Need a little help searching for houses for sale in Phoenix AZ? A more thorough approach that uses the full power of the Internet to maximize visibility of homes to you is recommended.
Relying solely on a local Phoenix Realtor might be common, but putting all your eggs in one basket could mean you’re not finding the best houses for sale.
The reason for this is that a lot of homes aren’t listed on the MLS where Realtors draw almost all of their leads from. Some realtors have pocket listings which they want to sell themselves. Can’t blame them. The real estate business is a difficult, competitive industry.
There are at least 5,400 homes for sale in Phoenix listed on realtor.com alone and zillow has almost 7,000 homes listed. That’s a lot of houses for sale! The house you’re looking for may never be listed so you’ll want to be more proactive to get first dibs.
House prices have not reached the pre-recession highs in 2007 and given the moderation trends occuring now, they may not reach them. You should have slightly better luck in 2018.
You might see a better result overall if you follow my homes for sale search strategy. Whether you’re looking for a detached house, condo, townhouse, or rental property, a thorough plan for searching is a must. Without it, you’re missing out on some of the best houses on the market or soon to be up for sale. There’s 3 sources of non mls listed homes in Phoenix — Craigslist, ForSaleByOwner, and Zillow. Check out the Zillow house listings below:
Lucrative Canadian Real Estate Market Spilling over into the US
Foreign buyers are buying up US properties and the biggest increase is coming from Canadians. Even NAR’s Chief Lawrence Yun was surprised by the growing demand from Canadians given the low Canadian dollar. Yun is quoted in an LA Times report that the high housing prices in Toronto and Vancouver were also behind the movement of investment money to buy US real estate.
Canadians are now the biggest buyers of US real estate at $20 Billion per year next to the Chinese at $31 Billion. There’s no reason to believe it won’t continue right through 2018.
One Toronto real estate agent was quoted as saying buyers are cashing out in Canada and then buying second houses to vacation in the United States, usually in Florida. “The Canadians love your weather. We have more money because of our real estate market here — that’s really the answer.”
Canadian Investment in US Property up 50%
Purchases from foreign buyers in the US has grown 50% in the last year. This is a big trend which US real estate agents should be aware of. The lack of housing supply in the US is putting upward pressure on prices, which perhaps Canadian buyers are hoping to gain from.
Many Canadian and Chinese buyers go online to find suitable investment properties. Is your website visible online? Is it truly engaging for buyers and sellers? Take a good look at these real estate marketing packages to gauge where you should aim your strategy. There’s never been a better time to plan your real estate sales future.
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It’s a sunny forecast for jobs and housing in 2017. A marriage made in heaven. And although 2017 started off tentatively because of the US government transition, it appears employer outlooks are improving.
Cities such as Cleveland, Dayton, Akron, Chicago and Detroit, decimated by Free Trade and an outflux of workers may not be revived, but there are plenty of cities such as Plano TX, Sioux Falls IA, Deltona FL, Cape Coral FL, Scottsdale AZ, Orlando FL, Honolulu HA, which might offer you a dream job and dream lifestyle.
Good advice for anyone young, is don’t hold back or limit yourself, especially at a time when the economy gives you a 95% chance of success. The latest jobs report in January 2017 was excellent, despite the government transfer. The democrats will give up as wages improve, exports grow, and the middle class begins to reappear. It won’t happen overnight and there is no housing market bubble.
Avoid the media “sour grapes” rhetoric. Transitioning the US back to health is no easy task and losing the status quo will hurt, but only a little. This is the time for Millennials to envision a better job and prepare for the future when they may launch their own business. Millennials, be smart. You deserve a better life. You’ll get that student loan paid off!
Where should I look for the best jobs? Does Florida, California, Texas have the opportunities I want? The charts, videos and commentary below show the best cities and employent/jobs sectors with the most promise. From manufacturing to transportation and infrastructure development to energy to retail trade, 2017/2018 looks like a rare opportunity for US workers to move, land a good paying job, grow their skills, experience, enjoyment, or buy a home, travel, and invest.
“Today, the ratio of unemployed Americans to open jobs stands at 1.4 to 1, down sharply from 6.6 to 1 during the last recession in July 2009. That shrinking pool of job seekers translates into fewer available candidates — leading to today’s growing reliance on recruiting from passive, already employed candidates.” – from Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.com
Should you leave your low paying job for a better one in another city during the Trump era? Before you move, check out where the best cities for real estate investment are — cities and states which investors believe in.
A couple of new job outlook reports are worthy reads as we move into the first and second quarter of 2017. The first report from ManPowerGroup offers a bright outlook for many US cities. However, with the repatriation of jobs to the US, where will the skilled professionals to fill them come from? Most engineers are in China and India.
Nearly One in Five U.S. Employers Plan to Hire in Q1 2017
This forecast for 2017 was really a rollover of the previous year, and we haven’t yet felt the coming impact of the Trump Administration’s policies to bring jobs back to the US. And the jobs returning may be of especially good quality with great pay — engineering, robotics, research, energy production, programming, design, and even good old manufacturing.
Baltimore has suffered just as much as those in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois. What will turn that around for these cities?
Will Fair Trade Create a Better Outlook for the US Worker?
What we learned from the free trade era is that good jobs inevitably leave to be near where products are designed and manufactured. And investment flows in a millisecond, away from taxation to the cheapest labour markets. US investment dollars then build jobs in other countries. What’s left are skeletal retail sales and distribution jobs — few, part-time, and poor paying — the kind you already know all too well. Canada and the UK have suffered equally with Free Trade however, will Fair Trade deliver sustained employment between honest trade partners? I believe it will.
The new post-Obama era holds a lot of promise for Millennials and Gen Z’s who are sadly mired in personal and student loan debt and only have a vague dream of ever buying a home. For babyboomers, this last kick at the can might be a very good kick!
The fact the US has performed as well as it has, shows this country’s creativity and resilience through the past 30 years. But this is a momentous time where very high quality jobs and business investment money will return to the US. Those who are skilled and experienced should be in exceptionally high demand and incomes will definitely rise. It’s good to be skilled and in demand!
Fresh Updated Forecast from Manpower Group
According to the new study and report by ManpowerGroup, a major information provider for employment forecasts, predictions and outlooks. Manpower Group surveyed more than 11,000 employers to learn more about their attitudes, needs and forecasts for hiring.
From the ManPowerGroup report, here are the cities with the best job forecast outlook:
Which Sector will see the best growth? If you ask President Trump, he might say manufacturing. Wholesale, Retail trade, professional and business services, and financial look pretty good for 2017. See the forecast for East, West, South and North US here.
The ManpowerGroup report doesn’t touch much on the Oil & Gas industry which could significant growth. Oil prices are rising slightly to under $60 a barrel for the next 2 years. With a rising USD dollar, US energy exports could be very lucrative. Will North Dakota see a jobs boom?
“Energy Efficiency employers project the highest growth rate over the next 12 months (9%), followed by Electric Power Generation (7%); Transmission, Distribution, and Storage (6%), and Motor Vehicles (3%).
The report suggests manufacturing in the energy sector will be low growth, but will Trump’s intentions change that?
The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs in the US
WalletHub has released its survey of US employers and generated a rating system of best cities for jobs. WalletHub’s analysts assessed 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 23 key indicators of job-market strength. Criteria for job outlook rankings included: job opportunities, employment growth, median annual income and more. You can see the full list at Wallethub.com
Where will you find a job this year? Here’s the latest employment outlook in the US:
‘Job Market’ Rank
Socio economic Rank
Sioux Falls, SD
San Francisco, CA
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Wayne, IN
Overland Park, KS
San Jose, CA
Grand Prairie, TX
Little Rock, AR
Huntington Beach, CA
San Diego, CA
Colorado Springs, CO
St. Louis, MO
St. Paul, MN
Las Vegas, NV
San Antonio, TX
St. Petersburg, FL
Grand Rapids, MI
Jersey City, NJ
Pembroke Pines, FL
Santa Rosa, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
Oklahoma City, OK
What are your thoughts on the jobs forecast and outlook for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020? Will Trump be able to bring jobs back to the US? Is free trade about to transition to fair trade, or will Trump simply reverse the trade deficits with China, Mexico and Indonesia? Did you know the housing sector is booming?
Are Solar Roofing Installations a Powerful Selling Feature?
We know how expensive hydro is becoming for the average homeowner. Power generating companies are in big debt and will have to keep raising prices to their diminishing user base chasing more homeowners offgrid.
And power companies are highly polluting which does not jive well with the mandates of the carbon credit regulators. It looks like solar will be prominent.
Yet we wonder if buying a $7000 to $30000 solar power generating system for a home is really worth it. Apparently, the savings range from $400 to $700 a month, or around $6k a year. Right away you’d say no, however the prices of solar systems are falling and there might be other benefits to consider including higher selling prices.
I was speaking with Seattle entrepreneur Andrew Schumake who installs these solar systems. He comments that the incentives created by the Obama administration in the US were very generous and how manufacturers and installation providers are clamoring to supply this burgeoning market in the US, and also in Canada.
It makes you wonder what the actual impact of all these new products is on the US housing market? Andrew warns though that some companies make shoddy products so homeowners should be careful and wise.
If you’re a builder or commercial real estate developer, you may want to check out the incentives offered by the Madison Energy Group of Phoenix, who Andrew works with.
As a realtor or property investor, or a homeowner with a big mortgage loan to pay, you may be wondering how much these systems raise the value of a property if at all. The issue isn’t just a matter of electrical power savings, it’s also a matter of aesthetics and whether solar is a feature sought in particular neighborhoods.
Solar Shingles in Hot Demand
And new systems that use solar shingles are in hot demand. Most systems that we see on homes are solar panels which are mounted on top of the the roof. That can complicate roofing issues and fixes if a problem in the roof occurs. With solar shingles, you have a solution that is part of the roof so the old ceramic or tar paper asphalt shingles aren’t needed. And as you can see in this video below, the new solar shingles actually look pretty good.
The systems produced today are cheaper, better designed and should last longer. So the results from this Berkeley study from 2013 should be more positive today in 2016 and into 2017.
This woman in Florida is ecstatic about her new solar power installation.
Dow is a big maker of the new solar power shingles for residential roofs. If your prospects are going to reroof their house, should they go with solar shingles and save on the costs of the conventional roofing? There are a government incentives could make this a sensible purchase. Here’s a video that discusses that issue:
But could a new solar shingle roof help to get a home sold faster at a higher price? Studies seem to show that this is so. You might be familiar with Certainteed, the roofing products manufacturer. They provide a solar product brochure that might give more insight into the advisability of recommending a solar roof as a home value raising strategy.
“The number of homeowners “going solar” has increased by an average of every year for the last 10 years. About half a million homeowners in the U.S. have determined that solar makes sense.” from the brochure.
What is your experience with solar energy installations in the homes you’ve been buying and selling? Are buyers enamored with the systems or are they mentioning wishes and disappointments? I’d like to know. Please leave your comments below.
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Due to the lower population density in Phoenix and Arizona, lack of snow and ice in winter, auto insurance rates are lower than in cities such as Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis. But before you accept whatever offer you’re getting from your insurance company in Phoenix, conduct a good search online. The stats show that searching can save you a lot of money, particularly if you’re driving a particular hard to insure vehicle.
Whether you live in Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler or Gilbert, take your time to shop for auto insurance. Yes, the big insurance companies are enjoying billion dollar profit years, yet they have to be competitive if shoppers enforce competition by doing what they do best — shop for the best auto insurance rates.
You’ll only find the lowest car insurance rates online where advertisers compete for your business. Competition is only certain way to ensure insurance companies such as Geico, Progressive, Allstate, or State Farm will offer you those low premiums you’re seeking. And let’s face it, car and truck insurance buyers want to save money more than they’re seeking some special benefits from their insurance. However, it is wise to save on insurance and you might look for usage based car insurance policies as one way of doing that.
Online Insurance Searching
Don’t give all your money to the big insurance companies. That’s not good for the economy. Vary how you search so you don’t get railroaded by online marketing strategies. Believe me, I know how they can funnel you into paying more by getting you hypnotized by a key problem you’re obsessed with, such your age, zip code, or something else that distracts you from searching for what you want — low auto insurance rates.
From most insurance providers in Phoenix car insurance is a commodity so don’t pay more than you have to.
Google search should always be the starting point of any product or service search. For auto insurance, homes for sale, finding a realtor, finding a mortgage agent, car loan, or home reno contractors in Phoenix or Los Angeles, Google should be bookmarked. Through Google and the advertisements on this post, you’ll find a number of insurance companies and brokers. The more you check out, the bigger your savings.
This car insurance quote comparison chart below is a perfect example of the range of premiums and yearly costs. There’s a big difference. And see the differences in yearly auto policy rates across the US.
Why does it pay to Shop Around for Insurance Coverage?
If your current auto insurance company in Phoenix isn’t going to lower your rates (why would they?) or keep you up do date on savings then you’ve got all the warning you need that you’re not getting the best rates. You have the ultimate power as a consumer to shop as long you can for the best auto and truck insurance rates. This way, you’re not prisoner of the big insurance companies such as Nationwide, Geico, Farmer’s, Allstate, State Farm and Professive Insurance. Their huge ad budgets surely show they can’t go cheap on auto insurance coverage. They need the maximum amount from drivers.
Here’s why you need to drop your current Phoenix car insurance company:
your current insurance provider keeps raising your rates and you’ve done nothing wrong
some auto insurance companies actually use FICO insurance credit scores to raise your premiums even though your credit score has nothing to do with your driving record or risk
uninsured or young drivers living in your home – they feel their presence and possibility of driving your car or truck is a big liability
your zip code is considered more high risk by many insurers even though you live on the edge of the zip code
they assess the risk of your specific moving violations and total violations differently
some insurance underwriters believe that you’re male so you’re guilty before you put the key in the ignition
your insurance company may not lower your rates even though you’re now 10 to 15 years older and deserve a better rate because of your lower risk and better driving record
you may have forgotten to tell them that your situation has changed, your commute has shortened, and children have left home
Phoenix Auto Insurance Agents
Access Auto Agency
4815 N 27th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85017, USA
Oasis Insurance Agency
Central Place Shopping Center,
7227 S Central Ave #1095,
Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA
AALL Insurance Insurance Agency
5830 W Thomas Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85031, USA
Shop around for the cheapest car insurance rates online. Rates vary inLos Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, St Louis, Minneapolis, Green Bay, Charlotte, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Tempe, Scotsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Malibu, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Mountainview, Palo Alto, Portland, Washington, Atlanta, Irvine, Nashville, Sunnyvale, Salt Lake City, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Costa Mesa, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Raleigh, Albuquerque, Glendale, Oceanside, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Carlsbad, Santa Clarita, Henderson, Mesa, Temecula, Kirkland, Redmond, Kansas City, St Louis, Stockton, Scottsdale, Palm Springs, Indianapolis, Columbus, Colorado Springs, Fort Worth, Chula Vista, Escondido, Santa Monica, Miami Beach, and Honolulu.
Is trying to save on auto or truck insurance in Tucson a worthwhile mission? You’re reading this page so you believe it is. What you may not know is that these savings can be as much as $10,000 over 5 years. That’s why it makes sense to search online and get as many quotes from insurance companies and brokers as possible.
Insurance companies in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, San Diego, and Denver may not be under enough pressure to give lower auto insurance quotes. The only way to ensure you get the lower quote you’re intent on getting, is contact several insurance brokers and go online and search for as many quotes as possible. Searching really does work. You’re bound to get the best quote, as I did for a Hyundai Santa Fe. Save your money in 2017 by searching for lower car insurance whether you drive a car, truck or motorcycle. Saving money is always good.
When you do search either for a Tucson insurance company or in the key insurance towns of New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, or Oklahoma, from the national brands, ask for the auto policy features you absolutely want such as free roadside assistance and free rental car.
Where do the biggest savings come from:
buying a cheap, older model car to drive to work
buying usage-based policies
keep your credit rating high
don’t carry collision coverage
install an anti-theft device on expensive car or truck
bundle your home insurance with your auto insurance
One way to get the lowest car insurance rates is to use a telematics device. If your driving behavior is erratic and aggressive, the insurer may not offer you lower rates so bad drivers in Arizona may not benefit at all.