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What are some of the reasons folks are moving?

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The U.S. Census Bureau reported the other day that among the 36 million people who moved between 2012 and 2013, 5 percent said the most important reason for moving was to be closer to work or for an easier commute.
Another 8 percent cited the desire for cheaper housing.

The most common reasons for moving in 2013 were wanting a new or better home/apartment, other housing reasons and family reason.

For people who moved from one county to another, moving because of a job-related reason rose with the distance of the move: 23 percent of moves less than 50 miles and 48 percent of those 500 miles or more.

Other highlights mentioned in the article were:
• Men were more likely than women to move for job-related reasons.
• Better-educated people were more likely to move for job-related reasons than those with lower levels of education.
• Married respondents were the least likely to move for family-related reasons.
• Moves within the same area were typically for housing-related reasons, while long distance moves and moves from abroad were more for job-related reasons.
• Several individual reasons, such as change of climate, health reasons and natural disaster, were each cited as the main reason for moving by fewer than 1 percent of householders.

The data are analyzed by a range of demographic characteristics, including age, sex, race, origin, educational attainment, marital status, labor force status, type of move and distance moved. These national-level data were collected by the 2013 Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

Have you been thinking about moving? Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team would love to assist you with that move. Our website relocateaz.com allows you to search homes that are listed. We also have resources that will also you to look at properties all over the world. Buying a home can be a stressful experience. You want to make sure you have the right person by your side to help guide you through every step of the transaction.

Drones in the the real estate market?

Looking for that special marketing tool to make your listing stand out from others?

Starting thinking about photos taken from a drone powered camera. As unmanned aircraft become more widely available, some real-estate agents have started to use drones to sell listings.

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Real-estate agents often will go the extra mile to achieve top marketing ideas for their business.

As drones are becoming more costly available, agents have started to use them in their
marketing. Using the drones allows the agent to obtain aerial photos and video of not only the property but surrounding areas. Giving their client another visual prospective in their decision making.

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As technology progresses and buyers are often looking for properties all over the world agents need to be one step ahead and offer them the ability to see not only the front & interior of the property, but the surrounding area as well.

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Currently the FAA does not allow unmanned aircraft to be used for commercial purposes. The National Association of Realtors has advised members not to use unmanned aircraft to market properties until the FAA issues rules. There is hope that those rules be out by the end of this year.

Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team would love to hear your thoughts as a real estate agent if you would consider using drones in your business.

As a potential real estate client, would you enjoy having the opportunity to view video or photos of a property and area that you are interested in?

Please share your thoughts with Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team.

TopGolf to build second Valley facility in Gilbert

More exciting news!

Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team has just learned that TopGolf International Inc. out of Dallas Texas will open an indoor/outdoor entertainment center in Gilbert, AZ.

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The site is due to open early next year! TopGolf is in the process of building a 65,000-square-foot center at The San Tan Village Parkway in Gilbert.

The facility will offer competitive golf games for a variety of skill levels incorporating technology. The facility will also offer extensive food and beverage menus.

The tri-level facility will include private event space and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time.

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The valley of the sun has a reputation as a golf haven coupled with its climate and economy make the region ideal for TopGolf centers.

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Gilbert among one of nation’s fastest-growing towns

In a recent article in the Arizona Republic newspaper, Gilbert was named as one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities in 2013. Gilbert for the first time is estimated as the Valley’s 5th most-populous community, just slightly above Scottsdale.

The article went on to say that according to Census Bureau data Gilbert’s population rose to an estimated 229,972 people in July 2013, up from about 221,000 the previous year.

That 4% growth rate made Gilbert the 12th fastest-growing municipality in the U.S. last year.

Even though Gilbert has experienced rapid growth over the last two-and-a-half decades, it has held onto its designation as a town rather than a city, making Gilbert the most-populous town in the nation.

The Gilbert town council has recently approved for Saint Xavier University to develop an 87,000 square foot satellite location in downtown Heritage District of Gilbert.

As a Gilbert homeowner, you have the “small town” feel with a lot of “city” amenities close by. Gilbert has several community parks to enjoy, several dining & entrainment choices and as we can see from recent announcements several choices for schooling & employment opportunities.

Gilbert homeowners also enjoy several annual activities that the town hosts. One being the Hot Air Balloon Classic. Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team were proud sponsors of that event this year.

Please take a look at this past blog on the Hot Air Balloon Classic.

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Gilbert is also home to the Annual Gilbert’s Day Parade & Rodeo. Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team have been proud sponsors of the Gilbert’s Day Parade over several years and have won awards for float participation.

Here is a past blog with more details on the Gilbert’s Day Parade.

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As a Gilbert homeowner you become part of a great town that has a lot to offer. Please check back for more announcements of upcoming events & happenings in Gilbert, Arizona. Here at The Reeves Team we always like to pass on information on things to do and the ever changing real estate market.

How to Boost Curb Appeal – Starting with the Front Door!

Now is the time for an exterior makeover to enhance your curb appeal. Remember, your front entry is the first vision visitors have as they arrive.

Are you making a statement with your front door?
Your front door is the first impression you are making as visitors arrive. Is your front door showing its age? Is it perhaps hurting your homes energy efficiency? Perhaps its time to think about installing a new energy efficient front door.
Please remember if you are in a subdivision with an association, you want to check their guidelines before changing out the door.

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New accessories are another option.
Don’t want to change out the front door? You can still “freshen it up” by replacing the door hardware or give it a fresh coat of paint. Should you decide to change the hardware, keep it consistent with other features around the door such as a light fixture or doorbell. Often simple changes give something a brand new look at a small cost.

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Freshen up your exterior and trim.
The Arizona weather takes a toll on exterior paint over time. Now is a good time to also add a fresh coat of paint to exterior & trim. Again, should you choose to change colors, check with your neighborhood association. The association may have approved color choices to choose from.

Outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting is another enchantment to consider when “freshen” up your front entrance. There are both regular and solar lighting options available. Solar lights can be used to showcase landscaping and home focal points.

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Use plants as focal points.
Plants are easy ways to adds pops of color both at the front entry and throughout your front yard. You can also place containers with blooming plants throughout your front landscaping.

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As a client of The Reeves Team we always recommend “freshen” up your front entry when putting your home on the market. We also recommend adding pops of color, its make the home inviting.

Monsoon/Haboob Season Is Approaching In Arizona!

When Is Arizona’s Monsoon/Haboob Season?
The Monsoon/Haboob season in Arizona is from June 15th until September 30th.

What Are Monsoon/Haboob storms?
Monsoon/Haboob storms can be simple dust storms to violent thunderstorms. Often the Monsoon/Haboob storms start with heavy winds sometimes resulting in a visible wall of dust hundreds of feet high moving across the Valley. Visually they are amazing to watch, but can be very dangerous to your home & auto.

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Does Damage Occur During Monsoons/Haboobs?
Yes, damage can occur from the winds, or debris being tossed around such as trees & power lines. Once the storms moves across the valley homeowners will emerge from their homes to find patio furniture and other items not only from their yard, but often neighbors belongings in their pool. Also, as a result of these storms damage to homes that are not as sturdy, like some manufactured homes occur.

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What About the Roads?
Often when the Monsoon/Haboob storms dump a lot of rain in the valley in a quick amount of time, the ground and surface streets sometimes have areas of flooding. Due to the low levels of rain received in the valley most drain systems are not set up to handle the large amount of water so quickly. Several communities have water retentions that are also play areas set up to help with the water draining.

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There are a couple of locations throughout the valley that have signage that warns drivers not to use that roadway due to flooding, which sadly at times are ignored and cause a news story showing someone being rescued from a flooded vehicle. Arizona has implemented a “stupid motorist” law that allows rescuers to fine drivers that have to be saved after driving through a flooded area.

Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team want share information with you so you enjoy living in the valley of the sun. Please stay safe during the coming Monsoon/Haboob season. Follow the warnings when it comes to driving and the safety tips for avoiding damage to your home and property.

FedEx facility coming to Chandler Air Park

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It’s been on the news and in the local newspapers. Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team like to share information on what’s happening in the Valley to help potential clients have an idea on how things could affect the local housing market.

FedEx Ground has broke ground on a 302,000-square-foot package distribution center on the south side of the Chandler air park. The facility, will open in August 2015 and is expected to bring 200 jobs to Chandler.

According to news reports this facility is part of FedEx Ground’s nationwide expansion plan. The company’s expansion has accelerated FedEx Ground’s service by at least one day to several domestic locations with the last 10 years.

As the southeast valley continues to grow, FedEx feels this facility will help them handle the growth.

There are several companies looking at Chandler sites due to the growing number of population. FedEx Ground felt the Chandler site would be a good location to recruit future employees.

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Things to do in the valley when temperatures are over 100 degrees!

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The warm 100 temperatures are almost here!

As the valley of the sun starts its annual summer sauna, and school is ending folks are thinking what to do for fun in the sun…

The valley of the sun offers a wide variety of options to take one’s mind off the heat. Every city in the valley offers plenty of “cool” activities to find an escape from the heat. There are several water parks, public pools, moving theaters, ice skating rinks, museums, galleries, and plenty of places to eat and enjoy yourself.

Several resorts also offer discount prices during the summer for both rooms & golf packages. Many of the resorts also have special summer activities like movie nights around the pool. The resorts have more than just pools, they have water parks that are acres wide.

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You can also catch large Broadway productions in several play houses throughout the valley. Gilbert is home to The Hale Theatre that is very popular and has an annual tradition of putting on The Christmas Carol play that sells out every year.

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Gilbert not only offers The Hale Theatre, but is home to several movie theaters and a wide variety of dining options. As you stroll through downtown Gilbert you will experience several wonderful aromas coming for the several restaurants to choose from and more being constructed.

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Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team at RE/MAX Solutions are your east valley real estate specialists that not only like to keep you informed on the latest real estate trends, we also like to provide helpful information on ways to enjoy yourself while living & visiting the valley of the sun.

Stop by and visit our website throughout the year for tips and ideas on things to do in the valley as well has home decorating ideas and changes in the housing market.

Thinking about purchasing a home?

Buying-A-HomeTroy Reeves & The Reeves Team would love to help you find your dream home. Before you start your shopping on that perfect home there are a few initial steps to take.

As you begin looking at homes both on the internet and with your agent, you need to be prepared when you find a home you want to not only look at, but put an offer on.

Once you are ready to make that offer, you as a home buyer will need to provide information to the home seller that you are qualified to purchase their home.

As you are excited to purchase, they are excited to sell and move on to the next stage of their real estate endeavors.

Below are some things you as a buyer should take into consideration to be prepared to make that offer?

• Where is your mortgage coming from?
To show sellers that you are a serious buyer you want to get “pre-approved” for a loan. Having pre-approval lets the seller know that you have met with a banking individual and it shows what you are qualified for and if seller assistance is needed. It also provides a guideline as to how long it will take to finish the loan.

It is recommend that when you review the various loan programs that you make sure you have a clear understanding of the terms so no surprises arise during the loan process. When you meet with a mortgage adviser, be prepared for them to run & review your credit score. They may suggest some items you might need to take care of in order for you to increase your credit score. Here at The Reeves Team we have seen when buyers are all set to purchase a home go under contract and along the process make a purchase that should have waited,  that purchase causes their credit score to drop and then no longer qualifying for the home they were in the process of buying.

• How much do you want to spend on a house?
Besides thinking about how much you want to spend on a home, you should take into consideration how much your monthly payment will be. You want to make sure you have enough to not only make your house payment, but enough available funds to pay all your financial commitments.

When meeting with your lender you may find out that you are approved for more than you had thought about spending. Troy Reeves & The Reeves Team wants to remind you that while you receive approval for a certain amount, doesn’t mean you need to spend that full amount. You want to decide on a price & payment that will keep you in budget with all your other financial commitments.

• Do you have a “dream” location you would like be live near?
You may have a desired location you would like to be near. Here at The Reeves Team we have implemented various search tools that will help you look for homes at your price range in your desired location.

• How important is keeping on schedule?
Once you are under contract and have a scheduled closing date. You want to make sure you do what is necessary to insure that closing date is met.

There are certain deadlines that your Realtor will help you keep when it comes to inspection periods. As a buyer you want to work closely with your lender to make sure you meet their deadlines as well. Often times we see buyers not submitting paperwork in a timely manner, which in turns requires the lender to ask for additional time to finish the loan.

• Is it possible to agree on everything?
During a real estate transaction there are many terms to come to agreement on. At times buyers & sellers will need to be ready to make comprises in order to get the deal to go through. All parties involved will need to come to an agreement on the closing date. All repairs items will need to be agreed to in order to move forward and complete the sale.

• What condition home do you want to purchase?
Are you thinking about purchasing a home that needs some TLC? As a home buyer before choosing a home that needs some fixing up, you want to think about how much time & energy you have to focus on those items.
Purchasing a home that does not require repairs may cost a little more, but it also leaves you time and possible additional expenses if you choose getting a home that needs TLC in the condition you want.

If you are a person that loves to make the home your own, purchasing on that needs TLC will allow you to add your personal touches and make it a project of love.  Just make sure you do your research on remodeling guidelines in your area of purchase.  Before making an offer on a home that requires some improvements there are some things to take into consideration. If there is a mortgage involved there could be lender required repairs that might be required prior to closing. Also, if you are thinking about making some drastic changes to the home, there could be some community rules or town laws that would have to be followed.

Troy Reeves and the Reeves Team wants to help make sure your home purchase experience is as enjoyable and stress free as possible. As a buyer you want to make sure all your concerns and questions are answered by not only your realtor, but by your lender as well.

Purchasing a home is a team endeavor.

Make sure you have a strong educated team working with you.

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Pool time is fast approaching!

Do your pool tiles look like the ones in this photo? Have you noticed your utility bills going up?

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Now is the time for you to get your pool looking good and running well before the temperatures get to hot and before pool season starts.

If you have started noticing that your utility bills have been increasing… it could be that your pool equipment is not working correctly or beginning to fail.
Before splash season begins, you may want to think about the following…

• Are you happy with how your pool area landscaping looks?
• Does your pool slide need to be replaced or refinished?
• Does your decking need refinishing?
• Does your pool interior surfaces need repairs?
• Are your lighting fixtures not working correctly?
• Are your pump & cleaning system having issues?
• Have you thought about testing your water at a local pool store?

It is recommended that you change out your pool water every few years…When is the last time you changed the water?

Here at The Reeves Team, we not only want to help you find your dream home.  We want to share information with you on how to continue to love your dream home.