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Oct. 3, 2023

Las Sendas HOA and Short Term Rentals | What to know before you buy a short term rental

Las Sendas is one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Mesa. Las Sendas is located in the Nort East corner of Mesa and backs up to the Tonto National Forest. The neighborhood is at a higher elevation than the rest of the town and as such has amazing views of the valley.

Las Sendas being a more upscale golf community is known for having a strict HOA. They have rules on where you can park and how long you can have your trash cans out for. They even have rules on the signs I can put up when I list a home for sale or have an open house in the neighborhood.

This might sound like a lot to some people, but the people who move there generally want that kind of HOA and are certainly told before they purchase (at least there agent should tell them).

The neighborhood was first starting to be built in the mid 2000’s and, because of this no one had even imagined what a short term rental, AirBnB or VRBO home was since they simply weren’t around yet. Because of this there were no restrictions placed on them by the HOA.

In 2021 neighbors started to complain because of the AirBnb’s. Keep in mind this is a neighborhood where homes over 4,000 sqft are common so the groups that rent out these short term rentals tend to be larger groups or are throwing larger parties.

One resident of the community talked about a time an entire youth baseball team was staying in the house next door or bachelor parties where people were throwing up in the driveway and partying late into the evening.

So, when these complaints hit a new high in 2021 the HOA announced a proposed amendment to the Las Sendas HOA rules that would prohibit short term rentals under 31 days.

This is where trouble first started to arise amongst property owners in Las Sendas. The owners of these short term rentals were upset because this would affect their business, and the HOA paid $50,000 (out of HOA funds) to campaign against short term rentals and even went door to door to get people to vote for the new restrictions.

This obviously enraged the short term rental owners since the HOA was actively using money they had paid to force them out. Ultimately the measure passed and short term rentals are no longer allowed in the community.

Some members of the community are still trying to fight it, but making little progress.

When picking a neighborhood to have a short term rental in it’s important to know the rules, but also have a feel for the atmosphere in the neighborhood especially when the formation of the HOA predates short term vacation rentals.

Members of a community can always vote to amend the HOA rules to ban short term rentals. So it’s important to take into consideration what the neighborhood is like and what kind of guests you will be attracting.

Short term rental sites allow you to set rules on the amount of guests as well as whether or not they can have large parties in a house, and as a short term rental owner you should set these rules.

Also be mindful of the manager you higher if you higher one for a short term rental. Make sure they have a history of enforcing noise rules or anything else that could get you into trouble.

Lastly know the HOA rules as well as local city ordinances regarding Short term rentals before you buy a short term rental. You’re real estate agent should provide you with a copy of the HOA CC&R’s (Codes, Covenants & Restrictions) before you buy a house.

If you are looking to buy or sell a short term rental I’d be happy to help. I have experience with these and will go over potential rental income figures with you beforehand as well as provide you with copies of neighborhood HOA rules before you buy.


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Posted in Real Estate Talk
Aug. 16, 2023

Mastering the Art of Painting: Avoid These 20 Common Mistakes for a Flawless Finish

Mastering the Art of Painting: Avoid These 20 Common Mistakes for a Flawless Finish

Painting your home is an exciting endeavor that can breathe new life into your space. Whether you're aiming to refresh your indoor walls or add a splash of color to your outdoor deck, a fresh coat of paint can truly transform your surroundings. However, like any creative project, painting requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a keen eye for potential pitfalls. To help you achieve a flawless and stunning result, we've compiled a comprehensive guide on the 20 most common painting mistakes to avoid during your next project.


1. Skipping Necessary Prep Work

Neglecting proper preparation can lead to flaws in the painted surface, such as poor paint adhesion or an uneven appearance. Before you dive into painting, take the time to cover floors and furniture, sand surfaces for better adhesion, repair wall cracks, and remove loose paint.


2. Overlooking Wall Cleaning

Thoroughly clean your walls before painting to ensure optimal paint adhesion. Using warm, soapy water is best, as harsh chemicals can compromise the paint's integrity. Removing dust, debris, and dirt will prevent these elements from undermining the final finish.


3. Neglecting Painter's Tape

Painter's tape is a valuable tool for achieving clean lines and preventing paint smudging on adjacent surfaces. While skill level plays a role, beginners are advised to use painter's tape to enhance their painting precision.


4. Incorrect Primer Selection

Choose the right primer for your project to address surface issues like stains, efflorescence, alkalinity, and adhesion. The wrong primer choice can affect the durability and longevity of your paint job.


5. Skipping the Primer Step

Priming is essential for certain scenarios, such as color changes, painting old wood paneling, or dealing with peeling paint. Skipping primer can lead to early paint failures and increased frustration.


6. Inadequate Paint Quantity

Avoid falling short on paint by using online paint calculators and adjusting for factors like substrate type and condition. Proper planning ensures you have enough paint for a seamless finish.


7. Applying a Second Coat Prematurely

Patience pays off when it comes to applying a second coat of paint. Allow the first coat to fully dry before proceeding to ensure optimal adhesion and a smooth finish.


8. Choosing the Wrong Paint Type

Consider the substrate and intended usage when selecting paint. A mismatched paint type can lead to premature paint failure and increased costs.


9. Mismatched Paint Brush Selection

Using the right paint brush is essential for proper application. Synthetic bristle brushes are ideal for water-based paints, while natural bristle brushes work well with oil-based paints.


10. Skipping Paint Testing

Conduct a color test before committing to a full paint job. Observe how lighting affects the color throughout the day to ensure you're happy with your choice.


11. Rushing Through the Project

Patience is key to achieving quality results. Take your time to ensure each step is executed carefully and thoroughly.


12. Ignoring Environmental Factors

Consider external conditions like humidity and temperature, which can impact drying times and paint adhesion.


13. Neglecting Proper Ventilation

Ensure proper airflow to aid paint drying and reduce exposure to fumes. Open windows and use fans for a well-ventilated workspace.


14. Overloading Your Brush or Roller

Avoid drips and streaks by lightly and evenly loading your brush or roller with paint.


15. Failing to Maintain Consistent Pressure

Maintain consistent pressure for even texture and color distribution. Steady hand movements ensure a professional finish.


16. Not Allowing Sufficient Drying Time

Resist the urge to handle or move painted surfaces before they're fully dry to avoid smudging or damage.


17. Disregarding Cleanup and Storage

Properly clean and store painting tools to prolong their lifespan and ensure they're ready for future projects.


18. Underestimating the Impact of Lighting

Consider how different lighting conditions affect paint colors. Test samples in various lighting scenarios before finalizing your choice.


19. Overlooking Trim and Details

Pay attention to trim, corners, and intricate details for a polished and cohesive finish.


20. Not Seeking Professional Advice

If you're uncertain, seek guidance from experts or professionals to ensure successful project outcomes.


By steering clear of these common painting mistakes and approaching your project with careful planning and attention to detail, you'll be well on your way to achieving a stunning and flawless painted space that enhances the beauty of your home. Happy painting!

Posted in Real Estate Talk
Aug. 13, 2023

Things to consider when remodeling your home

Thinking about giving your home a fresh look? Don't overlook the heart of your home – your kitchen. We're here to offer guidance, providing you with a variety of kitchen design ideas that can inspire your upcoming renovation project.


To help you get started, we've gathered some valuable insights to assist you in reimagining your kitchen space. When planning a kitchen design, it's crucial to prioritize functionality while also incorporating an appealing design that complements your needs. From selecting the right lighting to ensuring ample seating and storage, it's important to define your essential kitchen design concepts before delving into the specifics. Keep in mind your budget as well; understanding your financial parameters will guide your choices when it comes to materials and styles.


Once you've established the foundational elements and budget, you can start infusing your unique style into the space. Consider elements like glossy backsplashes with playful patterns, eye-catching drawer handles, and sink faucets with the perfect metallic finish. Ahead, you'll find a collection of expert tips to ensure your kitchen remodel is a success in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.


Are you considering an open floor plan for your kitchen? Think about how you envision the kitchen's role. Will it be a central gathering spot for family and meals? If so, a spacious kitchen island with seating is essential. However, if you foresee regular use of the dining area, take a moment to consider whether a kitchen eatery is the right choice.


Another critical factor is the seamless connection between the kitchen and adjacent spaces, ensuring a smooth transition that enhances the overall flow.


Maximizing storage is always a wise decision. Explore innovative kitchen storage solutions that make the most of every inch of space. From storing plates in large drawers at a lower level to concealing coffee bars behind discreet doors, there are numerous strategies to optimize your space while maintaining a tidy appearance.


Thoughtful lighting choices play a significant role in setting the mood. A combination of lighting styles can create a balanced ambiance. Pendant lights or multi-light chandeliers can illuminate the island, while surface-mounted lights can brighten both the ceiling and the space below. Recessed lighting, especially with dimmable options, can help set the right atmosphere for dining and entertaining. Don't forget the importance of under-cabinet lighting.


This attention to detail extends to practical elements like the stove hood. A sleek stove hood can be a stylish addition above a subway tile backsplash, complementing other design elements without overwhelming them.


Enhancing the kitchen's overall look often lies in the smaller touches. Hardware and faucet choices can make a significant impact. Warm-toned metals like brass are a popular choice, offering a variety of shapes and finishes. Explore options ranging from matte black to champagne bronze at your local hardware store.


When it comes to cabinetry, take your time to consider your options. Explore different possibilities, from solid finishes to glass-front options that offer a balance between accessibility and aesthetics. Keep in mind the pros and cons of each choice as you decide what fits your vision. Transparent "window" cabinets could be the missing piece that adds character to your current design.


While the classic charm of a white kitchen is timeless, introducing vibrant colors can add personality to your space. Consider eye-catching wallpapers or paint cabinetry in your favorite color. Alternatively, opt for subtler accents, such as a contrasting wood finish for the island. Textured wood finishes are gaining popularity, adding a touch of nature-inspired sophistication.


Backsplashes provide an opportunity to showcase your personality. Choose from options like crisp quartz for a clean look or colorful glass tiles for a bold statement. Marble mosaic patterns can introduce a touch of elegance and sophistication to a simple kitchen design.


White marble countertops are coveted, but they can be high-maintenance. Consider the practicality of engineered stone options like quartz, which is durable and resistant to scratches and stains. Combining quartz for perimeter countertops with natural stone for the island can create a harmonious balance.


Integrated appliances can transform your kitchen, seamlessly blending with your cabinetry for a cohesive appearance. Ranges are available in a variety of finishes, including vibrant colors, adding a unique focal point to your space.


The era of closed-off kitchens is behind us. For a seamless transition between the kitchen and other living spaces, maintaining consistent flooring is essential. In cases where distinct flooring is preferred, consider underfloor heating for tile floors in cooler climates. This not only enhances comfort but also adds texture or patterns that tie the design scheme together.


The ceiling is an often overlooked canvas for design. Incorporating the ceiling into your design can be as simple as using a contrasting color or as intricate as adding beams, wood planks, or applied coffers.


Regardless of your kitchen's size, having a few stools at the island can be convenient for casual dining or as a spot for guests to chat with the cook while meals are prepared.


Working with limited space? Incorporating a banquette into the kitchen can be a smart move. Positioned under a window, in a corner, or even as an architectural divider, a banquette can add both functionality and aesthetic value to an open-plan kitchen.


Armed with these insights and ideas, you're well-prepared to embark on your kitchen remodeling journey, creating a space that seamlessly balances functionality and style.

Posted in Real Estate Talk
July 24, 2023

How accurate is a Zillow zestimate in Mesa, AZ

Zillow seems to be the go-to source when it comes to finding out information about their homes’ value and what is for sale in the area. Lots of sellers have used Zillow zestimates to decide how much to sell their home for. The question is how accurate is Zillow?

Zillow gets it’s zestimate from the surrounding homes on the market and it does an alright job, but in an area like the Phoenix metro it can’t always take into account the major price differences between neighborhoods that could be right next to each other. In Mesa it can be especially difficult due to the diversity of neighborhoods and their diverse offerings of amenities in close proximity to each other.

For example, in Mesa I recently had to find the value of a home on Hawes Rd just north of McKellips. I noticed that the zestimate was about $80,000 high, because it was comparing the home to homes in the Mountain Bridge community just south of McKellips. These homes are within walking distance of each other, but Mountain Bridge is a neighborhood with many more amenities that add value as well as the homes are about 30 years newer. This is just one example of how a computer model might miss something that a human real estate agent would easily spot.

When checking on a homes zestimate if you click on the zestimate an information box will pop up that says, “The Zestimate is Zillow's best estimate of this home's market value. It is not an appraisal and it should be used as a starting point.” I agree with that statement by Zillow. It is a great starting point to see if you’re at least in the ballpark, but it by no means should be your only source of information.


According to Zillow at the time of writing this article 87% of their zestimates are withing 5% of the actual value of the homes. Mesa has a median home price of $426,000 which would mean that they could be off by just over $21,000. I know from my own experience that a home at that price range would sit on the market because buyers wouldn’t want to pay an extra $21,000 for that home. On the flip side if you listed your home for $21,000 less than it’s worth then you as the seller would be losing money.

I don’t think Zillow is bad. Afterall Zillow pioneered the ability for home buyers and sellers to see what is currently for sale without having to go into a real estate office. This made homebuying much more convenient and easier for millions of people over the past two decades. I think consumers should be aware that a Zillow zestimate shouldn’t be the standard that they use to value their home. A competent real estate agent should still be consulted when it comes to pricing your property, because even though computers and artificial intelligence have come a long way, they just haven’t been able to replace an actual human yet when it comes to valuing a home.

I have a home value estimator tool on this website, but I’ll be the first to tell you that it is only a starting point and an estimate and can help you get an idea of which way the market is moving.

Posted in Real Estate Talk
April 28, 2023

Can you Buy A House In Arizona With Cryptocurrency?

Can you Buy A House In Arizona With Cryptocurrency?

The short answer is Yes. You can buy a house with cryptocurrency. You can also sell a house for cryptocurrency. You can even do the whole transaction on the blockchain. This makes the transaction more secure and quick.


It’s completely possible to buy a house in Arizona using cryptocurrency. I’m not talking about you having to liquidate crypto into cash and then purchase. I mean you can legitimately pay for the home using cryptocurrency.


When I have a client that wants to purchase a house using cryptocurrency I have a special title company called Propy that is capable of accepting payment for the house in crypto and can then pay the seller in crypto or exchange it into cash for the seller if they so desire.


I’m really excited for this new ability that Propy provides, because it will allow more people to be able to purchase a home using crypto, but could also bring more legitimacy to the crypto community by tying it to real property. It will also allow sellers to accept offers from more buyers and not cut them out simply because they don’t use fiat money.


Propy is a special title company that specializes in this type of transaction as well as having the appropriate legal support to carry out such transactions. This is important since in real estate transactions it is important to Know Your Customer (or KYC in short) to avoid money laundering.


The title company also has the ability to make an NFT for your property that can be transferred on the blockchain while simultaneously transferring ownership rights of the actual property in the local jurisdiction of the property itself.


Propy has all of these abilities while still doing everything else a traditional title company would do as well. This doesn’t limit them to only dealing with cryptocurrency and NFT’s but allows them to bridge the gap between current title practices and title practices of the future.


I’d have to say my favorite thing Propy is doing is allowing people to use the value they have stored in their crypto wallets and purchase something as stable as real estate. If you want to know about purchasing a home using cryptocurrency in Arizona give me a call at 480-252-3608.


Posted in Real Estate Talk
April 20, 2023

The Pros and Cons of People Moving to Arizona From California

The migration of people from California to Arizona has had significant economic impacts, particularly on real estate prices. In this article, we'll explore how this migration trend has affected the real estate market in Arizona, and what it means for both current and future residents.

Real Estate Prices

One of the most noticeable impacts of people moving from California to Arizona has been the effect on real estate prices. As more people have moved to Arizona, demand for housing has increased, leading to a rise in property values. This has been a boon for homeowners in Arizona, who have seen their property values increase significantly in recent years. However, it has also made it more difficult for first-time buyers to enter the market, as housing affordability has decreased.

According to a recent report from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, the median sales price for a single-family home in the Greater Phoenix area was $370,000 in February 2022, up from $340,000 in February 2021. This represents a year-over-year increase of 8.8%, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The impact on real estate prices has been particularly noticeable in popular areas such as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and the East Valley. These areas have seen a surge in demand from California buyers, who are attracted by the warm climate, outdoor lifestyle, and lower cost of living.

Impact on Homeowners

For current homeowners in Arizona, the rise in property values has been a welcome development. It has allowed them to build equity in their homes and potentially sell for a profit if they decide to move elsewhere.

However, the impact on first-time buyers and renters has been less positive. With real estate prices increasing, it has become more difficult for these groups to enter the market. This has led to a shortage of affordable housing in some areas, and has made it harder for young families and low-income earners to find suitable homes.

Impact on the Economy

The impact on real estate prices has also had broader economic implications for Arizona. Higher property values mean higher property taxes, which provide a source of revenue for the state and local governments. This This additional revenue can be used to fund public services such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Moreover, the rise in real estate prices has also boosted the construction industry in Arizona. As demand for housing has increased, so too has the need for new construction. This has created jobs and stimulated economic growth in the state.

In conclusion, the migration of people from California to Arizona has had a significant impact on the real estate market in Arizona. The rise in property values has been a boon for current homeowners, but has made it more difficult for first-time buyers and renters to enter the market. Nevertheless, the impact on the economy has been broadly positive, with higher property taxes and increased demand for new construction providing a boost to the state's finances and job market. As this migration trend continues, it will be interesting to see how the real estate market in Arizona evolves and adapts to meet the needs of all residents.

Posted in Real Estate Talk
April 16, 2023

Freestone Park

Freestone Park is a beautiful park located in the city of Gilbert, Arizona. The park covers 88 acres and offers a wide range of recreational activities for visitors of all ages. From playgrounds to fishing lakes, Freestone Park has something for everyone.

One of the most popular features of Freestone Park is the playground area. The playground is massive, covering over two acres, and includes a variety of equipment suitable for all ages. There are swings, slides, climbing structures, and even a zip line. The playground area is well-maintained and is a great place for kids to burn off some energy.

In addition to the playground, Freestone Park has several sports fields, including baseball and soccer fields. There are also several walking trails throughout the park, making it a great place to go for a walk or run. The trails are paved, making them accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

One of the unique features of Freestone Park is its two fishing lakes. The lakes are stocked with catfish, bass, and sunfish, making it a great place for anglers of all skill levels. Fishing licenses are required for those over the age of 14, and there is a limit of four fish per person per day.

Freestone Park also has several picnic areas and ramadas, making it a great place for a family picnic or a group outing. The ramadas can be reserved in advance for a small fee, and some of them include grills and electricity.

Overall, Freestone Park is a great place to spend a day with family or friends. The park is clean, well-maintained, and offers a variety of recreational activities. Whether you're looking for a place to play with your kids, go fishing, or enjoy a picnic, Freestone Park has something for everyone.

Posted in Recreation
Feb. 22, 2023

Discover Arabella, the Luxurious New Community by D.R. Horton in North Scottsdale

Welcome to Arabella, D.R. Horton's latest addition to the North Scottsdale community. This luxurious new community features 4 stunning models: the Little Rock, Reno, Doubletree, and Millennium. Each model is designed to provide a unique living experience that suits your lifestyle.

If you're interested in learning more about Arabella, I’m ready to assist you. Contact me today to schedule a viewing to experience Arabella's luxurious amenities, magnificent designs, stunning location, and gorgeous views.

This community is designed to meet your every need and surpass your expectations. From the state-of-the-art amenities to the breathtaking views, Arabella is one of the most sought-after new communities in North Scottsdale.

Come discover the luxurious lifestyle that awaits you at Arabella. Contact me today to learn more at 480-252-3608



Posted in New Construction
Feb. 21, 2023

Discover the Natural Beauty of Troon North: A Guide to Scottsdale's Premier Golf and Hiking Destination

Located in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, Troon North is a premier golf and recreational community in Scottsdale, AZ. With its stunning natural surroundings and world-class amenities, it's no wonder this neighborhood is a popular destination for both residents and visitors alike.

Troon North is home to two championship golf courses: the Monument Course and the Pinnacle Course. Both courses offer challenging layouts and breathtaking desert vistas, making them must-plays for any golf enthusiast visiting the area. In addition to golf, Troon North is also a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with miles of hiking and biking trails winding through the neighborhood's rugged terrain.

If you're looking to relax and unwind after a day on the links or on the trails, Troon North offers a variety of luxurious amenities, including spas, fitness centers, and fine dining restaurants. The neighborhood is also home to a number of high-end real estate options, including custom homes, condominiums, and townhomes.

Whether you're looking to hit the links, explore the great outdoors, or just relax and take in the stunning desert scenery, Troon North has something for everyone.



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Jan. 26, 2023

9 Fun Things To Do With Kids in Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert is a city that offers a variety of activities for families and kids. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, there's something for everyone in Gilbert.

1.   Visit the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch: This 120-acre park features a lake, walking trails, and a variety of educational exhibits. Kids can see fish, birds, and other wildlife, as well as learn about the desert ecosystem.

2.   Explore the Gilbert Historical Museum: This museum tells the story of Gilbert's history and offers interactive exhibits, as well as hands-on activities for kids.

3.   Have fun at the Gilbert Regional Park: This park has a playground, a splash pad, and several sports fields. It's a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise.

4.   Take a trip to the Gilbert Art Walk: Enjoy the beautiful Gilbert weather while taking a stroll through the streets of Gilbert and viewing public art.

5.   Visit the Gilbert Farmers Market: Held every Saturday, the Gilbert Farmers Market is a great place to buy fresh produce, listen to live music, and watch cooking demos.

6.   Go to the Gilbert Public Library: The library offers a variety of programs for kids, including story times, craft activities, and book clubs

7.   Check out the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory: This observatory offers stargazing opportunities, as well as educational programs for kids and adults

8.   Go to the Gilbert Days Rodeo: This annual event features rodeo competitions, a carnival, and a parade. It's a great way for kids to experience the western culture of Arizona.

9.   Visit the Gilbert Rocks and Minerals Park: This park features a wide variety of rocks, minerals, and fossils. It's a great place for kids to learn about geology and the earth.

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Posted in Recreation