Thursday, January 31, 2013

OPEN HOUSE this weekend in POWER RANCH - Impeccable and pristine model-like 4 beds, 3 baths w/guest suite for 5 beds

OPEN HOUSE in POWER RANCH - Impeccable & pristine model-like 4 beds, 3 baths w/guest suite (#5) - $348,500

Saturday/Sunday Feb 02 & 03 - 10:30am to 3pm
Meet with Host Realtor Sheila Wang for Power Ranch living information
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A real gem. Impeccable & pristine model-like 4 bedroom, 3 bath home w/in-law/guest suite area. Located in impressive award-winning community of Power Ranch at the Vineyards. Evergreen Elm trees & the Silvery Cassia shrubs adorn the communities. MOTIVATED SELLER. Uniquely located directly across the park. Features professional decor & impeccable finishes such as granite countertops, travertine tiles, premium cabinets, high-end built-ins, stacked-stone gas fireplace & pristine landscaping - CUSTOM BUILT-IN CABINETS & CUSTOM WINDOW COVERINGS. Also features an upstairs loft & a SEPARATE GUEST SUITE AREA with den (or 5th bedroom), + bedroom with full j/j bathroom. The Vineyards Park spotlights a greenbelt, picnic tables, BBQs, network of trails, park benches & shade ramadas.

Model-like home

5th bed/guest suite

Granite countertops

Custom built-cabinets

4 beds/3 baths/2-car

Professional decor & scheme

Travertine flooring

Stacked-stone fireplace

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Yr Built:
2 Car Garage
4279 E Seasons Cir.
Gilbert, AZ

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

10 Reasons For Canadians To Read Buying Real Estate in the US By Mr. Dale Walters

10 Reasons For Canadians To Read Buying Real Estate in the US By Mr. Dale Walters

If you are a Canadian considering purchasing real estate in the US, such as in Phoenix Scottsdale Arizona, Buying Real Estate in the US By Mr. Dale Walters, CPA, PFS, CFP©  is a must read as it is THE  book on this important subject written for Canadians by a cross-border tax expert.

Because so many of the concerns Canadians have when buying real estate in the US relate to the tax consequences and proper structuring of the purchase to maximize tax benefits, Buying Real Estate in the US is an essential guide for any Canadian considering buying real estate in the US.

  • Buying Real Estate in the US covers the following:
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Various ways to own real estate in the US
  • Pros and cons of the various ownership methods
  • Income tax implications and savings
  • Income tax and other filing requirements
  • Nonresident US estate tax and why it is usually not a problem
  • US probate and ways to avoid it
  • Financing options
  • Resources for buying real estate
  • When it comes to experience and knowledge, the author, Dale Walters, has more than 17 years of experience working with hundreds of Canadians on cross-border financial issues to resolve the most important challenges for Canadians buying real estate in the US. 

Dale Walters is President and CEO of Cross Border Tax & Accounting, a wholly owned subsidiary of KeatsConnelly. Mr. Walters is a CPA and has earned the Certified Financial Planner™ designation in both the US and Canada. 

For more information, please visit Keats Connelly and Buying Real Estate in the US

Richard Bazinet, Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate, Realty ONE Group.

10 Reasons For Canadians To Read Buying Real Estate in the US By Mr. Dale Walters

Monday, January 28, 2013

5 Reasons To Measure and Measure Again Before You Buy New Appliances For Your Home

5 Reasons To Measure and Measure Again Before You Buy New Appliances For Your Home

So you buying this new house or you are planning to or in the process of closing escrow? Getting ready to buy a new range, refrigerator, dishwasher or washer/dryer? 

Now, here's something I see in my practice that's rapidly becoming a common occurrence with resale homes that have been remodeled and or renovated with brand new kitchens and laundry rooms. 

A lot of those resale remodeled or renovated homes in Phoenix Scottsdale are sold without the appliances in place.  And the last thing the remodeling contractor had in mind was the custom fitting of your new appliances. Sure, space was designed for the appliances, but will they fit?

Make sure the new model of any appliance you buy will fit the space you want to put it in. 8 times out of 10 you'll notice the appliances don't fit in the space planned for it. Measure your space twice, not just once. Maybe you even have to go back home once you find what you want and measure your space against the specs for the new stove, diswasher, refrigerator or washer/dryer.

You see, refrigerators, for example, now come in different sizes, and with doors with hinges that open either from the outside or from the inside, and some have the wheels at the bottom versus the adjustable feet. Stoves come in different configurations and the most difficult being the slide-ins. Washers and dryers have changed the most with the the different sizes and types such as top-load or front load, attached pedestal storage cabinets or drawers, ans installed side-by-side on one on top of the other.

One special issue is replacing a dishwasher; if you've replaced a floor and/or the cabinets, and changed the size of the space that the dishwasher fits into, you may have to be sure you choose a shorter model or you may have to remove the new floor tiles in order to slide in the new appliance.

If you’re buying a new stove or a new dryer after many years of owning your home, check on whether the electricity and the connections in your home fit the appliance or you may have to upgrade your electrical panel and make adaptive changes to your connectors. Find out if you need changes in a gas or water supply line for new appliances. Old suply lines and valves typically need to be changes as well!

And will the new fancy microwave/fan combo you want to hang over your cook-top hang down too close to the burners? If so, you’d better double-check the space and how your cabinets were installed.

AND If you haven’t shopped for appliances in a few years, you’ll find a lot of surprising and intriguing features in the marketplace - everything from washing machines that “talk” to dryers via electronic messages to ovens that control aromas. You can buy espresso machines that you can build into your cabinets. These devices not only grind coffee beans and pump in the water; they also clean themselves after they brew your coffee favorite.

But the more tricks that appliances do, the more parts there are that can break - a tad problematic when they are built-in to your cabinets. That doesn't mean these devices aren't reliable, but it is an issue to consider.

If you have a regular service firm, find out if it will repair the brand you plan to buy. Some repair companies don’t work on new foreign-made appliances, for example, mainly because the parts for these products can take a long time to get.

If you have a trusted repair service company, have them give you advice on which appliances are more reliable and easier to repair.

And you are really stuck, call or email me for a referral to competent appliance repair providers.

Richard Bazinet, Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

5 Reasons To Measure and Measure Again Before You Buy New Appliances For Your Home

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 2013 of Southwest Living Newsletter... Is Now Available

The January 2013 Issue of my Southwest Living Real Newsletter is now available.

“Tips For Healthy, Wealthy & Happy Living in Arizona… And A Little Bit About Real Estate…” 

Written in an easy reading format, inside each issue, you'll find tips, suggestions and ideas about money matters, your healthfinancial strategiesfun things to do, unique life ideas, consumer tips, new wordsquotes to live by, brain teasersreal estate matters and suggestions, trivia, free consumer reports, resources and references.... And many more other subjects of interest.

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Richard Bazinet - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate - Realty One Group

The January 2013 Issue of my Southwest Living Newsletter is now available.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Year-End 2012 Phoenix Scottsdale Market Update

Phoenix Scottsdale 2012 Year End Real Estate Market Update.

Our Phoenix Scottsdale Year-End 2012 numbers are in! It would be to onerous to give you the breakdown by area, but overall, let me focus on the main key market figures:

Overall market values are up 30%, while the average days on the market decreased by 21% - meaning that properties are selling much faster. The inventory is currently at about 3 months.

The discount rate, meaning the price at which properties sell versus the listed price is about 2.5% on average - meaning homes are selling very close to the listed price. However this is an improvement in the last quarter of 2012. In the summer of 2012, homes were selling at about 98.5% of their listed price.

What is particularly interesting is that the sales for the year are up 21%, however the sales for the month  are down almost 7% as perhaps a result of combination of factors such as our November election, the holiday season, and likely the shortage of homes on the market.

Here are the median sold numbers per region: 

New listings are down 55% altogether from the previous year - which means that demand from buyers is greater than sellers putting their houses on the market for sale.

However the number of total listings has increased in the last 3 months to December 2012 which is good news. So all in all, it means the market is active, and prices are on the rise. 

So, if you or anyone else you know were thinking of selling, now is a good time for the best price, terms and conditions. You’ll want to hear about my power 10-step Listing Marketing Plan for more horsepower into the market. Also, I have a long list of clients that are waiting patiently for the right home to be on the market.

And if you are curious as to what your house is worth on the market, please give me a call.

On the other hand, if you are buying or know someone who is, now is also the right time. It will take a real experienced pro to navigate the current real estate waters, find the right house and get you the best possible deal. Please feel free to contact me with, and for your friends and relatives with their information and I’ll be glad to contact them on your behalf and send them a copy of my Buyers Guide to Arizona Real Estate.

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group
Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mortgage Debt Relief Extended Another Year for Arizona Homeowners

Mortgage Debt Relief Extended Another Year for Arizona Homeowners

The Mortgage Debt Relief Act ("MDRA") enacted in 2007 was scheduled to expire December 31, 2012.  In the "fiscal cliff" legislation just enacted by Congress, however, the MDRA has been extended until December 31, 2013.  Therefore, after a foreclosure or a short sale of a home in Arizona, any debt forgiveness of a mortgage loan used to purchase or improve the home will continue to not be taxable income.

So if you were thinking of short selling your home, you should call me as soon as possible.

Mortgage Debt Relief Extended Another Year for Arizona Homeowners

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate