To my Friends, Family, Clients and Community,

 
It has been an unusual time with the world facing unprecedented challenges amidst the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. My family and I sending you our love and support and we hope you are all staying safe and in good health.
 
To my family and friends, I am here to support you in any way I can. I’m grateful for today’s technology that allows us to connect – with or without video. Thank you WeChat, FaceTime, Skype! We definitely feel less alone when we can be together virtually!
To my clients, please know that I will continue to serve your every real estate need according to social distancing best practices. I will do everything I can to offer my knowledge and support. I will keep you updated as things change – often day by day, sometimes hour by hour.
That said, Arizona Governor Ducey this week issued a “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” order that limits Arizonians to limit their time away from their home. With that in mind, Real Estate Professionals have been recognized as essential services during this current hardship. I recognize the seriousness of this announcement and have adapted how I do business accordingly.
Over the past week, I have had several conversations inquiring about how my business continues during this time. Here is an overview on how I work today:
With Home Buyers:
    • One-on-one video appointments
    • Exploring the home virtually as much as possible, prior to touring
    • When touring the home in person, your safety is my top priority: bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, booties will be provided
    • Social distancing at all times
With Home Sellers:
    • One-on-one video appointments
    • Continuing with professional photos, virtual tours and floorplan; adding 3D tours
    • Customize tour policies for each home based on Client’s preference
    • Communicate clear touring expectations to the Buyer’s Agents and Prospective Buyers
If you have questions about buying or selling real estate, I am available to schedule a virtual consultation to discuss today’s market and your options. You need only to reply to this email to coordinate!
I will continue to monitor and adhere to guidelines set forth by our local, state and national governments, as well as leading real estate industry authorities. I am here to assist you in every way possible and am committed to providing you with the utmost care, service and guidance moving forward.
From my family to yours: we hope you all stay safe and healthy as we navigate together these historic times. We will get through it and look forward to seeing you all again in person soon!

 

 

 

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iBuyers are canceling closings

 

Contracts are being terminated sometimes just days before the closing is to happen, leaving home sellers stranded.

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If you’ve read the news lately, you may have heard that iBuyer Real Estate companies have announced that they are temporarily suspending home buying for the foreseeable future. (An iBuyer company is an online real estate investment company that uses automated technology to make cash offers on homes.)

Their reasons do make sense in these unsettled times, such as safety of the agents and people working from home in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Bill Gates and the Smart City Belmont near Buckeye, AZ

Bill Gates and the Smart City Belmont near Buckeye, AZ

There’s been a lot in the news lately about Bill Gates and the smart city – Belmont, that will be built near Buckeye, AZ within the next decade. Located just outside of Phoenix, in the southwestern part of the state, Belmont will be similar in size to Tempe, AZ.

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Now I know that seems like a long time from now, but the West Valley is getting ready for the expansion and so should you. If you are a real estate investor looking to get in on the ground floor of this future smart city, now is the time to buy! Prices in and around Buckeye, AZ are still relatively low but are trending upwards with recent sales.

 

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The Ultimate First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide

 

Are you a first-time home buyer and thinking of buying a house in the near future? Well I am here to help! 

Sometimes buying your first home can be a daunting process, so being informed is PRICELESS!! Below are some tips from my Trusted Mortgage Adviser to help make this as pain free as possible. 

Read through these tips and then give me a call. We can go over all the information listed and I can answer any questions you may have. I will be with you every step of the way. 

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Marie Shafer has a Global Elite Certification. She is one of a very few that can list and sell property World-Wide! 

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