Anybody have dogs that do this? We have two schnauzers and when we come home they’re bouncing off the walls.
I did this video tour of Chase Field Phoenix, AZ last year and thought that with baseball season coming up that I’d post it again.
If you’re an Arizona homeowner, or know someone that is, and are upside down on a mortgage, thinking of a short sale or facing foreclosure you should take a look at the “Save Our Home AZ” Program. Even if you’ve already refinanced under HARP 2.0 this State of Arizona program may help. I have personally seen this program reduce the principal balance on an upside down mortgage by over $60K and it can go as high as $100K. So if you’ve played by the rules and didn’t walk out on your mortgage I urge you to visit this web site for more information.
Here’s some useful seller tips that I thought I’d pass along from the Coldwell Banker Bluematter Blog. It’s written by David Marine who is Vice President of Brand Engagement for Coldwell Banker.
The real estate process is chock full of information. I feel like more information is exchanged in a real estate transaction than on a national security background check. But before you even put that “for sale” sign in the front yard, there’s some information you need to put together that will help you get that home ready to be sold.
We talked with Sally Isom with Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury in Memphis, TN who has a handy list of 10 pieces of valuable info that you need to have together before you sell your home.
- Gather your receipts for improvements and repairs – This is excellent information that will help you fill out your State Property Disclosure and will also disclose any repairs made to the property. Your Property Disclosure is an opportunity to show buyers the extensive improvements that have been made to your home.
- HOA rules and regulations – Have a copy of your Home Owner’s Association Rules and Regs so this can easily be shared with interested buyers or provide buyers and their agents with a link to the HOA website for up to date info.
- Mortgage documentation and info about any Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) – When you obtain a contract on your home, the closing office will need all of the information about your mortgage and any additional loans on the property (mortgage company name, loan #s, etc.).
- A 1-page home “brag sheet” – List any improvements you have made to your home whether major or minor including redesigns of rooms, new flooring, bathroom updates or anything else that you can “brag” about your home.
- Warranty information – If any major improvements have warranties this could be very desirable to a buyer. For example windows with lifetime warranty or a roof with a 25 year warranty.
- Provide your Realtor with details about outdoor features – Pool, landscaping, irrigation systems, outdoor kitchens, fireplace, etc. These items have become very important to buyers and the more information they are given, the more excited they get about your home.
- Tell the story of your neighborhood – The neighborhood website, walking trails, etc. In Memphis there is special neighborhood called High Point Terrace that has a street called Aurora Circle and Mimosa. Theses treets have hosted the 4th of July parade for decades and even have their own “mayor.” Everyone wants to live on these streets because of this, so make sure tell the story of your street.
- Remember how it felt when you first bought your home – You wanted as much information about the home as possible. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and try to provide as much documentation as possible.
- If you are having trouble remembering any issues or repairs made to your home, walk through each room – A tour of each room and the exterior will help you remember any changes and repairs or issues that have come up while you lived there. If you have had any Homeowner’s Insurance claims, be sure and provide all documentation to your Realtor.
- Always remember: disclose, disclose, disclose – Be sure not to withhold any reports or information about your home. What may seem minimal to you may seem major to a buyer. Oversharing is always good practice when selling your home!
Here in Arizona, or anywhere for that matter, with the blazing summer sun it’s a good idea to have a shaded area in your back yard. Whether it be for lounging around the pool, entertaining or barbecuing. So I thought I’d post the article below with 6 ideas.
6 PATIO COVER IDEAS TO SHADE YOUR SPACE AND STYLE
Written by Kerrie Kelly, ASID on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:12 am
Around mid-winter, most of us begin pining for that casual, outdoor lifestyle that comes back with the sunshine and warm temperatures. While that’s not a reality many of us can enjoy quite yet, this is a great time to start planning those patio upgrades that will make lounging in the sunshine as cool and comfortable as we imagine.
Start by doing everything you can to bring the outdoors in with upgrades like larger windows, French doors, and window coverings such as Roman shades or plantation shutters that allow you to maximize light and sight lines. Then start planning how to bring the indoors out with patio furniture that’s sturdy and stylish enough to entice you out to the patio.
One of the most effective ways to add the perception of square footage to your home is to form an outdoor living space. To create that illusion, a patio cover is key. It adds months of access to your new outdoor space, and really helps to protect that new furniture.
There are many patio-cover options these days, and the right choice for you is dependent on what your outdoor lifestyle is really like.
Here are six great options to get you daydreaming about the sunny days to come:
Solid Shingles:This solid choice is just that-solid. Solid patio covers built as a simple addition over the patio use the same shingles the roof does and deliver a polished version of an outdoor living space. Gabled construction adds an architectural element to the home’s exterior, lending style and value. Solid patio covers are ideal if you entertain outdoors often or take family meals on the patio fairly regularly. If winter storage of your patio furniture is an issue, a solid patio cover is a great choice.
Solid Metal:All the same benefits apply here, but where the solid shingle look is great for more traditional architecture, we love the sophisticated look that a painted metal top can bring to a more contemporary or transitional home. It creates a real opportunity to expand square footage using fabrics, rugs and furnishings that look like they may belong inside. Thanks to the advancements in indoor/outdoor furnishings and materials, you can maintain the same palette on the patio that you have going on in your interior space.
Solar Panels:Trending these days are eco-chic solar panel patio covers that let in a little light, but also collect energy. This obviously offers the most tangible return on your investment from the energy savings alone, but the forward thinking and contemporary styling are a definite upgrade when it comes time to sell your home.
Lattice:The open lattice look doesn’t offer all the cover of some other options, but the filtered sunshine and the chance to add a little green to the architecture with a climbing vine are almost instantly soothing. You can actually purchase open lattice patio covers already constructed in wood or aluminum. Make sure to opt for the aluminum if you’re considering that climbing vine. Otherwise, prepare for a bit more maintenance or to embrace a “weathered wood” aesthetic.
See the rest of the article on my Realty Times page.