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First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales

First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales

First Half of 2017 Ends with Record SalesHalfway through 2017, the U.S. housing market is on pace for another record year as four of the last six months have topped same month sales from 2016, according to the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. June home sales were 1.4 percent higher than June 2016, which was previously the month with the most home sales in the nine-year history of the report.

The combination of increased sales and a record low inventory that slipped further to 2.8 months resulted in higher sales prices. June’s median sales price of $245,000, up 7.5 percent over last June, also set a RE/MAX National Housing report record. In fact, prices increased in fifty of the report’s fifty-three markets. The average number of Days on Market dropped to a report-record low of forty-seven, while inventory dropped year-over-year in eighty-seven percent of the markets. The June 2017 average Days on Market was 47, the lowest Days on Market in the history of the report.

“Sellers continue to benefit from limited inventory, getting top-dollar for their homes, and as a result, overall sales are at a record high,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “But buyers shouldn’t be discouraged. Mortgage rates are still relatively low and the market may be taking a positive turn, albeit subtle, as recent Labor Department data showed a decline in open construction jobs which could mean more workers focused on new home builds.”

Download a copy of the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report here.

Looking to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact the Voss Team today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home’s approximate present value on the market today. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is always our number one priority!

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Your Referrals Support PCH

Your Referrals Support PCH The voss team supports PCH

Since 1992 RE/MAX agents across the U.S. and Canada have been partners with Children’s Miracle Network. In an effort to support our local CMN Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital The Voss Team will make a donation, when you refer your friends and family to us. That’s pretty easy, right?

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment. Each donation helps fund pediatric medical equipment, treatments, charitable care and other healthcare services for local CMN hospitals. As the contributions continue to grow, we are able to aid a larger number of sick and injured children, which is something we take great pride in being able to do for our community

Here’s how it works. If you send us a referral for a home sale or purchase, and that sale closes, we will make a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in your name. We will post on our blog and on Facebook that your referral was instrumental in making that donation happen.

It is as simple as that.

We are so grateful for your referrals. Let’s do some good work together and make a difference in our community. Call us at 602-697-0730 or email at robertavoss@remax.net.

Roberta Voss
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Winter in July comes to the Phoenix Zoo

Winter in July comes to the Phoenix Zoo

Winter in July comes to the Phoenix ZooHave you ever wondered where the term, “Christmas in July” comes from? Christmas in July is a term that originated from Australia. Because Australian weather is the total opposite of North America, our summertime is Australia’s winter. Since Christmas and winter/snow is synonymous, Australians have a Christmas-like celebration in July, and hence the term. And now that you know the origins, it’s time to mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate! Winter in July comes to the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, July 15th from 7am to 11am.

Guests can chill out in tons of snow, splash around at the wet and wild play areas, and watch the zoo’s loveable animals enjoy icy treats. There will be over forty tons of snow and a snowy “blizzard” every thirty minutes. The cost of zoo admission also gets you fun chilly creature features throughout the day, live music and games, a toddler snow pile, snowman building and much, much more! As a non-profit charitable organization, the Phoenix Zoo provides experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world and is excited to offer a variety of activities over the summer for all ages.

For more details about the upcoming Winter in July and other events, please visit phoenixzoo.org. And for more fun things to do in Phoenix this summer or if you’d want to sell or buy a home in Phoenix, please contact the Voss Team today.

Roberta Voss

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Why We Celebrate the Fourth of July

Why We Celebrate the Fourth of July

why we celebrate independence dayIndependence Day is once again nearly upon us, and Arizonans everywhere will brave the triple digit heat to celebrate with friends and family. So as we gather around campsites, barbeques, parks, and fireworks let’s all take the time to remember why we’re celebrating the Fourth of July.

For over 200 years, Independence Day has been the celebration of the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. Since Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence it has been a symbol of freedom known worldwide.

July 4th is a day to celebrate our freedom, specifically the freedom to govern ourselves. Americans have always known that Independence Day is the day we celebrate our freedoms that the Founders fought and died for. As a country dealing with everything from unemployment to political distress, we all need to pull together and unite to remember the extreme sacrifices that have been made to protect our country and our rights.

Please enjoy this wonderful occasion and remember those who have given their lives for this great country.  Happy 4th of July from the Voss Team!

Roberta Voss

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Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the SummerArizona is called the Valley of the Sun for a reason and more often than not, people of all ages choose the pool as the perfect way to enjoy Arizona summers. However on average, nearly ninety people die from drowning in Arizona each year with the majority of those deaths happening between April and August. You can help prevent summer drownings by remembering these Arizona pool safety tips for the summer.

  • Never leave a child alone near water. If you must leave, take your child or children with you.
  • Enroll children over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors.
  • Always use approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).
  • All gate locks and latches should be checked regularly to insure they are working properly and adhere to Arizona residential pool codes and standards. Also, a gate should never be left propped open.
  • All residential pool owners should attend water rescue and CPR/CCR classes. Otherwise CPR/CCR instructions and the 911 emergency number (or local emergency number) should be posted in the pool area.

Water play is fun, but water safety is serious business and should be a high priority this summer. Remembering these Arizona pool safety tips for the summer can keep your outdoor activities fun, and your friends and family safe for many summers to come

Roberta Voss

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Top 10 TV Dads of All Time

Top 10 TV Dads of All Time

top 10 tv dads of all timeIf you’re like most American kids, you grew up watching your favorite sitcoms on TV. And in every show, from comedies to dramas, westerns to wacky, there were some memorable television personality father’s that everyone fell in love with. Here are the Top 10 TV Dads of All Time according to a survey commissioned by TiVo.

1.) Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

2.) Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

3.) Pa Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie)

4.) Howard Cunningham (Happy Days)

5.) Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver)

6.) Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best)

7.) Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch)

8.) Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)

9.) Reverend Eric Camden (7th Heaven)

10.) Danny Tanner (Full House)

Did your favorite TV dad make the list? Feel free to share your favorite TV Dad of all time on the Voss Team Facebook page or in the comments below. Happy Father’s Day!

Roberta Voss

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Finger on the Pulse of What’s Happening in Arizona

Finger on the Pulse of What’s Happening in Arizona

Finger on the Pulse of What’s Happening in ArizonaEvery thirty seconds a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. True to the claim, the Voss Team has been proudly serving the Valley since 2001. The Voss Team is passionate about helping our buyers find that “perfect” property or special investment opportunity. In addition, we are proud to offer state of the art marketing methods to assure our sellers achieve the highest price for their property by gaining the maximum market exposure.

While we place a strong emphasis in the North Central Corridor, West and Northwest Valley market areas, we have considerable experience in the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. The Voss Team proudly maintains and continually strives to provide the best real estate experience for our clients. Here’s what one of our valued clients recently shared about us:

 “It is a true pleasure to recommend Roberta Voss to anyone looking for professional real estate services. Roberta is smart, caring and has her finger on the pulse of what is happening all around the state of Arizona. Her expertise and integrity will serve her clients well.” – Nancy J.

Whether you’re ready to sell your Phoenix home or buy the Phoenix home of your dreams, the Voss Team is here to guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today for a knowledgeable and unforgettable real estate experience.

Roberta Voss

The Voss Team

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3 Cool Hacks for House Hunting in the Summer

3 Cool Hacks for House Hunting in the Summer

3 Cool Hacks for House Hunting in the SummerWe all know Arizona is notorious for having over three hundred days of sunshine, so it’s no surprise that at some point you may find yourself house hunting in the summer. Though summer isn’t “officially” here yet, there’s no denying that Arizona’s temperatures are on the rise. Wondering how you’re going to survive searching for a home in the heat? Here are 3 cool hacks for house hunting in the summer.

1.) Start early

Not interested in house hunting mid-day in 115 degree weather? Try to schedule your showings in the morning between 8:30 am and noon before things really start to heat up. Can’t do mornings? Ask your real estate agent if you can see homes in the early evenings between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. It may still be warm out, but it’ll be a lot more bearable and not as blazing hot.

2.) Plan ahead

Depending on where the homes you want to view are located, it’d be best to have your Realtor® map out homes that are close to one another. Having a clear plan of which homes you want to visit will help lessen the amount of time you’re traveling in the heat.

3.) Hydrate often

House hunting while dehydrated could seriously dampen the joy of the experience as well as cloud your judgement. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is extremely important in dry climates like Arizona and especially during the hottest months of the year. Pack a few bottles of water with you while you work up a sweat shopping for your new Arizona home.

Don’t let fear of heat stroke keep you from house hunting this summer, because summer is the perfect time to buy! If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Phoenix area, please contact The Voss team regarding any real estate need, whether large or small.  We will help you with the entire home selling and buying process, and be sure to make your experience a positive memorable one every step of the way.

Roberta Voss

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Enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake PleasantMemorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant is viewed by many as the kick-off to summer. Pleasant Harbor Marina and RV Resort will have camping and a club house with a pool, in addition to a full-service marina all weekend.  Guests can rent boats, jet skis, kayaks and more to soak in the sun. Memorial Day weekend activities include a daily boat cruise, dive-in movie, a sunset music cruise, live entertainment, a farmers market, a bonfire, and a cornhole tournament. A Memorial Day breakfast will be served at Dillon’s Bayou Restaurant and Bar on Monday, May 29th.

Pleasant Harbor is conveniently located on the beautiful southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona, just outside of the Phoenix Metro area. They are open to the public and offer facilities to go boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, kayaking and flyboarding. For more details please call 602-269-0077 or visit pleasantharbor.com. The Voss Team wishes you and your family a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

Roberta Voss

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April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring SeasonThe brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1 percent below March and 4.5 percent below the previous April, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report.

More than three quarters of the report’s fifty-three metro areas saw April home sales decline year-over-year. By contrast, March posted a 6.6 percent year-over-year spike in sales. Even so, April saw homes sell for more than they did in March in 81 percent of the markets, while 92 percent of the markets saw higher year-over-year sale prices.

Yet the narrative of the ever-tightening inventory coupled with increased prices persisted, as the fifty-three metro area report saw the trends of a seller’s market continuing:

  • The average number of Days on Market declined for the third consecutive month and April’s fifty-seven days set a new low for April in the report’s nine-year history.
  • The Median Sales Price of $226,000 was the highest price for any April and marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.
  • Months Supply of Inventory, which dropped below three months in March for the first time in the report’s history, was 2.8. A months supply of less than 6.0 is considered a seller’s market.
  • Inventory was down 17.6 percent from April 2016.

“We may be seeing some frustration from buyers,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder“Inventory is tighter than ever, while strong demand keeps driving up home prices. At the same time, many potential sellers may also be reluctant to list their homes because the tight inventory might impact them as buyers. Home buyers and sellers will need to work with experienced real estate agents to navigate this tough market.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the May2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Voss Team today.

Roberta Voss

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