Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where Is The Fountain Hills Market Going?

This has been a question on every Fountain Hills real estate agent’s mind these past couple years. Where exactly is the market going? Most reports say that the market is steadily increasing from the drop off a couple years ago. Although there are still challenges to face in the future, the market is climbing back to where it once was. 

One area that has shown some positive turn-around is the new home market. While many people move into already built and already lived-in homes, it seems that buying new is on the rise, expected to increase over 15% and approximately selling over 100,000 more new homes from last year.

With people in crisis over their job security, it is predicted that single-family rentals will rise this year, but when people start to go back to work, this trend is reported to cool off. With so many people renting, however, rent prices will be sky rocketing, once again sending people back to owning a home.

Homes will be worth more. While a seller is putting their home on the market, many are questioning why their home isn’t worth what it once was. Although the government has not made a permanent ruling on how to handle the overwhelming debt, reports say once they reach a conclusion, home appreciation will go back up. Soon, the prices should be leveling back out and your home will be valued at what you once paid for it, if not more. 

While foreclosures were once on the rise from homeowners not being able to keep up with their mortgage, the market is showing that people are steadily getting back on track with all their finances.  For the people that still can’t land comfortably on their feet, once they see other houses similar to theirs rising in price, they will likely sell their homes voluntarily. 

Overall, the latest numbers show that the housing market is on the rise again and will be back on top in the next few years. 

If you have any questions or are interested in Fountain Hills real estate, feel free to contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Staging Your Fountain Hills Home on a Dime

When you look around your home do you see bare walls and minimal decorations? Maybe you are the opposite, with family photos covering every wall and books stacked and jammed into a bookcase. Either way, when you are selling your Fountain Hills home, all of these can affect the way perspective buyers see your property.  Staging a home can get expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be with these helpful tips.

The first step in staging your home is to put away your books and family photos. Yes, it is nice to see personal items, but they tend to overpersonalize the experience for a buyer. When looking at your home you want the buyers to see it as their future home and be able to picture their own things there. Books are great to have around, but when there are too many carelessly put onto a book shelf it makes that area look unorganized. Pack those away, put some fresh flowers or a basket or two to fill the space, but not clutter it.

If your kitchen is usually an area you drop your keys and other important things, like coupons or grocery lists, clean up and put the clutter away. Buying a couple pieces of fruit and placing them in a nice bowl turns the room from a work place into a kitchen that is perfect to cook in. Stage the area for what it is. 

Adding accent colors to a room also creates a focal point, an area in which the buyer is focused on. This could be a spacious area in the living room or over the fireplace where a nice piece of artwork rests.  For instance, if you have a couch that is one solid color, add an accent that looks appropriate, but also makes that area pop out. Stand back and look at it, would you notice it right away? The answer should be yes! 

Many of these steps can be done on a budget. Borrowing pieces from friends and family can help. Buying a nice $15 dollar mirror to hang above your fireplace to show the openness of the room won’t break your budget, and will give that room more depth.  Also, just putting away some things makes your rooms look bigger, and will let people focus on the room rather than the knick-knacks and magazines sitting on the table. 

If you have any questions when it comes to staging a home, buying, or selling a home in Fountain Hills feel free to contact me! I'd be happy to help. I can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Welcome to the Fountain Hills Real Estate and Investors Blog!

Helping buyers, sellers and investors with their Fountain Hills real estate needs is something that I have genuinely enjoyed doing over the past several years. I attribute my successes as a Fountain Hills real estate agent to many things, but the quality I pride myself on most is communication. I genuinely feel that by keeping the lines of communication open with my clients at all times I am more helpful to them. It allows us to understand one another more fully and makes the entire transaction move much more quickly.

Open communication is one of the many reasons that I have decided to start this blog. My hope in creating and maintaining this resource of information is to be considered your “go-to” professional for all of your Fountain Hills real estate and community needs. I intend on posting all of the most up-to-date real estate information, tips and statistics for buyers, sellers and investors in the area. I’ll also keep you posted on the latest happenings and information about the Fountain Hills community. I’d like to use my thorough knowledge of the area and combine it with my expertise to provide you with relevant and interesting information that will help you throughout your entire transaction.

My philosophy is this: If we are open with one another about what to expect from your real estate transaction in the beginning, then the entire process will go much more smoothly. I think it’s important for my clients to know what to expect from me and have a general understanding of each phase of the process. In turn, I also think it’s important for my clients to give me their expectations in order for me to give them the best guidance and advice possible. The more open my relationships with my buyer, seller and investor clients, the easier it is for us to understand one another. Another reason I have for writing this blog is to help my clients have a thorough knowledge of each phase of their real estate transaction and give them an idea of what they’ll be getting into should they choose to allow me to help them through the process.

Whether you’re relocating to the Fountain Hills, AZ area, are looking for a new investment property, or looking to sell your home on the local real estate market, it is my hope that you’ll see me as the premier resource to come to with your housing and community questions. I love educating my sphere of influence about real estate and showing them what Fountain Hills has to offer. In order to be the most reliable resource possible, I will be updating this blog once per week. I hope that you’ll check back often to see what’s new and read more about local and national housing news and community events and information.

If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Fountain Hills, investing in a new property or would like to give me some suggestions for blog topics, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to help you out and hear your feedback. I hope to hear from you soon!

Tina Nabers
Nabers Property Management & Real Estate
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Monday, June 11, 2012

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Welcome to my new blog! Keep checking back for more information and updates coming soon! In the meantime, please visit my website for immediate questions you may have.