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6 06 2010

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Something All Home Shoppers Should Have…

11 04 2010

I just returned home from a wonderful home tour today of 10 homes all over north Phoenix and Glendale, and thought I should share this necessity with all home buyers.  If you are scheduled to go out with a Realtor to look for your next home, fill one of these out for EVERY HOME YOU VIEW, and your life will be a lot easier when it comes time to make a decision.

Here is the Home Buyer Spread Sheet for your viewing and using pleasure.  Couple this with any pictures you take, and a Full detail report from the MLS (if you are one of my clients), and remembering nuances about homes will be a snap.

Comments/ratings/feedback is always appreciated!





HUD/FHA ENDORSES ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES!

8 04 2010

I just read an email from my e-sign service (EchoSign) informing me of the great news!  I will just give 3 reasons rapid fire off the top of my head why this is a HUGE move towards a better tomorrow in FHA related real estate transactions:

1. LESS PAPER!

2. EFFICIENCY!

3. CONVENIENCE!

Here is the post on the EchoSign blog about FHA/HUD allowing electronic signatures and showing a copy of the letter from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  (FYI, I am not related to the Assistant Secretary for Housing, David H. Stevens.)

What this means to YOU as an FHA homebuyer

You will now be able to sign contracts ON YOUR SCHEDULE, DO AWAY WITH EXCESSIVE PAPERWORK and have FASTER RESPONSE TIMES.  Contract signing will be done through email with the click of a button and stored securely on the e-signature service’s server, as well as copies emailed to you in pdf form once signed and filed.  The process in real time, about 5 minutes (unless you haven’t had time prior to signing to read the contract).

In other words, you will be signing contracts more efficiently and conveniently, while “going green” at the same time.  Of course, your Realtor has to be a part of one of these services.  If I were home shopping, I would make this a requirement of my Realtor.





Phoenix Luxury Home of the Week #8

6 04 2010

Week 8 of the Phoenix area luxury home pick!  As always, I hope everyone is getting their week off to a positive start and continuing to do big things thus far in 2010.

Phoenix area Luxury Home pick #8

This week’s pick had the best of ALL worlds.  Location was a huge impact (85083 zip code), though the features alone made it an easy choice.  Between the infinity pool, spa, hilltop lot, city views, plethora of outdoor living space, and retractable glass walls, I couldn’t put my finger on the best feature.

STATS:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
  • 7,033 sq ft
  • Private Pool
  • 5 car garage
  • 2007 Build Date
  • listed at $2,950,000, or ($419.45 per sq ft)

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Another one for the books…that’s Phoenix area luxury home pick #8!  Check back next week to see #9.

For other outstanding, pricey homes, check out my previous Luxury Home Picks while you are browsing!

If you would like to discuss Phoenix area luxury real estate, contact me.

-Colin Stevens

*This listing brought to you by DPR Realty, LLC 623-979-3002.




Phoenix Historic District- F.Q. Story Update 1

20 03 2010

Why hello there!  A long while ago, I posted a blog on the Francis Quarles Story Historic District, which included a short video clip of me driving up and down a couple of the streets in this awesome neighborhood.  I am back again (several months later) to give an updated market snapshot of the neighborhood’s real estate activity.

As of today, March 20, 2010:

15 active listings (1 of which has an offer submitted to the bank, awaiting the short sale process)

Priced from $99,900 to $529,000

7 homes are under contract on schedule to close in the near future

1 home has closed within the past 1 month (Since February 20, 2010)

Sold for$160,000.   At 1,235 sq ft, this breaks down to $129.55 per square foot.  Perks of Historic Districts!!  Even in a recessed market, they still demand top dollar when nicely updated/maintained.
If you have any questions about this post, or any of the other Historic Districts in the Phoenix area, contact me via txt/email/phone.





Phoenix Luxury Home of the Week #7

15 03 2010

Week 7 of the Phoenix area luxury home pick!  As always, I hope everyone is getting their week off to a positive start, and doing big things thus far in 2010.

Phoenix area Luxury Home pick #7

I chose this week’s luxury home for one reason mainly; NIGHT CLUB.  Who else in Arizona can say they have a club in their house?  And being situated on 2 acres, noise ordinance shouldn’t be a problem;]  If you are a bachelor and just so happen to have 5+ million dollars laying around, this place is for you!  Between the club, super contemporary design, 6 car garage, superb views of Camelback Mountain, pool and lighted tennis court in backyard, what more can one ask for?

STATS:

  • Paradise Valley, AZ
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 10,065 sq ft
  • 6 car garage
  • listed at $5,000,000 ($496.77 per sq ft)

Th-th-th-that’s all for Phoenix area luxury home pick #7…Check back next week to see #8!

For other outstanding, pricey homes, check out my previous Luxury Home Picks while you are browsing!

If you would like to discuss Phoenix area luxury real estate, contact me.

-Colin Stevens

*This listing brought to you by Realty Executives.




Phoenix Neighborhood Update-Entrada, #4

13 03 2010

Back again for the round 4 market snapshot of the Entrada Neighborhood in Northwest Phoenix, Arizona (includes Entrada, Entrada North and Entrada Northeast). As I stated in my first update and my Entrada neighborhood Profile, it is a neighborhood of several housing options and close proximity to Arrowhead Mall (aka Arrowhead Towne Center), Shops at Norterra, and both the I-17 and Loop 101 Freeways in Northwest Phoenix, Arizona.

As of March 13, 2010:

8 active listings (3 of which have offers submitted to the lender, awaiting the short sale process)

Prices ranging from $139,999 to $315,000

8 homes are under contract and on schedule to close very soon

4 home have closed within the last 1 month (since February 13, 2010)

These homes sold in a range $150,000-$322,000 and from 1521 sq ft to 3596 sq ft.

If you have questions regarding the Entrada neighborhood in Northwest Phoenix,  call/email/txt.