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 through March 31st 2016

Dear Agents,
Here is the Market Update through April 4th, 2016. 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.
Because there are less swings in the Market we have decided to update you once per quarter. This is through April 4th and the next market update will be through July 1st!
We also offer a Market Update Book for you to use at listing appointments, Open Houses or with Buyers. They are printed in full color!!! Just let me know how many you would like and we will bring them by your office. This will be Volume 2 2016.
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!
My Comments are:
Active Listings and Sales: Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have gone down by 646 units over the last month. As of April 4th we sit at 22,482 actives all property types. Sales are at 8,236 for the last 30 days (April 4th), up by 2,245 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 3.4 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are up from the month before as of April 4th 7,679 vs. one month ago at 7441. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. March re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 9639. In February they were 6,872 . March of 2015 was 8,580 this is a 12% increase 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. The total absorbtion rate is 30%. Certain areas of town have higher absorption rates, they are:
• Northwest Valley 38%
• Peoria and Glendale 33%
• Desert Rigde 30%
• Apache Junction 30%
Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for March 2016 was $229,000 in February 2016 it was $225,000. In March of 2015 it was $211,320 for an 8.0% increase!!!! In March 2010 it was $138,000 and in March 2005 it was $206,192!
Tell your buyers that Real Estate is a great investment! Median Prices have risen by 93% since August 2011 which was the bottom of the Market!
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 5% absorption rate for the last month. There were 105 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 newsletter 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 us to set up an appointment! 602-769-8226

MONTHS OF SUPPLY (with AWC/UCB listings) (Single Family Only)
South East Valley: 2.9
Northwest: 2.6
Paradise Valley: 19.3
Luxury ($1mil+): 20.1
Southwest: 3.8
Peoria/Glendale: 3.0
Camelback Corridor: 5.6
Cave Creek: 6.3
Ahwatukee: 6.1
Scottsdale: 7.1
Apache Junction: 3.3
Fountain Hills: 7.0
Buckeye: 3.8
Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 3.8
Sincerely,
Tom Diller
VP- Director of Business Development

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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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Welcome back, Carrie Thompson!

Equity Title Agency, Mesa is pleased to announce the return of Carrie Thompson, Senior Escrow Officer!!!!  Carrie has 20 years in the title and escrow industry!  Send Carrie an email to welcome her back! Carriet@eta-az.com  Remember, when you write those contracts this weekend, put Equity Title Agency, Mesa/Carrie Thompson on line 93!

Great News from Equity Title – Exceeding the Industry Standard

We here at Equity Title are proud to announce that we are one of the first underwritten title companies in the nation to receive an audited SSAE No. 16 SOC 1 type 1 report and the SSAE No. 16 SOC 2 type 1 report audits with NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE REPORT!

This 250 page report is shows ETA’s compliance with all of ALTA’s ‘Best Practices’ and exceeds the industry standard! This report demonstrates the great lengths to which ETA goes to make sure all of the personal information it receives from our customers is protected from those people wanting to do harm. In a day where identity theft is so prevalent, ETA is on the cutting edge of security! This will also make your closing go more smoothly.

We are proud of our entire staff and are equally proud to offer the highest standard of quality care to our customers and provide the peace of mind home buyers desire and deserve!

Equity Title Agency, once again doing “whatever it takes”!

 

Best Practices CFPB ETA

Market Update Through March 10, 2014

Here is the Market Update through March 10th, 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 March and the next market update will be in June!

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 me know how many you would like and I 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!

Comments:

Active Listings and Sales:Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have gone up by 599 units over the last month. As of March 10th we sit at 26,797 actives all property types. Sales are at 5708 for the last 30 days (March 10th), up by 811 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 4.7 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are up from the month before as of March 10th, 5708 vs. one month ago at 4897. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. February re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 6029. In January 2014 they were 5741 . February 2013 was 7,073 this is an 15% 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 fast rate, and thus is a Seller’s market. Certain areas of town have very high absorption rates, they are:

East Valley 24%
Northwest 23%
Apache Junction 25%
Desert Ridge 25%
Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for February 2014 was $194,000 in January 2014 it was $194,950. In February of 2013 it was $173,339 for a 12% increase!!!! In February 2007 it was $259,087 and in February 2001 it was $139,000!

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 5% of the closings for the last month. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 13% of the total sales for in the last month. REO property sales equal to 8% of the sales for the last month. Normal non-distressed sales are now 87% 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 40% since January 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 5% absorption rate for the last month. There were 87 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 me to set up an appointment!

Click Here for the Graphs

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

East Valley: 4.2

Northwest: 4.3

Paradise Valley: 12.1

Luxury ($1mil+): 19.1

Southwest: 4.9

Peoria/Glendale: 4.5

Camelback Corridor: 5.9

Cave Creek: 9.6

Ahwatukee: 4.6

Scottsdale: 8.1

Apache Junction: 4.0

Fountain Hills: 8.1

Buckeye: 5.9

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 4.0

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