Scottsdale Real Estate Blog

  • Fitting Your Furniture in Your New Home

    BY Jeff Dial

    It seemed so perfect on the showroom floor… Then you get it home and no matter how you try it, you just can't make that furniture fit in the space of your new home! What to do? Plan ahead (duh!) or work a plan with what you already have. Here'...

  • Take Advantage of January Appliance Deals

    BY Jeff Dial

    Now that you've done all the hard work of qualifying for the loan, securing the mortgage and putting the deal in motion…you can start to shop for the new items you'll need for your new home. First up are kitchen appliances: January is THE month...

  • Selling in Winter

    BY Jeff Dial

    Traditional real estate marketing says homes sell better in the Spring and that if you haven't sold by the time school starts, you might as well wait until the weather warms again. But these days, real estate is anything but traditional. In fact, so...

  • Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay Off?

    BY Jeff Dial

    Owners of older homes dream of updating or modernizing kitchens and baths. In fact, before they place their homes on the market, some folks go to all the effort to update the kitchen they've been meaning to redo for years … only to have someone els...

  • Taxes and Your New Home

    BY Jeff Dial

    If you bought a new home in 2015, here are some things to think about as you get ready for tax season: Mortgage Interest One of the biggest perks of owning your own home is the benefit of deducting your mortgage interest. You can deduct home mortga...

  • How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

    BY Jeff Dial

    Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative, but here are s...

  • The Lure of the Snowbird Lifestyle — Is it Right for You?

    BY Jeff Dial

    If you're entering your retirement years, you may be considering buying a second home in a warmer (or cooler) clime. Perhaps your goal is to escape the winter weather. Or, maybe you want a home nearer to the grandkids. Whatever your purpose for wa...

  • Protecting Your Home During Holiday Travel

    BY Jeff Dial

    Plane tickets? Check Suitcase packed? Check Wrapped gifts packed? Check House protected? Oooops! If you're planning on traveling for the holidays, don't leave your home's protection to chance. Coming home from a holiday trip to find your home has...

  • What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

    BY Jeff Dial

    You've been saving for a downpayment and you're almost there. Almost! You just need a little more money in that account and you can make an offer on your starter home. Now, your parents and grandparents want to give you a gift of money toward you...

  • Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

    BY Jeff Dial

    Flooring is one of the more controversial subjects when it comes to home improvements. There are two firm camps and rarely do they meet in the middle. When you're planning to sell your home, you may think you need to replace the carpet in order to ge...