The widespread use of the Internet in real estate home sales nowadays begs the question, Why do you need a realtor if the Internet shows you all of the homes for sale? There are three major reasons why using a realtor to look for and buy your home will serve you better than going the DIY route. First, while the wealth of property listings on the Internet may seem like you can find your dream home on your own, an experienced real estate agent has access to even more listings that are available on sites such as Trulia and Zillow. While these sites do have many listings, they can, and often do, fall behind in real-time listing status updates. A professional listing search on MLS (multiple listing service) will reveal homes with a “coming soon” status that realtors are only able to discover. Clients who are working with a realtor can act quickly when these homes do go live.
A realtor is also experienced in geographical areas, and can recommend areas you may not have otherwise considered. A realtor can analyze your criteria and can point you in directions that may work better for you in the long run. Moreover, a realtor has an extensive professional network of other agents and can access their knowledge about certain areas, thereby sharing this insider information with you as a buyer.
Finally, a knowledgeable realtor will be well-versed in the comparables (or “comps”) in your targeted neighborhoods. These comps are not easy to access for non-realtors. Certain upgrades or features may not be a better buy for your money, necessarily, and a realtor can help you to analyze the listing price in conjunction with the prices of other homes in the market. Finally, once you are in the home of your dreams, your realtor is an invaluable resource to help you determine which upgrades you should make to the home with an eye to a higher resale value down the line. I look forward to working with you in your home search.
Professional home stagers have an eye for design, and are able to stage a home to sell quickly. While they have professional experience in how to show off your home’s assets, and therefore, are an invaluable resource, there are some practical tips that anyone can implement when listing their home for sale.
First, walk through each room in your home and focus on the floors. Can a potential buyer see the flooring in each room, or do area rugs cover a large amount of your tile or hardwood? Or, if you have carpet, is your carpet clean and in good condition?
Second, walk through each room and see if there are personal items may distract a potential buyer from looking at the actual features of your home. For example, do you have family photos around the room? Do you have sports paraphernalia or collections of items displayed in your room? While these items may be things you cherish, they are distracting to buyers and may cause it to be difficult for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.
Third, are your countertops in your kitchen and bathroom clear and free of personal items or clutter? To show off the beautiful features of your home and the spaciousness of these important spaces, eliminating any and all non-essential items from these horizontal surfaces is a quick and easy task when staging your home for sale.
Finally, how is the lighting in each room of your home? Are any of your lamps and fixtures missing lightbulbs? Are all of your window treatments opened to increase natural light in your rooms? Are your windows sparkling clean? All of these steps are easy ways to increase the ability of buyers to notice and appreciate all of the features in your home.
Your listing agent is a fantastic resource for more ideas on how to stage your home in preparation for sale.
5. Well-maintained and popular parks with playgrounds. From Aviano Community Park with its extra-large adventure playground complete with zip line and spider web climber, to Fireside Community Park with its two playground areas with shade and a climbing wall, and Cashman Park with its newly-remodeled shaded playground with top-notch play equipment, Desert Ridge is built for children’s outdoor play.
4. Convenience to major freeways. Desert Ridge is literally minutes from both the Loop 101 and State Route 51 freeways. These freeways will take you to downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, or any of the outlying cities quickly and conveniently, while bypassing stop and go traffic on surface streets.
3. Restaurants and entertainment. Thanks to Desert Ridge Marketplace, a beautiful outdoor mall with over 50 retail stores, over 25 restaurants, plus a movie theatre, arcade and play center for kids, there are endless options for dining and fun. Next door to Desert Ridge Marketplace is High Street, another outdoor mall with trendy restaurants, bars and shops, along with luxury loft-style apartments above the retail spaces.
2. Schools. The A plus rated school district of Paradise Valley Unified has several award-winning schools in the Desert Ridge area. Desert Trails Elementary, Wildfire Elementary and Fireside Elementary serve grades preschool through sixth, while Explorer Middle School serves seventh and eighth grade students. Pinnacle High School is a nationally recognized high school. While PVUSD does offer open enrollment, the popularity of these schools results in waiting lists for some grades unless the students reside in Desert Ridge.
1. Home values. The homes in the Desert Ridge community tend to hold as well as increase in value due to all of the above factors and more. I will utilize my extensive knowledge of the home values (comps) as well as the market trends in Desert Ridge to help you find the best home for you and your family.