A row of mailboxes - welcome to your new Scottsdale home

Moving to a new area can feel like being the new kid in class. It's super important to find your place in this new environment if you want that cozy "I'm home" feeling. That's where the magic of building community kicks in—it turns those strangers down the street into good pals and weaves local ties that make you feel secure and part of the neighborhood. By hitting up some neighborhood get-togethers or just hanging out with folks nearby, you'll learn nifty ways to become part of your new local scene’s tapestry. Get ready for an exciting ride as you transform where you live into a buzzing spot filled with friendship and backing from all corners!

My husband Jimmy is a social butterfly. He usually gets to know our neighbors as soon as we move in. One…

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What is the Actual Value of Your Home? Find Out What Buyers are Willing to Pay in Today’s Market

Scottsdale townhomes with a beautiful sky background

It’s simple to check the amount of money in your savings account or the current value of your stock investments. Determining the value of a home is more complex than checking a bank balance or stock price. For sellers, accurate pricing is crucial to avoid prolonged market listings or undervaluing their property.

Understanding the value of your home helps you set the right price when you list it for sale. If you price it too high, it might linger on the market. Even though the Phoenix market is still bustling, some areas are facing more competition with other sellers and if they price their place too high in comparison, their home could remain on the…

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Mid-year market update for Scottsdale real estate

It was thought that mortgage interest rates would settle around 6% around this time. But midway through 2024, the Federal Reserve's plan for rate cuts has been delayed due to persistent inflation, maintaining the average 30-year mortgage rate at around 7%. Despite the impact of elevated mortgage rates on home sales and affordability, there are positive developments for frustrated homebuyers, including a gradual easing of the inventory shortage and an increase in starter homes on the market, slowing the median home price growth rate.

Sellers are also adapting to the higher rate environment, with a growing number listing their properties for sale. Economists predict a stable market due to a persistent housing deficit, tighter lending standards, and…

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A young couple in their Scottsdale home looking at a laptop

Protecting your home sweet home might seem overwhelming. Don't sweat it – we put together an all-encompassing guide on homeowner's insurance just for you. It lights the way through the maze of policy must-knows. We'll start with Insurance 101 and then get into the nitty-gritty of what exactly your coverage is taking care of. Ready to become a whiz at safeguarding your digs? Stick with us as we delve into all things related to homeowner’s insurance, giving you that confidence boost when it comes to wrapping up your humble abode in a safety net.

Understanding Your Homeowner Insurance Policy Essentials

So, you've finally moved into the home of your dreams. The fresh paint scent still lingers, and you're all set for that idyllic lifestyle. But have…

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A one-level Scottsdale home with words downsize your home

I remember many years ago when my parents told me their friends were building their dream home. This was after they retired. It was much larger than the home they raised their daughter in. I couldn't wrap my head around wanting a larger home after being empty nesters.

One of our prior neighbors told us that when she and her husband moved to Arizona they purchased a large 5-bedroom home. The idea was that they would have space for their kids and friends to visit. They said they really didn't use all of that space and the visits weren't what they had expected. They eventually downsized into a 1-bedroom Scottsdale condo.

My husband and I have a large home and we do have visitors. I'm still wanting a Murphy bed so I don't have to use the blow-up. So…

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A very happy guy and girl holding keys to their new Scottsdale home

Buying your first place or upgrading to a new one is super exciting, but it's also a major financial commitment that shouldn't be rushed into. Trust me, as someone who has been through the home-buying process many times, I know how tempting it can be to get caught up in the thrill and ignore some of the bigger financial implications. But taking the time to really evaluate if you're truly ready is so important. Otherwise, you may find yourself drowning in regrets and costly stress down the line.

Purchasing a home is likely one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. It's a long-term commitment that will impact your finances for years, maybe even decades to come. And if you're not adequately prepared, the costs and responsibilities of…

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a chair and desk with a piggy bank in a Scottsdale home

Introduction

In the wild ride of investment choices, real estate shines like a steady light for folks aiming to grow their riches and lock in financial stability. It's more about embarking on an adventure through the thriving land of property deals. Every inch you own could be beefing up your wallet! One fact shines bright: real estate is nothing short of a stalwart foundation when you're aiming to build and maintain lasting riches.

Got experience investing? Or maybe you're testing the waters—either way, getting savvy about how owning property can toughen up that financial shield. If you are a beginner, be sure to read " A Step-by-Step Guide to Real Estate Investing for Beginners." Be prepared, it's a long read but offers a wealth of knowledge…

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Burgler breaking into a Scottsdale home

Feeling safe and secure in your own home is essential, and we're here to help you achieve that peace of mind. In this blog post, we'll explore 7 practical strategies and tips to fortify your home against potential threats. From simple precautions to advanced security measures, we've got you covered. Whether you're a homeowner or renting, taking steps to protect your property and loved ones is crucial. Let's dive in and learn how to create a safer environment for you and your family.

1. Enhancing Security Through Landscaping

While curb appeal and maintenance are important considerations for outdoor landscaping, the choices you make can also impact your home's security. Thieves often target homes they can enter and exit without being detected,…

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A female Scottsdale real estate seller hitting her head after making a mistake

The process of selling a house can be difficult no matter what is happening in the housing market. Saying goodbye to a cherished family home can be heartbreaking for certain homeowners who have created so many happy memories in their current place.

Some would rather jump straight to the exciting part—decorating and relocating to a new location. The majority of sellers aim to maximize their earnings. Whatever your situation, there may be many challenges on the way to the closing table, ranging from misunderstandings during negotiations and showings to unpleasant surprises during the inspection.

But if you work with an experienced and competent real estate agent, a lot of these issues can be avoided. Here are seven typical errors, for instance,…

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A woman in the kitchen of her Scottsdale home

In today's fast-paced world, finding ways to save money and reduce your budget has become more important than ever. Whether you're looking to pay off debt, save for a big purchase (like a house), or simply improve your financial well-being, making small changes can have a significant impact on your overall financial health. In this article, we will explore 20 practical ways to save money that anyone can implement in their daily lives.

1. Create a Budget:

The first step towards saving money is to create a budget. Take the time to analyze your income and expenses, categorize them, and set realistic spending limits for each category. This will help you identify areas where you can cut back and allocate more funds towards savings.

Start out by…

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