Home Buyers, Home Sellers, real estate tips


If you already own a home but are looking to sell it and purchase another, it can be really tricky to know which to start first or where to begin. The noticeable difference in your options depends, of course, if you need to sell the first in order to pay for the next. We call this a type of contingent purchase, as the ability for you to buy a home is contingent on you selling your current home.

You can put in an offer on a new home either before you sell your current, if you’ve already put the current on the market but are waiting offers, and especially if you’ve already accepted an offer to sell your home. These make for all different types of offers on the new home and each do likely play a part in the decision of your offer being accepted. Your real estate professional should guide you through each scenario and what might be best for the market you are in.

The timing of a real estate transaction can be overwhelming and certainly unpredictable, so aiming for two transactions to complete simultaneously does come with headaches! Many might think it would be better to close the sale of the current home on the exact same day as the sale of the new home, right? It can! It has been done and people are able to do this just fine when everything goes as planned. However, often this is not an ideal situation if you do not have a back up strategy. The last few days before a real estate transaction can close are filled with disclosures and documents being signed, the final walk through, transferring of title, loan funding and deed recording. Many of these steps have federal or state laws deciphering a length of time required before proceeding to the next step. There are hundreds of details needing their t’s crossed and their i’s dotted on the first transaction before it can go on to fund the second transaction. While it can certainly be done in the same business day, it sure adds a lot more stress!

So, what would a back up plan look like? Typically when a sale closes before the new purchase is made, we see clients move in with family, friends, or into a hotel for a few days. You can also negotiate into your transaction a lease back where you pay rent to the new owners for those days you need. Finally, a pre-possession could be added to the contract if the new owner is willing to let you stay without collecting rent for those days – although this is often not a strategy that industry professionals prefer.

Either way or whatever options you may have – the process is slightly painful but entirely rewarding. If you have the right attitude, try to be proactive and responsive, have a back up plan and understand there might be a few hiccups along the way, your perspective will make all the difference! Happy house hunting!

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Make Money Buying

The saying goes, ‘you make money when you buy in real estate, not when you sell.’ Isn’t that an interesting concept? We say this for a few reasons; the first: when you buy and hold real estate, you have the investment and the value of its worth in your hands – a current value you know to be true to the market at that time. The second, typically (although always negotiable) the seller of the property incurs or absorbs a lot more fees, prepaid items, commissions, and sometimes even the buyer’s closing costs out of the proceeds from the sale. And third, real estate is an asset that will always be a necessary segment in markets everywhere in the world because, well, everyone needs somewhere to live so having real estate ownership is an advantage.

So, when you’re buying, it is crucial that you understand exactly what you are buying and how that might impact any future ability to sell. Create value initially when buying the property by ensuring some universally desired characteristics are in the property, rather than elements that are specific only to your liking. We all know from watching HGTV that backsplash, flooring and paint are somewhat easy for the next buyer to change and fix themselves based on their own personal taste. Instead of buying for just those cosmetic reasons, think about a few other things that might impact your future buyer down the road:

Energy Efficiency

A home that is more energy efficient will appeal to a more universal audience. Buyers like the idea of future cost savings when about to make such a big purchase. In markets like mine, temperatures in the Arizona summer can allow for utility bills to triple which means buyers look for dual pane windows, ceiling fans, updated or well-maintained AC units, they might check insulation, and even take north/south facing homes into better consideration when home searching.

Split Floorplan

While every buyer might be looking for something a little different than the next, in general the newer homes all have a split floorplan because it appeals to more buyers. A split floorplan is one where the main or master bedroom living is on a separate side of the house than the guest bedrooms. This allows for privacy and a feeling of having your own separate “wing” of the house. If your future buyer has young kids, this could sometimes be a deterrent in a few cases; however, most young parents still prefer the split floorplan as kids grow older and seasons change.

Location, Lots and Views

We all know location, location, location! I won’t beat a dead horse on that one, other than to remind you that sometimes location can also refer to what your lot has to offer even if you can’t be in the best location in town. Corner lots, lots backing to a park or reserve, quiet streets, or land with any kind of sought-after view will always keep value.


As I mentioned earlier, in today’s market people are more comfortable with switching out tile and adding paint to make a house their own. If you do plan for any renovations to add value to your home; make sure the upgrades you are paying for pay you out in the end! Open concept is extremely high on buyer’s wish lists, as well as big master bathrooms and walk-in closets. Sometimes adding square footage, if not in the right places, might not add the value that you think! Every market, neighborhood and home price point will fluctuate on this, so be sure to work with or ask a knowledgeable professional within your market before doing any major renovations.


Buying real estate so you can make money might seem a little unorthodox at first, but once you appreciate the value that appeals more universally, you’ll be off to a great start! Market conditions can always fluctuate and require risk, but home buying and selling can have such an incredible reward if approached the right way.


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Why Truss Day was a Great Day

Yesterday was a good day. Before sunrise yesterday, Pepper Tree didn’t have anything above the vast majority of the walls besides sky and palm tree views while every new roof truss was laying in the driveway. By mid afternoon, the trusses were loaded and for the very first time – Brian and I saw the shape of the house we’ve only been picturing in our heads until that moment. A giant crane cranked out our new roofline in half a day and while I was only there for a few minutes of it all, I was mesmerized by the process and very thankful for the hard working team who didn’t stop for hours on end.

But that was yesterday; the good day. You see, I had been anticipating the crane coming several times before yesterday. Four other times to be exact. And while it is all completely understandable and every time had a good reason why “that day” was canceled before the “actual day” came, Real Estate In Real Life exists to tell you the ups AND downs of the home renovation process. So here are the cliff notes:

It was before Thanksgiving that Brian and I were getting ready for our out of country trip, and we thought when we returned two weeks later that the framing would be done. It was before Christmas that we thought the trusses would be loaded. A few weeks here and a few weeks there quickly add up to months delaying move-in day!

Different reasons would arise as to why the crane couldn’t come that day or why we weren’t ready for the trusses. Sometimes they were waiting for a part to come in, sometimes they had to redo some of the framing that was a little off, and one time a crane actually did come in but it was too small and couldn’t reach the center of the house! Then it took a few days to reschedule a new crane. And so on and so forth.

Every time it was supposed to be “that day” and wasn’t, I would be so hopeful and then of course a little sad that we didn’t make the progress I thought we’d be making. Brian tells me to just never get my hopes up, but somehow I just don’t have that in me. The result, however, of the emotional rollercoaster ride of expectation, excitement, optimism and disappointment has led me to feel the high and feel the low. Which means that yesterday I was really, truly happy. It was a great day. I felt proud that Brian and I have gotten this far in a major project, despite how delayed in the process I sometimes feel.

For the first time we have seen the outline of the dream house we’ve been envisioning since purchasing in May 2018. What a gift! Pretty soon (well no, sometime in the future..), Pepper Tree will be done.

Until then, we’ll continue to just, love life.




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