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How the Amazon Key Could Change Real Estate

The verdict is still out on the Amazon Key. What is the Amazon Key? The Amazon Key is a system that takes the place of a traditional lock and key. The homeowner installs a smart deadbolt and camera that link to the Amazon Key app. The user can then grant access...

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Going Local: Salad and Go

Healthy eating from a drive-thru? Is that even possible? This month we’re featuring the antithesis of our recent Filiberto’s local spotlight, Salad and Go. Local school teacher Roushan and her husband Tony wondered the same thing. While enjoying a Caesar salad at a five-star restaurant, they wondered why a salad that good cost...

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The Historic Arizona Biltmore Hotel Sells

The Arizona Biltmore Hotel is a historic Phoenix landmark that opened its doors in 1929. Just recently the building changed hands and was purchased by Blackstone. Blackstone is the largest private real estate equity firm in the world. Some other properties owned by Blackstone include the JW Marriott Desert...

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No End in Sight for Phoenix Population Growth

If you’re a real estate agent in Phoenix, population growth is a good problem to have. According to the US Census Bureau, Phoenix was the second fastest growing “large city” in the country in 2017, after San Antonio, TX. With that said, Maricopa county was THE fastest growing county last year,...

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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know about Mineral Rights

When you purchase a home, you typically own the house and the land underneath it. But buyer beware. Hidden in the sea of paperwork you sign at closing could be a disclosure stating the home builder or developer will maintain the mineral rights located in the earth underneath your property. This means that if...

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Heard of Uptown Chandler?

You’ve probably heard of Chandler, but have you heard of Uptown Chandler? Located in the rapidly growing east Valley, uptown is fast becoming a hot spot due to its affordable homes, great schools and hip lifestyle options. Uptown was designated by the City of Chandler in 2017 and runs on...

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What You and Your Clients Should Know During Natural Disasters

From coast to coast, America has seen her share of devastation over the last year due to natural disasters. And Arizona, with our flash floods, wild fires and dust storms, is no different. According to Kiplinger.com, Arizona faced 3.5 billion dollars in property damage do to natural disasters between 2006 and...

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Airport Noise Disclosure Requirements for Luke Air Force Base

Did you know that Arizona has strict disclosure requirements for properties that are subject to airport noise? While airport noise can be a nuisance and an inconvenience, it can also affect an owner’s enjoyment and use of a property. Arizona law requires sellers to disclose when a property is located within “territory...

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Have you heard of Interstate 11?

Heard about Interstate 11? Well it could be coming right through your backyard. The new highway will link Canada and Mexico through the states of Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Although part of the highway is already underway up north, studies to determine the environmental impact of the road will...

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Pesky Winter Visitors- Scorpions

Our mild winters bring more than just snowbirds and out-of-town guests. You may be unknowingly playing host to some creepy and crawly unwanted visitors, particularly scorpions. When temperatures drop at night, scorpions are known to seek warmth in your home. And since they can go long stretches without eating, they can...

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October STAT 2017

We’re now entering the holiday season, which means over the next four months our monthly sales volume will drop to the lowest numbers of the year. Historically, our lowest sales volume occurs in November, January and February. We should see an uptick in December as year-end tax strategies come...

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Phoenix’s Festival Culture

As temperatures begin to cool down in the Valley we begin to rev up for a fun time of year. Annually, Phoenix is host to hundreds of festivals, celebrations and events. These include fairs, parades, culinary and heritage festivals, auto shows and major sporting events. Kicking off October is the...

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The History of the “I Voted Today” Sticker

The election is being held today and those who vote in-person are rewarded with an “I Voted Today” sticker. The sticker is ubiquitous, but have you ever thought about it? What is the connection between REALTORS® and voting? We wanted to uncover the history of the “I Voted Today” sticker...

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5 Simple Summer Showing Tips

  In this busy market, every minute counts. But if you’ve got a full day of showings lined up in the summer, every hot minute can feel like an hour. And with monsoon season upon us, downpours and flash flooding can turn an uncomfortable experience into a frightening one. These simple...

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Get Into The (Sales) Zone

The life of a Realtor takes them all over the Valley, but when it comes to sales area, the data points to a smaller area a little closer to home. The average Listing Agent tends to work within a radius of about 6.65 miles while Buyer’s Agents typically have a slightly bigger area of...

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Baseball in the Valley

Spring Training is in full swing this year. If you’re not a baseball fan, you may be ignoring a large influence in our market. There are 15 major league teams at 10 ballparks across the Valley which generate an estimated $300 – $400 million of economic benefit each year. Events that bring...

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HOA Addendum / Documents in Flexmls

The Arizona Association of Realtors has created a new HOA Addendum document for buyers and sellers to complete before closing. The Arizona Association of REALTORS® Form Workgroup Chair explains the motivation behind this new form:   “Parties were often surprised at close of escrow by previously undisclosed HOA fees...

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TRID Changes to the MLS

TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures) is upon us, the massive rule designed to protect customers by providing more transparency throughout the home buying process. As of October 3, this regulation will affect business in the home buying process, including the MLS. AAR has many resources about this coming change. To assist in compliance, we’ve...

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You’re Not Getting Larger, Homes are Getting Smaller

Duck your head and watch your elbows as homes are starting to shrink. The median size of dwellings across the nation have deflated by approximately 40 square feet since the first quarter of 2015, according to a report from the Commerce Department. This is in stark contrast to the beginning of...

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New Homes Search & Client Info

There has been great concern over the New Home Search Pro product in our MLS. Some Subscribers have said that NHS Pro is giving builders the names and contact information of their clients when they send information through the NHS Pro application. Rest easy, this isn’t happening! There are two...

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