Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

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July 25, 2020

July 2020 Market Frenzy Phoenix Real Estate Market

In a typical real estate market in the Phoenix Metro area, we usually see two-three months supply of homes for sale. In July 2020, we have less than a month supply of homes. And if we look at homes under $500,000 price point, it is 21 days of inventory. 

That means that if no one lists their home for sale it would take us less than a month to exhaust our current supply of homes - and that includes family homes, condos, townhomes and mobile and manufactured homes. We call this frenzy.

The video has infographics about the market. Please watch and if you like it, give us a 'like' and subscribe to our channel for the monthly Phoenix market updates.

 

 

Let me help you in this market - my experience and knowledge will work for you!

Posted in Market Updates
July 17, 2020

Live/Work Home with Casita near Downtown Phoenix

Have you dreamed of having your own live/work home with a casita and close to everything down town Phoenix?

If yes, please view all the photos of this elegant and extensively re-built live/work home in historic Garfield district, down town Phoenix.

The main house is a big, open floor plan with a loft, designed to be flexible for a wide range of uses to work, and live in. 

In the back of the main property, the outstanding casita is complete with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom with a tub, and inside laundry. The size is 450 square feet, and feels much more spacious. 

325 N 12th street - Casita

325 N 12th street, Phoenix AZ - Casita, Living room, and bedroom

 

325 N 12th street, Phoenix AZ - The main house, large open space on the first level

If you would like to see more photos of this home, please visit, my web-site: https://www.talktosteffy.com.

July 11, 2020

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers Recipe

Our friends from Home and Life Style Magazine sent us the link for this months recipe.

It looks yummy and I hope that's how it tastes, too.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of my monthly magazine Your Home and Life Style, please let me know. In it I publish my current and coming soon listings, as well as human interest stories on gardening, home improvement, travel and food. 

 

 

Posted in Home Improvement
July 9, 2020

Five-Star Review from a Satisfied Client

I am always very excited when we close a real estate transaction and we take a deep sigh - it closes on time, as desired, and the title company calls and says: "It's recorded. Congratulations!"

I am very grateful when my clients also share their experience about working with me. Here is the review I received on Yelp from my client Joel.   

Yelp review for Steffy Hristova Realtor

Posted in People
July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July

Posted in Local Event
June 28, 2020

June 2020 - Real Estate Market Update - Phoenix Metro area

In this month's market update we take a look at home increased process have affected Buyers. Please watch the video to see for yourself how increased prices combined with lower interest rates have actually contributed to a lower monthly payment for Buyers. Watch the comparison of numbers for equal size and condition homes financed with 10% down payment now and 18 months ago.

If you would like more information about your area of town, please call me and I will be happy to provide you with a similar analysis for it!

Posted in Market Updates
June 15, 2020

The Home Buying Process in Arizona

If you are thinking of buying a home in Arizona, please watch this video to learn about the different people and stages involved in the process. Arizona is an escrow/title closing state.

 

 

When buying a home, one person who is by your side all the time as your trusted advisor is your Realtor®, also known as the Buyer's agent. Your Realtor® will answer your questions, will research properties for you, schedule appointments to see properties, negotiate price and contract terms.

The video is just a short overview of the Home Buying process in Arizona. I am sure you will have many questions. So, please remember, your Realtor® is the first person you may want to talk to.

I am proud to provide the highest level of service to all my clients. Please call me and I will be happy to answer all your questions.

 

 

Posted in Home Buying
June 13, 2020

Neighborhood Beautification Awards 2020

I was walking along one of the Tempe streets for my morning stroll and saw this beautiful front yard and the sign in front of it - Winner of the Beautification Award. It looks well-deserved - it certainly caught my eye right away.

I am aware of this City of Tempe activity and have been attending this event for years in person. It is usually held in April. 

From the city of Tempe website I learned that actually it is coming soon - the annual City of Tempe State of the Neighborhoods Event. This year it will be held virtually.

It recognizes residents, properties and businesses in our neighborhoods that make it special for all of us, living there. 

There are about six-seven different categories of Awards:

 

What: State of the Neighborhoods + Awards

When: June 27, 2020 (Saturday)

Time:  9 a.m.

Where: Virtual - (registration required)

How to register: City of Tempe website  (click on the link to register)

 

Neighborhood Beautification Award Winner

Posted in Local Event
June 4, 2020

MacDaniels Signs Retiring - Their Incredible Service Over the Years

One of the incredibly wonderful businesses I work in my every day business as a Realtor® is MacDaniel Signs and Installations. I think I hired them for the first time back in 2008 and have been using them for all my transactions, with little exceptions, over the years till now.

They have set up an operation that is working like a Swiss clock - precise, exact, elegant. In 2008 we created a customer online account from where we ordered the installation of the posts for signs in front of the homes or commercial properties for sale. This portal did not change for all those years, we felt comfortably familiar with everything - yet it contained everything we needed, presented in a simple and clear way. I can order at any time, within minutes, my signs and posts from the templates that were available, I can see the history of my orders from the very beginning of my being a customer with them. All the expectations were clearly written, for e.g. if I do so and so before 2 pm, this will happen on this day, if after 2pm, on the next day. 

 

 

Somehow, I never had to call for additional clarification, or let alone for a complaint. Everything went smoothly, as expected, professionally performed. The person who was installing the signs and posts was always the same, he knew me personally, too - I had attended a few of the post installations to make sure the sign was visible enough from both street. 

About a month ago, I received an email from my contact at Macdaniel Signs - and here is what it says:

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Dear Valued Installation Customer,

After 58 years of signs service and 45 years of myself working in the family business I am retiring.

We will continue to do the installation service until April 30th 2020. If you store your signs with us please email the installation department at installations@macdanielsigns.com to make arrangements to pick them up.

Here is a list of other Post Installation companies in the valley:

·      Leading Lister 602-439-7086

·      Post A Sign 480-668-2927

·      Champs Post 602-996-1656

·      Discount Post 480-659-6552

·      Quik Post 623-435-3566

You can contact one of these post companies and make arrangements with them to pick up your signs, but please make sure to let us know they are picking up your signs.

It has been a pleasure working with and servicing you for all these years.

-- Debbie at MacDaniel Signs

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When nothing goes wrong, we don't need to interact the customer service - Macdaniel Signs customer service was somehow embedded in their process, so that I don't have to call them. They knew and anticipated our needs, and proactively responded. From the email I learned that the people that I had been admiring quietly have been doing this work for 58 years, and after 45 years in the family business they were retiring. And Debbie, our primary contact, she still cared for us, her customers, she sent a list of substitute companies to contact, so that there is no interruption of our process. 

One thing, I always wondered, is how MacDaniel Signs never sent me ads, never had special promotions, no questionnaires about how they are doing, they did not even change prices very much for the last 12 years, yet they were always top of mind, and we never thought of anyone else when we needed signs and installations.

Now, I am sitting back, and thinking how they have designed the essential functions within their business to be available to their clients in an easy to understand and connect way all the time. 

I am so grateful to have worked with the Debbie, Jose and all the professionals from MacDaniel Signs. 

 

 

Posted in People
May 31, 2020

Papago Park Walk Path

June Morning walks at Papago Park can be delightful - the air is not as hot, the occasional quail can be heard in the distance, a jack rabbit will cross your path.

The views of Tempe and Phoenix downtowns can be snapped quickly with your camera from the high point near the ramada.

This is what my photos looked like today.

 Distant View of Downtown Phoenix, 05/2020

Downtown Tempe from Papago Park walking Path, 05/2020

Papago Park is open from Sunrise to Sunset.

Papago Park

Address: 625 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix AZ 85008

website: www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/papago-park

Posted in Photo of the Day