FAQ's  for Home Buyers

These are some of the questions asked over
the years from our previous home buyers. 
Neighborhoods like Avondale, North Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Buckeye and Goodyear are popular among families due to their excellent schools, parks, and family-friendly amenities. Of course, there are other communities. Kim Svabik serves these cities as a top Realtor assisting both home buyers and home sellers.
Housing affordability varies by neighborhood, but Phoenix and other local cities generally offer a more affordable cost of living compared to many other large cities in the U.S. However, prices have been rising due to increased demand.
Property tax rates in Phoenix and other cities in the area differ based on the location and are determined by the assessed value of the property. Maricopa County's average effective property tax rate is around 0.62%, but it's advisable to check specific rates for different areas.
Yes, Phoenix and Maricopa County offer several programs for first-time homebuyers, including down payment assistance and homebuyer education courses.
The job market in Phoenix and other nearby cities is strong, especially in the technology, healthcare, and finance sectors. Our area of the country has become a hub for startups and established companies alike. It is estimated to continue to grow.
Utility costs can vary, but hot climate means higher electricity bills, especially in the summer months. On average, residents can expect to spend around $200-$300 per month on utilities, including water, electricity, and gas. It is advised to ask locals based on the cites and communities you want to purchase.  O
Phoenix and other local cities have public transportation system that includes buses and a light rail system, providing access to major areas of the city. However, many residents find having a car necessary due to the city's sprawling nature.
Crime rates in vary by neighborhood as you can imagine. Some areas have higher rates than others, so it's important to research and consider safety when choosing where to live. 
Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale, Phoenix and other local cities are known for some extremely hot summers, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F. It's crucial to consider the impact of heat when moving to the  Phoenix area. Like most cities in America, we acclimate to the weather. Air conditioning helps a lot during the hot months.
The primary natural disaster risks in Phoenix and other local communities include heatwaves and flash floods. Since we are located in a desert there's a low risk of earthquakes or tornadoes.
Phoenix and other local cities offer a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and golf. There are also numerous parks, museums, and cultural events throughout the year.  There seems to be a never-ending array of things to do when living and enjoying our desert communities. 
Phoenix and nearby cities have different types of schools, like public, charter, and private schools, as well as colleges and universities. The quality of education can vary, so it's advisable to research schools in your area of interest. 
Phoenix is a very diverse city with a rich mix of different cultures and ethnicities, shown in its neighborhoods, events, and food. This is one of the many reasons why our family moved to Arizona.
Phoenix, along with other cities and communities, is one of the fastest-growing places in the U.S. It has a booming economy, lots of job opportunities, and ongoing growth in real estate.
Phoenix is a great place to live with a high quality of life. It's affordable, has sunny weather, and offers many amenities. However, the summer heat and reliance on air conditioning can be drawbacks for some.  

FAQ's  for Home Sellers

These are questions asked over the
years from our previous home sellers. 
Surprise, Goodyear, North Phoenix, Avondale, Buckeye, and Scottsdale are growing in demand for housing due to their affordability, quality of life, and proximity to Phoenix. The market is generally favorable to sellers, with homes often receiving multiple offers.
You can find out the value of your home by doing a comparative market analysis (CMA), which compares your home to similar recently sold properties in your area. Using the real estate expertise of Kim Svabik or an appraiser can provide a more accurate assessment.
Small renovations such as updating the kitchen and bathrooms, adding fresh paint, and improving curb appeal can significantly increase your home's value. Energy-efficient upgrades are also appealing to buyers in these cities due to the hot climate.
The time it takes to sell a home can vary based on market conditions and the specifics of the property. However, homes in good condition and priced correctly in these cities often sell within a few weeks to a couple of months, perhaps more depending on current trends.  Consult with Kim Svabik to get the newest information on home selling timelines. 
Sellers can expect to pay for real estate agent commissions, which are typically 5-6% of the sale price, closing costs, potential repairs, and staging expenses. We can assist you in getting a better idea as to cost once we preview your home ask ask quality questions. 
Yes, staging your home can make it more appealing to potential buyers by highlighting its best features and helping them envision living there. Staged homes often sell faster and for a higher price.
Spring and early summer are traditionally the best times to sell, as buyers are more active. However, the Phoenix metropolitan area's market remains relatively strong year-round due to its climate and population growth.
It's important to review all offers carefully, considering not just the price but also the terms and the buyers' financial qualifications. Kim Svabik who is a top real estate agent can help you navigate this process and choose the offer that best meets your needs.
Arizona law requires sellers to disclose material facts about the property's condition, including any known defects or issues. This typically involves completing a residential seller’s property disclosure statement (SPDS).  Should you have questions, give Kim a call. 
High-quality photos, virtual tours, and online listings on major real estate platforms are crucial. Additionally, utilizing social media and local real estate agent like Kim Svabik, you can be confident in the various networks she uses in  expanding your home's visibility to potential buyers.
It's generally recommended that sellers are not present during showings to make potential buyers feel more comfortable exploring and discussing the property.
Look for an agent with experience in your specific city or neighborhood, a strong track record of successful sales, and a marketing strategy that aligns with your goals.  A seasoned track record is also key!  
It's generally recommended that sellers are not present during showings to make potential buyers feel more comfortable exploring and discussing the property.
Ensure all necessary repairs are completed, gather any warranty information or manuals for appliances, and be prepared to vacate the home by the closing date. Kim Svabik and title company will guide you through the specific steps and paperwork.
If the appraisal comes in low, you may need to negotiate with the buyer to lower the sale price, have the buyer make up the difference, or challenge the appraisal and request a reevaluation.
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