Father’s Day Gifts Ideas

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.

Smoking Ban in Tempe, Arizona

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.

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

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.

New Changes to Mortgage Loan Disclosures

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.

Who Can Sign to Buy a Home?

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.

Is There a Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a REALTOR?

Did you know that there’s a difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR? Most people we speak with don’t. It might sound like a distinction without a difference, but it’s not. The difference is important because who you work with matters. You want the real estate professional you’re working with to adhere to a code of ethics. And that is exactly what all REALTORS agree to do.

10 Tips to Drive Safely in Phoenix

I think driving in Phoenix is easier than anywhere else I have lived. The roads are well-maintained, the streets are laid out fairly easily, the sun shines 85% of the time, it doesn’t rain very much, and it never snows…well, almost never. It snowed on February 20, 2013. The good news is that it melted fairly quickly. You can sell your snow shovel, or give it to you neighbor. Below are 10 tips that will help keep you safe and happy while driving in the Valley of the Sun:

Tips for Holding a Successful Garage Sale

Well, it is officially spring time and so starts the “cleaning season”. Something that could help with that is a garage sale. There are a lot of good reasons you may want to hold a garage sale. Some of the reasons you may want to consider include:

St. Patrick’s Day in Phoenix

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th every year. This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday. If you’d like to read the history of St. Patrick you can find it in an article we wrote on March 17, 2008. My wife, Kirsten, and I are not really beer drinkers. We’d much prefer a nice bottle of Chardonnay. The problem is that drinking green wine just doesn’t feel right, even on St. Patrick’s Day. So, you will most likely find us at one of the places below this year with green beer in one hand and a fork full of corned beef and cabbage in the other.

Finding A Forever Home

Alright. We admit it. We’re dog lovers. And we were so happy when we saw the latest Coldwell Banker commercial during the 2015 Academy Awards. If you missed the commercial you have to see it. You will fall in love with the dog actors, but more than that you will get to see all the wonderful things Coldwell Banker is doing to help homeless dogs. For over 100 years Coldwell Banker has helped people find a home, and now their mission has been extended to man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Coldwell Banker has “teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, to help adoptable dogs find a loving home.”

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