You are planning a trip to Arizona to begin to look at homes. Perhaps you have been shoveling snow for many winters and are interested in a second home here in the Valley of the Sun. Or maybe you have decided to sell your current home and move to Arizona permanently.
Many times buyers come to the Valley who have never been to Phoenix, or maybe if they have been here here it was many years ago. Here are some things to think about as you embark on your trip.
- If you are planning to come to Phoenix in the summer you need to plan that it will be warm – VERY warm. Many summer days in the Phoenix area have temps in excess of 100+ degrees. In you arrive in the summer, plan that you may need to carry a towel, gloves, or even a pot holder to open your car door and touch your steering wheel until the car cools down with the A/C.
- Plan to carry a LOT of water with you in your car. You will need more water than you think you will need in order to stay hydrated. If you get dehydrated you will end up with headaches and generally your experience here will not be at its best. Having a few snacks in your car is also a good idea.
- Bring your GPS which will make it easier to get around. Printed maps are ok, but a GPS is much better.
- Bring a camera. This makes it easier to record the many things you will see.
- Bring your cell phone. Also bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone or plan to stay where there is computer with Internet access. Plan that you will need to be able to look at property info on line and be able to check e-mails.
- If you have not been to Phoenix before, or its been a long time, plan a few days to simply drive about on a self-guided tour, before you plan to schedule to see homes. You need to decide on the community(s) that will best work for you. Just drive about and see the things you will want to do once you are here, or near your job. Then pick communities close to those things. Once you have decided on the communities near the things you like to do, or with the things you need to be close to, then its easy to narrow down homes.
- Once you have decided on the community(s) where you want to see homes, it may take your agent at least 24-48 hours, or longer depending on the property, to make arrangements for you to be able to see a home(s). Just because a home is listed in the Multiple Listing Service does not mean it is instantly accessible to see. More homes in today’s market are only available to be seen “by appointment only”.
- Phoenix is much wider than it appears on your map — or at least it will take you longer to drive across the city than you think it may. In traffic, it can easily take someone 2-4 hours to get from one side of town to the other. And it can be an easy 75-150 miles in your car.
- Plan that you will need to be pre-qualified for a home loan before you see homes if you are going to need to pay for a home with a loan. Plan that you will need to be able to have bank verification and proof of funds if you are planning to pay with cash. Don’t be offended when you are asked to do this. It’s necessary in this market. We can provide you with lender info. (As full disclosure, we do not get any refund or rebate or referral fee from suggesting a lender to you — we merely suggest lenders who have done a good job for clients in the past. The lender you plan to use will need to have an Arizona license.)
- You will be asked to sign a group of standard Arizona real estate pre-buyer forms that will include disclosures, advisories, agency designation, etc before you go out to see homes. Again this is standard in this marketplace. If you have contacted us in advance of your trip, these will have been sent to you via e-mail for your review and signatures.
- When you are taken to see homes, a good idea is to bring your digital camera and take a series of photos of each home you are shown beginning with the address as the first photo of the home, and then other photos of the inside of things you want to be able to remember. As you view a few homes, this process will help you to remember all the features of the particular home when you want to review them later on.
Arizona is a great place to consider buying a home. Currently there are great buying opportunities for buyers in this market.
Contact us if you are considering buying in Arizona. We look forward to being able to assist you.
FAIR HOUSING RULES
Under United States Federal Fair Housing laws, your real estate agent cannot direct you to any specific communities, or discourage you from any specific communities. To do so would give the appearance of “steering”. Sorry, but the Feds can remove an agent’s license if an agent does this.
A buyer must decide on which community will work for them and where they want buy a home. A Self-guided Tour is an excellent way for a buyer to decide on what “Community” will work for them. This is best done before planning to go and see actual homes. Your agent cannot decide what community will work best for you.