Goodyear, AZ Real Estate Market Summary

Here’s a video summary for the Goodyear, AZ Real Estate Market for November 2014. Select the menu item to the left for free downloadable pdf’s for most Phoenix West Valley cities. Contact me if you don’t see the one that you’re looking for.

Coldwell Banker 2014 Home Listing Report

How many homes in the Midwest can you buy for one in Silicon Valley? Check out the Coldwell Banker 2014 Home Listing Report to find out how this year’s most expensive market, Los Altos, Calif., stacks up against markets across the country.

Market Action Reports Updated For November 2014

The Phoenix, AZ West Valley Real Estate Market Action Reports for November 2014 have been updated for most West Valley cities. If you don’t see your city, e-mail me at andy.bennett@azmoves.com or call me at 623 344-1003 x3071 and I’ll look it up for you. The November video summaries will be updated within a week.

The link is to the left as “Real Estate Market Action Reports”.

 

 

24 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE MORE SALEABLE

Here’s an interesting article for those that may be thinking of selling a home, no matter where you are.

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 1:25 pm

When it’s time to sell, little things make a difference. Thankfully, little fixes take little time. If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, or if you’re already listed and are wondering why your house isn’t selling, these easy, quick adjustments you can do in 10 minutes or less can help.

1. Dust – everything. Dust bunnies don’t sell homes.

2. Change out your welcome mat. A fresh, new mat provides a warm welcome and can make the home feel updated.

3. Make your bed. Crumpled sheets are a no-no during a home tour or open house.

4. Clean off your counters – this goes for your kitchen and your bathrooms. “Take everything off the kitchen counters that you don’t use every day.

Also, hide away dish soap and sponges (Buyers don’t want to think about washing dishes,” said Real Estate in Metro Boston. “They want to dream about entertaining in your gorgeous kitchen”. Add one pretty decorative item to the kitchen counters and you’re done.

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5. De-clutter! The point is to emphasize how much space you have, not how much stuff you have.

6. Get over yourself. You might think your house is perfect just the way it is, but buyers might disagree. Taking the emotion out of the equation can help you to make the necessary fixes. “Detach yourself from your house. The process of staging takes the focus of your home away from you and puts it on the potential new owners of your home,” said Houzz.

7. Wax your floors. A good product can hide a multitude of sins. So can throw rugs. Get some tips from Better Homes and Gardens.

8. Fold everything nicely in your linen closet. Making it look tidy will help buyers feel confident that there is enough storage.

9. Hang everything in your coat closet and set umbrellas, luggage, and other necessities neatly.

10. Do a light bulb check. A simple thing like a burned-out bulb could be a deal killer if a buyer jumps to the conclusion that other things in the house may have been overlooked. And buyers jump to conclusions. All. The. Time.

11. Take the risqué stuff out of your medicine cabinet or bathroom drawer. People will open them. And they will judge you.

12. Turn on the lights. All of them. If people are coming to tour your home, make it easy for them to see it. You don’t want them having to traverse the living room to try and figure out how to turn on the overhead light. If it’s not bright enough, switch your bulbs to the highest wattage allowed.

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Those are just the first 12. You can get the rest at my Realty Times page, here.

Residential Rental Tax

A while back I received a postcard from the Maricopa County Assessor’s office stating that if you own a home in the county and you’re renting it then you’re supposed to change it’s land use “Class” status to “Residential Rental”. This is so they know that you’re supposed to pay tax on your rental income I suppose. Oh yeah, they also charge a $10 fee when you change it from one status to another.

In Arizona, Maricopa County anyway, you’re supposed to pay tax on your rental property income to the city via the state I’m told. Each city has it’s own rate. I called the City of Goodyear and talked to the finance tax guy and he told me that the rate in Goodyear is 2.5% and it’s paid through the state, I guess when you file your tax return. I also asked him what the penalty was for not complying and he seemed kinda vague. How does it work if you rent a home here and live out of state is not something I know. I would recommend that you talk to a tax preparer if you want more info call the finance department for the city where you have a rental.

I’m only bringing this up because I’m considering a rental property and from what I’ve seen as a Realtor you simply pass it on to the tenant by adding the tax to the rental agreement.

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