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Hi. Sheli helped us with our short sale on our home she helped us originally purchase. She made this long, tedious process bearable. During our short sale in the middle of the process our loan was sold to a different lender. She took he reigns and tackled everything for us. Oh, by the way we moved to the east coast after our home sold in 1 week. She made it as seamless as possible. We were ready to give up a couple of times but, after speaking with her, she made us comfortable with our original decision. Sheli has become a dear friend. If I ever return to AZ and need any real estate services. She is my choice. I highly recommend her to anyone. Marisa and Jason
Sheili helped us buy our house here in Buckeye almost 5 years ago when we were out of state. She was always in contact with us through the whole sale process and even there for the signing of our papers to make sure we understood everything we signed. She even went to the design center with us to help us chose the right things for our new home to keep our payments down. She has still stayed in touch with us to see if there is anything or any question we might have. She was even able to find my brother and sister in law a home out here from Calif. and they are happy with Sheli as well and recommend her to their friends. I can't say enough to convey how we feel about Sheli, she's the best of the best. Mary Ann Duran
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Is Buying a Home Still a Smart Plan?

With the burst of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and millions of foreclosures across the country, you may wonder if buying a home is such a good idea after all. However, it’s important to consider all of the facts. The important message to take away from these events is not that buying a home is a bad idea, but that you must be smart about buying your home.

The housing market, like every type of market, unavoidably has its ups and downs. That doesn’t mean buying a home is a bad investment. As a long-term investment, homeownership is still one of the best investments for individual households. Historically, real estate has consistently increased in value, despite shorter periods of depreciation due to local markets and/or national economic conditions. The data shows that homes generally appreciate about 5% per year.

Savings & Investment

Five percent may not seem like a great return on investment, but you have to think about it in the context of the situation. For example, let’s say you put 10% down on a $200,000 house. That’s a $20,000 down payment, or initial investment. At a 5% annual appreciation rate, your $200,000 home would gain $10,000 in value during the first year. Earning $10,000 on an investment of $20,000 is a whopping 50% return.

For further perspective, let’s say instead of spending that $20,000 on a down payment, you invested it in the stock market. With a 5% return, you would gain only $1,000 in profit.

Tax Benefits

So now you’re saying that a home may have a higher return, but that’s before you consider all of the costs of home ownership, such as taxes, etc. Well, think of it this way: your property taxes as well as the interest on your mortgage are both tax deductible. You can deduct those costs from your income, thus reducing your overall taxable income. In other words, the government is subsidizing your home.

Other Benefits

It’s easy to get carried away with all of the economic reasons for home ownership, but it’s important to remember that not every reason is financial. Have you ever wanted to paint the walls of your apartment? Well when you’re renting, you can’t. Has anything in your apartment ever needed updating, but the landlord refused to do it? When you own a home, you can make the space yours in almost any way you want. And you benefit when you do home improvements, both financially and psychologically. Homes generally have more space, for storage, living, etc. than other living arrangements. Not to mention that you have space outdoors for barbecuing, pets, and kids. Owning your home carries with it a sense of pride, accomplishment, and even an elevated social status.

So when you’re considering buying a home, consider the broad range of benefits that owning a home can have. And always make sure you have an experienced real estate agent and loan officer to help make sure you’re getting a home that is right for you, both financially and psychologically.

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