Sunday, May 9, 2021

How to pass a home inspection

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW TO HELP PASS A HOME INSPECTION AND AVOID DELAYS

HIGH COST LAST MINUTE TRAPS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WHEN LISTING A HOME


*Utilities are on the day of the inspection - water, electricity, gas, etc.

*Lock box codes or arrangements are provided to access the inside of the property before the day of the inspection

*Grade or surrounding surfaces slope away from the house foundation on all sides

*Exterior surfaces – driveway, walkways, porch, patio and other accesses are not cracked with significant separation or displacement

*Vegetation is trimmed or planted away from the house foundation, wall surface and roof cover

*Exterior trim building material is free of deterioration, rot and sealed to the wall surface.

*The roof covering has been serviced within the last 3 years and has no obvious damage

*Exterior windows are not cracked, vandalized or missing and seals are functional. 

*Water heating tank does not have visible corrosion or staining at the unit, pipe connections and surrounding area.

*Sinks and faucets do not leak underneath and there are no indications of earlier water damage inside a cabinet or wall

*Waste pipes at sinks, tubs and fixtures have functional drainage. The shower door is not leaking. No obvious leaking on drywall around tubs or toliets. 

*Kitchen appliances are functional and installed properly. There is a high loop on the dishwasher. 

*Electrical outlets, wires and connections are concealed and secure. Outside outlets are properly covered.

*Heating and cooling systems are operational at the controls and serviced within the last 1 year.

*Interior walls, ceilings and floors are not cracked with significant separation or displacement

*Attics are insulated with an adequate cover. 


*****The information provided is educational. A Home Inspection should always provide an unbiased evaluation.******

For more information,  contact  Team beery at www.TeamBeery.com

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April Market stats

**April's Monthly Market Update 

Active Listings have decreased by 70.2%.

Listings Under Contract have increased by 29.6%. 

Monthly Median Sales Prices have increased by 18.1%. 

Closed Sales are up by 16% 

This is all due to the current lack of supply on the market which is now at 0.4 months. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO THE TYPICAL HOMEOWNER???

NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME!!! We have a program that allows you to buy your next home without a contingency.  Just ask us about it! 

*Buyers:
With 54% of all sales closed over asking price so far in April, the average sale price per square foot is now higher than the list price for every price range up to $1M. In a balanced market, homes typically sell within 97% of list price; that percentage is now 101%. This means that, for the past month or so, the majority of list prices have been the starting price for where negotiations begin instead of a top price to work down from. In past extreme seller markets, $5,000 over asking was typically enough to win a contract; that was true last year as well when the market took off. However, last January the median over ask was $6,000; by February it was 10,000; in March it was $11,000; and so far in April it’s $15,000. 

 **By price range, over 62% of homes listed between $250K-$400K closed over asking price; the percentage is 54% for sales between $400K-$600K; 47% between $600K-$900K; 30% between $900K-$2.5M; 9.5% over $2.5M.
 Putting an offer in over asking price may cause a buyer some anxiety, especially a first-time home buyer. The median sale price is now $360K. Since January, the sales price per square foot for a home between $300K-$400K has appreciated 6%. That’s approximately 2% per month and the current sale price to list price ratio within the price range is 102.4%. If this rate of appreciation continues in the short term, a buyer who paid 4% over asking price on a $360K home ($14,400 over) would recoup their investment through appreciation in approximately 2 months.

If you need to know about a community or more specific  information- contact me or my team!!

Outdoor Structures Make enhance your backyard!

 


Although it’s barely spring, summer is right around the corner. And nothing says summer like better outdoor spaces to play and work in! Now is the time to plan and install outdoor structures so you can spend the hottest days of the year taking advantage of the breeze and shade, while still being able to spend time in the great outdoors.

A Short List of Outdoor Structures

Outdoor structures offer endless possibilities when it comes to sizes, shapes, construction materials, and intended uses. However, there are a few that are hardcore backyard staples, to the point that some might argue a home is completely bare without them. Of course, the outdoor structures you choose will depend greatly on how you use your home, but here’s a short list to get you started.


  • Patio covers. Already have a patio, but the sun’s putting the kibosh on your outdoor plans? It’s time for a patio cover. These very simple structures are essentially a roof for your patio, designed to seamlessly marry with your existing rooflines and structures. If a permanent roof isn’t possible, consider adding a shade sail, which can provide a great deal of shade with very little cost or maintenance.
  • Pergolas and trellises. Looking for a fancy place to run some plants for natural shade with the added benefit of flowers, fruits, or foliage? Pergolas and trellises provide spaces for plants to climb, as well as providing broken shade throughout the day. The tighter the construction, the more shade you’ll have, but if you plan to train vines on your structure, leave ample room for growth.
  • Decks. Of course, not all the best structures are aerial. There’s absolutely nothing like a nice deck. You get all the benefits of sitting outside without all the mud, grass, and bugs. What’s not to like? Decks allow for a lot of creativity and customization, too, with common add-ons like benches, fancy railings, and multiple levels to create even more interest.
  • Screen porches. If you already have a deck or a patio that you like, and a roof on it, you can easily convert it to a screen porch with a few weekends’ worth of effort. With a screen porch, you can still enjoy the great outdoors, but without having to worry about stinging insects or debris that may be blowing on the wind.
  • Gazebos. Looking for a freestanding structure away from your house? A gazebo or shelter may be a good choice. These largely open buildings feature a floor and a roof, and not a lot else, making them ideal for shady spots or poolside buildings. Hang a hammock inside and you’ve got the ideal summer relaxation spot.
  • Recreational sheds. By now, most of us have heard of the “she shed,” but freestanding recreational sheds can be hideouts for anyone. Not a garage and not a house, a freestanding shed is a structure that allows you to create any kind of year-round space you can imagine. Add electricity and a heater, and even winter’s chill is no match for your outdoor studio space or reading room.
  • Greenhouses. If you’ve got a green thumb, a greenhouse may be the perfect addition to your garden space. Even a small greenhouse structure will give you more room for plant-based experiments and somewhere to house your sensitive plants through the cold of the winter. Be sure to choose a model with excellent ventilation!
If you live in a HOA community, make sure you get their permission before constructing one of these up, just so there is no issues down the line.  

Do you need more information about if there is a value to adding these to your home, contact us at Team Beery 602-644-1416  


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Spring promises an exciting season in housing


 March of 2020 saw the new spring market grind to a halt as COVID-related shutdowns and fear swept the country. Subsequently, real estate agents and brokers developed new and innovative ways to serve clients in the process of buying and selling their homes, paving the way for one of the most active and extended market recoveries in recent memory. Now, as the 2021 spring market gears up, it is a good time to think through your preparations to ensure that you are ready for what lies ahead. In the Phoenix market we never slowed down, so this spring seems like an extension PLUS of 2020. 

As you prepare, here are the things you need to know to make the most of what promises to be an exciting spring selling season. 

Technology is still essential

The adoption of new platforms and processes allowed real estate professionals to continue to serve their clients throughout the darkest days of the pandemic. For many clients, there is still an expectation that virtual tours and contact-free transaction management will be widely available.

While some markets have seen successful vaccine rollouts, others are still limited in the amount of contact they are allowed. Here in Phoenix all the COVID safe practices are making the most of your online and mobile platforms to simplify and streamline transactions and provide optimal client service.

Low home inventory continues

While some homeowners are motivated by rising home values in their area, others who are looking to sell and then buy are holding on to their current homes and waiting for a more buyer-friendly market. This is a good time to explore new home communities- but know there are challenges within this market as well in Phoenix.  As an option for hopeful buyers are slim you can ramp up your geographic research to make sure you know exactly what community is right for you.  My team has had good luck then identify potential sellers in the area you like.

Focus on what is important to you

If being close to schools or a freeway access is what you must have, make sure your search reflects that.  Sometimes a broad search can help when you are just wanting to compare what your money buys in different cities. Our team can help you narrow down your search so you can have  a lot of confidence in finding just the right home/ condo for you!  

Prepare for negotiations and multiple offers

Many buyers have hit a wall with scores of rejected offers and the frustration that comes with dashed hopes. In addition, sellers may be reluctant to negotiate even minor points in the face of multiple offers over asking price. Hone your negotiation skills to enhance your chances of scoring the right home. Keep in mind of the time you plan to stay in the home—sometimes in this market over paying to get the home, will pay off because of the features or location of the home/condo.  

I am telling my buyers right now- there may be a few no’s we will get told, but I know we will get the yes on the right home!  

If you need any help navigating selling your home to buy another, we will help you through this with the least number of bumps in the road. So remember to call the “Beery Good” Team 602-644-1416


Monday, February 22, 2021

What value does a REALTOR have in today’s market? Why use a REALTOR?

 


When you think of a REALTOR, what do you think of? Lately We are hearing overpaid, a rip off-- this saddens us as there is a Very Big Difference from a REALTOR and anyone who is licensed to sell real estate in my eyes. There is so much talk about value and what we do or don't do for the public. It is hard to see the differences or what is the benefits of using a Full Time- Full- Service REALTOR.  WE think of negotiating and building relationship, protection for our clients, working hard, educated to what is happening around a specific area and the pitfalls to know about, helping people every way WE can. We think of helping you get to your Whooo hooo!!!! moment, quickly, efficiently and navigating all the obstacles that can be in your path!


 Yes, you can sell your home yourself, use a discount brokerage, or hire a agent/a broker not associated with NAR with the designation of a REALTOR. So why does it matter? What difference does it make? REALTORS have taken an oath and are held to the code of ethics from NAR(National Association or Realtors); they give you a Protection from what you do not know and will guide you to make educated decisions. They have tools to help you stay on track and focused on what is important. We have a Fiduciary responsibility to our clients, to act in their best interest. An I-buyer like Open Door, Zillow, etc., etc., ARE the buyer, their goal and driving force is to buy the home as cheap as possible, so they can resell it back on the open market. They have no duty to the owner of the property or the the Buyer of Open Door's home.... In a nutshell there are your differences.  Now, in the litigious world we live in- you can be sued for anything, mix in the most expensive item most people buy in their lifetime and that puts the general public at risk. As many lawyers, NAR, ADRE and AAR have all said. 


 Today I am listing the top 5 reasons why a buyer will sue a seller. 


   #1. Not disclosing important details about the property to potential buyers, in writing. What may seem a small detail to you- could be a very big thing to someone else. One of the only documents that is still valid after the closing is the Seller Disclosure Statement. so just because you closed on the home, does not mean the buyers can't come back and sue if they feel wronged.  


   #2. Not disclosing material facts on the seller disclosure paperwork, sellers are asked a myriad of questions regarding their home including items like any roof or water leaks, termites, or pest issues, plumbing or air conditioning issues, zoning ordinance violations, building code violations, and more. It is vital that a seller makes every effort to disclose past and present issues, even if they have been resolved and even if they happened before they owned the house. If it is a known defect, it needs to be disclosed. Failure to disclose a material fact can certainly lead to a lawsuit. And it can be simple for a buyer to learn a seller knew of a defect. It’s not uncommon for a neighbor to provide a statement outlining a previously known issue.  


#3. Concealing a defect Another way a seller can be sued? By concealing a defect through fraudulent misrepresentation. Or repairing an item in the home without disclosing it. An example of this would be a seller who freshly painted over a ceiling leak just in time for an inspection or who, on the extreme end of the spectrum, collaborated with a home inspector to create a fictitious report. 


#4. Making a disclosure mistake It should be mentioned that not understanding a question on the seller disclosure paperwork or making a mistake when filling out the documents does not negate a seller from their responsibility to disclose what they know. That small mistake could lead to multiple thousands of dollars in a lawsuit. 


#5. Not filling out paperwork correctly, disclosing other parties on title, having work done on the property and not paying the trades or making incorrect statements to the title company, or errors on the paperwork to the title company


As We see it that is a big value,  So if you want a great team behind you- contact us to buy or sell a home throughout the East Valley of Phoenix, including: Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon! 602-644-1416.