How to Boost Curb Appeal – Starting with the Front Door!

Now is the time for an exterior makeover to enhance your curb appeal. Remember, your front entry is the first vision visitors have as they arrive.

Are you making a statement with your front door?
Your front door is the first impression you are making as visitors arrive.  Is your front door showing its age? It is perhaps hurting your homes energy efficiency?  Perhaps its time to think about installing a new energy efficient front door.

Please remember if you are in a subdivision with an association, you want to check their guidelines before changing out the door.

New accessorize are another option.

Don’t want to change out the front door? You can still “freshen it up” by replacing the door hardware or give it a fresh coat of paint.  Should you decide to change the hardware, keep it consistent with other features around the door such as a light fixture or doorbell.   Often simple changes give something a brand new look at a small cost.

Freshen up your  exterior and trim.
The Arizona weather takes a toll on exterior paint over time.  Now is a good time to also add a fresh coat of paint to exterior & trim.  Again, should you choose to change colors, check with your neighborhood association.  The association may have approved color choices to choose from.

Outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting is another enchantment to consider when “freshen” up your front entrance.  There are both regular and solar lighting options available.  Solar lights can be used to showcase landscaping and home focal points.

Use plants as focal points
Plants are easy ways to adds pops of color both at the front entry and throughout your front yard.  You can also place containers with blooming plants throughout your front landscaping.

As a client of Glenn Marlin, I always recommend “freshen” up your front entry when putting your home on the market.  We also recommend adding pops of color, its make the home inviting.

Thinking about purchasing a home?

Glenn Marlin at search-arizona-homes.com would love to help you find your dream home. Before you start your shopping on that perfect home there are a few initial steps to take.

As you begin looking at homes both on the internet and with your agent, you need to be prepared when you find a home you want to not only look at, but put an offer on.

Once you are ready to make that offer, you as a home buyer will need to provide information to the home seller that you are qualified to purchase their home.

As you are excited to purchase, they are excited to sell and move on to the next stage of their real estate endeavors.

Below are some things you as a buyer should take into consideration to be prepared to make that offer?

• Where is your mortgage coming from?
To show sellers that you are a serious buyer you want to get “pre-approved” for a loan. Having pre-approval lets the seller know that you have met with a banking individual and it shows what you are qualified for and if seller assistance is needed. It also provides a guideline as to how long it will take to finish the loan.

It is recommend that when you review the various loan programs that you make sure you have a clear understanding of the terms so no surprises arise during the loan process. When you meet with a mortgage adviser, be prepared for them to run & review your credit score. They may suggest some items you might need to take care of in order for you to increase your credit score. I have seen when buyers are all set to purchase a home go under contract and along the process make a purchase that should have waited,  that purchase causes their credit score to drop and then no longer qualifying for the home they were in the process of buying.

• How much do you want to spend on a house?
Besides thinking about how much you want to spend on a home, you should take into consideration how much your monthly payment will be. You want to make sure you have enough to not only make your house payment, but enough available funds to pay all your financial commitments.

When meeting with your lender you may find out that you are approved for more than you had thought about spending. Glenn Marlin at search-arizona-homes wants to remind you that while you receive approval for a certain amount, doesn’t mean you need to spend that full amount. You want to decide on a price & payment that will keep you in budget with all your other financial commitments.

• Do you have a “dream” location you would like be live near?
You may have a desired location you would like to be near. Glenn Marlin at search-arizona-homes.com has implemented various search tools that will help you look for homes at your price range in your desired location.

• How important is keeping on schedule?
Once you are under contract and have a scheduled closing date. You want to make sure you do what is necessary to insure that closing date is met.

There are certain deadlines that your Realtor will help you keep when it comes to inspection periods. As a buyer you want to work closely with your lender to make sure you meet their deadlines as well. Often times we see buyers not submitting paperwork in a timely manner, which in turns requires the lender to ask for additional time to finish the loan.

• Is it possible to agree on everything?
During a real estate transaction there are many terms to come to agreement on. At times buyers & sellers will need to be ready to make comprises in order to get the deal to go through. All parties involved will need to come to an agreement on the closing date. All repairs items will need to be agreed to in order to move forward and complete the sale.

• What condition home do you want to purchase?
Are you thinking about purchasing a home that needs some TLC? As a home buyer before choosing a home that needs some fixing up, you want to think about how much time & energy you have to focus on those items.
Purchasing a home that does not require repairs may cost a little more, but it also leaves you time and possible additional expenses if you choose getting a home that needs TLC in the condition you want.

If you are a person that loves to make the home your own, purchasing on that needs TLC will allow you to add your personal touches and make it a project of love.  Just make sure you do your research on remodeling guidelines in your area of purchase.  Before making an offer on a home that requires some improvements there are some things to take into consideration. If there is a mortgage involved there could be lender required repairs that might be required prior to closing. Also, if you are thinking about making some drastic changes to the home, there could be some community rules or town laws that would have to be followed.

Glenn Marlin at search-arizona-homes.com wants to help make sure your home purchase experience is as enjoyable and stress free as possible. As a buyer you want to make sure all your concerns and questions are answered by not only your Realtor, but by your lender as well.

Purchasing a home is a team endeavor.

Make sure you have a strong educated team working with you.

Gilbert Homeowners – Temps are rising!

As the temperatures are starting to rise in the valley of the sun, it is highly recommend you have your HVAC system serviced before summer is fully upon us.

Having your Gilbert home HVAC system in its top running condition could save you hundreds of dollars.

Gilbert homeowners, when is the last time you had your HVAC serviced?  In the valley of the sun it is recommended that homeowners have their HVAC serviced twice a year and change your filters once a month.

Gilbert homeowners, now is also a great time for “spring cleaning”.

  • When is the last time you went through your refrigerator and pantry to checked expiration dates?
  • How about giving your windows & screens a good washing before the Monsoon season starts?
  • With the holidays over have you de-cluttered your garage and put away all those decorations?
  • Before closing up the windows for the summer, how about dusting off those lights & ceiling fans?
  • Have you thought “I need to clean out those closets”?
  • With pool parties approaching, how about getting the patio & outdoor furniture ready for the swim season?
  • Taking a moment to sit and relax and just noticed those dusty baseboards?
  • Could it not also be a good time to clean out those kitchen cabinets that fight you when you need a pot or pan?

Spring and “springtime” is often referred to as the season of  rejuvenation and re-growth.    What better time than now to get your Gilbert home cleaned up and refreshed for the coming rising temperatures in Gilbert.

I not only want to be there to help with your real estate needs, I also want to share important information to help you enjoy your Gilbert home.

Spring is in the air…. Spring Training that is!

With spring training games happening all over the valley I’m sure you have seen more out of state visitors and baseball fans out and about.

Spring training has been part of the valley since 1947 with just two teams.  Today, there are 15 teams that use the Phoenix metro area as their spring training destination.

Baseball fans from all over the country come to the valley not only to see their favorite players but also enjoy the beautiful weather that we have and leave the snow behind.  With park locations often in driving distance of one another, baseball fans look to enjoy games, shopping and eating along with the beautiful desert scenery and excitement of the old west.

The valley is recognized for not only its beautiful weather this time of year, but also for all the outdoor activities that baseball fans can enjoy while visiting.  There are several hiking & biking trails, lake recreations, horseback riding and let’s not forget golfing.

This spring is exciting with the grand opening of the new Cubs training site in Mesa with its 15,000 seat facility.

Have you been thinking about selling your home in Chandler, Gilbert or Mesa, but not sure if you should wait till school is out?

Wait no more! Let those baseball fans that are visiting the east valley see the sign in your front yard or read about your listing while on the way to a game.

I often receive calls from folks visiting and fall in love with the weather and look of homes and ask about purchasing a primary or secondary home.

New RE/MAX Website Is Now Live

Re/Max LLC has relaunched the company’s website with a simplified user interface and data on more than 87 million properties nationwide — both homes for sale and previously sold.

Remax.com is “mobile-ready and tablet-friendly,” and the company claims it’s the first franchisor to provide a consistent Web experience across desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Users can tap and swipe through oversized photos of property listings — a “Quiet Mode” even allows them to turn off other content on a page to focus on the large-scale images. Lead forms for Re/Max agents are prominently displayed on listing detail pages.

The remax.com home page continually updates to reflect the user’s search pattern and preferences. Users can save listings and share them via social networks, ranking them based on their desirability.

Arizona Home Search

SEARCH ARIZONA HOMES

Many home buyers like to search for homes on the Internet for themselves before talking to a real estate agent or having to register on a Website. That’s why we have designed this Website to help you easily and efficiently find your new home here in Gilbert or anywhere in the metro Phoenix, AZ area.  Many real estate Web sites overwhelm you with so many links, advertisements, “featured properties,” and endless clutter. But not here. Just click the search link at the top and you can search the entire MLS using the exact SAME FLEXMLS SYSTEM the agents use.