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Tuesday, October 9, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

4 Repairs You Must Make Before Selling

Before you list your home on the market, there are certain areas of your home that you need to focus on first.

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Here are four areas of your home that you need to make sure are taken care of before you list so that you can maximize your sale price:

1. Make sure your home’s exterior shines. The last thing you want is a buyer looking online, let alone driving up to your neighborhood, and deciding they don’t even want to see the inside of the home because the curb appeal is so poor. Landscaping is a good idea, as is exterior paint. Even a quick cleanup around the outside of your home will help buyers get excited to walk through it.

2. Check your air conditioning. This is a critical feature, especially in Arizona. If the air isn’t on or working properly, buyers will get turned off. Make sure your filters are clean and your ducts are clear of dust and debris. ...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

6 Listing Mistakes All Sellers Should Avoid

When it comes time to list, sellers should be sure to avoid these six key mistakes.

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As Realtors, we truly want our clients to succeed. This is why when we see sellers making critical mistakes, we cringe. But which seller mistakes are the most egregious? Let’s take a look at the top six today.

1. Having a smelly home. Homeowners can become "nose blind" to the odors throughout their property, but buyers are sure to notice if they’re hit with the smell of a litter box upon entering the home. Getting an outside opinion before letting buyers in for showings and being willing to make changes, if necessary, could make a world of difference.
2. Giving your home too much personality. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your property, and letting your home be a neutral, clean slate during showings is the best way to help them do so. Therefore, painting ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

The Truth About 3 Common Down Payment Myths

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There is a lot of false information out there regarding the real estate process, and the subject of down payments seems to be particularly misunderstood. And this is exactly why I’d like to share and debunk three common down payment myths for you today. 

1. You need to put 20% down. Actually, there are many different lending options available right now. Depending on your circumstances, you could secure a mortgage for little to no money down. The best way to determine what you’re eligible for is to speak to an experienced local lender about these options.

2. Financed offers will never beat cash offers. Assuming your lender has been able to get you fully underwritten and pre-approved, this is not the case. Buyers using financing may still stand a strong chance against cash buyers, so long as they’re sufficiently qualified. Another strategy for beating ou ...

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Monday, August 27, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Our Market Update for August 2018

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Today I want to discuss some of the changes we’ve seen in the market since this time last year.

Supply is a major theme of this update. Supply is still on the low end and we are definitely still in a seller’s market. This ranges across all price points and across the Valley. Since August 2017, active and pending listings have decreased by 10% and 7.1%, respectively. This shows that the low supply is putting pressure on sellers’ abilities to sell homes.

On top of that, monthly sales are up 6.3%, and the average monthly price per square foot has increased by $13 over last August. The low supply is impacting home prices and putting some pressure on buyers to find the right home.

There is some good news for buyers, however: Supply in the price point between $200,000 and $250,000 has risen 8.1% in the past 12 weeks. Not only that, but in the range between ...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Who Is Ashley Hanawalt and Why Is She Such an Important Part of Our Team?

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Today we’re happy to be joined by Ashley Hanawalt, an integral part of our team. Ashley is our executive partner who works with our database manager and runs a lot of stuff behind the scenes for our team.

As you guys know, when you work with our team, you get more than just one individual on your side working for you. Ashley is just one example of that. I asked her a few questions about working with us and how she contributes to our team:

What is the best part of working with Realty Network Group?

The best part is that you’re not alone and you’re working with a team. There’s always someone to help you and everyone always has great advice to give. There are people who may have been in a certain situation where they can share their experience to help others through the process.

What are some of the things you do for our team each day?

I d ...

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