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Buying & Selling in New River/Desert Hills
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Buying & Selling in New River/Desert Hills


POSTED BY Darren Forstie

Buying and selling homes in New River and Desert Hills can be quite different than buying or selling in metro Phoenix. There are many issues to consider that are outside the norm from your typical cookie cutter home. Let’s consider some of these issues now.

First let’s consider the market. Homes move a little slower in rural areas and the Buyers are a different breed (not good or bad, just different). These Buyers are looking for more property, are more self-sufficient, love wildlife, want to raise animals, and more. In the current market homes are selling for close to what Sellers want but on average taking 120 days to sell.

Although you might see coyotes running thru metro Phoenix, they are quite common in New River & Desert Hills. You will also find javelina, rabbits, and deer which love an unprotected garden. They will find your garden and destroy it in one night without leaving a tip. Don’t bother billing them because they have no home address and I’m unaware of any javelina debt collectors. Also know there are the crawling and slithering creatures such as snakes, scorpions, spiders, and so on; although the frequency of seeing these creatures is over stated.

Now some questions to consider when purchasing a home in this rural area. Is there legal access? Who maintains the gravel road? Is the well shared and what’s the performance/output? What is the age of septic system? What type of funding might require a road maintenance agreement? Is there floodplain on the property or nearby? A Buyer of course needs to have these questions answered. As a Seller, you will want to anticipate these questions and ensure there are not issues that can be taken care of before the home is on the market to save money and delays.

Last, as the Phoenix metro continues to grow, the areas of New River and Desert Hills will grow in demand and value. It’s a great place to raise a family and will always remain beautiful and open (due to the zoning laws).

Darren Forstie

480-213-2201

Darren is a Realtor with Desert Peaks Realty and specialized in the New River & Desert Hills areas.


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Why Buy In Dec & Jan?
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Why Buy In Dec & Jan?


POSTED BY Darren Forstie

It’s the holiday season and who in their right mind would buy a house now? Well December & January can be a great time to buy. Here are several reasons to consider.

  • December & January historically are the slowest months for real estate sales in the Phoenix area. See the chart below. Yes there is generally less inventory during these months but the competition is way less as well. This means no bidding wars and Sellers might accept a lower offer especially if their house has been on the market for a few months. Note that October & November are also months with historic lower sales numbers so there’s a good chance that house is still on the market from October.
  • Most homes don’t receive multiple offers. During these months, you will likely not encounter competing offers so your negotiations have more leverage!
  • The Sellers can be more serious. Sellers who are on the market in December & January are usually more motivated to sell than those who list in the spring or summer. The Spring Sellers have a lot more options and can start with a high price to test the market.
  • You can use & abuse your Agent. Just kidding but more Buyers are taking time off for the Christmas so your Agent likely has more time as well. You can leverage their time to look at areas you may have ignored or write up more offers.
  • The spring market is just around the corner. The spring market when most sells happen in the Phoenix area usually starts near the end of February and beginning of March. It looks like 2017 will be another robust year for real estate so buy now and beat the crowd!
  • You may find a deal if you can close quickly. Investors looking to sell their properties in this current tax year may be extra motivated if you can close before December 31st.


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October Special on This Home for Sale!!!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 0 COMMENTS

October Special on This Home for Sale!!!


POSTED BY Darren Forstie

Move your family to beautiful north Scottsdale (T-bird & Scottsdale Rd area) with amazing move-in benefits!  ..


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Is that English?
Monday, August 29, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Is that English?


POSTED BY Darren Forstie

I see common phrases on real estate listings with hidden and quite often hilarious meanings. This is a translation guide for the layman.  ..


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Investing in Real Estate? 3 Things You Should Know
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Investing in Real Estate? 3 Things You Should Know


POSTED BY Darren Forstie

The Darren Sells Homes team has worked with both beginner and seasoned investors around town in purchasing investment properties. The bottom line is the investor wishes to earn a profit and/or positive cash flow on his purchase. Below are some points we’ve accumulated through experience when it comes to real estate investments. ..


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Lookout Mountain Good Times
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Lookout Mountain Good Times


POSTED BY Darren Forstie

The neighborhoods and areas around Lookout Mountain are in my opinion a hidden gem. The area is often overlooked by home buyers and quite frankly most people are not aware of this area and the activities available. I love the area for several reasons: the mountain, the park, the bike trails within and around the mountain, the golf course (Pointe Tapatio), the friendly neighbors, the elementary school (Hidden Hills), the unique shops along Cave Creek Road, and more. In this blog I will cover the history and trails around Lookout Mountain.

In the 1960’s and 70’s, a grass root effort started the preservation of the mountains around Phoenix that developed into the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Lookout Mountain was part of this effort and the land was acquired starting in 1958 with the last piece in 1995. See the image below (from the City of Phoenix) which shows the parcel acquisition and date. There is a great trail assessment report from the City of Phoenix located here:

http://phoenix.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=bd379874b13c4e12889a4eace9be6b9b

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2016 Phoenix Real Estate Outlook
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 (Disabled) COMMENTS

2016 Phoenix Real Estate Outlook


POSTED BY Darren Forstie
So everyone is asking (maybe not everyone but all my Realtor friends are) how the 2016 real estate market will perform and if 2016 is a good time to sell their home. If I knew this answer with absolute certainty, I wouldn't be writing this blog but sitting in warm sand on some far distance island. Everyone has an opinion but lets look at some statistics and trends as gathered from the Arizona Multi Listing Service (ARMLS).  ..

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HELPFUL LINKS

NEW RIVER/DESERT HILLS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION


DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT


ROTARY CLUB OF ANTHEM


MARICOPA COUNTY LIBRARY


NEW RIVER KIWANIS


CAVE CREEK TOURISM CENTER


DAISY MOUNTAIN TRAILS


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