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Glendale Cellphone Ban

by Melissa Dierks

Glendale Cellphone Ban 

Glendale, Arizona is the latest Valley of the Sun community to ban the use of cellphones while driving. Last week, the city of Glendale Council voted unanimously to enact the new law. This coming directly after the tragic loss of the Salt River tribal police officer, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver on the 101 Loop near Scottsdale.

The Glendale ordinance prohibits talking on cellphones, sending text messages or otherwise using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle, unless the device is in a hands-free mode. There will be an education and warning period for the next six months before the city of Glendale Police Department begin strict enforcement. First time offenders are looking at a $250 fine and it is considered a primary offense, meaning that an officer can pull you over for using a handheld device.

What are the rules in other Valley of the Sun cities?

El Mirage – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving

Fountain Hills – prohibits texting while driving

Glendale – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving (takes effect Feb. 7)

Phoenix – prohibits texting while driving

Surprise – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving

Tempe – prohibits talking on the phone or texting, but only if police can prove the drivers pose a risk to themselves or others, and it's a secondary offense

Looking to sell or buy a home in the Glendale or the surrounding area? Contact us today! The Regal Team has in-depth knowledge of the market and can provide you with the information you need on purchasing, selling, investing, financing and owning real estate in the Valley of the Sun!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
20241 N 67th Ave A1
Glendale, AZ 85308
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5 Fab Home Upgrades for Under $100

by Melissa Dierks

5 Fab Home Upgrades for Under $100 

Has the wintertime got you feeling blue about the look of your home? Check out these 5 fab home upgrades for under $100 to spice up your space!

1.) Paint Your Door: Painting the front door gives the front of your house a fresh, new look in an afternoon. Materials, including painter’s tape, paint brushes, primer and paint, should run well under $100. Just make sure the color you pick is approved by your HOA if you have one in your community.

2.) Invest in a Pressure Washer: With a pressure washer, you can strip the dust, dirt and grime off your home and pathways from the wear and tear of winter weather. It’s a great way to make your home look new again, especially the windows. Not interested in buying a pressure washer? Consider renting one from your local hardware store.

3.) Update Your Light Fixtures: If the light fixtures that came with your home look like something from the early 90’s era, consider updated them for a fresh look that’s guaranteed to brighten your home. Keep an eye out for less costly pendant lights and lanterns to hang over a kitchen table or spruce up a hallway.

4.) Add a firepit: Whether you want to warm up around the fire and chat with friends or recreate the camp experience by making smores with your family, adding a firepit to your backyard is a great upgrade that will provide a great resource for entertaining. You can make a fire pit in your backyard with simple pavers or bricks or buy a tasteful one from Amazon to compliment your poolside patio. Depending on the style, a firepit can make a really nice focal point for your backyard.

5.) Dress Up Your Furniture: Buying a whole new sofa set will run you well over a $100. But you can always give your old couches new life by pulling a slipcover over it. These days, it’s easy to find an inexpensive and fashionable slipcover. You might even have enough change left over to buy some fun new accent pillows.

Want more home update ideas? Looking to sell or buy a home in the Phoenix area? Contact us today! The Regal Team has in-depth knowledge of the market and can provide you with the information you need on purchasing, selling, investing, financing and owning real estate in the Valley of the Sun!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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Thinking of Selling Your Home This Spring?

by Melissa Dierks

Thinking of Selling Your Home This Spring? 

Are you thinking of selling your home this spring? Here are a few tips to help you create a smooth selling experience.

  1. De-clutter: de-cluttering helps prepare your home for the big move, plus there is truth in the say “less is more.” Go one room at a time, and divide belongings into categories: keep, yard sale, donate or trash.

  2. Start Packing: start packing now. Box up all your seasonal clothing to make your closets look roomier.  In addition, a buyer will appreciate a “neutral” vibe in your home by packing away your personal or sentimental valuable. 

  3. Repair and improve: Your home’s curb appeal is very important! Think about painting the front door and replacing the hardware. Do you have out dated or damaged light fixtures or appliances? Now would be the time to watch for sales on these items. Don’t forget to clean the windows and screens. A professional real estate agent can help you to determine which updates and/or repairs would make the most sense for your home. 

  4. Establish your time frame: do you need to be moved and settled before the next school year begins? Or maybe a new job in another state is requiring your relocation. Establishing a realistic time frame is key in creating a smooth transition from one home to the next.  

  5. Know the facts and trends of the market: every year we see trends and market changes and 2019 will be know different. And not all the news or hype on T.V. is accurate. Before you panic and call OfferPad, OpenDoor or request a Zillow instant offer, please reach out to a professional real estate agent to find out what your home is worth. Those convenient-buying services come with a steep price, which comes out of your hard-earned equity!

The spring weather is right around the corner, making it an excellent time to list and sell your home in the Valley of the Sun. Please give us a call today to help you successfully navigate the process, while netting you the best price and in the shortest amount of time.

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
20241 N 67th Ave A1
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154
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RE/MAX National Housing Report for December 2018

by Melissa Dierks

RE/MAX National Housing Report for December 2018 

December’s declining home sales and growing inventory solidified 2018 as the year the red-hot seller’s market moved toward a balanced market. Price growth also moderated, though December was the 33rd consecutive month of year-over-year increases in home prices, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, which includes fifty-three metro areas.

December’s year-over-year decline in home sales of 12.1 percent set a December record in the 10-year history of the report and also marked the fifth consecutive month that home sales were lower than 2017.  December was 2018’s 10th month of year-over-year declines in home sales with only April and July topping 2017 sales.

Most telling was December’s 4.6 percent growth in inventory, which was also a report record. December’s year-over-year inventory increase marked the third consecutive month of growth – a trend reversing a decade-long streak of year-over-year inventory declines.

“December’s inventory gain, continuing the three-month growth trend, is welcome news,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The market remains choppy and there’s still a long way to go, but these gains represent steps toward a balanced market, which in the long run is healthy for both buyers and sellers.”

While fifty-four Days on Market was a record low for December sold listings, the 4.1 Months Supply of Inventory was higher than December 2017’s 3.7 months and ahead of November 2018’s 3.9 months supply. Home buyers paid record amounts throughout 2018 as prices grew year-over-year in every month last year, led by June’s Median Sold Price of $258,500 – an all-time report high. Even so, December’s year-over-year increase of 2.1% was 2018’s smallest, and far lower than the 8.1 percent price growth from December 2016 to December 2017.

“Home sales have cooled, especially during the second half of 2018, but that was inevitable given the strong seller’s market that has persisted for nearly a decade,” Contos said. “We believe sales activity can pick back up if the pace of price escalation continues to moderate, interest rates tick further downward, and wage growth continues.”

Of the fifty-three metro areas surveyed in December 2018, the overall average number of home sales is down -8.5 percent compared to November 2018, and down -12.1 percent compared to December 2017. None of the fifty-three metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year. In December 2018, the median of all fifty-three metro Median Sales Prices was $240,000, up 2.1 percent from November 2018, and up +2.1 percent from December 2017. The average Days on Market for homes sold in December 2018 was fifty-four, up three days from the average in November 2018, and down three days from the December 2017 average.

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for December 2018. . Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact the Regal Team today! We offer unparalleled service to all clients in the Phoenix, Arizona real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
20241 N 67th Ave A1
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154

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5 Tips to Will Help Your Successfully Buy a Home

by Melissa Dierks

5 Tips to Will Help Your Successfully Buy a Home 

If your New Year’s resolutions include buying a home in 2019, there are a few things you should know before you hit the streets. Here are five tips to help you successfully buy a home.

  1. Have a plan: Do your research and homework before you go into the market place to shop for a home. Pull your credit report, review your finances and make a list of requirements you need in your home. Research areas, schools, builders, square footage and floor plan options. Having a plan will help you stay on track with the goal of buying a home.

  2. Know your budget: After you have reviewed your finances and your credit report, it is a must that you speak to a qualified loan officer – unless you plan to pay cash. Getting approved for your home loan first, will help you set a budget that you can search within. You would not want to fall in love with a house that is out of your affordable price range nor would you want to make an offer on a home you could not qualify to buy.

  3. Save for your down payment: We’ve all heard the saying, “Cash is King” – if you need a home loan, being approved with a reputable mortgage company and having a strong down payment, will increase your negotiating ability. A larger down payment is favorable for both the seller and the mortgage company. An FHA loan requires a borrower to have at least 3.5 percent for a down payment, while conventional loans maybe 5 to 20 percent down. The more money you have saved for a down payment, the stronger your negotiating power.

  4. Minimize your demands: In our demanding inventory conditions today, home buyers need to practice the other F word – flexibility. When making an offer, try to minimize your demands or contingencies. Be flexible with your closing date for example – the more you are willing to work with the seller, the better your chances are for getting your offer accepted.

  5. Tell your story: If you are faced with a multiple offer situation, adding a personal touch might be what sets you apart from the others. If possible, try to meet the seller. A face with a name will build a rapport. You may also consider writing a letter to the seller; explain why you want to purchase their home or why they should accept your offer. If possible, ask your agent to present your offer and letter in person to the seller.

It’s a great time to become a homeowner in the Valley of the Sun – if you or anyone you know is looking to successfully buy a home in 2019, please give us a call today!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

by Melissa Dierks

3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

It’s the time of year when everyone reflects on the past year and creates a list of New Year’s resolutions. The most popular resolutions are typically: to lose weight, to save money, to spend more time with family, but how often do we include New Year’s resolutions for our home? As your sanctuary, doing things to make your home more peaceful and stress free is a resolution that can help improve the quality of your life all year round. Here are 3 simple New Year’s resolutions for your home that you can actually stick to!

1.) Safety Check: The New Year is the perfect time to do a safety check around your house to make sure there aren’t any hazards that could harm you or your guests. That includes making long overdue repairs (pipes leaking water on the floor mean slipping hazards so don’t delay!), checking your house for radon, carbon monoxide, and replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors.

2.) Pare Down: With all the excess of gifts over the holidays, you may have found that more things came into your home than out. But in the spirit of cutting clutter, set up an “out with the old, in with the new” system. Every time something new comes in, something old goes out. That counts for everything, from books to clothes to gadgets. The more stuff that comes in, the more stuff that accumulates and needs to be organized. Go room-by-room eliminating anything old that you don’t use or absolutely love and donate it to a worthy charity. Less mess means less stress!

3.) Store More: We’ve all heard the term “a place for everything and everything in its place.” The same simple principle we tell our children in regard to putting their toys away should apply to us adults as well! Creating designated storage space for messy mayhem makers like mail, cords, and shoes can help keep the “unsightlies” out of sight and give you a place to stash stuff easily. There are literally hundreds of creative storage options from behind the door hangers to under the bed storage bins to vertical shelving corner niches. Thinking outside the box and repurposing one storage item to serve the needs of another is a life saver. Over the door shoe organizers can do more than hold shoes. They make handy holders for everything from jewelry and makeup and more in a bathroom.

Regardless of what your resolutions are for the New Year, don’t forget to include your home in your planning process. Have a wonderful Happy New Year!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

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My Happy New Year Wish

by Melissa Dierks

Happy New Year Wish

My Happy New Year wish for you

Is for your best year yet,

A year where life is peaceful,

And what you want, you get.

A year in which you cherish

The past year’s memories,

And live your life each new day,

Full of bright expectancies.

I wish for you a holiday

With happiness galore;

And when it’s done, I wish you

Happy New Year, and many more.

The Regal Team wishes you and yours a prosperous and Happy New Year!

 

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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RE/MAX National Housing Report November 2018

by Melissa Dierks

RE/MAX National Housing Report November 2018

Years of shrinking inventory gave way in November to a second consecutive month of year-over-year growth in the number of homes for sale, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The apparent reason: Home sales declined for the fourth consecutive month when compared to the same months in 2017. Even so, home prices remained strong.

Across the 53 metro areas surveyed, inventory rose 3.0 percent – the highest monthly year-over-year gain in the 10-year history of the report, following October’s 1.0 percent increase that ended a streak of 119 months of year-over-year declines dating back to November 2008. The Months Supply of Inventory rose to 3.9, the highest for any month since 4.2 in December 2016.

November home sales, meanwhile, declined 6.9 percent, which was the second-largest year-over-year decline of 2018 and the biggest year-over-year sales decline for November in five years. This year only April and July sales exceeded 2017 totals for the corresponding months.

“The road to market normalization can be bumpy,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It’s good to see the small uptick in inventory, and the drop in November sales isn’t too surprising – given the recent trends, the mid-term elections, and the earlier-than-usual Thanksgiving holiday. As we near year-end, three main themes appear clear – buyers are grappling with affordability issues and tight inventory; sellers are unsure how to react to the cooling market; and homes priced properly are still selling rather quickly. All three underscore the fact that the guidance of a professional agent is even more critical in times like these.”

November’s Median Sales Price of $235,000 was 4.0 percent higher than November 2017 and was the highest November price in the report’s history. It marked the 32nd consecutive month of year over-year price increases. Comparing the first 11 months of 2018 to 2017, home prices are up 6.0 percent. Even with declining sales, homes sold at record speed for November. Homes spent an average of 51 Days on Market, compared to the previous November low of 54 days set last year.

Click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for November 2018. Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact The Regal Team today! We will be happy to provide a free market analysis of your home, and we are deeply committed to helping you reach your real estate goals on step at a time!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

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Top 3 Safety Hacks for Holiday Shopping

by Melissa Dierks

Top 3 Safety Hacks for Holiday Shopping

According to the Arizona Division of Public Safety report, November has the highest rate of "pick pocketing" of any month of the year, while shoplifting crimes are highest in December. That being said, here are the top 3 safety hacks for holiday shopping.

  1. Stay alert to your surroundings when you’re out and about shopping. Thieves typically target people who look lost in thought or are struggling to carry shopping bags and seem distracted so avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  2. Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  3. Obviously if you’re traveling and away from home over the holidays you should lock your doors and windows. But also take additional precautions by having a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Want an extra level of safety? Leave your lights on an automatic timer.

You can never be too safe while you’re shopping for the season, and you can’t afford to be careless. Please share these tips with your loved ones and shop safe this holiday season. For more holiday safety hacks or if you’re ready to sell or buy a home in the Valley, please contact The Regal Team today!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

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The Regal Team Home Inspection Series 4- Roof

by Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team Home Inspection Series 4- Roof

The Regal Team is excited to present part five of our five-part series on residential home inspection. Hear from a licensed home inspector on the various things they are looking for when it comes to inspecting your home.

With the various types of roofs in the Phoenix area, there are several things to look for during an inspection. A roof inspection is a way of determining the level of wear and tear on a roof, how much life it has left in it, and if there is a need for repair currently or soon in the future. Roof inspections involve looking for signs that indicate the wear on shingles and other roofing materials. A roof inspector does not need to remove any part of your roof.

In this episode, Kris Hauser with Insight Real Estate Inspection Service shares his expertise that will help you have a better understanding of our roofs here in the Valley of the Sun!

Kris can be contacted at (623)594-8131 or (623)297-1584 for additional questions you may have related to home inspection services. We hope this interview between Kris Houser with Insight Real Estate Inspection Service and Robert Dierks with The Regal Team will enlighten you a little more on what you need to know about inspecting your roof.

As always, please contact The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals for ALL your residential home purchase and selling needs!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

20241 N 67th Ave A1

Glendale, AZ 85308

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