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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

by Lisa Bray

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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RE/MAX Professionals Celebrates 25 Years of Miracles

by Lisa Bray

RE/MAX Professionals Celebrates 25 Years of Miracles 

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 CMN Hospitals.

We are excited to announce that our offices will be participating in our third annual “Month of Miracles” throughout the month of August. This is a month-long fundraising event is designed to raise much-need money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as raise awareness in our community.

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, myself and our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital last year. We were recognized by RE/MAX LLC for being the highest contributing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico) to the Children’s Miracle Network, and our local Phoenix Children's Hospital!

Please help us reach out goal of ONE MILLION PENNIES for the “Month of Miracles” in August, 2017. You can drop by any one of our five offices to participate in our fundraising efforts, or contact me and I will be happy to pick up your donation.

On behalf of all the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I thank you in advance for your support in helping us achieve this goal for our community!

Sincerely,

Lisa Bray

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New Housing Complex Coming to the West Valley

by Lisa Bray

New Housing Complex Coming to the West Valley

Arizona is a hub for exciting new community additions and welcomes new growth valley wide. That’s why we’re excited that a new housing complex is coming to the West Valley. A fifty-six unit gated multi-housing complex is moving toward construction on 4.55 acres near 67th and Olive avenues in south Peoria.

The proposal includes seven, two-story buildings with open space amenities and borders Glendale to the east, so developers are working with both cities. The project will include two-bedroom units on the site with various amenities, including a pool/spa, dog park and barbecue facilities.

Senior Planner Jon Froke said the project was approved in Glendale last year. He expects the applicant, SNS APT 1Investment Services LLLP, to pull building permits later this summer. Councilwoman Vicki Hunt, who represents the area, said she wholeheartedly supports the infill project. “This is a small area and to get this kind of nice development in there is a real coup for our city and the surrounding residents,” she said.

This new growth in the West Valley is not a surprise. Earlier this year, a report from Wells Fargo Securities predicted Arizona shifting into higher gear this year, with the pace of economic growth nearly doubling and the state's population passing 7 million. “Strong population gains and solid job growth should help drive home sales and new home construction," wrote Mark Vitner and Jamie Feik, economists for Wells Fargo Securities.

If you’d like more west valley community news or if you are looking to sell your home or buy a home in the west valley, please contact me today.

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Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records

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Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records

After a brief dip in April home sales, the U.S. housing market returned to seasonally high sales in May, increasing 20.6% from the previous month and 4.3% from May 2016, according to the June RE/MAX National Housing Report. In fact, it was the strongest May in terms of home sales in the nine-year history of the report.

The average Days on Market for homes sold in May 2017 was fifty-one, down six days from the average in April 2017, and down seven days from the May 2016 average. The number of homes for sale in May 2017 was down 0.6 percent from April 2017, and down 16.2 percent from May 2016.

Based on the rate of home sales in May, the Months Supply of Inventory was 2.6, compared to April 2017 at 2.8 and May 2016 at 3.0. This is the third month in a row months supply has been below 3.0. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In May 2017, fifty-two of the fifty-three metro areas surveyed reported a months supply of less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the June 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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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!

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