Back to School – Can you believe it’s that time already?

As the temperatures are still rising and it sure feels like summer, it is actually time for school to start.

Chandler students returned to school this week. Gilbert and Mesa will start the beginning of August.

Back to school

Have you been thinking with the start of a new school year that you would like to it in a new home?

Schools have often played a factor in Real Estate. Parents want the best for their children and often having them attend a specific school is a main decision factor on where they purchase a home.

You often hear of parents having to try to obtain boundary exceptions so their child can attend the same school that friends are. Why worry about having to obtain that approval? Why not just find a home within that schools boundaries?

school boundariesNow is the time to start that search, Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team are here to help you find the perfect house to start the new school year off in.


4 factors that can influence selling your home

With the hope of selling your home for the highest price possible, there are a few factors to consider when putting your home on the market.

Location – Buyers take many factors into consideration when purchasing a home. Location being one of them. Buyers may look at what’s been happening in the community as far a recent sales activities. Local schools may also be a factor they are considering. With today’s gas prices location of their new home to their place of employment could also play a factor.

Location, Location, Location

Many buyers look at what the community has to offer as far as amenities and distance to shopping, eating and entertainment. If there is enough to do by either walking or riding a bike, buyers will see it as a plus to save on having to use a car. Buyers also take into consideration if the location has an negative features; poor views, to close to the freeway, large power lines, industrial nearby or possible noise from trains or planes.

Floorplan – While buyers tour homes they are visualizing how their belongings will fit in the rooms and how many rooms they truly need. Gone are the days when buyers are looking for big with lots are rooms. Today’s buyers are thinking more about what they “really” need and not so much on what they may think they want. Recently we posted a blog about de-cluttering and getting your home ready for sale. More and more people are realizing they don’t need a lot of things and a lot of space. Click here for the blog about clutter.


Floorplans are a key factor when choosing the right home. Having a spacious floorplan can make even a smaller home look larger. Why have too many small bedrooms when you could have fewer larger size ones.

Wear and Tear – Buyers hope to get the most for their money. When making an offer on a home, buyers are more likely to submit a better offer when the home looks move in ready.Historic homes can be worth as much as new homes if they are maintained properly and show their value. It can also be helpful when maintaining homes and upgrading them that the seller provide the paperwork showing what was done. Buyers like to see as much documentation on the home improvements as possible.

Renovation – Sellers need to make wise renovations, it is possible to make too many renovations. Over doing it can actually hurt the property’s value. You want to keep consistent with the other homes in your subdivision with the same square footage. Take into consideration when it’s time to sell, your home will be compared to the other models with the same square footage in your area.


Thinking about selling? Give Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team a call. We can stop by and give you suggestions to get your house ready and share with you the price that homes like yours are currently selling for.

When homes aren’t selling!

A successful real estate transaction requires team work between the realtor and the seller. It becomes frustrating when both parties are not on the same page as to what it is going to take to get the home sold.

When a seller is not willing to take advise on what needs to happen to get their home sold it can take the home longer to sell. As the market becomes increasingly competitive as more homes are listed, it is important for your home to stand out above the rest. With buyers having more homes to look at,  they begin to notice more defects in homes and draw their attention to homes that stand out above the others.

Here are some helpful tips that will make your home stand out about the rest:

Light & Bright – Open those blinds, pull back the curtains and turn on some lights. Enhance lighting in the rooms help show off your rooms and by opening the curtains buyers will see the beautiful scenery outside your windows. Also keep in mind that you would not want to show off clutter or storage or a wall that may be on the other side of the window.

Stage & De-clutter –  Have a garage/yard sale and get rid of what you had planned on before moving. The more spacious your garage and rooms look the more buyers feel the spaciousness of your home.  Click here for a blog we recently posted on staging.

before & after staging

Smells – When potential buyers tour your home you want them to walk in and go… Wow it smells nice in here. The last thing you want to hear is that they smell pet orders, smoking or cooking odors. Don’t overdo it either, keep the aroma pleasant and not overwhelming.

Decor – Think about adding some fresh paint before listing. Often buyers are put off by bright or dark colors when touring homes. The dark colors often make a room seem smaller in size. Also, consider touching up door frames and the front door. Remember the front door is the first impression buyers get of your home. Click here for a recent blog we posted about updating your front door.Landscaping. As potential buyers arrive at your home the first impression is going to be of your landscaping. As we mentioned in an earlier blog (click here) temperatures are rising and you want to try and keep your plants looking a fresh as possible. Try to keep up on the mowing and trim any overgrown plants.


$$ Price $$ – With inventory on the rise and home values decreasing having the right list price is a major factor to take into consideration when thinking about how fast you want your home to sell. As buyers are shopping the market they want the best deal. Watch your subdivision and see what your neighbors are doing. We set up our sellers on an automatic e-mail so they see what is happening in their neighborhood.

Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team want to make your selling experience a happy one. We offer our clients many suggestions that will help them get their home sold as quickly as they want for the best price possible.