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1st Quarter 2019 Market Update

1st Quarter 2019 Market Update

Let’s take a look at who might have more control of the market, buyers or sellers, by examining Maricopa County’s current housing inventory level.  I quick review is in order to show a few points of inventory levels in recent times. Our past blogs have shown the following residential units for sale, inventory levels:           All-time high MLS inventory level - 62,581 (Nov ’07)           April of 2016 - 25,232 homes for sale           June of 2017 - 18,200 homes for sale&nb...
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Sick of Your Spoon Falling In Your Pan?

Sick of Your Spoon Falling In Your Pan?

I have been looking for a solution for this for years without having to buy a special spoon that has some kind of hook on it or something.  It seems like the simplest thing but until I saw a recent life hack segment on the news, the solution had escaped me.  When I saw this I had to share it. Has anyone else out there been looking for this solution?    ...
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Never Pay to Unclog a Drain Again

Never Pay to Unclog a Drain Again

  There is a way to substantially avoid drain clogs. A little plumbing theory is going to help understand why.   Underground sewer waste pipes flow on a downward slope from your sinks and toilets, out to a much larger main sewer line under the city streets. Typical slope requirements for water and waste flow equal to ¼ inch slope for every one linear foot of pipe length.  This grade of slope is only enough to push the flow of water through.   You may ask then, “How then do solids, incidental food, toilet paper and human waste pass through a sewer pipe”? The answer is, with the help o...
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Is Your Home's Value Over Assessed for Property Taxes

Is Your Home's Value Over Assessed for Property Taxes

Maricopa County, like many counties throughout the country these days, keeps a public record of the square footage (among other statistics) of residential dwelling structures (i.e. houses, apartments and condos.)  The County gets their information from plans included with building permits which have been approved and completed.  At least that’s one way they would obtain such information. The problem with this method of reporting square footage is that, many people build livable square footage on to their houses without pulling permits.  People will intentionally not pull permits when building additions and additional s...
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What Buyers Can Expect in an Extreme Seller's Market

What Buyers Can Expect in an Extreme Seller's Market

In recent Blogs we have covered how extreme a seller’s market Maricopa County really is.  Being only 3,000 residential units away from the lowest inventory the Valley has ever seen and having thousands of people moving from various states; these days, seller’s have their choice of who they sell their home to.       Here are a few things you might encounter when looking for a home as a buyer: ·         Over List Price Bidding Wars – Educated buyers in this market place know, right off the bat, that they must present aggressive which often means...
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