Choosing the Right Moving Supplies…

Moving-SuppliesWhen it’s time to move, you want to be sure that all of your possessions not only make it from point A to point B, but that they also arrive safe and sound.  There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home or place of business to find that some of your belongings were either damaged or lost during the move.

One way to avoid loss or damage is to use the right supplies when packing and preparing for the move.  Choosing the right moving supplies will ensure your items are packed correctly and make it to their destination in one piece. Here is a list of some of the essential moving supplies you should have for your next move:

Boxes – Big, Small and Plenty

Having boxes on hand during your move always prepares you for success.  Boxes are the go-to method for packing almost anything. They help keep your possessions organized and offer a layer of protection to prevent damage.

A common mistake when it comes to buying or renting moving boxes is to only get one size of boxes. It’s a good idea to get boxes in different sizes based on what it is you are moving.  While large boxes can hold quite a bit, they are not always practical for smaller items. You also don’t want to load boxes so heavy that they can’t be lifted or come apart during the move. Be sure to give yourself some choices when it comes to box size.

Remember to have plenty of boxes on hand as you begin to sort and pack before your move. You’re better off having a few unused boxes at the end rather than trying to cram too much in because you don’t have enough.

Dish Packs

Some of the items you will be moving are much more fragile than others. Using the right packing supplies can make a huge difference in making sure those fragile belongings arrive safely and undamaged. Dishes, for example, should be packed with care, wrapped in paper or cloth and placed in dish pack boxes. Packing dishes in this type of box adds additional protection and keeps your valuables secure. A dish pack is perfect for moving fragile items such as fine china, crystal stemware, porcelain figurines or antiques to name a few.

Strong Tape

As you finish packing your boxes up, you’ll want to be sure to use good strong packing tape to keep your boxes closed. When choosing tape, find tape that is specifically made for packing and moving. Using cheap tape or tape that can be easily broken might result in boxes spilling open during the move, which could lead to broken or lost items. Don’t chance it! Pay the extra for good strong tape that you can rely on.

Blankets and Saran Wrap

If you’ve ever watched a professional moving company work before, you’ve probably seen them use both blankets and saran wrap to protect furniture and secure other items into moving trucks. These are very important moving supplies that help keep your possessions safe from start to finish.  As you begin to pack up your belongings, keep a pile of blankets out to use when you start to load your moving truck. You might want to stop by a local hardware store or moving company to pick up a roll of saran wrap as well.

Article written by Wendy Cracchiolo at “Get Your Move On” She can be reached at wendy@getyourmoveonllc.com

 

Market Update – October 3, 2014

Here is the Market Update for 3rd Qtr, 2014.

Please note that the Valley Wide graph represents all of the MLS. The table below that graph represents recordings for new and re-sales for Maricopa County.

We also offer a Market Update Book for you to use at listing appointments, at Open Houses or with Buyers. They are printed in full color!!! Just let us know how many you would like and a business development manager will bring them by your office. This will be Volume 3 2014.

Tip: These are great to use when managing your clients expectations. Point out the absorption rate by area to let them know how fast things are selling!

The Comments are:

Active Listings and Sales: Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have gone up by 641 units over the last month. As of October 3rd we sit at 23,851 actives all property types. Sales are at 6368 for the last 30 days (October 3rd), down by 54 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 3.7 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are down from the month before as of October 3rd, 5524 vs. one month ago at 6116. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. September re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 6930. In August 2014 they were 7203 . September 2013 was 7084 this is a 2 % decrease in year over year.

Absorption rate: Absorption rate is the percent of sales that are sold each month of the inventory. A higher percent means that inventory is moving at a faster rate, and thus is a Seller’s market. Certain areas of town have very high absorption rates, they are:

Northwest Valley 32% Peoria and Glendale 30% Apache Junction 30% Southeast Valley 31%

Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for September 2014 was $206,000 in August 2014 it was $209,490. In September of 2013 it was $200,000 for a 3% increase!!!! In September 2008 it was $187,000 and in September 2002 it was $149,500!

The last graph gives you the average dollar per square foot of solds by month on a line chart going back one year.

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1.0 Million and above continues to be the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. There was a 6% absorption rate for the last month. There were 69 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more than $1.0 million.

Use these with all of your clients, as a news letter and at open houses! Everyone wants to know what is happening in Real Estate – Be the authority!! Remember that you can always go to www.eta-az.com and click on Sales and Marketing then Market Update for this info as well!

Equity Title has great marketing tools and programs to help you get more business – call any of our business development managers to set up an appointment!

MONTHS OF SUPPLY (with AWC/UCB listings) (Single Family Only)

East Valley: 3.3

Northwest: 3.1

Paradise Valley: 13.3

Luxury ($1mil+): 17.8

Southwest: 3.6

Peoria/Glendale: 3.4

Camelback Corridor: 3.9

Cave Creek: 4.9

Ahwatukee: 4.3

Scottsdale: 5.7

Apache Junction: 3.3

Fountain Hills: 8.9

Buckeye: 5.2

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 3.5

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A Little bit about one of Tempe’s Best Escrow Officer – Penny Esparza

A Little bit about one of Tempe’s Best Escrow Officer – Penny Esparza

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My Customers are my priority!

I began my career in escrow nearly 13 years ago, right here at Equity Title Agency. I knew quickly that this was the right career for me. From the numbers and problem solving to the customer service and relations, it was a perfect fit.

Whether it be residential resale, meets and bounds, commercial and beyond, I am familiar with the needs and requirements for each transaction. I am well versed in Foreign Investment, Tax Deferred Exchange programs, Reverse Mortgages and more.

I was born and raised here in the Valley of the Sun and have lived both in the North West Valley and South East Valley. I went to High School in Scottsdale. I am very familiar with the entire area and love all that Arizona has to offer. I received my bachelors degree from Pacific Union College and quickly after found a home at Equity Title Agency. I have a strong love of reading. I enjoy being in nature and spending time with my husband and two wonderful children.

I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and regularly teach classes for both new and seasoned agents. I also regularly participate in continued education, both as teacher and student.

The customer is the priority! I would love the opportunity to work with you and earn your business with my strong work ethic, knowledge and customer service. I’d also like the opportunity to see how I might be able to help you grow your business and increase your success.

Call me so I can show you how to get half off your escrow fees on your next listing!!!!!!!

Penny Esparza 480-756-8888
pennye@eta-az.com

A Word from Heather King, Escrow Officer at ETA Tempe

A Little bit about one of Tempe’s Best Escrow Officers – Heather King!

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Whether you are an agent, broker, investor, seller, buyer, borrower or lender, my goal is to earn your business and then keep you as a loyal client. I will give each and every transaction 110% of my best service with a smile.

I began my escrow career with a National Title Insurance Company over 12 years ago. I quickly advanced to Escrow Officer and then to Branch Manager. I joined the Equity Title Agency, Inc. family in 2012 and have quickly built my business around the Central and East Valley.

I am well versed in technical aspects of any real estate transaction, whether it is a residential or commercial refinance or resale transaction, property or tax deferred exchange, foreign investment or land transaction, as well as reverse mortgages and escrows for condo conversions.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I believe my strong family ethics are reflected in my escrow transactions, creating a balance of empathy and customer service with an unsurpassed level of experience and knowledge.

I would sincerely like the opportunity to build a strong working relationship with you. My success as an Escrow Officer is ultimately defined by how well you are treated during the whole escrow process from opening to closing. Your needs will always be my first priority!

Call me so I can show you how to get half off your escrow fees on your next listing!

Your Escrow Officer,

Heather King 480-756-8888

heatherk@eta-az.com

Market Update Through July 3, 2014

Here is the Market Update through July 3rd, 2014. Please note that the Valley Wide graph represents all of the MLS. The table below that graph just represents recordings for new and re-sales for Maricopa County.

Because there are less swings in the Market we have decided to update you once per quarter. This is through June and the next market update will be through September!

We also offer a Market Update Book for you to use at listing appointments, at Open Houses or with Buyers. They are printed in full color!!! Just let any of our Business Development Mangers know how many you would like and we will bring them by your office. This will be Volume 2 2014.

Tip: These are great to use when managing your clients expectations. Point out the absorption rate by area to let them know how fast things are selling!

The Comments are:

Active Listings and Sales:Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have gone down by 896 units over the last month. As of July 3rd we sit at 24,388 actives all property types. Sales are at 7389 for the last 30 days (July 3rd), up by 177 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 3.3 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are down from the month before as of July 3rd, 6481 vs. one month ago at 7082. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. June re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 7855. In May 2014 they were 8208 . June 2013 was 8512 this is an 8% decrease in year over year.

Absorption rate: Absorption rate is the % of sales that are sold each month of the inventory. A higher percent means that inventory is moving at a faster rate, and thus is a Seller’s market. Certain areas of town have very high absorption rates, they are:

Northwest Valley 38%
Peoria and Glendale 33%
Apache Junction 32%
Desert Ridge 30%
Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for June 2014 was $209,000 in May 2014 it was $202,000. In June of 2013 it was $193,085 for a 5% increase!!!! In June 2007 it was $257,000 and in June 2001 it was $142,000!

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 4% of the closings for the last month. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 10% of the total sales for in the last month. REO property sales equal to 6% of the sales for the last month. Normal non-distressed sales are now 90% of the total!!!!!

The last graph gives you the average dollar per square foot of solds by month on a line chart going back one year. Prices have risen by 35% since June of 2012!

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1.0 Million and above continues to be the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. There was a 9% absorption rate for the last month. There were 118 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more than $1.0 million.

Please click on the link below to take you to the Graphs. You can save/print/email them from there! Use these with all of your clients, as a news letter and at open houses! Everyone wants to know what is happening in Real Estate – Be the authority!! Remember that you can always go to www.eta-az.com and click on Sales and Marketing then Market Update for this info as well!

Equity Title has great marketing tools and programs to help you get more business – call any of our Business Development Managers to set up an appointment!

MONTHS OF SUPPLY (with AWC/UCB listings) (Single Family Only)

East Valley: 3.0

Northwest: 2.6

Paradise Valley: 8.6

Luxury ($1mil+): 11.3

Southwest: 4.1

Peoria/Glendale: 3.1

Camelback Corridor: 4.2

Cave Creek: 5.0

Ahwatukee: 3.7

Scottsdale: 4.7

Apache Junction: 3.1

Fountain Hills: 6.7

Buckeye: 3.5

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 3.4

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The State of Real Estate – Dec 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night, Renee Crow and Equity Title’s Tom Diller had an awesome show on “The State of Real Estate”

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The Special guest, Attorney Jim Eckley will be talking about 5 Things you need to know about real estate in 2014 that will affect everybody involved from buyers to sellers to lenders to Realtors! Login and learn – You can also call in at (480) 421-0640 to ask questions.

If you missed last night’s The State of Real Estate with Tom Diller and Renee Crow, you can still listen to the show! Log in here: http://ow.ly/rE1dH. Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays for the latest show!

Market Update Through November 4, 2013

Here is the market update through November 4, 2013.

Inventory (All areas and types in MLS): Total active listings (without AWCs/U, CBs) have increased by 2866 units in the last month. As of November 4th, we sit at 23, 675 Actives for All Property Types. Sales are at 5813 for the last 30 days (as of November 4th), down b 841 nits from one month ago! Pending Sales are down from the month before – as of november 4th, there are 6, 109 Pending vs. 6, 664 Pending one month ago. We are currently sitting at a 4.0 months of supply (based on Active without AWC/UCB). Traditionally, 2-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market.


Absorption Rate: Absorption Rate is the percentage of inventory that is sold each month. A higher percentage means that inventory is moving at a fast rate and indicates a seller’s market. Specific areas of the valley have very high absorption rates, for example,

  • East Valley: 26%
  • Peoria/Glendale: 26%
  • Desert Ridge: 33%
  • Ahwatukee: 29%

 

Sales: In October 2013, there were 7086 Re-Sales and New Sales in Maricopa County, compared to September 2013 when there were 7084. In October 2012, there were 7,895. That equates to an 11% decrease year-over-year!

Prices: The Median Price for Maricopa County in October 2013 was $200,000; in September 2013 it was $200,000. In October 2012, the Median price was $163,753 – so we are currently at a 22% increase year-over-year! Looking back at the past years Median Sales Prices: October 2007: $247,000 – but in October 2001: $140,000.

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 9% of the closings for the last month for a 2.0 months of supply. Distressed Sales (Short sales and REOs combined) accounted for 16% of the total sales for the last month. REO sales represent 7% of the sales from lat month. Normal, non-distressed sales are now 84% of the market! That it the highest it has been in 5 years!

Luxury: The luxury market of $1,000,000+ continues to have the lowest absorption rate of any market segment, and this moth, we have seen a slight increase in this market segment compared to the previous month. There was a 6% absorption rate for the month of October. There were 77 properties in the MLS tat were sold for more tan $1,000,000 in October 2013.

Months of Supply:

East Valley: 3.9

Northwest Valley: 4.5

Paradise Valley: 10.6

Luxury ($1 mil+): 17.0

Southwest: 4.4

Peoria/Glendale: 3.8

Camelback Corridor: 4.1

Cave Creek: 5.3

Ahwatukee: 3.4

Scottsdale: 7.3

Apache Junction: 4.5

Fountain Hills: 12.1

Buckeye: 4.6

Desert Ridge and Tatum Corridor: 3.0

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Market Update through End of February 2013

Here is the Market Update through February 21st, 2013 . Please note that the Valley Wide graph representsall of the MLS. The table below that graph just represents recordings for new and re-sales for Maricopa County.  We have added a new bar to the Valley wide graph that shows what the listings are with no AWC’s in them.

Below are the comments:

Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have dropped by 526 units over the last month. As of February 21st, we sit at 17,353 Actives All Property Types. Sales are at 6433 for the last 30 days (as of February 21st), up by604 units from one month ago!  We are currently sitting at a 2.7 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are up from the month before as of February 21st,10,860 vs one month ago at 9,280 . Traditionally,  3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market.  Now is the time to take listings!

January 2013 re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 6,463 in December 2012 they were 7,531. That is a 14% decrease from month to month.  January 2012 was 6,373. That is a (1.0%) increase! The median price in Maricopa County for January 2013 was $170,000 in December 2012  it was $168,903. This marks a 1% increase! January 2012 it was $128,121for a 33% increase!!!! In January 2007 it was $261,090 and in January 2001 it was $135,000!

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 17% of the closings for the last month, and a .9 Months of Supply.  Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 32% of the total sales for in the last month. REO property sales equal to 15% of the sales for the last month.  Normal non-distressed sales are now 67% of the total!!!!!! The listing success rate for Short sales is 60.5% ! Don’t avoid these listings! They are closing with greater success rate!

Check out our new graph! It is the last one! Gives you the average dollar per square foot of solds by month on a line chart going back one year.

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1.0 Million and above continues to be the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. There was a 6% absorption rate for the last month. Only 63 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more than $1.0 million.