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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Join Us for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Event at Hobby Lobby

Join Us for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Event at Hobby Lobby

In what has become a holiday tradition, Hobby Lobby is once again partnering with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Bell ringers are greeting customers at Hobby Lobby locations across the nation through Christmas Eve.

During the holidays, 3.3 million people rely on the Salvation Army to provide their families with a warm meal or toys for children. Also, donations to the red kettles help the Army provide more than 10 million nights of shelter, nearly 57 million meals, substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelter for needy children and families year-round.

“The Salvation Army’s commitment to serving the needy at Christmas, and throughout the year, is admirable and their efforts give hope to millions,” stated Mart Green, Chief Strategy Officer for Hobby Lobby. “We are pleased to once again partner with this outstanding organization.”

Please join The Voss Team on Wednesday, November 28th at the Hobby Lobby at 4643 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ from 11am-1pm with Nancy Bengoechea from Old Republic Title. We will be ringing the bell for real estate. This will be our fifth year raising money together for the Salvation Army!

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has supported those in need, without discrimination, for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from the Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Learn more about the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.

If you’d like more information about this event or if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Phoenix, please contact the Voss Team today. And thank you for helping support those in need this holiday season!

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What Dog Owners Can Expect When Moving to Phoenix

What Dog Owners Can Expect When Moving to Phoenix

Many residents of the state of Arizona came to the area as a result of the military or a convention or relatives. So they get the great idea to join our community and enjoy our lifestyle. But rarely do our newcomers think ahead to what it will be like for their dog! Our canine companions have the common need of shelter, but they also have special concerns their humans should also think about such as recreation and how the desert and it’s temperature can affect your four-legged friends.

Yes, it is hot in Arizona. We’ve mastered temperatures as high as 125 degrees! As a result, dog owners must be aware and take into consideration the extreme temperatures on canine paws. New homeowners and residents to Arizona should consider where the dog parks are located, what is the terrain of the backyard, where your pup will spend most of the time, and what is it like getting your pup in and out of the car to go to his favorite restaurant or to the veterinarian.

Protect their paws: Owners with active dogs in Phoenix routinely place boots on their dog paws so the pups can join them hiking or out to dinner at a pet friendly restaurant. The boots serve as a protective barrier against the heat of the desert or asphalt as well as any vegetation needles or dangerous bugs. Before you take your pet out on a walk on a hot day-and by hot I mean greater than 80 degrees-step outside in your own bare feet or place your hand on the cement or asphalt and see if you can hold it there for five to ten seconds. The typical rule of thumb is: if you can stand it so can your dog. Don’t be a tough guy on this one, if it’s hot, it’s hot!

Keep pups hydrated: Water is also a key component to our lifestyle. Our canine partners must have plenty of clean, fresh water all day and all night. Naturally, when they are active outside exercising and playing, they will need more water to offset the heat. But your pups must have an extraordinary quantity of water available to them at all times. If you are out and about, be sure to take a couple of extra water bottles and a flexible bowl with you so that you are not searching for water when your dog needs it. We suggest freezing your water bottles so that by the time you need them they have melted and are still cool for consumption.

Carry a flashlight: Believe it or not, many of us play with our dogs well after sundown and even close to the midnight hour. It’s at these times that the glaring sun has gone away and allows us to play at dog parks or go for walks with less concern for heat exhaustion. Be sure to carry a flashlight so you can see obstructions on your walk. Also, be aware of nocturnal critters that roam the streets in the evening hours. It’s important as the human to protect your canine from coyotes or javelina that may be out on the hunt during your walk.

Don’t leave pets in hot cars: Remember, you cannot leave your pets in the car; not even for a moment. Arizona has enacted laws which allow other citizens to break into your car to rescue a trapped animal. So think before you leave them.

Here’s the bottom line; it’s hot year-round in Arizona. We love our pets and the pets of others. So, we pay close attention to their needs. If you have more questions about adjusting to proper pet care in Phoenix or if you’re looking for the perfect Phoenix home for you and your four-legged friend(s) please contact The Voss Team today!

Roberta Voss

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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!

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The Utmost Integrity and Thoughtful Resourcefulness

The Utmost Integrity and Thoughtful Resourcefulness

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. 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, 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 Voss is one of the most stellar human beings on this Earth. She has the utmost integrity, thoughtful resourcefulness and a strong, passionate drive above anyone I’ve ever known. she is straightforward and diligent in all her endeavors and has a bright magnetic personality that engages those around her for good. I highly recommend her always and in all ways.” – Besty M.G.

Whether you’re ready to 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!

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The Voss Team

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Top 10 Paint Colors That Are Trending Right Now

Top 10 Paint Colors That Are Trending Right Now

Top 10 Paint Colors That Are Trending Right NowPlanning on repainting your home or adding new accents, but unsure what hues are in season for spring and summer? Here are the top 10 paint colors that are trending right now according to various fashion designers, design bloggers, DIYers, and magazines all using these colors in their latest projects.

1.) Lavender (as seen in the Michael Kors Collection)

2.) Purple (like Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet)

3.) Rapture Rose (as used by designers like Marchesa or Prabal Gurung)

4.) Sky Blue (as seen used by designers like Carolina Herrera, John Galliano, and Ralph & Russo)

5.) Light Green (as seen in the gallery looks from Baja East, Acne Studios, and Sies Marjan)

6.) Military Green (considered to be the new beige by multiple designers)

7.) Milk White (as seen used by designers such as Zadig&Voltaire, Miu Miu, and Roland Mouret).

8.) Chocolate Brown (considered to be the new black)

9.) Yellow (as seen in paintings by Kandinsy or Matisse, yellow’s comeback for 2018 is strictly connected to purple, its complementary color)

10.) Tomato Red (as used by designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander McQueen,  and Victoria Beckham)

If you’ve always wanted an accent wall or have an old piece of furniture you’ve been meaning to paint, these top 10 paint colors that are trending right now may be all the inspiration you need to finally tackle that project. Which of these hues motivate you to pick up a paintbrush?

For more design tips for your home or if you’re ready to buy a home in Phoenix or sell your Phoenix home this spring, please contact The Voss Team today!

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