helpful hints

April 11, 2020

Should Buyer Do A Pre-Closing Walkthrough?

Should a home buyer do a pre-closing walkthrough prior to purchasing a home? We get that question from time to time. My answer is always the same. “Yes. I believe you should do a walkthrough of your home before closing.” We see people say Buyer walkthrough, walk through and Buyer walk thru… No matter how you spell it, the answer is still the same. Just do it. Our current residential […]
June 10, 2019
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Sellers Watching Potential Home Buyers

Are home sellers watching potential home buyers? Would that be a little creepy or do you think it is perfectly normal? Many people have different opinions about this topic. One thing is for sure, it is becoming a VERY common occurrance. Not long ago, it would be pretty uncommon for a seller to record your every move or your seemingly private conversations while you are touring their home with your […]
April 27, 2017
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Wire Fraud Advisory – Things To Know

A wire fraud advisory is a document that we use to educate consumers about a potentially devistating loss of funds at the hands of some really bad people. We have started using a wire fraud advisory with our transactions because of the fact that criminals are targeting social media and email accounts to steal your personal information. This low down practice is particularly common in real estate transactions because sensitive […]
May 23, 2010

AZ Real Estate Market Heating Up

Ok, so we had our first 100 degree day recently, big whup…. Around here, that is child’s play. For many, the a/c has been cranking for weeks, but for some, they hold out as long as possible. I can tell you one thing, if you are selling a home right now, don’t try to “cheap out” and turn the a/c up to 85 or 90 when you leave for work […]
January 4, 2010

The Truth about The Truth-in-Lending

The most confusing document in the entire loan package is the Truth-In-Lending Disclosure Statement. I’ve heard more than one escrow officer refer to it as the “Confusion-In-Lending” and simply ask the borrower to sign with a cursory explanation usually saying it’s the loan costs rolled into the interest rate or something similar. While not entirely inaccurate, it doesn’t really explain the “TIL” as it’s referred to in the biz. With […]
October 30, 2009

What Happens in Escrow?

The main purpose of this blog is to provide information to you. In doing that, I have decided to ask people from within my industry to write an occasional “guest post” on topics that will be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about the real estate business or the real estate market in Arizona. Below, you will find some information about the escrow process as written by my good […]
October 3, 2008

October is Breast Cancer awareness month!

For the month of October, we have gone PINK in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. This is a great opportunity to tell our friends about FREE mammograms. Most of you know that, for many years, I have sponsored teams for the “Climb to Conquer Cancer” as it is a cause very near and dear to my heart. There are many other great ways to get involved in helping raise money […]
March 22, 2008

Spring has Sprung! – A couple of helpful hints

We all know, it is hard to beat Arizona this time of year. We enjoy some really beautiful weather and have a ton of outdoor options available to us.Another thing we ALL know is that summer will be here before you soon! Yep, those 100 degree days are right around the corner. With the change in weather, you might want to check a couple of things around the house to […]
March 9, 2008

What is your “Walk Score?”

There are many factors that will go help in the decision when you purchase your next home. Of course, location plays a major factor in most sound real estate purchases. To help find out how “walkable” a neighborhood is, you can check out this nifty web site that will give your neighborhood a “score” based on the amenities near by.My neighborhood in South Tempe scores a “decent” 66. At 70, […]