The Future of Real Estate In Gilbert

The real estate market has been rapidly evolving over the last decade. The next decade will be more of the same. At The Reeves Team we are here to help you understand what some of the changes may bring to Gilbert Real Estate.

Technology has changed our lives dramatically and given us access to information the previous generation would have never though imaginable. Yet technology shows no signs of letting up and these changes will continue and will alter the way we buy and sell homes as well as how we interact with our home. So lets dive right in and show you some of the ways Gilbert Real Estate will be changing.

Virtual And Augmented Reality Listing

Stay with us on this one. Many times when people think of Virtual Reality they think of strapping a VR headset onto their head and walking around banging into things. While a growing number or people are purchasing expensive virtual reality headsets it is still a very small segment of the population. Instead we are talking about virtual reality home tours you can view on any type of device you would like. There are already companies doing a good job of this. This technology used to be very expensive and bulky to get into a home, but as with everything in technology its getting cheaper, faster and smaller by the year. These virtual reality tours will become more and more common in the coming years. Augmented Reality is similar to Virtual Reality except you use AR to interact with a real environment. Have you ever been in a home you were considering purchasing and not knowing how to arrange the furniture? Or if the furniture will fit at all? Imagine using your phone to be able to position couches and other pieces in the room in real time to see if they would fit and how they work together. Together VR and AR will be game changing technology for home purchasers and its coming sooner than you might expect.

Self Driving Cars Will Enable Longer Commutes

No one enjoys commuting. Spending an hour or more in stop and go traffic dealing with thousands of other people that don’t want to be there either is not how anyone wants to start their morning or spend their evening. That all will change when fully self driving cars carve out a large chunk of the traffic on the Arizona highways. Imagine being able to read a book or even start your workday on the way to your job. Commute time will also be reduced as congestion will be minimized when self driving cars are more prevalent. Self driving cars will be able to communicate with each other to maintain higher speeds and react in real time, this will allow for much less stop and go traffic and reduce the amount of time passengers will need to spend on the road. A quicker commute and the ability to do other activities while on the road will make homeowners more comfortable with moving into the suburbs. This will help areas like Gilbert increase in value. We will also continue to see the Phoenix Metro area expand its footprint as it will be easier to expand horizontally than it will be vertically.

Real Estate Agents

Real Estate has been changing at a rapid pace and will continue to change in the future. It has never been more important to work with a Real Estate Agent that is forward thinking and keeps up with the technological trends. The Reeves Team was one of the first teams in Arizona to use an interactive website to provide insights into the Real Estate Market. When websites like Zillow were growing in popularity many agents feared the trend. At The Reeves Team we went the opposite direction and put MLS listings on our website for anyone to access. We didn’t just show our listings but any listings around the value. We were also one of the first teams to incorporate video tours into our listings to help provide a better understanding of our listings before potential buyers came to view the home in person. Change is not always easy but at The Reeves Team we are committed to giving our clients as much power as possible.

What do you think of these upcoming Real Estate trends? When do you think VR tours will be prevalent? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Tips For Dealing With Cold Weather In Gilbert

If you try to tell people who don’t live in the area how cold it is you are not likely to find sympathy.  Sure, it is unseasonably cold in Gilbert right now, but its colder in most of the rest of the U.S.  Those unsympathetic individuals will never understand the struggle of the cold weather in the desert.  While the rest of the world is prepared for cold weather this time of year, the temperatures can catch Gilbert residents off guard.  With this in mind we have 5 tips to help you deal with the cold weather we are experiencing.  These tips will be things you should know to help prevent problems that arise from the cold. 

Tip #1 Protect your plants from frost

It is a fairly rare occurrence when we get a frost in Gilbert.  Because it is rare it often catches us off guard when it does happen.  If your plants are damaged by frost it can harm or sometimes kill them entirely.   If you have plants that are sensitive to frost you can purchase frost cloth to cover the plants during the days we do receive a frost.  You can also use blankets or sheets if the temperatures are going to get below the 30’s.  If you do use sheets or blankets make sure to remove them in the morning before the temperatures get to 50 degrees otherwise the excess heat can harm the plants. 

Tip #2 Prepare your heating system

Everyone thinks to have their HVAC system checked before the summer heat, but many residents forget to check their heating system before the cold weather approaches.  As always it is important to change your air filter regularly.  It is also a good idea to have a certified HVAC technician inspect the unit to see if any repairs are needed.  It is always better to know that something needs to be repaired before the temperatures drop.

Tip #3 Check your weather stripping

The strong Arizona heat can do a number on the weather stripping that surrounds our doors and windows.  It is a good idea to go over all of your doors and windows and make sure that the weather stripping is there and that it is in working order. If you notice that the weather stripping is not in tip top shape it is a good idea to replace it as soon as you can.  This will help keep your home warm and save you money on your electricity bill. 

Tip #4 Avoid frozen pipes

While Gilbert doesn’t often get hard freezes it can happen.  When this happens its possible to have damage to pipes.  The most common pipes that can freeze are associated with your pool.  The Anti-Siphon valve or the Vac-Breaker is the most common part to freeze when we have a cold spell come through Gilbert. The best thing you can do is to put a rag around the valve.  Taking this simple step can save a lot of headaches and pool repair fees that could be easily avoided. 

Tip #5 Prepare your fireplace

If you are lucky enough to have a Gilbert home with a fireplace now is the perfect time to use it.  It is important to have the fireplace checked by a licensed professional before using it.  If there is an issue it is better to find out before using it instead of having the smoke that should be going out the chimney bellowing into your living room.   Once inspected you will be able to enjoy the heat and cozy atmosphere that a fireplace provides.  

Do you have any other tips for staying warm during the cold Arizona weather? Let us know in the comment section below.