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Before you sell look at your home as your investment!

We have all looked at various investment options over the years. Some of us have employers who participate in our retirement plans. Maybe you have a 401C…and IRA…or a pension plan. Some people actually know that their contributions to Social Security are a type of investment…although not voluntary , the money you have paid in over the years and continue to pay in today HOPEFULLY will be there for you to add to your retirement income. Just as you review your pension plans, IRAs ,401Cs and such for the best options to keep your money ( aka your investment ) growing well and staying safe , your own home is an excellent investment in your future financial well being and you should taking the time to “review your investment” and take care of it.


Your tool box is your friend! What do I mean here? It’s very simple. Stay on top of the small repairs. Fix things as soon as a problem arises. Here are some examples:

1. Is your toilet leaking? A bit of moisture on the floor now should be a RED FLAG . Check the plumbing. Check the seals and fix whatever needs to be fixed right away! You’ll be glad you did as you will prevent a much more costly problem later on…replacing the flooring and having possible mold grow.

2.Have you noticed a few loose shingles on your roof after the last big storm? Have some of the tiles slipped a bit? Now it the time to get thes items handled. Why? If you fix small roof items early you can help PREVENT deterioration of the under roof… and thus have a much better chance of preventing leaks. If you prevent leaks you keep your ceilings in good repair. If your ceilings are not leaking your flooring does not get soaked and your furniture doesn’t get water damage.

3. The wood trim and facia boards are starting look a bit weather worn. They have lost most of their paint finish. NOW is the time to sand and paint to PREVENT water from seeping into the wood. If you do this you will help to prevent DRY ROT. It is much easier and much less expensive to sand and paint than to have to REPLACE all the wood trim and fascia and THEN sand and paint!

4.You notice a broken sprinkler head or two. Water is shooting all over the place each time you try to water your lawn and your plants. If you fix the sprinklers now you will save money two ways. You will not have to replace costly plants and you will not have extra large water bills due to water being wasted.

It is very important to RESPECT your home and treat it as one of the most important investments you can have. Not only does your home help you with it’s tax benefits it will…over the long run….increase in value. If you keep your home in tip top condition then your home will keep it’s value for you !Let Your Arizona real estate be a great passive invetsmnet for you as you enjoy and maintain your home.

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To Whom it may concern: --- Joani is our one and only Realtor in Sun City. She helped us find our perfect 'first house' in Sun City and after our first year we love this area so much we are becoming 'year rounders'. So we called Joani to help us list this house and to find a new one. After several weeks of searching (patiently by Joani) we found our new home, we then listed our current Sun City house and with Joani's 'staging' recommendations we sold it in 10 days for full price and with two offers! We love Joani and would certainly recommend her for anyone considering Sun City or Sun City West areas. Richard & Yolanda Hobbs March 2016
Joani Frankel, a realtor with Realty One Group, asked me for a reference regarding the professional services she provided to my wife and me when we were searching for real estate properties in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. I was a client of Ms. Frankel in the spring of 2009, when my wife and I were searching for a home after our move to the Phoenix area, and in the fall of 20 IO when we were looking for a home for our daughter and her family. When it crune to purchasing our home, Ms. Frankel's role was critically important. We were new to Arizona and unfamiliru; with the many neighborhoods in this sprawling metropolis. We were uncertain as to where we could find the best neighborhood within our price range in which to purchase a home and the best value for a home. Based on her incredible knowledge of the area, she immediately started us in the right direction and we were quickly able to find the perfect home. Once we did, she stayed with us throughout the entire process from negotiating the contract to accompanying us during the walk-through where she was most helpful in bringing to our attention any issues with the home. She anticipated our every need and was readily available whenever we required her services. When we were back in the market searching for a home for our daughter and her family, because of the outstanding service she had earlier provided us, we again called upon Ms. Frankel to assist us. Working with both us and our daughter and son-in-law, she once again showed her professionalism in helping us locate and make an offer on a home. This home was a foreclosure so it required that she draw upon her experience and knowledge regarding such sales to lead us in making the proper offer. As a result of her efforts, we were able to obtain the home at an extremely good value. Our daughter and her family thoroughly enjoy their new home. Perhaps the best indication of Ms. Frankel's efforts on our part is the fact that even though the Phoenix market at the time of our purchases was going through a most difficult time and housing values here were still in decline throughout the area, the homes she directed us towards not only retained their value but have actually increased in value. We have and will continue to recommend Ms. Frankel to others we come across who are in the market for a home. If we reenter the housing market for any reason, she will be the one we will use. She will get us the best value for our money and fully protect our interests throughout the process. Sincerely, Kenneth L. Smith
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