Team Evolution Real Estate takes Home 6 Awards for Production in 2017!

On March 2nd, 2018 our awards ceremony at Revelation Real Estate took place and Team Evo was called up to the stage SIX, yes SIX, times to collect awards!!  😍😍🙌🙌

To receive TOP listing team and #3 Team in production (among other awards) in a brokerage that sold nearly 5,000 homes to the tune of $1.4 BILLION dollars blows ours minds 🤯

Congratulations to our mind blowing team and a big THANK YOU to all of our awesome clients and friends that believe in us and allow us to make this happen!  We love working with you all! 

3 Tips for the Final Stage of a Home Remodel from a Phoenix, AZ Realtor 🌵

Many phases of a home remodel are fun and challenging but none will test you more than the two-thirds mark.  Two thirds of the way through the job, the light at the end of the tunnel is visible and the finish is near… or is it?  


Once through demolition, framing, electrical, plumbing, flooring, paint, and tile it starts to feel like you are ready for professional photos, a party or movers.  It’s time for final checklists, final touches and blue tape markings for paint and cosmetic repairs but then reality emerges. The list starts growing quickly and that finish line becomes foggy and descends further away.   


Detail is everything, especially in a competitive market, and cutting corners at this stage only diminishes the quality materials used and the brand you stand behind.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, that path of least resistance is so tempting when it's 10pm and I am on a ladder troubleshooting a can light that is not working. It always happens when I’m getting down from that ladder, exhausted, I catch a glimpse of some cabinet hardware that was not installed evenly.  Ugh! That bothers me more than a loud chewer!


At this point it can be very easy to slip into a negative mindset and start dwelling on things like holding costs, additional material costs and market changes.  For a one-man show this phase is most definitely a beast. Finish work is tedious and testing and being at the end of a project has an almost supernatural cursing feel that will really get to you if you let it.  This is where most people will fail, whether it be as an investment or a personal home.


Any corners cut will rear their ugly me on this one!  It’s never at an opportune time, like during the inspection or appraisal period when under contract for sale or during the family vacation.


The silver lining to this, I believe, is that this is the phase that allows you to grow in many ways.  Take the time to not only correct but reflect on why or how things were missed, inefficient or why delays were caused.  Always have clear communication and expectations set with any contractors or hired help and never attempt to motivate negatively.  This will just push the finish line further and reduce morale. It’s very important to always remember that it’s the small details that define you and your product.  Don’t let laziness be that final impression. Remodel on!


So, let’s recap on the 3 tips in the final stages of a home remodel:


  1. Pay attention to detail and stay the course.  Do not cut corners!

  2. Keep a positive mindset.  Any focus on negativity will only prolong the job.  

  3. Reflect and assess your process each time to become more effective and efficient. Communicate clearly and set clear expectations with contractors and hired help.


Contact US to get on the Team Evolution Real Estate "good deal" list! 

By Matt Lambert

Phoenix, AZ area Realtor

For Sale in Phoenix!


FULL remodel! Home for sale in CACTILONE ACRES, Phoenix AZ!

Welcome to Cactilone Acres and the perfect neighborhoods for bike rides!  Close to the big beautiful historic neighborhoods and not far from Downtown Phoenix. 

There are so many choices for dining out in this area!  The Veggie Village restaurant (hip vegan restaurant), SunUp Brewing Company and Carlos O’Briens Mexican restaurant to name a few. 

Close to Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Pestewa Peak. Granada Park and PetSmart Dog park aren't too far away either! 

Close to the 51 for easy access to the East Valley and Phoenix Sky Harbor. 

Check out the before and after's on the gorgeous remodeled home for sale in Phoenix!  More Home Details

Before and After shots of this gorgeous remodeled home for sale in Cactilone Acres in Phoenix, AZ! Contact Katie at 480-250-0023 for details and showing appointment View Full Details: 

Views of the Superstitions at this home for sale in Gold Canyon, AZ!

Peaceful and serene against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful mountains in Arizona, The Superstitions. Spacious single level home boasts cul-de-sac lot, 3 car garage and spacious floor plan with den. All three bedrooms are split from den which could serve as a 4th bedroom, hobby room or home office. Large great room with vaulted ceilings and tile throughout. Tons of cabinet space in open kitchen with stainless appliances, kitchen island, corian counters and plant shelves. Spacious lot backs the wash with view fencing. This home is so close to hiking trails and the US 60.

Just Sold in Phoenix, AZ - By Team Evolution Real Estate - February 2018

Team Evolution Real Estate Sales Totaled $2,347,890 for February 2018!


5311 E SHERIDAN ST, Phoenix AZ 85008 - $347,000

675 E LOS ARBOLES PL, Chandler AZ 85225 - $237,000

8742 E WELDON Avenue, Scottsdale AZ 85251 - $481,000

3840 N 43Rd Ave Apt 34, Phoenix AZ 85031 - $31,000

10603 E LUMIERE AVE, Mesa AZ 85212 - $370,990 - NEW BUILD (not pictured)

3572 E Trigger Way, Gilbert AZ 85297 - $334,900

2539 W Jacinto Cir., Mesa, AZ 85202 - $302,000

9140 W Gelding Dr., Peoria AZ 85381 - $244,000

Rates vs Rent

Inventory levels remain low in the Valley of the Sun not only for homes for sale but for homes for rent too.  The lack of homes available for rent is causing rental rates to soar, surpassing what mortgage payments would be for the purchase of a comparable home.  The small increase in mortgage interest rates that we have experienced so far this year isn't having a huge impact on consumption at the moment.  The market is HOT!  

Scared of buying but the rental prices are starting to scare you more?  Call or text Katie at 480.250.0023 to discuss current market conditions and how they affect you. 

Active, Sold and New Listing Inventory

Cul-De-Sac Lot with Pool for Rent in Mesa, AZ

Amazing location just off the 60 and minutes to the 101. FULLY remodeled 4 bedroom single level home on an oversized cul-de-sac lot. Private and energy efficient, this spacious home offers formal living room, dining room, family room and kitchen with large island that seats six. Small guest house is insulated with a mini split A/C / heat system. Gated, diving pool, 2 car garage and RV parking. Pest control, pool service and landscaping service included.

Posted on March 1, 2018 and filed under Team Evolution News.

5 Awesome Reasons Why You'll LOVE Living in Gold Canyon, Arizona!

Our awesome upcoming listing is a gorgeous Gold Canyon home with mountain views, privacy and a three-car-garage that's easy to love!  The location is even easier to love and here are 5 reasons why:

1. The Mountains!  Hiking buffs have gone to heaven in Gold Canyon with the Apache Trail and Superstition Wilderness-Tonto Forest.

2. A taste of the old days!  Goldfield Ghost Town is an authentic ghost town that was once an up-and-coming town that began back in the 1890's.  Tortilla Flat was a small town started back in 1904 due to road construction on Roosevelt Dam.  It's well known for its famous authentic stage coach stop. 

3. The Lakes!  Canyon Lake is loaded with spectacular scenery and is a great spot to relax or spend some time with the family.  Swim, boat or plan a picnic at Acacia Picnic Site, the Palo Verde Recreation Site and the Boulder Creek Recreation Site.  Enjoy the fishing and plentiful wildlife at Apache Lake Marina and Resort

4. The Golf Courses!  Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Mountainbrook Golf Course and Superstition Mountain  (private) all have breathtaking views of the mountains.  

5. The Real Estate, of course!  See what's available for Gold Canyon Real Estate now!


New Listing! 

Coming soon in Gold Canyon...

Recent Reviews of Katie Halle Lambert with Team Evolution Real Estate

Why choose Katie, our listing agent, to list and sell your Arizona home?  Hear it from our past clients! 

Leila Robbins


I can't recommend Katie Lambert and Team EVO enough. Katie and her team made the process of selling our home as stress free as possible. Katie kept us in the loop every step of the way. The team took care of everything for us, including state of the art photos, help with staging, etc. I wish I was able to give a higher number than 5 out of 5 because I'm 110% beyond satisfied with their service and professionalism!

Yvonne Debusschere


Katie & Jen (JD!) have been a dream to work with, from the beginning of selling our home, to the continuing process of building our empty nester home. I honestly can't say enough good things about them, and we couldn't have gotten through these months so far without their hard work, attention to detail, and support.

Liz Tetley


Katie was hands down the best realtor we’ve ever worked with! She was detail oriented and went up and above to ensure we got top dollar for our house. Katie had a solid marketing plan for our house and it sold within 3 weeks during the holidays! We were extremely impressed by the swiftness of this process, even with it being one of the ‘slowest’ times of year. Without a doubt, I would highly recommend using her and her teams services!

Leonard Coalson


I had an albatross that had been around my neck for some time and was unable to offload it. Finally called on Katie who was able to get me enough offers in 48 hours that we had to stop accepting them! Less than 3 weeks later the deal closed and I am out from under that property! Couldn't believe how quickly things progressed and that anyone would have wanted my investor special. Everyone on the Team Evo team was very friendly and available to answer my questions.

Thanks Team Evo!!!

Wanna move?  SEE HOMES FOR SALE in your area NOW or call or text Katie at 480-250-0023!  SEE MORE REVIEWS HERE! 

Mountains & More!

Absolute STUNNER! 3 car garage, larger lot that backs gorgeous views of the preserve, a huge greenbelt / park directly across the street, an awesome pool and updates galore! Tile in the heavy traffic living areas, granite counters and backsplash with neutral custom paint throughout.

Eye catching staircase with upgraded wrought iron handrail leads to large loft that offers additional living space. Need a 4th bedroom? Just enclose the loft! Easy to do and there's already space for a closet. Oversized master bedroom has a jetted tub and closet organizers with a balcony off the back that is perfect for relaxing the day away with mountain views overlooking the resort like backyard. 2nd bedroom also has a balcony off the front overlooking the sprawling greenbelt and park.

But wait, there's more!

Lower maintenance landscaping with a bit of green grass for the kids, the dog and the color pop beautifully frames this functional entertainers delight. Extended covered patio, large side yard with service entry to garage, garden area, sparkly blue pool with water feature and fire pit complete the experience! You'll love everything this yard has to offer whether you are entertaining a handful of friends or enjoying a relaxing, romantic night at home. Must see!

Just Sold in Phoenix, AZ - By Team Evolution Real Estate - January 2018

Team Evolution Real Estate Sales Totaled $2,838,890 for January 2018!

3127 E Delta Ave, Mesa 85204

705 W Pecos Ave, Mesa AZ 85210

830 W Dana Drive, San Tan Valley AZ 85143

3850 E Encinas Ave, Gilbert 85234

542 S Higley Rd. #63, Mesa 85206

5016 S Turbine Way, Mesa 85212 -- NEW BUILD (not pictured)

8431 E Lockwood St, Mesa 85207

3238 N. 31st St., Mesa 85213 -- NEW BUILD (not pictured)

22207 E. Cherrywood Dr., Queen Creek 85142

334 W Glenrosa Ave, Phoenix 85013

Real Estate Appreciation Rates for the Phoenix area for 2017

Yep, the overall inventory levels are still incredibly low and it's causing Realtors to have to look to other sources of property for droves of hungry buyers AND unassuming sellers are being taken advantage of by investors and real estate investment companies that are trying to stock up on inventory before our actual busy season (April through June) hits.  

HINT: If the deal seems to good to be true from one of these investors or real estate companies that "buy for cash and close when you want" then it probably is or there's a reason behind it that you aren't aware your home is worth WAY more than you think.

Keep in mind that we have four "markets" here in the Phoenix area....the under $200k market, the $200-$500k market, the $500k to $1M and then above $1M.  Supply and demand is different in all four of these markets.  Sales under $200k were 33% of sales in our area in 2017 so keep in mind that has a large impact on the overall average.  Ask your trusted real estate advisor what the stats are for your particular area and price range so you remain competitive prior to listing your home for sale. 

Appreciation rates are as follows:

Under $200k 7.7%

$200k - $500k: 3.5%

$500k - $1M: 1.7%

Over $1M: 0.1%

Now let's talk mortgage interest rates. 

Yep, they've gone up.  This past week the 10-year Treasury note hit the highest level in three years which basically means higher mortgage rates.  They are currently over 4%.  Keep in mind that from 2003 to 2011 the rates averaged between 5-6% and we have basically been spoiled since then.  Typically rates are lowered to spark the housing market and, based on the info above, we can see that it worked 😊 The good news is it's still very affordable to purchase a home and live here in AZ as compared to many other areas that are this desirable to live.  

Get financing NOW! 


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The Okay, The Better and The Best when Selling your Home in Arizona

 Let’s face it, everyone wants to “save” a buck but does it always make sense in real estate to choose your agent based on their paycheck?  Let’s explore that idea...

In my experience there are three different types of real estate agents when it comes to selling your home.  I call them the Okay, The Better and The Best. 

The Okay:

These are the “companies” that are really just cash investors.  The ones that will buy your home whether it’s ugly or not and claim you can “pick your closing date”. 
On the surface, it seems like a swell idea.  They buy the home for “market” value (and they determine what market value is) and you pick your closing day.  No commissions paid.  They just charge “transaction” fees that usually exceed the maximum amount you’d pay if you sold the traditional way.  Typical real estate fees are 6% in are probably looking at 1% or so (depending on price range but for the most part) in seller closing costs (all sellers pay seller closing costs...even if you don’t pay real estate commissions or unless the buyer covers them for you).  In my experience, these fees that are charged to the seller exceed 7%...sometimes by quite a bit.  

Another thing to keep in mind is the inspection period.  This is an opportunity for them to renegotiate...yeah, after you are packed and ready to move on to wherever it was you were planning to go.  Perfect timing for you to be totally motivated to just agree to whatever because it's easier.  So, they pay you less for your house than what you can get on the open market, probably beat you up in the inspection period AND they charge more than a traditional real estate agent charges.  Hmmmmmm.... 🤔

The Better: 

These are usually your “flat listers”.  This is the company that you pay X amount of dollars to (usually a few hundred) and they list your home on the MLS and put a sign in your yard but that’s it.  The marketing, the showings, the negotiations and basically all the details are left up to you AND you still pay the “co-broke” to the buyers agent (in AZ 3% is the norm).  

The downside of going this route:
    A. It’s not that much different than selling by owner. You are still unrepresented by an expert in the field (which could spell danger even after the sale is final).  
    B. There’s no opportunity to tap into a well established marketing plan.  Seasoned and high producing agents build huge networks that take years to build and hours and hours per week to maintain.  Since demand plays a huge part in getting the most money out of your home and in your pocket, this could be a HUGE but hidden mistake.  We THINK because we are paying less we are doing better when, in all actuality, having little to no experience and zero network may impact demand enough that you could actually be giving up tens of thousands to save a few bucks. 
    C. There’s no safety precaution.  Unfortunately home sellers can be a target for criminals.  Without experience and proper safety protocols in place, you could be opening your home up to criminals and everything that comes with it without even knowing it.  For sale by owners beware.  You are a target for those that are less than ethical and perhaps those looking to take advantage and, in some cases, even rob you.  Why would criminals target a for sale by owner?  Why not?!  They are sitting ducks ready to open their home to any stranger that “shows interest”.  There are usually no safety precautions taken whatsoever.  
    D. Negotiations and adhering to the contract appropriately could also be quite the hurdle.  Real Estate negotiations are not just about numbers but also about terms and managing all of the personalities that are a party to the transaction as well as third party affiliates.  Without experience being proactive may prove to be very difficult and you’re likely to be forced to be reactive instead.  Selling a home isn’t the least stressful life event for anyone, it’s much more difficult when you are also putting out unexpected fires along the way.  You are also missing out on tapping the referral network of an established real estate agent.  The relationships that are formed over years and years of doing business with reputable companies that are necessary to the transaction could make or break any sale.  The timeframes of the contract are pretty tight and performing within them could be a challenge without the proper relationships in place.


The Best:


These are your traditional real estate agents (and preferably Brokers) that are well established in the area, have a provable track record and have years of experience.  These are not your first year in the business rookies and might not even be your nephew that has a day job but also a real estate license.  These are the tried and true professionals, the producers, the real business owners.  They have systems in place for everything, use technology to its fullest and work in an ethical manner that supports their longevity in the industry.  Most importantly, they have the track record, the review and online presence to prove it.
They have been in business long enough to have established marketing networks, a network of professionals for referral and an acute knowledge of the process.  They can rattle off the provisions of the ADRE purchase and the listing contract off the top of their head.  They know the market.  They have predictions based on fact and logic.  They have enough experience to proactively advise from the transaction start to finish. 
How can you tell if you are dealing with a true The Best?  Google is your friend here, people!  Google them!  If they don’t produce enough content or activity to AT LEAST fill the entire first page of Google then ask for testimonials (or find them yourself online).  Ask for proof of previous sales in the area.   Ask for their marketing plan.  Ask to meet their assistant and transaction coordinator (if not their team) and question it if they don’t have one.  These are the signs of a true professional.

What’s the upside of going this route:
    A. Without a doubt, because they will act within their fiduciary duty, you will get the most money that you can for perhaps the largest sale of your life. 
    B. The process will be as smooth as possible.  Experience, connections to a large network and systems ARE everything.  A professional will rely on experience to be proactive and to handle any otherwise unexpected circumstances with grace and “like they have done this once or twice before”.
    C. You can expect thorough and frequent communication.  A professional understands the importance of information, statistics and feedback.  

Sometimes “the Best” is a “the Better” in disguise.  You can spot these quickly because they’ll be quick to negotiate down on their commission sometimes even before you meet them.  Ever see the “4.5 listing fee” ads?  If they don’t feel they provide enough value to support their fees, then this conversation will be an easy win for any seller.  Seller beware.  If you win this conversation you might reconsider hiring this person as this is a direct reflection of their negotiation skills.  What’s going to happen when your money is on the line if they give up their own so easily?


Posted on January 19, 2018 .

Barn Doors? Yes, please!

This remodeled home boasts a french country theme with amazing light and great function. Two large custom barn doors allows versatile use in this home. The brick wood burning fireplace is perfectly located in the enormous living area. New dual pane windows, new 5 ton HVAC, newer roof, USB, and a Nest thermostat are all great features that set this home apart.

The gourmet kitchen offers, carrara quartz peninsula, stainless appliances, dove gray custom soft close cabinets, glass back splash, LED can lights, under cabinets lights, and a 1-2/3 sink with chef faucet. The eat-in kitchen has a wall of windows with two arcadia doors that allow an abundance of light. The master bathroom offers, large shower with dual controls, rain head, dual his and her sinks, LED lights, master walk-in closet offers lots of built-ins and light. The master has its own exit to the patio and back yard area. The second bath has dual under mount sinks, custom herringbone tile tub surround, new tub, custom shaker soft close cabinets, tile floor, custom mirrors and lights. The home has new 5 panel shaker doors, casings, baseboards, luxury laminate wood floors, tile in all the right places, 2 tone designer paint on interior and exterior, hardware, ceiling fans, buyers choice of carpet color, outlets, switches, disposal, and so much more. 

The back yard is graced with mountain views, auto drip system, curbing, gate at rear off alley, and side entry with space for storage. Amazing food and entertainment in all directions. Less than 3 min from 51 on ramp, get anywhere in the valley quick and easy. This home truly offers it all! Seller finance is available for a deserving buyer.

Posted on January 19, 2018 .

Old Skool, New Pool!

Platted in 1910 by Edwin M. LeBaron and James Miller, Jr., Evergreen Historic District was initially the home of Mesa’s middle to upper class residents. Welcome to a neighborhood with rich history and a tight-knit community feel. Some families have owned their homes for decades, passing down to the next of kin, keeping these precious historical gems in the family.

Built in 1946 but brimming with modern amenities, sharp lines, and tasteful updates, this single level built with brick offers multiple living spaces, a pool and even a garage. Packed with pavers leading to a large covered front "porch", this curb appeal is like no other around.

Tastefully appointed, rustic fences and planter boxes adorn the spacious front yard. Long driveway leading to the garage offers plenty of parking space for family gatherings, your classic car or your boat, trailer and toys.

This unique home boasts all the formals! The formal living room has a fireplace and real wood beams and the spacious formal dining room is perfectly situated in the front of the home with a beautiful view of the perfectly manicured front yard and quaint, 100-year-old tree lined streets peppered with an eclectic array of home styles ranging over decades. No two homes are exactly alike here. Lots of tile and hardwood throughout, granite counters and light colored, solid cabinets with crown molding and stainless appliances. Showers have decorative tile surrounds and master carpet is neutral and cozy.

Saving the best for last! The back yard is just TO-DIE-FOR with cozy seating area, outdoor fire pit right at the pool for that perfect fire and water combination, rough travertine pool surround and lush landscaping. The unique and very historic old bungalow that can be seen from the back yard is owned by a neighbor and no one lives in the home. It was moved from it's original location and restoration efforts are to begin shortly. This home is an important part of Mesa's history!

The neighbors are friendly and some have been living in their homes for decades. This tight knit community feel lends itself beautifully to holiday celebrations such as Halloween and the Christmas season. More than 600 children visit Evergreen during Halloween and the streets are lined with lights and decorations immediately following Thanksgiving to welcome the coming Christmas season. If you are looking for a social neighborhood, this is it. You are home. The location is also quite convenient and up and coming.

Downtown Mesa is within walking distance and is a great place for dining and entertainment. New businesses have been opened and the light rail is complete. Downtown Mesa is the home of the world renowned Mesa Arts Center, the historical museum, and many highly recommended restaurants including Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine, Queens Pizzeria and the original Blue Adobe. The Downtown Mesa association coordinates many events which include the arts, music, and family friendly events. This is a lifetime of fond memories, great neighbors, and charm all wrapped up in beautiful, Historic Downtown Mesa. Please feel free to contact the listing agent for more information on the growth and development of this area and Downtown Mesa.

2018 Came in with a BANG!

Typically home buying comes to a screeching halt during the holiday season.  We did not feel a slow down this year and stats are showing things slowed a touch.  First quarter 2018 is looking like a healthy home selling season in the Phoenix area!  Contact Katie to discuss how this affects you (480-250-0023).

Active, Sold and New Listing Inventory

Posted on January 2, 2018 .

Soaring Ceilings & Sparkly Blue Pool Awaits!

Bright and beautiful! Welcome to the perfect family home! Gorgeous entry with soaring ceilings in the formal living and dining room. First level also includes large family room, den and eat-in kitchen. The den is spacious with built-ins but can easily be made into a 5th bedroom and is right next to the full bath! Travertine throughout the first level and bamboo wood flooring up including the stairs! Spacious kitchen has cabinets galore, kitchen island, stainless appliances and granite counters. Updated fixtures, travertine backsplash and custom French doors to the patio complete the look of this perfect kitchen that any chef will love. Large 2nd level with oversized bedrooms, fully remodeled bath and private master suite. HUGE master bath with separate shower and tub, double sinks, glass block windows and HUGE walk-in closet. Enjoy the beautiful crystal blue pebble tec heated pool and spa, lush, mature trees and spacious yard with built-in bbq. Upstairs AC unit is an efficient new Trane! R/O water system and 3 car garage has built in garage cabinets + 220V. Large green belt, playground, lighted basketball court and community pool is just a few doors down the street!

Posted on December 9, 2017 .