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Great Tips for the 1st Time (or anytime) Home Buyer


Here you are….getting ready to make a delicious lemonade and find that wonderful 1st home here in Arizona .You’ve got your finances all lined up, your credit clear and your bills paid down so the next steps will have you answering the following questions. It IS best to actually write your answers down as they will actually seem more real to you and will help you describe to your REALTOR what you really want and need.

#1. LOCATION. I always ask my clients, whether 1st home buyers or experienced , to help me by defining the physical boundaries of the are you would like to search for your home. Be sure to provide the absolute limits in all directions, North, South ,East and West as your Arizona Realtor will be working from a computer grid map to create your custom home search. Be sure to determine what is most important about the boundary area…is it the school district? the shopping? your favorite church/mosque or synagogue? freeway access? or does it “just feel right” ? Remember this is your home purchase so you get to pick!

#2. Now its time to talk about what type of home you would like to own. Will you go for condo with no exterior upkeep ? A townhouse or patio home with a small private rear year to call your own? Have you always dreamed of owning a single family home and getting into gardening with lots of enthusiasm? Here in Arizona you may have many choices in your price range and if you are not quite sure of the type of home maybe you should check a few types out.

#3. Now it’s time for you pick more details. Be sure to list the MINIMUM number of bedrooms and bathrooms you can comfortably work with. Why the minimum? This sets a baseline for your REALTOR in creating your custom property search. Here are some of the other things I always ask MY BUYERS. Do you want a single level or multi story home? What about the kitchen? Are you a serious cook or do you just need the basics to be content? Do you need a formal dining room or will a more casual style eat-in kitchen feel just right?What about appliances? Do you have a washer , dryer and refrigerator or shall we add those to the list of “must haves”?FYI most homes already built-in microwaves. Is a great room going to work for your life style or do you need a separate den or family? Now let’s talk about the yard. Are you up for taking care of a lawn or do you prefer desert landscaping? AS you know this IS Arizona a many homes do have swimming pools. They are great fun and are very refreshing but also take extra time and money to maintain them so be wise when deciding if your budget can handle the extra time and money expenditure. If so then a pool is one of the “upgraded options” that you can acquire for a lot less money if it already is with the home you chose than if you had to go out and contract with a pool building company and start from square one! Another big item to review on your wish list is parking. Do you require a garage or will a carport be acceptable? How many cars need to be parked? Any boats or RVs to consider? *** I know this seems like a lot to think about but we are only just starting*** IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT YOUR WISH LIST BASICS LOOK LIKE PLEASE BE SURE TO USE THE TOOLS PROVIDED HERE ON MY WEBSITE www.myphxazhomes.com TO ACCESS THE MLS DATABASE.

I would like to be YOUR ARIZONA REALTOR and put my almost 30 years of experience as an Arizona REALTOR to work for you. I pledge to make you my priority. I will treat you with respect and courtesy and also make it fun and exciting. Together we will be a great team!

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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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