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

 

Equity Title at Remax Solutions Customer Appreciation Day

Remax Solutions Customer Appreciation Day, thank you card from owner Dan Porter with some fabulous pictures of their event.  Chelllee Robinson from Equity Title Mesa Branch, worked the whole event from 10 – 4 and had a great time!

Remax Solutions Yearly Customer Event where their Affiliate “Equity Title” was a large supporter of their event.  Hundreds of clients, which consisted of their families, came to spend the day with their Realtor where they were spoiled with grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, goodies, bounce houses for the kids, and sponsor given gift cards!

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Equity Title Mesa’s Jean Miles has Returned!

Equity Title is so excited to announce that Jean Miles is back!!
Jean has over 30 years of experience in the Title and Escrow Industry.  She started her Escrow career in California as a receptionist and worked her way up to Senior Escrow Officer/Branch Manager of California Title in La Mesa, California.
Jean moved to Arizona in 1998 and continued her Escrow career in the Ahwatukee area. In February of 2012 she joined the team at Equity Title Agency in our Mesa office.  Jean handles a variety of transactions from residential resale, residential relocation, short sales, REO’s, and refinances.  Her extensive experience and knowledge provides her clients with exceptional customer service!  
Please shoot Jean an email or phone her to tell her, “Welcome Back!”  jeanm@eta-az.com
Please contact Jean with your Title & Escrow Needs!
As always, feel free to contact Equity Title Mesa’s Business Development Manager, Chellee Robinson at chelleer@eta-az.com

Market Update Through June 2013

Here is the Market Update through June, 2013. 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.

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 me know how many you would like and I will bring them by your office. This will be Volume 5 2013.

The Comments are:

Active Listings and Sales:Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have gone up by 226 units over the last month. As of July 1st we sit at 15,692actives all property types. Sales are at8229 for the last 30 days (as of July 1st), down by 995 units from one month ago! We are currently sitting at a 1.9 months of supply, (based on Active listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are down from the month before as of July 1st, 8,892 vs. one month ago at 9,662. Traditionally,  3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. Now is the time to take listings! June 2013 re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were8512. In May 2013 they were 9703. That is a 12% decrease from month to month. June 2012 was 8394, this is a 1% increase 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 60%
  • Northwest Valley 55%
  • Southwest Valley 62%
  • Peoria/Glendale 63%
  • Desert Ridge 67%
  • Ahwatukee 64%

Median Price: The median price in Maricopa County for June 2013 was $193,085 in May 2013 it was $190,000. This marks a 1% increase! June 2012  it was $155,000 for a 24.5%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 14% of the closings for the last month, and a .7 Months of Supply.  Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 22% 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 78% of the total!!!!! This is the highest it has been in 5 years!

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 54% since the bottom of the Market in August 2011!

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1.0 Million and above continues to be the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. We have seen a slight increase in this market segment. There was an 9% absorption rate for the last month. There was 94 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more than $1.0 million.

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

East Valley: 1.7

Northwest: 1.8

Paradise Valley: 7.6

Luxury ($1mil+): 11.3

Southwest: 1.6

Peoria/Glendale: 1.5

Camelback Corridor: 2.1

Cave Creek: 3.4

Ahwatukee: 1.6

Scottsdale: 3.0

Apache Junction: 1.7

Fountain Hills: 4.9

Buckeye: 1.9

Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 1.5

Market Update Graphs:

Market Update Through May 2013

Here is the Market Update through May, 2013. 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.

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! Please let any of our Business Development Managers know how many you would like and we will get them delivered to your office! This is Volume 4 of the Market Update Book for 2013.

Here are the comments:

Total active listings, (with no UCB/AWC) have dropped by 91 unites over the last month. As of June 3rd, we sit at 15,410 Actives All Property Types. Sales are at 8946 for the last 30 days (as of June 3rd), up by 91 units from one month ago! WE are currently sitting at 1.7 months of supply, (based on ACtive listings with no UCB/AWC). Pending sales are down from the month before as of June 3rd, 9,810 vs. one month ago at 10,927. Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. Now is the time to take listings!

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 58%
  • Northwest Valley 51%
  • Southwest Valley 57%
  • Peoria/Glendale 63%
  • Desert Ridge 70%

May 2013 re-sales and new sales in Maricopa County were 9,703 in April 2013 they were 9,032. That is a 7% increase from month to month. May 2012 was 8,934. That is a (9.0%) increase! The median price in Maricopa County for May 2013 was $190,000 in April 2013 it was $184,000. This marks a 3% increase! May 2012 it was $152,000 for a 25% increase! In May 2007 it was $259,530 and in May 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 12% of the closings for the last month, and a 1.0 Months of Supply. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accouted for 22% of the total sales for in the last month. REO property sales equal to 10% of the sales for the last month. Normal non-distressed sales are now 78% of the total! This is the highest it has been in 5 years!

Check our our new graph – it is the last one! It 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. We have seen a slight increase in this market segment. There was an 11% absorption rate for the last month. There were 134 properties in all of the MLS sold for more than $1.0 million. This is a slight increase over last month’s 109!

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!

Months of Supply (With AWC/UCB listings) (Single Family Home Only):

  • East Valley: 1.7
  • Northwest: 2.0
  • Paradise Valley: 7.8
  • Luxury ($1mil+): 8.9
  • Southwest: 1.8
  • Peoria/Glendale: 1.6
  • Camelback Corridor: 2.7
  • Cave Creek: 3.1
  • Ahwatukee: 2.0
  • Scottsdale: 3.6
  • Apache Junction: 3.0
  • Fountain Hills: 4.5
  • Buckeye: 2.2
  • Desert Ridge & Tatum Corridor: 1.4

 

Market Update – Through April 21, 2013

Equity Title presents the Market Update through April 21, 2013. We also provide the Market Update Book: this complete report in printed, magazine format. This is a great tool to use with Buyers or at Listing Appointments.

Let one of our Business Development Managers know how many Market Update Books you would like and we will get them to your office!

Here is the commentary followed by the charts:

Inventory (All Areas & Types in MLS): Total active listings (without AWCs/UCBs have dropped by 611 units in the last month. As of April 21st, we sit at 146, 080 Actives for all property types. Sales are at 8671 for the last 30 days (as of April 21st), up by 1178 units from one month ago. Pending Sales are up from the month before – as of April 21st, there are 11,416 Pending VS. 11,213 Pending one month ago. We are currently sitting at a 2.0 months of supply (based on Active without AWC/UCB). Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. Now is the time to take listings!

Sales: In MArch 2013, there were 8658 Re-Sales and New Sales in Maricopa County, compared to February 2013 when there were 7073. In March 2012, there were 9581. That equates to a 22% increase month-over-month, but a 10% decrease year-over-year!

Prices: The Median Price for Maricopa County in March 2013 was $179,000; in February 2013 it was $173,266. This marks a 4% increase. In March 2012, the Median Price was $139,000 – so we are currently at a 29% increase year-over year! Looking back at past years Median Sales Prices: March 2007: $259,087 but in March 2001: $138,800.

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 14% of the Closings for the last month for a 1.3 Months of Supply. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 26% of the total sales for the last month. REO Sales represent 11% of the sales from last month. Normal, non-distressed sales are now 74% of the market! That is 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, although, there was a slight increase with an *% absorption rate for the month of March. There were 104 properties in the MLS were sold for more than $1,000,000 in March 2013.

 

Market Update through March 24th, 2013.

Market Update Book: We have put this complete report into a printed, magazine format! Great to use with Buyers or at Listing Appointments. Please feel free to contact any of our Business Development Managers and we will get these books over to your office.

Below is the commentary for the market charts:

Inventory (All Areas & Types in MLS): Total active listings (without AWCs/UCBs) have dropped by 640 units in the last month. As of March 24th, we sit at 16,778 Actives for All Property Types. Sales are at 7393 for the last 30 days (as of March 24th), up by 595 units from one month ago. Pending Sales are up from the month before – as of March 24th, there are 11,247 Pending vs. 10,928 Pending one month ago. We are currently sitting at a 2.3 months of supply (based on Active without AWC/UCB). Traditionally, 3-4 months of supply indicate a balanced market. Now is the time to take listings!

Sales: In February 2013, there were 7074 Re-Sales and New Sales in Maricopa County, compared to January 2013 when there were 6462. In February 2012, there were 7293. That equates to a 9% increase month-over-month, but a 3% decrease year-over-year!

Prices: The Median Price for Maricopa County in February 2013 was $173,226; in January  2013 it was $170,000. This marks a 2% increase. In February 2012, the Median Price was $130,000 – so we are currently at a 33% Increase year-over-year! Looking back at past years Median Sales Prices: February 2007: $259,087 – but in February 2001: $132,499.

Distressed Market Pie Chart: This chart shows you the percentage of distressed properties that are being listed and sold. Short Sales represent 15% of the Closings for the last month for a 1.3 Months of Supply. Distressed Sales (Short Sales and REOs combined) accounted for 27% of the total sales for the last month. REO Sales represent 12% of the sales from last month. Don’t avoid these listings! They are closing with greater success rate! Note: Normal, non-distressed slaes are now 73% of the market! This is up 6% over last month.

Luxury: The Luxury Market of $1,000,000+ continues to have the lowest absorption rate of any market segment. There was a 7% absorption rate for the month of February. Only 83 properties in all of the MLS were sold for more that $1,000,000 in February 2013.

View the market charts below:

Become a Part of the Equity Title Agency Team!

Equity Title Company has provided the best in people and technology to ensure that real estate transactions close in a friendly, efficient, and professional manner. Our prosperity and continued growth can be attributed to our focus on what has made us successful: our satisfied customers. Our Staff of committed professionals is focused on giving our clients a competitive edge in their marketplace. At Equity Title Company, our technical expertise and “Service makes the difference” attitude continually put us ahead of our competition. Our mission is to provide consistent superior, quality service for our customers. With our philosophy of “commitment to service,” Equity Title Company plays a vital role in insuring the American Dream.

Equity Title Company is growing fast and will be opening two new branches this year along with adding staff in existing offices. If you want to work with a company that has a wonderful history, great benefits, a Senior Management Team that understands the business, and great people, then contact us today to discuss your future! Please submit a cover letter along with your resume.

Equity Title is looking for qualified applicants for a variety of open positions within our company. Below are the open positions.

Business Development Manager -

Positions open in: Scottsdale, AZ | Litchfield, AZ

Job Description:

• Leads our efforts for product market expansion, product marketing strategy, product sales, establishing partnerships and strategic relationships for the expansion of the business in their territory

• Develops marketing and sales strategies in conjunction with sales manager Develops “elevator “speeches, positioning statements, and other sales resources
• Liaison with other functional groups for product features, enhancements, marketing, operations, customer support, and escrow staff
• Maintain current knowledge of products offered by competitors
• Management of strategic efforts and projects related to assigned products and services
• Be the spokesperson and customer-facing product specialist that can explain in detail the application of the products and services to industry business needs
• Create and provide educational and sales presentations to industry trade associations and other external groups, internal groups, and customers
• Makes outbound lead generation and sales calls to potential and existing customers by telephone and e-mail to qualify leads and sell products and services
• Handles inbound sales lead calls for qualifying products and services to convert calls into sales or routes to appropriate sales representative
• Attend trade shows and other industry related meetings.
• Some local travel required

Job Qualifications:

• Outside sales experienced required
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
•. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
• Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
• Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service ; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
• Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
• Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
• Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
• Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Escrow Officer-

Positions open in: Chandler, AZ | Litchfield, AZ | Scottsdale, AZ

Job Summary:

The Escrow Officer maintains ownership and customer support through-out the life of a file. Additional duties include new contract/order data review and entry, creating new files in Impact along with assigning processing tasks to the CSU accordingly. In this role, the escrow officer will be the point of contact with the client/customer. The escrow officer takes ownership to ensure progression of the file, fulfills preliminary and secondary contact to identify and obtain required or missing information, provides customer service and communicates with all parties to the transaction through-out the life of the file.

-Interface with customers to communicate file status, resolve queries, and avoid\solve problems that arise.
-Monitor, assign and complete tasks as provided in Impact and departmental reports
-Act as liaison with other departments and business units for escalation and vendor management
-Act diligently in ensuring completion of curative matters
-Screen new orders for necessary information for thorough order entry completion
-Receive and initiate proactive customer service telecommunication
-Locate necessary information utilizing SharePoint and/or Infodex
-Communicate with the customers and internal workgroups as defined in process
-Contact and welcome clients/customers for each order
-Schedule all real estate settlements in accordance with lenders, signing agents, customers, etc.
-Conduct mail away closings and maintain original documents when required
-Re-work if needed and provide final figures to clients/customers accordingly
-Provide wiring information or certified funds information to clients/customers
-Ensure quality work in a timely and efficient matter
-Meet or exceed pre-determined Service Level Agreements as created by the company
-Monitor and complete tasks as provided in workflow, work queue, and departmental reports
-Complete other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications:

-Must have high school diploma or equivalent, associate’s degree preferred
-3+ years escrow\title industry experience
-Intermediate MS Office skills
-Impact experience, a plus
-Call center experience desired
-High level of professionalism and integrity required
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Strong problem solving skills
-Must have the ability to be self-directed and work independently in a fast paced environment
-Ability to work well as part of a team

Thank you for your interest in positions with Equity Title!

Sarah Moran’s Service – Equity Title Agency

Sarah – you are so attentive and thoughtful. This video [http://youtu.be/8dNy6yRscsI] is a wonderful testament to the true spirit and fellowship we share in the Coldwell Banker Biltmore office; and even more so with you and Equity Title as part of the team!

 Kim Kane, Coldwell Banker

Thank You, Sarah for the great class you put together at the Microsoft in Fashion Square, it was very thoughtful, insightful and well prepared. I wish all these type of classes from “other title Co.’s” were as well thought out and presented in such a professional manner. You can be well assured that I will reccommend your services in the future and of  course I have enjoyed the service of EQUITY TITLE myself. Thanks again.

Barney (B.J.) Gonzales

Sarah Moran and her team at Equity Title provide incredible customer service and attention to detail. I try to use the Biltmore Equity Title office on all of my transactions and encourage agents and clients to do the same.

Sarah is one of the best networkers and marketing minds I know. She is my go-to for fresh marketing ideas and for assistance in implementing new marketing methods.

 

Trevor Halpern, Coldwell Banker