Despite whether you are a new homebuyer or an experienced one, you may be asking the question “what do real estate agents do?” Real estate agents are an integral part of the business communication between the seller, buyer, loan officer, escrow officer, and title companies. You can’t have the practice of selling and buying real estate itself without an agent helping the process along with their professional knowledge and guidance. It should be noted that not every agent puts in the same amount of effort or time into their practice, but at Century 21 Real Estate, our agents hold themselves to high expectations. So what do real estate agents do? Pretty much everything, but here are the basics that every good realtor should cover: [Read more…]
When researching prospective neighborhoods, it would be great to be able to spend some significant time hanging out in each of the contending locations to get a feel for the area and to know some of the people who live and work there. But it can be hard to find the time and, especially for people moving from out of town or out of state, is not a practical exercise at all. Luckily, with the advent of social media, potential homebuyers and renters have the ability to get the scoop on new neighborhoods. [Read more…]
For homebuyers (hipsters) looking to live in an urban area that affords exceptional walkability, access to cultural amenities, nightlife, dining and more, there are two Phoenix-area neighborhoods that quickly come to mind. Mill Avenue (popularly shortened to Mill Ave.) has been established for some time as a preeminent hipster spot, while Roosevelt Row (the City of Phoenix keeps trying to make RoRo happen, but it is not happening) has started trending more recently with the City of Phoenix’s effort to develop the downtown area. Is Mill Ave. a fading trend? A tourist spot? Has Roosevelt Row overtaken it as the spot the locals go? [Read more…]
The Arizona real estate market is doing great. So great, in fact, that it is consistently outpacing the rest of the country. Within that market, Phoenix area real estate is performing especially well and wise investors who purchased and held on to a Glendale home since the Great Recession are probably sitting on a decent amount of equity right about now — home values recently increased a whopping 9 percent when looking at price per square foot data year over year. So what is a Glendale homeowner to do? Why not sell your Glendale home and move to Peoria AZ. Do you hold on to that real estate or is it time to cash out? Here, we make the case for why you should sell your Glendale home to move to Peoria AZ. [Read more…]
Living in the Phoenix area is amazing – it affords us an unparalleled lifestyle in terms of recreational opportunities and the economy is pretty darn good. But even the most adamant fan of the Valley would be hard pressed to argue that in the summer months, the Phoenix heat can become difficult to deal with. It is getting to that time of year again here in the Valley where the temperatures are beginning to rise during the day and not cool off during the night. While it has not reached the point just yet of being unbearable, it is not that far away. Luckily, one does not have to drive very far at all to find a reprieve. Here are five ways to escape the Phoenix heat.
Why settle for a regular home when you could be benefiting from convenient smart home features that are available today? While not prevalent in every household, automated smart home systems are becoming more popular as technology advances and could soon become common household features. There are systems that suit everyone’s taste, whether it be for music, security, temperature, or practical everyday uses. If you consider yourself tech-savvy, looking for gifts, or are looking to improve your home value, then you should check out these devices that will upgrade your house’s function. [Read more…]
While many people are familiar with popular Phoenix neighborhoods for nightlife and shopping, fewer people associate Phoenix-proper with family friendliness. However, you do not have to move into the suburbs to find great family friendly neighborhoods in Phoenix (though if that is your bag, there are plenty great suburban neighborhoods in the area too). So Century 21 Northwest thought it would be a great idea to put a list of the top neighborhoods in Phoenix. [Read more…]