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Top 3 Ways to Negotiate the Best Price on a Home this Summer

by Joe Bourland

Top 3 Ways to Negotiate the Best Price on a Home this Summer 

Home sales are heating up so if you’re looking to buy an Arizona home this summer, now is the time to strike while the prices are hot. (No pun intended) But before you make an offer over the asking price on the first Phoenix home you see, consider negotiating the best price first. You’d be surprised what kind of smoking hot deals you can get on a home if you negotiate smart. Here are the top 3 ways to negotiate the best price on a home this summer. 

1.) Do your homework

Knowledge is power so ask important questions. What are the comparable neighborhood sales? How long has the house been on the market? What‘s the seller‘s deadline? The more you know, the more well-constructed your offer will be.

2.) Don’t insult the seller

A buyers’ market doesn’t mean buyers should get arrogant when making an offer. One of the biggest mistakes over confident buyers make is offering way lower for properties than acceptable. If a seller feels disrespected you’re less likely to win the offer.

3.) Don’t be afraid to ask

There’s no telling what you may be able to get in a buyers’ market, so don’t be afraid to just ask! You can ask for an allowance or credit if there are costly repair items, ask for the seller to cover the closing costs, or even ask for a one year home warranty plan.  The worst you can get is a no, but you may be pleasantly surprised with a yes.

If you’re ready to buy a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear, the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home

by Joe Bourland

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home 

Are you looking to sell your Arizona home this summer? Choosing the right Realtor® to sell your home can be difficult, especially when they all sound so convincing. And most of the time, when it comes listing your home, the only questions you usually have for your agent is how much can you sell your home for and how fast can it be sold? Beyond that, real estate agents say few sellers take time to ask additional questions, and many hire the first agent they meet, according to data from the National Association of Realtors®.

These top 10 questions to ask before listing your home will not only help you select the right Realtor®, but to also get the very best from the agent you choose.

1. Do you work as a full-time Realtor?

2. What is my property worth? What listing price do you recommend? How did you arrive at that price?

3. Do you have references that I can check?

4. How will you set my listing apart from the crowd without costing me more money?

5. Do you handle incoming property inquiries?

6. How many listings do you have at this time, and how does this work to my benefit?

7. Do you have a help system to see that no details are overlooked?

8. How many potential buyers and sellers do you speak with each day? Each week? Each year?

9. In what ways will you encourage other Realtors to sell my home?

10. How do you promote properties on the Internet?

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

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PRICE REDUCED! Palm Valley Gated Community Home for Sale in Goodyear 

Luxury living at its finest! The golf, pool and spa relax homes in the sought after Cortile at Palm Valley subdivision are like no other! Drive in and you’re immediately greeted by paved driveways, mature and well-kept landscaping, warm and unique color schemes. This Palm Valley gated community home for sale in Goodyear builds on a well-planned open floor plan concept that you’ll absolutely fall in love with! The astounding ten foot ceilings alone will take your breath away.

With over 3,400 square feet in this spacious 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath treasure, it’s impossible to not find something for everyone. The kitchen, dining and great room combine for an entertainers delight featuring large walk-in pantry, granite countertops and long kitchen island. The master suite rests downstairs plus guest quarters with full bathroom and separate entrance. Ascend upstairs and you’ll find four roomy bedrooms and a loft.

Step outside into your paradise backyard with heated waterfall pool and spa, fire pit and BBQ all overlooking the lush, green golf course. Energy efficient upgrades include a fully owned Echo Solar System, 120 gal solar water heater, whole house central vacuum system, and High Performance ''Cathedralized'' spray foam attic and wall insulation. Don't read about it, come see it for yourself!

There’s been a $20,900 price reduction on this beautiful home so now’s the perfect time to buy while the price is hot. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to view this Palm Valley Gated Community Home for Sale in Goodyear located at 14330 W CORONADO RD, Goodyear, AZ 85395, please contact the Bourland Group today!

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May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

by Joe Bourland

May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Summer is nearly here but the home buying season is just heating up. There was a 7.5 percent increase of home sales in April which was 3.2 percent higher than home sales in April last year according to the May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report. The Median Sales Price in April was $215,000, which was 5.4 percent higher than one year ago and 7.5 percent above the median price in March.

The number of homes for sale in April was 0.2 percent lower than in March and 15.2 percent lower than in April 2015. The average loss of inventory on a year-over-year basis in 2015 was 12.2 percent. While inventory remains much lower than last year, there are signs of stabilization month-to-month. Based on the rate of home sales in April, the Month’s Supply of Inventory was 3.2, which is nearly identical to last month and last year.

“Even though inventory remained tight, April still saw a demand for homes at a level higher than one year ago. Homebuyers realize that interest rates are historically low and mortgage accessibility appears to be improving along with the overall economy. Price increases make it possible for homeowners to feel comfortable selling, but they aren’t at a level that keeps first-time buyers out of the market,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder.

Please click here to download your copy of the May 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home in Avondale, Litchfield Park, or Goodyear the Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the process to assist you with making the best real estate investment decisions. Let us help you with your real estate investment goals. Call today! – Joe

 

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Avondale Memorial Day Candlelight Service

by Joe Bourland

Avondale Memorial Day Candlelight Service 

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne three years after the Civil War ended, and it was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. General Logan declared May 30th as time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Years later, the history of Memorial Day and sacrifices of those whom served our country remains honored to this day. That’s why Avondale and various community groups will once again will offer a service to honor the men and women who have served our nation. There will be a candle-lighting ceremony, a Scottish-American military-remembrance table presentation and more at the Memorial Day Candlelight Service on Monday, May 30th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at Avondale City Hall, 11465 Civic Center Drive, Avondale. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit avondale.org or call 480-735-4881.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and thank you to all who have served and fallen for our country. – Joe

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5 Ways Overpricing Your Home Hurts Sellers

by Joe Bourland

5 Ways Overpricing Your Home Hurts Sellers​ 

Did you know the best chance for selling your property is within the first seven weeks? Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net upon the sale. That’s all the more reason to make sure you are properly pricing your Arizona home to sell. The current real estate market is so competitive that even over pricing by a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell. Here are 5 ways overpricing your home hurts sellers:

1.) Minimizes the number of offers you receive because it’s not priced comparable to the current market.

2.) Limits qualified buyers from purchasing your home, because it’s priced out of their budget.

3.) Wastes advertising dollars, because you’re losing money when you advertise a home that’s priced too high. Your home stays listed longer with continual price reductions and additional advertising time.

4.) Lowers prospects, because potential buyers choose not to view a home priced higher than the rest of the neighborhood.

5.) Less prospects means less showings. The less people who see your home for sale, the less likely you are to sell it within that seven week window.

Is your Arizona home priced to sell? It’s time to find out! Contact the Bourland Group today for a personal market value analysis of your home. No hassles or obligation - just honest advice on how to get top dollar for your home! - Joe

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Volunteers renovating Avondale Boys and Girls Clubs

by Joe Bourland

Volunteers renovating Avondale Boys and Girls Clubs

The Bourland Group is big on charities and clubs that enhance the local Valley communities. So we’re excited to learn that Avondale Boys and Girls Club are getting a makeover that will hopefully result in more youth visits.

For those who don’t know, the Avondale Boys and Girls Clubs provide after-school activities and meals for youths. The Thornwood Branch serves 220 youths ages five to eighteen from Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park. The Club operates dozens of incredible programs, including partnerships with Garden Patch, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. This program provides safe spaces to go after school, positive role models, fun sports, healthy meals and academic success.

About 150 volunteers are expected to help renovate the Tri-City West Thornwood Branch of the club in Historic Avondale. The project will involve cleaning, painting, carpeting and landscaping at the club. The project will also include laying carpet, painting a portion of the club’s gym and other rooms and installing additional storage and furniture. New technology, including computers, a gaming system and television, will also be added.

This forward-thinking volunteer initiative is estimated to cost $19,000 and donations are still being accepted. If you’d like more information about the Avondale Boys and Girls Club or if you’d like to make a donation to the renovation, please visit bgcmp.org or contact 602-954-8182. For more information about local Avondale community services or to buy a home in Avondale, please contact the Bourland Group today!

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Making relocating to Arizona enjoyable and stress free

by Joe Bourland

Making relocating to Arizona enjoyable and stress free

As one of the top real estate offices in the area and in the top one percent of agents in the Valley, I’m committed to offering you professional yet personal service. Earning one hundred percent client satisfaction repeatedly, which is the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry and receiving five-star reviews is the standard of excellence the Bourland Group and I proudly maintain and continually strive for. Here’s what a couple of our valued clients shared with us about relocating to Arizona:

"Having never lived in Arizona we were a little overwhelmed at all the possibilities to live.  But Joe helped us narrow down the best place to fit our needs. Joe and his team made this entire process enjoyable and stress free." - Norm S. and Judy P.

Are you relocating to Arizona? Whether you’re new to the Valley or want to buy a home in a completely new city, we can confidently help you reach your real estate investment goals with our reputable five-star service. The Bourland Group can help you navigate through each step of the real estate process to assist you with making the best real estate decisions. Call us today! – Joe

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Avondale is a 2016 All-America City Awards finalist

by Joe Bourland

Avondale is a 2016 All-America City Awards finalist

Residents of the City of Avondale are excited to learn that the National Civic League recently announced Avondale as a finalist for the 2016 All-America City Awards! This prestigious award is given to ten communities each year and celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.

Teams of residents, community leaders and government leaders from the communities will present their stories and programs to a jury of nationally recognized business, government and philanthropic leaders June 17-19th in Denver. Through workshops and conference representation, the delegation will share insights with innovators from across the country. The event is also the stage for Avondale to compete for the coveted All-America City title. For more information about the National Civic League or the All-America City Award visit: nationalcivicleague.org.

Want to support Avondale? Share your story about why Avondale should be named as All-America City on Facebook, Twitter and other social media with #AviAAC16 #AAC16 hashtags. For local Avondale community news or if you’d like to buy a home in Avondale, please contact the Bourland Group today!

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Joe Bourland awarded EPRO Designation

by Joe Bourland

Joe Bourland awarded e-PRO Designation

The next time you see Joe Bourland out and about, be sure to give him a big congratulations. Why? Because Joe just recently earned the e-PRO® designation with the National Association of REALTORS®! For those who don’t know, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) provides a wide-range of programs and services that help its real estate members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR upon completion of required courses.

Ten years ago NAR developed the e-PRO® certification program to teach members how to effectively use real estate technology to grow their business. And since technology is constantly changing, so did the real estate technology training for REALTORS®. As a result, NAR has partnered with the Social Media Marketing Institute (SMMI) to develop an entirely new e-PRO® program to help REALTORS® successfully compete in today’s ever-evolving real estate market. The updated curriculum teaches agents how to use the latest social media technologies, such as Facebook and Twitter, to create an online presence vital in reaching today’s hyper-connected consumers. NAR's e-PRO® certification also teaches REALTORS® how to use rich media and e-office strategies to run business more efficiently. That’s all the more reason why we’re so proud of Joe’s accomplishment!

By becoming an e-PRO® Joe not only proves that we use the most advanced real estate technology to provide exceptional service, but we also take the lead in our real estate market with the many benefits the e-PRO® certification offers. Now Joe is a pro at using cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today's savvy real estate consumer and better serve the community with your real estate needs.

If you’d like to learn more about the e-PRO® designation or would like more information about selling your Phoenix home, please contact the Bourland Group today. We’re going above and beyond to bring you the best quality service for your real estate needs from start to finish!

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