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Let me start by saying, I am not an attorney, nor do I pretend to be one, but I do know a thing about divorce, real estate and being dumb. I am a real estate expert and I spent years wading through my own messy divorce and the aftermath, so I’d like to pass on a thing or two that I learned in the process. Take or leave my advice, there are a few things I wish someone would have told me, now I am telling you.
One piece of advice I received from my attorney was this…
If you are the one moving out of the family home, take half of the stuff, don’t leave it so that the kids will be more comfortable, they need to be comfortable at your house too.
This was great advice. The kids, if you have them, need some familiarity at both houses. In the same vein, lets talk property. In my case, though I liked the home we bought when married, my ex was adamant that he keep the home, and frankly, I could not have afforded it as a single parent, so I agreed. Now its all well and good up to here, this is the point I went wrong. Don’t be like me, do not do this. I agreed to allow my ex two and a half years to refi the house and get my name off of it. Why so long? No reason really, that’s what he wanted, I was exhausted and tired of fighting so I agreed. Dumb. So dumb. Guess what? Two and a half years later, he did not hold up his end of the deal. The house has not been refinanced. That means, my credit is at his mercy. It also means that I can not qualify to purchase a car, my own home (there are a few lenders who can help somewhat with options here) or get personal credit regardless of my good credit score. My name on the house means my debt to income ratio is seriously out of wack. Doesn’t he have to comply? Eh. Didn’t we make this deal legally and through the court system? Yep. So now what? Well, I hire an attorney, get a hearing with a judge (which takes months), spend thousands more to get him to comply with a deal he is already legally obligated to comply with. Is it fair? No. Is it just the way it is? Yes, and its not worth ranting over, instead just avoid the mistake.
Bottom line, divorce is rough stuff no matter how you slice it, but making fewer emotional choices and more logical ones, will save you some heartburn in the end. For more information about me and Caily Sells AZ, please vist my website!
Categories: Real Estate
Obviously you are smarter than your Realtor! Isn’t everyone? I mean this simply must be the case, otherwise, why would you be ignoring the advice of the trained professional that you hired? Hmmm, but wait, doesn’t your agent do this like day in and day out? It’s almost like they buy and sell houses for a living.
Do you detect any sarcasm? If the answer is no, go ahead and close this blog out now. Save yourself.
Folks, seriously, stop ignoring the advice of your Realtor. When they tell you the price you want for your house is too high, it is. The single biggest factor in a home spending more days on market than necessary is price. Think your agent wants to price the house too low to get it sold? Think again. The more your home sells for, the more money your agent makes, it’s a little thing we like to call commission based sales. Next, I am telling you, your agent wants to get more business in the neighborhood. You know what really irks the neighbors? Undercutting the value of their home by selling the neighbor’s house for next to nothing. Hire a good agent and they are going to work to get you as much for your home as they can, but they can’t magically wish the value of your home higher, so help them, help you.
A great agent (me, me) will walk you through your home and make suggestions for reasonable repairs and updates. There’s a chance they know what they are talking about. Just a chance. Maybe consider NOT blowing off their suggestions. I know you love your house and think everyone else will too. They won’t. Listen to your agent.
When your agent brings you feedback from other agents who have shown your home, put your giant house ego away and listen! Showing feedback is like gold! This is the feedback from potential buyers who have been through your home. It’s good stuff and can be a very useful tool if you can handle the truth. If the feedback is consistently that your collection of fuzzy bunnies with googly eyes is creepy and makes people want to run screaming, go ahead and store them for later. If you hear that your life size bozo the clown statue is too distracting for buyers, go ahead and send bozo on a holiday. You can bring him back in your new home. (Or never again). Don’t ignore the agent feedback, they are simply the messenger, and the message is worth your time.
I get it, you can beat your real estate agent in chess, you school them at monopoly and you could open a can of Trivial Pursuit whoop ass at any moment, but I am willing to bet your agent has bought and sold many more houses than you have. I will also bet that in a given week, they have been in and out of more strange houses than you have all year, So consider this, they might, just might have the experience here to get the job done. If you hire them, trust them, you’ll save yourself some aggravation in the long run.
For more unsolicited opinions and general bossing around, feel free to visit my website, or contact me at Caily@CailySellsAZ.com. Looking for a GREAT realtor in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley area, check me out, I consider myself pretty great. (Someone has to)
Some funny for your Friday!
Don’t set your house on fire this Christmas! It’s a dry heat, and guess what, it’s a dry cold too. Here in Arizona our dry weather means it is tough to keep a Christmas tree alive and well for the holiday season. Like many of my friends in beautiful, sunny AZ, I made the switch from the real to the fake tree, because like the plants in my front yard, I couldn’t manage to keep that sucker alive! My fake tree is lovely and prelit with big fluffy branches and it smells like…well…nothing. Over the years I have tried to compensate for the lack of wonderful scent with candles, live wreaths, even these weird little smell sticks that you put inside the tree. Problem is, nothing smells quite like a real tree and that’s the scent I crave. This year, I’ve decided I am getting a real tree. My house is going to smell like Christmas if it kills me. Luckily, thanks to the City of Scottsdale’s residential fire sprinkler requirements, I should be safe from my ultimate demise, barring a freak tree accident. In reality, what’s really got me concerned is the general madness I will experience by a constant dusting of tree needles all over my floor. So, in an effort to save my sanity and perhaps personal possessions, here’s what I have learned about the art of capturing and keeping your very own Christmas tree…
1. Before you buy a tree make sure the tree needles are pliable and soft and the tree looks fresh. I believe this simple act could prevent you from the Charlie Brown tree we are all trying to avoid. If you run your fingers over the needles, and it is shedding at all in your hand, that is not your tree. No matter how pretty she looks under the beautiful glow of the tree lot lights, she’s no spring chicken. You’re going to regret that in the morning. Of course there is always the option of getting a permit for $15 and cutting down your own tree, but lets face it, that’s pretty unlikely unless you are a Hensley. If you don’t know what that is, you’re not.
2. Assuming you are the less farmy sort, like me, you’ll buy your tree pre cut. When you get the tree, make sure you get a fresh cut on the trunk of the tree. Any tree that has been out of water for more than a few hours, will no longer be able to soak up the needed water without being recut. Once cut, the tree needs to be put back into water ASAP. That means, don’t go caroling and light seeing and hot chocolate drinking before getting that freshly bought/cut tree in water.
3.When a Christmas tree is cut, over half it’s weight is water. They are thirsty little buggers and have to stay hydrated to last. Some trees will drink up to a gallon a day. Make sure the stand is always full of water. One common question seems to be, add something to the water or don’t? In everything I’ve read, you can try whatever voo doo you like in your tree water, but old fashioned tap water works great.
4. Give common sense a try. Don’t use old light strings on a tree. In fact, if you’ve actually got old strings of lights that still work completely, send those things to the Smithsonian because they are indeed a rarity. Use the mini lights, they are the least likely to heat up, causing issues. If you’ve got a fireplace, no matter how many Christmas movies make it seem like a good choice, DO NOT put your tree near it. This will extend not only the life of your tree but perhaps your own as well.
That caps off what I’ve learned about fresh cut Christmas trees. Remember, if you burn your house down this year, we’ll be shopping together for a new one by the new year. Not that I mind, but you might. Take the advice of your friendly neighborhood Realtor. What tips and tricks do you use?
Categories: It's Local
I don’t really consider myself a “foodie” per say, I do not have the refined gourmet sense about me, rather I am more food obsessed. I don’t take bites picking apart the subtle nuances of gourmet spices and cooking methods. I live for the bites that make me clap my hands and giggle with excitement over their deliciousness. I have more than just a few times, been so giddy over my meal or dessert (often dessert) that the tables near me inquire and order their own. I love food, I am serious about it, and I simply won’t bother if it doesn’t taste good. In my quest I have had some outstanding meals at some pretty awesome places in the greater Phoenix area. I’m sharing with you, but don’t tell anyone else, we don’t want the lines getting any longer. ( Yea right, haha!)
1. Little Miss BBQ – I waited in line for 30 minutes, just yesterday to have this miracle of BBQ. Don’t tell me you don’t like barbeque, I don’t hear you, and until you’ve tried this place, you can’t be sure. The Fatty Brisket ( I can’t believe I had to type fatty) left me speechless, it is incredible. You need to know the brisket usually sells out before 2, so if you think you’re going to try it, you better get there early. This is no saucy BBQ joint, there is sauce if you need it, but their food sings on it’s own. I’ve had the pulled pork sandwich ( Scott the owner was visibly disappointed when I chose this over the brisket, but he didn’t know my lunch mate would literally order one of everything, so I was set) turkey, sausage and all of their sides, and just wow, every time. It’s teeny tiny and only open for like 10 min a day (11am – 4pm Tuesday through Saturday), the owners and their family make you feel welcome from your first moment in their line. We even got a smoker tour on this last visit. This is a hidden Phoenix gem, and I am in love. http://www.littlemissbbq.com/
2. Snooze – 3 words, Breakfast Pot Pie. You don’t know, there aren’t words, changed my life. This is literally the best thing I’ve ever eaten for breakfast. ever. That title used to belong to a fantastic little dive in San Francisco, who makes a dish called the Taylor Street Scramble, but now the champion has been over thrown. Last time I had the pot pie, I sold the tables on both sides of me on it, it’s that good. (Unless Flaky crust, and delicious sauce aren’t your thing) Next best, their pancake flight. That’s right, a pancake flight. Three pancakes off their menu of your choosing, it should be illegal. I’m talking Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes (sooooo good) Peanut Butter Chocolate pancakes, Sweet Potato Pancakes ( I don’t even like sweet potatoes, but dang I love these). I highly recommend, with two AZ locations, Phoenix and Tempe. The wait can be a bit long and they don’t take reservations, but you should try it once, and then never again so it’s not too crowded. Don’t be part of the problem. 🙂 http://snoozeeatery.com/locations/town-country/
3. Coconuts Fish Café – I don’t really want you to know about this place, but sharing is caring and all that. Fish Taco fans, these are your people. This ultra casual North Scottsdale eatery serves up the freshest, tastiest fish I have ever had in the land locked state where fish consumption could be a gamble. Oh my the fish tacos. Like a party in my mouth with a mango chutney and an extravaganza of delectable flavors. They are enormous and they come two per order, so if you’re dorky like me, you’ll end up needing a knife and fork too. If fish isn’t your thing, I also love the steak tacos, absolutely delicious. There are currently only two locations, one here in AZ, the other in Hawaii. Save the airfare, take the drive to Scottsdale, and try these. It’s cool too if you don’t, shorter lines for me. http://www.coconutsfishcafe.com/home
4. DeFalco’s Italian Eatery and Grocery – This South Scottsdale restaurant/deli is certainly no secret but man oh man is it good!! I have literally been dreaming about my next opportunity to have their meat ravioli. I grew up in an Italian family, my whole childhood is stuffed with amazing Italian meals, and I am going to tell you, this is one of the most delicious dishes I have ever had. (Shhh, that’s just between us) It is perfect in every way, the pasta surrounding the meat is the ideal tender blanket for a filling so good, I had to take a minute to sigh into food heaven happiness. The pizza is also just OUTSTANDING! Crisp buttery crust, fresh flavorful toppings, so good. My only regret is that the last time I was there, I was leaving on an early flight the next morning, and couldn’t eat my leftovers. I mourned that situation, just ask the folks seated in 17 B and C. http://defalcosdeli.com/about.html
5. Tommy Bahama – I know what you’re thinking, they make over priced shirts right? Oh but wait, in a few of their fancy pants stores around the country, there is a fancy pants restaurant attached. You’re thinking it’s cheesy right? It’s not. It’s like a mini vacation for your soul. Located in North Scottsdale, at Kierland, go sit on the patio on a beautiful evening and listen to the steel drums play as your sip your (kinda pricey) tropical cocktail (Coconut Cloud Martini for me) and tell me I’m wrong. You won’t, unless you’re grouchy, because it’s pretty awesome. The food is always fresh and flavorful, I love their tortilla soup and most of their appetizers, but it’s not about the entrée for me. It’s about dessert. I make it a rule to order dessert here first, and it’s worth it. My favorite? The Pineapple Crème Brule. This (and Del Frisco’s coconut cream pie but that’s another post) is what will be served in heaven by tiny cherubs. I think I heard the angels sing with my first bite, and every bite thereafter. Served in a pineapple with a perfect crisp sugar crust, I think it could aid in creating world peace. Did I mention I really love it? http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Stores_Restaurants/Scottsdale.jsp
Those are just a few of my favorites, I’d love to hear about yours!
Categories: It's Local
Crisis averted, get your tinsel and lights back out, Christmas is back on! Last Week, I shared with you the horrible news that Starbucks had gotten rid of the Eggnog Latte. While I realize that on a 1 to 10 scale of real problems, this “problem” actually ranks in the negative, I was still highly displeased. It’s my favorite, I wait for it all year, and I want to have it damn it. Well…it’s coming back my friends. Apparently I was not the only one rising up in protest, oh no there was a movement, a petition. Starbucks has heard the collective cries of the social media machine and has given in to our demands for eggnog representation. As of November 17, the Eggnog Latte will once again be available at your local Starbucks.
My favorite quote comes from the USA today article on the subject, Even I could’ve told them this… Starbucks has learned its lesson, says Mills. Many consumers have a very emotional connection to the holidays, “and Starbucks is a part of that tradition.” To read the full article from USA today, check it out here:
So folks, there you go, you are free to once again enjoy this delicious holiday beverage.
Hallelujah, I will get my $5.02 ready for my Grande drink.
Categories: Sanity Check