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How Real Estate Agents Earn Their Commissions
Posted Wed, Aug 9th 2017 7:49 pm
We sometimes are asked if we will reduce our commissions to sell a home. I'll come back to that later, but before I do, it's important to know the benefits of working with a real estate agent. Firs...

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Is Your Home Buying Budget Realistic?
Posted Thu, Jul 27th 2017 3:08 pm
I just came across an interesting article in CNN Money about costs that are often overlooked by many home buyers during the buying process. So if you're thinking about purchasing a home, and are in...

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New Smart Home Device
Posted Thu, Jul 6th 2017 11:19 pm
Everyone wants to find a way to save money on heating and cooling bills these days. Wouldn’t it be amazing to save money AND be more comfortable in your home? Have you heard about the new “Smart ...

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Our Very Own Village of Oak Creek Recognized for Tax Friendliness
Posted Wed, May 31st 2017 11:47 pm
According to SmartAsset's list of most tax friendly towns for retirees, The Village of Oak Creek is number one. They take into account income tax, property tax, sales tax, fuel tax and social secur...

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Will Reverse Mortgages Survive the New Federal Budget Cuts?
Posted Mon, May 29th 2017 12:16 am
I have heard rumors from mortgage brokers that the federal funding through HUD that makes reverse mortgages possible is in jeopardy with the new federal budgets. I hope that doesn't happen because ...

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A Good Resource if You're Considering Solar Power
Posted Mon, Feb 20th 2017 3:28 pm
Many of our clients either have solar power, or are considering it. Here are a couple of interesting factoids if you are thinking about it.  The cost of solar panels has decreased by about 60% s...

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Make Sedona My Home is a Sustainable Business
Posted Sat, Feb 18th 2017 1:24 pm
We never grow tired of the natural beauty of Sedona, and are grateful that we have been able to make it our home. As individuals and as a business, we take very seriously our responsibility to be g...

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How Pet Ownership Affects Real Estate Decisions
Posted Thu, Feb 16th 2017 7:17 pm
I realize that even the title of this blog may be offensive to some. I remember a few years ago when I first heard the question "Do you consider your animal to be your property or a part of your fa...

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No Reason to Panic Over Rising Mortgage Rates
Posted Mon, Jan 30th 2017 5:35 pm
While mortgage rates have recently risen slightly, going from an average 3.97% a year ago to 4.16% now, they are still way below average historical mortgage interest rates. For the average home buy...

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Another Happy Client Shares Her Experience
Posted Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 5:10 pm
We love helping our clients make their Sedona real estate dreams come true, and it's nice to be recognized for the high level of service that we provide. Here is what another happy client had to sa...

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Jan is a Five Star Zillow Agent
Posted Mon, Aug 8th 2016 1:14 pm
Here are some kind words from another happy client! This one was posted on Zillow, along with a lot of other five star ratings. In fact, Jan is now listed as a Zillow 5-star agent because all of he...

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Rental Property News
Posted Mon, Jul 11th 2016 1:30 pm
I have commented in the past on the shortage of rental available rental properties in the Verde Valley, and the resulting increase in their value. In my reading on the subject, I came across an art...

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Happy Clients
Posted Wed, Jul 6th 2016 3:19 pm
We take great pride in providing excellent service to our clients, so we were very happy to see this from a lovely couple from Florida that we helped to make Sedona their home. We were truly fortu...

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Terrific New Testimonial for Jan
Posted Tue, Jun 14th 2016 2:36 pm
We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with helping our clients through the demanding process of buying or selling a home. And we take great pride in doing it well. Here is a nice bit...

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Foreign Investors in Sedona Real Estate Must Plan Ahead for Taxes
Posted Mon, Apr 18th 2016 3:10 pm
With negative interest rates in other countries becoming more common, an increasing number of foreign buyers are looking for a haven for their money. Last year, about 16% of total investment sales ...

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Top Ten Mid-sized Downtowns from Realtor.com
Posted Fri, Mar 25th 2016 5:14 pm
It's always fun to look at these articles, especially if you live in one of these cities. Livability.com looked at 2000 cities with populations under 350,000, analyzed some of the characteristics t...

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Why to Work with a Knowledgeable Real Estate Agent
Posted Sun, Feb 7th 2016 5:39 pm
I recently wrote a blog saying that a good real estate agent cannot be replaced by an app. The gist of that was that homes are not commodities. Each has its own set of unique features, including bu...

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Should You Remodel Before Putting Your House on the Market?
Posted Sun, Jan 31st 2016 6:35 pm
The answer to this question is "Maybe." Obviously, if you want to sell a home quickly, it should not look like a "project" to a potential buyer. That's especially true in Sedona where the median sa...

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A Good Realtor is Worth More than his weight in Technology
Posted Sun, Jan 24th 2016 1:06 pm
Why should you work with a Realtor, rather than an app that will do all of the paperwork for you? Well, if you consider your home to be a commodity, the same as every other home in every other neig...

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Jan's Commitment as a Sedona Real Estate Professional Part 2
Posted Wed, Dec 23rd 2015 4:39 pm
A few days ago I posted the standards that members of the Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professional adhere to with regard to buyers that they represent. Jan Bigelow has been a member of this exclusive...

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