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5 Pet-Friendly Design Updates for Your Home

by Lisa Bray

5 Pet-Friendly Design Updates for Your Home

Do you have a four-legged best friend that you love? You’re not alone. It's estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States. And 81 percent of respondents in a National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey said they’d take their pets’ needs into account in choosing their next living situation. So it makes sense that making space for your pet or pets in your home is important. And if you’re selling your home, pet-friendly amenities could help attract potential homebuyers who are also pet parents. Here are 5 pet-friendly design updates for your home to consider adding.

1. Pet washing station: Fences, dog doors and laminate flooring are the most common pet-friendly improvements Americans make to homes, shares the NAR. But some are even going so far as to modify their floor plans to add pet-washing station in the laundry room to make bath time just that much more comfortable for Fido.

2. Built-in Food Storage: Food storage cupboards and built-in storage space for supplies and equipment to the kitchen are becoming a hot new craze. Think food-storage cabinets similar to trash-can pull-outs.

3. Custom Feeding Stations: Tired of constantly knocking over your pets food or water bowl? Some homeowners have a special feeding spot with a built-in feeding station located in the Arizona room, under the stairs or in the laundry room made especially for their favorite fur ball.

4. Special Potty Areas: More and more homeowners are adding outdoor potty areas just off the pet door “planted” with antimicrobial artificial grass for easier clean up and comfort.

5. Built-in Pet Cubby: In the same vein as the built-in feeding station, some homeowners create aesthetically pleasing built-in pet-bed cubbies. Bye-bye boring old pet bed, hello custom pet cubby in the den!

Are you a pet lover looking to buy a Goodyear home that’s perfect for your family and fur babies? Contact Lisa Bray today! I can help you and your four legged friend find a community in the West Valley to call your own. 

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January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The January RE/MAX National Housing Report shows the median home price rose 8.1 percent year-over-year, with fifty of the report’s fifty-four markets posting increases. At the same time, December sales dropped 3.3 percent from December 2016, with thirty-nine markets reporting fewer transactions. Making sales harder was a Months Supply of Inventory of 3.7 which is the lowest December figure in the nine-year history of the report. That corresponds with a 14.6 percent decline in inventory, lengthening a streak of monthly declines that began in November 2008.

Also setting a report record for December was the speed of home sales: Fifty-seven days. That figured into an overall 2017 median for Days on Market of 52.5 — nearly a week less than the 2016 median of 58.5 days.

Home buyers paid record prices in 2017, led by June’s Median Price Sold of $245,000. Prices increased year-over-year in every month of 2017, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.

“We see the median sales price of homes across the country rising every month, year-over-year, but the days on market and the supply of homes for sale hit record lows in December,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “If inventory keeps getting tighter across the country it’ll be interesting to see how it might affect sales.”

While sales dropped slightly from a year ago, December capped off a 2017 of record home prices, speedy sales and low inventory. Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in December 2017, the overall average number of home sales decreased 2.5 percent compared to November 2017. For more information, download your copy of the January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report here.

Whether you are considering buying a home, selling a home or both, Lisa Bray has the experience and skill you need to make an educated, informed decision. Contact Lisa today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home’s approximate present value on the market today.

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Top 3 Home Tax Deductions to Remember Before You File

by Lisa Bray

Top 3 Home Tax Deductions to Remember Before You File


The beginning of tax filing season, and homeowners everywhere are gathering their important tax documents, and keeping their fingers crossed for some great deductions. Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve been in your home for years, here are the top 3 tax deductions to remember before you file.

1.) Mortgage Interest: The biggest tax break you have as a homeowner is your mortgage interest. A home mortgage interest deduction allows you to reduce your taxable income by the amount of interest paid on the loan which is secured by your principal residence. This deduction can also apply if you refinanced or own multiple properties. Visit the IRS site to learn more.

2.) Property Taxes: Because a large part of your monthly loan payment is contributed to property taxes, you’re allowed an annual deduction if you’re a taxpaying homeowner. The deduction amount is the amount you’ve paid and includes any payments made through an escrow account. Check out the IRS site for all the property tax guidelines. 

3.) Energy Efficiency Repairs: If you made green energy saving improvements, you could see more green on your taxes. Eco-friendly home improvements can allow you to qualify for an energy credit of 10 percent. These enhancements can include adding more efficient windows, energy saving heaters, adding Energy Star Appliances, and more. There are also extra credits for solar panels. You can find a complete list of green home enrichments and the tax credit criteria on the IRS site for more details.

Tax deductions and credits are just some of the bonuses of being a homeowner. I recommend that you consult a professional tax planner before you file this year. If you’re interested in buying a home in Goodyear or selling your West Valley home this tax season, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

by Lisa Bray

Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

It’s important to stay active and involved in your community all year round, but it’s especially important during the holiday season to help combat stress, improve health and help welcome in the New Year with optimism. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in two community 5K’s in the month of December that were fantastic experiences. The first was the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Scottsdale, an officially timed event that had mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats waiting for the racers at the finish line. Coined as “America’s Sweetest Race,” the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K proceeds benefitted the Make-A-Wish® charity and was truly a delight to be a part of.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I ran in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This event included a half marathon, quarter marathon, four mile and a Reindeer Kids’ Dash. This race was fun and festive with many participants donning their best holiday gear. It was impossible not to smile, and by the end I was filled with holiday spirit as I joined the other race participants of all ages, shape and sizes from the community at the finish line. This was very memorable run!

I invite you to join me for the next community racing event, Are You Faster Than a Boy Scout which takes place Saturday, March 18, 2018 in scenic Litchfield Park. This is a fun, family-friendly event that you will want to return to year after year. The race is a flat and fast, chip timed event and is staffed by the Boy Scouts with support from adult volunteers. Best of all 100 percent of the proceeds for this race go to fund Scouting activities including, summer camps and high adventure camps for the active Scouts in the local Troop. If you’d like more information about this event or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas! –Lisa

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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.

Lisa Bray

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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!

Lisa Bray

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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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