Home Inspections

Having A Home Inspection Can Unearth DIY Mistakes Some home sellers seem surprised when a buyer unveils a home inspection report that lists minor, or possibly more serious, repair issues that need to be addressed as part of the sale. When the time comes for negotiation between buyer and seller, haggling over these issues can… Read more »

Desert Living: Tips for Choosing Patio Furniture

One of the best things about living in Arizona is getting to enjoy the outdoors. Unlike living in Chicago or New York, Arizonans don’t have to winterize their patio every year, but the unique climate in the southwest can be better suited for certain outdoor furniture materials. Here are a few tips to keep in… Read more »

Refacing kitchen cabinets

What’s the remedy for kitchen cabinets that are beginning to look a little down and out? Well, a new face of course. So how do you go about getting your cabinets a new face? Refacing means covering the exposed cabinet frames (or boxes) with a veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer… Read more »

Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval Process Explained

You have decided it is time to buy a home. Excited to start the search you contact your real estate agent and want to start viewing homes. But wait! You have forgot the most important first step! You need to get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan by your lender. I am often asked several questions about… Read more »

Spotlight on Jonathan Brown, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

Desert Heritage: How did you get started in your industry? Jonathan: After separating active duty with the US Air Force in 2004, I was attending school full time while delivering pizza full time for Pizza Hut in Austin, TX.  I came across a job posting that stated “NEW HOME SALES.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.”  I responded… Read more »

Ready to purchase a new home but short on cash?

With an FHA mortgage loan and  Home in 5 my last client was able to purchase a home for 270K, ZERO down, seller concessions, plus a 1 year home warranty plan, and $1000 earnest deposit returned at close of escrow!  Too good to be true? I’m happy to say it’s TRUE!“What is this Home in 5 you speak… Read more »

Do I really need a Home Inspection?

The answer is always YES, even if you are a super hero with special powers to see through walls! You need to know what you are getting into before you sign on the dotted line. There can be issues that your seller is unaware of. There may be problems you will want fixed prior to purchasing… Read more »

New Year – New Home? Part 3: Location, location, location!

How to Choose a Lot When Buying a New Home In part 2 of this blog series, I encouraged you to “do your homework” by researching home builders before leaving a deposit or signing on the dotted line. All builders are different and you deserve to make an informed decision when buying a new home…. Read more »

New Year – New Home? Part 2: Do Your Homework!

How to Research Builders Before Buying Your New Home in the West Valley In part 1 of this series, I touched on some things to consider before you buy a new home. One of the first things I mention is to research home builders. In the Phoenix area’s West Valley, there are dozens of builders… Read more »

New Year – New Home?

2015 is going to be an exciting year for home buyers. Builders are back and the West Valley is once again breaking ground! According to Homebuilders Marketing, Inc., an independent firm that collects data and analyzes the housing market, new home sales in the Phoenix area are on the upswing with positive growth expected over… Read more »