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Money Magazine Ranks Phoenix #2 On The “Best Big-City Bargains” List

Money Magazine Ranks Phoenix #2 On The “Best Big-City Bargains” List | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
We all know that Arizona is a great place to live. It looks like others are starting to take notice.
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Another in a string of articles proving that the Phoenix area is a great place to live.  This article gives interesting insights into two markets within the area - but there are many more out there.  Check out the descriptions of historic districts and more on my website. http://onlinearizonahomes.com/communities/historic-areas/

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20 Cold, Hard, Facts in Real Estate Home Selling | Coral Springs Real Estate and South Florida Real Estate | Coral Springs Real Estate and South Florida Real Estate

20 Cold, Hard, Facts in Real Estate Home Selling | Coral Springs Real Estate and South Florida Real Estate | Coral Springs Real Estate and South Florida Real Estate | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
20 Cold, Hard, Facts in Real Estate Home Selling. Honesty in Real Estate; the cold, hard truth - today’s topic. Call Lynn 954-464-1100 to review facts.

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20 Cold Hard Facts in Real Estate Home Selling - and they all matter - selling a home is very emotional - keeping these facts in mind can help tame the emotions


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Lynn Pineda's comment, September 26, 2014 4:46 PM
Thanks for sharing @David Thomas !
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What Are the Time Tested, High ROI Remodeling Projects?

What Are the Time Tested, High ROI Remodeling Projects? | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
To remodel or not? That is the question. Here are some remodeling projects that will bring you a reasonable return on investment, as well as some to avoid.

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Some good advise and things to think about before you spend your time and money on remodeling.


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3 reasons sellers need a Realtor to price their home | Inman News

3 reasons sellers need a Realtor to price their home | Inman News | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
3 reasons sellers need a Realtor to price their home

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Automatic valuations like Zestimates only come within 5% of the actual value 20% of the time - this article explains why.


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Why Setting The Price Too High Does Not Work

Why Setting The Price Too High Does Not Work | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
At any given time, there are plenty of buyers in the market looking for newly-released properties. As a seller, isn't it in your best interest to attract as many buyers as possible? Where does setting the price too high fit into that picture?

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Well I'll be darned they are saying the same thing is South Africa.  Overpricing will get you less!

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How to Determine List Price

How to Determine List Price | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Home Selling Questions: How to Determine List Price on my home for sale in Frederick Md, How can I find what my home is worth? Are Zestimates accurate?

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An article worth reading if you are thinking of selling your house in Maryland or Arizona.  Another point about Zestimates in Arizona - Zillow gets its information on sold properties from the tax records which do not show # of bedrooms only # of fixtures and total rooms.

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The 15 Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make When Buying Or Selling A Home

The 15 Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make When Buying Or Selling A Home | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
When it comes to buying or selling your home, what you don't know can cost you — literally.

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This insightful article details some of the biggest & costliest mistakes made when buying or selling a home.  One of the hardest ones not to do is to be influenced by the decor - either positively or negatively!

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Is it time to get off of the fence - a historical perspective may help

Is it time to get off of the fence - a historical perspective may help | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Today’s Real Estate Market in a Historical Perspective     It is sometimes daunting to understand what is happening in the real estate market.  Are pric...

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This historical perspective of mortgage interest rates may help to clarify whether you should buy a home now or wait.


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17,154 quality new jobs and counting

17,154 quality new jobs and counting | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Business leaders: Arizona has what it takes to thrive post-recession. Impressive job totals are just part of the story.

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It is always good to focus on the positive - keep those jobs coming!!

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The Top 10 US metros beating expectations for job growth; Phoenix cracks the list - Phoenix Business Journal

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Phoenix is #6 on the list pushed by growth in private colleges/universities, commercial banking, professional employer organizations and semi-conductor manufacturing.  Hopefully this is a trend that will continue:)

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The 10 Best Cities to Raise Children - MyLife

The 10 Best Cities to Raise Children - MyLife | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
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We made this list in a big way - Scottsdale is #1, Chandler is #4 and Gilbert came in at #13 - way to go!!

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Is It Better to Rent or Buy?

Is It Better to Rent or Buy? | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
The choice between buying a home and renting one is among the biggest financial decisions that many adults make.
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Rent or Buy?  Everyone has their own opinion but this New York Times calculator considers some of the actual costs.  Try it - you will be surprised by the results!

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RANKED: The 10 Fastest-Growing Cities In The Country

RANKED: The 10 Fastest-Growing Cities In The Country | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
It's no secret that passing up the suburbs for the "urbs" often equates to passing up on personal space. But, if you end up heading to one of these rapidly-growing metros in the next year or so, you might just find yourself even closer to y...
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This is an interesting way of ranking growth - this article based their rankings on the percentage of growth based upon the population of the various cities.   Austin ranked as number one while they ranked Phoenix as number ten - but if you look at their numbers Austin had an influx of 47,941 people while Phoenix added 71,130 new residents - which means that we had 67% more people moving to Phoenix than moved to Austin.

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Advice From a Realtor: Seven Steps to Take Before Selling Your Home | Thriving Home

Advice From a Realtor: Seven Steps to Take Before Selling Your Home | Thriving Home | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
We're excited to have our friend and experienced realtor, Kim Schwartz, guest posting for us today. Kim has proven to be a valuable resource to myself, Rachel,

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Some great insights - especially the one about consulting your Realtor before making any changes.  That REALLY is important - an experienced agent knows where to put your money and where not to...


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Gilbert, Ariz. is No. 22! See if your town made the list of MONEY’s Best Places to Live

Gilbert, Ariz. is No. 22! See if your town made the list of MONEY’s Best Places to Live | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Learn more about Gilbert, AZ in MONEY's #BestPlaces to Live.

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We Agree!  And with more great restaurants, venues, hospitals, jobs, etc coming it is getting better all the time!!

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Is the government making it harder for the middle class to buy homes?

Is the government making it harder for the middle class to buy homes? | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Many would-be borrowers are 'boxed out' from loans. Lenders blame muddled regulations.

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Interesting perspective from the lenders side on mortgages.

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Online >> Rise in VA Home Loans Stimulates Housing Market

Online >> Rise in VA Home Loans Stimulates Housing Market | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it


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I have personally been proud to help multiple Veterans purchase homes in the last few years with this program


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How to Determine List Price

How to Determine List Price | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Home Selling Questions: How to Determine List Price on my home for sale in Frederick Md, How can I find what my home is worth? Are Zestimates accurate?

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An article worth reading if you are thinking of selling your house in Maryland or Arizona.  Another point about Zestimates in Arizona - Zillow gets its information on sold properties from the tax records which do not show # of bedrooms only # of fixtures and total rooms.

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7 Ways Pets Could Stall Your Home Sale

7 Ways Pets Could Stall Your Home Sale | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
I love animals – and have a particular soft spot for dogs, especially my own wonderful rescued welsh terrier – so keep in mind that the advice in this post is all about helping you get your house sold, not neglecting your little furry family members. But as an experienced real [...]
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I love animals but not everyone does - this article points out some things for homeowners to consider when they are trying to sell their home with pets in them. 

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7 Helpful Tips for First-time Homebuyers

7 Helpful Tips for First-time Homebuyers | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Looking for a new home can be a pretty exciting task. With that much money on the line, it's worthwhile to read up on the process before you set out. Unnecessary mistakes can and should be avoided whi...

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This is a great read for both first time home buyers and for people that haven't been actively buying and selling homes for a while.  I would recommend speaking to a mortgage banker, who is not affiliated with any single bank, as they may have more options available to you.


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10 Tips for Saving Water in the Garden

10 Tips for Saving Water in the Garden | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Why waste water in your garden when you can save money and the planet? The experts at HouseLogic show you how with these garden water-saving tips.

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Some really good tips to help you save water in your garden - something that we should all be doing!..

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Real Estate Appraisal: What Appraisers Look At

Real Estate Appraisal: What Appraisers Look At | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
Understanding what a real estate appraiser looks for during an appraisal can help you prepare for this required part of selling a home.

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This is a very thorough and complete article on the appraisal process with a lot of great insights.

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Bill Gassett's comment, August 15, 2014 7:36 AM
Thanks for sharing my article on appraisals Dave!
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25 Best Cities To Retire In The U.S.

25 Best Cities To Retire In The U.S. | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
There are so many things to consider if you are contemplating a big move for your retirement. While the financial piece will dictate a lot of it, other things are important too like access to friends and family, cost of living, cost of housing, renti...
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I guess the Phoenix metro area is great for all ages - here is another list that we are mentioned on:)

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The 10 Best Cities to Raise Children - MyLife

The 10 Best Cities to Raise Children - MyLife | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
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We made this list in a big way - Scottsdale is #1, Chandler is #4 and Gilbert is #13 - Way to go!!!

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A Gorgeous Landscape Means More Than Just Looks

A Gorgeous Landscape Means More Than Just Looks | Real Estate by David Thomas | Scoop.it
HouseLogic explains how landscaping can increase your home’s value and reduce your energy costs. And learn more tips on increasing your home’s value.
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Great article - although 28% seems pretty high - but the difference between a poorly maintained exterior/landscape and a beautifully upgraded exterior/landscape could be that much. 


The link to the National Tree Benefit Calculator is really interesting - it tells you how much financial benefit you get from trees on your property in terms of added home value and savings in electricity!!

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