Foreign Investors Beware – FIRPTA

July 16th, 2015
W-7 Form

If you are a foreign person or non-resident alien purchasing or selling real estate in Arizona you need to be aware of the section of the residential purchase contract that explains your potential tax obligations. Continue reading…

Fireworks Around Phoenix This Independence Day 2015

July 2nd, 2015

The 4th of July is this weekend! If you’re looking for a fireworks show in the Phoenix area, we’ve tried to compile a complete list of the best of the best below. We can’t really say which show is going to be the best for you, but there are a bunch of shows to choose from this year, so we know you won’t have trouble finding one. Continue reading…

10 Reasons The Heat in Arizona is Not So Bad

June 25th, 2015

It’s hard to find a place in the U.S. that doesn’t have less than perfect weather. Although beautiful, California has earthquakes,Texas and Oklahoma have tornadoes, Florida has hurricanes, Colorado has snow, Louisiana has flooding, and Arizona has four months of hot weather. So, pick your poison. Continue reading…

Father’s Day Gifts Ideas

June 17th, 2015

According to the History Channel, on July 19th, 1910, the governor of the U.S state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first Father’s Day. However, it was not until 1972, 58 year’s after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States, and me the happy recipient of many a gift. Continue reading…

Smoking Ban in Tempe, Arizona

June 9th, 2015
No Smoking

Tempe’s City Council has just passed an ordinance to fine smokers driving with a minor in the car. This fine includes all kinds of smoking, including smokers using e-cigarettes. Continue reading…

What Condition Do I Have To Leave My Home In When I Sell It?

June 5th, 2015
Clean House

In Arizona, there is currently no language in the purchase contract that states how clean the home must be left. However, some real estate agents will write into the contract that the home or carpets must be professionally cleaned by the close of escrow date. So, it’s a good idea to check with your REALTOR and review the purchase contract to determine what’s required of you prior to vacating the home. Continue reading…

New Changes to Mortgage Loan Disclosures

April 30th, 2015

Ask us anything regarding buying and selling a home in Arizona and we can help you. Ask us about the new laws regarding the Dodd-Frank TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule and we turn to Matt Baker, Loan Officer extraordinaire with HomeStreet Home Loans. Below are the comments from Mr. Baker regarding the changes that will go into effect on August 1st, 2015. Continue reading…

Who Can Sign to Buy a Home?

April 21st, 2015
signing deed

The manner in which real property is titled can be critical to keeping title clear of “clouds” or flaws. In order to have a properly titled and insurable deed to your property it must be executed by the party who has the actual legal authority, under the laws of the State, to convey the title. Additionally, all parties with any interest in the property must be accounted for. While each situation can be different, the following may be used as a guide. Continue reading…