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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
5 ways to get your relationship through your real estate transaction.
I am certainly not a therapist and don’t pretend to be one. In fact, I don’t want to know about your skeletons or deep dark secrets so keep that stuff to yourself, this is merely my observations in 15 years of practicing real estate. I have noticed a common trend amongst generally loving couples, at some point during the home buying and selling process, the snapping, eye rolling and loud sighs begin. A snide comment here, a sarcastic one there and all the sudden your real estate agent won’t make eye contact with either of you for fear you will think they are choosing sides. Relax, I am not singling you out, it happens to the best of us. Here are a few things I’ve found were helpful to remind my clients. If you are one of those perfect couples who never argues and always see eye to eye with your partner, congratulations, but I don’t believe you.
1. YOU DON’T ACTUALLY HATE YOUR PARTNER: You don’t. No, seriously, you don’t. One thing that always makes me laugh is when your partner doesn’t like the tile in your dream home and suddenly they can’t do any thing right. Chill out. You aren’t going to agree on everything and big life events are hard. When it comes to selling, I see a lot of stress on couples. I usually recommend sitting down together ahead of time and discussing your expectations before you list your house. One place you need to agree is price, I have often seen couples take opposing sides on price when an offer comes in. One thinks it’s too low, the other is ready to get the dang house sold. Sitting down ahead of time and agreeing on your strategy will make life easier on both of you.
2. SLEEP ON IT: How many times have you gotten this advice? Taking a little time is always a good idea. Your Husband loves the house you like the least? Don’t freak out in the driveway, in fact try to keep an open mind. Give it at least one night’s sleep before you absolutely put your foot down.
3. SEE IT THROUGH YOUR PARTNER’S EYES: Instead of saying no, because it just doesn’t suit you, try taking a few minutes to appreciate what your partner loves about a particular house. If you’re selling and your wife is having a mini breakdown because keeping the house clean for showings while trying to wrangle your twin toddlers is killing her, give her a minute to vent. I suggest never getting too close to an over stressed mother. Then try to come up with some options to make that an easier event. Giving the kids away is not an option, usually. When all else fails, even if you think she’s over reacting and being far too dramatic, a glass of wine and a little chocolate has saved many a night.
4. YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT: But as the Rolling Stones said, “if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need”. As in most life changing events you aren’t going to always agree on the details. The name of the game is compromise. It’s rare to find a house that has every single perfect element a couple ever wanted, so there is going to be some give and take. When it comes to your house search, I recommend coming up with a “Top 10” list as a couple, and then establish a few deal breakers on that list. Share this list with your agent so they are sure to keep things headed the right direction.
5. ZIP YOUR LIPS: This one is hard (read: nearly impossible) for me, as I speak fluent sarcasm. Here’s the deal, while looking at homes together, if you don’t have anything nice to say to your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend whatever, don’t say anything at all. That means no sarcastic comments about the yoga room your wife fell in love with, no eye rolling and deep sighs while your husband drools over the built in workshop with air conditioning and an extra 220 volt outlet. Give them their moment, it doesn’t mean you are suddenly throwing down an earnest deposit and riding off into the sunset to Home Depot. I often find that just because one person loves loves one item about the house, does not mean they are desperate to have the whole thing. Being disrespectful to each other will make for one heck of a long day, and an even longer real estate search. Now here is the caveat, if you both hate the green shag carpet and pink toilet, go to town, say whatever comes to mind, my client’s will tell you that I definitely will!
And now for the good news, once paperwork is signed and the stress of packing up and unpacking all of your earthly possessions subsides, you’ll like each other as much or as little as you did before.
If you’re looking to buy or sell your AZ home, and would like more information, please find me at my website or email me at Caily@CailySellsAZ.com
Just want to share your real estate couple breakdown, I’m all ears, feel free to comment!
Categories: Real Estate
Some funny for your Friday!
This amazing remodel will make you want to reevaluate your life, or at least your kitchen. Brought to you by the talented designers at Denovo Fine Cabinetry, this gorgeous project is too good not to share.
While performing my usual critical daily activity of scrolling through my facebook news feed I stumbled across a post from my friend Julie Carns, a designer at Denovo, sharing a recent remodel project she’d designed the cabinetry for. It was love at first sight. The homeowners chose their own fixtures, flooring etc, and the final product doesn’t suck.
To see more, visit their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DenovoFineCabinetry
To get a quote to remodel or create your own spectacular space, you can contact the the designer directly:
Julie Carns, Allied ASID Designer with Denovo Fine Cabinetry
1868 E 6th St.
Tempe, Arizona 85281
I often tell my clients, if you’re going to spend the time and money to remodel your home, don’t do it to sell it, do it to live in it and enjoy it for a while. I’d like to add to that, if you’re going to remodel, use quality contractors and materials, the final product will be worth the cost. Buyers can spot a crappy remodel a mile away. If you’ve got questions on which updates will pay you back with your home, dont hesitate to contact me at Caily@CailySellsAZ.com or 480-577-4317.
Don’t Jump! They got it wrong.
Ahhhh the Phoenix housing market. It went up, up, up and down, down, down, and up again. Some people are feeling like they might be the kid who pukes on the roller coaster. Recently, it was reported by a group out of California, known as RealtyTrac, that the phoenix market just took a major hit. Their report essentially said that the foreclosure rate just sky rocketed 100%, making Phoenix the third largest foreclosure market behind two California cities, one being LA. Bring on the sweaty palms, and dizzy spell. Here we go again. Does this ride have a barf bag? The news comes out, and every news outlet grabs ahold of it. It’s widely reported and widely believed.
Not so fast…Michael Orr, the director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the ASU WP Carey School of business, says that’s just plain false. In fact, according to him, that Math isn’t adding up at all
“California-based RealtyTrac reported a 104 percent increase in foreclosure filings in January of 2015, compared to December of 2014. The company also reported foreclosures were up 45 percent from January 2014, and at a 20-month high.
“Math is math,” Mike Orr of Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business.
“There was certainly nothing special about January. January [foreclosures were] lower than December,” he said.
Orr has been compiling foreclosure statistics for years, and suspects RealtyTrac had a backlog of data, which went into their database for January, and caused the spike.”
Read the entire article Here
And so, this brings up a very important point. The news reported is not always accurate. Don’t freak out based on the stories you hear reported. If you have questions about the Real Estate market and trends, please feel free to call me anytime! I can always be reached at 480-577-4317 or Caily@CailySellsAZ.com for questions. I believe it is always better to talk with someone on the ground who is doing the work. For now, feel free to put your barf bag away, come in off the ledge and rest assured that the Phoenix Market is doing well. We aren’t breaking records at the moment, but prices are up and sales are doing just fine.
North Scottsdale is hoppin’! We are finally cool enough for a Dutch Bros coffee shop! Can I get a collective Hallelujah!? The hippest, dare I say friendliest coffee spot around, will make the Grayhawak Plaza their home. Located on N. Scottsdale Road between E. Grayhawk Dr, and Thompson Peak Parkway, this plaza already boasts a Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers, Which-Which, Chipotle, and a Pei Wei. In short, it might become my new favorite place to be. This new location won’t be just any old Dutch Bros, oh no, we would never…. It’s a 1,838 sf location, and will include indoor seating as well as a drive thru. With the opening of a the New Sprouts and now some hip coffee coming our way, I’d say our community is doing pretty darn well! The news makes this Scottsdale Realtor pretty excited for the coming year. Hoping with all the action, we see a boost in home sales and property value. Coffee and Profit, It can’t get any better! If you have questions about what’s happening our way, contact me anytime!
Marketing Matters, don’t be dumb! The Super Bowl is a time when as many people tune in for the commercials as do for the actual game. Usually folks are poised for a night of giggles and grins as we watch animals talk and super models scarf down giant burgers (you know they spit that out). This year, many companies tried for the touchy feely approach and you know what, it kind of sucked. Leading the pack as the worst commercial ever, was an appalling Nationwide insurance spot, that I’ve taken to calling, “the dead kid ad”. What the heck were they thinking? So I asked google, because google knows everything, and you know what I learned? People are angry, people are disgusted, and people are talking insurance cancellation. Now, last I heard, those Super Bowl ads weren’t free, so it seems to me, they may lose some money here. So, what is the moral of the story? When it comes to marketing, people like happy, and they don’t like dead children. Sweet work Nationwide, if you were going to put out an offensive commercial, at least you did it on the most watched night of TV, so you could offend everyone at once.
Categories: Sanity Check
Seriously, nobody said anything to these people? These ridiculous real estate signs make me chuckle a little every time.
Really? I admit, it can be a painful process, but taking my appendix out with a chainsaw just seems worse somehow…
I just…anyone? My very immature sense of humor couldn’t resist this cheap laugh. Tell me, that the guy who made this sign didn’t post it on his facebook. So, no one says to B.J., “Hey (snicker, snicker) your sign says BJ worthy”. Maybe BJ is smarter than all of us, perhaps it is genius marketing. I couldn’t do it.
Well, there’s some full disclosure for you. This guy should have hired a realtor though, we know how to market a home to sell, even when the neighbors are less than ideal.
I kid you not, in the state of New York, you DO have to disclose if a home is haunted, because you know, that could be a big deal to the new owner. Good to know that this one isn’t though. I think I’ll pick up a few of these riders for my sellers, just to make myself giggle. Buyers wouldn’t likely forget my client’s home!
This guy is way popular, makes a great margarita. I had no idea he was also in the real estate game.
Who wouldn’t refinance at the gas station? Luckily, gas prices are more reasonable recently, but if they go back up, there’s always this place. Local Exxon station, get gas, a burrito, and a refi. HA!
Oh dear. I’m pretty confident she meant to say deck, huge deck. Otherwise, I do believe her ad belongs on Craigs List. For the record, I would die, if I made this error, just die.
Because, who doesn’t want a pizza? I can see it now, you’re out looking at houses, you’re starving and then you see it, a house that comes with a pizza. Stop the car, that’s the one.
There you have it, 9 reasons why I like to have another person proof my work! I am all about crafty marketing for my clients, but sometimes it goes a little too far. Share any signs that you’ve seen, I always enjoy a good laugh!
Categories: Real Estate
Treating your home purchase like online dating? You could be wasting you time!
I know what you’re doing. I’ve seen it before. You’re sitting at work, you’ve got a few minutes, and you’re surfing the web to find “the one”. Be honest, we both know you’re looking at the pictures first, maybe you’ll skim the description and you’ll decide whether you want to explore this possibility within a minute or two. Maybe you have a friend who sends you options they like for you, and I know your realtor does. Your Realtor? Yea, your realtor, because we are talking about looking for houses here. Sound suspiciously like the way people cruise Match.com and other dating sites? It does to me.
Has anyone you know ever gone on a date with someone who’s profile they were positively a fan of, only to find out that the real thing wasn’t quite what they thought it was (In some cases not at all what they thought it was)? Well, I’ve got news for you. The same is true with houses.
As a Realtor, I often get the call from a client espousing their love for a home they found on the MLS through my website or other searches like Realtor.com and Trulia. They love it, it’s the one. We must see it today, and so we do. Bad news, when we get there, more often than not, we marvel at the magic of photo shop as opposed to the house itself. Online tools are great for checking houses out, but don’t declare love or hate based on that alone. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when online stalking your house.
* The pictures can be manipulated. I so often hear, “wow the rooms looked so much bigger in the pictures”, and after I push all the inappropriate jokes that came to mind out, I use words like “Wide Angle lens” and “Photoshop”. There are plenty of ways to take a great picture, and if they do a good job you only see what they want you to see. I also often see outdated pictures. Like when the realtor uses pics from before the house became a crime scene. (A bit dramatic, but seriously, some houses make you wonder). Conversely, don’t chuck a house based on pics alone. It’s a shame, but some people don’t put enough emphasis on the pictures and end up using photos that just don’t do the house justice.
* Almost everything you need to know, can’t be found in a picture. There are a whole bunch of important factors that can not come from a picture. First, because it’s my favorite, Smell. A house that became a meeting place for the stray cats of the city or one that’s been smoked in like a chimney may look great but oh my, the smell. The home’s layout will matter to you, even a virtual tour can’t give you the real feel. How about neighbors and the neighborhood in general? Sure there is google earth, but that picture isn’t from today.
Check out this Handy Dandy Graphic, from Great Colorado Homes.com, use it as your guide. As always, a great realtor will advise you of these pitfalls. I like to preview homes for my clients when they think they are in love, I find it saves their time and their feelings.
Online presence is important and it’s not going away. It is key to make sure your home shows beautifully online, and I can show you how. If you are in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and surrounding areas, give me a call when you are ready to hire an agent to help you navigate your home’s online presence and get you in to something you love! Visit me at my website anytime at www.CailySellsAZ.com!
Categories: Real Estate
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