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The state of Arizona mourns the tragic loss of 19 of our most elite fire fighters, the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  These men willingly put their lives on the line to preserve our valuable natural habitats, ranches, businesses and homes.  They make sacrifices of time away from family and friends t...
Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more, It turns denial into acceptance, Chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, A house into a home, A stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, Brings peace for today, And ...
4 bedroom 3 bath stunning Ahwatukee Phoenix home for sale bordering Mountain Park Ranch in the Desert Breeze subdivision, 48th Street and Chandler Blvd. is the perfect place to live. Absolutely No HOA in Desert Breeze, a part of the master planned community of Ahwatukee Phoenix home for sale. Eas...
What does it all mean?  An ACTIVE listing in the MLS means that the property listed is available and the seller is taking offers.  AWC means Active With Contingency.  AWC is the gray area that confuse people who are searching the multitude of MLS Search websites out there for the exact availabili...
Boy, oh, boy, I am here to tell you that Phoenix real estate is on the way up out of the 6 month crashed out low in the housing market, especially in homes priced under $118,950. I just put multiple condos for sale in Tempe, AZ and had a contract in less than 12 hours 10% over list price.  With a...
The Oasis at Anozira in Tempe, Arizona is truly The Oasis paradise in the center of the desert! The Oasis at Anozira's lush tropical neighborhood is amongst Tempe's finest planned communities and offers an array of single family homes.  A total of 40 executive style homes border the waterfront wi...
Uncovering a short sale deal takes smart detective work.  There are certain deductions that can be made when considering purchasing a Short Sale to help develop conclusions about the final outcome.  Asking the right questions will take the mystery out of purchasing a Short Sale and reveal details...
Someone who knows the ropes, please let me on on the secret of how to get a HAFA approval from Bank of America.  I thought I was Bank of America Short Sale savvy until they implemented AMS as their servicer for HAFA Short Sales.  I have had a HAFA Short Sale complete with all documentation submit...
Here in Arizona the competition for a Short Sale can be fierce.  The demand for low cost properties can create a multiple offer situation.  When representing the Seller, there have been 2 philosophies on how to manage multiple offers on a property. First, the Seller accepts the highest and best o...
Someone once told me that having debt makes a person more responsible.  He felt that by increasing your debt you become more motivated to work and therefore are driven to succeed.  The larger the amount of debt you accumulate, the greater your chances for success.  He used the term debt lightly w...

Barb Merrill

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Keeping well-educated on current market trends and issues is the best service I can give my clients. Whether a 1st time home buyer, a life change relocation, a 2nd home purchase or a seller which deserves the very best in negotiating skills enhanced by the information gained through blogging. The thriving economic enviroment of Arizona along with affordable housing is a welcoming home for everyone. This is what motivates me to provide excellence in the residential real estate field.