Arizona Residential Group Blog

Feb. 1, 2019

Doggie Disarray: Eco-Friendly and Cost-Conscious Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners


Even the most avid dog owners can become frustrated trying to keep their homes spick and span. They’re perky, playful and cute, but all that dog hair, saliva, dander and general funk make housekeeping a real chore. Caring for a canine companion can be costly, but cleaning up after him doesn’t have to be. With a little research and some experimentation, you can keep your festive holiday home smelling green and looking clean with some cost-conscious cleaning tools and strategies.

Stock up

You can’t fight the war against doggie disorder unless you’re well-armed, so stock up with supplies that allow you to address each need as they arise. If yours is a particularly hairy breed, stockpile lint rollers to keep upholstery and clothing clear of accumulated hair, and make sure your vacuum cleaner has plenty of attachments so you can reach hairballs in the corners and underneath furniture and appliances. If you’re trying to remain eco-friendly, consider using a lemon-and-water or vinegar-and-water solution as a spray to keep Fido’s malodorous influence from overwhelming your home’s indoor air quality. Keep plenty of enzymatic carpet cleaner on hand for those periodic accidents with which dogs make their mark on the carpeting.

Healthy breathing

Pet fur and dander have a way of getting into your home’s ventilation system and piling up in inopportune spots, which is one reason it’s important to change or clean your air filter regularly if you have a pooch. It’s a problem that can cause or exacerbate asthma and other breathing problems, especially among homeowners who rarely or never change air filters. If you need to get in the habit of swapping out your air filters, subscribe to an air filter delivery service, which will give you a ready supply of filters and serve as a reminder to stay on top of things.

Address the problem at the source

Most dogs bring lawn debris, dirt, mud and an assortment of microscopic pests indoors after a romp in the yard. Try addressing the problem before it becomes part of the household by keeping a full complement of cleaning tools inside the door. That means having plenty of beat-up old towels ready to go whenever puppy’s ready to come in. Keep a stash of wipes on hand to wipe off those filthy paws.

Drool spots

Many dog owners love allowing their pets to share the couch and their bed. It’s cute and a great way to bond with your furry friend, but when a dog spends a lot of time on the furniture, you’ll have to deal with plenty of drool spots. It’s a good idea to address them before they set in and become a permanent part of the furniture. Use hot water to loosen and dilute the stain, apply a few drops of dish soap to help mop up the oils, and add a little vinegar to prevent staining. It’s a cost-effective solution to a persistent problem using common, everyday substances most people keep under the kitchen sink or in the pantry.

Urine spots

Every dog owner sometimes comes home to find a stain waiting for them on the living room plush. There are plenty of industrial cleaning fluids on the market, but it’s difficult to know which ones might end up doing more harm than good by leaving a stain once the urine sample’s been soaked up. Go the natural route instead using vinegar and water as well as baking soda, two of the most potent natural cleaning materials available. Pat the stain with a paper towel (don’t smear), apply a few spritzes of your half-and-half water/vinegar solution, and apply some baking soda to soak up anything that remains.

Dogs make wonderful companions and add a lot to family life, but they’re an ongoing source of hair, smells and stains. The need is ongoing, and investing in top-of-the-line industrial cleaners can get costly. It’s amazing how much of a dog’s mess can be cleaned effectively (and inexpensively) with common household substances like vinegar, lemon and baking soda.

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Jan. 31, 2019

How to Help Your Dog Adjust After a Move


Dogs are like most beings in that they crave routine and familiar surroundings. An abrupt change such as a move to a new residence will likely affect them, and they may start exhibiting signs of nervousness and fear. Here are a few tips for new homeowners looking to ease their pup into his new environment.

It’s normal for a dog to seem uneasy for a short period of time after a big move. To make the transition as smooth as possible, immediately put out his belongings so he knows he’s at home. Place his bedding, as well as food and water bowls, in similar places where they can easily be found. Don’t throw out any worn or smelly toys just yet, as your dog’s favorite familiar possessions will make him feel comforted and calm.

Let your pup explore inside and out of the new house on a leash first before setting him free, and try not to venture out too much for a while as it’s important to let this change soak in before introducing any others. Chances are your dog could need more supervision than you’re used to in this new space. It’s common for pets to revert back to how they were like before they were potty trained. They may even destroy objects out of stress and anxiety. If you must leave the house, be proactive by gating off rooms that you haven’t unpacked yet, and consider getting a webcam so you can check in while at work. BarkPost also recommends what is called a Thundershirt, “designed to wrap tightly around your dog’s chest, creating a physical sensation that is profoundly calming for many dogs.”

It’s possible your new home will have a yard that your dog can frolic and play in. While you’ll want your pup spending time outside exercising and sniffing to his heart’s desire, just make sure to update the address on his tags so that he can be returned to you if he gets out. Getting you dog microchipped is another way to ensure he is safe because you will be able to track his location if he gets loose.  

If you haven't already, spay and neuter your dog as he may interact or come in contact with other animals in the neighborhood. The Animal Humane Society points out that, “Studies have shown that sterilized animals are less likely to roam.” You can also install a fence around your property so he can play outside without you having to worry or provide supervision. According to HomeAdvisor, the average price to install a wood fence in Phoenix, AZ, ranges from $738 to $1,729.

You will, however, have to keep a closer eye on hazardous materials that are usually stored outside in a shed or garage, and watch for things he may lick up from the driveway. Beware of harmful plants like mushrooms, lilies, and daffodils that can be poisonous if consumed by a dog. Also be sure to use organic fertilizers and weed killers on your lawn or garden as they can otherwise be quite toxic.

By making your backyard a place your pup will love spending time in, you will lessen the chance he is tempted to hatch an escape plan. Provide a shelter and access to water as well as other activities to keep him occupied and protected from the elements. You should also clear clutter or debris where dangerous animals like to congregate and check around the fence to make sure there aren’t any areas where he could dig through or jump out.

Be patient with your pet during this transition and understand that it will take time for him to feel secure in the new home. Chances are he will adapt more quickly if kept to his previous schedule and routine. But if he doesn’t resume normal behavior in a reasonable amount of time, you will need to consult with a veterinarian.
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July 22, 2016

Foreclosure stopping you from buying a home?

It's hard not to know someone that was affected by the housing crisis.   Many people lost their homes and their credit was affected by a foreclosure.  As of today, there is a 3 year wait time to buy a home from the time the home was foreclosed on and taken back by the bank.   If you are in this situation , it is best to manage your credit wisely with low credit card balances, on time payments and no collections.

For some, you may be able to take advantage of a program that can help you buy a home 12 months from the foreclosure date.  The requirements are that the foreclosure was caused by a reduction or loss of income and can be documented.  If you think you may fall into this category, reach out to us and we can point you in the right direction.

As always, my team and I are here to help.

Orlando Sagarnaga


July 22, 2016

Should a lack of a down payment stop you from buying a home?

Many people we have talked to mention that their #1 obstacle in buying a home is based on not having a down payment.  Many are pleasantly surprised when I tell them about programs available that can help them with their down payment.  The 2 main programs can help someone buy a home with zero percent down to Half a Percent Down.  Current FHA down payment requirements are 3.5% and conventional loans are at 5%.  If you were to buy a home without utilizing a down payment assistance program for $200,000, the down payment would be $7,000 to $10,000.  With a grant, the down payment would be zero down to $1,000 down.

The next question is how do I qualify?   This brings up reason #2 that most people do not buy a house.  A 640 FICO score is the starting point for assistance and 580 if you have your own down payment.  A lender can be a good source to determine where you stand and if need be, what you need to do to buy a home.  Many people I talk to who are not able to buy a home would have been in a different position today if they had followed a credit plan 6 months ago.  

As always, my team and I are here to help.

Orlando Sagarnaga


Dec. 13, 2015

Buying vs Renting

Many people will come to a point in their life where they will weigh the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership vs. renting. Buying a home may not make sense for everyone, but the advantages of home ownership in today’s market often outweigh the alternative.

Because of lower interest rates, we are seeing mortgage payments that are considerably less than rent payments for the exact same home. Many homeowners who lost their home during the recent housing crisis are now coming back around to this question. Because FHA loans require two years to have passed since the foreclosure date to qualify for a new loan, these homeowners are able to take advantage of owning a home with a great interest rate and payment.

A good way for you to compare your options is to have your realtor give you comparable listings for homes in your area

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Arizona Homes

So what are the pros and cons of buying a home here in Arizona? How can you tell if owning a home would benefit you?


  • Tax Advantages - Your mortgage interest paid is tax deductible and may help reduce what you pay in taxes every year. Contact your CPA for more information.
  • Equity - Owning your home is a great way to build wealth/net worth which increases as you gain more equity through market appreciation, and by making your mortgage payments.
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    provides a place where you can live, grow, and expand while making your home your own.

  • Fixed Payments - Your monthly payments will be the same every month, unlike the prospect of facing rent increases from your landlord. This is assuming you choose a fixed interest rate mortgage when you buy your home. There are many loan options, and you should thoroughly discuss all of them with an expert loan officer.


  • Home Value - The value of your home can increase or decrease. There is no guarantee that your home will gain value.
  • Flexibility - When you own a home, you will have a monthly obligation that must be paid for the lifetime of the loan.
  • Mobility - Typically, when you buy a home, it is not possible to sell it for a profit. This can make moving to another home or location more difficult.
  • Maintenance Costs - You will be responsible for the upkeep of your new home—inside and out! That means that there will be extra costs associated with keeping your home in good condition. This will help maintain the value of your home as well as contribute to any increase in value for the future.

If you have any questions about home-ownership vs. renting, please feel free to contact us at 602.753.7801.

Dec. 13, 2015

Arizona Short Sales

You Don’t Have to Leave Short Sales Out of Your Home Hunt


Here in Arizona, the words “short sale” have become equivalent to “long, confusing, drawn out process.” Buying a short sale can be tedious and time-consuming, but it is by no means impossible. If you arm yourself with information and get the right kind of help, you can successfully purchase your own personal desert oasis through a short sale. Here are some pointers to get you started.

Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by the opinions and horrors stories you hear. Yes, buying a short sale is a more involved process, but there is a lot of misinformation out there. If you have been avoiding short sales in your home search because of all of the negative things you’ve heard, take some time to find out the facts for yourself. You don’t want to miss out on your perfect home for no good reason.
When buying a short sale, you are not buying the home from the lender like you would be if you were buying a foreclosure. In a short sale you are buying from the homeowner, just like you would be in a traditional sale. The difference between a traditional sale and a short sale is that the seller’s lender has to approve the short sale, since they are the ones who will be potentially taking a loss on the property.
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To buy a short sale, you must be prepared to be patient. Short sales can take around four months to be approved. This isn’t always the case, but it is best to prepare yourself for the possibility of a lengthy wait.  Get an Arizona short sale specialist to guide you through the short sale process. Their wealth of knowledge and experience in short sales in the Valley is your best bet for a successful short sale purchase.

To buy a short sale, you must be prepared to have your offer rejected by the lender. It can be tough to not get your hopes up and get attached to a home before you have the keys in hand, but, just as with any other real estate purchase, there is a chance your offer will be rejected. It’s okay to be disappointed, but don’t allow rejection to keep you from pursuing other homes.

Are you ready to start including Arizona Short Sales in your home search? We have helped scores of Arizona homeowners buy short sales, and we fully understand the questions and concerns home buyers have about short sales, as well as the short sale process. Put our experience to work for you! 

Dec. 13, 2015

Buying a home in Arizona after the recession

While you can still find & buy a great bank-owned home on the market at a discount vs. a traditional or short sale property in Arizona, the discounts aren’t quite as steep as they were during the height of the recent recession, and the selection isn’t nearly as wide and varied. This is due to the fact that the inventory of homes on the market has been dwindling. With more buyers on the hunt, there are fewer properties to go around. In your search for a home in Arizona post-recession, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with current market trends, and, while it doesn’t take the place of a seasoned real estate agent, this article will help you get an idea of the current “mood” of the real estate world.

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In this time of low inventory and high demand, banks aren’t as desperate to get rid of properties. It’s important to understand that while lowball offers (and offers making special requests such as the bank covering the buyer’s closing costs) were accepted quite frequently not too long ago, banks have fewer foreclosures up for sale and more people interested in the ones they do have, and so they can be more choosey about whom they sell the properties to and at what price. If you’re serious about a home, you must be ready to make the very best offer you can.

Be prepared to make offers on multiple homes. Now more than ever, patience is required for those looking to buy a foreclosure. There is always a chance that the bank will reject your offer, especially if you’re going to be using a non-conventional route to purchase the home, such as an FHA loan. It’s certainly not impossible, but banks are generally going to go down the easiest path for them when it comes to accepting an offer.

You may feel driven to pick up a bargain while prices are still relatively low, but you don’t want to get into a long term deal that will strap your finances for the foreseeable future, negating the benefit of getting a good home at a foreclosure discount. Keep to a price range that is within your means, and be sure to account for any repairs the home will need.

In the fast-changing Arizona home market, you need someone in your corner with experience, knowledge, and your best interests in mind. Buying an Arizona foreclosure is made easy when working with the right Real Estate Professional. The banks aren’t concerned about you or your family’s needs and goals—but we are. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect home for you, at the right price. 

Dec. 13, 2015

Things you need to know

Things Your Arizona Realtor Might Forget to Tell You

There’s a lot to think about when deciding to take the plunge into home ownership, and though your Arizona realtor does their best to help you understand the process, some details can go unmentioned. Some are minor annoyances, while others are potentially dangerous. Here are a few things you need to be aware of before you sign that contract.

You probably won’t be able to move in the day you sign. You have to wait until the loan is funded to get your keys. In many states, the buyer, seller, agents, escrow officer, and the lender meet to finalize the deal. Everything gets handled in one sitting, and the keys are handed to the new homeowner. Here in Arizona, buyers will typically go to the title office to sign the papers by themselves or with their agent—the lender and seller are not present. You may have to wait a few days before all of the other parties involved sign off on the contract before you get your keys.

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Some rather unpleasant creatures may still reside in your dream home’s neighborhood. It’s not uncommon to find scorpions, cockroaches (including sewer roaches), and black widows spiders in Arizona homes and yards. Make sure you ask your realtor and inspector about any problems with infestations of bugs, rodents, pigeons, and even the possibility of coyotes roaming around at night, before you buy. If they aren’t aware of any issues, you could call the city or even the Home Owners Association in which the property is located.

Upcoming construction projects may make the streets surrounding the home or neighborhood a lot busier. Ask your realtor if there’s any major construction scheduled to start within a few miles of the home. The neighborhood may seem fairly quiet now, and not heavily trafficked, but road closures due to construction can clog up surface streets. More recently in the Valley, new construction on portions of Loop 303 are sure to give way to more businesses and housing developments cropping up, which will also affect traffic flow, but permanently.

They are not legally required to disclose certain things. In Arizona, real estate agents do not have to disclose deaths in a home (even if the death was a result of murder), if a home was occupied by someone who was exposed to or diagnosed with a disease that isn’t known to be transmitted through common occupancy, or if the home is located near the residence of a sex offender. You may need to do some of your own digging through public records and registries to find these things out.

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If you’re worried that some important detail will be overlooked when you go through the process of buying a home in Arizona, get in touch with us and put our experience and knowledge of the Valley and surrounding areas to work for you. Our Arizona Realtors are here to help. Call us at 602.753.7801 or by going to the top of the page.

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Dec. 13, 2015

Buying Arizona Homes with an IRA

Buying Real Estate in Arizona through Self-Directed Retirement Plans


We’ve all heard that it’s important to save for retirement. It’s easy to agree that this is a true statement, but many are uncomfortable with the

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Buying Real Estate in Arizona through a Self-Directed IRA or 401k is a realty. Self directed IRAs and 401Ks put you in charge, and you aren’t limited to what investments your chosen firm has available. In a true self-directed IRA, an LLC is established that is owned by the self-directed IRA and becomes the vehicle through which investments are made. The individual opens a checking account at whatever bank they choose, and the checkbook is handed to the individual. Now they can write

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What kind of real estate can you buy through a self-directed IRA? The list of real estate investments made possible through self-directed IRAs includes:


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- Mobile homes

- Condos

- Foreign properties

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- Rental properties

- “Fixer-uppers”

It’s exciting to realize that there is a retirement plan that will allow you to take advantage of real estate investment opportunities, but be aware that not all retirement plans that are touted as “self-directed” are truly that. If you’re still limited in your investments by the custodian of the plan, then it is not truly self-directed.

Investing in real estate through a self-directed IRA or 401k is a solid option when it comes to retirement planning, and we’re here to help you understand the rules and regulations concerning self-directed IRAs as well as the process to

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Oct. 13, 2015

When is the right time to buy a home?


The number one question I get from prospective buyers is, “When is the best time to buy?”  “Now!” is the answer I give to my clients. The reason for this is because we don’t really know what the future will bring, and you can only rely on current market data which, although useful, is not a crystal ball.

Right now, interest rates are very low, and although home prices have gone up over the last year and a half, there is still plenty of affordable housing left for most people. With home loans easier to obtain, now is the perfect time to find that perfect home. With all the talk of the “shadow inventory” that never materialized, there is no reason to think that prices are coming down anytime soon. Could it happen?  Sure. One thing the last few years have taught us is to expect the unexpected!

Let’s talk about what factors you should take into consideration when figuring out if now is the time for you to buy a home.

  • Do the advantages of buying outweigh the advantages of renting? There are instances when the cost of ownership can be greater than renting. Talking with a real estate or mortgage broker professional will help you determine which option is the most advantageous for you.
  • Are you prepared for the prospect of maintenance and repairs for apply your new home? Does your current schedule allow you time to take care of things such as mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, etc.? With Home Owners Associations (HOAs) keeping a close eye online payday loan lenders in this area, you must be prepared to either take care of these things yourself, or pay a landscaper to take care of them for you.
  • Are you counting on your new home appreciating in value? If you’ll be moving out of the state in two years or think you may outgrow your new home relatively quickly, I would not recommend buying a home.
  • Are your finances in order? It is extremely important not to overextend yourself. Even though your loan officer may qualify you for a home loan, it doesn’t mean it is affordable. Ask the important questions: Can I afford this? Will I have to work more hours to make this work? Is it more or less than what I’m currently paying? How have I been doing with my current rent/mortgage payment?
  • Do you need flexibility to move? Remember, when you own a home, there is less flexibility to move in pursuit of a new job, family emergencies, etc.
  • Are you planning to have a family? It is always better to buy a home that can expand nicely with your future plans.

There are many more questions you could ask, but the questions above will get you started on the right path.

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