OMG...Hope This Doesn't Happen With Your New Build

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I thought I had seen it all until I witnessed this! Yep, this house had to be picked up and moved across the street because of a BIG error. The builder ended up putting the house WAY to close to the fence on one side. So close that the neighbors could high five! Word is that the builder is taking care of the buyers and making it right thankfully.

My thoughts...how does this get that far to where they just noticed the issue? Just looking at it I could have told you it was too far over. If they had a New Build Ninja checking on their home regularly the issue may have been intercepted earlier. 

Anyway..random thought of the day. If you were the buyer, would you continue with the purchase? I'm wondering how many times the truck will have to back up and move over to line up the home perfectly.

 

Posted on May 15, 2018 .

5 Educational Tips to Learn About Buying a Home

How exciting to start the process of buying your own home! This is a very exciting time, but can also be scary with the fear of the unknown! Our goal is to help ease your nerves and learn the home buying steps before you hit the pavement and view some properties. The worst is when you find a home you're in love with only to find out you can't have it just yet. 

1) Who is this Ryan Guy? 

You're probably wondering who this Ryan guy is that we recommend for your Mortgage! Check out this video of him explaining the process of applying for a home loan and answering some questions you might be already thinking! Talking to Ryan is going to be your first step in learning what you can afford and the steps it will take to achieve your homeownership dreams.

Meet Ryan!

2) The Downpayment Assistance Programs

Lots and lots of our clients have benefited from the Down Payment Assistance Programs including ourselves! Contrary to Popular Belief, these are not only for First Time Buyers. If you're planning to occupy the home, let's "taco" bout the Downpayment Assistance Grants.

Info about our experience here:

How We Bought For Only $750 Down

3) Buyer Cheat Sheet

A copy of our Buyer Cheat Sheet will be crucial to your home search. This has tips for what to do when preparing to buy, info about the loan programs, and a list of the home buying steps. You can use this as a checklist throughout the process to check off where you are and know what's next.

Email me for a copy of the Cheat Sheet! 

Jennifer@evoaz.com
  
4) What Costs Can I Expect?

Next up! Here is a sweet informal video from Katie Lambert, our Team Owner, about some costs to expect when buying or selling a home. The first half is geared toward home buyers. Definitely take a peek at it when you get a chance!

Closing Costs for Buyers and Sellers

5) Where to Move?


So you're ready to start looking, YAY! This link has 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Neighborhood. There are some GREAT tips here that you probably didn't think of!

Tips on Choosing a Neighborhood


JD a.k.a. Jen Duncan

Jennifer@evoaz.com

480-707-7554

Posted on April 23, 2018 .

Phoenix Real Estate Tip of the Week...#1 - The Appraisal

An appraisal can be a scary thing! Is the home going to be worth what I'm buying it for? Or, is my appraisal going to be high enough so I can get rid of my Private Mortgage Insurance? Some people are wondering what the heck an appraisal is!

When you buy, sell, or refinance a home, it must have an appraisal completed to ensure the home is worth what you are purchasing it for. The only instance where you wouldn't need an appraisal is if the buyer is paying cash and not taking out a mortgage.

An appraisal can be very exciting if you find out your home is worth more than you are buying it for, but can also be detrimental if it comes in under value and both parties can't agree to lower the price. 

It's important for your Realtor to take some measures to help with this process. Because the Phoenix Real Estate market is a sellers market currently, sellers are pricing their homes higher to see what kind of offers they can get, and they are getting them! Some agents are encouraging their clients to offer above list price in an effort to secure the home against multiple offers. However, this plan can backfire badly! It's always a good idea for your Realtor to research the last 90 days of comparable home sales when putting together an offer to be proactive and avoid any appraisal headaches. A great listing agent will have a conversation with the appraiser to go over the comparable home sales, best features of the home, and perks of the neighborhood in an effort to educate them on why the purchase price should be supported.

We recently started the process of refinancing our new build home in Eastmark. Because the home is only 6 months old, there are not many listings on the Multiple Listing Service to run a comparable home search. This lead the appraiser to just grab homes in the same size range that weren't truly a match to our home.

Here are 5 Things I Did to Help the Appraiser Determine Our Home Value:

1) Pulled all of the park facing homes that closed in the last 90 days that are model matches.

2) Compared lot sizes and similar features

3) Listed all upgrades that we've done to the home after moving in

4) Attached a sheet with all of our upgrades from the design center

5) Provided a link to the builder website to show the cost to build our exact model 

As always, if you are thinking of moving in the near future please feel free to reach out so we can chat about what's best for you!

Much Love,

Jen Duncan a.k.a. JD a.k.a #NewBuildNinja

Jennifer@EvoAZ.com

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Posted on April 12, 2018 .

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful..Six Months in Our Eastmark Build

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I can't believe today is SIX months since we moved into our brand new home in Eastmark. We are over the moon about living here and it's been amazing seeing our little corner complete construction! The fact that you can go outside and see neighbors chatting, kids playing and an overall sense of community is something special here in AZ. The last six months have been a great chance to reflect on some of the choices we made and think about some of the things that we wish we would have changed.

Let's start with the good!

1) Lot Placement

We chose our specific lot because it faced the park and had no neighbors behind. Small perks that we noticed on our lot hunt were a tall wall in the back for privacy and a smooth entry driveway.  We also love that we aren't situated near any main entrances to our part of the neighborhood so it cuts down on chances of speeding while the kids are out playing. We lucked out with having some amazing neighbors! There are kids galore in our section. The beauty of Eastmark is they have a little something for everyone such as entry level homes, move up homes, and retirement options. One of the reasons we chose our section is because A) it was in our budget and B) after working in Real Estate for a bit, I know that this price point it will attract a lot of families with younger kiddos which is perfect for our daughter.

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2) Paint

We are SO happy that we decided to hire a painter to come in and paint our interior before moving in. Sure, it sounds super easy to just have the builder do it (at a premium of course), but it was 100% worth it to have Sun Valley Painting Professionals come in and do it the right way. The builder will typically use flat paint which is NOT kid friendly. We were able to choose which colors we wanted and upgraded to a Cashmere finish which is more durable if you have little ones. This saved us over $1,000 from having the builder paint and we got a more customized look.

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3) Fixtures

At first we were unsure if we should pay the premium to upgrade things like our faucets, fans and lighting or just do it ourselves. I'm happy to say that I'm still in love with our fixture choices. It saved a lot of money in the long run (think interest on a 30 year loan) to go with the standard items and upgrade later. 

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There are so many more amazing things about this home, but let's shift to the Bad.

The Bad

1) The backsplash (or the Granite)

One of the choices I wish we had waited on is the backsplash. We had pre-picked out that backsplash because we LOVED the brushed aluminum look and had to have it. As you can see from our sample photos, our granite turned out MUCH busier looking than the sample piece. They did warn us that styles may vary since granite is a natural stone and not manmade.

If I could go back, I would not have had the builder do the backsplash and waited to see what our countertops were going to look like. If you are doing a Quartz style where the pattern doesn't vary as much, this doesn't apply to you as much. We actually love how the granite turned out, but a simpler backsplash would make it look perfect!

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2) Big Giant Showers

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the huge walk in shower...but, if we were able to travel back in our DeLorean, we would absolutely have had it tiled with something that doesn't show so much dirt. The shower is so big, you almost have to walk a mile before your feet hit any kind of water. In Arizona, we don't have clean feet unless you wear socks all day! If you can't afford to upgrade the tile, absolutely get the grout sealed ASAP before moving in. Luckily, this is something that can be changed by hiring the right professional.

New build tip: If you are opting for a huge open shower, be sure to put add a door to the entrance of your master bath so you can close the door and steam it up before showering. I've heard many people say they freeze their butts off in their giant showers.

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3) Sinks

I definitely still love the square sink style. The only draw back is they are very hard to keep clean! Maybe it's a personal problem since I don't put in much effort. Since they don't have a normal round bowl to get that pesky toothpaste down the drain, the mess just tends to sit there. If we could do a do-over, I would go with the granite countertop upgrade and oval sink combo.

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The Beautiful

This neighborhood just drops my jaw daily. Everything here is so pretty from the parks, the Bus Stop at the Visitors Center, the Pool/Splashpad, the Diner...the list goes on! We are even getting our own farm in the neighborhood where we can get fresh produce and eggs. Many people tell me they don't want to live this far out until they actually see it in person. I sure would have wanted to be the first person in Chandler before it got huge! This area is booming and there are tons of jobs coming to Southeast Mesa along the Elliot Technology Corridor. With 5 schools choices with-in 2 miles, there is something for everyone! 

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To stay up to date on everything Eastmark, check out The Eastmark Experience on Facebook! 

If you're thinking of building new now or in the future, send me a message! I have my new build radar on everyday and will look out for the best neighborhood that fits your needs. We have special deals for our clients so be sure to ask about our coupons!

Happy Hump Day!

Jen Duncan a.k.a JD a.k.a #NewBuildNinja

Jennifer@evoaz.com

https://www.facebook.com/JenDuncanRealtor/

 

Posted on April 4, 2018 .

5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Neighborhood

1) Check Crime Stats and Sex Offenders

Be sure to check the crime stats and registered sex offenders list. There’s nothing worse than moving into a neighborhood to discover that there are less desirable areas nearby. When we built our first home, we didn’t do any exploring past 2 miles from the home site and regretted it later when the crime increased in our area. We knew right then that when we decided to start a family we would need to move. Crime statistics, the sex offender registry and more can be found in the Buyer Advisory.

2) Check Upcoming Foreclosures

Most agents don’t know to do this!  If there are one or two...that’s typical and shouldn’t have too much impact. If it’s 10 or 20 then that could be something to consider when thinking about your future home value.

3) Talk With Other Moms!

Talk with other Moms or people that are familiar with the area.  Try to join the Facebook neighborhood groups and ask questions about things to do in the immediate area. You'll want to ask about schools, parks, restaurants, etc. MOMnationAZ is a great place to start. What is better than a network of over 4,500 Moms who live all over the Valley? We all know Moms crave adult conversation away from their kids so start asking away!

Think about if you want a neighborhood that is amenity rich like Eastmark, a family favorite, or if you’d like a no frills, no HOA neighborhood where you’re free to park work vehicles and RV’s and paint your home whatever color you please.

4) Do a Drive By

Drive by day and night, weekend and weekdays. Go hang out at the park and observe the area. It may be quiet all week long, but party central on the weekends, and not the kind of party you want to go to. Also, try talking with neighbors while visiting. This will be a great indicator to get a feel for the neighborhood and help you decide if you want to live there.

Remember, you have 10 days after making an offer on a home to do your due diligence and solidify your decision. Should you decide you want to back out of a home purchase in those 10 days, you will not be out any money.

5) Consider Commute Time

During the honeymoon phase of a new house, the 45 minute drive to work might not bother you, but it eventually will once the "newness wears off". Dobson Ranch is a great neighborhood to consider if you’re looking for a neighborhood with great amenities, but also a quick commute to Phoenix.

Remember, your Realtor cannot steer you to or away from a certain area as it is against the Code of Ethics. You can, however, give them a wants/needs list of what you’re looking for in an area and they can go to work to help you find what you’re looking for based on experience and area knowledge.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with ANY Real Estate questions!

Happy House Hunting!

Jen Duncan a.k.a. JD!

Jennifer@evoaz.com

480-707-7554 (Text Friendly)

Posted on March 12, 2018 .

You Shouldn't Build a New Home...

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I met one of our new neighbors the other day, super sweet, and just moved here from Colorado. This was their first new build and they were SO excited to start their new life here. They had their final walkthrough, moved in, and then started realizing everything that was wrong with the house. It's not their fault, they don't know what they don't know. Of course they relied on builder to find all the errors because they are working for you right? Well kinda...

As the seller, it's the builder's job to be fair, complete your home and make sure it's up to code. They hire a ton of sub-contractors that should be doing the job right as you would assume. We're all human though, there is bound to be an error or two. If you had looked at her home, you would think it looked great! However, they didn't know what to look for. They were high on emotions that "OMG our house is done!" They didn't have a #NewBuildNinja in their court.

Instead of being SO excited to move in, they are having to deal with submitting several warranty requests and having things fixed that you really don't have time for when you're moving to a whole new state. If I had been working with them as their buyer's agent, I could have caught the issues throughout the process and at the blue tape walkthrough. I do not have OCD, but when I'm at a blue tape walkthrough, I turn on my OCD and generally catch just about everything before you sign and move in.

So...You Shouldn't Build a New Home...Without Me, Your New Build Ninja! 

My goal is to save headaches, marriages, and sanity while you are in the process of building a home and moving. Yes I said save marriages. Can you imagine two people walking into a design center with totally different ideas in mind and the arguments that can come from that? You're talking design elements that will be part of your home for a LONG time, not to mention the money. I LOVE helping clients with determining the best upgrades for their money and how they can save on their upgrades by doing some things themselves after they move in.

Here are just a few other things I can help with during your new build:

1) Helping you choose a neighborhood based on your wants, needs, and school choices

2) Scoping out the best deals and incentives

3) Help choose the best lot that will not be detrimental to your home value 

4) Review the contract and make sure you're represented

5) Check on your home at least every 2 weeks

6) Check for any floor plan errors before the concrete slab is poured

7) Attend the Design Center appointment to help with design choices and money saving tips.

8) Attend the frame orientation and blue tape walkthrough. (The blue tape walkthrough is where you tag any defects or blemishes with blue tape a week before closing to have those items fixed)

9) Review final settlement statement to ensure no pricing and fee errors

10) Attend the final walkthrough and closing! I'll ask questions you probably didn't think to ask!

Be sure to present me with our $500 off Closing Costs Coupon. Not only will you NOT have to pay me to help with your new build, but we're hooking you up with an extra $500! 

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If you're thinking about a new build in the future, fill out my New Build Matchmaker form and I will keep my eyes peeled for the perfect neighborhood for you!

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-Jen Duncan a.k.a. #NewBuildNinja - Jennifer@evoaz.com - 480-707-7554

Posted on January 17, 2018 .

How We Bought Our Home For ONLY $750 Down!

Time seriously flies! We've actually been in our house for over 3 months now and it's been such a hot mess getting unpacked that I haven't posted pictures! It's been wonderful living here. This neighborhood is like a utopia and we've nicknamed our street Princess Row because of how many little girls we have. When I first visited this community back in early 2016 I knew it was where we wanted Munch to grow up. I just love that the kids can come knock on the door and play on a whim.

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Everyone has been asking me about how we bought our new build home with such a low downpayment. I kid you not, we only put down $750 on this home as our down payment. The Home Plus Grant program gave us right around $14,250 for the rest of the down payment to total a 5% down Conventional Loan. This is a dramatic difference from our last two rentals where we had to put out $4,000-$5,000 just to move in! The awesome thing with having a mortgage too is that you don't have to make your first payment for 30-60 days depending on your closing date! Pair that with our $500 OFF closing costs and you have your moving costs covered! Grant program info: http://www.arizonadownpaymentassistance.com/

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Here's the deal though... we started chatting with Ryan, our Finance Ninja, about 2 years before buying. We had a few things we needed to pay down and wanted our credit in tip top shape. We originally were not going to do the Grant Program until Ryan and his rockstar advice told us to move around some debts so that Chris could qualify on his own. We can't thank him enough. Seriously, you are missing out if you are not working with him. We had a NIGHTMARE of an experience with one of the big banks back in 2010 and working with Ryan is a breath of fresh air. He treats all of our clients like gold and is SO patient. 

Do yourself a favor and if you are thinking of moving now or in the next few years, have a quick chat with him NOW. It will only benefit you to be able to boost your credit and know that when your dream home pops up, you'll be ready! 

Contact info for Ryan Gilliam

https://www.evoaz.com/finance-questions/

If you're curious about the buying process, send me an email at Jennifer@evoaz.com or find me on Facebook and I'll hook you up with our buyer cheat sheet that goes over the process step by step. We can also meet up for coffee and I can answer all of your questions.

And if you want to start drooling at some dream homes, saving favorites, and getting a feel for neighborhoods check out our brand new MLS search at www.teamevolutionrealestate.com

Happy New Year!

-Jen Duncan a.k.a. #NewBuildNinja  -  480-707-7554  -  Jennifer@evoaz.com

Posted on January 16, 2018 .

7 Tips to Ease Your Blue Tape Walkthrough!

Our closing date came up so fast and I never got a chance to address blue tape. This is the term used when you have your walkthrough with the builder a week before closing. There are actually a few different colors of tape depending on what needs to be fixed (drywall, baseboard touch ups, stucco, etc). We did notice a lot of things that needed attention and I'm notorious for holding up the line and backing them up to point out areas that need tape. I told one of my clients recently that I have zero OCD unless I'm at a blue tape walkthrough. 

Most people would say "I don't need a Realtor with me for blue tape". That couldn't be more from the truth. A lot of people have anxiety asking for cosmetic fixes and they get caught up in the excitement that they are finally almost homeowners. Also, most of the time, people have no idea what to even be looking for. It's always a good idea to have an extra pair of eyes at your walkthrough!

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ere are some of my personal tips for your Blue Tape Walkthrough:

 

1) Make sure you eat before. This could be a 2 hour appointment and you don't want to be hangry and rushing through your walkthrough.

2) Get a babysitter!

3) Bring water just in case they don't bring you any. 

4) Bring some toilet paper because... You know!

5) Take photos of items you want to remember to check on at your final walkthrough. 

6) Bring a list of upgrades you chose. You'll often forget some of them and you want to make sure you get everything you paid for. It's also a good idea to visit the home throughout the build so you can catch major issues. I do this for my clients too! In our home the builder put in the wrong baseboards!! 

7) Get excited because you're almost homeowners!!

And of course, if you're thinking about building a new home, contact me! It doesn't cost you anything to work with a Realtor on your new build. In fact, I have coupons that will put money back in your pocket! 

Feel free to call, text, email or Facebook! I'm always happy to talk new builds.

Jen Duncan a.k.a. #NewBuildNinja

480-707-7554

Jennifer@evoaz.com

https://www.facebook.com/JenDuncanRealtor/

Posted on November 29, 2017 .

Leading, Lagging...Which Is It?

Ok Gilbert! The confusion is finally coming to an end. Gilbert has used the lagging left traffic signal forever, which gets very confusing if you travel between Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa daily. I personally have been stuck out in the middle of an intersection where I thought I would get the left turn arrow after the green, but turned out I was on the border of Mesa and Gilbert. 

Gilbert is working to change over the traffic signals to have the left turn arrow turn green before the regular green light. Here is what you need to know for the phases of this project! 

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Posted on August 29, 2017 .

It Will All Work Out!

I tend to hate that saying "What's meant to be will happen". I'm VERY impatient and don't like waiting, especially when hungry. My husband will tell you that I'm not one to mess with when Hangry. So when someone tells me that things will happen when they are meant to happen, I tend to grunt at you. It's SO true though.

We started our journey back to homeownership about 2 years ago. It was a few months after we sold our home in Chandler and become renters again. Last year we started looking at homes because we were anxious to buy again and I thought this home was THE ONE! I HAD to have it. The tree lined streets, Craftsman style, and adorable neighborhood were perfect to me. The home needed some updating, but I was down for it. Chris on the other hand, wasn't really into it. We were still torn on if we wanted to build new for a higher dollar amount or buy a resale and fix it up. I was bummed because I thought THE ONE got away. 

A few months later, the community that I had been waiting for in Eastmark opened up. They were the Parkside homes with a 3 car garage at a more affordable price point than most we had been seeing for the size. We started the process on that one and put down a lot hold. I was ecstatic that we were moving to Eastmark! The first time I drove through the neighborhood I just had a feeling we would live there. It's like a Utopia in the making! This, I thought, would be our dream home. I was a little bit bummed of settling for a Spanish style when all along I longed for that Craftsman.

However...I had been eyeballing a floor plan for over a year now admiring the long hallway. I never thought it was attainable so I didn't look into it. One day, I decided we needed to do one of our famous MOMnationAZ New Build Tours at these models. The second I saw it in person, I just knew. That was it! This is what was meant to happen. We were to sign on the other house a few days later, but I called Chris and told him "Babe, there's another house" as if I was cheating on the other one. I brought Chris back there and he said there was no question "It was the house!". We ended up getting that Craftsman style that I wanted so bad in a new build that we thought we could never have.

 

 

Without Ryan Gilliam, our rockstar lender's help, this would not have been attainable. In the end, what was meant to be, happened! If you lose out on that "perfect" home, just know that something better will likely come along!

If you're feeling discouraged or if homeownership feels like it's years away, GET STARTED NOW! It's just like dieting, most people see the after and want the results right away when in reality, this takes time. Neither Ryan or I bite, so please feel free to reach out to us now if you're thinking of buying in the future! 

-Jen Duncan a.k.a. New Build Ninja

Message me on my Facebook page or give me a call/email. (480)-707-7554, Jennifer@evoaz.com

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferduncanRealtor/

www.newbuildninja.com - Search New Builds here!

 

 

Posted on July 31, 2017 .

Want to Search a Full List of New Builds?

Boy do I have a treat for you! I remember when we were looking for our new home having to think of all the builder's names and trying to remember who was where. Well now, I have a resource for you to look up ALL of the New Build communities in the Valley. This site will allow you to save floor plans and communities!

Happy Searching!

www.NewBuildNinja.com

As always, if you have any questions about a particular builder, contact me! 

Jennifer@evoaz.com

480-707-7554

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferduncanRealtor/

#NeverGoAlone #BringYourBuyersAgent #ItDoesn'tCostAnything #AskAboutOurNewBuildCoupon

Posted on July 6, 2017 .

The Importance of a Pre-Drywall Walkthrough!

I can't believe we are already at this stage! Our new home is ahead of schedule and it's really starting to feel real!

We had our pre-drywall walkthrough recently which went pretty well. We chose to have Alati's Home Inspection come out before we met with our Project Manager to get their opinion on the build quality and any potential issues. Luckily most of the things our private inspector found were on the builders list of things to fix before drywall and stucco went on...except for one thing...

This model is famous for it's long gallery hallway or the "runway" as some call it. Because we did the option with the Guest Suite up front instead of the standard living room, it looked as though they forgot one of the columns and arches. Without it, it totally threw off the flow of that hallway. Chris didn't even notice the missing column it until I brought it up!

We pulled out the plans and brought it up to Randy, our Project Manager, that there should be a column there to match the rest of the hallway. He was really cool about it and the next day, we had a fixed column! This was SO much easier to fix before the drywall went in. Can you imagine having to rip all that out after the fact?

Sometimes people get so excited in the process that they forget to look for the small (or large) details. That is what I am there for, to be your extra pair of eyes and your advocate!  All is well and we now have Stucco and textured walls. It's really exciting to see everything happen before our eyes! 

If you have any questions about building a new home, resales or selling your home, feel free to reach out to me! Jennifer@evoaz.com, you can also message me on my Facebook Page with any questions.

-Jen Duncan a.k.a. #NewBuildNinja

Posted on June 19, 2017 .

Appraisals, What Are They and Why Do You Need One?

The Appraisal…. A word often heard and feared, but most of the time misunderstood. We’re going to dive in to why you would need a home appraisal and what the purpose is. How should I prepare for the appraiser? How much value does my pool add? What if the results are not what I expected? Does my new build need an appraisal? We coved this and more live with Gabe the appraiser, our Mortgage Ninja Ryan Gilliam and our #NewBuildNinja Jen Duncan!

Have any questions? Contact me at Jennifer@EvoAz.com

Posted on June 12, 2017 .

Dreams loading....

WOW! I realized I haven't updated here in the last few weeks. Spring Real Estate is in full swing and so many excited families are getting ready to build memories in their new homes. Our home is coming along nicely and we are getting ready to do our Frame Orientation with our Project Manager Randy before the drywall goes up. Our street is starting to look like a neighborhood and we've already met a few neighbors who have kids that are Munch's age! 

Anyway, this post is not about me. Currently I have 4 new build clients that are just about to break ground. One already started the framing for the foundation! It was a beautiful day so I decided to head out to take progress photos of everyone's dirt before building starts!

I stopped in my tracks for a second though to reflect. To some it's just desert dirt, but this dirt symbolizes the place where their kids will grow up, go to school, even take their first steps. These will be the front porches where Mom's take their kids' first Kindergarten photos before sending them off to their first day of school, they will be teaching their kids to drive and send them off to college. Kids will play, get dirty, and maybe even fight. Their holiday light game will be strong and Halloween will be a blast for years to come. I know for sure we will be having some MOMnationAZ block parties so hopefully the neighbors are cool with that! If not, I can help them sell their home so we can find some cool neighbors, HAHA!

We had an amazing victory when I drove around to take dirt photos. I just so happened to notice that the lot one of my clients wanted become available again. This was the lot they REALLY wanted so they would have the least chance of a two story home bearing down on them. We decided to ask if they would scooch them over and the builder was totally cool with it! The coveted corner lot and now they have it! I was SO excited for them and knew that making my rounds was worth it! Think about it though, if they didn't have me on their side, they probably would not have known about the lot coming available. #EpicvsBasic

The best is yet to come guys!

June 1st we are doing a new build tour to compare standard vs upgraded items. We will be visiting two builders. One builder includes higher end items standard whereas the other does not. We will compare and have a blast! Keep an eye on our MOMnationAZ Calendar of Events for times and details!

Have a great week guys! I'll be out there grinding to bring you the best and most updated New Build info!

-Jen a.k.a JD a.k.a #NewBuildNinja

Jennifer@evoaz.com

480-707-7554

Posted on May 22, 2017 .

We Have a Frame!

We had our pre-construction meeting a few weeks ago! This is where you meet your Project Manager or Superintendent as they call them sometimes. The purpose of that meeting is to learn the expectations of the build process and meet the person who will be overseeing everything. We went over our design selections to verify they had everything we had chosen. He let us know that the tension cables were in and the slab was going in in a few days! Luckily we went over there to see it because just a few days later we were SHOCKED to already see the frame up. It was really surreal, Chris kept looking back as we were driving like "NO WAY, Is that our frame!?" 

Sure enough, there it was! At that point was where it started to feel real. Our neighbors homes are starting to sprout up as well. We've already met one of our new neighbors through the neighbors Facebook page who has girls around Munch's age. It really solidified our decision to choose this neighborhood. There is such a sense of community. I'm so excited to do the FREE bootcamp in the park 3 days a week and FREE water aerobics 2 nights a week. Our section is selling out pretty fast as people are seeing the value in such an amazing neighborhood. 

Next step will be our pre-drywall inspection where we verify all the electrical is in the right places and check it out before they cover up all that wood frame! 

If you're interested in learning about new builds, let me be your guide! It is in your best interest to be represented by a Realtor in a new build transaction. It does not cost you any money for me to help you, but can save you tons of money! I have some inside information on the new amazing neighborhoods that are popping up, feel free to reach out! 

-JD aka #NewBuildNinja

Jennifer@EvoAZ.com

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

Interest Rates...

Interest rates...you always hear about them. I don't know about you, but worrying about my interest rate makes me more stressed on top of looking for the home of my dreams. Interest Rates are a necessary evil. I mean, why can't they just lend us the money for free? Haha, I wish! 

The rumor is that the Fed will be hiking interest rates up 3 times this year, which could mean your purchasing power will go way down. We don't know if it will really happen, but the economy is getting stronger, which usually means rates go up. For example, I had a client purchase last year at a 3.5% interest rate. Now, we are projected at 4.5% for our new home that will close toward the end of the year. That doesn't seem like much, but when I saw this graphic it really opened my eyes. 

Prices and rates are most likely heading upward. Last year we could have purchased a $350,000 home vs. this year where we could purchase up to $310,296. In our hot Phoenix market, that is a big difference in home size and features. It could even be the difference in moving to your preferred area with the higher rated schools and getting that gorgeous backyard oasis you've been dreaming of. 

This is definitely something to think about! Do you want to pay the same amount for a smaller home? I don't!

JD aka #NewBuildNinja

Jennifer@EvoAZ.com

 

Posted on April 13, 2017 .

Mortgage 101 - Learn How To Buy With ZERO Money Down

Mortgages Aint Magic, Get the Real Deal Here!

Are you afraid to chat with a Mortgage Lender because of fear of being let down? Think your questions are stupid?

Well, they are NOT! We went live on Facebook with one of the TOP rated Mortgage Lenders in Arizona and he was happy to answer the questions you’ve been dying to ask. He doesn’t bite, promise!

Check out how you can buy with ZERO down! YES, it still exists! 

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If you would like to have a quick chat with Ryan to get yourself on the right path to home ownership you can check out his page, Finance Questions, on our website or email me at Jennifer@EvoAZ.com.

Peace and Love,

JD aka #NewBuildNinja

Jennifer@EvoAZ.com

Posted on April 10, 2017 .

Holy Equity!!!

So I was just prepping with our home builder to do our pre-construction meeting. I decided to go on to their website and see if we had any neighbors yet. We do, SO Exciting. I hope they are cool.

I took a glimpse at the pricing and it has gone up $7,000 in two months!! WOW! I can't believe we already have equity and we haven't even moved in yet. This is a great indicator that the market is thriving here in the Valley. The South East Valley is seeing a lot of appreciation because many of the huge companies like Intel and Apple are bringing so many jobs. It's amazing to see!

If you're thinking of a new build, contact me! I can help you at no cost to you. I know the in's and out's of new builds and can give you extra guidance and representation of your best interests. 

Don't hesitate to reach out ever!! My job is to educate whether you are ready now or a year from now. 

-JD aka #NewBuildNinja

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Jennifer@evoaz.com

Posted on April 5, 2017 .

Kitchens and Bathrooms and Flooring...Oh My!

Yesterday was our design center appointment. The one where you walk through the beautiful showroom and drool over everything you think you can't have. We were so excited, yet nervous. You hear horror stories of going to the design center and going WAY over budget so that fear takes over! We were also super excited to be able to pick all of our colors for our very own house..the place where Munch will grow up, go to school, play with her friends, and have sleepover parties!

The appointment started out choosing electrical options. We were pretty discouraged at first because they kept naming off options of things we didn't even think about, but needed. It seemed to eat up our budget real quick. I was thinking "wouldn't it be better to put this at the end so you can choose your pretty stuff first!??" But then there probably wouldn't be any money left! 

Once we started getting into the kitchen and bathroom options it got more fun! We thought we had it all figured out until we started debating over granite styles, whether to do granite throughout the bathrooms too and what floors to choose. Did you know there are SEVERAL styles of wood plank tile and TONS of grout choices?! It's like going to the eye doctor and they are like "Camera one? Camera two?" We ended up with some options that REALLY worked with our style. At the end though, we did have to sit down and decide on wants vs. needs since we did end up over our budget. We ended up choosing a beautiful backsplash and blinds over upgrading all the bathroom fixtures throughout since you can change that out yourself later easily. 

Here are our final choices! We also did one of those awesome black granite composite sinks. I can't WAIT to see it all together!

It's important when choosing home options to think about what is easy to change out later and what will be the best investment. In my experience... Kitchen's, Bathrooms, and Flooring sell homes. Fixtures can be easily changed out after closing and purchased at a lower price than the builder offers. For example, we priced sink faucets at Lowe's the day before our appointment. The same faucet was $200 at Lowes vs. $500 through the builder. You also have to think about whether you want to finance an option for 30 years or just pay for it up front and do it yourself after you close. 

If you're looking to do a new build yourself and would like FREE representation from me, the #NewBuildNinja, contact me at Jennifer@evoaz.com! We'll also hook you up with this sweet deal we have going on now if you close on a New Build with our team! 

Stay tuned...next up is our Pre-Construction meeting! Getting close to breaking ground!

-JD aka #NewBuildNinja

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Posted on March 14, 2017 .