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Got Solar? How will an appraiser value them?

I love to learn everything real estate.  My mind is like a sponge.  I can’t absorb enough.  The more I can take in the more I can help my clients make great decisions.

Today I took the BEST appraisal class of my career.  My hand couldn’t write fast enough to keep up with the information that was being fed to my brain.

So for the next few weeks I will be posting about appraisals and what an appraiser will look for when valuing your home to sell or when a buyer purchases.

I would like to discuss the hot topic of solar panels.  I am sure you have had the thought in your mind as a homeowner if they are worth leasing or purchasing or getting at all.

If you lived in Denver, CO you would probably go with an absolute we must have them. Denver is so green that panels there will get a decent value.

Here maybe, maybe not.  There are exceptions to every rule!

So you are thinking of leasing your panels.  Stop and give it second thought.  If you want to lease, don’t pay that lease off by paying upfront. Why?  Because leased panels will give you no value.

I am certainly by no means not advocating trying to go green.  I have panels on my own home and love them!

So now you are thinking about purchasing.  Better idea for sure but there is an exception, of course.

How is the value determined by an appraiser?  Well, it is simple.  No, not really.  It is quite convoluted.

The appraiser will look at the standard of living in a neighborhood.  By having panels does this raise the standard of living for you.  What!  Read on.  If your neighborhood has more solar panels than not, you will get more value.  Sometimes you can get 100% back.

To calculate what the value could be your realtor should be asking about your yearly savings.  They then take that yearly savings and multiply by 3 or 5 and no more.  That is the value add to your home.

Now, of course, another exception is if your solar is older, there is probably no value.  Is it ugly or an eyesore? Does it stand more upright on your roof than it lays down?  If so, probably no value.

In a few days I will discuss pools!!!

If you have any appraisal topics you wish me to blog about, please let me know.  If I can’t get the answer, I will contact the expert.

Fun things to do in October, 2016!!!!!!

The weather is finally cooling off and it is time to get out there and enjoy beautiful Arizona.

Arizona State Fair is always a fun and entertaining time. Oct 6 – 30 and closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Sundays Unlimited Ride Wristbands only $45* Presale – Until Oct 6th! Get your Presale Sunday Unlimited Ride Wristbands today! *Does not include convenience or handling fees. Valid for unlimited rides on One Sunday ONLY (Oct. 9, 16, 23, or 30). Non-transferable. Honored until 11pm. Fair admission sold separately and is required. No refunds, rain or shine. Unlimited Ride Wristbands only $50 on Sundays! Must purchase wristband before 9pm on Sundays. Wristbands valid until 11pm.
Thursdays Unlimited Ride Wristbands only $25* Presale – Until Oct 6th!Get your Presale Thursday Unlimited Ride Wristbands Today!*Valid for unlimited rides on One Thursday ONLY (Oct. 13, 20 or 27). Non-transferable. Honored until 11pm. Fair admission sold separately and is required. No refunds, rain or shine. Does not include convenience or handling fees.Unlimited Ride Wristbands only $30 on Thursdays! Must purchase wristband before 9pm on Thursdays. Wristbands valid until 11pm.
Opening day of the 2016 Arizona State Fair will be here before you know it! We want to extend a warm welcome to everyone to participate in the good times. On October 7th, general fair admission will be just $2 until 5:00 pm! We will see you at the 2016 Arizona State Fair!
Go to this link to get these discounts: https://azstatefair.com/visit/discounts

Watch Video

2814 W Bell Rd. $2499, $2699, $2899, $3199, SPECIAL EVENT: BLACKOUT $2499.

Begins Sept. 30th.  Go to this link for more info:  http://www.13thflooraz.com/hours.html

The Crypt Haunted Attractions

3 attractions at 1 location.  Conveniently located just off US 60 and Alma School in the Fiesta Mall parking lot Fiesta Mall is located at 1445 W. Southern Ave, Mesa AZ 85202.  Begins Sept 23rd at 7 p.m. For more info go to this link:  http://www.hauntedaz.com/?gclid=CL3fi_mVtc8CFYmVfgodeMcENg

New This Year

Begins Sept 30th at 7 p.m. Location, Directions & Parking. Fear Farm is located at 2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85037. General Location3/4  mile south of Thomas on 99th Avenue 1/4 mile north of McDowell on 99th Avenue. Voted “Best Haunted House” in Phoenix, Arizona in 2015!

General admission admits one person into all attractions (Phoenix Haunted Hayride – Add $10). Go to this link to purchase tickets:  http://www.fearfarm.com/index.html

 

 

 

 

Things to do in September!!!!

September 2nd – September 4th – The Third Annual Showdown in Tombstone – Allen Street, Tombstone – Take a trip back to the “Old West” and enjoy the free street entertainment, gunfights, an 1880’s costume contest and parade, raffles, an auction and more! 520 457-3548 or http://www.tombstoneweb.com

September 2nd – September 5th – 67th Annual Coconino County Fair – Flagstaff – Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds – What a great way to spend Labor Day weekend – enjoy the traditional fair exhibits, cultural presentations, local entertainment and national headliners. There will also be a demolition derby, 4-H livestock auction, magicians, clowns, a petting zoo, musical performances, carnival rides and exhibits, $5-8, $5 parking, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm, 928-679-8000 or http://www.coconino.az.gov

September 3rd – September 5th – 24th Annual Flagstaff Art in the Park Labor Day Show – Flagstaff – Wheeler Park – This very selective highly juried Arts & crafts festival features one-of-a-kind arts and fine crafts . There will also be music by local and regional musicians, children’s activities and food. Free! Sat & Sun 9 am – 6 pm, Mon 9 am – 4 pm, 928-556-9498 or http://www.flagstaffartinthepark.com

September 3rd – September 4th – 36th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival – Pine – Community Center – Show up early so that you can enjoy the all you can eat pancake breakfast with sausage, OJ and coffee served up by the Pine Fire Department. Then wander among the 85+ arts & crafts booths. Free Sat 8 am – 5 pm, Sun 8 am – 4 pm, 928-476-4480 or http://www.pinestrawhs.org or http://www.paysonrimcountry.com

September 3rd – September 5th – The 31st Annual Faire on the Square – Prescott – Over 150 artists will set out their creations for you to peruse on the historic Courthouse Plaza. There will also be food and entertainment. 9 am – 5 pm, Monday 9am – 3pm 928-445-2000 or http://www.visit-prescott.com or http://www.prescott.org

September 5th – Annual Labor Day Grill at the Mill – Queen Creek Olive Mill – Why grill yourself when you can drive over to the Olive Mill and have some delectable food and wine without any work! Enjoy the live music or take an Olive Oil 101 class. Varying $$ 11am – 3pm 480 888-9290 or http://www.queencreekolivemill.com

September 9th – Mesa Arts Center 2016 Kick-off – Mesa Arts Center – Enjoy the live music, great food and so much more at this evening kicking off the upcoming season. This family friendly free event will feature plenty of surprise acts to entertain you throughout the evening. 6-10pm. https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/2015-season-kick-off

September 10th – 44th Annual Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque – Sedona – Located in the beautiful arts and crafts village of Tlaquepaque this celebration of Mexico’s independence promises to be an outstanding day with entertainment, strolling mariachi bands, folklorico dance groups and Flamenco as well as classical guitarists. Artists will be displaying their wares and food will be available. Entry is free, 10 am – 5 pm, 928-282-4838 or http://www.tlaq.com

September 17th – 5th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest – Downtown Chandler. This food, music and cultural celebration features creative tacos from a dozen local restaurants and many other delectable delights. Other highlights include live entertainment, chihuahua races, ballet folklorico, salsa contests a taco eating contest and much more. Noon – 9pm Tickets $8.00 ahead of time and $10.00 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. http://www.rockintacoaz.com/

Things to do in August, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ongoing through August 31st – Sand Sculpting by Ray Villafane – Carefree – Sanderson Lincoln Pavillion/Carefree Desert Gardens – Come play amidst the Carefree Desert Gardens with over 30 tons of sand! World renowned sculptor, Ray Villafane, not only carves pumpkins for Carefree in the Fall, but has made an impact on the sand sculpting community, creating award winning larger-than-life sand sculptures for various attractions and events throughout the world. He’s been to Russia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Italy and now Carefree! Ray also creates the Carefree Pumpkin Garden in October for the Town. Over 30,000 people visited the exhibition with major media outlets traveling the country to see his unparalleled work. – Free – Daily 8am – 8pm www.sandsculpting.com

August 5th – 2016 Free Summer Concert Series – .Chandler Center for the Arts – The Music of Motown starring Joe Bourne with his 8 piece band will take you back to the 60s with the music of Motown. Travel back with these timeless tunes by Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and many more to enjoy those fond musical memories with songs like “Baby Love,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Sugar Pie,” “Just My Imagination,” “I’ll Be There,” “Hello, “How Sweet It Is” and more. Joe Bourne has shared the stage with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick and several other jazz and popular greats. This is one show not to be missed! Seating is on a first come/first served basis. The concert starts at 7:30pm . http://www.chandlercenter.org/events/search/concerts

August 6th – 7th Dog Days of Summer – Glendale – Historic Downtown Glendale – This is a day set aside to celebrate our four legged friends. Activities include photo stations, a variety of dog treats, pet massages, educational seminars, a presentation by the Sun Valley Animal Shelter, watering stations and cool pool stops. 623-930-4500 or http://www.visitglendale.com

August 11th – August 15th – 6th Annual Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival – Tucson – Riverpark Inn – Come to this festival for exciting monsoon birding, field trips & workshops with renowned leaders. There will be socials and dinner programs featuring keynote speaker Jeff Gordon (fees vary) as well as free Nature Expo and kids’ activities. http://tucsonaudubon.org/festival

August 12th – August 14th – Pirates of the High Desert Bisbee –This is the 5th of this annual event. Activities will include pirate-themed events such as a treasure hunt, a Caribbean steel drum band & BBQ, a pool party, costume contests, exotic rum tasting with mermaids, karaoke, a ball, a pirate plundering pub crawl, a spirited gallery walk, extreme volleyball and kids activities, https://facebook.com/bisbeepirates/

August 13th – August 14th – 66th Annual Prescott Arts & Crafts Festival – Prescott – Courthouse Plaza – This juried art show features 120 artisans from throughout the West displaying and demonstrating work in painting, ceramic, metal art, woodworking, glass, fiber and jewelry. There will be live music. Free, Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 928-445-2510 or www.mountainartistsguild.org

August 18th – August 20th – World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo – August Doin’s Rodeo – Payson – For 132 years, Payson, Arizona has been celebrating the history and tradition of Pro-Rodeo. It is held the third weekend in August and it is considered the country’s Best Small Rodeo. Experience the sport of the Old West! Some of the world’s greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash and prizes. http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/Activities/Rodeos/AugustDoinsRodeo.aspx

August 20th – Children’s Music and Arts Festival – Flagstaff – Bushmaster Park – Music, theatre and dance performances by local youth, kids can make recycled arts and craft project, participate in musical instrument workshops and learn about painting & sculpture. More fun can be had on the carnival rides, climbing wall, Kiddie Cabooses and more. Most activities are free. A $3.00 wristband can be purchased for unlimited rides on the Kiddie Caboose and bounce houses. 10 am – 2 pm, 928-213-2312 or http://flagstaff.az.gov/recreation

August 20th – August 21st – 5th Annual Prickly Pear Festival –Superior – Head east to the mining town of Superior for a day filled with everything Prickly Pear. There is a morning hike in the desert and a breakfast with prickly pear syrup. Vendors will be selling prickly pear foods and wares. You can learn how to use Prickly pears in your own cooking! The local restaurants will be featuring prickly pears on their lunch menus and there will be a special dinner with entertainment in the evening. Admission is free. Tickets for the dinner are $35.00 520 689-0200 http://www.superiorazchamber.net/index.php?Itemid=310

Finish your summer with a staycation

During the summer months many families find budgets tight and vacation plans thin. If you have a little summer left, and you’d like to squeeze in some more fun, here are some ideas for how to maximize the fun without going into debt.

First, keep a real vacation mindset: This means taking full days off. No laundry, no chores, no slipping away for email checking. Take the days off work, even if it’s just a Friday and Monday to make a four-day weekend. Unplug from social media. Be present with those who are with you on your staycation!

Here are some ways to fill the days with leisure:

1. Pitch a tent in your yard. If you have a backyard, it can be surprisingly satisfying to set up tents, dust off your grill, and take a night under the stars. Only retreat into the house for bathroom breaks and rough-it suburban style. Get a cooler full of those favorite camping foods. Don’t worry about junk food! Remember, you’re on staycation.

2. Make it a movie marathon. Turn your living room into a movie theatre for the weekend. Darken the room, plush up the floor with pillows, and queue up a list of films everyone can enjoy. When meal times come, order dollar-stretching meals like big pizzas for your audience.

3. Explore a park a day. We live near some unexplored natural environments with state, local, or municipal parks. Pick one per day of your vacation and head out in the car for your adventure. Get together before the day and setup some picnic foods, or grab a bucket of chicken on the road.

4. Find the minor league sports. Going to a big league game may be out of the question, but there are tons of minor league and school sports teams out there with exciting games to watch. Google-up some regional teams and grab the cheap seats.

5. Take up family gaming. Table-top games can pass the hours and build real bonds in the family. Cards, board games, and even role playing games can take your family out of the day-today routine. Get your kids to teach you the ins and outs of their console games while youintroduce them to the madness of Monopoly.

These are just a handful of ideas, but a quick search on Google will reveal many more. Don’t give up on a good time just because you don’t have a pile of cash to blow.

Are you the expert? Then what am I paying for?

Have you ever asked your realtor a question to get an “I can’t answer that. However, I can guide you where to look.” Then you get so mad because you’re paying your realtor, right? They should answer your questions and all of them! Here is why we can’t answer everything:

1. We can not act as the primary source of information. Our role as a real estate professional is to arrange and close sales. It is our responsibility to provide the source of information you can turn to but not be that information.

2. We can not weigh in on a home’s condition. We may be an expert on selling properties – but that doesn’t mean we should be in the business of advising our clients on a home’s physical shape. Our job is to negotiate which (recommended) repairs to do, not decide if something needs to be fixed. Giving opinions outside of our expertise is a huge legal pitfall.

3. We can not declare whether a neighborhood is “safe.” This is a huge fair-housing violation. You should be pointed to crime statistics data, told to go to the neighborhood different times of days and on weekends. Even told to knock on the neighbors’ doors with a list of questions that are important to you. Saying anything different is not our place in our profession.

4. We can not give tax advice. We must advise you to consult a tax professional.

5. We can not decipher HOA rules or budgets. Our clients need to decide to dig through a thick stack of paper concerning the rules and finances of the neighborhood they want to move into. We can not interpret the documents.

I am an expert in home selling and buying and would love to be your realtor. #experiencethedifference

information taken from realtormag.realtor.org july/august 2016 issue

Are you sick of renting?

Does your landlord quickly handle maintenance issues? Are your neighbors quiet and
courteous? Do people in your building take pride in the upkeep of common areas?
Most of the renters Iʼve talked to say “no” to every one of these questions. They also
feel like they have no choice but to put up with the inevitable inconveniences of renting–
noise, strange odors, lazy maintenance. Many have a hard time imagining exactly how
theyʼll escape the “rental trap.”

If you feel this way, Iʼd like to extend a friendly introduction and invite you to have a
conversation about how you might become a homeowner. You see, I can help people make the
transition from renting to owning.

Thereʼs a lot of misinformation out there about buying a home. Great opportunities exist
for first-time buyers, or previous owners who now want to leave their renting nightmares
behind.

Even if youʼre not in a position to consider home ownership right now, I can definitely
provide you with some advice and resources to get you on the right path. (Imagine the
satisfaction of knowing your rent check isnʼt going into someone else’s pocket!)

If youʼre curious how I can help make home ownership a reality for you, send me email
at celeste@ubgrealestate.com or give me a call at 480-717-7204. Thereʼs no
obligation. Even if youʼve just wanted to ask a real estate agent a few questions, Iʼd be

Tips for tree removal

If you have a troublesome tree on your property, dealing with it responsibly, economically, and
safely is important. While you may own a chainsaw, tackling the project yourself can be
extremely risky. Here are some questions to ask and tips for tree removal:

1. Make sure you need to remove it. Mature trees are good for property value. Before you go
clear-cutting your property, be absolutely sure removing it is the right move. A certified arborist
can help you make the decision between removal or sensible trimming.

2. Don’t do it yourself. What if the tree falls on your house? What if it lands on your neighbor’s
car? What if you get crushed? Are you experienced enough with a chainsaw to handle it without
injuring yourself? Hire a pro.

3. Hire a certified company. This means someone certified by the International Society of
Arboriculture or a Tree Care Industry Association Accredited business. If the tree is near power
lines, they’ll also need to be “Approved Line-Clearance” arborists.

4. Can you legally remove the tree? Be absolutely sure the tree is legally on your property before
you take action. If you determine it is, find out if any permits are required to remove or trim the
tree. Some communities have strict guidelines pertaining to tree removal.

5. Ask about trimming methodology. If the company handling your tree recommends “topping”
the tree or uses spikes on their boots for routine tree trimming, find another company. Both can
expose the tree to disease and result in serious wounds.

6. Get a detailed estimate from three companies. Nail down what they’ll do, how long it will take,
and what equipment they plan to use. You need an apples-to-apples comparison to make your
decision, and you might just find out one company takes greater precautions when it comes to
safety.

7. Get references. Don’t rely on Yelp alone for a review of your arborist. Ask them for references
you can speak to independently.

Trees are beautiful and essential to our ecosystem, but there are times when steps must be
taken to deal with dead wood and other incursions. Do yourself a favor and treat your property
with the respect it deserves.

If you need a referral to an arborist, please let me know.

Things to do in July, 2016

Hi friends,

So it’s hot. You can still get out there to enjoy some fun in the sun!

Ongoing until September 5th – Snowbowl’s Scenic Skyride -Snowbowl,
Flagstaff – Memorial Day weekend kicks-off the summer season in Flagstaff and the easiest way to see northern Arizona is by taking the skyride, ranger talks at the top,
$10-19, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-779-1951 or http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com

Ongoing until September 3rd – Flashlight Tours – Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Every Thursday and Saturday from May 28th through September 3rd bring the family to enjoy the self-paced stroll along the Garden’s Desert Discovery Trail that takes you to discovery stations where you will experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night. Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes, 7 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, 480-941-1225 http://www.dbg.org

July 1st – First Friday Artwalk – Flagstaff- Downtown Flagstaff. This is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events. On the first Friday of each month the art galleries and businesses of downtown Flagstaff stay open from 4-8pm. There are special arts exhibits, live music and more. http://flagartscouncil.org/artwalk/

July 4th – 25th Annual Sidewalk Egg Frying Challenge – Oatman – Can you really fry an egg on a sidewalk? For the past 25 years people have been flocking to this tiny town (population of 156) to compete in this contest. Teams are given 2 eggs and 15 minutes to see who can fry an egg to perfection using only solar energy – magnifying glasses, metal, etc. are allowed. Prizes, free, noon, 928-768-7400 or 928-768-6222 or www.oatmangoldroad.org

July 8th – July 10th – Annual Medieval Mayhem in the White Mountains – Pinetop-Lakeside – This is more than just a renaissance festival – this festival combines the Medieval times/Dark Ages, Vikings, Celtic warriors, pirates, knights in armor, an entire queen’s court, elves and even faeries. There is live entertainment, different vendors, games and educational booths. $5.00 – $10.00 928-215-0452 or 928-215-0451 or www.azmayhem.com

July 8th – July 10th – 31st Annual Summer Showcase Arizona Antique Show – Flagstaff – Coconino County Fairgrounds – Antique Show $3, Fri-Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 602-717-7337 or www.azantiqueshow.com

July 15th – July 16th – 25th Annual Cornfest – Camp Verde – Downtown – There will be contests for “The Corniest Corn Joke” (which should be a-MAIZE-ing:), a “Corn Shucking Contest”, a “Corn Eating Contest” and last but not the least is the “Hog Calling” Contest. The King and Queen of Corn will be crowned as well as the winners of the other contests. And best of all there will be plenty of corn to eat while enjoying the live bluegrass music, beer garden, vendors and farmers market. Free, Fri 3pm -10 pm, Sat. 9 am – 10 pm,

July 16th – Winter in July – Phoenix Zoo – There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect!! Over fifty TONS of snow are expected at the Phoenix Zoo! People can enjoy building snowmen and throwing snowballs while the animals will be given 35 tons of snow to play with as well. Throughout the morning there will be special creature features including the elephants being showered with the firehose!! Come out to play and dance in the snow:) 7-11am Regular Zoo Admission http://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/winter-july/

Renters….why are you renting?

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So why are you renting? Did you know that there are downpayment assistance programs that are grants and you do not have to pay them back? That’s right. Pretty cool, ha?

Contact me and I will be very happy to put you in touch with an amazing lender that can help you out.