Sunday, April 21, 2013
Little family. BIG HOUSE. This was one of the original homes we looked at but after having a baby during the hot summer months, this family put purchasing a new home on hold. When we looked at homes again in the fall, they put an offer on a smaller short sale home in the same neighborhood. After months of waiting, this home kept coming back into their minds as the home they really felt suited the needs of their growing family. It has over 5500 spacious square feet with a sparkling pool on just over an acre. Perfect size for a family who loves to be surrounded by extended family members and friends. After some serious negotiating that about turned my hair gray, we came to an agreement. Followed by some hairy moments with an on-line lender we were able to close escrow. The true beauty of this home is in the eye of the beholder. The Gardner's had a vision of what this home could become with some simple remodeling, a coat of paint and new carpeting. They went to work immediately after closing to start gentle renovations. Here are some before & after pics. . .
The kitchen got a much needed cosmetic facelift which made a world of difference. Check out these before and after pics of the kitchen. . .
The leaded glass pattern on the cabinet doors really POP!
Kitchen island looks amazing with the rock veneer removed and the stunning black painted contrast. The most dramatic change made was to the downstairs floorplan to make it more functional. From the front entryway the double doors to the left opened to step down directly into the workout room. The step down was eliminated and rather than opening into the workout room a hallway was created that lead to the workout room on the right and to the new master bedroom on the left. A wall was removed between the two downstairs bedrooms to create a large new master bedroom. The workout remained intact just a little smaller. The downstairs 2nd bathroom remained intact, too. The following pics don't do it justice but will give the general idea. . .
Front Entry - Before
Front Entry - After
Workout Room - Before
Workout Room - After
New Downstairs Master Bedroom
The upstairs opens up to a loft play room with access to all the upstairs bedrooms. Originally a swinging bookcase concealed the entrance to a storage room. The bookcase has been removed and a door added. Here are the pics of the improvements made. . .
I have not captured everything that was done to the home before moving day but you get the basic idea of the vision that the Gardner's have for their new home. I appreciate the opportunity to work with them and to be invited back to celebrate their accomplishments. I wish them many years of happiness as they continue to make improvements in turning their house into the home of their dreams.
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Barb Merrill Works 4 U!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Her work ethic was evidenced in her home. When I listed her home I found out that she had changed out the toilets herself with the help of a neighbor to set them in place, she had arranged to have hardwood flooring installed and found some beautiful leaded glass kitchen cabinets doors at a second-hand shop that she had custom fitted. She always had her home show ready even within a moments notice.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Bill and Rose sold their family home in California back in the 1990's and took part of the proceeds of the sale to buy a super deluxe motor home with all the bells and whistles. Ever since then they have been calling the motor home "home" while they traveled the country taking advantage of the best weather for every month of the year. Of all the places they have experienced, they chose Arizona to settle down and make their permanent hub. Arizona is the perfect choice! They have childhood friends from Wisconsin who have also selected Pinal County for their retirement homes. They love the golf, restaurants, wide-open spaces, plenty of sunshine and spending time with their friends.
I had the privilege of working with Bill and Rose. They became like family. We found the home pictured to the left in the Park Homes neighborhood of Los Arboles in Coolidge, Arizona on one of their visits in November, 2011. We originally put an offer on a Short Sale home in the same neighborhood last spring allowing time for the Short Sale to be processed during the summer months while they were enjoying cooler weather to the north. Even though they loved the Short Sale home, the 2nd lien holder of the property refused to negoitiate causing us to reluctantly move on and look at other options. This home was investor owned. The investor-owners gave meticulous attention to every detail of this home. It was like brand new, only better, because it included a fully landscaped front and backyard with complete watering systems installed, window coverings throughout and upgraded light fixtures and ceiling fans. This house was move-in ready!
That is just what these snowbirds were looking for! They want to continue traveling without the worries of huge mantaintance bills that would damper their travel plans. The home they purchased was built in 2006, has 1323 spacious sf with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, plus a 2-car garage operated with an automatic garage door opener. Rose loves to decorate and has plenty of room to fulfill all her creative dreams!
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Barb Merrill Works 4 U!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Do you see the city of Arlington anywhere on the map? Either, do I!
I have lived in Arizona for over 30 years and I had never heard of Arlington until now. This is my story about John, Melanie and Arlington, AZ. I met John and Melanie at a showing of my listing on Sunaire Drive in Florence, AZ. They were newly married and had set up a wedding registry at their favorite credit union for their wedding guests and family members to deposit money in their behalf to be used towards a down payment on a home in lieu of gifts. John and Melanie had been gifted the necessary 3 1/2 percent for a down payment plus excess for closing costs, they both had stable and long term employment, good credit and with the help of one of my favorite lenders was able to meet the qualification requirements for a FHA mortgage. Although, they loved Florence they were open to suggestions about a location that would better suit John's commute into Phoenix everyday.
They were looking for an acreage property on the outskirts of the Phoenix metro area to raise their future family. I found in my MLS search a well-built HUD foreclosed home along with a fixer in Arlington, AZ that fit their criteria. I asked them if they were adventurous enough and could humor me in exploring the possibility. They were on board! We took a daytrip out to Arlington to look at homes.
Arlington, Arizona is a stone's throw east of the Palo Verde nuclear plant.Yep! That's it! If you blink while you're driving by you'll miss it!
They fell in love with a home in Arlington that day. We made an offer on this HUD home and it was accepted!!! It was built in 2006 with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1510 square feet on an acre lot with a primeter fence, complete with a fully covered extended back patio and 2 car garage. Thanks to my favorite lender, Gary Smith of BNC National Bank, he was able to build the $1,100 repair escrow into John and Melanie's financing package as a FHA 203K. This would allow them to have the repair money set aside in an escrow account to have the repair made after closing. After a thorough home inspection, it was determined that there was a water leak that inundated the garage with water almost immediately after turning on the main water valve. They found that it was due to a broken valve on top of the hot water tank. After closing it only cost $150 to have it repaired. The remainder of the repair escrow was credited to the principle balance of their FHA mortgage loan. Awesome deal!!!Gorgeous views of mountains from back patio! House sits on a little hill for optimal viewing in all directions. Creosote bushes to Melanie's delight!
Other than the water heater repair the home was in good condition. It was evident that the previous owners took pride in ownership. Being this was a foreclosed home it was being sold in the "As-Is" condition. HUD was agonizing slow with their answer at the beginning but in the end, John and Melanie have a beautiful home to enjoy with their family for years to come. And they lived happily ever after.
Barb Merrill Works 4 U!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
21461 E. Sunaire Drive east of Florence, Arizona was the second acreage property I had the privilege to sell for the Mattingley family. Classic Arizona country living attracted Lawrence Mattingley to this property back in the 1980's. After he passed away in 2004, his children inherited both properties. Being they lived in Colorado, it was impractical to keep the homes and I was contacted through a referral to assist them in selling both properties. The main house, along with a carport/workshop and guest house are situated on a picturesque hilltop on 4.5 acres with unobstructed desert views of BLM land and mountains in every direction.
Being the home on Sunaire was a site built home, the value was higher so the decision to sell the acreage with the mobile home in Javelina Desert Forest Estates was to be sold first. I sold the property located at 10680 N. Sagewood Lane, Florence, Arizona in June, 2009 for the Mattingley family. We worked hard and fast together to register the manufactured home with the MVD and record the affidavit of affixture with Pinal County, arrange for engineer certification of permanent affixture, test the well, pump and inspect the septic system and treat for termites. The front staircase had to be fortified to meet lender's conditions. It was just in the nick of time, too, because this was the last manufactured home that the mortgage broker approved before his underwriter discontinued financing manufactured homes. I arranged with the various service companies to be paid at close of escrow being the Mattingley's lived out-of-state and were not financially prepared to meet the expenses of selling the properties.
Everyone got what they wanted! The Buyers got a piece of heaven on earth, including a huge 1200 sq. ft. RV garage and workshop to die for!
I looked forward to every trip out to the Sagewood property. I came from the hustle of the Phoenix metro area to this beautiful, pristine cactus garden paradise. It is so quiet you can hear the wind blow and the cactus wren chirping. I love nature and was fascinated by the beauty of the cactus in bloom. Following are some of the pictures I took in the springtime:
I wish to thank the Mattingley's for the opportunity to work with them in selling their properties. It was not only a pleasure associating with them but a rejuvenation of spirit every time I visited their properties which I so needed in our busy world.