“Hmmm, I wonder what that house sells for?“ “I wish I knew what the inside of this home looks like?” “Is this a 4 bedroom home?”
Have you ever driven by a home listed for sale and asked yourself these questions? The easiest way to retrieve the listing details is by using a FREE phone app available through Realty ONE Group. This free app pulls the data directly from the MLS listing. It also uses the GPS on your phone, so it’s very handy if you’re driving around a neighborhood looking for homes for sale. With this app you can view:
- List price
- Square footage
- Home details (# of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.)
- Property description
- Interior and exterior features
- Property tax information
- Utility information
- And more!
Use the filter to fine-tune your search and save your favorite listings. It’s a great way to track the market and learn about new and reduced priced listings, too. You can also find a list of available open houses. To access this FREE app:
Text ONECINDYNELSON to 87778.
If you want to learn how to use this app or have any questions, please contact Cindy Nelson at 480-535-0060.
Cindy Nelson is an Arizona native and Realtor with Realty ONE Group and serves Phoenix Metro and the White Mountain region.
Consider these 4 things.
By Cindy Nelson, Realtor
You may be shopping for a new home or perhaps you’re curious and want to take a peek at the latest and greatest home decor. Whatever the reason, you need to take a few things under consideration before you view any model home. I know, I know … you may have no intention to buy, so what difference does it make? Well, I know a few people who had the same thought, so they decided to just take a look. Well, unbeknownst to them, it was love at first sight when they discovered their dream home. So why not give yourself the benefit of the doubt and protect your own interests?
Don’t be fooled.
First, you need to think about who is representing you before you walk through the door of any model home. Without your own agent, the builder’s agent will assist you. This means you won’t receive any representation. The builder’s agents are hired to look out in the best of interest of the builder, not yours. Despite how friendly a builder’s agents may be, that won’t make any difference. They will always only represent the builder’s interests.
Your first visit to a model home is an important one.
When you enter a model home, the builder will require you to register first. If your agent is not with you at this initial visit, then you waive your right to bring one later. Your agent does not have to be with you on every visit, just the first one.
Does it really matter?
You may be wondering what is the benefit of having your own agent. Your real estate agent has a fiduciary responsibility to protect and promote only your interests. As your Realtor, I would advise you throughout the process as well as provide data and resources to help you with your decisions. I will also give you the seller’s perspective when you are selecting your lot, choosing upgrades and making other decisions. There’s always a possibility you might sell this home one day, so your choices will be a factor at that point. Additionally, I will be there to assist you during your final walkthrough. The best part is, this service is FREE. The builder is required to pay for your real estate agent’s fee, which is why they only give you one chance for representation.
Honey, stop the car!
So you’re out driving around and you just want to take a quick look at a few model homes. I know many of you feel that you don’t want to “bother an agent” since you’re really not even sure this is the one. Please, put this thought aside. This is what real estate agents do. They welcome the opportunity even if it turns out you have no desire other than just dreaming about “the one”. At the very least, here’s what I recommend. Call me first. If I’m not available to meet you there, there is a possibility I can pre-register you with the builder prior to you walking through their entrance. I will let them know I won’t be there, but I am representing you. I’ll also text you a copy of my business card in case they ask for one.
Buying a home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. Don’t jeopardize your chance of having an advisor by your side who will protect and promote only your interests. Have a real estate agent with you when you look at model homes.
Cindy Nelson is an Arizona native, 4th generation Gilbert resident and licensed Realtor.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in the Phoenix-East Valley area, here are a few activities I recommend. The first two activities are FREE and have been family traditions of ours for years. I came across the last event and couldn’t resist sharing since I’m a big Pinterest fan. Enjoy!
And, if you want to tour some homes this weekend, I can make that happen. Just give me a call at 480-535-0060. – Cindy Nelson www.MyEasyHomeSearch.com
GARDEN RAILROAD CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16
Celebrating the holidays with eighteen homes and one children’s medical center, with G-scale garden railroads, on display in Phoenix and the east valley for public viewing. (FREE / Donations accepted)
Visit www.AZBigTrains.org for map and more information.
It’s so fascinating to see how hobbyists have converted their backyards to include such elaborate railroad displays. Children of all ages enjoy the train displays which are created by members of the Arizona Big Train Operators.
WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM
Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15
Take your family through a re-creation of the town of Bethlehem as it existed during the time of Jesus. (FREE)
First Baptist Church 3405 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
Friday, December 14 6p-9p
& Saturday, December 15 10am-4pm
This is where Pinterest comes to life with a market full of things you love to pin. ( $10 Early Bird valid for both days or Saturday is $5)
Mesa Convention Center 263 N Center St
You’re Invited to an OPEN HOUSE in The Islands community!
Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11am-2pm.
902 E Surfside Dr, Gilbert near Cooper and Warner. – RAIN or SHINE!
- 4 bedroom / 2.75 baths
- 2,035 square feet
- Newly renovated – flooring, kitchen, and bathrooms.
- New A/C, water heater, appliances, patio doors, cabinets, counters, electric & plumbing features and more!
- Lake community with lots of amenities & events
- Great location between AZ Loop 202 and US60
- See price and photo gallery: Click here – 902 E Surfside Dr. Gilbert
WAIT, there’s more!
Are you thinking about relocating? Here are six tips I recommend before selling your home. As your agent, I will guide you through this process and provide you with the resources you’ll need so you can make informed decisions. I can also connect you with professionals I know (lenders, repairmen, etc.) in order to make selling your home as easy as possible.
When it comes to pricing, I will give you a free comparative market analysis (CMA) along with a property report for your home. If you are interested in a quick close, I can also obtain an instant offer for you.
I realize the importance of marketing, so I use a professional photographer who specializes in real estate. Staging and aerial photography is also a possibility.
Curious and want to know more about this process? Feel free to contact me at (480) 535-0060 so I can answer any questions you may have.
Skip the chain restaurants and eat as the locals do. Check out this debut episode of “This is the Place I Was Telling You About” from the AZ Office of Tourism. Local insider, Jeff Kraus of the Crepe Bar, takes you on a fun foodie adventure in Mesa and Tempe. If you end up trying any of his recommendations, let me know what you think.
Single level and a great Gilbert location! This 2308 sq ft home in Finley Farms has plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining with 3 bedrooms + Den, a living/dining room AND a great room. Spacious kitchen has a RO water system, large island and walk-in pantry. Use den for home office or craft room or easily convert it to a 4th bedroom. Roomy master bedroom retreat with vaulted ceilings includes a French door with access to a covered patio. Landscaped backyard has mature foliage, a lemon tree and offers afternoon shade. No front facing neighbors and no neighbors behind you PLUS this central Gilbert location has easy access to the US60 and AZ-202. Playground, basketball court and school are a block away. Public swimming pool, Jr High school, golf course, and shopping are within 1 mile.
Call Cindy Nelson at (480) 535-0060 for more information.
Driving by a home for sale and wondering what it looks like inside? Use my free phone app to for home details including photos, price and description. Text ONECINDYNELSON to 8778.
Ridding your home of critical defects and hazards goes a long way towards attracting buyers. Make your home more desirable by either eliminating these property flaws or factoring them into your pricing:
1. Outdated roof. Replacing an old roof or certifying your roof is in good condition helps to close your deal faster.
2. Cluttered gutters. Proper gutter maintenance can avoid damage to the foundation. Buyers also appreciate the cleanliness.
3. Old windows and doors. Creaky doors and jammed or sticking windows indicate your home is outdated, requiring pricey updates.
4. Broken appliances. While buyers expect to replace a few appliances, multiple dated or broken appliances necessitate major upgrades that put buyers off.
5. Termites. Pest infestations will have your buyers running away. Ensure your home is termite-free by obtaining a certificate of clearance.
6. Faulty air conditioning. An aged or broken HVAC system is a significant concern to buyers who will foot the costly bill — be prepared to negotiate a lower home price.
7. Cracked foundation. Faults in your foundation often signal more serious defects. Repair structural damage before listing your home to avoid complications with your buyer.
If you’re ready to list your home, contact me today!
When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.
- Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.
- Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available.
- Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
- Features and upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles.
- Sale types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.
Several Arizona school districts are cancelling school beginning this Thurs, April 26 2018 due to the #RedForEd walkout. Here’s a list of day camps to keep your kids busy while school is out. You can find details, including hours and price, by clicking on the website links provided below.
Gravity Extreme Zone – Chandler
2 Day Walk Out Adventure – A day of fun and physical activity (Ages 5 and up)
Website does not have details, so call (480) 757-5411 for more info. https://gravityextremezone.com/
Makutus Island – Chandler
Art/crafts/math/music/playtime (Ages 5-12)
New World Learning Academy – Chandler
STEM Camp (Ages: 3-12)
Baker Performing Arts – Gilbert
Singing, Acting, Games & More (Ages 5-14)
Superstition Farm – Mesa
Farm Day Camp (Ages: Not specified)
Living Word Bible Church – Mesa
Free (Ages K-6th)
I.D.E.A. Museum – Mesa
STEAM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) (Ages K-6th)
Jake’s Unlimited – Mesa
All Day Unlimited Buffet/Rides & Attractions/Non-redemption Video Games
Girl Scout April Day Camp – Phoenix
Open to Girl Scouts and non Girl Scouts. Boys may attend if sister is attending. (Ages K-5th)
Arizona Humane Society – Phoenix
Animal Adventure Day Camp (Ages 6-12)
Arizona Science Center – Phoenix
STEAM Camps (Ages K-5)
Arizona All-Stars – Tempe
Sports and Activity Camp (Ages – Not Specified)
Arizona Music Academy – Tempe
Childcare (Ages K-6th)
https://www.facebook.com/azmusicacademy/ or call (480) 705-0875