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


Equity Title Agency is featured on The Home Hunter TV Show

Equity Title Agency’s AVP, Tom Diller represented Equity Title Agency on The Home Hunter  TV show. Tom discussed the title company’s role in the home buying and selling process in Arizona as well as the steps that Equity Title has taken to become compliant with the new Dodd-Frank laws.

The Home Hunter is the Nation’s longest running real estate show with a wonderful 30 year history. Thank you to Tiffany Hunter and Dianne Hunter for having Tom on your show!!

See the video on our YouTube channel here: Equity Title Agency of Arizona featured on The Home Hunter TV Show

Market Update Through January 23, 2014

Here is the Market Update through January 23, 2014. Please note that the Valley Wide graph represents all of the MLS. The table below that graph just represents recordings for new and resales for Maricopa County.

We have decided to put these graphs into 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 we will bring them by your office. This will be Volume 1 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 1033 units over the last month. As of January 23rd we sit at 25, 118 actives all property types. Sales are at 4549 for the last 30 days (January 23rd), down by 831 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 5.5 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are up from the month before as of January 23rd, 5671 vs. one month ago at 5549. Traditionally,  3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. December re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 6686. In November 2013 they were 5943 .  December 2012 was 7,531, this is an 11% 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 25%
Peoria/Glendale 24%
Desert Ridge 32%
Ahwatukee 28%
Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for December 2013 was $203,000 in November 2013 it was $200,000. In December of 2012 it was $168,900 for a 20% increase!!!! In December 2007 it was $247,400 and in December 2001 it was $143,800!

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 8% of the closings for the last month, and a 3.0 Months of Supply. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 17% of the total sales for in the last month. REO property sales equal to 9% of the sales for the last month. Normal non-distressed sales are now 83% of the total!!!!!

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. Prices have risen by 46% since November of 2011!

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 89 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 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!

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

East Valley: 4.0

Northwest: 5.1

Paradise Valley: 12.2

Luxury ($1mil+): 15.5

Southwest: 4.4

Peoria/Glendale: 4.2

Camelback Corridor: 4.4

Cave Creek: 12.3

Ahwatukee: 3.5

Scottsdale: 7.6

Apache Junction: 7.6

Fountain Hills: 8.8

Buckeye: 6.5

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 3.1

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Tip #7: Prepare HUDs for your Clients

To Do #7: Prepare HUDs for your Clients

Start the New Year off by contacting all of your clients who closed a transaction with you in 2013…and with great purpose: Resend their Final HUD for their taxes!

Can’t locate their final HUD? Contact your Escrow Officer! If you need the HUD for any transactions that you closed with Equity Title in 2013, simiply email or call your Escrow Officer (emails listed on the right side of this email) with the Property Address and Client’s Name and they will email the HUD to you!

Tip #6: Develop your Niche

To Do #6: Develop your Niche

No one can be all things to all people. Take time to reflect on your transactions in 2013 – What similarities were there? What did you most enjoy working on? Then examine what your strengths and weaknesses are. Determine what niche you would like to work. Create a Mission Statement. Learn to Know your Niche – view the inventory; memorize the statistics; package your resources.

Tip #5: Update your Online Profiles

To Do #5: Update your Online Profiles

According the NAR’s 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers an astounding 92% use the Internet in the home search. When they find you on your website or Facebook or LinkedIn or Twitter or ActiveRain or whatever site you have set up a profile, what do they find?

Make sure you have the following:

-A current photo
-Your Designations
-Best contact phone number and email Working links
-An accurate, detailed job description, overview or general info. Use descrpitive words that explain what you do, your niche and what makes you different from other agents. And, remember to stay away from “for the last 4 years…” – instead say, “Since 2009″ so that your desciption doesn’t ‘expire.’

Tip #4: Get The Equity Title Mobile App

To Do #4: Get The Equity Title Mobile App

We have improved our website to be more user-friendly and include more tools. Follow the steps – or watch the videos – to create your Free Title Advantage Account in order to access the great features like Online Map Property Searches, Online Property Profiles, Net Sheets with Calculated Escrow and Title Fees and much more!


Click here for >> Step By Step Instructions from Equity Title’s Sarah Moran.

Tip #3: Fine Tune Your Listing Presentation

To Do #3: Fine Tune Your Listing Presentation

If the trend from 2013 continues, Listings are going to be where it is at in 2014. Make sure you have have your Listing Presentation perfected and fine-tuned! Make sure you are ready for any listing appointment by getting the following in order now:

CMA – Investigate which CMA program works best for you. There are many available for cost and some brokerages provide CMA platforms as a benefit, but there is also a great, free CMA option in flexmls. Don’t know how to use it? Watch this quick video to learn how.

Property Profile – Create a professional property profile package that includes statistics and property information. Equity Title offers a Property Profile in a 3-ring binder with a front slip cover. It is branded with the same look as our Seller Guide, Contract Guide and other info. Best of all, they are free!

Resume – Make sure you have a resume that includes your background, strengths and helps to show what differentiates You from other agents. Need a starting place? Complete this form to generate thoughts about what makes you different.

Tip #2: Update your Contact List

To Do #2: Update your Contact List

You can’t follow up on leads and keep in touch with your Sphere of Influence without a sufficient database. So, clean up your Contact List and get more organized for 2014, so you can be more profitable in 2014!

Don’t forget to also create a Referral List! Having your Go-To-Person is essential…here are a few catergories to get you started: Title Rep, Escrow Officer, Mortgage, Appraiser, Inspector, Termite, Home Warranty, Real Estate Attorney, CPA, Movers, Septic Service, Roofer, Landscaper, Pool Service Provider.