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The Surprisingly Simple Evolution from Renting to Home Buying

The Surprisingly Simple Evolution from Renting to Home Buying. As a long-time tenant you might not expect that you could be comfortable with the home buying process. But in my experience folks who have rented for years are often the most conscientious and well-informed home buyers. After working with several long-time renters-turned-buyers recently, I’ve come… Read More

Being Prepared, for Home Buyers - Bill Salvatore, Realty Executives East Valley - 602-999-0952

Think the final walk-through is a waste of time? Skipping it could cost you!

Think the final walk-through is a waste of time? Skipping it could cost you! I recently had a Home Seller client who was threatened with the loss of a deposit. I say threatened rather than ‘at risk’ because one very important procedure was ignored. Here’s the scenario. The Seller’s home was sold, closed and recorded…. Read More

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What’s the ‘New Black’ in Kitchen and Bath Remodels?

What’s the ‘New Black’ in Kitchen and Bath Remodels? It seems that black is the new black, or at least black with various shades of gray. The complete black to white spectrum is definitely trending among remodeling home owners, especially in back-splashes and flooring. The recent movement toward grays, features flooring in wood-grain tile, gray… Read More

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Is Real Estate Where Millennials Part with OnLine Engagement?

Millennials are known for being bright, quick to adopt, and intent on exploring online interaction opportunities, but according to a well-known financial fitness website, Millennials prefer a solid, face-to-face relationship when it’s time to purchase a home. Millennials are overwhelmingly choosing local Realtors and Mortgage Lenders over the growing uncertainty of online home buying options…. Read More

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Inadequate Financial Knowledge Delays Many Home Buyers, Study Says.

Inadequate Financial Knowledge Delays Many Home Buyers, Study Says. I’ve worked with countless mortgage lenders over the years and have come to depend on just a handful, to provide me with timely, accurate information, with no drama. I’ve always believed that the home buying process should not be stressful or confusing. But I’ve seen that… Read More

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Food Hype: Do You Err on the Side of the Latest Craze or Common Sense?

Food Hype: Do You Err on the Side of the Latest Craze or Common Sense? I’m not usually one to venture into the badlands of ‘healthy eating’. Most of my culinary preferences run along the lines of pizza and pasta. I have nothing against fruits and veggies, anything fresh and tasty works for me, it’s… Read More

Thank You Thursday - Bill Salvatore, Realty Excellence East Valley at Arizona Elite Properties

Thank You Thursday is Dedicated to the Late George A. Boivin.

Thank You Thursday is Dedicated to the Late George A. Boivin. Sometimes the smallest acts deserve the most profound gratitude. A man named George left a simple gift to the world, directed at no one, leaving no one out. As is a downtime habit of mine, I was reading Good News Network. Try it sometime… Read More

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WooHoo! Homes Values are Rising at a ‘Normal’ Pace

WooHoo! Homes Values are Rising at a ‘Normal’ Pace Homeowners were thrilled in 2005 and early 2006 when prices skyrocketed and sales were faster than the speed of light. By mid 2006 it was evident that the rapid increase in home prices and the pace of home sales was wickedly unnatural and would most definitely… Read More

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Video: Looking to Save When You Buy a Home? It’s Easier Than You Think!

Video: Looking to Save When You Buy a Home? It’s Easier Than You Think! What’s the first thing you think about when shopping for a home? Is it getting the best deal? Finding the lowest mortgage interest rate? Decreasing your closing costs? Consider this scenario: You make an offer on a home that is $10,000… Read More

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Home Improvement: Best Return on Investment? Fiberglass.

Home Improvement: Best Return on Investment? Fiberglass. A common concern among potential home sellers is what updates and improvements can they make that will give them the biggest bang for their buck. Home buyers definitely love to see updated kitchens and baths, but what is the bottom-line added value of these things? It usually depends… Read More