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Sanctuary World Class Resort Spa & Award Winning Restaurant

Posted by on April 19, 2014 with 0 Comments

Sanctuary World Class Resort Spa & Award Winning Restaurant

Scottsdale real estate team of REALTORs® at Luxury Valley Homes is always searching for interesting events or something special that may interest our community and home buyer’s moving in from out of state. This is truly something special.

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Sanctuary World Class Restaurant

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was named the number one resort in Arizona in Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and the number one resort in the Southwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards”. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001.

As much of the country recovers from a cold and snowy winter season, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is touting Scottsdale’s year-round sunshine with adrenalin and vitamin D-packed getaways. The packages showcase Arizona’s glorious outdoors, complemented by the creature comforts of Sanctuary’s elements restaurant, Sanctuary Spa, and other world-class amenities.

Sanctuary Spa

Experience the intimate retreat of Sanctuary’s Scottsdale resort spa, one of the top destination spas in the country. Our luxury spa offers a menu of Asian–inspired services in twelve indoor & outdoor treatment rooms. Enhanced by distinctive architecture and a breathtaking setting, our relaxing Zen meditation garden, tranquil reflecting pond, and Watsu® pool provide a relaxing Arizona spa vacation.

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Sanctuary Resort Reflection Pool


Luxury spa services and classes in Sanctuary’s state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio include Pilates, meditation, Yoga, fitness & nutrition consultations, and more. In tribute to our spa resort’s history, Sanctuary also features five championship tennis courts. Go play outside and join her for a fun group class like “Zennis” (a hybrid of yoga and tennis offered on Friday mornings), Zumba, morning stretch or water fitness.

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Museums In Arizona Fun and Informative | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on April 15, 2014 with 0 Comments

Museums In Arizona Fun and Informative

There is much to explore and see in Arizona and while we can’t bring it all to you in this one article, we can mention a few of the museum’s that are available for fun and education. It’s just one more reason that Scottsdale real estate is so popular – Having fun in the sun with museums in Arizona.


Music Instrumental Museum

MIM offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world. The 200,000 square-foot space is bright and open, providing guests with a warm and comfortable environment.

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum in Phoenix is probably the most famous, with a world-class collection of Native American art and culture set in a 1920s Spanish Colonial mansion. It’s big enough to house a Navajo hogan (a traditional octagonal building) and some 35,000 artifacts including paintings, pottery, weavings and Hopi katsina doll figures. The museum hosts art shows, markets and ceremonial events such as the annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in February.

Scottsdale Historical Museum

The mission of the Scottsdale Historical Museum is to present, preserve, and interpret through research, exhibits, and educational programming, the prehistory, history and cultural heritage of Scottsdale and the Southwest. The museum has both permanent and changing exhibits.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place to experience contemporary art and culture. Our aim is to connect visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our time and explore the possibilities of innovation, creativity and expression.

Arizona Science Center

There’s always something new and exciting happening at Arizona Science Center. Every month there is a new theme, as an example, Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Phoenix Art Museum

If your thirst for art isn’t satisfied yet, stop by the Phoenix Art Museum, which underwent a $50 million expansion in 2006. There, more than 17,000 works of classic and modern art span the globe, from Monet’s France to Frida Kahlo’s Mexico and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Southwest. The museum’s fashion design gallery includes stylish togs from the past four centuries, and the Thorne Miniature Rooms hold tiny furniture, rugs and accessories all made at a scale of one inch equals one foot in real life. Gallery talks and formal lectures round things out.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

For more modern works, head to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (or SMOCA), the largest of its kind in the Phoenix area. Its ultramodern architecture alone is worth a look.

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

In Arizona’s West Coast region, Yuma is home to two intriguing collections. The Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park housed its first prisoners in 1876. Its thick walls and eagle-eyed guards made it a legendary place to be incarcerated, but it operated for only 33 years. Today it’s open to visitors, from cell blocks to guard towers. The onsite museum includes artifacts and photographs of people who cooled their heels here. (Come on Sunday from October through April for Old West reenactments.)

Sanguinetti House Museum and Garden

Also in Yuma is the Sanguinetti House Museum and Garden, an adobe home built in the 1870s. The addition of a garden and aviaries inspired by trips to Italy by a pioneer merchant made the house a refuge. The complex now houses a museum on the history of the lower Colorado River area, and the garden and aviaries have both been lovingly preserved.

Historic Route 66 Museum in Kingman

Head north to Kingman for the Historic Route 66 Museum, smack in the middle of the longest remaining stretch of the “Mother Road.” It may have been superseded by the Interstates, but Route 66 lives on in places like this, inside an old powerhouse that’s been turned into a visitor center. (With more than 60 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, practically all of Kingman is a museum.) Photos, paintings and life-size dioramas trace the western spread of modern America along the 35th parallel.

Museum of Northern Arizona

Flagstaff’s Museum of Northern Arizona is an excellent introduction to the cultures and critters of the Four Corners. Displays of art, archaeology and science cover the histories of the tribes of the Colorado Plateau from prehistoric times to today, with some amazing examples of native crafts.

Tucson’s Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

For more desert plants and animals, the place to go is Tucson, where the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum describes the amazing adaptations living things have made to survive in this arid environment. From mammoth saguaros to tiny hummingbirds, this combination of museum, zoo and botanical garden has it all. Befitting the climate, most of it is outdoors.

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Arizona Calvary

The Arizona Military Museum is operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, a private non-profit corporation.

The officers and directors serve as docents, and they perform other necessary functions in conjunction with National Guard support to operate and maintain the museum.

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McDowell Mountain Ranch Arizona | Scottsdale Real Estate AZ

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McDowell Mountain Ranch in Scottsdale AZ

McDowell Mountain Ranch is an award winning community that stretches 3,200 acres in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. This master-planned community is made up of 26 neighborhoods, comprising of almost 4,000 homes.

Amenities include two miles of lighted paved and natural trails through beautiful desert landscape with access to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve; their own TV station; a Community Center; two shopping centers that offer a variety of dining experiences, a large supermarket, and shopping and service opportunities; two heated pools and spas in addition to the McDowell Mountain Aquatic Park that features diving a pool with water slides and a lazy river; tennis courts; a skate park; basketball and volleyball courts; picnic and many greenbelt areas.

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Amid the McDowell Mountain Ranch community is the Sanctuary at Westworld – a 6,624-yard, 18-hole golf course designed to showcase the stunning panoramic views and desert terrain that serves as a sanctuary for native plants and wildlife. It is the first golf course in Arizona and the 17th in the world to attain the coveted Audubon Signature Status.

McDowell Mountain Ranch is a haven where the community coincides with nature combined with magnificent scenery with plenty of recreational opportunities for a fun family lifestyle.

For inquiries on McDowell Mountain Ranch real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona, just email or call us at 480-595-6412.

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What to Know About Budgeting Your Home Remodel | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on April 10, 2014 with 0 Comments
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What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel | Scottsdale Real Estate

The budget conversation — it’s sometimes awkward, often slightly uncomfortable and usually comes with a bit of anxiety. Because of the nature of construction, things often cost more than what homeowners think. There are endless debates on why that is, but the result is that we designers often have conversations with clients that end with an awkward silence. The silence usually means that certain aspects of their project might be out of their reach. And truth be told, we really don’t like being the messenger in these conversations. We want our clients to be satisfied with the process and get what they really want.

But the flip side of that conversation is that budget constraints can make a project better. Just hear me out. What we find is that financial considerations make our team and clients focus on what’s really important. That pressure helps edit down the myriad choices and allows a more coherent story to emerge. And it all comes back to sticking to that budget. Here’s how.

Establish Your Budget Early

We have been in situations where clients have not told us their budget until we have completed some of the initial phases of work. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this can create delays in the project. It’s like going to a personal trainer but not telling them how much weight you can lift, and so you spend time trying a few exercises to figure out what the proper weights are.

Just a reminder that the alternative to all of this is selling your home and starting the process of finding a another house you can call home.

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There are situations where homeowners generally don’t know what a new custom home or addition will cost, but a key part of the process is considering how much you would be comfortable spending on the project. Obviously spending $50,000 will produce a dramatically different result than if you spent $500,000. And what you spend will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including neighborhood, type of project and level of finishes.

Without knowing a budget range, we could get through the first few meetings with clients and then give them a rough ballpark figure, which is sometimes double or triple what they thought it would be.

Don’t try to second-guess your design team by holding your cards close to your chest. Help us work with you to get the most value for your hard-earned dollars. Most designers don’t look for opportunities to waste money just for the sake of it. Sure we all want a great project at the end of the process, but we also want to make sure our clients are happy. So establishing your budget early in the process will be helpful to your team, as it will give them one of the key ingredients that will go into making a design you can live with.

Find a contractor, designer or architect through referrals if possible from someone who has used them before.

Ensure Your Budget Is Realistic

It’s easy to look at TV shows and get the wrong idea about what things cost. In most cases those budgets are not realistic for a bunch of reasons, most of which revolve around how suppliers and trades price their services to be included on the show. There is an old project management saying that goes, “Price, speed, quality — pick any two.”

It’s not totally untrue, and it underscores that there are no easy trade-offs in a construction project. It would be problematic for me to suggest pricing in this article, as it varies substantially based on a number of factors, including location, number of trades in the area, level of finish, complexity of construction etc.

The budget number that most clients care about is the “all-in” number. That includes everything they will write a check for including moving expenses, fees and construction. (More about that later.)

Your design team can help you get a sense of what a realistic budget might be for your project; you can also ask friends who have done projects in the recent past.

Pricing tip: Pricing can change substantially in certain areas over as little as a few years, so be sure that the projects were completed recently for the best idea of pricing.

After you create your budget, add 20 percent. Construction being what it is, there are always situations that arise that will increase the cost, and those are hard to foresee at the beginning of construction. It’s a very complicated process involving many people and a lot of communication, so there usually are things that happen that will eat into that 20 percent contingency. The contingency should not be used for upgrades to counters or splashy fixtures.

On a recent project, our clients had to spend thousands of dollars to get their utilities hooked up again, as the electrical feed from the street was torn up by mistake. On top of that, since the utility’s own drawings said that the feed still existed, there was a three-month delay on top of the reconnection order so that the utility could update its drawings. Even though these items will never be seen, they were absolutely critical and had to be completed before construction could be completed.

Keeping a 20 percent contingency allows our clients to end up spending what they thought they would spend initially, and they can sleep at night. On a remodel project, one needs to remember that if we tear into a wall you can never be positive of what you might find.

Understand What You’re Paying For

Hard costs, fees, furniture — what is in the contract? Your design team will also help you understand what is in those budget numbers. Hard costs include the costs of the construction materials and fixtures required to actually build the structure. Soft costs generally include fees for permits, consultants and designers.

It’s important to establish what your team is referring to in conversation to make sure everyone is on the same page about budget numbers. For example, construction is often expressed in dollars per square foot to give a rough guide during planning. Generally this does not include appliances or soft costs. So it’s important to know that if your contractor says your new house can be built for $750,000, there are soft costs likely not covered in that estimate. Work with your design team to understand the costs and how they relate to a schedule, and how there are items you might not have thought about, to get an overall sense of what is required.

What if You Run Out of Money?

We have had this conversation with clients on more than one occasion, and truly it’s not easy for either the clients or us. It’s frustrating to hear how something that you have been planning for is out of your reach.

There may be opportunities to reduce costs by changing the scope of the project. For example, instead of fully constructing a new bathroom in a new house, you might just rough in the plumbing so it could be finished at a later date. Or it could be possible to reduce the cost of fixtures and finishes such as flooring or faucets.

During a recent conversation with clients, we recommended that they wait before starting the project so they could gather more resources before proceeding. In the discussion we realized that it wouldn’t be possible to “de-scope” or redesign the project to fit their needs, so the best course of action was to delay. Was this difficult for all involved? Absolutely, but we felt strongly that starting a project that did not address their needs wouldn’t serve their overall best interests.

Whenever you are dealing with money, there is the potential for some uncomfortable conversations. But if you understand what you are dealing with early in the process, those conversations will be less stressful than if you are standing in the middle of a half-completed project in the middle of winter wondering where all your hard-earned money has gone.


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Scottsdale Real Estate Home Prices for April 2014

Posted by on April 5, 2014 with 0 Comments

Scottsdale Real Estate Home Prices for April 2014

Real estate market data for Scottsdale, AZ 85254, provided by Jane E. Daley of Scottsdale Real Estate.

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The graph below explains the difference between “listing prices” (what sellers are asking for) and “sold prices” (what buyers were willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you’ll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month.

Price Trends Sold vs Listed Scottsdale Real Estate Home Prices for April 2014

Price Trends: Sold vs. Listed


We have made home prices in Scottsdale 85254 area available so you can see what is currently available on the market today.

Market Inventory Trends

Market Inventory Trends Scottsdale Real Estate Home Prices for April 2014

Market Inventory Trends

The number of active listings in Phoenix (85054) dropped by 5.2% from the previous month.

The median number of days active properties have been listed is 59. This is significantly shorter than the national average. The median listing price is $382,830.  Median household income in 85054 is $67,388 with 257 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

If you are interested in how much current inventory is on the market in Scottsdale you can find that information by clicking on the link. Low inventory suggest that homes are moving faster than previously. Currently in the area of Scottsdale real estate 85254, homes have a median time of 59 days on the market before they sell. Sellers are placing their home at fair market value and are selling their homes quickly.

Do not expect home prices to run up as fast as they did, the new lending laws will tend slow that process down as the banks  are no longer giving a loan to anyone with a pulse. Having said that, the low inventory is one indicator that prices should continue to rise albeit at a much slower rate than years past. 

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To find out what your home is worth in the current market email us or call 480-595-6412 or if you prefer you can fill in the blanks at Find Your Dream Home and we’ll get started on it right away.

NOTE: Some sales are not immediately available from public records. As they become available, the data are updated.

Scottsdale Real Estate Home Prices for April 2014

How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on April 1, 2014 with 0 Comments
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right | Scottsdale Real Estate

Like a blank page or canvas, an empty room can be either an opportunity or a challenge. With so many ways to fill it, how do you know where to start?

Here are some basic rules of furniture arrangement which are distilled them into 10 simple tips. They’ll help you figure out where to put things, where not to put things and how to prioritize the choices you make.

These guidelines won’t turn you into an interior designer overnight. But they’ll steer you in the right direction and help you to achieve professional-looking results with a minimum of stress.

Function. Consider how the room is used and how many people will use it. That will dictate the type of furnishings you’ll need and the amount of seating required.

Focal point. Identify the room’s focal point — a fireplace, view, television etc. and orient the furniture accordingly. If you plan to watch television in the room, the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen (measured diagonally). Therefore, if you’ve got a 40-inch set, your chair should be 120 inches away.

Priority. Place the largest pieces of furniture first, such as the sofa in the living room or the bed in the bedroom. In most cases this piece should face the room’s focal point. Chairs should be no more than 8 feet apart to facilitate conversation. Unless your room is especially small, avoid pushing all the furniture against the walls.

Symmetry. Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms. Asymmetrical arrangements make a room feel more casual.

Traffic. Think about the flow of traffic through the room — generally the path between doorways. Don’t block that path with any large pieces of furniture if you can avoid it. Allow 30 to 48 inches of width for major traffic routes and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones.

Try to direct traffic around a seating group, not through the middle of it. If traffic cuts through the middle of the room, consider creating two small seating areas instead of one large one.

Variety. Vary the size of furniture pieces throughout the room, so your eyes move up and down as you scan the space. Balance a large or tall item by placing another piece of similar height across the room from it (or use art to replicate the scale). Avoid putting two tall pieces next to each other.

Contrast. Combine straight and curved lines for contrast. If the furniture is modern and linear, throw in a round table for contrast. If the furniture is curvy, mix in an angular piece. Similarly, pair solids with voids: Combine a leggy chair with a solid side table, and a solid chair with a leggy table.

Ease of use. Place a table within easy reach of every seat, being sure to combine pieces of similar scale, and make sure every reading chair has an accompanying lamp. Coffee tables should be located 14 to 18 inches from a sofa to provide sufficient legroom.

Circulation. In a dining room, make sure there’s at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn’t pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should suffice. In bedrooms allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door.

Planning. Give your back a break. Before you move any actual furniture, test your design on paper. Measure the room’s dimensions, noting the location of windows, doors, heat registers and electrical outlets, then draw up a floor plan on graph paper using cutouts to represent the furnishings. Or, better yet, use a free online room to draw the space and test various furniture configurations. It’s less work and a lot more fun.

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Scottsdale Real Estate | Relocating Buying and Selling Tips That Work

Posted by on March 30, 2014 with 0 Comments

Tips Tricks to Sell your home Scottsdale Real Estate | Relocating Buying and Selling Tips That WorkScottsdale real estate | relocating buying and selling tips that work. Selling your current home before buying another makes good financial sense. Until your first home is sold, there’s no way of knowing exactly how much money you’ll have to work with–you could end up under-buying or over-buying. Also, as you approach settlement on your new home without selling first, you may find yourself under pressure to get your old home sold fast–even if it means dropping the price below market value. 

Although you may be able to get a bridge loan to help finance your new home before your old one sells, this type of loan represents an additional expense, and will come with a time limit. What if your old home doesn’t sell within the time frame allotted? Again, you could be forced to sell with less-than-favorable terms

The secret to a successful relocation is timing — synchronized buying, moving and selling. Good timing just takes a little advance planning that puts you in control. Here are seven relocation secrets to make your move work smoothly for you.

 2. Find Out What You Can Afford

While your house is on the market, look at what’s available to buy within your price range in your destination area. Your perfect house is out there, but take as much time as you can to find it. It’s not just the house you’ll have to live with — you’ll want to find out about the neighborhood, the schools, proximity to shopping, etc. before you commit to your next home.

3. Shop For A Loan Before You Shop For A House

Try to lock in the best rate you can find. Get pre-approved for financing so you have more bargaining power when you bid on a house. With a pre-approved loan, you’ll be able to go to closing on your new house faster.

4. Coordinate Settlements and Moving Dates

Try to move directly from the old home to the new one. Sometimes you can rent back the old property for a few days or weeks if closing on the new one is delayed. Another alternative is an interim move to an apartment for a short time while waiting to close on the new house.

5. Begin Fix-Ups And Pre-Sale Improvements Early

Have any needed work completed before your house goes on the market. Consider having a home inspection early in the fix-up process so you know what’s important to repair or replace before you set the sales price for your house.

Sold Scottsdale Real Estate | Relocating Buying and Selling Tips That Work6. Work Closely With Your Agent

Make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed on time for both closings. You may save time and money for the buyer of your old home with lower “re-issue” fees by referring them to the previous providers of inspections, surveys, title insurance, etc. The information is in your settlement papers. And, if it’s a busy season, line up appointments in advance with the people you’ll need to close on your new house.

7. Avoid the Last-Minute Rush

Call us early. We’ll gather information and provide it to you quickly so you can make informed decisions and workable plans.

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Are There Ways to Guarantee Your Real Estate Investment?

Posted by on March 26, 2014 with 0 Comments

Are there ways to guarantee your real estate investment? You have heard it before but when it comes to real estate investments it’s worth repeating, “The only guarantees in life are death and taxes”. Having said that, you can take steps to mitigate your risk for any investment. You might be surprised by how many people enter into the marketplace and just shoot from the hip. Most are losers and some are winners in spite of themselves.

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Investors that are looking to supplement their retirement income by purchasing a home for a rental investment can be very successful by using a simple business plan to evaluate a potential purchase for rental income. The investors we work with only purchase single family homes. The topic of investments can be broad so for the purpose of this discussion let’s talk single family homes.

Single family homes can be diverse in scope and from a tax standpoint it can help you with your net disposable income by purchasing homes at different times, analogous to laddering T-Bills or CD purchases.

Mitigate your risk and increase your probability for success in this business venture by creating a business model for the purchase of a home and include the following:

  • What is my target price for homes I’ll place into my rental business?
  • How many home will I need to create a comfortable retirement income?
  • Will I manage these rental homes and if not what is the expense for a professional property manager?
  • What features of a home make them popular for renters?
  • Where are the most popular areas (geographic) that people want to live?
  • What is the average rental percent of occupancy rates for homes in the area?
  • What is the dollar range of a home that will give me the best Return on my Investment (ROI)?
  • What kind of rent can be expected to help me calculate my ROI?
  • Should I include all of the appliances or not?
  • How much should be set aside for repairs and/or maintenance during and after a rental term
  • What should I include as part of my rental terms in our agreement?
  • What plans should I have in place if they default on our rental agreement?
  • Should I include a Home Warranty plan as part of my overall cost?
  • Should I give a discount if the renter agrees to EFT the rent every month?

The above is a summary of items that you need to address before you make that first purchase. Is there more you need to be aware of? You bet, but this will give you a start to begin your rental property rental properties for retirement income

While creating a personal business plan for yourself may take a little time it is well worth your effort as it will mitigate the risk of your purchase and enhance the probability of success for your business. The first two people you need to employ on your team is a REALTOR®, and your accountant. You’ll be building on your team as you move forward to enhance your business and ensure your success.

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Help for Selling Your Home Faster – Maybe for More | Scottsdale Real Estate

Posted by on March 25, 2014 with 0 Comments
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Help for Selling Your Home Faster – Maybe for More

Help for Selling Your Home Faster – Maybe for More | Scottsdale Real Estate

Selling a house is a major undertaking. Where do you begin? First you’ll need to establish a big-picture view of how to prepare it. This article will help you do that, so you can get your home in shape to sell quickly at the best possible price (without breaking your budget).

The project: Get a home ready to sell.

Why: Taking the time to prepare your home before putting it on the market can help it fetch a higher price and increase buyer interest, making for a quicker sale. Taking a big-picture look at what to do to get your home ready to sell will help ensure that you make the best decisions and stay under budget.

Things to consider: It makes sense to start with the outside of your home, since that is what potential buyers will notice first. Shoot for nice landscaping, a freshly cleaned exterior, a driveway and walking path in good repair, a well-lit porch and an eye-catching front door.

Make a list early on of all of the repairs your home needs, from the tiny (change a light bulb) to the major (new roof) before deciding what to get done. The fact is that the cost of most repairs and upgrades will not be recouped in the sale price, so focus on taking care of the minor repairs and tackle bigger projects only if you feel you must.

Remove clutter and organize what’s left.

Any real estate agent or home stager will tell you that getting rid of clutter and excess personal items is essential to making your home look its best to potential buyers. Less stuff will make your space look larger, which is almost always a positive thing. Overstuffed closets and drawers signal to buyers that there is not enough storage space in the home, while neat and orderly closets help buyers envision living an organized life in your house.

If you need to get a lot of furniture and accessories out of your home while it’s on the market, think about renting a storage unit. The cost could be worth it if it means your house shows better and sells faster (and hopefully for more money).

Who to hire: The pros you’ll hire to help prepare your home for sale will depend on how much work your home needs and on how much work you plan to do yourself.

Consider these:

  • Real Estate Agent: This is the first professional you will want to hire. Your Realtor should be able to give you an honest assessment of what your house needs to position it well on the market.
  • Handyperson: Hiring a handyperson for a single day is often enough to take care of a whole list of small repairs.
  • Electrician: Get that broken doorbell and porch light fixed, and update interior lighting.
  • Cleaning service: Getting your house sparkling clean is a low-cost way to make your home look its best. A professional house cleaning team can make your house shine in a single day.
  • Painter: A fresh coat of paint indoors and out is a surefire way to make your home stand out.
  • Stager: A professional home stager can help de-clutter your home, arrange furniture (sometimes bringing in loaner furniture) and accessories, and make paint and landscaping recommendations to get your home in top shape for a quick and profitable sale.
  • Landscape Designer or Gardner: Landscaping consistently makes the list of things that can influence a home sale. If you do not have a green thumb, it could be worth it to invest in pro services from someone who does.

Cost breakdown: Sage advice is to spend as little as possible on your home to prepare it for sale. Small changes and upgrades will give it a boost in perceived value without your having to dip too far into your savings.

  • Expect to pay $50 to $85 per hour for a handyman and $60 to $100 per hour and up for an electrician.
  • Home staging consultations (you implement most of the changes) run $150 to $500, but it can cost $2,000 and (way) up for full-service staging and furniture rentals.
  • Should you decide to rent a storage unit, expect to pay about $100 per month for a 10- by 15-foot unit.
  • House painting generally costs about $2 to $4 per square foot.

Best time to do this project: The boom time of year for home sales is summer, so it’s a good idea to set late spring or early summer as a goal date to have your home ready to sell. You can start preparing your home to sell anytime, but sooner is always better than later.

If you can, begin preparations the year before you plan to sell to give landscaping time to fill in, and to give yourself ample time to get work done. For instance, you could plant spring bulbs in the fall, take care of interior house repairs in winter and finish up the rest of your projects in spring to ready your home for its first open house in early summer.

First steps:

  1. Interview and choose a Real Estate Agent.
  2. Assess your property — not just the value but also what could be done to the interior or exterior to appeal to more buyers.
  3. Decide what work you are going to do yourself and what you would like a pro to do.
  4. Hire a home stager. Your stager will have important input on what repairs and changes will be most worth your time and money, and which ones to skip.
  5. Hire additional pros as needed, starting with a landscaper. Remember, the landscape needs time to fill in.

If you are considering a move, contact the Luxury Valley Real Estate team at 480-595-6412 

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We Shot That Elusive Bobcat | Scottsdale Real Estate

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Bobcat Just Passing By

We shot that elusive Bobcat with a camera (photo) and wanted to share a really cute face with you.

Working in our Scottsdale real estate home office we have windows that face the Natural Area Open Space (NAOS) and during mid day we spotted a Bobcat walking toward our house toward the pathway along side of our hours. A picture through the window was out of the question because of the sunscreens so I grabbed the camera and ran to the end of the house where the Bobcat was walking.

As quickly as it saw me it turned to run in the opposite direction.  Out of desperation to get the shot I actually said, “Kitty, Kitty” and to my astonishment she stopped and turned to look at me. I had to take a quick shot and didn’t get the quality that I was looking for but did get what you see. (True Story) These kitties are usually found in the Southwest. The bobcat is larger than a domestic cat, and has a short tail and ears with short tufts at the tips that look a lot like feathers.

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Photo by: Curt Fonger

We have a couple of adults that live close by or at least we think they live close because we see them frequently.  Their coat is yellowish tan with scattered dark spots making for a beautiful cat. Bobcat’s can weighs from 20 to 45 pounds. They are timid around humans and usually move in the opposite direction when they see you.. The bobcat is supposed to be chiefly nocturnal, but we always see them during morning or midday and it’s always a treat.

One of our neighbors had a close encounter when he left his garage door open.  The adult bobcat was in the garage when he came out and quickly vacated the premise when Jim returned from getting his mail.  He said it gave him a start and that he was not about to leave his garage door open anymore.

We saw a bobcat taking a break on top of a tall Saguaro Cactus.  We have no idea how he made it up this twenty-foot cactus without damaging his feet on the cactus barbs. He did seem very content on his perch.  They are truly beautiful creatures.

(Photo on left by Curt Fonger)

The bobcat was trying to get away from a mountain lion that was stalking it, explains the photographer Curt Fonger. He darted up a 40-foot saguaro, and there he stayed for the remainder of the day.

The photos were captured in Gold Canyon, on the foot of the Superstition Mountains.

We shot that elusive Bobcat | Scottsdale real estate

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