Top 5 Home Maintenance Tips

Trying to save money? During my years of experience in the real estate industry, I’ve learned that home maintenance is so much more affordable than emergency repairs. Here are five routine maintenance projects that can help prevent unexpected costs and save you money year-round. 1. Clear Out Gutters Water from clogged gutters can overflow and leak into your home. Heavy, ice-packed gutters … [Read more...]

June Housing Report

Three Things You Need to Know about Current Conditions: Home prices are at record highs. The number of homes on the market is at record lows. June sales were 5.5% lower than June 2017. So, as a homeowner or seller, this is all excellent news for you. If you’re buying, having fewer homes on the market could present a few challenges. Don’t worry! I can help you come up with a … [Read more...]

6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search

6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search Are you in the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home. What’s your budget? See how your finances stand up to the 28/36 … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Creating the Perfect Study Space for Your Kids

Brighter room, brighter mind Lighting is one of the most critical features of a productive study space, especially as night comes early during much of the school year. Add a desk or floor lamp if the room’s main light isn’t bright enough. A door — that closes Shut out distractions — such as the sound of dinner being made or younger siblings watching TV — with a solid door that minimizes … [Read more...]

Scottsdale Fashion Square Adds Online Retailers to Mix

Two retailers that began as online-only marketplaces are setting up shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Morphe, a beauty brand, and UNTUCKit, a men’s clothing retailer, are part of a growing trend of digitally-native retail brands setting up brick-and-mortar locations.  “Scottsdale Fashion Square is globally recognized as the undisputed leader for luxury and contemporary brands in the … [Read more...]

SURVIVING A PHOENIX SUMMER

Phoenix can get pretty unbearably hot during the summers, but we have an idea or two or ten of how you can cool off on those hot days. But don’t forget to not touch the metal of your seat belt, steering wheel, or stick shift before cooling off your car! We can’t actually help you with that except for maybe wearing gloves in the middle of the summer? Just do what you have to do to get yourself to a … [Read more...]

How to Clean Every Nook and Cranny in Your Shower (HGTV)

Think beyond your weekly wipe down and make a plan to deep clean your bathroom shower and tub. We strive to be eco-conscious in our own home and enjoy making our own cleaners. Most of these tips include the use of oxygen-based bleach (hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate as opposed to chlorine-based bleach), sodium carbonate or white vinegar. Oxygen-based solutions are indeed … [Read more...]

Thinking About Moving To A Bigger Place?

Thinking about moving to a bigger place? The first thing you need to know before you start searching for a home is what you can afford. To calculate this, there are 2 important ratios that a mortgage lender will use. Your Front-End Debt-to-Income Ratio When Moving: Your front-end DTI ratio compares your expected monthly housing cost against your income. Your housing cost includes home-related … [Read more...]

Easy Design Trends to Incorporate in 2018

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home’s look and feel. If you want to make a change but aren’t sure what to do, check out these top home design trends for 2018! 1. Open kitchen shelves Limited storage is a big problem in little kitchens. You can get more from your space if you open up your kitchen shelves. For most people, this just means taking the cabinet doors off some or all … [Read more...]

3 Ways the New Tax Law May Affect You

There are some pretty big changes coming for homeowners as a result of the tax reform legislation enacted last December. The available deductions and exemptions may change depending on whether you itemize your deductions in 2018 or take the standard deduction. The effect of the new tax law will vary depending on a variety of factors such as income level, whether or not you have a vacation home, … [Read more...]