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Friday, 25 July 2014

Here is a BEFORE and AFTER of one of our client's homes we are about to list! We take pride in how our listings are showcased. A little bit of maintenance can make a huge difference in the value of your home.

Call the DiBiase Team today if you would like us to show you what little improvements you can make that go along way when selling your home.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

The Stetson Valley Easter Eggstravaganza is back!

Come join us again for the 2nd annual egg hunt and a fun filled morning! There will be a large obstacle course, a bounce house, egg hunts, games, kettle corn, sno cones, a photo booth and more!

                                                                               

Come bring the family and have a great time, mingle with your community and visit our booth! Look for the DiBiase Team at the bubble booth. Come hang out with us and let's make some crazy bubbles!

The DiBiase team is proud and honored to sponsor and participate in community events such as this one!

When: Saturday, April 12th, 2014 @ 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Where: Deem Hills Park in Stetson Valley

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Selling your home can be a very stressful, complex process. Now that the holidays are right around the corner, the market has slowed down for sellers. Homes are not selling as quick as they were a few months ago, which is resulting in more inventory. It’s extremely important that you do your research and consult with a knowledgeable realtor.  From pricing your home right to making sure it shows well, there are many things to consider in today’s market when selling that will determine whether you have a quick, successful sale.

1. PRICING YOUR HOME   The most common mistake among sellers is pricing too high. Its EXTREMELY important that you’re realistic about what you price your home at to begin with. Have your realtor send you a list of homes that are currently listed and that have sold recently. While looking at your competition make sure you consider how many homes listed in your neighborhood are similar to yours. If your home is priced at the top of the market, buyers sometimes won’t even consider looking at it because your neighbor has the same house for a better deal. You risk letting your home sit on the market for too long and having to reduce the price. Buyers will start to wonder what’s wrong with your house.

2. REJECTING OFFERS. Sellers often assume that receiving a decent offer almost immediately after putting it on the market means buyers with higher offers are on their way. So you reject it, however this might not be a risk worth taking. You might not receive a more competitive offer than the first one, instead respond to the offer and negotiate. Once a house has offers, other buyers considering your home are pressured to submit theirs.  Responding to offers and entering a negotiation also buys you time without immediately rejecting the first one, in the case that you do end up receiving a higher offer.

3. PERSONALIZED HOME.  A personalized home is much harder to sell than a neutral one. When potential buyers see your home, they try to picture themselves living there. You do not want them to walk in and think “wow we would definitely have to paint over these turquoise walls” or “we will really have to replace these crazy light fixtures”. It seems silly but cosmetic features are often deal breakers for buyers, so it’s certainly a good idea to invest a little time and money in making your home neutral and likeable to everyone.

4. LIGHTING. Sellers often don’t take having the correct lighting into consideration. I know, here in the desert we like to block out every beam of sunlight that comes through to keep our homes cool, however buyers don’t like to walk into a dark house.  Low lighting can hide important highlights of your home and this is the opposite of what you want when a potential buyer steps into your house. So, open up those shutters and make your home fresh, bright and inviting.

5. HOVERING.  Do not hover and bombard buyers during showings! It’s very uncomfortable and awkward for them. They want to be able to communicate freely and honestly with their agent and they certainly do not want to do that with the seller there. Let the possible buyers roam your house and picture living there in comfort.

These are just a few of the many circumstances to be aware of when selling your home. So before listing your home make sure you do your research and choose a knowledgeable realtor that can guide you through the in’s and out’s of a successful sale. Here at the DiBiase Team it is our first priority that you have a smooth, stress free transaction, while getting the most money for your home. Call us today!

Selling your home can be a very stressful, complex process. Now that the holidays are right around the corner, the market has slowed down for sellers. Homes are not selling as quick as they were a few months ago, which is resulting in more inventory. It’s extremely important that you do your research and consult with a knowledgeable realtor.  From pricing your home right to making sure it shows well, there are many things to consider in today’s market when selling that will determine whether you have a quick, successful sale.

1. PRICING YOUR HOME   The most common mistake among sellers is pricing too high. Its EXTREMELY important that you’re realistic about what you price your home at to begin with. Have your realtor send you a list of homes that are currently listed and that have sold recently. While looking at your competition make sure you consider how many homes listed in your neighborhood are similar to yours. If your home is priced at the top of the market, buyers sometimes won’t even consider looking at it because your neighbor has the same house for a better deal. You risk letting your home sit on the market for too long and having to reduce the price. Buyers will start to wonder what’s wrong with your house.

2. REJECTING OFFERS. Sellers often assume that receiving a decent offer almost immediately after putting it on the market means buyers with higher offers are on their way. So you reject it, however this might not be a risk worth taking. You might not receive a more competitive offer than the first one, instead respond to the offer and negotiate. Once a house has offers, other buyers considering your home are pressured to submit theirs.  Responding to offers and entering a negotiation also buys you time without immediately rejecting the first one, in the case that you do end up receiving a higher offer.

3. PERSONALIZED HOME.  A personalized home is much harder to sell than a neutral one. When potential buyers see your home, they try to picture themselves living there. You do not want them to walk in and think “wow we would definitely have to paint over these turquoise walls” or “we will really have to replace these crazy light fixtures”. It seems silly but cosmetic features are often deal breakers for buyers, so it’s certainly a good idea to invest a little time and money in making your home neutral and likeable to everyone.

4. LIGHTING. Sellers often don’t take having the correct lighting into consideration. I know, here in the desert we like to block out every beam of sunlight that comes through to keep our homes cool, however buyers don’t like to walk into a dark house.  Low lighting can hide important highlights of your home and this is the opposite of what you want when a potential buyer steps into your house. So, open up those shutters and make your home fresh, bright and inviting.

5. HOVERING.  Do not hover and bombard buyers during showings! It’s very uncomfortable and awkward for them. They want to be able to communicate freely and honestly with their agent and they certainly do not want to do that with the seller there. Let the possible buyers roam your house and picture living there in comfort.

These are just a few of the many circumstances to be aware of when selling your home. So before listing your home make sure you do your research and choose a knowledgeable realtor that can guide you through the in’s and out’s of a successful sale. Here at the DiBiase Team it is our first priority that you have a smooth, stress free transaction, while getting the most money for your home. Call us today!

- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4250307/5-common-mistakes-sellers-make-when-selling-their-home-#sthash.C7vBDVdF.dpuf

Selling your home can be a very stressful, complex process. Now that the holidays are right around the corner, the market has slowed down for sellers. Homes are not selling as quick as they were a few months ago, which is resulting in more inventory. It’s extremely important that you do your research and consult with a knowledgeable realtor.  From pricing your home right to making sure it shows well, there are many things to consider in today’s market when selling that will determine whether you have a quick, successful sale.

1. PRICING YOUR HOME   The most common mistake among sellers is pricing too high. Its EXTREMELY important that you’re realistic about what you price your home at to begin with. Have your realtor send you a list of homes that are currently listed and that have sold recently. While looking at your competition make sure you consider how many homes listed in your neighborhood are similar to yours. If your home is priced at the top of the market, buyers sometimes won’t even consider looking at it because your neighbor has the same house for a better deal. You risk letting your home sit on the market for too long and having to reduce the price. Buyers will start to wonder what’s wrong with your house.

2. REJECTING OFFERS. Sellers often assume that receiving a decent offer almost immediately after putting it on the market means buyers with higher offers are on their way. So you reject it, however this might not be a risk worth taking. You might not receive a more competitive offer than the first one, instead respond to the offer and negotiate. Once a house has offers, other buyers considering your home are pressured to submit theirs.  Responding to offers and entering a negotiation also buys you time without immediately rejecting the first one, in the case that you do end up receiving a higher offer.

3. PERSONALIZED HOME.  A personalized home is much harder to sell than a neutral one. When potential buyers see your home, they try to picture themselves living there. You do not want them to walk in and think “wow we would definitely have to paint over these turquoise walls” or “we will really have to replace these crazy light fixtures”. It seems silly but cosmetic features are often deal breakers for buyers, so it’s certainly a good idea to invest a little time and money in making your home neutral and likeable to everyone.

4. LIGHTING. Sellers often don’t take having the correct lighting into consideration. I know, here in the desert we like to block out every beam of sunlight that comes through to keep our homes cool, however buyers don’t like to walk into a dark house.  Low lighting can hide important highlights of your home and this is the opposite of what you want when a potential buyer steps into your house. So, open up those shutters and make your home fresh, bright and inviting.

5. HOVERING.  Do not hover and bombard buyers during showings! It’s very uncomfortable and awkward for them. They want to be able to communicate freely and honestly with their agent and they certainly do not want to do that with the seller there. Let the possible buyers roam your house and picture living there in comfort.

These are just a few of the many circumstances to be aware of when selling your home. So before listing your home make sure you do your research and choose a knowledgeable realtor that can guide you through the in’s and out’s of a successful sale. Here at the DiBiase Team it is our first priority that you have a smooth, stress free transaction, while getting the most money for your home. Call us today!

- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4250307/5-common-mistakes-sellers-make-when-selling-their-home-#sthash.C7vBDVdF.dpuf

Selling your home can be a very stressful, complex process. Now that the holidays are right around the corner, the market has slowed down for sellers. Homes are not selling as quick as they were a few months ago, which is resulting in more inventory. It’s extremely important that you do your research and consult with a knowledgeable realtor.  From pricing your home right to making sure it shows well, there are many things to consider in today’s market when selling that will determine whether you have a quick, successful sale.

1. PRICING YOUR HOME   The most common mistake among sellers is pricing too high. Its EXTREMELY important that you’re realistic about what you price your home at to begin with. Have your realtor send you a list of homes that are currently listed and that have sold recently. While looking at your competition make sure you consider how many homes listed in your neighborhood are similar to yours. If your home is priced at the top of the market, buyers sometimes won’t even consider looking at it because your neighbor has the same house for a better deal. You risk letting your home sit on the market for too long and having to reduce the price. Buyers will start to wonder what’s wrong with your house.

2. REJECTING OFFERS. Sellers often assume that receiving a decent offer almost immediately after putting it on the market means buyers with higher offers are on their way. So you reject it, however this might not be a risk worth taking. You might not receive a more competitive offer than the first one, instead respond to the offer and negotiate. Once a house has offers, other buyers considering your home are pressured to submit theirs.  Responding to offers and entering a negotiation also buys you time without immediately rejecting the first one, in the case that you do end up receiving a higher offer.

3. PERSONALIZED HOME.  A personalized home is much harder to sell than a neutral one. When potential buyers see your home, they try to picture themselves living there. You do not want them to walk in and think “wow we would definitely have to paint over these turquoise walls” or “we will really have to replace these crazy light fixtures”. It seems silly but cosmetic features are often deal breakers for buyers, so it’s certainly a good idea to invest a little time and money in making your home neutral and likeable to everyone.

4. LIGHTING. Sellers often don’t take having the correct lighting into consideration. I know, here in the desert we like to block out every beam of sunlight that comes through to keep our homes cool, however buyers don’t like to walk into a dark house.  Low lighting can hide important highlights of your home and this is the opposite of what you want when a potential buyer steps into your house. So, open up those shutters and make your home fresh, bright and inviting.

5. HOVERING.  Do not hover and bombard buyers during showings! It’s very uncomfortable and awkward for them. They want to be able to communicate freely and honestly with their agent and they certainly do not want to do that with the seller there. Let the possible buyers roam your house and picture living there in comfort.

These are just a few of the many circumstances to be aware of when selling your home. So before listing your home make sure you do your research and choose a knowledgeable realtor that can guide you through the in’s and out’s of a successful sale. Here at the DiBiase Team it is our first priority that you have a smooth, stress free transaction, while getting the most money for your home. Call us today!

- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4250307/5-common-mistakes-sellers-make-when-selling-their-home-#sthash.C7vBDVdF.dpuf
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Searching for the home of your dreams can be a stressful experience, especially in today’s market.  With interest rates at historic lows, rising prices and a high demand, properties are selling incredibly fast. Buyers often get caught in “bidding wars”, and unless you’re a cash buyer your chances of getting your offer accepted are very slim.

When purchasing a home, it is very important that you are well prepared and well informed.  Get prequalified with a lender before beginning your search, that way when you find the perfect home you are able to submit an offer on the spot. Once you have chosen a residence that fits your life style and meets your financial criteria, it’s imperative to remain diligent andpatient during the lengthy, buying process.

Don’t let minor aesthetic differences cause the home of your dreams to escape you during this period. If the cabinets don’t match the counters or the light fixtures are a little out dated, be aware the most of these things can be easily modified. Instead, try focusing on potential, look at the big picture and the overall structure of the home.  Hiring an inspector is a great tactic; they will provide a detailed report on what in the home needs repairs, and a break down of costs. Inspection findings may also be used as legal leverage in the buying process, depending on what state you live in.

Remember that purchasing a home is a long term investment. Be sure to research and hire a realtor that knows how to seal the deal and make your transition as smooth as possible. It’s a tough market for buyers right now and with that in mind be sure to be patient, and keep an open mind. Don't let minor repairs and or a small difference in price hinder purchasing the home of your dreams.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Now that the new home market has stabilized and new builders are picking up where they left off, I’ve found several of my clients are undecided about whether to go with a brand new home or buy a resale, so I decided to compile some of the pros and cons:

  • Pro – New home: Make it your own. One benefit of buying a new home is that you can customize it to your own taste and liking.  For example you can choose the color of the tile, where the bathroom would go or pick the color of the exterior paint.New home
  • Pro - Resale:  Unlike new homes, well-maintained resale homes have most likely gone through some remodeling at the previous owner’s expense, which can include newer/better counter tops, newer appliances, upgraded flooring and landscaping. Boy! That can save a lot of money, time and effort.
  • Pro – New Home: Less maintenance & better energy efficiency. Think about it this way, brand new things are less likely to break than used things. Although you could be stuck with a bad egg, chances are you will not have to do a whole lot of maintenance for quite a few years. Do your research about the builder and talk to people that already live in that community. Also, new homes are built with better materials specifically engineered to minimize maintenance requirements. New homes also typically come with newer appliances which can save you a lot of money in the long run. Think green!
  • Pro – Resale: When looking into buying a resale, buyers should consider existing homes in stable neighborhoods that have held up their value. Homes in good neighborhoods, close to good schools and commuting points will always hold up their value.
  • Con – New home: While the negotiating can be similar with builders and sellers, builders do usually require a larger deposit up front compared to your typical earnest money deposit.
  • Con - New Home: Lots of builders will advertise a low price but once they get you through the door, they might show you models loaded with upgrades, and if they convince you, this can add anywhere from 5 – 20% on to the cost of the new home.  

Con - Resale:One real disadvantage financially with a resale purchase is that the negotiating circumstances are personal. The sellers have an emotional tie, while builders are negotiating purely on a financial basis.

So there’s good and bad to both of them and so many more things to consider when purchasing a home. But something to always consider before you start looking is talking to a licensed real estate professional that does that as a full time job. With their expertise, they will be able to give you some good advice as to where to start.

We can help you find your dream home & we have over 16 years of Real Estate experience! Call us today!

 

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

If you are looking for ways to save money on food but are not willing to compromise the freshness of your ingredients, think local! Farmer’s markets are a great way to support your local community and economy because the foods sold there are directly sold by farmers to consumers.

Farmer’s markets can offer farmers increased profit on their products over selling to wholesale retailers or large grocery stores. No middle man means you can also keep more money in your pocket. Some other benefits include a stronger sense of community, social ties, more business for retailers nearby, less pollution to the environment because of less transporting, less expenses in infrastructure, less refrigeration costs, etc.

Now for consumer’s benefits, aSeasonal Fruits and Veggies few of them are: fresher foods (yay!), seasonal foods, healthier foods, a place to meet neighbors and socialize, sense of pride in your community, outdoor time and higher product quality.

Some of the most popular veggies and fruits you will find this summer are gorgeous tomatoes, ripe avocados, apricots, basil, beets, all kinds of berries, juicy cantaloupes, cherries, cilantro, garlic, cucumbers, etc! There’s a long list! Look for you local farmer market’s in your community. Citadelle Farmers Market

For our Arrowhead friends (Glendale area), I just heard there is a good one at the Citadelle Plaza on 59th Ave and 101 free way. It is open year round on Wednesdays from 5 – 8 pm. And they are pet friendly, so bring your furry friends to enjoy the outdoors! Some of their goodies include: locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants, artisan baked goods, natural pork, beef and fish, food products, and food-related products.

So stock up on fresh foods and cook some fantastic, fresh & healthy dinners this summer!

 

Visit our website: www.dibiaseteam.com

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

 

The famous question and as a realtor I get asked this multiple times a day. So without further adieu here is some insight of what the market looks like as of August 2013;

The state of Arizona was ground zero for the housing crisis, but things took a turn this past year. Arizona’s foreclosure inventory is down 58% from a year ago. Low foreclosure activity helps to stabilize the increasing home prices, which have been escalating from last year’s average of $100.33 per Sqft to today’s average of $118.80 per Sqft - up 18%, and will continue to rise.

We have not completely recovered from the distressed market we were in, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and seeing appreciation for the first time in years.  A majority of the country is now in a “seller’s market” du

e to the low inventory of homes. Buyers are fighting over properties; Sellers are receiving multiple offers, often above asking price, putting them back in control

 

of the transaction.  Low rates have definitely helped lure buyers as well, as the housing market gets back on its feet. 30 year fixed mortgage rates have risen from their record low; however they are still at an average 4.58%. The recent higher cost of mortgages has raised concerns that the increase could dampen demand in the sector and slow the housing recovery, though most economists do n

 

ot expect it to be derailed. Even with the increase, rates remain historically low.

So with the combination of low mortgage rates and low inventory, right now is the PERFECT time to sell or buy your next home.

 

 

To take virtual tours of beautiful homes all over the valley and see listings before they hit the market, like us on Face Book - www.facebook.com/dibiaseteam

 

Search thousands of listings at www.dibiaseteam.com or text DiBiaseTeam to 32323 to search listings  directly from your smart phone.

 

 

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

If you are looking for ways to save money on food but are not willing to compromise the freshness of your ingredients, think local! Farmer’s markets are a great way to support your local community and economy because the foods sold there are directly sold by farmers to consumers.

Farmer’s markets can offer farmers increased profit on their products over selling to wholesale retailers or large grocery stores. No middle man means you can also keep more money in your pocket. Some other benefits include a stronger sense of community, social ties, more business for retailers nearby, less pollution to the environment because of less transporting, less expenses in infrastructure, less refrigeration costs, etc.

Now for consumer’s benefits, aSeasonal Fruits and Veggies few of them are: fresher foods (yay!), seasonal foods, healthier foods, a place to meet neighbors and socialize, sense of pride in your community, outdoor time and higher product quality.

Some of the most popular veggies and fruits you will find this summer are gorgeous tomatoes, ripe avocados, apricots, basil, beets, all kinds of berries, juicy cantaloupes, cherries, cilantro, garlic, cucumbers, etc! There’s a long list! Look for you local farmer market’s in your community. Citadelle Farmers Market

For our Arrowhead friends (Glendale area), I just heard there is a good one at the Citadelle Plaza on 59th Ave and 101 free way. It is open year round on Wednesdays from 5 – 8 pm. And they are pet friendly, so bring your furry friends to enjoy the outdoors! Some of their goodies include: locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants, artisan baked goods, natural pork, beef and fish, food products, and food-related products.

So stock up on fresh foods and cook some fantastic, fresh & healthy dinners this summer!

 

Visit our website: www.dibiaseteam.com

Like us on Facebook for more tips & fun stuff  

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Finally, you can build your dream home after years of hard work! Well, having to decide what fabulous luxury amenities you’re going to fill your home with is where it can get a bit over whelming. So, without further adieu I’ve narrowed it down to 19 must haves and here they are:

 

A stairwell slide

 

A refrigerator that matches your kitchen cabinets

 

An organic indoor herb garden

 

A HUGE shower with multiple shower heads

 

A shower for your dog

 

An in-home fully stocked bar

 

With a wine dispenser

 

A cozy window nook with an amazing view

 

A secret hidden room

 

A coffee table with built in miniature fire pit

 

An outdoor living room with a TV and fire place

 

An outdoor kitchen

 

A fish tank sink

 

 

 

A luxury underground bunker (just incase)

 

 

A closet the size of a small apartment

 

 

A bowling alley

A hanging out-door bed next to a peaceful pond

 

A bathtub the size of a small pool

 

A negative edge pool and spa with view

 

Add starry lights to the bottom

 

We hope you enjoyed this blog! After all, who doesn’t have a taste for luxury at its finest?

 

To take virtual tours of beautiful homes all over the valley and see listings before they hit the market, like us on Face Book - www.facebook.com/dibiaseteam

 

Search thousands of listings at www.dibiaseteam.com or text DiBiaseTeam to 32323 to search listings  directly from your smart phone.

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Friday, 26 July 2013

The housing market in Phoenix is heating up and so is the weather. I read on the news yesterday that summer starts tomorrow and I couldn’t help but chuckle. If you’ve ever been to Phoenix, Arizona then you know our summer pretty much starts when most states in the country are enjoying the spring!

April 28th was our first day with triple digit temperatures! Can you believe it? No wonder so many people have pools here in Phoenix, which takes me to my main topic for this blog. It seems all we hear from our buyers lately is “I’m looking for a home but it MUST have a pool”. And I don’t blame them!

12715 W Missouri AveThe market in Phoenix is still being dominated by sellers, but I have noticed that sometimes buyers don’t tend to be very realistic about the costs of owning a pool.

There are many costs involved in being a pool owner, especially when the monsoon comes. A few important expenses to consider are the following:

  • Maintenance: pumps, filters, valves, lights. Each pool is different so the cost will vary depending on the age of the pool, finish, size, cleaning system, etc.
  • Chemicals: you will need to keep the chemical balance of the water property maintained if you want clear water to swim in. Let’s just say swampy water is not very appealing.
  • Utilities: the cost of utilities will rise at your home if you own a pool. The water bill is obviously higher and the electric bill can rise considerably, especially during the monsoon months, because the pump will have to run constantly. Add on more money if you want it heater for those winter months.
  • Time and effort: You will also need to consider how much time you can dedicate to the cleaning and maintenance of your pool and be honest with yourself.
  • Fencing: many cities in the metro phoenix area require that you have a fence and even a self latching door to protect the little ones from falling in the pool.

On average, the monthly cost of owning a pool can be $100 or more every month.

And just a friendly reminder, always watch kids around the water. According to the NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance), in 2012, 137 children 15 years and younger drowned in a pool or spa just between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, Arizona was 4th in the list of states that suffered the largest pool drownings for kids 15 and younger.

Enjoy the summer and stay safe!

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