Scottsdale Real Estate Blog

  • Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

    BY Jeff Dial

    You saved up your money and survived the rigors of mortgage underwriting, packed up your apartment, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you settle into yo...

  • Fall Filter Fixes

    BY Jeff Dial

    Okay, some home maintenance items just don't make the urgent list. Changing your furnace filter doesn't often make the cut. As we head into autumn, take a moment to check your furnace filter to get it ready for a winter workout. Why your filter is ...

  • Can I Buy a Home with an FHA Loan If I have a Student Loan?

    BY Jeff Dial

    This year the Federal Housing Administration made adjustments to its underwriting handbook that significantly affect potential buyers that have outstanding student loans. Changes became effective September 14, 1015. The bottom line is, "yes" you can...

  • There’s an App for That

    BY Jeff Dial

    You don't know what you don't know, so how many homebuyers or home-sellers know they can use their smart phones to get smarter about the process? It doesn't matter how far along in your home-buying process you've come, you can always tweak things to...

  • School for Homebuyers?

    BY Jeff Dial

    Now that the kids have gone back to school, vacations are over and the weather is starting to turn, it's time to get serious about hunting for a house. Homebuying used to be simple: you saved up some money for a downpayment, enlisted the aid of a rea...

  • Sell Your Home in Any Season

    BY Jeff Dial

    As we slip into autumn, many homeowners take their homes off the market, believing that their home will not sell in the fall or winter. While it is true that selling heats up in spring and early summer, people buy homes every day of the year. Hist...

  • New FHA Leeway for Approvals

    BY Jeff Dial

    Having a low FICO score usually means there is no way for you to quality for a FHA mortgage, but changes to the underwriting process August 2015 means that more borrowers may qualify. According to some analysts of the new policies, up to 100,000 new ...

  • Why Downsizing is the New Upsizing

    BY Jeff Dial

    Most people think of downsizing as something you do in retirement. The kids are grown, the nest is empty and you have all this space just gathering dust or taking up your free time with maintenance and upkeep. So, you sell the large family home to ...

  • 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...