While 2014 sales have not been rising as rapidly as sales in 2013, this year remains well above the sales of the same period in 2012. Home prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate than in 2013. July home prices were 7.9 percent higher than prices last July.
“After a slow start to the year, 2014 home sales have been improving. Sales are following the expected seasonal pattern and are approaching the levels we saw last year. As inventory continues to build the recovery continues at a more stable and sustainable rate.” Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO.
On a year-over-year basis, the Median Sales Price has now risen for 30 consecutive months. Because inventory is improving, home prices are not rising as rapidly as last year, when the July Median Sales Price rose 11.5 percent. Among the 52 metro areas surveyed, 44 reported higher sales prices than one year ago. Click here to view the full National Housing report for August 2014.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about property values, please give me a call today. Nate
Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and fun. It is Monday morning again - Are we prepared for the successes we will have this week? Are we prepared to overcome the obstacles in our way this week? Are we prepared to do what works and change what does not this week?
I would encourage each of you to take 15 minutes this morning to set your goals for this new week. What would you like to accomplish in business and in your personal lives? How will you accomplish these goals? Also, make a list of the things you will NOT do because you know those will not further your goals. What will you do instead? Stick to these lists and see what happens.
As the day gets going, and the week gets busy, review what you have set for yourself and adjust your actions accordingly. You are the artist of this picture and the finished product is up to you. This is a great week to start painting. Take control over yourself and your actions and get going.
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
This story teaches two lessons:
1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.
2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.
Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words...it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can peak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another. Author Unknown
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”- Booker T. Washington
“You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.”- Napoleon Hill
“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds.”- Albert Einstein
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
“Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”- Mario Andretti
Villa di Tutti Santi lives up to its meaning, “home of all Saints,” as this Italian-inspired villa truly speaks to both the mind and spirit. It elevates your senses and takes you to a different time and place, where art and design come together to create a space of drama, light and function.
Welcome to the private community of La Strada Del Lago, located in north Peoria, where twelve highly designed and unique homes are nestled behind the security gates, including this spectacular home. True to its Italian heritage, the front courtyard of Villa de Tutti Santi is surrounded by a privacy wall and second security gate. Here, you will discover one of the finest luxury homes in the West Valley.
The award-winning custom-designed front door sets the stage for all that is to come. Inside, you’ll step into a large, formal foyer featuring a twenty-one foot ceiling that’s framed by custom crown molding. It also serves as the backdrop for a crystal chandelier that glimmers with the sparkling lead crystals of Preciosa crystal. Like the many chandeliers and sconces throughout the home, this special piece was designed and imported from the Czech Republic. But no doubt the focal point of this welcoming hall is the spiral staircase with the upstairs balcony. Custom designed to match the front door, this iron railing is accented by a solid brass hand rail to compliment that incredible chandelier.
To the left of the grand foyer, you will find the library. True to its heritage, this quiet space features maple wood paneling, alder wood beams and cabinetry, and a remote-controlled fireplace to create warm light by which to read. This is truly a library that can be enjoyed by any level of reading enthusiast.
To the right of the grand foyer stands the formal dining room. This luxurious dining space features uniquely designed walls to dramatic reflect the light of the crystal chandelier and sconces, while the alder paneled ceiling above creates an intimacy that is typically reserved for only the most exclusive dining experiences. But with space to comfortably seat sixteen or more people, the only limitation to the size of your dinner party is your imagination.
Like the entry ways to the library and dining room, the arches throughout the home are enriched by hand-trimmed alder wood treatments that wrap around each one. You’ll also discover subtle details true to the home’s Italian lineage, such as custom-painted ceiling domes in soft shades of gold or recessed niches perfect for displaying those special pieces of art.
Continue roaming the hallways of the spacious first level and you’ll also discover the formal living room; one of three master retreats in the main house; and, of course, a gourmet kitchen that any professional chef or amateur cook would envy. Notice the hand-carved vent hood over the eight-burner gas cooktop, the hand-carved cabinets on the nine foot long kitchen island or the hand-tooled cabinetry on the many other cabinets and drawers. All are host to a quartz countertop that beautifully blends the old world features with new amenities.
And, as you would expect in a home of this caliber, Wolf appliances and Subzero refrigerator and wine cooler are the mainstay. No Italian villa would be complete without a built-in cappuccino machine, double ovens and for those more modern needs, double microwaves. From the kitchen you can enjoy the spacious family room where indoor and outdoor space becomes one with the help of retractable pocket doors that lead you into another world
Not to be outdone by the magnitude of the interior of this home, the back yard of this palacious spread is nothing short of impressive. Hosting two lounging cabanas, a full outdoor kitchen, spacious main house patio, oversized pool and lush vegetation, this is no ordinary backyard. This is life in a resort-like setting. The total property consists of 1.57 acres and all is lushly landscaped and completely fenced for maximum privacy.
Also enjoying the views of this incredible, lush setting is a private guest cottage, featuring a separate living room, large separate bedroom and a luxurious bath with a jetted tub and separate shower. This is no ordinary guest space. This is living space.
The same can be said of the three master suites in the main house - each not only features sitting spaces, amazing views of the grounds from their private decks or patio, en-suite bathrooms with soaker tubs and separate showers. Like all the rooms throughout this special home, the fine details are seen in the crown-molding, the specially designed paint schemes to complement each room’s theme, and custom-made draperies and sheers to beautifully frame large windows. It’s these features and so many others that truly make Villa di Tutti Santi a home where mind and spirit come together.
Listed by Luxury Home Specialist, Nate Martinez RE/MAX Professionals
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed some time for yourself. Let’s take a few minutes today to really look inward at ourselves. Are we putting the right face forward? Are we projecting the positive, upbeat attitude that we should be as leaders in our communities and role models to our families? Let us act every minute of everyday like it is on purpose. We have the ability and we just need the determination to do so. Short and Sweet: Don’t waste another minute of your life. Act today!! Let’s make this the best week of the year.
There was once a boy who wanted to seek the secret of success. One day he approached a wise man living up in the mountain. When he found the wise man at the hut, he asked "Wise man, can you tell me the secret to becoming successful in life?" The wise man was silent for a bit. After a moment, the wise man led the boy down to the river. They kept walking into the river until the boy was fully submerged in the water. The boy struggled and the wise man did not help him. The wise man held his head under the water. After a while, the wise man pulled the boy out of the water and headed back up to the mountain. At the hut the wise man asked the boy what he desired most when his head was submerged in the water. To this the boy quickly responded, "Of course, I wanted to breathe, you old fool!" To which the wise man replied, "Son, if you desire success as much as you wanted to breathe, then you would have found the true secret of success."
Success is a matter of choice. If we have enough strong reasons, there is nothing we cannot do. Once we have the reasons we will surely find the way to do it.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
“To improve is to change. To achieve excellence is to change often.” - Winston Churchill
“Being a parent means never having a minute...yet always making a moment.” - Michael Nolan
“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.” - BJ Marshall
“Seven days without laughter makes one weak.” - Joel Goodman
“Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.” - Albert Einstein
“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” - Charles Kettering
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend filled with fun and relaxation. Isn't it amazing how time just rushes by. We should all take some time to truly think about what it is that we have done with our lives so far. I am sure that all of us have made some great decisions and also some not so great decisions. I believe the only bad decision is sticking with a bad decision. I also believe that living your life with regret and hurt is torture in many ways.
We should leave those bad decisions in the past so they do not continue to have an affect on us. We should be thankful for all the great things and people that have been involved in our lives. We should be happy and full of energy to make the future as bright as it can be. Letting go of one thing allows you to grab on to another. Let us focus on making great decisions.
Regardless of where you are in your life today, YOU have the opportunity to make it better. Constantly move forward and improve. Take responsibility for your actions and make better decisions. You can make massive advances in a short period of time by taking lots and lots of small steps. Start taking those steps today! Let’s make this the best week of the year!
Turning Clocks Back, by Christopher Robins
Wishing to change things for the better We cry to turn back time When, you know, even if we could Nothing would fall into line
We would live out the exact same life And make the same old mistakes And once again have or cause The exact same, sad old heartaches
To change things back in time Taking along with us we would need All the stored memories we have today Before from experience, we could heed
Knowledge and experience of present life Is key to change, truly wise For it grants foresight and wisdom Like a second set of eyes
So rather than wish to turn back time When your life seems in subsidence Use past experience to put things right Use any errors your mistakes as guidance
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.” - Elbert Hubbard
“We have a choice: to plow new ground or let the weeds grow.” - Jonathan Westover
“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.” - John Dewey
“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” - Anthony Robbins
“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” - Ben Stein
“The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny.” - Frederick Speakman
“Decisions are the endless uncertainties of life that we'll not know if they're right until the very end, so do the best you can and hope its right.” - Lily Collins
“A weak person has doubts before a decision; a strong person has them afterwards.” - Karl Kraus
Recently Fannie Mae made a big change that could impact a lot of would-be home buyers. If you are in the market to buy a home, you may want to consider making your purchase before August 16th otherwise, you may have to wait another two years.
Fannie Mae announced that they have changed the required waiting period for borrowers who have had a previous deed-in-lieu of a foreclosure or short sale transaction. Currently, buyers with a short sale two or more years ago, are eligible for Conventional financing with 20 percent down. With these changes to the Fannie Mae guideline, buyers will now have to wait four years before qualifying for a new Conventional loan.
The updated Fannie Mae guideline is scheduled to go into effect on August 16, 2014. Buyers who are under contract by August 16, 2014 will qualify under the current guidelines, however after this date, borrowers will fall under the new four year waiting period.
For more information on available loan programs or to get qualified for a home mortgage, please contact Nate today.
Information provided to you for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon by you. RE/MAX Professionals and/or Nate Martinez are not a mortgage lender. You should contact Cobalt Mortgage directly to learn more about its mortgage products and your eligibility. *There are extenuating circumstances that may apply to borrowers in regards to the new Fannie Mae waiting period.
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message...I hope each and every one of you had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and relaxation. We all face similar challenges in our lives and we all handle those challenges differently. There a few things that we all could do better to make the challenges that will come a little easier to handle. First, keep in mind that challenge and struggle will come to you. That is life and we all go through it. Second, your reaction to what happens to you is 100 percent within your control. You may not control what happens, but you control what you do about it. Third, pointing fingers or placing blame on others never solves the problem at hand. The goal is to understand what happened and why and move on. Fourth, love more and argue less. Spend your time loving a few rather than arguing with many. Fifth, realize your time here is limited and the clock is ticking. Don't waste time you can't get it back once it's gone. We must all work harder each and every day to make the life we have the very best. Keep smiling, keep your head up and keep moving forward.
It's the Journey That's Important by John McLeod
Life, sometimes so wearying Is worth its weight in gold The experience of traveling Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our 'living memory' A softly spoken prayer: "It's the journey that's important, Not the getting there!"
Ins and outs and ups and downs Life's road meanders aimlessly? Or so it seems, but somehow Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human We oft question and compare... "Is the journey so important Or the getting there?"
And thus it's always been That question pondered down the ages By simple people with simple ways To wise and ancient sages...
How sweet then, quietly knowing Reaching destination fair:
"It's the journey that's important, Not the getting there!"
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napoleon Hill
"Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them." - Washington Irving
"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity." - Mark Twain
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." - William Shakespeare
According to the National Housing Report provided by RE/MAX Headquarters in Colorado, summer home sales have been on the rise for four months in a row. Currently, on a national average, homes are selling in 62 days with approximately 4.1 months of inventory on the market.
“The increasing inventory of homes for sale is having a positive impact, despite some lingering challenges with lending standards, so the recovery remains in place. If the overall economy improves, history has shown that housing is likely to stay in line with long-standing seasonal trends.” Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO. Click here to download a copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for July 2014.
For more information about the housing market in Phoenix and the surroudnign areas, please give me a call today. Pricing your home right is the key to successfully selling and with more inventory on the market, there are plenty of options for those looking to purchase. Nate
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope that all of you had a fantastic weekend filled with a lot of fun and relaxation.
As we prepare for the week ahead, let us keep in mind that we are making progress each and every day. Our focus must be on the small victories we achieve and not solely on all that still must be done. If you have made progress in spending more time with your family and friends, be happy about that. If you have organized your life and business to be more productive and manageable, be happy about that. If you have learned to let the negative attitudes of others in life not affect you, be happy about that.
These small victories are what make up a successful life. Do not forget about them as you work towards more and more of them. Small bites make for a great meal.
As You Travel Through Life. Poet Unknown
As you travel through life there are always those times When decisions just have to be made, When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce, And the rain seems to soak your parade.
There are some situations where all you can do Is simply let go and move on, Gather your courage and choose a direction That carries you toward a new dawn.
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward. The process of change can be tough, But think about all the excitement ahead.
There might be adventures you never imagined Just waiting around the next bend, And wishes and dreams just about to come true In ways you can't yet comprehend!
Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things As you challenge your status quo, And learn there are so many options in life,
Perhaps you'll go places you never expected And see things that you've never seen, Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds And wonderful spots in between!
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring And somebody special who's there To help you stay cantered and listen with interest To stories and feelings you share.
Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends Are supportive of all that you do, And believe that whatever decisions you make, They'll be the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other, And taking your life day by day... There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road - Don't look back! You're not going that way!
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses.”- H.V. Adolt
“It ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth.” - Rocky Balboa
“Patience and perseverance have a magical affect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” - John Quincy Adams
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way!” - Dr. Seuss
“Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.” - Peter Davies
“You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be.” - Lou Holtz
“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” - Voltaire
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Elliot