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August is the Month of Miracles for RE/MAX!

by Lisa Bray

August is the Month of Miracles for RE/MAX!

Giving back is a priority in the RE/MAX culture. All over the world, RE/MAX agents make a difference in their communities - volunteering, donating money, contributing time and ultimately changing lives.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) raises funds and awareness for 170-member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

We are excited to announce that our offices will be participating in our fourth 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.

Last year our Month of Miracles event raised over $15,000 and our office made a total contribution to Phoenix Children’s Hospital of $44,160.20! 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!

Each donation helps fund pediatric medical equipment, treatments, charitable care and other healthcare services for local CMN hospitals. As the contributions continue to grow, we are able to aid a larger number of sick and injured children – which is something we take great pride in being able to do for our community.

Please help us reach out goal of ONE MILLION PENNIES for the “Month of Miracles” in August, 2018. You can drop by any one of our four 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,

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Lisa Bray

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National Housing Report from RE/MAX

by Lisa Bray

National Housing Report from RE/MAX

The 2017 Housing Forecast by the experts at realtor.com are predicting that the Phoenix-metro area will be number one with a projected increase in home values by 5.94 percent and a sales growth of 7.24 percent.

Despite the typical winter slowdown, November home sales finished 19.1 percent above a year ago and prices increased 1.4 percent over October. Last month saw more homes sold than any other November in the eight-year history of the National Housing Report from RE/MAX. All but one of the fifty-three markets surveyed posted an increase in sales over November 2015, with nearly half of the markets at least 20 percent higher.

The continued decline of inventory and talk of rising interest rates may have contributed to November’s surge of home sales,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. Over the past 11 months, the majority of markets have seen home prices return to their pre-recession levels, reaffirming that 2016 has been the best year for the housing market since the recession.”

All the reports are indicating a great year for home values here in the Valley of the Sun. If you or someone you know is ready to make a move, please give me a call. I am happy to meet with you and help you create a plan that fits your personal and financial needs. I look forward to hearing from you soon – Lisa

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Happy Holidays from Lisa Bray

by Lisa Bray

Happy Holidays from Lisa Bray 

A little clip from a classic holiday movie that we love to read in our home during the holiday season…and now with the pitter-patter of grandbabies, this heart-warming Dr. Seuss story will go on as a tradition for our family.

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!” And puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then…? Well in Who-Ville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day! And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight, he whizzed with his load through the bright morning light and he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast! And he…

He himself, the Grinch carved the roast beast!

There is much to be grateful for this holiday season, and throughout the year. I am so very blessed, and appreciative for the continued support and trust you have in me as your real estate professional in the West Valley. I look forward to helping you, your family and friend with your real estate needs throughout the New Year. From my family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe holiday celebration. Happy Holidays!

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November National Housing Report from RE/MAX

by Lisa Bray

November National Housing Report from RE/MAX

Despite a slight decrease in the number of transactions, this October is the second best in the history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The markets with the largest increase in sales included Phoenix, AZ with +12.2% increase in value.

“Although October sales weren’t quite as robust as what we've tracked so far in 2016, it's only the second month this year that didn’t exceed the strong levels set in 2015. But finishing just 1 percent below October 2015 sales is still a very solid performance,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “It’s the 13th consecutive month of double-digit decline in inventory year-over-year, and that appears to have pushed prices up in all but one market.”

If you are considering a move, but not sure if of your home’s value please give me a call today. Homes sell even during the holiday season!

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How Do You Decide Between Multiple Offers

by Lisa Bray

How Do You Decide Between Multiple Offers

When selling your home, having more than one choice might seem like a good problem to have. But how do you decide between multiple offers? There are several factors you want to take into consideration, and it’s not always about the highest price. This video will explain more about the multiple offer process.

Thinking about selling your home but not sure if now is a good time? Call me today. I can help you determine if now is a good time, and help you determine the best price and marketing strategy. Give me a call today!

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October National Housing Report from RE/MAX

by Lisa Bray

October National Housing Report from RE/MAX 

According to the October National Housing Report from RE/MAX, we are still far below the six month’s supply considered to be a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. Eight markets, predominantly in the Northeast, have a six or more month supply. Meanwhile, nineteen have three months or less, with the majority being in the West. 

“The market usually sees fewer home sales in September, as buyers make a seasonal transition from summer to fall,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Even so, sales were the highest of any September since we launched our Housing Report in 2008. Also, price increases continue to be in the moderate 5-percent year-over-year range. Overall, this is a market that most everyone can be satisfied with.”

The September Median Sales Price of $219,780 was 5.1 percent above a year ago. And in a rare occurrence, not a single metro posted a year-over-year price drop. The average Month’s Supply of Inventory rose from 3.4 in August to 3.9, the highest since February.

To read the full October National Housing Report from RE/MAX click here. Do you want to know what your Arizona home is worth? Give me a call today. I will prepare a custom report based on your home’s values, and help you determine the best course of action to get your home sold for the best price and terms. Give me a call today! Lisa

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Fall Festival in Goodyear, Arizona

by Lisa Bray

Fall Festival in Goodyear, Arizona 

Anyone who lives in Arizona, or who has visited during October knows that this is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy all the fun activities planned – and take advantageous of the amazing weather!

 This year’s Fall Festival in Goodyear, Arizona will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Goodyear Ballpark.

This event is fun for the whole family and activities include:

  • Train rides
  • Rock wall
  • Corn hole
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Costume contest with prizes
  • And live entertainment!

This is a free event for the public, with performances by local talent. The Goodyear Ballpark is located at 1933 S Ballpark Way in Goodyear, Arizona. For more information or details about the upcoming Fall Festival you can visit: http://www.goodyearbp.com/ballpark-home-page.

I hope to see you there on Saturday, October 22nd! Lisa

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Delivering More Than Just a Home

by Lisa Bray

Delivering More Than Just a Home 

Lisa Bray is a passionate, tenacious real estate consultant committed to providing dedicated service and counsel. She is an Arizona native and Goodyear resident, serving the West Valley real estate market since 2003.

As a full-time agent, she helps her clients achieve their real estate goals with an informed, educated decision. Lisa strives to build lasting relationships with her clients that go beyond just one home sale or purchase – she wants to be your trusted real estate advisor for life.

Check out what Lisa’s clients have to say about her…

“Thanks Lisa for helping me sell my Dad's home. This has been a hard thing to do and you have made it so easy for me! You are the best!”

 “She's outstanding! We were looking for our first home and had lots of questions. She always promptly responded with answers and explanations on our questions. We also had limited time to see houses so we had to see several houses at once. Although we asked her to show houses with short time notice, she always tried to respond to us and took us to the houses we wanted to see. It was such great to work with her and we definitely recommend her!”

“Lisa Bray is the best of the best! I wouldn't be in my beautiful new home if it weren't for Lisa's hard work and dedication - she goes the extra mile to make sure your experience is top notch. I would recommend her to anyone that is looking to buy/sell a home.”

Want to read more? Click here to check out more of Lisa’s reviews. Delivering more than just a home across the West Valley since 2003 – give Lisa Bray a call today!

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Why Fall Is a Good Time to Sell Your Home

by Lisa Bray

Why Fall Is a Good Time to Sell Your Home 

It’s the day that many of us Arizonian’s look forward to, especially after a long, hot summer – its official the first day of fall! If you have been considering a move, but not sure if now is a good time, here are 4 reasons why fall is a good time to sell your home:

Low Inventory: today in Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS), there just under 20,000 homes available for sale. Why is this important to you? In a metropolitan area the size of Phoenix, this is considered low inventory for the pool of available buyers. Simply put, we need more homes to keep up with the demand of people looking to own a home, and that could mean more money in your pocket!

Tax Breaks: Now that school has started, many home buyers will be looking to move before the end of the year to take advantage of tax breaks offered to new homeowners. Buyers who are renting are likely to pay more for rent than they would if they owned a home. Nationally rent prices have gone up 15 percent in the past five years in seventy metro areas across the U.S. according to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), and Phoenix is no exception. Owning a home is cheaper and offers tax shelters from the IRS which is an all-around money savings to homebuyers.

New Home Competition: with a healthy economy comes new construction, including new homes for buyers to purchase. For the last few years, sellers did not have to compete with new homes, but those times have changed. With a stronger economy, new home builders have made a comeback.  The longer you wait to sell, the more new homes you will have to compete with in the future!

It’s the Perfect Weather to Move: let’s face it fall in Arizona is like a slice of heaven on earth! The cooler temps make for the perfect outdoor activities, including packing and moving. Coupled with the steady housing market conditions, it could be time for you to consider a bigger, more upgraded home. If you have owned your home for a few years, you may be sitting on a pot of equity you don’t know you have. Why not cash in, and take advantage of the cooler temperatures while moving into a new home?

Let’s enjoy the fall weather together while we get your home sold for top-dollar! Call me for a complimentary market analysis. Lisa

Lisa Bray
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Surprise Police Warn Against IRS Phone Scam

by Lisa Bray

Surprise Police Warn Against IRS Phone Scam 

Today the Surprise Police Department warned the community about the recent Internal Revenue Service warning sent to taxpayers about a surge in automated phone scams. According to the Department of the Treasury, in early August the IRS warned taxpayers to stay cautious against a rise of IRS impersonation phone scams.

Unfortunately, these returning automated scammers are utilizing some new tactics to demand tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards. To protect yourself from these IRS Scammers please note that the IRS will never demand immediate payment over the phone, call to verify identity by asking for personal or financial information, or require a person to use a specific payment method for taxes such as a prepaid debit card or gift card.

If you have additional questions or want to speak with someone about these scams you may contact the Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. For helpful information on reporting these scams go to TIGTA’s webpage. Please remember and share this information with others to help prevent fraudulent tax scams.

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