Five Things That Affect Property Values

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values.

1. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent to crazy neighbors can potentially be undervalued.

2. Trendy groceries and coffee: Recent statistics suggest that if your home is a short walk from popular grocery stores like Whole Foods or coffee chains like Starbucks, it can actually appreciate faster than the national average.

3. Mature trees: A big beautiful tree in the front yard is enviable, and it’s not something that can be easily added to any home. Homes with mature trees tend to get a little boost in value.

4. Parking: This isn’t too much of an issue if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area, but residents in dense cities can have real problems with parking, and homeowners might need to rent a spot just to guarantee a place to park each night. That’s why having guaranteed parking in urban areas will raise property values.

5. The front entrance: First impressions matter to buyers-many will cross a home off their list within 10 seconds of stepping through the front door. An appealing front door, a friendly entryway, and a functioning doorbell are all necessities for getting top dollar.

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Historic Peter Hauskens Encanto Vista Home for Sale in Phoenix for $719,900

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Phoenix, AZ 85007

Beds/Baths: 4 bed/3bath

Bedrooms Plus: 6

Approx SqFt: 3.753/ County Assessor

Approx Lot SqFt: 13,242/ County Assessor

Year Built: 1948

Pool: Private

See video, 3D tour & upgrades! This historic Peter Hauskens, AIA home combines enchanting mid-century modern architecture with classic finishes in a $240,000+ renovation. 150’ of Encanto golf course frontage delivers epic sunset, golf & park views. Take in views from a 25’ wall of glass in the family room. A fireplace, vaulted ceilings & clerestory windows are sure to impress in the living room. The interior courtyard is framed in windows. A high-design kitchen features Thomasville cabinetry, Silestone counters & S/S appliances. The master suite has a sitting area & W/I closet. Retro-cool baths retain vintage charm, with modern updates. Summers are a dream with a salt water pool, which has arching waterfalls, multi-color light, sun shelf & spa. New roof, windows & flooring in 2016.SEE MORE

In 1943, J. W. Morris sold 20 acres of former cotton farmland along 7th Ave, and 25 acres along Thomas Rd, to developers, John H. Lester and L.M Hamman; the Encanto Vista subdivision was born. Encanto Vista means “enchanted view” in Spanish. Due to its desirable location, unique “horseshoe” street layout and proximity to Encanto Golf Course and Park, Encanto Vista was a popular home destination for wealthy buyers. The homesites were marketed March of 1945 for between $1,175-1,275. Encanto Vista was built as a neighborhood of custom homes, many of which were built by prominent local architects and builders.
Peter Bert Hauskens, a.k.a P. B. Hauskens, was a successful local architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects. He advertised his services in the newspaper in the 1940s. He is credited with designing the Florence City Hall building in 1948.
Encanto Vista was added the Phoenix historic register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. 734 W. Cambridge Ave. currently receives historic tax incentives for its inclusion as a conforming property within the district.
This historic Peter Hauskens, AIA, home combines enchanting mid-century modern architecture with classic finishes in a $240,000+ renovation. 150′ of Encanto golf course frontage delivers epic sunset, golf & park views + access. This home sits on the 8th hole with picturesque views. An extended concrete walkway, sits aside a broad front lawn and leads to the oversized front door, which is set back 65′ from the front sidewalk. Upon entering the home, you arrive in the entry foyer, which features exposed, painted block walls, Dal-Tile porcelain floor tile with decorative mosaic insert and Jaima Brown designer wallpaper.
One of the distinguishing features of this home is the huge central courtyard, which is framed on all 4 sides by walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors. It is a virtual extension of the living space and a perfect outdoor room for all seasons. It includes a brick, wood-burning fireplace, built-in planters and Dal-Tile 18″x18″ Continental Slate porcelain tile.
The eat-in kitchen is all new in 2016. Delight in golf course and park views from your kitchen window, along with views to the interior courtyard, through the 15′ floor-to-ceiling wall of glass. The classic white shaker-style cabinetry by Thomasville has solid wood, dovetail construction, soft-close doors + drawers and glass front display doors. Durable Silestone quartz countertops and gray glass subway tile backsplash are the perfect complements to the timeless design. High-performance appliance package includes Kitchenaid Superba and Bosch stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous tongue and groove, beamed ceilings run throughout much of the home. The contemporary 18″ x 18″ continental slate porcelain floor tile flows throughout the space.
The expansive family room has a 25′ wall of glass with some of the best views you can find in a single-level home in Central Phoenix. A butler’s pantry connects the family room to the kitchen and features a bar with built-in wine refrigerator. The contemporary Armstrong premium 12mm laminate flooring comes with a 50-year warranty. The dining area is finished with a sputnik chandelier. Recessed lighting has been added, along with a modern ceiling fan.
The living room is a perfect combination of mid-century modern and usonian styles, with features rarely seen in homes of this era. Some might call the room style ‘rustic modern’, but whatever you call it, it is exquisite. Soaring, vaulted ceilings adjoin an expanse of clerestory windows, which let in gorgeous light throughout the day. The ceilings are adorned with natural tongue and groove wood. A 20′ wall of glass overlooks the interior courtyard. A substantial brick-lined, corner fireplace harkens a modern chalet. Dal-Tile 18″x18″ Continental Slate porcelain tile is accented with a decorative mosaic border. A formal dining room shares the natural wood tones and usonian vibe.
The master suite is quite spacious with an attached sitting room that would be perfect for a yoga/meditation space, sewing room, home office, exercise room, craft room, etc. Something you don’t see often in a 1940s Phoenix home are soaring vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows in all of the bedrooms. The Traffic Master commercial-grade carpeting comes with a 10-year warranty. There is a large walk-in closet. The master bath maintains a clean, minimalist look with expanses of white tile and Hansgrohe faucets.
The 3 secondary bedrooms all have vaulted and beamed ceilings with clerestory windows, Traffic Master commercial-grade carpeting with a 10-year warranty and spacious closets.
A separate office/den is multi-functional and would be perfect for an office or playroom. There are gallery-style halogen track lighting with 8 fixtures. The
Traffic Master commercial-grade carpeting comes with a 10-year warranty. There is also a large walk-in closet, which could be used as a workshop space.
One of the hall baths features the original retro-cool powder blue bathtub, toilet and sink. It is updated with penny-round mosaic floor tile, white tiled shower surround with penny-round tile accents and new reproduction mid-century fixtures. The other guest bathroom features period-appropriate basket-weave floor tile, porcelain vessel sink, classic tiled shower and retro-inspired mirror and lighting.
This home has been updated with many new home systems. There are 2 Trane HVAC systems with Trane programmable digital thermostats. There is an ADT Security System with entry, motion and smoke detectors.
This is a one-of-a-kind lot with over 150 feet of golf course frontage. There is a gate for golf course access, which many nearby residents use as a walking path. Check out the sunset photos taken from this home. Some of the best on the horizon in central Phoenix.
There is a new front yard landscape design plan and rendering by SUSTAINscape, if someone wanted to take the landscaping to the next level.
Talk about next level outdoor living…it doesn’t get much better than this entertainer’s paradise rear yard. The deep diving pool is a Shasta Built Master pool with a salt-water system, sun shelf and QuikClean in-floor cleaning system. The pool is finished in a 3M quartz finish and has an LED color-changing pool light and fiber optic surround lighting. The 5 arching fountains can be remote-controlled. The 8-person in-ground spa features 2 hydrotherapy jet settings and new Sta-Rite pool and spa heater (2015).
The patio is finished in ShastaDeck patio coating and has a custom Sunbrella cover with retractable privacy screens. The built-in barbeque has a workspace counter with a Turbo 3 burner gas barbeque. The block fencing features a unique pattern of “cross” architectural breeze block and pop-out blocks. A generous 2 car carport offers a separate storage space.
Homes of this price point rarely offer this caliber of architectural details, distinctive finishes and stellar views. This home is truly designed for indoor/outdoor living; the outdoor spaces are a virtual extension of the livable space. The home’s windows frame the exquisite views and the outdoor spaces were designed with privacy and entertaining in mind. Within 1 mile, you will find great coffee shops (Vovomeena, D’Lish, Starbucks) and restaurants (Original Hamburger Works,Z Pizza, Durants, Duck And Decan.

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Arcadia Lite Patio Home at the Sands Arcadia for Sale $365,000

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Phoenix, AZ 85018

Beds/Baths: 2 bed/1.75 bath

Bedrooms Plus: 3

Approx SqFt: 2,161/ County Assessor

Approx Lot SqFt: 4,909/ County Assessor

Year Built: 1973

Pool: Community

Beautiful Arcadia Lite patio home at the Sands Arcadia with a spacious floor plan, gated front courtyard and private backyard. Large open kitchen features updated cabintery, luxe black grantie counter tops and black appliances.The open concept kitchen and dining area features a flex area that can be used as a den or office. Great room features travertine tile and carpet, skylights, high ceilings and a beehive fireplace with large glass sliding door at the back patio, offering loads of natural light.

Floor plan offers two master suites with updated bathrooms and new toilets.
Home has all new dual pane, low-E windows with all new solar low energy screens. The private backyard has been updated with grass landscaping and a large, walk-in partially finished shed. Community features a beautiful, recently redone pool and clubhouse. Walking distance to so many great restaurants, shopping and multiple greenbelts in the heart of Arcadia! The location cannot be beat.


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Priority Tasks for Your Move In

The deal is done and now you’re officially a homeowner. Yay! But now what? Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks
Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money. Consider installing “smart locks” and you can rekey to your old keys.

Steam clean the carpets                                                                                                                      It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call an exterminator
Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home. Even if they’re not currently there, you might as well make sure they never visit!

Clean out the kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. If you’re like me you’re going to want to disinfect every possible surface. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

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Five Home Trends You’ll See in 2017

As the new year begins it’s always fun to see how interior design and home decor changes. Here are 5 trends that are predicted to be big this year.

Trendy Colors:

Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 and I’m predicting seeing this bright, neutral green on front doors and decor for pops of cheerful color. The other color to watch for is navy, it will be the new black of 2017. It’s a classic color that can go with almost ANY color scheme.

Subway Tile:

This one isn’t a new trend but it’s cementing itself into a whole generation of homes and it will be in style for many years to come. It’s a classic choice in kitchens and bathrooms that is affordable, timeless, and will match any home style. If you’re looking to add subway tile in your home consider using a darker grout color. It will change up the look, make the tile more durable, and will be less likely to show dirt (win, win, win!).

Cerused Wood:

Cerused finished wood or faux wood highlights and brings out a unique grain look. This has been popular in high end design for a few years, but is predicted to be seen more mainstream this year. I’ve started seeing it more and more in flooring and furniture, but predict to start seeing it in kitchen and bathroom cabinetry this year.

Matte Finishes:

Stainless steel and bright chrome are becoming less and less popular and people are being drawn towards matte finishes for their warmth and elegance. This is a trend that started with black stainless steel high end appliances last year, but has continued to grow and have more options available. Other matte finishes being shown at home shows are black matte kitchen/bathroom fixtures and even “suede” matte quartz counters.

Anything Marble:

Marble “like” counters for kitchens and bathrooms have been gaining popularity for years. This year marble is going to break that mold though and expand into other areas such as wallpaper, home decor and accessories, and flooring.


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Five Things to Know About Home Inspections

The home inspection is an important part of the home sale process, both for buyers and sellers. When it’s time for you to hire an inspector, here are five things you should be thinking about:

1. It’s your choice: You are not bound or obligated to use any particular inspector. Your real estate professional may have some recommendations, but it’s ultimately up to you. Ask around and choose wisely—better to pay a little more now for a highly-respected inspector than to be surprised by a problem that the inspection didn’t reveal.

2. Looking for big problems: The inspector will be focused on the integrity of the home—safety, electrical work, foundation, load-bearing walls, etc. The inspector is not there to point out problems with ugly paint colors or light fixtures.

3. The report: There are hundreds of items to inspect in a home, so the inspector’s report will focus on the basics: What’s damaged, what needs repaired, etc. The report should be easy to read and understand.

4. Code of ethics: Though the inspector is working for the party that pays the inspector’s fee, the inspector will not deliver a report that intentionally hides or omits damaging information about the home. The report is private between you and the inspector, but if you’re the seller, you’re required to disclose any problems that the inspection reveals.

5. The inspector is not liable: Even the best inspectors can’t find every single problem in a home. They can’t see inside the walls or through the floors, so there could still be problems lurking. If a problem is revealed down the road, the inspector can’t be held responsible.

1920’s Brick Bungalow in the Heart of Coronado Historic District for Sale

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2017 N 11TH ST

Phoenix, AZ 85006

Beds/Baths: 2 bed/1 bath

Approx SqFt: 1,100/ County Assessor

Approx Lot SqFt: 6,652/ County Assessor

Year Built: 1925

Pool: None

Come see this beautiful brown brick bungalow in the heart of Coronado Historic District. Classic 2 bed 1 bath layout with a very large kitchen for the era. 1,100 sqft built in 1925 it still retains quite a bit of it’s original character. Including the fireplace, built in book shelf, original windows, hardwood flooring, and much of the interior wood trim. Updated wiring, plumbing, HAVC, and fixtures throughout bring the home up to speed for everyday living. Mature landscaping in the front and rear, plus detached workshop with laundry. Near everything in downtown like Tuck Shop, The Coronado, The Main Ingredient, Humble Pie, great coffee and nightlife as well.

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New Year, New Resolutions

Everyone always seems to have general New Years resolutions that they make at the beginning of each year. They plan to go to the gym more, eat healthier etc. My husband and I look at resolutions a little different and view them more as goals and changes we want to make in all aspects of life.

We sit down together and come up with our resolutions/goals together, as well as plans to reach them. We also try to make a financial, personal growth, business, health and education resolution each year. We keep it all in a notebook and keep notes on our progress throughout the year. It’s good to look at once a month (at least) to make sure you’re on track. And by writing them together you have someone to keep you to your plan. We have yet to have a resolution/goal that we haven’t met!

As we were talking this year we found that being more present in our community was something that both of us wanted to work towards this year. We love our neighborhood as well as Gilbert and want to become more involved. I wanted to share our resolutions this year, and by doing so you guys can also help keep me accountable!

Personal Resolutions:

-For me to become a youth mentor (I used to be a teacher and really miss my connection with my students!)

-To become more involved in my HOA (We plan to go to monthly meetings and I’ve joined our neighborhood social committee)

-To attend Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Meetings to be more aware of the changes in our city

Financial Resolutions:

-We came up with a realistic amount we would like to have in our savings at the end of 2017 (make sure to make it realistic but also challenging!)

Business Goals:

-To close more transactions in 2017 than I have previously in a year in order to continue to grow my business and client base

-To continue to give excellent customer service, superior communication and real estate education to my clients

Education Goals:

-To read at least a book a month

-To find classes/workshops in both real estate (marketing specifically) and personal interests to learn and grow as a person (I’ve already taken 2 classes to learn how to switch from a PC to my new MacBook!)

Health Goals:

-To weight train together for at least 6 months a minimum of twice a week

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Happy New Year from Twins & Co. Realty!

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend last week and wish you the best for 2017! The Phoenix Metro area is predicted to be THE BEST real estate market in the nation this year and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us! Best wishes to you and your family.


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High End, Remodeled Unit at the Boutique Complex BON VIE in Old Town Scottsdale for Sale $180,000

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7601 E 2ND ST Unit #5

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Beds/Baths: 1 bed/1 bath

Approx SqFt: 599/ County Assessor

Year Built: 1977

Pool: Community Pool

High end totally remodeled unit at the very botique complex BON VIE in Scottsdale. Old town location has you walking distance from all the nightlife, restaurants, museums, art galleries and everything else sunny Scottsdale has to offer. This exclusive complex has friendly neighbors and amazing access to the green belt as well as a gorgeous community pool and common area. The unit has been immaculately maintained and cared for. The mid century design is timeless with the open floor plan taking every advantage of the square footage and floor to ceiling windows make it feel airy and light! Ground floor unit means the front patio is the best way to take advantage of the location.

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