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Why to Buy and Sell In Fountain Hills This Fall!

by Lisa Murray

Fall has arrived in Fountain Hills, and with it, a great season to buy, sell or both in the Fountain Hills real estate market! The busy schedule of summer is behind us and the holiday season hasn’t arrived yet. This is between time is a great chance to accomplish your real estate goals. As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, I am here to help!

Not sure if now is the right time? Let’s discuss some of the reasons why now is a great time to sell:

1.  Demand is strong. With low interest rates and prices on the rise, buyers are eager to buy now and save! As a seller, there is no better time to sell than when buyer demand is strong.

2.  There is less competition. Housing inventory is under the six-month supply that is needed in a normal housing market, which means there aren’t enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers. This could lead to a fast sale and multiple offers for a seller!

3.  The process could be quicker. Buyers know they need to stand out in this competitive market, so most serous buyers are already pre-approved. This makes the home-selling process much faster! Also, the time to close on a loan has dropped to 43 days on average.

4.  It’s time to move up. If you want to sell your Fountain Hills home so that you can move up to a bigger home, there isn’t going to be a better time! Do so now, before rates and prices increase more.

Now, let’s talk about why this fall is the time to buy:

1.  Prices are on the rise. Home prices have already appreciated by 6.7 percent over the last 12 months, and they’re expected to increase by 5.0 percent over the next year. The sooner you buy, the more you can save!

2.  Mortgage rates are low. Interest rates have been hovering around 4 percent, which historically, is still a very low rate. However, many experts predict they will rise over the next 12 months. The lower your rate, the lower your mortgage payment will be every month!

3.  You’re paying a mortgage either way. If you rent, you’re paying your landlord’s mortgage and investing in his/her future. If you pay your own mortgage, you’re investing in your own future! You will see that money again when you go to sell, so it’s like forced savings. With rent, you never see that money again.

Whether you’re buying, selling or both this fall in the Fountain Hills real estate market, it’s time to move on with your life! Remember the reasons you want to buy or sell in the first place, and keep them in mind while going through the process. If you have questions, or you’d like help getting started, contact me, your Fountain Hills real estate agent! I am here for you!

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Fountain Hills, AZ Events This September

by Lisa Murray

The summer season is coming to a close in Fountain Hills, AZ, but luckily, our gorgeous weather keeps going! As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on upcoming events and activities for you to enjoy with your family or friends, or for you to get out and meet others in the Fountain Hills community! Mark down the events that sound most fun to you.

1.  Fountain Hills Theater presents ‘Chicago’ during the month of September, from Sept. 1-17. Tickets are $35 for adults and $28 for ages 17 and under. Senior discount tickets are available for Thursday night performances. Get swept up in the roaring twenties of Chicago! 

2.  The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery is a great place to find artsy activities! On Sept. 11, create a vintage art journal to take home with you. On Sept. 17, learn the basics of wet felting to create a unique bird pot to hang in your backyard! Sept. 18, create a blue agave oil painting. Sept. 20, create a Sonoran sunset scene with acrylics. Sept. 24, create a creosote bouquet with oil paintings. Lots of options! 

3.  September weather is perfect for free Movies in the Park in Fountain Park! On Sept. 14, watch ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at 7 p.m. Sept. 23, fall in love with the tale of ‘Beauty of the Beast’ all over again with this year’s remake at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack a picnic and make an evening of it! 

4.  For more free entertainment, check out Ballet Under the Stars at Fountain Park on Sept. 22! From 7 to 9 p.m., relax as you watch Ballet Arizona perform its annual seasonal opener with classical and contemporary works in a casual setting. Get there early to claim a great spot to watch! 

5.  Oktoberfest will take place Sept. 29 and 30, which will be a great way to end the month with a bang! Celebrate Bavarian culture at Fountain Park with traditional dance performances, elaborate costumes, traditional music and plenty of German food and beverages! 

As you can see, the fun never ends in Fountain Hills, AZ. Enjoy your upcoming month with this list of community events and activities. When you are ready to achieve your Fountain Hills real estate market goals, contact me! As a reliable, experienced Fountain Hills real estate agent, I can answer all of your questions and guide you through the home-buying or home-selling process, or both simultaneously! Give me a call and find out how I can help. 

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Great Tips for Preparing Your Home For Sale!

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Why to Work With a Fountain Hills Agent

by Lisa Murray

When you are ready to sell your Fountain Hills home, buy a Fountain Hills home, or do both simultaneously, you’d be wise to use a Fountain Hills real estate agent to guide you through the process! Whether it’s your first time or not, statistics show that both buyers and sellers are better off when they use an agent to help.

-Here are some statistics to give you an idea of how many buyers and sellers work with an agent:

-87 percent of buyers used a real estate agent to buy their home.

-88 percent of those buyers said they would use their agent again or would recommend them to someone else.

-89 percent of sellers used an agent to sell their home.

-Only 8 percent of homes were sold by owner in 2015, which was the lowest share of FSBO sales recorded since 1981.

-48 percent of sellers who don’t use an agent end up with a lower-than-expected selling price.

-Homes listed by an agent sell for an average of 18 percent more than if sold by owner!

As you can see, statistics prove that working with an agent is wise for both buyers and sellers! Here are some more proven reasons why working with a Fountain Hills real estate agent is a smart decision:

1.  If buying and selling simultaneously, it’s very tricky to pull off a purchase and a sale with one timeline. This can be one of the most stressful real estate situations. An agent can reduce your stress greatly by guiding you with their knowledge and skill in this situation.

2.  Agents know neighborhoods better than anyone and can keep you informed on the latest information about active listings, sold properties, sold prices, etc. This saves you a lot of time doing research on your own, and the information you find might be outdated.

3.  Agents have access to a wider selection of listings than you can find on your own. Sometimes, listings are available but aren’t yet listed or visible to the public. Agents can also get you in to see a property faster than you could on your own.

4.  When selling, buyers are much more apt to want to view a home with an agent than with the seller. An agent is usually available to show a home more often than the seller, and buyers are more comfortable viewing a home with an agent. This can lead to more showings and offers.

5.  Agents will supply you with all the necessary paperwork, which is getting more extensive every year for both buyers and sellers. Agents can also help negotiate the best deal for you, schedule necessary appointments, get you in contact with other professionals and more.

Ready to schedule an appointment with me to talk about your home-buying or home-selling goals in the Fountain Hills real estate market? Contact me, your Fountain Hills real estate agent, at your earliest convenience and let’s get started!

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Fourth at the Fountain in Fountain Hills, AZ

by Lisa Murray

Fourth of July is coming up next week, which means so is Fourth at the Fountain! This is the annual star-spangled family event that occurs every year in Fountain Hills, AZ in celebration of America’s birthday. If you’re new to the area, or it has been awhile since you attended this annual event, allow me to fill you in with the details. As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, I am here to keep you informed on everything happening in Fountains Hills, real estate and otherwise!

Fourth at the Fountain takes place on Tuesday, July 4th, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Fountain Park. Admission is free, and you could walk away with some prizes and giveaways! A DJ will be playing music all night for families to get their groove on. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and a rock climbing wall. When you get hungry or thirsty, indulge in some Italian ice, frozen lemonade and other delicious treats to beat the heat with.

Of course, what is a Fourth of July event without fireworks? These begin around 9 p.m. over Fountain Lake. You are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and whatever else will make you comfortable. Stake out a spot early to get the best view! You may bring picnics as well, but no glass, alcohol or personal fireworks or sparklers are allowed. Frisbees, balls and other type of lawn games are permitted.

There is public parking throughout downtown Fountain Hills, so enjoy a free evening of fun with family or friends in Fountain Hills, AZ.

There are other celebrations taking place a short drive away as well. Fourth of July Freedom Fest will take place at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess all weekend, June 30 through July 4. There, enjoy concerts, fireworks, American fare, military tributes, a vintage air show, poolside fun and more. Also, Casino Arizona in Scottsdale will be offering an array of dining specials at each of its six eateries on July 4th.

There’s always the opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July holiday at your Fountain Hills home, too! Invite your family or friends over for an old-fashioned pool party or barbecue. Or, hang out inside with the cool air conditioning and host a potluck with games. This is a great opportunity to spend time with those you love, and to take advantage of a day off work!

As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, I hope you’re fully able to celebrate and enjoy the Fourth of July summer holiday. When ready to accomplish your Fountain Hills real estate market goals this summer, contact me! Whether buying, selling or both, I am always here and ready to help make your dreams a reality. Summer is a great time for doing so! Don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Happy Independence Day!

Lisa Murray
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How Fountain Hills Homeowners Can Save On Energy Costs

by Lisa Murray

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, but here in Fountain Hills, we get to enjoy warm, sunny weather year-round! While this is fantastic in most respects, it isn’t great when it comes to our energy bills. If you like to crank up the A/C in your Fountain Hills home, you know what I’m talking about!

As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, allow me to share some tips on how you can save on energy costs this summer and all year long in Fountain Hills. Once you start seeing lower bills, save that extra cash for a down payment on a Fountain Hills home purchase, or for fun activities this summer season!

1.  Maintain your HVAC system. A broken HVAC system means a steamy Fountain Hills home, so keep it maintained! Inspect your outdoor unit regularly for signs of damage, liked warped panels or torn insulation. Look inside as well, to make sure no animals or debris have made a home there.

2.  Clean air filters. Replace air filters regularly, as dirty or clogged filters cause your A/C system to work harder. Also, keep all of your vents open, as closing vents creates more pressure in the ducts, which also causes the system to work harder. Clean vents each season to help with maximum air flow.

3.  Add a programmable thermostat. If no one is home for certain hours of the day, adding a programmable thermostat is a great way to save money during that time. You can program it so that the A/C doesn’t turn on while you’re gone, or is turned down while you sleep.

4.  Switch to LED bulbs. While LED bulbs are known for saving energy usage, they also don’t produce as much heat as incandescent bulbs, so it’s a win-win if you want to stay cool for less money! If you can’t afford to replace all of your bulbs at once, first replace bulbs in the rooms you use most.

5.  Use power strips. You may have heard that it is wise to turn off electronics at night. This saves energy and money on your energy bill, as you aren’t using them while asleep! The easiest way to remember to do this is to invest in power strips, so you can just click one button to turn off many devices.

For more tips on how to save energy this summer season in Fountain Hills, check out the tips from this RISMedia article. Other tips they suggest include not using an irrigation schedule, collecting rain water, using ceiling fans, keeping blinds closed and more. Are there any more tips that you would add? Leave a comment and share!

Keep cool this summer in Fountain Hills, AZ, and when ready to accomplish your Fountain Hills real estate goals, contact me! Summer is a great season for doing so, and as a Fountain Hills real estate agent, I would love to help you. Whether you’re buying or selling, give me a call! 

Lisa Murray
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Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day in Fountain Hills, AZ

by Lisa Murray

Mother’s Day is coming up! Do you know how you’re going to celebrate in Fountain Hills, AZ? As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, I’d like to offer you a few suggestions! You could attend a local event, plan your own unique outing with mom, or celebrate at home. Ask her what she'd most like to do! Here are some local options:

1.  Take mom to the theater. Fountain Hills Theater is currently presenting ‘Grand Hotel,’ which runs now through May 7. It takes place in 1928 Berlin, at the illustrious Grand Hotel. The performance will introduce you to a slew of eccentric hotel guests, as you watch their stories unfold. From the beautiful Prima Ballerina, to the deathly ill bookkeeper, you’ll be mesmerized. ‘A Beautiful Noise’ arrives May 12 at the theater, which is a high-energy musical revue, full of hit songs from Neil Diamond. Let mom take her pick!

2.  Relay For Life of Fountain Hills is this Saturday, April 29. Celebrate Mother’s Day early by signing up and walking with mom, in honor of cancer survivors and strugglers. It runs from noon to 10 p.m. at Fountain Park. Run or walk and show your support for those in the community, or for anyone you know who has dealt with the cancer fight. This event is always positive and uplifting, and a great, healthy activity for you and mom to partake in together! 

3.  Hike with mom! Fountain Hills, AZ has so many fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails. If your mom is a nature lover, get her out of the house and into some fresh air! Head to McDowell Mountain Regional Park or McDowell Mountain Preserve for some great trails and outstanding views. Or, you could choose an easier option and walk the Lake Overlook Trail right in the heart of Fountain Hills with mom. Either way, pack a picnic and a camera, and have a lovely outing as a family. 

4.  Plan a special Mother’s Day celebration at your Fountain Hills home. Sometimes, mom just wants to enjoy a day at home, chore-free. Bring mom breakfast in bed, cook dinner for mom, clean the house for mom, do the dishes for mom... you catch the drift! Wrap some gifts for her to open, invite family or close friends over to help you celebrate, lounge on your back patio with some frozen cocktails, watch old movies together… the options are endless. Just make sure mom’s feet are up, and she’s have a relaxing day while everyone takes care of her!

Enjoy planning your Mother’s Day this year in Fountain Hills! When ready to accomplish your Fountain Hills real estate goals, contact me, your Fountain Hills real estate agent. Is it mom’s dream to purchase the Fountain Hills home of her dreams? Make it happen with my professional help! I am here and ready to help all of your real estate dreams come true.

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Spring, Fountain Hills!

Lisa Murray
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Choose a Design Style for Your Fountain Hills Home

by Lisa Murray

If you're a new Fountain Hills homeowner, or you’re just looking to spruce up your current Fountain Hills home this spring, allow me to help you narrow down your design style! As a Fountain Hills real estate agent, I know how overwhelming it can be to decorate your home in the internet age.

Chances are, you’re constantly saving photos from the internet of what you want your dream home to look like. However, when all is said and done, you might have photos of kitchens with white, black, light wood, dark wood and orange cabinets! So, how do you decide which style to go with?

Here are some suggestions from a HouseLogic article, with a few of my own thrown in:

1.  Figure out your general vibe: Look at all of your saved photos from a broad perspective. Notice some general vibes in the photos, such as reoccurring colors, tones and styles that you’re drawn to. Do you most commonly like dark or light features? What color schemes keep popping up? Do you prefer old-fashioned, traditional or modern style? Pick up on the common vibes of your saved images, and write those down, or save them to a new board or folder.

2.  Pick out specific features from these images: If you’ve narrowed down kitchens to white kitchens, what type of cabinet style do you prefer? Do the kitchens have backsplashes? Are the floors light or dark? What material are the countertops? What style windows does the kitchen have, and what type of window treatments are included? Ask yourself these types of questions for each room of the house. Pick up on common themes, like exposed brick or crown molding.

3.  Choose the accents for each room: Now look at the minute details of the images that you love. This could include brass hardware, raw wood dining tables, plush pillows, light fixtures, etc. You might even notice that the small accents are what you’re really drawn to, and the main features of your Fountain Hills home don’t need to be upgraded at all! Really notice what it is about certain images that you’re drawn to the most.

Once you’ve narrowed down your home design style and décor preferences, make sure they will go with your lifestyle. A white kitchen might not be a great fit for a family with young kids or puppies. A minimalist great room won’t work too well if you’re often entertaining. Take your lifestyle into account!

Then, it’s time to shop around for the materials that you’re interested in incorporating into your Fountain Hills home! You should love the place that you live. Have fun with it!

When ready to buy a Fountain Hills home, or when ready to sell your Fountain Hills home, contact me. I’m your Fountain Hills real estate agent, here and ready to help you accomplish your real estate goals this spring season!

Lisa Murray
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Keep Busy During Spring Break In Fountain Hills, AZ!

by Lisa Murray

With March comes Daylight Savings Time, the beginning of spring, St. Patrick’s Day and spring break! As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, I want to help you plan your month ahead with fun, family-friendly activities during spring break, along with the rest of the month.

The Fountain Hills community always has a plethora of events and activities available. Attending one or a few of these events will help you get to know the community, and the people in it. This is especially a great idea for anyone who has recently relocated to the Fountain Hills area!

Mark your calendars for spring break events in Fountain Hills, AZ:

1.  Teens and adults can join Cuisine with Chantal the week of spring break, March 13-17, at the Community Center in Fountain Hills! One cooking class will take place each day of the week, where participants will learn how to make new and exciting recipes that will be easy to duplicate at home. Sign up, and then bring an apron and notepad to each session. 

2.  Broadway in the Hills presents ‘Leading Ladies’ March 10-26 at Fountain Hills Theater. Get a load of laughs in as you watch two Shakespearean actors bring their performance to the Amish country of Pennsylvania, where they learn of a dying lady who plans to leave her fortune to her two long-lost nephews. They pretend to be the lady’s nephews, which it turns out, are actually nieces. 

3.  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and help support a great cause, by heading to Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills on March 9 or 15, 5 to 6 p.m., for Jim-Bob’s Famous Fish & Chips! For only $9.99, you get all-you-can-eat fish & chips with cocktail or tartar sauce, cole slaw, hush puppies, fries, water or iced tea, and dessert. Proceeds go straight to the food bank. 

4.  Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, on March 17, put on some flashy green clothes and head to Fountain Park for the annual tradition of turning the fountain green! Join other Fountain Hills residents as you watch the fountain change color, and then take some great photos in front of the new green water. 

5.  The Fountain Hills Library has all sorts of events taking place during spring break week, March 13-17, to keep you busy. Participate in the Summer Reading Bookmark Art Contest, and you win a prize if your design is chosen! You could also join a reading group, relax and color, listen to a seminar, play video games, join the chess club, take a yoga class, join the gardening club and more. 

Enjoy keeping busy during spring break, and all through the month of March, with these fun events taking place in Fountain Hills! When ready to accomplish your home-buying and home-selling goals in the Fountain Hills real estate market, contact me, your Fountain Hills real estate agent! I am here and ready to help you.

Lisa Murray
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Fountain Hills Home Trends For 2017

by Lisa Murray

Are you thinking about sprucing up your Fountain Hills home this winter with some updated features? As your Fountain Hills real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some of the projected trends for 2017.

As usual, every source recommends a different list of trends! To help you sort through the home-trending madness, here are a few lists that stuck out to me.

House Beautiful Magazine suggests that these are the home trends to watch for this year:

  • Smart home technology
  • Subway tiles
  • Nail head details on furniture, lighting fixtures, etc.
  • Deep jewel tones, such as emerald green or amethyst
  • 'Cerused' wood, which brings out the unique grain of wood
  • Marble on countertops and elsewhere
  • Matte appliances

House Beautiful says that what is out this year is brushed metal, oversized furniture and “strictly” antique. Learn more about what they say here

Meanwhile, Elle Décor is saying that what is in for homes in 2017 is this:

  • Bright green (‘Greenery’ is the Pantone Color of the Year)
  • Butterflies décor
  • Mixed patterns
  • Faux finishes
  • Textures throughout the home
  • Navy blue as an accent color instead of black
  • Artisanal instead of DIY
  • Raw white décor
  • Appliances and even rooms that fold up into the ‘less is more’ approach

To learn more about these design trends, check out Elle Décor’s article

Next up, let’s see what Realtor Magazine is saying will be hot for 2017:

  • Community gathering spaces within multifamily buildings and single-family residential communities
  • Taupe as the new gray in paint color
  • More playful homes, such as pizza ovens, backyard bocce courts or indoor golf stimulators
  • Naturally renewable surfaces, such as cork for walls and floors, and recycled granite, glass or even seashells for countertops
  • Surface-deep energy conservation, such as low-E window film, ceramic insulating paint and thermal energy shields in attics
  • More variety and authenticity with paint colors, layouts, building materials, etc.
  • Walkability, which could yield a higher home value

For more details on what Realtor Magazine predicts for this year, read this

As you can see, there is a wide range of predictions among these three sources. With color alone, we’ve got deep jewel tones, bright green, navy blue and taupe. So, how do you decide what to go with?

I say you go with Realtor Magazine’s prediction of “more variety and authenticity” in home décor, and you choose a color and design that you will love to live with! Your Fountain Hills home is your space, so enjoy it with what you prefer, not with what other sources recommend you use.

When it comes time to sell your Fountain Hills home, you may need to make some alterations, so as to attract the highest number of potential buyers. We’ll cross that path when we come to it.

If you’re ready to sell now, or you’re ready to buy a Fountain Hills home, contact me! As a Fountain Hills real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you achieve all of your real estate goals this year!

Lisa Murray
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