Scottsdale Real Estate Blog

  • Creating an Idea Book for Your New Home

    BY Jeff Dial

    Contemplating buying a new home or remodeling the one you have? Before you call your real estate agent, hire a designer or head to your local Do-It-Yourself superstore refine your ideas by creating an idea book. An idea book, exactly as the name imp...

  • Decorate and Economize at the Same Time

    BY Jeff Dial

    Once you get into your new place, you want to paint, upgrade fixtures and add window coverings. While at it, consider extras that improve your bottom line. Some simple ideas that lower electricity and gas bills put your personal decorative stamp on...

  • Back-to-School Organization

    BY Jeff Dial

    With school starting, it's time to do a little reorganizing to make early mornings and after-school activities run smoothly. When starting school after moving to a new home, consider some of the additional challenges your children face and plan accor...

  • Want to Become a Real Estate Investor? Think about Buying a “Live In” –Plex

    BY Jeff Dial

    As a first foray into investment property, buying a duplex, triplex or quad and living in one unit might be the way to go. In the current market, entering into rental ownership might give you the benefits of homeownership with the additional benefi...

  • Prepping for a Cross-Country Move

    BY Jeff Dial

    Whether you're moving across the country (or even across the state) to attend school, take a new job or just experience someplace new, a long-distance move is different from an across-town move. To take some of the stress out of the move, and to avoi...

  • Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

    BY Jeff Dial

    One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices...

  • Qualifying for a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

    BY Jeff Dial

    During the past several years, as folks struggled to survive the economic downturn and job loss, many smart people turned to entrepreneurship. In fact, working for yourself, either part-time or as your full-time gig is the reality for millions of Ame...

  • Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

    BY Jeff Dial

    Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer's real estate agent, inspector or ...

  • Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

    BY Jeff Dial

    Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you'll make, and many times new buyers worry that they'll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn't ...

  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

    BY Jeff Dial

    A common question for prospective home sellers is "How can I increase my home's value or get a higher selling price?" In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived val...