6 Reasons to Buy a Home

Happiness – The feeling of owning your own home is exciting and gives you a sense of accomplishment. You get the benefit of making it your own. Doesn’t that sound wonderful!

Tax Savings – The government rewards homeowners by providing tax benefits. The interest paid on your mortgage can generally be deducted from your income.

Appreciation – Home values have a well-documented history of growing over time. This increase becomes equity that benefits you by adding to your financial wealth.

Equity – Renting has often been compared to paying 100% interest, but when you own a home and a mortgage is in place, a portion of your payment goes toward the principal balance on your loan. This builds your equity and acts as a savings account.

Roots – People who own tend to stay in their homes four times longer than renters. This creates an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and connect with your local community.

Education – Research shows children of homeowners earn higher test scores and graduate at a higher percentage than those of renters. Home ownership creates a stable environment for your children that pays off for them, too.

If you’re considering the path to home ownership, give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today!

“Bird’s the Word” in Chandler Ostrich Festival

The famed Chandler Ostrich Festival will be held this weekend for the 31st year running! What started as a modest event downtown is now grown up into a full-fledged entertainment extravaganza.

More than just ostriches, the 31st annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will feature the world’s largest bounce house, BMX Pros Trick Team shows, pig and dog races, Victoria Circus motorcycle and high-wire acts and numerous carnival rides.  The festival will also have over 100 hours of music with headliners like Flo Rida, The Commodores, and Andy Grammer.

While no ostrich races this year, the ostriches will be kept near the petting zoo for people to view and learn more about this strange-looking bird. The racetrack was done away with to make room for the 10,000 square foot Big Bounce America bounce house.  It’s currently the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest bounce house and has obstacle courses, climbing walls, giant slides, basketball hoops, ball pits and other fun things for both children and adults.

Another new thing this year is the BMX Pros Trick Show, where skateboarders and BMX riders will perform a variety of stunts on a street ramp and half pipe.

The Ostrich Festival will be held March 8th-10th at Tumbleweed Park, located at 745 E. Germann Road.  Tickets and more information can be found online at www.OstrichFestival.com

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d love to share other fun things to do and what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

4 Things NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to sell your home and are going to be putting your home on the market.  Hopefully, your next step will be to choose an awesome REALTOR to give you a customized list of what to do next.  However, for those of you who want to jump to checking off your to-do list, here’s some things not to do to help you get started:

#1 Don’t Over-Improve

There’s lots of articles about how to make improvements to your home and sell for top dollar. Updating appliances and painting can offer great returns on investment. However, before you start to rip out the kitchen, you’ll need to realize how much that will cost and what you can expect in an increased sale price. (Hint – it’s different for every home!) You may be looking at a break even for your investment or worse.  It’s also important to avoid making improvements that are hyper-specific to your tastes.  For example, not everyone wants a home theater and a totally customized game room complete with a wet bar.  What if your buyers are a family that want a play room for their kids? They’ll cross your home off their list and choose something that they won’t have to re-do.

#2 Don’t Over-Decorate

Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving.  You may love your ornate, Mediterranean-style décor complete with statues and several fountains, but it can also send potential buyers running in the opposite direction.  When getting ready to sell, you want to neutralize your decorating scheme so it appeals to as many buyers as possible.

#3 Don’t Hang Around

This one is more for after you’ve put your home on the market and your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. So exciting! You put some fresh cookies in the oven and hang around with a big smile, ready to answer any questions that the potential buyers may have.  Right? Wrong! Buyers want to feel comfortable in your home, and not feel confronted by your in your space.  It makes them feel very awkward to be in your home trying to figure out if it will work for them or not if you’re hovering over their shoulder.  Get out of the house (for a longer window that your agent gives you – remember, most buyers are looking at multiple homes at once so it can be hard to determine exactly what time they’ll be there in advance!) or at least take a walk around the block or sit in the backyard.

#4 Don’t Take Things Personally

This can be a hard one. Real estate is a business, but selling your home is very, very emotional.  You have a lot of memories tied into the house, and can feel that a negative comment about your home is a direct reflection on you.  Pretend you’re a buyer as you walk through your home and see your house through their eyes.  Then, when a buyer says they need to replace your prized wood paneling with something more to their taste and send over a low offer, you’ll be able to take it in stride.

For a customized list of how exactly to prepare your home for going on the market for sale, give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We will be happy to meet with you to go over how you can have your home looking its best and get the most money for your home!

Welcome to 900 S. 94th Street #1196 Chandler!

Adorable town-home in a gated community! Welcoming entry faces a community greenbelt. Upstairs, the open floor plan is filled with natural light and is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen features a breakfast bar and island for plenty of counter space. Enjoy your morning coffee or a drink with a friend outdoors on the balcony off of the family room. Dual master bedrooms with en-suite and large walk-in closets, one upstairs and one downstairs, is great for privacy! Two car garage is an added bonus. All this in the beautiful community of Via De Cielo, which features plenty of green space, two community pools, and several playgrounds! Ideal location nestled near the 101 & 202 freeway interchange, this home is close to the Chandler Fashion Center.

 

” Please call The Gina Mckinley Group at 480-355-8645 in order to schedule an appointment to view this home.”

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Chandler Still in “Best of” Lists

TripAdvisor, WalletHub, SmartAsset…the third party ranking sites are numerous, and Chandler appears on nearly all of them.  From being called one of the best places to raise a family, to being named as one of the best places to take a road trip with your girlfriends, Chandler has a lot going for it.

While some of the exact scoring criteria can be a little vague, plentiful housing, a low crime rate and short commute times tend to impress.  The city has made many lists in the last several years. HomeSnacks.com is one of the latest to release best-of lists for Arizona in 2019.  Chandler ranked well in categories such as best places to live, one of the richest cities in Arizona, and a great place for singles.

Other fun rankings Chandler has is Expedia naming it one of the top vacation stays in North America, while TripAdvisor considers it a “hidden gem for girlfriends’ trips”.  The sports lovers also have something to look forward to, as SmartAsset lists Chandler as one of the best cities in the nation for golf.  America’s Promise Alliance, who focuses on improving the lives of children, called Chandler one of the top places for young people.

Chandler was also named one of the best places in America for young families to buy a home, while NerdWallet.com said it’s one of the best places for millennial job-seekers.  SmartAsset appears again, calling Chandler of the country’s best cities for women in the tech industry. Chandler’s also been named on a few different sites as one of the best places to find a job.

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d love to share what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

State of the Market Feb 2019

At this time of year I like to give an update on the state of the real estate market. The media has been stating that there may be a bubble, however, the current market is in a very different state today than back in 2004-2005 which lead to the crash in 2007. Here are the current facts for our local market:

The Phoenix job market no longer just depends on construction and tourism, and is more diverse with increases in healthcare, tech, engineering, and finance. The jobless rate is low at 3.4% for the metro area, and the average annual earnings are $66,000 now vs. $39,000 in 2007. Another difference is in new construction. Housing starts are down 4.2%, meaning that the builders are building homes for owner occupancy, not over building for speculation. Rental rates have jumped and now average $1,495 a month. Phoenix metro is growing with inbound relocation, most coming from southern California.

More Highlights for 2018;

  •          New home prices increased 24%
  •          Resale home appreciation 8.2% – metro Phoenix
  •          Resale home appreciation 7.1% – Chandler
  •          Average price per square foot $168 – Chandler
  •          Median sales price $383,000 – Chandler

The 2019 predictions are that we are still in a Seller’s Market. However, that market segment is slowing, so expect longer days on market and lower appreciation rates this year. Of course, the most sales will take place between now and April, so now is the time to consider listing your home in order to sell at the highest price as well as make a purchase with the largest amount of homes to choose from.

The only constant in real estate is change as they say. The market ebbs and flows, so if you are thinking about making a move in 2019, I would love the opportunity to work with you for buying, selling, or investing. Our team is here to serve you for all of you real estate needs, call us today at 480-355-8645.

Stage Your Home on a Budget

When selling your home, it’s incredibly important to stage your home if you want to sell for top dollar.  A welcoming and appealing home means a lot to the buyers in the market.  On average, you can receive back twice what you spent in staging!  A common misconception is that you must spend big bucks to make an impact.  Here’s 5 golden rules of staging on a budget to prove otherwise…

Rule #1 – De-personalize

This can be a little hard for people, as most are very sentimental to their homes and all the memories within.  However, the point is for buyers to picture themselves in the house, not you! Those family photos may mean the world to you, but to a buyer, it’s a distraction that prevents them from seeing how their family would live in your home.

Rule #2 – Maximize

Declutter and maximize the space in your home.  A closet jammed with a lot of clothes tells buyers that your home is terribly lacking in closet space. Remove clothes that you don’t need for the immediate future, and use matching, stacked boxes to hide clutter.  Invest in matching hangers for clothes, as hangers are inexpensive and the look will modernize your closet with a visual impact and luxurious feel.  You’re going to be moving soon, so pack up things you don’t need and consider temporarily storing the overflow offsite.

Rule #3 – Sanitize

This is the easiest and cheapest way to stage your home – give it a good, old fashioned scrubbing!  Grimy walls, dirty outlet covers and switch plates, dishes in the sink, dusty ceiling fans, scuffed baseboards, and spotted shower doors scream to any buyer that a home has not been maintained well.  It’s much better to clean what you have then replace it, and there are lots of cleaning hacks online to help.  Have your home smelling fresh, but don’t go overboard on synthetic fragrances.

Rule #4 – Modernize

Unless you have fantastic period built is (unlikely, but not impossible for Phoenix) every home can benefit from some updating.  If buyers feel a home is dated, it will reflect in a lower offer.  Dated cabinets can be modernized for less than $200 with a new wood stain or a good sanding with a new coat of paint.  Replacing cabinet hardware is another low-cost way to make an update.

Rule #5 – Neutralize

Color can make or break a buyer’s interest in your home.  You may love bright prints and bold colors, but a buyer will only see a great deal of painting if it doesn’t match their style.  A fresh coat of paint is another inexpensive way to update your home and will also have the benefit of your home feeling cleaner.

For more staging tips and tricks, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We will be happy to help you have your home looking it’s best before going on the market.

Chandler Museum Re-Opens with Extensive Link to the Past

With most of the city feeling so new, it can be sometimes hard to imagine Chandler with an extensive history.  Enter the East Valley History Center & Research Archives at the McCullough-Price House, which is part of the Chandler Museum campus.  Exploring Chandler’s historical photos and texts has never been easier.

The McCullough-Price House was originally built in 1938 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 3,300 square foot Pueblo Revival style home mixes the original beams and other features with mid century modern furniture.  The archive contains old newspapers (including the Chandler Arizonan), photographs, yearbooks, maps, and photos from the early 1900s to the present day captured on microfilm. The House also features tiny exhibits and the offices for the museum staff.

Just to the north of the McCullough-Price house is the brand new 10,000 square foot Chandler Museum. Built to complement the historic house, the modern building is the centerpiece of the new museum campus.  It showcases a sculpture by artist Jeff Zischke, Infinite Shade, which serves as the shade structure for the outdoor courtyard during the day but is beautifully lit during the evening.  The Chandler Museum features both local and travelling national shows and exhibits.

Regular hours for the Chandler Museum are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm. Admission is free. 300 S. Chandler Village Drive Chandler, AZ. Find out more at www.chandlermuseum.org.

If you’re considering making this great city your home, please give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d be happy to share more area tidbits and things to do customized to your lifestyle.

Welcome to 8210 E Garfield Street K214, Scottsdale!

Beautifully remodeled 1 bedroom co-op in a fantastic location! Incredible views of the community green space and pool from the windows and private balcony. Open floorplan features laminate flooring and decor paint throughout. Updated kitchen features plenty of counter space, and a great area for a coffee bar! Bathroom features fully tiled shower. Lots of parking close by. Cash only, no rentals or pets and need board & credit approval. No deed or title fees, buyer has membership for life. Co-op fee covers taxes, ins, water, roof, building, electrical & plumbing in walls, 4 pools, exercise room, library & meeting room with free WIFI, community garden, laundry, picnic & play areas. Near Scottsdale Trolley stop! Perfect for anyone wanting a lock & leave lifestyle near Old Town Scottsdale!

For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit our webpage at http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/125467482/8210_E_Garfield_Street_-_K214-Scottsdale-AZ

 In order to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 today!

Welcome to 10749 E. Running Water Dr., Gold Canyon!

Surrounded by magnificent mountain views and desert vistas, this gorgeous Santa Fe-style custom home is nestled on over an ACRE of lush high Sonoran desert. Our tour of this Gold Canyon beauty begins with a stately drive, a private courtyard with firepit that boasts spectacular views of the Superstitions, towering saguaros, and a gorgeous Alder wood front entry. Inside, the wow-worthy great room dazzles with splayed ceiling beams, stone wrapped fireplace beside custom built-ins, & an expanse of travertine flooring that extends throughout much of the sprawling floor plan. Not far away, the sun-dappled kitchen shows off with stunning granite countertops, gas cooktop & Knotty Alder cabinetry. Ideal for an early-morning espresso or a quick-and-easy meal on-the-go, the breakfast bar adds a splash of gourmet panache to the culinary scene. Entertaining is a breeze on the expansive back patio perfect for viewing the amazing desert sunsets. BBQ island features a tall archway that reveals the heated pool & spa with sparkling water fountain, relaxation deck, and more incredible views. When it’s time to retire, be sure to visit the enchanting master suite, a blissful retreat blessed with a separate exit to the backyard, snail shower, separate tub, and a closet with plenty of storage space. An attached guest house is the perfect place for visiting guests or some income generating AirBNB as it has it’s own separate entrance, living room, full kitchen with granite counters, and living quarters. Additional amenities include a massive extended RV garage long and tall enough to fit a Class A luxury motorcoach, a private workshop with A/C & its own bathroom!

For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit our webpage at

http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/124276451/10749_E_Running_Water_Drive-Gold_Canyon-AZ

 In order to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 today!