Ready to Sell Your Home? Know What You are Choosing

by Susie Waggoner

When selling your home, you have many options.  One of those options is an investor.  Investors come in all shapes and sizes and call themselves by many different names.  Whatever they choose to call themselves, they are still investors, and as such, pay lower than market value for your home.  After all, if they weren't going to make money on it, they wouldn't buy it.  

My sister has a friend who recently chose to sell her house to one of those investors.  She needed to move quickly, and so she found the choose-your-own-closing-date, no-hassle, no-open-houses, no-blah-blah-blah option appealing.  Being a previous realtor and now in the lending industry, she was not shocked that they offered her approximately 80% of the home's market value.  What was shocking was when in the 10-day inspection period, you know the period where the buyer can back out for any reason or no reason at all, they came back with a list of items they wanted repaired and the cost to repair them, what they called "deferred maintenance" of $90,000 to replace the roof, the AC, and other various repairs including the cost to update.  Thankfully, because of her previous experience, she was able to negotiate that list and ended up paying $16,000 for the deferred maintenance.  That amount came off of their original purchase offer, so she ended up selling her house to them for much less than she could have sold it otherwise.  

When selling your home,  it is important to know what you are choosing, and have someone who knows the ins and outs of negotiating a purchase contract and who has your best interest at heart.    

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Posted on February 13, 2019 .

Happy 2019 for Home Buyers!

We are preparing for a busy spring as buyers have started flooding back into the market taking advantage of decent interest rates and all the new pretty listings that have entered the market in the last few weeks. Call or text 480-250-0023 for information on buying or selling this spring.

Posted on February 4, 2019 .

Beautiful, brick and historic in Woodlea of Phoenix

Located in the Melrose District of Historic Phoenix, minutes from Downtown, this 1939 historic masterpiece is full of character and convenience. Special care was taken to preserve the key elements from the past creating a unique atmosphere and effective use of space. The curb appeal is striking with double iron gates, brick exterior with black accents and a huge mature, shade tree. Feel welcomed by the warm glow of the oil rubbed bronze exterior fixtures, glass door and charming mail slot, one of the many hints of the homes historical attributes. Packed with natural light, the step down entry leads to the spacious living room with white washed and exposed brick walls, bright white, beamed ceiling and picturesque fireplace.

Step up into the kitchen and dining area with the view of the lush backyard through the back glass door. Classic white subway tiles, white shaker cabinets with oil rubbed bronze hardware and butcher block tops is pure utopia for the family cook. New, shiny appliances and fancy hood fan add tasteful finishing touches.

The inviting backyard offers mature landscaping and many versatile areas for that zen garden, artists nook or fire pit. This peaceful outdoor space even offers fruit trees and is surrounded by a tastefully painted block wall which perfectly adds to the relaxed environment complete with Edison bulb wrapped trees to set the mood.

Most everything has been rejuvenated or replaced from the new wood-look tile flooring throughout to the fresh custom interior paint, tall baseboards, new fixtures and hardware. The roof is new, the kitchen is all new, all new electrical, AC duct work and tankless water heater.

Back in those days, when the entire state of Arizona was only at a population of just under 500,000, Woodlea, named by Thomas MacKenzie back in the 1920's for the many trees found on the property, was special because it offered paved streets, electricity and no city taxes. Years later it's still special with its Historic District designation, close proximity to a bustling downtown that's loaded with arts and entertainment, golf courses and some of the most popular restaurants offering delectable local fare.

Posted on February 3, 2019 .

Phoenix AZ Housing Update

December 2018 showed the highest levels of inventory all year.  To those buyers that tried to buy a home but was beat out by multiple offer situation after multiple offer situation, now is the time to pounce!  The interest rates are still reasonable at the moment.  Sellers!  You are going to have to be a little more realistic with pricing if you want to sell in a reasonable amount of time this season.  Price is the name of the game right now.  Call Katie if you have any questions on how the market is affecting you right now. 480-250-0023

Posted on January 9, 2019 .

Just Sold in Phoenix, AZ - By Team EvoAZ at eXp Realty - December 2018


Team EvoAZ's Sales Totaled $2,717,990 for December 2018!

2507 W Surrey Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029
3008 W Phelps Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053
699 W GEORGIA AVE, Phoenix, AZ 85013
9530 E Theia Drive, Mesa, AZ 85212
1910 W Granada Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85009
112 W. 3rd Place, Mesa, AZ 85201
7819 E GARFIELD ST, Scottsdale AZ 85257
4425 W EL CAMINITO DR, Glendale, AZ 85302
4312 E GLENHAVEN DR, Phoenix, AZ 85048
5347 E FLORIAN AVE, Mesa, AZ 85206

Posted on January 8, 2019 .

2018 Homes SOLD by Team EVOAZ

2018 was a great year for Arizona on almost all economic fronts. Real estate felt growth on all sides with some resistance from competitive low inventories, fluctuating mortgage rates and markets.  Appreciation was felt across the entire valley. 

We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing clients.  

In 2018, we sold 77 homes at a total volume of $23.5 Million. We are very excited about this year’s evolution in this ever-changing industry and market. When it comes to giving our clients the very best service, we rely heavily on our ability to grow and adapt quickly.  We here at take pride in the passion each team member possesses and emulates through their very individual and unique craft. The Definition for team in the business world is a group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job or project.  

Here at EvoAZ, each team member is seasoned and skilled in all areas of the real estate sales process. However, each member has a very specific focus and roll in daily operations.  This allows each team member to produce a higher quality service by not being deluded or distracted by very diverse, wide range of duties and responsibilities in one single transaction. This efficient approach allows us to communicate with our clients in a very proactive manner keeping you prepared and informed every step of the way. Our involvement with the community keeps our finger on a very real pulse. Working with so many people and groups gives us this very organic connection to the market.  

Working with has been a humbling experience in helping so many amazing families create a home. Mesa Historic Districts, it is always a privilege to sell a Historic home rich with character and story.  Heritage Capital USA, creating and designing as partners has allowed us to give our clients seasoned guidance and referral in construction and or redesign., sponsoring you for the last 7 years has kept us young!  Working with the amazing group of people who play dodge ball in home selling or buying has been awesome.  A huge thank you to all of our partners who supported us.  
Lastly, a Huge thank you from the bottom of our heart to They have been home to since its inception in 2009. It has been my personal home as a realtor since 2006. We could not have evolved to where we are today without you.  

Stay tuned for all the details on move to and what 2019 has in store!! 

- Matthew Lambert

Posted on January 7, 2019 .

5 Bedrooms with a Pool in Tempe, Camelot Village

This Tempe stunner will drop your jaw! Located mere minutes from the 101 and the 60, this perfectly located large 5 bedroom home sits on a corner lot with a private front yard and double RV gate access from the street. Attractive curb appeal boasting mature landscaping that offers privacy, fresh turf and a rough travertine walk to a beautiful double door entry with security doors and a Ring doorbell. Upon entry, you'll be met with soaring vaulted ceilings, oversized formals, tasteful tile medallion and fresh custom paint throughout.

The kitchen overlooks the gorgeous back yard with pool, spa and fresh turf that will always be green without any maintenance! Stainless appliances include double wall ovens and fridge with freezer on the bottom. All granite counters adorn the bright white cabinets and all new tile flooring. 

Glass french doors separate the formals from the family room with style and another set of french doors lead to the spacious back yard with extended covered patio featuring a misting system. The family room is huge and has a fireplace. 

Extended length laundry room features a wall of cabinet space with washer and dryer included and is located on the first floor along with a bedroom and recently remodeled bathroom with stand up shower. 

The all tile staircase leads to the 2nd level with oversized master, three secondary bedrooms and full guest bath with double sinks and separation between the sink and shower areas. Double door entry to the master bedroom that offers space for a sitting area, private fireplace and HUGE master bathroom with double sinks, a soaking tub, large walk-in shower and walk-in closet with organizers. 

This corner lot offers a built-in BBQ with paver surround, tons of fresh turf, an RV gate with street access, pool and spa. Ask about the chemical free pest control system! The 3 car garage with cabinets galore offers plenty of space for your cars and toys while delivering organized storage space for your tools, garden equipment and holiday decorations. 

Along with recent updates, fresh paint and new flooring, this home offers new AC's (replaced in 2014), roof (replaced in 2015), fridge (2014), double oven (2017), laundry appliances (2013 & 2015), windows (2016) and pool pump (2016). The pool does have a collapsible fence that conveys. 

VERY close to the Sun Cir Trail and canal system for endless walking, running or biking fun. Close to Stroud and Carriage Lane Park, the freeway system, tons of restaurants and shopping and just a few miles from the Ken McDonald and Dobson Ranch Golf Course.

Posted on December 13, 2018 .

Is the Market cooling off?

We listed the least amount of homes in November than we have here in all of 2018. We also closed on less this month than we have since January. Yes, it's slowed a bit but those sellers that are sticking it out are sure motivated and those buyers that are missing holiday parties to look for homes are motivated too. Call Katie if you have any questions on how the market is affecting you right now. 480-250-0023

Posted on December 4, 2018 .

4 Bedroom Corner Lot in Homestead

Former Model Home! AWESOME location at McKellips and Val Vista this FOUR BEDROOM gem sits on a spacious corner lot with RV gate, extended covered patio, built-in BBQ, outdoor fireplace with lots of flagstone, seating, an orange tree and green grass galore! ALL NEW laminate wood flooring (2018) in the living room and kitchen that perfectly compliments the warm, knotty alder cabinets and neutral counter tops. Finally the counter space and storage you've been after with kitchen island and wall of double stacked cabinets.

This is the perfect entertainment home with double door exit to the back patio and half bath on the first level. All four bedrooms are upstairs with full guest bathroom and full master bath with double sinks. The master bedroom, split from the other three, is spacious with a "loft"! And, yep, you can sleep up there!! It's currently being used as extra temp controlled storage space.

The RV gate is at the back of the house and accessible from the street which makes it very easy to store your toys, trailer or pop-up camper. Located in a very popular community with amenities including a pool, tennis court & 2 racquetball courts! Close to the 202 and not too far from popular restaurant, shopping and nightlife locations like Dana Park and Riverview. If you are a hiker, 4-wheeler or if you enjoy frequent visits to the most beautiful lakes and rivers AZ has to offer but don't want to live too far away from work, this is the perfect location!

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Cute and Fresh! Deer Creek home in Peoria

This adorable FOUR BEDROOM home is practically new!! FULL REMODEL includes all new, quality wood laminate flooring throughout in that perfect shade and style. Matching custom paint throughout in a nice, neutral griege make the bright white casings, doors and cabinets pop with brightness! The large great room offers plenty of space for the family room and dining area with open kitchen and updated light fixtures. The fully remodeled kitchen with gorgeous granite counters and black appliances. The AC unit was replaced in 2015, the windows were replaced in 2016 and the roof was replaced in 2010. Located just down the street from Sundance Elementary and Sundance Park the home sits on an oversized lot with a 1 car garage.

Posted on November 19, 2018 .

Stunning single level in Gated White Fence Estates

Stunning CalAtlantic 2016 build in private and secure gated Gilbert community offers style, function and energy efficiency along with a highly sought after central location. Inviting curb appeal with low maintenance landscape highlights the appealing elevation with stacked stone and private entry. The hidden and private front patio reveals a stacked stone turret with craftsman front door and matching window shutters. Upon entry, enjoy the warmth of the ''wood look'' tile, custom paint in that perfect neutral color and plenty of lighting. The gourmet kitchen with double stacked cabinets, gorgeous quartz counters, tile backsplash, extra long kitchen island with sink, gas cook top, double wall ovens, huge double door built-in fridge and pantry will fulfill the dreams of any chef.

Spacious and wide open, this home is an entertainers delight and is fit to accommodate all the family gatherings in style with the highly coveted wall of glass over-looking the perfectly manicured back yard adorned with pavers, raised flower beds and gas fireplace. Live the indoor/outdoor life that Arizona is well known for! 

This split 3 bedroom plus den floor plan offers a large laundry room and stunning master suite. The master bathroom has split double vanities offering gentleman's height, an oversized shower and separate freestanding tub plus large walk-in master closet and separate water closet. 

This desirable Gilbert location is close to a plethora of restaurants, shopping centers, night-life and family friendly entertainment plus the very popular and growing historic Downtown Gilbert is just 3 miles away. This new home is turn key with nothing to be done so you can spending time enjoying everything the amazing town of Gilbert has to offer!

Posted on November 15, 2018 .

Land for Days! Home on acreage for sale in San Tan Valley

Land for days!! HUGE lot (over an acre) with remodeled 3 bedroom / 3 bath home. The kitchen boasts black appliances, dove grey cabinets and island with butcher block top. The spacious living room offers a fire place, wood laminate floors and breakfast bar at the kitchen. Neutral paint throughout with grey carpeting in the bedrooms. Bring your trucks, toys, horses and RV's as there is room for all!! Plenty of space to build that pole barn, guest house or oversized garage that you have always wanted. If you love nature, peaceful surroundings and space between neighbors, this is IT!

Posted on November 7, 2018 .

Phoenix AZ Housing Update

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October seemed to pack on the inventory as our active listings shot up to almost 20,000.  Buyers are feeling a little relief out there as it's been a little easier to find that perfect property and maybe negotiate a little bit too.  

Posted on November 7, 2018 .

Mid Century Modern in Historic Mesa! Mesa Home for Sale

1950's Mid Century Modern Historic District CHARMER! This perfectly appointed single level, located in the most highly sought after historic district in Downtown Mesa, offers spacious function, style and convenience! The 3 bedroom / 2 bath with bonus room has such versatility! The family room could also be used as a formal dining. The kitchen offers plenty of counter space, original retro cabinetry, new quartz counter tops, new back splash and ''retro look'' kitchen appliances. There is fresh paint, new light fixtures and new plumbing fixtures in the master bath. Spacious Master bedroom has two closets! There is new carpeting along with fresh concrete flooring, new wood flooring in the master bedroom and a cute shiplap accent wall in one of the bedrooms.

The "bonus" room makes a great den or hobby room. It can easily be converted back to a laundry room if desired. The back yard offers a cute little zen garden, covered and very private sitting area along with RV gate and RV parking.

Welcome to the highly sought after, West 2nd St Historic District. Significant for it's architecture and known as the home of the middle to upper-class families of the early 1900's, this is home to some of the very few citrus-lined medians left in Mesa. Downtown Mesa, less than a mile away, is bustling (with exciting growth on the horizon), but still offers that small town feel. Many new businesses have emerged like Cider Corps, Mezona Market and Worth Takeaway and old favorites like Queens Pizzeria, Nuthaporns Thai Cuisine, Mangos, The Mesa Arts Center, three museums and The Nile still remain after all these years. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind home in one of the most convenient and eclectic areas, minutes from the light rails and a variety of arts, music and delicious local fare.

Posted on October 25, 2018 .

1928 river rock cottage! Home for sale in Historic Phoenix

Wow!! One-of-a-kind 1928 river rock cottage in Villa Verde historic district. There is a 2 bedroom /1 bath main house with a 1 bedroom /1 bathroom approximately 200 sq ft guest house. The original historic charm of the era is intact, but you will find a modernized interior with updated mechanicals including main house HVAC (2017), roof (2010-2011) and updated electrical panel (2008) hot water heater (2017) and Indo window inserts which provide temperature and sound insulation all while preserving the historic windows. The charming front porch is in vintage perfection. Additional features include: 2'' faux wood blinds, ceiling fans & inside laundry/storage room. Gorgeous original hardwood flooring flows throughout main house.

Posted on October 19, 2018 .

Lock and Leave in gated community of Phoenix! Phoenix Home for Sale

This gated community offers security, privacy and the beauty of low maintenance living. Spacious single level 2 bedroom home has plenty of living space inside and out with charming gated, private entry and inviting, private back yard with built-in fireplace and planters. Wood flooring throughout and updated bathrooms include penny tile and granite. The kitchen offers plenty of cabinets in bright white with copper back splash. Convenient location close to the 17, the 101 and public bus stops.

Posted on October 16, 2018 .

R.E.A.L with Matt and Katie - How we do it and the apps that run our life - Episode 4

Matt and Katie here!  We are a married couple that has been conquering the world of Real Estate in Phoenix AZ for years together. In this podcast we'll share our lives, our experience and wisdom.  

In episode four, we share a little about our lives and some of the systems and apps we use between the two of us to keep it all together.

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