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Even when you don’t want to hear it

I just read an article that really goes well with an older post of mine How to hire a Realtor A great Realtor will tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it. Here are the truths that a great Realtor will help you hear. article Remember, getting advice is easy, getting good advice takes trust that only can be earned.

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How To Interview An Agent

How To Interview An Agent Spending time with an agent and going through the interview process is one of the most important steps in selling your house and, sadly, it’s the one that most homeowners rarely take the time to do.The reason for this may be that many home owners think that all agents do the same thing to sell a house. This is far from the truth!The 80/20 Rule Did you know that in most businesses, 20% of the people do 80% of the sales? In real estate, that ration is closer to a jaw-dropping 94/6 ratio. Given these figures, is it any wonder why so many consumers are dissatisfied with their agent? It’s very easy to get attached to an agent who does not do much business. It’s relatively easy to get a real estate license. Take some classes, pass a test, and bingo bango, you’re a real estate agent. Our industry is full of “part-time” salespeople. Is that the agent you want to represent you on what is probably your largest financial investment? I didn’t think so. So what can you do to avoid choosing a poor agent to work with? You need to ask great interview questions to begin with. Trust me, these questions will make an unskilled agent very uncomfortable. There is no better recommendation than a track record of success. As a home seller, you will be paying an agent a lot of money to…

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What Makes Us Different?

1.  SERVICE CONCEPT - My team consists of the following full-time licensed professionals:   Team Leader   Team Manager   Administration   Title & home warranty marketing rep   Mortgage partners   Short Sale Processor  100% Professional, Licensed Sales Associates 2.  SALES RESULTS We sell or rent multiple homes every week . We sell 98.2% of all properties that we list. Our average Sales Price to List Price ratio is 97.5%.   3.  SERVICE Our team is available seven days a week. Any and all phone calls we receive are returned promptly. We perform daily transaction follow up.   4.  TECHNOLOGY  We utilize the most up-to-date hardware/software used in the Real Estate industry.  This enables us to provide instantaneous service to our clients.   (Yes, We're techie.)   5.  MARKET KNOWLEDGE  We understand real estate market trends. We understand and are familiar with current real estate values. We have access to the most current financing rates  &  trends in the real estate industry.

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Preparing Your Home For Sale Checklist

Preparing Your Home For Sale Checklist Before your home hits the market, here's a list of things you can do to help it show better, sell faster, and sell for top dollar.  Most of these require more sweat than cash.  We will be happy to walk through your home with you and make suggestions.THE EXTERIOR1.  The Yard: ___  Cut and edge the lawn ___  Trim bushes and trees and remove all dead limbs and debris ___  Remove weeds ___  Clean up rock and rake as needed to make sure the rock covers the ground it's meant to cover. 2.  Patios/Driveways/Fences: ___  Wash the driveway and all sidewalks and patio areas. ___  Clean any stains ___  Make sure fence is in good repair.  Paint/Stain/Repair as needed. ___  Spruce up the outdoor living areas with furniture and plants. ___  Make sure all lawn equipment and toys are stored out of sight. 3.  The House: ___  Clean, paint and/or repair as needed any siding or stucco ___  Replace broken windows, doors and screens and make sure they all operate correctly. ___  Clean windows and screens thoroughly, inside and out. THE INTERIOR 1.  CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! ___  Clean the curtains, drapes, and blinds ___  Clean the carpets.  If carpet is badly stained, it may need to be replaced. ___  Clean tile and wood and laminate floors. ___  Touch up paint as needed or put a fresh coat on rooms that need it. ___  Remove…

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Desert Willow Jr. Gardener

apply for a free scholarship It's not too Late to Sign Kids up for this Exciting Class Our Junior Gardner 8 week course is starting September 28th and running through the beginning of 2014! The junior gardener course offers active & engaging connections to academics from science and math to nutrition and literacy. Students will remember more information from this course due to the chance for them to design their own experiments and engage in their own learning style! Gardening helps capture young learners interest in nature, teaches nurturing skills, provides a sense of accomplishment, introduces healthful foods while teaching students that food we eat comes from places outside of the grocery store, and shows ways to give back to the community. Information you need to know: When: 9am - 11:30am Saturdays, starting September 28th including October 5th & 19th, November 2nd & 16th, December 7th, January 4th and 18th. Make-Up session February 1st Cost: $125.00 (early registration), includes Junior Gardner Handbook, binder/journal, T-shirt, water & snacks and certificate of completion! Students can sign-up to take one Saturday class for $25.00, excludes Handbook, T-shirt, and certificate of completion. Early registration specials will apply for those students taking the entire course to become a Junior Gardner. Registering after August 16th cost is $150. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch. 20 student maximum so hurry and sign-up today! Download registration form for further details and e-mail us with any questions. Registration Form: Download…

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The Islands in Gilbert

1243 W SEASCAPE DR Gilbert, AZ 85233 $200,000 Beds/Baths: 3 / 2 Bedrooms Plus: 3 Approx SqFt: 1,600 / County Assessor Price/SqFt: $125 Year Built: 1991 Pool: Community Encoded Features: 32RO2G Exterior Stories: 1 # of Interior Levels: 1 Dwelling Type: Single Family - Detached Approx Lot SqFt: 5,502 / County Assessor Apx Lot Size Range: 1 - 7,500 Subdivision: ISLANDS PATIO HOMES A AMD LOT 1-94 193-233 Tax Municipality: Maricopa - COUNTY Marketing Name: The Islands Planned Cmty Name: Th Islands Model: Builder Name: US Homes Hun Block: 50 S Map Code/Grid: S39 Bldg Number: Ele Sch Dist: 041 - Gilbert Unified District Elementary School: Islands Jr. High School: Mesquite Elementary - Gilbert High School Dist #: 041 - Gilbert Unified District High School: Mesquite High

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Real Estate Drones

  Photo courtesy SkyCam USA Photo drone being used to take real estate photos Just when you’ve mastered your smartphone to take listing photos, a new technology is springing up in MLSs across the country – flying photo drones (see more drone real estate photos here, scroll down after the jump). Unlike drones being used in the military, these are small GPS / radio controlled helicopter style drones, missiles not included. Many come with specialized software to aide in photo taking “Our muticopters are GPS Enabled with position hold and fly to way point ability all viewable on a 3D map with preflight planning and mission simulation via Google Earth. With altitude, speed, distance and other relevant data,” says SkyCam USA, a leading real estate photo drone company. The FAA and local police departments are taking notice. Privacy advocates are also up in arms. The LAPD recently released a statement warning real estate agents on the use of drones: “We are just trying to inform the public to ensure that before hiring these companies to operate these aircraft in federal airspace, that they are abiding by the federal regulations to ensure safety,” said police Sgt. George Gonzalez.” http://www.armlsblog.com/attack-of-the-real-estate-photo-drones/

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Interest rates are TOO high! Really?

Rising mortgage interest rates concern prospective buyers, but they may not know rates are still lower than normal. They’ve gone up but are they high? Click on the graph below to see the source data. US Home Mortgage 30 Year Fixed National 5-Year Avg

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Grand Canyon University announces Mesa for new campus

  Grand Canyon University Announced July 30 its plans to buy 160 acres in Mesa to develop its second campus. The property is east of Ellsworth Road and Point 22 Boulevard within Eastmark, DMB’s newest community. Initially, GCU will buy 100 acres, with an option to add up to 60 acres in the future. GCU officials expect that it will take seven years to build out the campus, which will include offices and administration space, classrooms, labs, a library, student union, student dorms, recreational fields and parking. Construction of the campus is expected to begin in 2014 with a potential opening date as early as 2015, subject to legal and regulatory approvals. While the project is under construction, GCU is looking to lease space in the area to begin offering classes in the fall of 2014. For the past year, GCU has been searching for a site to expand with a second campus in the East Valley. Its current campus is at 33rd Ave. and Camelback Road in Phoenix.   Eastmark official press release   http://youtu.be/YjUS-e70j_k Interested in homes at Eastmark? please contact me for a list of available floorplans and current builder incentives.

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