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Home Buying in Scottsdale : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Dec 27, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
If you are questioning the validity and enforceability of the agreement you signed - since you contend it was without your knowledge, I recommend you speak with an Arizona attorney.

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Thu Dec 15, 2016
EJ asked:
720 score, all other trade lines 100% perfect, 38% DTI, over 5y reserves. Estimated 675K loan.

Looking forward to seeing what options are out there now.
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Tue Dec 13, 2016
Grant Olsen answered:

I'd be glad to assist you with your real estate goals you explained! I have a private lender who might be able to assist you in your situation who I will put you in touch with. They could help lay out scenarios that potentially will work for you, then we could go about identifying a home that is available for us to make an offer on.
Feel free to contact me at your convenience by phone, or email.

Thank you!

Grant Olsen
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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Mon Oct 17, 2016
Shannon Shutack answered:
Hello Sandra!

Great question as there are variables between Scottsdale and Cave Creek/Carefree for you to be aware of when searching for a home in these towns. Even though they boarder each other, they are years apart in services each provide.

Taxes - Cave Creek/Carefree taxes will most likely be a fraction of the cost of the same home located in 85255 (depending if the home is in an HOA or not)? Another key item to be aware of is if you buy a home in an HOA. If 85255 is your preferred zip code, places like Grayhawk and DC Ranch, Troon are going to have hefty HOA's that will tack onto your monthly expense of owning a home in that particular community. However the amenities are wonderful if that is the lifestyle you are interested in.

Mail - Carefree has no mail delivery, patrons in this city have P.O. boxes and that's where they get their mail. Talk about the "old west" :)

Utilities are across the board as far as electricity/water/trash. All depends who's providing service in which area and it's hard to nail down a specific provider based on city unless you're considering a home out in "the sticks" where hauled water, wells, and septic tanks would be needed. You shouldn't run into that in 85255 or the populated areas of Cave Creek/Carefree.

I could ramble on but feel this is adequate to get you started. If you have not chosen a Realtor to work with in these areas my partner and I would love to sit down and council you further.

Have a great week.

Grant Olsen & Shannon Shutack
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Sun Oct 9, 2016
Louise Knight answered:
You need to get the water and electricity turned on. You cannot properly inspect a property without utilities on. There could be plumbing issues although you are in a warm climate so frozen pipes not a concern. If you are willing to take full risk and buy without an inspection, that would be your choice but not recommended. You need to know what you are buying. ... more
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Tue Oct 4, 2016
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Thu Aug 11, 2016
Gardenguy answered:
I too live in Rio Verde and have had hauled water for over 12 years. Started with a well and switched to hauled water after it started pumping brown water. I have never had a problem with the haulers and always found them to be more then prompt if I felt I needed water on short notice. After owning several homes with wells I prefer hauled water due to less maintenance and you can pay for a lifetime of maintence fees and the cost of drilling a well for the price I pay for hauling water. Go with hauled water and don't look back it is on par with city water and sewer cost and less taxes to boot..... ... more
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Tue Jun 14, 2016
Ccarney answered:
Great feedback from the agents!! My answer, as the "mortgage guy", is when you're fully Pre-Approved haha. Agents send your clients my way for help with financing..


C Carney
Guild Mortgage
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Tue May 10, 2016
Angela Jacques answered:
The Buyer does have closing costs in any transaction unless negotiated otherwise in the contract. Cash deals will be typically much less than financed. Thanks!
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Thu Mar 31, 2016
Jean-Leon Magnotto answered:
Do you know what area of Scottsdale you are interested in? The number can change significantly depending on where the property is in Scottsdale. I'd be happy to get you more detailed information if you would like to chat about your goals. Good luck either way! ... more
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Thu Mar 24, 2016
Rog asked:
I am not in the market for a new home but want to keep up with prices and homes for sale in my area and look for others.
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Thu Feb 11, 2016
Nathaniel answered:
FYI, mortgages on properties is debt. A very real debt. Why do you want a $1MM house with no money down? If you're making good money, save a down payment and get a better interest rate without PMI. PMI on 1MM will be a lot. ... more
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Sun Jan 17, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Trulia is an advertising site that receives feeds from other sources. If you're serious about hiring a home, hire an Exclusive Buyer's Agent to represent you (not a regular buyer's agent). Buyer's agents are the best source for accurate information.

Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You! Follow the links below.

Alysse Musgrave
Consumer Advocate
Exclusive Buyer Agent

Best selling author of Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You! US, Texas, and Spanish versions available.
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Tue Oct 6, 2015
Herve.thomy asked:
We just arrived 2 months ago in Arizona, and we would like to buy a house. It looks very complicated to get a loan without credit history even though we can make a down payment of 25% of…
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Fri Sep 11, 2015
Jvicson answered:
There are quite a few excellent neighborhoods in Scottsdale. As others have said, it really depends on your price ranch. Paradise Valley, DC Ranch, Grayhawk, Terravita, the list goes on. All are wonderful places in Scottsdale to start looking at. ... more
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Mon Sep 7, 2015
Christopher Bole answered:
Hello John,

Hope your having a great Labor day and taking it easy! It is necessary for a spouse to sign a disclaimer deed even if the property is being paid for in cash. Arizona is a community property state, so both parties wether on title or not have an equal ownership interest in the property.

This prevents a spouse from selling a property, getting a loan, etc without consent from the other spouse as the title company would see this deed.

Best regards,

Chris Bole
The Bole Group - RE/MAX Preferred Choice
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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Jvicson answered:
Sorry you couldn't find an answer here to your question. A quick Google search doesn't yield any results. What were you looking to get a hold of them for?
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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Jvicson answered:
There's no need to worry about a shortage of water. Arizona's water supply comes from a mix of surface water, effluent, groundwater, and the Colorado River. I highly recommend reading up on the following link from the city of Scottsdale itself: where they discuss the Central Arizona Project and the Salt River Project. ... more
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Thu Jul 30, 2015
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