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7 Basics of Serving and Selling An Arizona Real Estate Listing

There are a lot of different ways to sell a property, but there are some fundamentals everyone should follow. Whether you’re brand new to the world of real estate or you’re a longtime pro, it’s easy to get caught up in everything going on and miss out on some key details.

Today’s market is as competitive as ever, so make sure you’ve got the basics covered:

1. Price it Realistically

Even seasoned real estate veterans sometimes get over zealous with pricing, or worse, allow clients to get wildly unrealistic with the asking number. But local neighborhood values change every year, as does the market in general. It’s important to get the home appraised and look at actual selling history for the area. Go too cheap, and you’ll lose money. But go too high, and you’ll end up waiting a long time for a buyer to come around. 

2. Don’t Conceal Information

Appraisers will appreciate you be upfront about any potential issues or damage to the home, as well potential buyers. In fact, concealing such things could lead to a lawsuit down the line. Make what small fixes you can, and document the rest to have it on record. Doing so will also help build your reputation if you hope to continue in the Arizona real estate market.

3. Clean and Stage

When people visit the property, they should be able to easily envision what life could be like there. While you should never keep the place cluttered with furniture, it’s a good idea to have some accents here and there to help demonstrate the space for what it could be. Naturally, always clean the place thoroughly before any potential buyers see it. 

4. Don’t Neglect Exteriors

The inside of the property is crucial, but the outside is what potential buyers will see first. Especially in Arizona where so many homes have manicured front yards and stone gardens, an unkempt property sticks out like a sore thumb and won’t be appealing. You don’t have to go all out, but do make sure it is tidy with curb appeal. 

5. Take Photos Seriously

It’s astounding how many photos you can find on real estate websites that show left-out cleaning supplies or garbage, or are even snapped from awkward angles that don’t show off the space. Your listing will stand out and attract the most buyers with clean, clear photos. Arizona is known for its bright, sunny days, so there’s no excuse for snapping photos on a cloudy, dreary one that doesn’t put the property in the best light. Consider hiring a professional for the job.

6. Execute a Marketing Plan

Don’t just stick to one real estate website. Publish detailed listings (photos and all) on multiple high-traffic websites and consider spreading the word via social media. If you are a real estate agent, keep in mind that your marketing endeavors will not only help sell the property, but they will also keep the client happy with your efforts. 

7. Be Flexible

Sometimes potential buyers need to see the property after hours or have a lot of questions about it. Be open to flexibility, and schedule appointments based on the buyer’s interest and likelihood of purchasing, not your own personal schedule. Additionally, be at least somewhat flexible with pricing and know what your minimum acceptable offer is. 

Start Real Estate Investing in Arizona with These 5 Tips

With all the rage over cryptocurrency and investing in stocks, many young adults are still using real estate investing as their portfolio’s strength. According to a recent survey, 36% of millennials prefer real estate investing as their main strategy to accumulate wealth. But young adults aren’t the only ones using this method – most Americans are, too. In fact, 31% from all backgrounds are harnessing the wealth building power of real estate investment.

When it comes to investing, real estate is a smart way to diversify your portfolio. However, there are many investors who think this is off-limits to them due to their lack of knowledge. It’s time to change that. Read on to learn how you can start investing in Arizona real estate.

1. What is Your Situation?

Where do you see yourself? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to become? What are your goals? Your career path? The answers to these questions will help you develop an investing strategy for the future, along with the best type of loan for your real estate investment.

2. Gain Leverage

In general, most people believe the only way to purchase real estate is with a 30 year fixed mortgage from a traditional lender. However, depending on your lifestyle, there are other loans available. Taking the time to educate yourself about the different options available to finance a home or other real estate property will shift your entire belief system and you’ll see that you have access to funds through channels you never knew existed, such as adjustable rate mortgages and interest-only mortgages.

3. Compare Mortgage Loans

The loan you choose is a well-planned product, and the product you want to select is the one with the lowest interest rate and the highest stability. Use a mortgage calculator to help you do the math and compare different mortgage loan products.

4. Gather a Strong Team

You can’t and shouldn’t go this alone. And you should be careful about who you decide to place on your team. Having a financial advisor is the first support system you’ll need. Next is an experienced real estate agent. Both professionals will ask the right questions and guide you along the right path to success. Tip: Keep an ongoing relationship with your mortage loan officer as he or she will be able to give you information regarding the market and when it might be a good time to refinance.

5. You Need to Plan for the Future

When thinking about the future, consider that rental properties provide both investment appreciation and cashflow, but they may not provide them at the same time. For this reason, it’s important to determine why you’re investing in the property. Do you want cash flow now and in the future, or are you looking to make a profit once the property’s value goes up and you sell? These are important details to know before investing in a property in Arizona and will determine what property you choose to purchase.

 

5 Tips to Get Your First Real Estate Deal Done

You’ve heard the stories – people making fortunes off real estate deals. Perhaps you can see yourself as one of them, but you don’t know where to start. Having some apprehension when beginning a new business venture is to be expected. The leap from the beginning to the end goal can feel like a huge chasm to jump across. You’re bound to make mistakes, which is probably what you’re most afraid of happening; however, if you follow this simple guide to effectively getting your first real estate deal done and done well, you’ll see the momentum pick up. Read on to learn more:

1. You’ll Need the Right Representation

The real estate agent you decide to work with can determine the outcome of your success. That’s why it’s so important to pick one that has extensive experience and skills in communicating, negotiating, and asking the right questions. Your real estate representative should know the area well, understand the comparables, and have sealed deals involving apartment buildings, duplexes, and the like.

2. Find the Right Property

If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Keep this in mind when seeking out your first real estate deal. Without doing your due diligence, you could end up thinking you came across the real estate deal of a lifetime only to find out later that the zoning requirements don’t add up or there is a lien on the property you purchased. Proper investigation into a property by you and your real estate agent is paramount to your financial success.

3. Schedule Several Property Inspections

After finding a property, ask for a longer than usual inspection period and have the property go through multiple inspections. It’s important to ensure there is no structural damage to the property, as well as mold, issues with plumbing or electricity, or various other issues that could end up costing you serious money down the line.

4. What’s the Curb Appeal?

If you are eyeing a property without any curb appeal or hardly any pictures posted online, chances are the seller isn’t feeling confident and will give you the property at a lower bid. You just have to offer one. After you secure the property, fix up the curb appeal and you’ve already increased your profit.

5. Negotiate Interest Rates

Chances are you probably didn’t know you could negotiate interest rates with a bank. You can – if you have a sound real estate purchasing plan. In fact, you can shop around both big and small banks, credit unions, and even private lenders to find the best rate. The better your credit and amount of collateral, the better negotiating power you have. If you can, stay away from brokers as they will take a percentage for being the middle man between you and the bank.

To make your first real estate deal a success, you need guidance from a reputable real estate agent, and you need to do your due diligence. Take the extra time to do the research that counts, even if that means someone else might come along and sweep up the property. But don’t worry, another one will come along shortly and if you stick to this method, you’re sure to make your first real estate deal an amazing success.

 

Top 10 Tips to Sell Faster in Phoenix

It’s only natural to want to sell a property as quickly as possible. Whether you’re flipping a house or are selling the place you’ve lived in for years, finding and securing a buyer quickly allows you to move on faster and not have to wait for a big payoff.

Visit any bookstore or do a quick Google search, and there’s tons of literature on the art of selling property. However, a lot of it is full of vague information and tedious steps that don’t help you sell quickly. While you don’t want to cut out necessary steps, there are measures you can take to sell quickly and smoothly.

Follow these top 10 tips to selling faster in Phoenix, and you’ll be signing over your property in no time!

1. Make Sure All Maintenance & Improvements Are Complete

A lot of people make the grave mistake of listing the property prior to all renovations, maintenance projects and landscaping being completed. While it can seem like a time saver to list the property when it’s almost completed, doing so often boils down to some wishful thinking and a misunderstanding of how long these projects can actually take. Showing the property before it’s finished (and this also means being thoroughly cleaned inside and out) can also lead to lower bids being offered.

2. Take Quality Photos

Having great photos of your property is among one of the most important things when it comes to selling, because these are what actually draw potential buyers to the property. While you don’t necessarily need to hire a professional for this, all of the photos should be high resolution and well lit. Make sure there are no mop buckets or cleaning products left around, and if there is furniture, it should be clean and well staged.

3. Make Sure the Price is Right

It’s a good idea to discuss what the price should be with an experienced real estate agent, or if you’re selling on your own (not necessarily the fastest way to sell, but still doable), do your research on what similar properties in the area have sold for. You don’t want to be overpriced, but you don’t want to undersell either. Buyers will be quickly attracted to a property that is reasonably priced and fits what they expect to pay in the area.

4. List on MLS

Your local Multiple Listing Service or MLS is your best bet to sell the property quickly. This will give the property more exposure, and it can easily be done through a broker or real estate agent who works in the area.

5. Read the Market

Once your property listing is up and running, it is important to pay attention to how it performs early on. If you’re not getting as much interest as you’d like, it could be because of something you can easily fix (like getting better photos or supplying more information). Talk to your agent about how things are going on the buying side of things, and see if there are any comments coming through that you can use to your advantage.

6. Be Smart About Lowering the Price

Going along with the above, sometimes one of the adjustments you’ll have to make is lowering the price. However, a dramatic drop in price can look bad, and too many price reductions can also turn buyers away. If you’re going to lower the price, it should only be done to meet market standards and should be done as sparingly as possible. You can discuss what the best strategy is here with your real estate agent.

7. Only Accept Offers with Lender Approval

When you do start getting offers, you should only look at ones that come with an approval letter from the buyer’s lender. The last thing you want to do is accept a bid quickly only to find that the buyer doesn’t actually have the funds to back it up, as this can end up costing you time and money.

8. Go with the Best Offer

Contrary to popular belief, the best offer is not necessarily the one that offers the most money. Instead, it is the one with a responsible buyer who will close on time and is financially qualified. They already have lender approval, and they are prepared with all the documentation they need. Oftentimes, the first offer you receive is the best one, but it is still important to review these qualities in each offer you are considering.

9. Be Prepared for the Inspection

Most buyers won’t close without an inspection being completed, and in many cases they will have specific details they want looked at (like the foundation, water heater, electric outlets, etc.) to make sure the property is up to code and safe as well as valuable. Be prepared for this ahead of time so you aren’t caught off guard.

10. Complete the Appraisal

The final step is letting your property be appraised. This process can go faster if you have gotten a previous appraisal report that you can provide a copy of, as it will help the current appraiser do their job more efficiently (and better understand your pricing).

Top 10 Tips to Selling Faster in Phoenix

It’s only natural to want to sell a property as quickly as possible. Whether you’re flipping a house or are selling the place you’ve lived in for years, finding and securing a buyer quickly allows you to move on faster and not have to wait for a big payoff.

Visit any bookstore or do a quick Google search, and there’s tons of literature on the art of selling property. However, a lot of it is full of vague information and tedious steps that don’t help you sell quickly. While you don’t want to cut out necessary steps, there are measures you can take to sell quickly and smoothly.

Follow these top 10 tips to selling faster in Phoenix, and you’ll be signing over your property in no time!

1. Make Sure All Maintenance & Improvements Are Complete

A lot of people make the grave mistake of listing the property prior to all renovations, maintenance projects and landscaping being completed. While it can seem like a time saver to list the property when it’s almost completed, doing so often boils down to some wishful thinking and a misunderstanding of how long these projects can actually take. Showing the property before it’s finished (and this also means being thoroughly cleaned inside and out) can also lead to lower bids being offered.

2. Take Quality Photos

Having great photos of your property is among one of the most important things when it comes to selling, because these are what actually draw potential buyers to the property. While you don’t necessarily need to hire a professional for this, all of the photos should be high resolution and well lit. Make sure there are no mop buckets or cleaning products left around, and if there is furniture, it should be clean and well staged.

3. Make Sure the Price is Right

It’s a good idea to discuss what the price should be with an experienced real estate agent, or if you’re selling on your own (not necessarily the fastest way to sell, but still doable), do your research on what similar properties in the area have sold for. You don’t want to be overpriced, but you don’t want to undersell either. Buyers will be quickly attracted to a property that is reasonably priced and fits what they expect to pay in the area.

4. List on MLS

Your local Multiple Listing Service or MLS is your best bet to sell the property quickly. This will give the property more exposure, and it can easily be done through a broker or real estate agent who works in the area.

5. Read the Market

Once your property listing is up and running, it is important to pay attention to how it performs early on. If you’re not getting as much interest as you’d like, it could be because of something you can easily fix (like getting better photos or supplying more information). Talk to your agent about how things are going on the buying side of things, and see if there are any comments coming through that you can use to your advantage.

6. Be Smart About Lowering the Price

Going along with the above, sometimes one of the adjustments you’ll have to make is lowering the price. However, a dramatic drop in price can look bad, and too many price reductions can also turn buyers away. If you’re going to lower the price, it should only be done to meet market standards and should be done as sparingly as possible. You can discuss what the best strategy is here with your real estate agent.

7. Only Accept Offers with Lender Approval

When you do start getting offers, you should only look at ones that come with an approval letter from the buyer’s lender. The last thing you want to do is accept a bid quickly only to find that the buyer doesn’t actually have the funds to back it up, as this can end up costing you time and money.

8. Go with the Best Offer

Contrary to popular belief, the best offer is not necessarily the one that offers the most money. Instead, it is the one with a responsible buyer who will close on time and is financially qualified. They already have lender approval, and they are prepared with all the documentation they need. Oftentimes, the first offer you receive is the best one, but it is still important to review these qualities in each offer you are considering.

9. Be Prepared for the Inspection

Most buyers won’t close without an inspection being completed, and in many cases they will have specific details they want looked at (like the foundation, water heater, electric outlets, etc.) to make sure the property is up to code and safe as well as valuable. Be prepared for this ahead of time so you aren’t caught off guard.

10. Complete the Appraisal

The final step is letting your property be appraised. This process can go faster if you have gotten a previous appraisal report that you can provide a copy of, as it will help the current appraiser do their job more efficiently (and better understand your pricing).

7 Best Arizona Cities for Real Estate Investments

Are you ready to invest in real estate? If so, Arizona is a great place to make this investment. But, do you know which cities are best when it comes to real estate investments? If not, then you definitely need the information found here.

If you want to invest in the best markets for real estate in Arizona, you definitely are not alone. When it comes to real estate activity, Arizona’s a hot bed; however, the following seven cities are considered the best when it comes to making a real estate investment.

Each of the cities in this list have made top spots in real estate guides and are considered great locations by experts in the industry. Also, due to the fact that the areas are growing, the investment you make will only appreciate in value.

1. Laveen

Considered one of the strongest real estate investment locations, this city has a vacancy rate that’s under one percent. When you add that to the fact that the neighborhood has a rental return rate that is, on average, 11 percent, it’s pretty clear why Laveen is such a great place to look for investment real estate.

2. Scottsdale

While Scottsdale may be considered part of the valley, it’s also a pretty unique suburb that is attractive to individuals from all walks of life. Featuring a wide array of exciting nightlife, a unique western flair, amazing hotels and highly rated restaurants, it’s not surprising that so many visitors have decided to call Scottsdale home. As an extremely desirable area in the valley, there’s also a huge supply of investing opportunities found here.

3. Queen Creek

One of the factors that has made this location grow in popularity is how close it is to Mesa Airport. Another factor is the real estate prices. Vacancy rates are low and the returns on rental properties are almost as high as what’s seen in Laveen.

4. El Mirage

Affordability is the driving factor when it comes to growth in El Mirage. Right now, the median home value in this city is $110,000. This location is home to more than thirty bars, coffee shops and restaurants. If you want a great opportunity, then you should check out El Mirage.

5. South Phoenix

Another city that boasts lower than average vacancy rates and great returns on rentals is South Phoenix. It’s also close to many popular attractions, such as Tempe Town Lake, the Botanical gardens and the zoo.

6. Maricopa City

With a vacancy rate under one percent, this area has seen an increase in residents. There’s also a 10 percent return on real estate investments here, which makes this is a great place to make investments.

7. Tucson

Tucson is to the south of Phoenix and home to three natural forests. It also boasts a mild climate and great culture, making it a growing market. This city attracts both renters and buyers from the entire country.

Real Estate Investment Loans

Finding the right location and property is the first step when investing in real estate in Arizona. The next step is to get financing. You can opt for non-traditional lenders, which offer the money you need faster than a traditional bank. Hard money lenders also don’t require mountains of red tape like a traditional lender does. This makes it much easier to get the financing needed.

Why Real Estate Investors Use Hard Money Loans

There are several reasons that real estate investors are choosing hard money loans. The primary reason is the ability the lender has to fund a loan quickly. In the majority of situations, hard money loans can be funded in a week or less. If you compare that to the 30 to 45 days that it can take to have a bank loan funded, it’s pretty speedy. Additionally, the application process for a hard money loan usually only takes a day or two, and in some situations, your application can be approved during the same day. You will never hear from a traditional lender about approval within the same week.

The ability that you have to obtain funding faster than a bank loan is a huge advantage for the average real estate investor. This is especially true when an investor is working to acquire a property with quite a few competing bids. Having a fast closing with a hard money loan can help to get a seller’s attention and ensure that the offer is set apart from the remainder of buyers who are using conventional financing methods.

Another reason that a real estate investor may opt for a hard money loan is if they have already applied with banks but have been rejected. Unfortunately, life isn’t always perfect, and it doesn’t always go as planned. Credit issues, foreclosures and short sales all happen. Another crucial thing that banks need access to is a person’s income history. If the borrower has recently begun a new job, then the bank may decide to deny their request for a loan because of an insufficient income history. This is the case even if a borrower has a pretty good income.

A hard money lender can look past all these issues. They will make a decision based on whether or not the loan will actually be repaid and whether or not the borrower has plenty of equity invested in the property in question.

Points and Interest Rates Paid for a Hard Money Loan

The points and interest rates charged by a hard money lender are going to vary from one to another. They can also vary from one region to another.

Because these lenders are taking on more risk compared to traditional financing methods, the interest rates are typically higher. Additionally, the points usually range from two to four percent of the total amount of the loan. Be sure to keep this in mind when considering this type of loan for your real estate investment.

Loan to Value Ratios

The loan amount that the hard money lender lends is usually determined by the value of the property divided into the loan amount. In most cases, a borrower will be able to access 65 to 75 percent of the property’s current value. While this is a riskier loan, it’s still beneficial to anyone who is borrowing the money in order to have access to faster funds.

When it comes to taking out a hard money loan for a real estate investment, there are many things you have to keep in mind. It’s best to be informed to get the best possible results. To find out more, contact Barrett Financial Group today at 480-999-6183.