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Phoenix/Scottsdale Real Estate Blog

This Secret Will Help You Find a Home, Even in a Hot Seller’s Market

Here’s the secret to easily finding homes as a buyer in today’s market.

The market is on fire right now for sellers, so many people have been deciding to capitalize by putting their homes up for sale. However, there’s one question stopping some homeowners from jumping into this crazy real estate situation: If I sell, where will I go?

I’ll admit, it’s difficult to find a property in today’s market. It’s helpful to have an agent who has good relationships with other agents, a good reputation, and the tenacity to make sure your offer is accepted. There’s one little secret that can help you find the perfect home with minimal competition, though: the “coming soon” status on the MLS. 

There’s a large percentage of people who don’t know about this feature, which means they don’t know when a home is about to be listed. This gives you a chance to get in and buy the property before it comes onto the open market (which is full of competition right now). I’ll give you an example: This last weekend, we were helping a buyer and found a property that was coming soon. It never hit the market. Do you know why?

There’s a large percentage of people who don’t know about this feature, which means they don’t know when a home is about to be listed.

Our client purchased it. Nobody knew about it, and we were able to get into the property, see it, write an offer, and get it accepted. We did work to eliminate any possible friction from the transaction and essentially gave them what they wanted, and everyone walked away happy. It was truly a win-win situation.

If you’re looking to buy a home, we can find you properties before they hit the market and get you into the home of your dreams. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Top 5 Reasons to Own a Golf Course House in Scottsdale, AZ

Would you like to own a property in the Golf Mecca of the world?  Have you seen all Scottsdale golf course homes for sale?  Here are the top 5 reasons why you would want to own a house on a golf course in Scottsdale, Arizona.

First, why Scottsdale, AZ?

There are a slew of reasons as to why Scottsdale, AZ is a phenomenal place to own real estate.  That is for another blog at another time; yet with year-round sunshine and daily high temperatures in “winter” hovering in the high 60’s – the low 80’s, it is very attractive for people to play golf year-round.  As a suburb of Phoenix, Scottsdale also is very accessible and easy to get to.  Also, the cost of living is still low compared to most destination cities across the country.  So let’s get right to the top 5 reasons why it makes sense to buy and own a home specifically on a golf course in Scottsdale.

Reason #5:  Amenities & Social Events.  The vast majority of golf course communities have amazing amenities which bode well for the lifestyle a golfer is typically looking for.  Many of the golf course communities in Scottsdale have amenities such as community pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, pickleball courts, fitness centers, yoga studios, and the list goes on.  Along with these amenities usually come social events.  Many of these communities have a social calendar in which they run events that residents of the community can attend not only for leisure and entertainment but also as ways to get to know other residents and neighbors.  This a great way to get to know and meet people outside of just the golf course.

Reason #4:  Views & Privacy:  If you own a house on a beautiful golf course in Scottsdale, you naturally will have a view of some type.  Why?  Since most homes in Arizona have block wall fences separating their backyards from their neighbors, owning a home on a golf course means you will have a wrought-iron “view” fence overlooking the golf course out the back of your yard.  This will give you the illusion of having a much larger backyard that you don’t have to maintain!  And… because Scottsdale is located in a natural valley, there is a good chance that you will have some type of mountain view off in the distance.  Owning a golf course home will also ensure that you will not have a neighbor directly behind you which will also provide additional privacy for you.

Reason #3Security & Safety:  The majority of golf course communities are located in either gated, or guard gated communities.  This allows for security for your house and of course all of the belongings inside.  While Scottsdale overall is a very safe city to live, owning a house in a gated community is even better.  Moreover, since many golf course homeowners live in Scottsdale part-time, it is nice to know that while you are not living there, it is safe and secure.  For the security of a gate or a guard gate, you will pay higher Homeowners Association dues on either a monthly or quarterly basis.  Most of these communities have HOA dues monthly in the range of $200 – $400 a month which for most homeowners, is completely worth it.  These dues will also include other items of value which could range from common area maintenance, to private street maintenance, to front yard maintenance, to even some utilities being covered.

Reason #2Resale Value.  There is no doubt that owning a home on a golf course provides you further insulation from market downsides while providing amazing appreciation when the housing market goes up.  They aren’t making more land, which means new golf courses aren’t popping up every year, which means the amount of golf course lots are limited.  When you own a limited asset, you naturally will make more money than the asset that is plentiful.  It is common that homes on golf course lots in Scottsdale can sell for 8%-10% more than homes in the same community on a normal interior lot.

Reason #1:  Drumroll please………Convenience, you get to walk right outside your backyard and play golf!  Does it get any better than this?!?  Do you like to practice golf?  The ability to possibly play a hole at dusk when the course is empty (with permission of course :)) is amazing.  If you live close to holes one, nine, ten, or eighteen, you could possibly walk to the golf course to start your round or to practice at the driving range. There is just something about being on the golf course that gives you that resort-style feeling and connects you to the game.

If you would like to see all homes currently for active fo sale in Scottsdale, AZ on a golf course, contact us and we will email that link to you quickly.

For any general questions or information about homes for sale on golf courses in Scottsdale, AZ please contact us at 480-227-2028 via phone or text OR email at info@kellycookhomes.com as would love to assist you in buying your future home on a golf course in sunny Scottsdale, AZ!

What’s the True Value of a Listing Agent?

Here’s how a quality listing agent can maximize—or save—your sale.

As we close in on spring, our seller’s market is hotter than ever. If you’re one of the countless sellers looking to maximize your home sale in 2021, then today’s video is a must watch. I’m diving deep into the value that an agent on the selling side should be bringing you when listing your home on the market.   

 

When all the leverage is tilted in sellers’ favor, many people assume that selling their home will be easier than ever—so easy, that they won’t have any need for a listing agent. Wow, they couldn’t be more wrong! An experienced listing agent helps you double down on your strong position and maximize your bottom line. They’re also your best hedge against a low appraisal.    

 

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to skip to topics that interest you most:   

 

1:25 — Prepping, repairs, staging, and the beauty of the “coming soon” phase   

2:45 — A skilled listing agent should help you drive the price up and get the best terms possible  

3:25 — What happens when the appraisal comes in lower than the purchase price?  

5:29 — How I jumped in to save a deal after a buyer’s agent botched an appraisal rebuttal   

6:52 — Being able to bring families joy is why I do what I do   

7:17 — Wrapping up today’s topic   

 

As always, feel free to reach out if you have more questions about this or any other real estate topic. I’m happy to be a resource for you and assist with whatever buying, selling, or investing needs you may have. I look forward to hearing from you soon.