07-12-2011 05:28 PM
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and advice. My sister lives in Maricopa and I fell in love with the area, the homes and the prices. I have been a single parent for the past 17 years and although I feel this move will be good for them, I am relocating to fufill a dream of my own, that is owning a single home. Gilbert may be better for them, but I am doing this for myself and just wanted some advice on the different areas in Arizona. I most likely will not be able to afford a home in Gilbert and was quite happy with the Maricopa homes, including some new builds there. We looked at a few houses in Queen Creek and I actually preferred Maricopa. Once I actually relocate, I will check out every option there is available, but I thought it would be nice to grow along with a city that has not been fully developed yet. If it was possible for me to be able to afford a home in Gilbert, then I would have jumped at the chance, but unfortunately for me that may not be an option. As far as driving everywhere, I make a 40 to 60 minute drive to and from work everyday now and most times it's mainly traffic, so I'm okay with a 25 to 30 minute ride to anywhere in Arizona.
07-12-2011 05:58 PM
I sell the majority of the properties I sell in Maricopa and Queen Creek, for the very reason you stated: quiet communities with bargain-priced homes! I hope to have the opportunity to get out and show you some properties soon.
07-17-2011 07:16 PM
HI Investor Mike,
Again i will prove you wrong, builders don't offer a better deal for a buyer to show up without a Realtor, it is taking away the buyers rights to representation, and buyers have rights, tons of rights, just like having a Realtor to look our for their interests, the builder may or may not negotiate regardless of the buyer having representation, at least that is the way it works for publically traded builders as they value their Realtor partners (maybe you have been dealing with some shady builders that often file BK and change names), publically traced builders and many reputable privately owned builders do not penalize buyers for having representation, the builders with inventory will negotiate, but builders that are selling won't take 3% off the price just because there is not a Realtor involved on the buyers side. There are builders that pay their agents more if there is no buyers agent as they want their agents to get out their and find buyers but no publically traded company will put anything like what you are suggesting on paper. Here is the bottom line with new homes, they negotiate down in price what happens is they just hurt their comps for their own subdivision which they are still selling in, how could they possibly tell an appraisor one house exactly the same sold for $10k less because there was no buyer Realtor to pay, think about it.
If you have something against Realtors, stop using Realtor websites, and stop giving advice to those without the experience to go into such a large purchase without proper experienced representation looking out for their interests. It's great you have your experience and wish to share it but don't mislead inexperienced buyers with your opinions unless you can back that up with contracts to prove your point, show me builders that are willing to put that deal in writing, not just hear say, PROVE me wrong and i will apologize but show me the contracts to prove it.
It's great that you have enough experience to know what you are doing enough not to need a Realtor for your needs, that suits your needs, but you don't have any skin in the game for your advice, your reputattion is not on the line, you don't have to answer questions for those buyers that get in to a bad deal based on your advice, and have no licenses at stake for leading someone in the wrong direction, think about it. Share your knowledge but don't bad mouth Agents while you use our site. It is just rude so have some courtesy. Start your own website if you wish to push your knowledge in this format.
07-18-2011 03:47 AM
So here are some facts to prove you wrong. Please don’t get angry or mad. Have you bought a new home lately or just selling them? There will always be a realtor at the sales office of a new home community. You can negotiate sales price with a new home. There is a sign out-front of the doors of the garage conversion to office. When you sit down at the sales desk the first thing the Realtor asks is who is representing me. (I remember this like it was yesterday.) I replied can I save money using just you want me to bring another party involved? I explained and told him I want to put as much money as I can in your pocket using you. So next I explained what I want. When I bought my new house I told the Realtor I want you to represent me. I also told him I do have a personal realtor but would rather use you because I want my closing cost paid in which they did pay all $7K at DR HORTON. The property was listed for $225K and brought it down to $190K. I got what I wanted. Did it help my situation buying? Definitely. And the Realtor Mike was a great guy at DR HORTON. But If I was a realtor I would be furious my client didn’t use me. So now I understand your feelings on my blogs.
No you’re not proving me wrong again. If you want to challenge me we can go head to head with our knowledge. I’m good at this investing/buying part and you are the only the salesman. I risk everything and can loose everything. Sales people don’t loose anything it’s not their money at risk. And I do apologize if I am taking work away from Zip Realty. But if I don’t have an opinion as an investor and prove facts to the public these ZIP blogs are a fraudulent with transparent information only hearing from 1 sided Realtors. I have nothing against any Realtors. I work with them all the time. But your way of thinking is sales sales sales.
07-18-2011 08:22 AM
Hi Investor Mike,
There is no reason why we can use proper names in this discussion, it is simply a discussion correct of opposing views, I am certainly no bystander as i am in this market 70hrs per week, study it, educate myself on it and pratice in it.
That still does not prove that the same deal could not have been achieved without the buyer having their own representation, and you are wrong on the issue of nothing to lose, Realtors not only are putting their reputation on the line with every deal, their liviehood with the license is at risk for bad advice. Some bad advice leads to massive fines by the associations well in excess of the commission they make on a home.
07-18-2011 10:43 AM
Again as mentioned in a previous blog.
You have your views and I have mine. I am blowing the whistle on what really happens with Real Estate. The public has a right to know and not be a clueless buyer in the hands of a Realtor. Let the Phoenicians decide whose points of views are correct. So please move on and. Stop going out of your way trying desperately hard figuring out ways to say I am wrong with anything in Real Estate investing. It’s not going too happened with my knowledge. Start paying close attention to my posting and start taking notes.
07-18-2011 07:36 PM
Hi Investor Mike,
I agree we each have our own ideas and some of yours i can admit that i do agree with but not all, so back to where we were, you tell people to trust a investor and not a proffesional that does this every single day of the year. I am just defending the positions of all the hard working agents at Zip Realty that do an amazing job for their clients, not just come up with anologies and incorrect stats (i'm sorry "Correct Guess's) . Maybe if you open your mind to ideas and listen to some advice from some who have been involved in hundreds of transactions (yes hundreds) and not just a few small deals you could also expand your knowledge. I admit that i learn something new in this market all the time, i attend seminars, classes, bank luncheons, and soak up knowledge for myself and my clients as many hard working agents do here at Zip Realty. So i take notes all the time, but only from those that know more than i do, not from somebody with views that still have yet to be backed up. Have a great nice and hope your next deal is a profitable as your last few have been for you,
07-19-2011 03:11 PM
Based on the grammar, punctuation and sentence construction in the exchange between Investor-Mike and bsnyder, I wouldn't take advice from either of these guys! Do whatever is best for your own personal circumstances and makes you happy!
07-21-2011 01:53 PM
I just moved to Glendale in May 2011 from the Northwest and there is lots of employment and about three colleges including Glendale CC and ASU in Glendale. Rent here is reasonalble, purchasing a home is even better. I am starting to invest in real estate here it's so good. I just bought a 4 bedrm with pool and hottub for 79,000. Sure there have been about 1500 $ in repairs for pool motor, airconditioner, palm trees, water heater, but I was expecting it, so I just had the money available. So many people told us the unemplyment was terrible, but what I keep hearing is that if a person is looking to work it will be found here. It seems many folks are looking but unwilling to take the job. My partner got a good paying job in two weeks after we moved here. If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. good Luck and great move!
07-24-2011 10:19 AM
how do you see these homes in gilbert you say go there without a realtor you can save more where is there don't understand i feel like other people and you queen creek san tan valley is so far out i have been there several times seems like you are way out there and nothing there really to mer homes there now not all but are cheap built you can tell one look shows. i don't know gilbert but would like too go there next time i am there, i am in michigan when i retire in a year would like to move to az so all the help i can get would be so much appreciated