December 2014

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Potential home owners who have put getting into the housing market at the top of their to-do list next year may not realize how many steps it takes to make it to the finish line. As a real estate pro, now may be the perfect time to share a few planning tips for where they can begin this January.

"Roughly 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each January, with many of their pledges being financial in nature," says Raz Daraban, communications manager for personal finance site WalletHub. He says his company engaged a panel of financial and consumer psychology experts to create 15 resolutions "in order to help progress-minded people improve their money management in the New Year."

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OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY DECEMBER 28TH 12-3 P.M.

18144 W DESERT BLOSSOM DR GOODYEAR AZ 85395

Hello All,

I am holding a great open house this weekend at 18144 W Desert Blossom Goodyear AZ 85338 . This is a great home located in the community of  Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear AZ 85338 with The Award Winning Starpointe Residents Club.  There are lots of nice features in this home. I am looking forward to spending time showing you this great house, and answering your questions. The open house is between 12 and 3 PM. You don't want to miss out on this offering. 

You can see the full listing at the link below:

Listing 18144 W Desert Blossom Dr Goodyear

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Real Christmas Trees vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which are Greener?

How do real Christmas trees and fake Christmas trees stack up when it comes to the environment and cost? We’ve got the dirt.

Real Christmas trees are better for the environment than fake Christmas trees: They’re renewable and recyclable, unlike that petroleum-derived faux model.

In terms of price there’s not much difference between the real and fake varieties, unless you get really fancy with a fake. Depending on where you live and the size and species of tree you buy, the real deal runs about $20 to $150 annually.

You can pick up a basic fake Christmas tree for less than $20 at some big-box retailers. Prices go up from there to as much as $430 for a deluxe, already-lit number.

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10 Christmas Light Tips to Save Time, Money, and (Possibly) Your Life

Here’s how to light up your Christmas light display safely and economically. 

Christmas lights can be modest displays to show good cheer, or million-bulb light-apaloozas that draw gawkers from near and far. Here are some tips on how to get the most from — and spend the least on — your holiday display.

1. Safety first. Emergency rooms are filled with home owners who lose fights with their holiday lights and fall off ladders or suffer electric shocks. To avoid the holiday black and blues, never hang lights solo; instead, work with a partner who holds the ladder. Also, avoid climbing on roofs after rain or snow. 

2. Unpack carefully. Lights break and glass cuts. So unpack your

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Tips on How To Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Is your home ready for holiday visits from friends and family? Here’s how to prepare for the invasion.

Some preparations for holiday guests take only a few minutes; some take a lot longer. My advice: Start preparing your home for the holidays now.

Prioritize

The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets. Declutter guest rooms and public areas — foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove anything unnecessary from countertops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it’s out of sight, keep it out of mind, for now.

If you run short of time, bag up the clutter and store it in car trunks, basements, and out-of-the-way closets. Sort and

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TCT Real Estate Phoenix Home Holiday Lighting Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce this year's Home Holiday Lighting Contest Winners.  We want to thank all those who entered as everyone did a great job decorating this year.  The decision was extremely tough as the competition was amped up from last year.  The decision for 1st place this year was tough, as two very competitive homes were neck and neck.  Ultimately, the deciding factor came down to music which was used to enhance the experience of another walking or driving by.  We want to thank both 1st and 2nd place for doing such and outstanding job.

Winning home in the 2014 home lighting contest

 1st Place - 20367 W. Lost Creek Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second place home in the holdiay lighting contest

 2nd Place - 20420 W. Terrace Lane

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Ways To Increase Your Homes Value

Owning real estate can be a great way to build equity over the long-term. While home values have historically appreciated in value over time, those who are looking to sell their homes may want to find ways to increase the value of their home before selling. Here are five ways in particular that you can increase the value of your home.

The first way to increase the value is to complete unfinished products. If you have some projects around the house that you have started, it would be wise to complete them. Otherwise the home can appear cluttered and unfinished.

Another simple way to improve the value of your home is to improve your landscaping. Planting new trees, shrubs, and bushes will help to improve the curb

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Every seller wants to sell their home quickly and for top dollar. With some careful planning and preparation, you can have buyers scurrying for their checkbook. Here is how to prep your home to sell:

1. Disassociate Yourself With The Home:

- Say to yourself "This is not my home, it is a house" - a product to be sold like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

 - Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

- Picture yourself handing over the keys and the necessary paperwork to the new buyers!

- Say goodbye to every room.

- Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

2. De-personalize: Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers

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A topic that I like to revisit every few years is how ownership should be taken when one buys real estate. If you are in the market to purchase a home, a question that you should ask yourself is how you want to take title. When you go under contract on a property, your title and escrow company will ask you this question.

To help you prepare for the answer, here are the most common ways that parties take title in Arizona. There are other methods in our state that are designed for, trusts, corporations, and partnerships; however, in the interest of simplicity, they are not included here.

Community Property: Arizona is a community property state. There is a statutory presumption that all property acquired by a married couple is community

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