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 Open House Sunday March 1st 2015 | 12-3 P.M.

15338 S 180th Ave Goodyear AZ 85338

Lovely one level home with open, split floor plan and great room concept. 

The open house is scheduled between 12 and 3 PM. You don't want to miss out on this like new home offered for $269.900! 

You can see the full listing link below 

15338 S 180th Ave Listing Link

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January 16, 2015 By GuardMe Security

You have a lot on your plate when your home is on the market – from keeping it constantly clean to being prepared to take off at a moment’s notice for a showing. In the midst of everything else going on, it is easy to forget what is most important: home security. Homes on the market are ideal for burglars – especially with the Internet giving them a sneak peek at what is inside. If your home is on the market or about to be, there are a few things to keep in mind so you can keep your home safe.

Precautions to Take While Your Home is on the Market

Between the extra foot traffic and your online virtual tour, these are a few precautions you can take to keep everything secure.

  • Be Aware of What You
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UNDERSTANDING THE NUMBERS WHEN BUYING IN A LOW INVENTORY REAL ESTATE MARKET

As a homebuyer in today’s market, you’re no doubt at your wit’s end trying to find your dream home.

And when you find a home you love,  you’re competing with all cash offers and bidding wars driving the sales price above what it’s listed for, and many times, even above what the home is actually worth!

While there is nothing you can do to create more homes for sale, you can certainly arm yourself by understanding the trends and patterns in the areas you’re trying to buy in.

While it’s not quite rocket science, there is definitely a significant competitive advantage to those that understand the trends of a real estate market.

Sometimes, being competitive means not

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  • Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance from a leaky toilet to a sticky window.
Screenshot from Howdini home maintenance video

 

Paint, dust, and moisture can all make a window stick. Luckily, you can get a window working again in just a few easy steps. Image: Howdini.com

1. Fix a leaky toilet.

Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and solve other likely problems.

Related: How to Fix a Sweaty Toilet

2. Repair drywall holes.

The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

Related: Another Clever Way to

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A home buyer does not want to be caught off guard in a seller's market. It's one of the reasons that the most important thing a home buyer can do is trust his or her real estate agent to advise on market conditions. If it is a seller's market, it could very difficult, if not almost impossible, to buy the first home a buyer wants to buy.

Because home buyers generally have very little interest in the real estate market when they are not buying a home, they don't always know how the market moves from one season to another, much less from month to month. It is often uncomfortable for a buyer to be told the market is a seller's market when the buyer may believe otherwise -- especially a buyer who is trying to buy in a down real estate market.

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It’s time once again to take an updated look at how King County’s sales are shifting between the different regions around the county, since geographic shifts can and do affect the median price.

In order to explore this concept, we break King County down into three regions, based on the NWMLS-defined “areas”:

  • low end: South County (areas 100-130 & 300-360)
  • mid range: Seattle / North County (areas 140, 380-390, & 700-800)
  • high end: Eastside (areas 500-600)

Here’s where each region’s median prices came in as of December data:

  • low end: $252,500-$377,500
  • mid range: $383,975-$719,000
  • high end: $480,000-$1,960,000

First up, let’s have a look at each region’s (approximate) median price (actually the median of the medians

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Understanding the Numbers When Buying in a Low Inventory Real Estate Market

As a homebuyer in today’s market, you’re no doubt at your wit’s end trying to find your dream home.

And when you find a home you love,  you’re competing with all cash offers and bidding wars driving the sales price above what it’s listed for, and many times, even above what the home is actually worth!

While there is nothing you can do to create more homes for sale, you can certainly arm yourself by understanding the trends and patterns in the areas you’re trying to buy in.

While it’s not quite rocket science, there is definitely a significant competitive advantage to those that understand the trends of a real estate market.

Sometimes, being competitive means not

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Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.

 

Courtney's new lock on the front door of her house

 

Change the locks when you move into a new house — that way, you control who has access to your home. Image: Courtney Craig for HouseLogic

When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.

I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know

Their help was one of the best housewarming presents I

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A home buyer does not want to be caught off guard in a seller's market. It's one of the reasons that the most important thing a home buyer can do is trust his or her real estate agent to advise on market conditions. If it is a seller's market, it could very difficult, if not almost impossible, to buy the first home a buyer wants to buy.

Because home buyers generally have very little interest in the real estate market when they are not buying a home, they don't always know how the market moves from one season to another, much less from month to month. It is often uncomfortable for a buyer to be told the market is a seller's market when the buyer may believe otherwise -- especially a buyer who is trying to buy in a down real estate market.

Markets

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I'm still undecided if this is a good thing, bad thing, or irrelevant. I'm leaning towards irrelevant. It does seem to ensure that "Zestimates" (the bane of my existence) are here to stay.

 

Zillow’s long-anticipated acquisition of Trulia has finally closed after a six-month review by the Federal Trade Commission. Announced last July, the closure of the deal between the two largest U.S. real estate portals begins the next chapter of a fierce competitive battle with News Corp. and its Move and realtor.com properties.

“This is a pivotal day in online real estate and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Trulia to Zillow Group,” said Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow Group, the new firm Zillow created to house its suite of consumer and business

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