisa Bray

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April 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

April 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

March launched the home-buying season with post-recession records for increasing home sales and prices and decreasing inventory, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report that surveys fifty-three metro areas. Last month, home sales were 6.6 percent higher than the nine-year-old report’s previous March record, set in 2016. Thirty-eight of the fifty-three metro areas in the report showed year-over-year increases.

Meanwhile, Months Supply of Inventory dropped below three months for the first time in the history of the report, indicating a market that greatly favors sellers, as six months is considered a balanced market. Active inventory continued to decline, dropping 17 percent year-over-year. As a result, the Median Sales Price of $225,000—also a March record—was up eleven percent year-over-year. This was the twelth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the April 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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Beautiful Easter Wishes to Share with Your Loved Ones

by Lisa Bray

Beautiful Easter Wishes to Share with Your Loved Ones

Easter is here and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Any holiday that allows you to spend time with the people you love and enjoy good food and treats is always a pleasure. So whether you want to wish your friends on social media some fun Easter wishes or maybe write a nice card to family members who you’re enjoying you day with, here are some beautiful Easter wishes to share with your loved ones.

  • May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday.
  • I hope this Easter holiday fills your home with peace, joy, and plenty of colorful Easter eggs.
  • Easter symbolizes the renewal of life. I wish you and your family the renewal of life, love, and happiness.
  • May the spirit of the spring season fill your home this Easter and all the rest of your days.
  • Wishing you a very Happy Easter that is filled with plenty of love and happiness.
  • Here’s to hoping this Easter holiday brings your family health, happiness, and lots of love.
  • Sending you joyful hugs this Easter. May all of your dreams and wishes come true.
  • Easter is more than just eggs and candy. It is also about peace, love, and family.
  • Wishing you a Happy Easter that is just as bright and joyful as the spring time air around you.
  • May you find the renewal of hope, health, love and joy. Happy Easter to you and your lovely family.

Have a beautiful weekend and a wonderfully Happy Easter!

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4th Annual Lakeside Music Festival

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4th Annual Lakeside Music Festival

You’re invited! Join us for the 4th Annual Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival on Saturday, April 8th from 12pm to 9pm at the North Lake Amphitheater, 10360 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear. In cooperation with the West Valley Arts Council, the City of Goodyear and the Arts and Culture Commission, this fun spring music fest includes multiple bands and solo artists that perform on two stages.

With over nine hours of entertainment, there’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. From a "Kids Zone" and awesome food vendors to a beer and wine tent, the Lakeside Amphitheater will come alive as music fills the beautiful West Valley air.

Located on the lakeside lawn in the beautiful Estrella by Newland Community, this free festival includes an artisan village, various performers and much, much and more! Click here to see the performance line up and additional Lakeside Music Festival details. For more fun things to do in Goodyear and other local west valley events happening in your neighborhood this spring, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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Home Prices at New High Amid Record Low Inventory

by Lisa Bray

Home Prices at New High Amid Record Low Inventory

Home prices are at a new high amid record low inventory according to the March 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. The average Days on Market for homes sold in February 2017 was sixty-eight, up two days from the average in January 2017, but down seven days from the February 2016 average. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

“Inventory, not the rise in interest rates, remains the principal constraint on home sales. The resale market is driven dramatically by the availability of new homes. Most U.S. markets have a high demand for new home construction, and although it’s good to see housing starts trending upward, we still need more.” ­ Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.

February 2017 had a decline in home sales from this time last year, which posted the most sales in the nine-year history of the report. Less than half of the markets experienced an increase in sales year-over-year. Meanwhile, active inventory reached a record low for February, dropping 17.9 percent year-over-year. As a result, the Median Sales Price of $212,000 was up six percent year-over-year. This is the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Click here for more information or to download your own copy of the March 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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3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home

by Lisa Bray

3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home

Spring is just around the corner. So for those of you who haven’t already dived head first into a vigorous spring cleaning ritual, here are 3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home and welcome the new season.

1.) Welcome, plants: Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Keeping ornamental plants in the home increases memory retention and concentration, and research consistently links indoor flowers and plants with wellbeing. So add some fresh flowers or plants to your home interior and add some cheer and fresh oxygen to your home.

2.) Welcome, sunshine: Most people don’t enjoy doing windows, but washing your windows inside and out will let in some sunshine and make your home feel lighter and brighter. Also, rid your windowsills of ratty curtains or knickknacks that block your newly cleaned windows. Who knows, you might discover a beautiful view you didn’t realize you had.

3.) Welcome, spring: Now is the time to purge and put away your winter gear. First cleaning and then storing clothes and blankets in smart places like large containers that slide under your bed or vacuum sealed bags neatly stored at the back of your closet assure those fashionable scarves and winter gear will be ready to go when the cooler temps return.

Which of these 3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home will you tackle this spring? For more spring cleaning tips or if you’re looking to sell your home or buy a home in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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January Home Sales Set a Record Pace

by Lisa Bray

January Home Sales Set a Record Pace

January home sales set a record pace according to the recent February 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. In fact, last month topped all other Januarys in the report’s nine-year history with the most sales, highest sales price and fewest days on market. In the fifty-three metro areas surveyed, total sales were up 4.5 percent over January 2016, which was previously the January with the most sales.

The Median Sales Price of $208,500 was up 4.3 percent and marked the tenth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases. The new January low of sixty-six Days on Market underscores the fact that inventory has declined year-over-year for ninety-nine consecutive months dating back to October 2008. Based on the rate of home sales in January, the Months Supply of Inventory was 3.8, compared to December 2016 at 4.2 and January 2016 at 4.6. A 6.0-month supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

“January may have set the tone for the coming home-buying season with homes selling faster and at higher prices,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Home-buyer demand is strong, and not enough sellers are listing to keep up with the demand, despite rising prices. At any rate, the beginning of 2017 continued the strong pace of 2016.”

Get your copy of the February 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report here. If you’re ready to buy an Arizona home or sell your Arizona home, contact Lisa Bray today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home's approximate present value on the market today. Your complete satisfaction with her service and representation is my number one priority!

Lisa Bray

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12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K Returns to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K Returns to Goodyear

February is National Heart Health Month so it’s only fitting that the 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K returns to Goodyear this month. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that's one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing about 365,000 people in 2014. So if you’re looking for a great way to get exercise and spread awareness, then the 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K is for you!

The family friendly event takes place Saturday, February 11th at 9:00 a.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. The 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K race is sure to be a great time for serious and recreational runners alike! The Heart and Sole Race also features a one Mile Family Fun Run/Walk for those of you who would like to introduce your little ones to the benefits of running! Vendors will also be on hand to help educate and show runners and walkers the best way to take care of themselves from head to toe.

Want to know more? Visit goodyearaz.gov for more details and registration information. For more fun things to do in Goodyear and other local west valley events happening in your neighborhood this spring, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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Lisa Bray
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10320 W McDowell Rd, Suite B2005
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