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4 Fall Curb Appeal Hacks to Attract Buyers

by Lisa Bray

4 Fall Curb Appeal Hacks to Attract Buyers

Photo courtesy of homesteading.com The term “curb appeal” derives from real estate sales and home design. For years, buyers have formed their first impressions of homes while standing in the street or sitting inside the car, just beyond the curb. The initial drive-by would determine whether or not they would go for an actual showing. Curb appeal was always the single most important piece of the home sale puzzle and it’s still relevant today. If you’re planning to sell your Phoenix home this fall then here are  4 fall curb appeal hacks to attract buyers.

1.) Autumn Wreath: Add a burst of bold fall color to your front door with a beautiful floral wreath. The traditional autumn foliage colors or rich reds, rusts and burnished gold tones will give your entry a seasonal boost. 

2.) Pumpkin Spice: Nothing says autumn quite like pumpkins, dried gourds, winter squash, and bushels of fall-blooming flowers. Adding a pumpkin or a cluster of small colorful winter squash near your door or planting some fall-blooming flowers add a great eye-catching element to your curb appeal and helps potential buyers feel more at home. Just remember to keep fall décor simple because less is more.

3.) Spruce up your yard: While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn't mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.

4.) Fall lights: As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential home buyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.

Need help selling your home this fall? Ready to buy a home in the West Valley? Contact Lisa Bray today. I’m here to guide you through every step of the process for a knowledgeable and unforgettable real estate experience.

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RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

by Lisa Bray

RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018

The RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018 shows increasing home prices, low inventory and a reduction in days on market. These combined factors made August 2018 the sixth time this year that home sales lagged behind last year’s pace—but only slightly at -1.1 percent. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

Home prices rose by 3.7 percent over August 2017, much lower than the year-over-year price increase of 5.4 percent from August 2016 to August 2017. In fact, the past three months of 2018 have trailed 2017’s rate of price growth year-over-year—compare that to four of the first five months of 2018 when year-over-year price increases easily topped those posted in 2017.

The Median Sales Price of $248,500 marked the twenty-ninth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Even though active inventory dropped for the 118th consecutive month, the decline of 5.4 percent from August 2017 marked the smallest year-over-year decrease since August 2014. In addition, the August 2018 inventory drop marked the fourth consecutive month in 2018 to post single-digit percent declines, rather than the double-digit monthly drops consistently seen in early 2018 and over the previous three years.

“It varies by market, but we’re hearing that buyers are being more selective and sellers are becoming more pragmatic,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “That dynamic could bring inventory levels up, especially in the most overheated markets, where we expect to see the clearest signs of equilibrium returning. The economy is strong and potential buyers are out there—they just need more listings, at the right price points, to consider. We believe that balance will return, which will be good for everyone in the long run. It’s just a matter of when.”

Contos added that although the lack of inventory continues to be a challenge, the trends suggest that the market finally appears to be rebalancing.

“The moderation we are experiencing seems to be a bit more than the normal seasonal lull we’d expect this time of year,” said Contos.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2018. 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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City of Surprise Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

by Lisa Bray

City of Surprise Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes annually. Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol is. One out of every four traffic crashes that occur in the U.S. are caused by cell phone usage. This startling data may be one of many reasons why a new law banning the use of cellphones while driving went into effect in Surprise this month, making it the latest city to attempt regulation rather than wait for a state effort.

Surprise officials put an ordinance banning talking, texting or anything involving a handheld communication device into effect last week, the Arizona Republic reported. Police will generally issue warnings only for the first thirty days of the new law, said Surprise police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski. After that, the fines will begin. The fine is $250 on the first offense. The law prohibits talking on a cellphone, sending a text message or otherwise using a hand-held communications device while driving in the city, unless the device is in hands-free mode.

City leaders were cautious when enacting the outright ban, fearing that it could make the city a target of the state Legislature, which has been enacting local pre-emption laws on many subjects. But Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott said the Arizona League of Cities and Towns believed the law could be imposed.

Lawmakers have gone back and forth on cellphone bans in cars for more than a decade. Earlier this year, legislation banning drivers’ cellphone usage was shot down gained approval in the Senate but died in the House.

The lack of a state law has led to a mishmash of different ordinances across jurisdictions. Tucson, Sedona and Oro Valley currently prohibit handheld cellphone use while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Fountain Hills only prohibit texting while driving.

If you’d like more information about the Surprise cell phone ban, or if you’re interested in selling or buying a home in Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and the surrounding cities, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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Cheerful Canyon Trails Home for Sale in Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

NEW LISTING!!! Cheerful Canyon Trails Home for Sale in Goodyear

Make this your home sweet home! Location, curb appeal and lifestyle are the perfect combination in this spectacular 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2-story in the awesome Canyon Trails subdivision of Goodyear!

As you make your way through the double door entry you will be welcomed by the open spacious downstairs with vaulted formal living room and formal dining that overlooks the beautifully landscaped backyard. Just off the entry is a den/office that is perfect for anyone working from home, guest, or kids play area!

The kitchen is a chef's dream with ample counter and cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in pantry. The kitchen overlooks the family room with gas fireplace. As you make your way up the grand staircase you’ll be in awe of the loft size that overlooks the downstairs. The beautiful master retreat is enormous and features a separate shower and tub as well as huge walk-in closet. Three additional bedrooms round out the upstairs living.

The backyard oasis features a sparkling, pebble-tec pool, pergola, outdoor kitchen and firepit. The front and backyard are easy maintenance thanks to artificial turf. The 3-car garage has built-in cabinets and the shade screens throughout provide style and energy efficiency to your home. Come see this 4,166 square foot beauty and make it your home! Contact Lisa Bray today to schedule a private showing of 16527 W Roosevelt St Goodyear, AZ 85338.

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July 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

July 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

July home sales rose 1.8 percent year-over-year, making it the second month of 2018 to post a sales increase year-over-year, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

In the July 2018 report, 37 of the report’s 54 metro areas posted sales increases over July 2017—April was the first month of 2018 where more homes were sold than the same month in 2017. The report also marks the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

The Median Sales Price of $250,575 was up 4.4 percent from July 2017, and represents the third-highest price in report history—topped only by May and June of this year. Months Supply of Inventory was at 2.9 – the smallest total ever recorded for July.

Forty-two of the 54 metro areas reported a year-over-year drop in inventory. The Days on Market dropped to 41 – four days less than July 2017 and one day under the previous nine-year low set in June 2018.

“Because we’ve faced challenging inventories and increasing home prices for some time now, a seasonal slowdown that rebalances the market a bit might actually be a positive in the months ahead,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It could level affordability to some extent and create more opportunity for buyers who’ve been priced out of hot markets.”

The average Days on Market for homes sold in July 2018 was 41, down one day from the average in June 2018, and down 4 days from the July 2017 average. The number of homes for sale in July 2018 was down 0.3 percent from June 2018, and down 7.8 percent from July 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in July, the Months Supply of Inventory increased to 2.9 from 2.7 in June 2018, and decreased from 3.1 in July 2017. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In July 2018, all but one of 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

Want to know more? Click here to download your copy of the July 2018 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 of Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, and the surrounding areas, 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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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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June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

We’re already halfway through 2018 and the housing prices are at record highs, while inventory is at record lows and home sales are trailing 2017’s pace, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. June sales were 5.5 percent lower than June 2017 in the fifty-four metro areas surveyed, marking the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year declines.

Headed in the opposite direction, the June Median Sales Price of $258,500 was an all-time high in the nine-year history of the report. It was 5.1 percent higher than the $245,000 recorded last June, bringing the consecutive months of year-over-year price increases to 27. In each of the previous five years – going back to June 2013’s $193,750 – June has posted the highest Median Sales Price of the year.

“Year-over-year prices have been climbing for more than two years now, which is great news for homeowners and sellers,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “In the hottest markets, demand is especially high because there simply aren’t that many homes for sale. The slower sales figures we’re seeing are tied to inventory more than anything else.”

Forty-two of the fifty-four metro areas reported a year-over-year drop in inventory. That years-long trend is reflected in Months Supply of Inventory dropping to 2.7 – down 8.8 percent year-over-year and the smallest figure ever recorded for June. Fewer houses for sale generally results in a faster process: Homes sold in June averaged just forty-two Days on Market – five days less than June 2017 and three days under the previous nine-year low of forty-five days.

“Lack of inventory has become a theme for the year,” Contos said. “Having fewer homes to choose from poses a challenge for buyers, who need to be ready to act decisively and quickly. Working with a full-time, professional RE/MAX agent can prepare them for that.”

To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT or click here to download your copy of the June 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you would like to sell your Arizona home or find the perfect home for sale in Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Avondale or the surrounding Phoenix areas, please contact Lisa Bray. I will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and I am committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time!

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Design Hacks Your For-Sale Home Needs to Sell Quickly

by Lisa Bray

Design Hacks Your For-Sale Home Needs to Sell Quickly

It’s a sellers’ market which means if you’re ready to sell your Phoenix home, you may not be the only one on the block. If you want to stand out among the competition, these are the design hacks your for-sale home needs to sell quickly!

Welcoming Exterior: First impressions are lasting and your home’s exterior makes the first impression to potential buyers. Make a good first impression by making sure your lawns are clean of weeds, debris, and any visually unappealing clutter. Colorful desert blooms and outdoor lighting near the entry way also help emit a welcome home exterior that potential home buyers love.

Clutter Free Space: Home buyers want large, roomy spaces for their belongings. Removing clutter and allowing plenty of room to walk around furniture and easily maneuver around is a great way to help sell your home. Clean windows with open window coverings that let in natural sunlight help spaces seem lighter, brighter and open. Also, placing a few strategically placed decorative mirrors helps further make rooms seem more spacious.

Revamped Kitchen and Bath: Kitchens and bathrooms are often the first thing buyers gravitate to. Give your cabinetry a set of new hardware and repair any cracks or broken hinges. Make your flooring stand out by cleaning and resealing your tile or refinishing your wood floors. Cleaning or upgrading your countertops really helps make them stand out. Some home sellers even choose to upgrade the bathroom fixtures or kitchen appliances to give their kitchen and bath an extra kick.

If you want to attract more buyers and sell your Phoenix home contact Lisa Bray today! I have the proven track record and resources to help you achieve your real estate goals and get top dollar for your home!

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3 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley

by Lisa Bray

3 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley

Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so there are many celebrations leading up to the holiday and on the holiday itself. Here are 3 wonderful ways to celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley this year!

  1. Red, White and BOOM!: Celebrate the 4th of July at The Wigwam at their Red, White and BOOM event on July 4th from 6-8pm at the Blue Course of the Wigwam Golf Course located at 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park. The event includes live DJ entertainment, a Kid Zone with bounce houses & water slides. Unlimited rides & activities wrist band are available for purchase for $10 or $8 with active Military ID. Complimentary admission to the firework show on the first fairway of the Blue Golf Course. A variety of food & drink options are available for purchase. Bring your chairs, blankets, & beach towels! Click here for more event details.
  2. Star Spangled 4th:  Celebrate Independence Day at the spring-training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. This free event includes live music (Shari Rowe, Groove Merchants), games, a hotdog-eating contest, a pitching contest, ziplines and fireworks. 6-10 p.m. Free admission, free parking. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. Call 623-882-3120 or visit  goodyearbp.com for more details.
  3. Westgate Firework Fest: Enjoy the 4th at Westgate on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with two music stages, family entertainment, a cool water zone, food from more than twenty restaurants, a lively bar scene and a pyrotechnic spectacular! Westgate Firework Fest is free and open to the public and located at 6751 N Sunset Blvd in Glendale. Click here for more details.

For more fun things to do in the West Valley, or if you want to buy a home in Goodyear or the surrounding communities of Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Estrella Mountain, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Peoria or Phoenix please contact Lisa Bray today. Hope you all have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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June National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

June National Housing Report

Homes sold faster in May than at virtually any other time in the past decade, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. Low inventory and high demand in May cut Days on Market to 46, the second-lowest monthly number in the nearly 10-year history of the report. May home sales topped April sales by 14.5 percent, and were down by 2.8 percent from May 2017. The median sales price of $251,673 was up 7.8%. By comparison, homes averaged five more days on the market (51) in May 2017, 12 more days (58) in May 2016 and 18 more days (64) in 2015.0

“Even with low inventory and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, homes are going from ‘for sale’ to sold 28 percent faster than three years ago,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos.

With eleven metro areas increasing the median sales price year-over-year by double digits, May is still a seller’s market, and homebuyers should expect to compete with other buyers when they are ready to make an offer on a home.

“Be prepared — that’s my message to potential homebuyers in this summer selling season,” added Contos. “Make sure you are pre-approved with a lender, try to make a clean offer with no contingencies and, if possible, consider offering favorable concessions to the seller such as a flexible closing date. Pairing today’s real estate technology with the guidance of a professional RE/MAX agent, can help you find the right home.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the May2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report or access the housing report infographic here. 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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