Don’t Miss these Top 3 Home Tax Deductions!

Don’t Miss these Top 3 Home Tax Deductions! 

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Getting ready to file your taxes this tax season? Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a seasoned veteran, don’t miss these top 3 home tax deductions.

1.) Property Taxes: Because a large part of your monthly loan payment is contributed to property taxes, you’re allowed an annual deduction if you’re a taxpaying homeowner. The deduction amount is the amount you’ve paid and includes any payments made through an escrow account. Check out the IRS site for all the property tax guidelines.

2.) Mortgage Interest: The biggest tax break you have as a homeowner is your mortgage interest. A home mortgage interest deduction allows you to reduce your taxable income by the amount of interest paid on the loan which is secured by your principal residence. This deduction can also apply if you refinanced or own multiple properties. Visit the irs.gov to learn more.

3.) Energy Efficiency Repairs: If you made green energy saving improvements, you could see more green in your tax refund. Eco-friendly home improvements can allow you to qualify for an energy credit of ten percent. These enhancements can include adding more efficient windows, energy saving heaters, adding Energy Star appliances, and more. There are also extra credits for solar panels. You can find a complete list of green home enrichments and the tax credit criteria here.

Tax deductions and credits are just some of the many benefits of being a homeowner. I recommend that you consult a professional tax planner before you file this year. If you’re interested in buying a home in Phoenix or selling your Phoenix home, please contact me today!

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5 Easy Home Upgrades for Under $100

5 Easy Home Upgrades for Under $100 

Has the wintertime got you feeling blue about the look of your home? Check out these 5 easy home upgrades for under $100 to give your home a fresh look!

1.) Paint Your Door: Painting the front door gives the front of your house a fresh, new look in an afternoon. Materials, including painter’s tape, paint brushes, primer and paint, should run well under $100. Just make sure the color you pick is approved by your HOA if you have one in your community.

2.) Invest in a Pressure Washer: With a pressure washer, you can strip the dust, dirt and grime off your home and pathways from the wear and tear of winter weather. It’s a great way to make your home look new again, especially the windows. Not interested in buying a pressure washer? Consider renting one from your local hardware store.

3.) Update Your Light Fixtures: If the light fixtures that came with your home look like something from the early 90’s era, consider updated them for a fresh look that’s guaranteed to brighten your home. Keep an eye out for less costly pendant lights and lanterns to hang over a kitchen table or spruce up a hallway.

4.) Add a firepit: Whether you want to warm up around the fire and chat with friends or recreate the camp experience by making smores with your family, adding a firepit to your backyard is a great upgrade that will provide a great resource for entertaining. You can make a fire pit in your backyard with simple pavers or bricks or buy a tasteful one from Amazon to compliment your poolside patio. Depending on the style, a firepit can make a really nice focal point for your backyard.

5.) Dress Up Your Furniture: Buying a whole new sofa set will run you well over a $100.00. But you can always give your old couches new life by pulling a slipcover over it. These days, it’s easy to find an inexpensive and fashionable slipcover. You might even have enough change left over to buy some fun new accent pillows.

Want more home update ideas? Looking to sell or buy a home in the Phoenix area? Contact us today! The Voss Team has in-depth knowledge of the market and can provide you with the information you need on purchasing, selling, investing, financing and owning real estate in the Valley of the Sun!

Roberta Voss
The Voss Team
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Glendale, AZ 85308
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Glendale the Latest Arizona City to Ban Cellphones While Driving

Glendale the Latest Arizona City to Ban Cellphones While Driving  

Glendale is the latest Arizona city to ban cellphones while driving. Last week, the city of Glendale Council voted unanimously to enact the new law after the tragic loss of the Salt River tribal police officer, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver on the 101 Loop near Scottsdale.

The Glendale ordinance prohibits talking on cellphones, sending text messages or otherwise using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle, unless the device is in a hands-free mode.

The fine for the first offense is a whopping $250.00, however there will be a grace period for Valley residents for the next six months. The ordinance is also considered a primary offense, so a police officer can pull over a driver if they are using their handheld device.

What are the rules in other Valley of the Sun cities?

El Mirage – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving

Fountain Hills – prohibits texting while driving

Glendale – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving (takes effect Feb. 7)

Phoenix – prohibits texting while driving

Surprise – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving

Tempe – prohibits talking on the phone or texting, but only if police can prove the drivers pose a risk to themselves or others, and it’s a secondary offense

If you’re in the market to buy a home in Phoenix this winter, please contact the Voss Team today! We have the reputation, experience and local knowledge you need to find the right property and you’ll receive the personal attention you deserve while navigating the real estate process!

Roberta Voss
The Voss Team
RE/MAX Professionals
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Glendale, AZ 85308
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3 Reasons NOT to Wait Until Spring to Buy a Home

3 Reasons NOT to Wait Until Spring to Buy a Home 

Though spring-time is one of the busiest home buying seasons, there’s actually quite a few benefits to selling in the winter time. Here’s 3 reasons not to wait until spring to sell your home.

1.) Less Competition: The good thing about buying a home during the wintertime is that there are typically fewer home buyers to compete against compared to the peak spring housing market. With less competition, home prices are generally lower in the winter time.

2.) More Flexible Sellers:  Because the market tends to slow down in the winter, many sellers also hold off on listing their homes unless they absolutely have to and are typically more open to striking a deal. So typically homes on the market tend to be sellers that have urgency to sell. Either their being relocated or possible going through a divorce, they have a genuine motivation to sell, and may be more negotiable when it comes to accepting your offer.

3.) Quicker Closings: Since the mortgage and title companies tend to be less busy in the winter, you’ll be able to take advantage of a quicker and likely smoother closing, which will put keys in your hand sooner than expected. You may even get a better deal on closing costs. Because there’s less buyers in the winter, loan offices may be more likely to fight for your business because they too are slow. Which means even more savings for you.

If you’re in the market to buy a home in Phoenix this winter, please contact the Voss Team today! We have the reputation, experience and local knowledge you need to find the right property and you’ll receive the personal attention you deserve while navigating the real estate process!

Roberta Voss
The Voss Team
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Glendale, AZ 85308
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Important Tips for Selling Your Home

Important Tips for Selling Your Home 

The spring selling market will be here before you know it. Is your home ready to hit the market? Here are a few tips to help you create a smooth selling experience.

  1. De-clutter: de-cluttering helps prepare your home for the big move, plus there is truth in the say “less is more.” Go one room at a time, and divide belongings into categories: keep, yard sale, donate or trash.
  2. Establish your time frame: do you need to be moved and settled before the next school year begins? Or maybe a new job in another state is requiring your relocation. Establishing a realistic time frame is key in creating a smooth transition from one home to the next.
  3. Repair and improve: Your home’s curb appeal is very important! Think about painting the front door and replacing the hardware. Do you have out dated or damaged light fixtures or appliances? Now would be the time to watch for sales on these items. Don’t forget to clean the windows and screens. A professional real estate agent can help you to determine which updates and/or repairs would make the most sense for your home.
  4. Start Packing: start packing now. Box up all your seasonal clothing to make your closets look roomier. In addition, a buyer will appreciate a “neutral” vibe in your home by packing away your personal or sentimental valuable.
  5. Know the facts and trends of the market: every year we see trends and market changes and 2019 will be know different. And not all the news or hype on T.V. is accurate. Before you panic and call OfferPad, OpenDoor or request a Zillow instant offer, please reach out to a professional real estate agent to find out what your home is worth. Those convenient-buying services come with a steep price, which comes out of your hard-earned equity!

The spring weather is right around the corner, making it an excellent time to list and sell your home in the Valley of the Sun. Please give me a call today to help you successfully navigate the process, while netting you the best price and in the shortest amount of time.

Roberta Voss
The Voss Team
RE/MAX Professionals
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Glendale, AZ 85308
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Your Home: 3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions

Your Home: 3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions

It is that time of year when we reflect on the past year and create a list of New Year’s resolutions. The most popular resolutions are typically, weight loss, save money, spend more time with family, but how often to we include a list for our home? Here are 3 easy New Year’s resolutions for your home.

1.) Safety Check: The New Year is the perfect time to do a safety check around your house to make sure there aren’t any hazards that could harm you or your guests. That includes making long overdue repairs, checking your house for leaks, carbon monoxide, and replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors.

 

2.) Pare Down: With all the excess of gifts over the holidays, you may have found that more things came into your home than out. But in the spirit of cutting clutter, set up an “out with the old, in with the new” system. Every time something new comes in, something old goes out. That counts for everything, from books to clothes to gadgets. The more stuff that comes in, the more stuff that accumulates and needs to be organized. Go room-by-room eliminating anything old that you don’t use or absolutely love and donate it to a worthy charity. Less mess means less stress!

 

2.) Store More: We’ve all heard the term “a place for everything and everything in its place.” The same simple principle we tell our children in regard to putting their toys away should also apply to us adults as well! There are literally hundreds of creative storage options from behind the door hangers to under the bed storage bins to vertical shelving corner niches. Thinking outside the box and repurposing one storage item to serve the needs of another is a life saver. Over the door shoe organizers can do more than hold shoes. They make handy holders for everything from jewelry and makeup and more in a bathroom.

 

Regardless of what your resolutions are for the New Year, don’t forget to include your home in your planning process. And if buying or selling a home in 2019 is on your list, give me a call today!

Roberta Voss
The Voss Team
RE/MAX Professionals
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Glendale, AZ 85308
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My Home Sold in FIVE Days!

My Home Sold in FIVE Days!

Every 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. We are 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, west and northwest Phoenix 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:

“Roberta is a stellar, top-quality, knowledgeable professional! She knows exactly how to professionally market your home! My home sold in FIVE days! She had excellent information about negotiations back and forth and the experience was quick, fun and with online options – it was WAY EASY! Loved the experience with Roberta! She’s a 10-star agent! Highly recommend her for ANY of your needs – she is well-connected and can help in a myriad of ways.” – Betsy G.

Whether you’re ready to quickly sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, 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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Glendale, Arizona 85308

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Back to School Backpack Donation Program

Back to School Backpack Donation Program Back to School Backpack Donation Program

Last school year, Arizona Helping Hands, in association with four other foster care organizations, provided 5,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to send children back to school ready. This year, the non-profit wants to break their record to send foster kids back to school with backpacks filled with school supplies. If you’d like to help Arizona Helping Hands, you can make a donation by purchasing a backpack filled with school supplies for boys and girls in foster care for $25 at azhelpinghands.org.

Arizona Helping Hands was formed in 1998 by Paul and Kathy Donaldson under a simple premise – “Do One Good Deed a Day and Don’t Take Credit for it.” Kathy and Paul formed AHH to be the “blind” for their good deeds which have been innumerable over our many years of service to Arizonans – One Child, One Dream, One Family at a time! Arizona Helping Hands helps foster families who have stepped up to provide a safe, loving environment for children in the Department of Child Safety system. Their programs are designed to provide many basic needs for these boys and girls and supported by many locally owned and national businesses.

Please note all donations to Arizona Helping Hands qualify Arizona residents for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $1,000 per married couple and $500 for single taxpayers per calendar year. Your contribution the Arizona Helping Hands back to school donation program will help kids in foster care and the families that help provide them a home. For more information about how you can help your community or if you’re looking to buy or sell your Phoenix home, please contact the Voss Team today.

Roberta Voss
The Voss Team
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Glendale, Arizona 85308
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Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers

Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers

March launched the home-buying season with post-recession records for increasing home sales and prices and decreasing inventory, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report that surveys 53 metro areas.

“We expect a seasonal uptick in sales this time of year and March certainly met and somewhat exceeded that expectation,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder“We don’t anticipate the tightening inventory to ease up in most markets until new home construction can catch up to its pre-recession pace. Until then, sellers will enjoy a fast-paced market and buyers will need to work with their agents to get in the right home.”

Based on the rate of home sales in March, the Months’ Supply of Inventory was 2.7, compared to February 2017 at 3.6 and March 2016 at 3.2. This is the first time in the history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report that months’ supply has hit below 3.0. A 6.0-month supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In March 2017, 52 of the 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months’ supply of less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

To read the full April 2017 National Housing Report from RE/MAX, please click here. If you or someone you know is ready to sell their home, but not sure what the property values are, please give me a call today.

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE
The Voss Team
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