Kelli Grant Group

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices AZ

Are real estate agents becoming obsolete?

No. I came across this question on Quora this morning at 4am when I couldn’t sleep. Real estate is the biggest, most expensive purchase most people make throughout their lives. That purchase is a legal transaction that encompasses a variety of very expensive potentially damaging pitfalls (or jail). Would you trust your spouse to perform surgery on you if he read a how-to manual on webMD?

Real estate is a moving target. Full time, full service agents like myself are proactive in staying educated on changing laws, state and governmental rules & regulations, mortgage and finance changes, the economy, their local marketplace, stats, trends, technology solutions, alternative financing or foreclosure prevention solutions, and understanding new documents or changes in contractual verbiage . . . to name a few!

realtor man handshakeThese professional real estate consultants forge relationships with real estate attorneys, mortgage professionals, home warranty companies, and CPA’s. They attend their workshops to gain enough knowledge to be able to assess a client’s need or situation and SUGGEST a potential solution that they should “call their CPA about” . . . such as using tax code 121 against the phantom gain on a foreclosure when you can’t prove insolvency, (for example). Of course, always with the disclaimer that you are not a CPA or real estate attorney, but that you heard about xyz, and they should seek the advice from xyz…

These valuable agents are resources for trustworthy referrals for the most expensive asset you own, such as painters, electricians, pool companies, landscapers, house cleaners, window washers, etc. These agents coordinate your real estate purchase and communicate with every party, they provide a Moving checklist and follow up with you to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything during a highly emotional and chaotic time. They check in with you throughout the year, every year to see how you are and if you need anything…even if it’s a good roofer or to make sure you’ve renewed your home warranty. These valuable realtors are the guardians of your home.

Much like an attorney, a doctor, a CPA, a dentist, or a financial advisor – an educated, professional realtor is an essential person to establish a long term relationship with. Full time realtors sell real estate day in and day out and are truly experts in the process, procedure, marketing, and negotiation of it. One could try to design their own website by going to WordPress and watching all the YouTube videos, but if you want it designed right and toaccomplish what you need it to (quicker), wouldn’t it be worth it to pay someone who is already trained and skilled at it who does it every day?

You say you want to sell your home on your own, aka FSBO (For Sale By Owner). confused

  • Do you know what your liable for in the sale?
  • Do you know what you are legally obligated to disclose to the buyer?
  • Did you provide the buyer with all of the legally required documentation in case something happens down the road and they try to sue you?
  • Do you have a full fledged marketing plan?
  • Do you know what demographic to market to and how to best market to them?
  • Do you know what incentives to offer to bring in a higher sales price, quicker?
  • Do you have a database of home buyers that you can call and market your property to?
  • Will you spend 4-6 hours a day finding a buyer for your home?
  • Do you know how to stage the home so that it shows it’s best features and makes potential buyers fall in love with it when they walk in the door while they envision themselves living there as they tour the home?

The realtor’s primary value is in their knowledge, education, skills, and service. Data on the internet is not always accurate and a realtor can certainly provide a valuable service in clarifying the facts of what is truly available or what the realistic value of a property is. Shocking tidbit: Zillow’s value of your home isn’t all that accurate! The true value of this part is ASSESSING and INTERPRETING THE DATA through knowledge of market trends, stats, local economy, and demographics.

Realtors who are not full time business owners and consultants to their clients provide much less value, and will probably go out of business. They basically provide you with access into a property. Realtors who do not embrace and learn an ever-changing technologically based society will not survive either.

dollar sign Would you be willing to throw tens of OR hundreds
of thousands of dollars to the wind? $$$

Wouldn’t you want guidance and assistance from a professional representing you and watching out for your best interests?

Stats from National Association of Realtor’s 2011 Home Buyers & Seller’s Profile

  • Real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98 percent of buyers who used an agent while searching for a home.
  • Eighty-nine percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker—a share that has steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001.
  • Eighty-seven percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home.
  • The typical FSBO home sold for $150,000 compared to $215,000 among agent-assisted home sales.

Kelli Grant is a full time, full service realtor. I dedicate 100% of my time delivering World Class Service to my clients. In turn, I depend on the heartfelt endorsement and referral of my valued clients, their friends, family and co-workers to me for advice on buying and selling real estate. I am dedicated to building lasting, lifelong relationships and earning the right to be your REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT FOR LIFE. Call me today to help you buy or sell a home in Phoenix or Scottsdale, Arizona.

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April 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Reasons You Should Relocate to Fireside at Norterra in North Phoenix, Arizona Maricopa County 85085

5 Reasons You Should Relocate to Fireside at Norterra in North Phoenix, Arizona Maricopa County 85085

Fireside at Norterra 1.Fireside at Norterra was named Arizona’s #1 Master Planned Community in Maricopa County by Arizona Business Magazine’s Ranking Arizona.The prestigious honor reflects quality home construction and outstanding customer service. Fireside at Norterra has clearly won the confidence of homebuyers in Phoenix, Arizona.

2.Amenities in the Fireside at Norterra Community.A Lifestyle Director is available to facilitate the fun and plan daily activities and events, in true Del Webb fashion.

·Impressive Community Center to meet and greet family, friends or associates

·Fitness Center with aerobics and weight rooms for the health conscience means you don’t need to pay for an outside gym membership

·Indoor rock climbing wall for the adventurist that kids also love

·Spa treatment rooms to relax and unwind

·Adult lap & lounge pool plus a separate family pool with water slide

·Tennis and basketball courts for the sports enthusiast

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3.Location of Fireside at Norterra.Living in the 85085 zip code in Fireside at Norterra means that you are among a hip, new and growing region of the Valley of the Sun. This can be seen by the retail growth at The Shops at Norterra and the brand new W.L. Gore campus, an international company voted as one of Fortune Magazines “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011.

You’re only minutes from popular shopping areas, restaurants, banks, and stores for daily errands.Experience the possibilities of the 85085 Lifestyle nearby shopping, dining and entertainment.Within 15-30 minutes, you can be on a golf course enjoying over 300 days of sunshine. Surrounding cities and metropolitan areas offer a unique mix of culture, shopping, sports stadiums, concert arenas, and attractions ranging from the Cosmopolitan to the Southwestern.

The Loop 101 and I-17 freeways give quick, easy access to Anthem, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, downtown Phoenix, and Sky Harbor International Airport. Fireside at Norterra makes any valley destination easily reached, while its peaceful setting still makes you to feel like you’re far away from it all.

4.Nature. Fireside at Norterra is nestled against a mountain preserve offering an intimate and peaceful hillside setting with spectacular views and hiking trails.The surrounding Sonoran Desert offers scenic beauty, miles of natural parkland, picturesque lakes, and a wide variety of activities, events, and attractions for every interest.Within 30 minutes, you can be at Lake Pleasant boating, skiing, fishing or watching a sunset.Celebrate a special occasion on a hot air balloon!Mountain biking, motorcycle riding, ballooning, swimming, hiking …you can have it all!

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5.Affordability and Style : Fireside at Norterra is an upscale, classy community with affordable home prices.New build and resale homes available from the $180s, single level and two story. The Maestro series are 1,654 to 2,693 s.f. from the $220’s and the Overlook series are from 1,254 to 1,819 s.f. from the $180’s. Both are available as specs and new builds.Incentives and financing offers available.Find foreclosures, short sales and traditional resale bargains available in Fireside at Norterra. Call or email Kelli Grant for details on new builds, specs or resale homes and townhomes available in Fireside at Norterra.Townhomes available, call or email for pricing.

Come home to Fireside at Norterra and experience the quality and integrity that have made Pulte Homes the nation’s leading homebuilder. At Fireside at Norterra, you’ll get premium features in your home and a thoughtfully planned out community with high-class amenities that suit your interests and lifestyle.

*** BONUS!Like weekend getaways?Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Jerome, and many other cities are within a couple hour drive north on I-17 frwy.Whether you’re looking for a camp ground, a lakeside cabin, a cozy bed & breakfast or a resort in the mountains, you will find all of these options within reach.

Did you know that Northern Arizona has a magnificent wine country?Check out the latest on wineries, wine bars and all things wine at Arizona Vines & Wines.14 wineries with exquisite wine, history and events available to wine enthusiasts within 1-2 hours from your home at Fireside at Norterra!Tour the Arizona wine country in style with AZ Wine Tours and their extraordinary limo.I can attest to the awesome experience with AZ Wine Tours as I did it in 2011 with a group of friends and it was a fun and exciting day to remember (just don’t drink too much wine and you’ll remember it too!).

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Exciting Las Vegas is a 4 hour drive; Rocky Point, Mexico is a 4 hour drive; the ocean of San Diego is a 5 hour drive; the theme parks of Los Angeles are a 6 hour drive; and skiing or rafting in Durango, Colorado are an 8 hour drive or an hour airplane ride!

Other beautiful communities near Fireside at Norterra:

·Sonoran Foothills homes from the mid $100s

·Tramonto homes and townhomes from the $90s

·Tatum Ranch Golf Community apartment style condos, townhomes and homes from the low $100s

Relocating to the Phoenix Arizona? Contact your friendly and professional Relocation Specialist Kelli Grant, resident of 85085 since 2005 and Phoenix resident since 1976, I have enjoyed helping many families, business professionals and retirees relocate or buy a winter home in the area. I am already assisting some of the W.L. Gore employees with their relocation. I go beyond real estate needs. I assist clients with pairing down their winter wardrobe moving from a much colder region, clarify myths and facts about the desert critters, help book hotels for visits to look at properties, provide lists of excellent restaurants, and much more!

Relocation Client Testimony from W.L Gore This Week

A W.L. Gore client relocating from New York wrote this email to me this week: “After meeting you, we’re even more sure that you are the right person for us. We both found you extremely easy to talk to and very knowledgable……..the two key ingredients.” Contact Kelli Grant today for relocation assistance. 602-799-5420

October 22, 2011 Posted by | Buyers, Community, Fireside at Norterra, For Sale, Relocation | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Truth about Tramonto Home Values in Phoenix, Arizona 85086

The Truth about Tramonto Home Values in Phoenix, Arizona 85086

Tramonto Real EstateI’ve closely watched the housing values of the area to see how it compares to the national stats as well as our valleywide stats. Since Phoenix is extremely subdivision oriented, each community has it’s own unique qualities and value driven indicators.

Tramonto grew during the height of the economic boom and therefore took a massive hit initially. The decline will appear to be more than in other areas simply because the values were ballooned to a level they were never meant to be, due to the fact the community was built at the height of the boom. The neighborhood has been resetting itself since 2009 as more and more original homeowners have sold their homes through short sale, trustee sale (foreclosure) and even some traditional sales!

As we’ve seen Tramonto turn over with new neighbors, the values have held steady for three years now. Below are links to annual sales summaries from 2003 through October 15, 2011. You’ll notice the Average Dollar per Sq Ft of homes sold from 2009 to 2011 remains tight in comparison to the large dips seen from 2006 to 2009 – when the bubble burst!

* 2011 – $84/sq ft. Tramonto Real Estate
* 2010 – $87/sq ft
* 2009 – $87/sq ft
* 2008 – $117/sq ft
* 2007 – $159/sq ft
* 2006 – $177/sq ft
* 2005 – $163/sq ft
* 2004 – $123/sq ft
* 2003 – $105/sq ft

Keep in mind that these are homes in Tramonto that were sold through the MLS, these do NOT include trustee sales. The MLS is a good bird’s eye representation of how values are doing. They DO include investor purchased properties at trustee sales, where they cleaned up the home and often enhanced the features and resold it as a move-in ready, upgraded home through the MLS.

The Realistic Value of Your Home in Tramonto over the next 5 to 10 years

Look closely at the Dollar Per Sq Ft, what do you see? You can see exactly when the ‘Bubble’ happened and when it burst. The realistic value of your home will reset to where they started back in 2003, approximately $100 per square foot. The fake value ballooned, then burst and the economy fell. As the country recovers, you can expect a realistic value of your home to be about $100/sq ft in the next 5-10 years.

***  I can provide you a with a custom value assessment of your subdivision by builder.  Just send an email request to Kelli Grant. ***

Tramonto is in a new, thriving area. Location is on our side. With the addition of the W.L. Gore campus, we will undoubtedly continue to see positive growth immediately. I am already working with employees looking in the area who are being relocated from other states to work at the new location which I’ve been told will initially employ over 800 people. Guess where they want to live? You got it, close to work!

I’ve also had an increased number of Canadian buyers looking in this area. We have the perfect location: beautiful Sonoran Desert hiking trails, new shopping and dining, and easy access to downtown Phoenix for sporting events or nearby golf courses .

Feel good about our growing, magnificent community! Now we just need a Whole Foods or Trader Joes!

Each builder within Tramonto has varying value analysis, so if you have a question about your specific home value or builder, contact Kelli Grant.  As always, call me with questions. I’m here to help!

See the Tramonto Community Calender, Area Events and Find a Job at www.TramontoNews.com.

October 16, 2011 Posted by | Buyers, Community | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Truth about Sonoran Foothills Home Values in Phoenix, Arizona 85085

Sonoran Foothills As a resident of Sonoran Foothills since 2005, I’ve closely watched the housing values of our neighborhood to see how it compares to the national stats as well as our valleywide stats. Since Phoenix is extremely subdivision oriented, each community has it’s own unique qualities and value driven indicators.

 Sonoran Foothills arose during the height of the economic boom and therefore took a massive hit initially. The decline will appear to be more than in some areas of the valley simply because the values were ballooned to a level they were never meant to be, due to the fact Sonoran Foothills was built at the height of the boom. The neighborhood has been resetting itself since 2009 as more and more original homeowners have sold their homes through short sale, trustee sale (foreclosure) and even some raditional sales!

As we’ve seen our neighborhood turn over with new neighbors, the values have held steady for the past year now. Below are links to annual sales summaries from 2005 through October 15, 2011. You’ll notice the Average Dollar per Sq Ft of homes sold from 2009 to 2011 remains tight in comparison to the large dips seen from 2005 to 2009.

* 2011 – $89/sq ft.
* 2010 – $91/sq ft
* 2009 – $94/sq ft
* 2008 – $114/sq ft
* 2007 – $171/sq ft
* 2006 – $170/sq ft
* 2005 – $171/sq ft

Keep in mind that these are homes in Sonoran Foothills that were sold through the MLS. These stats do NOT include trustee sales and some of the new builds that builders sold outside of the MLS at the higher range of the $/sq ft. The MLS provides a good birds eye representation of how values are doing.

They DO include investor-bought properties at trustee sales where they cleaned up the home and often enhanced the features and resold it as a move-in ready, upgraded home. We’re seeing quite a few of these ‘fix-and-flips’ in 2011. Contrary to some opinions, it’s not a bad thing. The majority of buyers I work with do not want to look at fixer upper homes because they either can’t afford it or they’re beyond those years in their life and want a nice, move-in ready home. Those investors brought these buyers into our neighborhood by selling these exact homes with enhanced features for higher prices than a bank-owned house would sell for.

  What the Future Holds for Sonoran Foothills Home Values 

Sonoran Foothills arose is the midst of the real estate bubble. What does this mean? Values were never meant to be that high and history tells us, they will never be that high again during our lifetime. The facts and history shows us that the realistic value of your home is likely going to be between $100-$120 per square foot within the next 5-10 years. Again, many factors (some unforeseen!) affect our home values, and each builder in Sonoran Foothills has a different product from entry level to semi-custom, so KEEP THAT IN MIND.

***  I can provide you a with a custom value assessment of your subdivision by builder.  Just send an email request to Kelli Grant. ***

 Sonoran Foothills is in a new, thriving area. Location is on our side. With the addition of W.L. Gore, we will undoubtedly continue to see positive growth. I am already working with employees looking in Sonoran Foothills who are being relocated from other states to work at the new campus which I’ve been told will initially employ over 800 people. Guess where they want to live? You got it, close to work!

I’ve also had an increased number of Canadian buyers looking in our neighborhood. We have the perfect location: beautiful Sonoran Desert views, hiking trails, new shopping and dining, and easy access to downtown Phoenix for sporting events or nearby golf courses.  Feel good about our growing, magnificent community in Sonoran Foothills! Now we just need a Whole Foods or Trader Joes!

Each subdivision and builder within Sonoran Foothills has varying value analysis, so if you have a question about your specific builder’s neighborhood or your home value, just let me know.  As always, call me with questions. I’m here to help!

Get detailed information about each builder and what is actively for sale in every subdivision in Sonoran Foothills.

See the Sonoran Foothills Community Calender, Area Events and Find a Job at www.SonoranFoothillsCommunity.com.

All information should be verified by the recipient and none is guaranteed as accurate by ARMLS. Data pulled is as accurate as the listing agent entered it.


October 16, 2011 Posted by | Buyers, Community | , , , , | Leave a comment

4 bedroom house Cave Creek School District Under $300,000

4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District Under $300,000

5135 E Skinner

Move-in Ready

This4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District is perfect for your family in desirable Tatum Ranch.  2165 sq ft two story cul-de-sac home has a large backyard with a play area.  You’ll love cooking in your beautifully updated kitchen with granite countertops, tumbled travertine, stunning cabinetry, and stainless appliances.  A conveniently located walk-in pantry provides generous space for all of your cooking staples, soups and snacks.  This 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District is a traditional sale so you can pack the moving van and get settled before the school year starts!

Additional features in this gorgeous 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District include shutters throughout along with modern lights and fans.  This two-story home has one bedroom with walk-in closet and one full bathroom downstairs.  The spacious two upstairs bedrooms share a jack-n-jill bathroom with double sinks.

The large master bedroom of this 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District will fit all of your furniture at 15’ 10 x 13’ 10.  Relax in your master bath’s garden tub, enjoy enough counter space with double sinks and the ease of a separate walk in shower.  The walk-in closet has enough space for any shoe fanatic!

The substantial backyard of this 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District is big enough for all of your family cook-outs and play dates.  The large grass area is perfect for pets.  After a sunny day outside, wash the grass stains out in the downstairs laundry room.  The owner is even including the front loading washer and dryer that are only a year old.

5135 E Skinner Front

Tatum Ranch Cul-de-sac Lot

Come home to your Tatum Ranch 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District!  It’s ready and waiting for you to move in.  It’s not a short sale that you have to wait months for and it’s not a bank owned property that requires thousands in work.  This lovely 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District under $300,000  is only waiting for a new family since its current owners have outgrown it.

Finance this 4 bedroom house in Cave Creek School District under $300,000  with FHA financing.  Call Sue Lechman at 480-797-6000 to see how you can get this house for as little as 3.5% down.  Then, call Kelli Grant at 602-799-5420 to see this home before it sells!
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June 21, 2011 Posted by | Buyers, Cave Creek, For Sale | , , , , , | Leave a comment