Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Listing - 9328 Desert Heat Av in Mountains Edge

6 bedroom, 5 bath in Mountain's Edge MLS 1499782
The Foster Beckman Group is pleased to present this lovely 6 bedroom, 5 bath home in Mountain's Edge.  This large home has 4,265 square feet of living space with a 4 car garage on a pool-sized lot. Home has many upgrades and lots of bonus space. View details here.

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tevare at Summerlin

KB Home's new development, Tevare at Summerlin, offers 5 floor plans from $319,990 to $369,990 in both 1 and 2 story homes. Convenient to the 215 and just minutes from Red Rock Resort and Downtown Summerlin, this gated community has much to offer.

KB Homes is one of the largest and most recognized home building companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the company has built more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and design features. In addition to meeting strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB homes are highly energy-efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®). Los Angeles-based KB Home was the first home builder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades under the ticker symbol "KBH."

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

4 Tips for Selling Your Home If You Have Pets

Selling a home is stressful enough for home owners, but selling a home with pets can be even more stressful. In addition to the usual concerns home owners have, clients with pets also have to consider if they should move their animals out while the home is for sale, how much it will cost to repair any pet-related damage and if pet odor will deter potential buyers.
Unfortunately for pet owners, the truth is that pets can turn away potential buyers and even lower the perceived value of their home if they are not addressed prior to listing. However, when properly prepared, homes with pets can be cleaned and staged in a way that makes the existence of the pets almost undetectable.

The first step is to sit down with your clients and talk to them about the issue of selling a home with pets. Most regard their pets as family members, so telling them that not all buyers like pets can be emotional. Consider making the following tips part of your listing presentation discussion so that the matter is addressed right away.

1. Eliminate Pet Odor
Although your clients might have become accustomed to it, pet odors can deter potential buyers. Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our emotions and on our perception. The scent of pet odor in a house is sure to stick in a potential buyer’s mind, and this will likely cause them to deduct the cost of carpet replacement from their offer. Even worse, if a buyer walks in the home and smells a dirty cat litter box or soiled carpet, they might not even proceed with the tour. To eliminate pet odor and keep potential buyers moving through the home, consider the following:
  • If not replacing carpet, have it professionally steam cleaned. Don’t forget to also clean upholstered furniture and area rugs. Any surface that holds in pet odor should be cleaned, replaced or removed.
  • Weather permitting, advise clients to open windows for a few days leading up to showings to help air out the home.
  • Be cautious when using air fresheners. You don’t want buyers to be blasted with the smell of artificial flowers that scream the seller is hiding an odor. Some fresh flowers can not only help with fragrance, but also add to the home staging. Also consider air neutralizers and odor absorbing products. Rather than masking the smell, these items actually absorb odor and neutralize the air.
  • Consider placing an air purifier in the pet’s main living area to filter the air.
  • Replace air filters that might have trapped pet dander and odor.
2. Repair Pet-Related Damage to Home and Yard
As much as we love our pets, the truth is they cause extra wear and tear on the home, especially in the yard. Assess the home and consider recommending the owner repairs as much of the pet damage as possible before showing. Some areas to look at include:
  • Over-seed the yard or patch lawn areas to repair brown spots.
  • Fill in holes created by canine gardeners. Not only are they unsightly, they can be potentially dangerous if someone were to trip in it.
  • If doors and/or window screens have been damaged and scratched, replace them.
  • Clean pet hair from hard-to-reach places such as behind appliances and behind doors.
  • If wood or laminate flooring is scratched beyond repair, consider repairing the floor. This might be a large investment up front, but it can yield great results at sale.
3.  Consider that potential buyers might be afraid of animals and vice versa.  Educate your clients about pet liability and discuss having the pets temporarily (either during the entire sale process or on days when there are showings and open houses) relocated if possible. If your client does not have a relocation option, talk to them about crating their animals during showings and open houses. For pets that are not already crate trained, it can take time for them to enjoy being in the crate. Suggest your client contact a pet trainer to learn how to introduce their pet to a crate. Your clients can create positive associations with the crate by giving the pet a treat-filled toy or bone to keep them busy while in the crate.   This is not only essential for the safety of potential buyers, but it also protects animals from getting out of the house, getting hurt, or causing harm to others.

4. Speaking of stress, animals can experience anxiety from having a lot of strange foot traffic in their home. Potential buyers might be distracted by a stressed pet and a nervous barking. Recommend that your client talks to their veterinarian to get a product recommendation to help their pets cope with this stressful event. National pet stores sell items such as plugins that release stress calming pheromones. The plugins do not emit any scent and can last up to three months. The pheromones released are only detected by the animals and will not affect humans.
Above all, when selling a home with pets remember that they are part of your client’s family. Your clients will appreciate your compassion and willingness to not only help them sell their house, but to also reduce the stress on them and their pets.

 If you are thinking about selling your home, contact Mary Kay at 702.686.2695 today to find out what the Foster Beckman Group can do for you!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Reverse Mortgage to PURCHASE a Home? YES!

If you are age 62+ and looking to purchase a home, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM for Purchase) could be the answer for you!

The HECM for Purchase is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) home loan that allows seniors to use the equity form the sale of a previous residence to buy their next primary home in on transaction! The HECM for Purchase loan is a non-recourse loan, which means there is no recourse to the borrower, or their estate heirs if the HECM loan balance exceeds the home's value at maturity as long as the borrower or their estate sell the property to pay off the debt. If the borrower or their estate want to retain the property, the balance must be paid in full and any equity remaining the property after the mortgage is retired belongs to the borrower or the estate!

Use the HECM for Purchase loan to:
  • Downsize to a smaller, lower maintenance home
  • Buy a home closer to family or friends
  • Lower the cost of living during retirement
  • Enjoy carefree living in a senior housing community

For more information on purchasing a home using the HECM for Purchase, contact the Foster Beckman Group today at 702.686.2695




Saturday, November 29, 2014

Is Now a Good Time to Sell Your Las Vegas Home?

Is it a good time to sell your home in Las Vegas? In many ways, now is the perfect time to sell your Vegas home, and here is why.

For the first time in years, the Las Vegas housing market is showing strong signs of stabilizing. Foreclosures, REOs and short sales are making up a very small portion of the market, compared to a few years ago when these sales made up the majority of the market.

Selling your house now means that you will be selling to traditional buyers, and not so investors whose main goal is to get your property for the cheapest possible prince.

Another great reason to put your home on the market now is the huge rise we've seen in property values over the past 2 years. There is a good chance you can put your home on the market without it being a dreaded short sale. Only around 30% of current homeowners now owe more than their home is worth, compared to over 70% a few years ago!

And finally, now is a great time to find a buyer! We are currently suffering from a low inventory of homes for sale compared to the amount of buyers in the market. As the economy continues to improve, more people are once again looking to buy a home. New construction is once again becoming competitive, so now is a great time to sell your home fast for a great price.

If you are thinking about selling, the first step is to get a current comparative market analysis (CMA) to determine the accurate value of your home in today's marketplace. We offer FREE CMA's - all you have to do is contact Mary Kay at 702.686.2695 today to find out what your home is currently worth.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Renting a Home in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has a tight Rental Market
Las Vegas is a great place to live and, as residents know, it is much more than just The Strip. The city has so much to offer in the way of shopping, dining, recreation and the arts, that no matter what your interests, you will find plenty here to occupy you.

Home buying in the city has become easier over the last several years, with interest rates dropping and new loan programs arriving on the scene. However, many people in Las Vegas do not own a home, but they rent. In fact, 48% of the housing market is comprised of renters, with an average vacancy rate of around 10%, which means only 1 in every ten rental units is available at any given time.

The low vacancy rate combined with the high cost of rent - the average rent is around $1150 per month - and the intense application process, makes the Las Vegas rental market extremely competitive and makes renting a home in the city almost as challenging as buying a home. For these reasons, many people who are looking to rent rely on a Real Estate Agent to help them navigate the rental market and ultimately find the perfect home.

Using a REALTOR to find a rental is free; Agents get paid by the landlord/property management company, so there is no cost to the home seeker. Agents also have access to the largest listing of rentals in the city; the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). We access the MLS for rental units just like we do to find homes for home buyers which means we can help you narrow down your search and make hunt for your new home as painless as possible.

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and renters to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Why You Need a Home Warranty No Matter How Old Your Home Is

Mechanical systems and appliances break down when you – and your budget – least expect it.  In fact, research shows most homes will experience two mechanical failures each year!

The standard home warranty is a one-year service contract that protects a resale home buyer or current homeowner against the cost of unexpected repairs or replacement of major systems and appliances that break down due to normal usage. Coverage is also available to home sellers during the listing and escrow period to help them keep unforeseen breakdowns from potentially delaying the close of sale.

Home warranty's cover things your home owner's insurance does not cover, such as appliances. A one-year home warranty covers items not covered under your standard homeowner policy - filling a critical gap in the protection of your home. For example, if your dishwasher leaks and water damages the floor, your homeowner's insurance policy may cover the damage to the floor, but not the repair or replacement of the dishwasher.

A home warranty can be ordered at any time, even if you have owned your home for years, so if you don't have one, GET ONE! You will be happy you did!

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If you are ready to list your home with a professional real estate agent who will get your the highest dollar in the quickest amount of time, then contact Mary Kay Beckman today at 702.686.2695.

10 Mistakes Home Sellers Make - Part 2

Selling your home - especially if you've never done it before - can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging. Strangers will come into your home and poke around in your closets and cabinets. They will criticize a place that has probably become more than just four walls and a roof to you, and then, to top it all off, they will offer you less money than you think your home is worth. With no experience and a complex, emotional transaction on your hands, it's easy for first-time home sellers to make lots of mistakes, but with a little know-how, many of these pitfalls can be avoided altogether. Read on to find out how you can get the highest possible price for your home within a reasonable time frame - without losing your mind.

Mistake No.6 - Not Being Properly Insured
With the above-average number of people who will be on your property, you want to make sure you are insured in case someone has an accident on the premises and tries to sue you for damages. You also want to make sure that there are not any obvious hazards at the property or that you take steps to mitigate them (keeping the children of potential buyers away from your pool and getting your dogs out of the house during showings, for example).

Mistake No.7 - Trying to Hide Significant Problems
Any problem with the property will be uncovered during the buyer's inspection, so there's no use hiding it. Either fix the problem ahead of time, price the property below market value to account for the problem, or list the property at a normal price but offer the buyer a credit to fix the problem. Realize that if you don't fix the problem in advance, you may turn away a fair number of buyers who want a turnkey home. Having your home inspected before listing it is a good idea if you want to avoid costly surprises once the home is under contract.

Mistake No.8 - Not Preparing Your Home for Sale
Sellers who do not clean and stage their homes are throwing money down the drain. If you can't afford to hire a professional, that's OK - there are many things you can do on your own. Failing to do these things will not only reduce your sale price, but may also prevent you from getting a sale at all. For example, if you haven't attended to minor issues like a broken doorknob, a potential buyer may wonder whether the house has larger, costlier issues that haven't been addressed. Have a friend or agent with a fresh pair of eyes point out areas of your home that need work - because of your familiarity with the home, you may have become immune to its trouble spots. Decluttering, cleaning thoroughly, putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and getting rid of any odors will also help you make a good impression on buyers.

Mistake No.9 - Not Accommodating Potential Buyers
If someone wants to view your house, you need to accommodate this person, even if it is inconvenient for you. And yes, you have to clean and declutter the house before every single visit. A buyer won't know and won't care if your house was clean last week if it isn't clean when he or she views it. It's a lot of work, but stay focused on the prize.

Mistake No.10 - Signing a Purchase Contract With an Unqualified Buyer
It's more than reasonable to expect a buyer to bring a pre-approval letter from a mortgage lender (or proof of funds for cash purchases) showing that he or she has the money to buy the home. Signing a contract with a buyer whose purchase of your home is contingent on the sale of his or her own property may also put you in a serious bind if you need to close by a particular date.

Conclusion
If you avoid the costly mistakes listed here, it will go a long way toward helping you put your best foot forward and achieving that seamless, lucrative sale every home seller hopes for.
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The Foster Beckman Group specializes in helping you sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time. When you are ready to list your home, trust a specialist who has helped hundreds of clients through successful home sales; contact Mary Kay Beckman today at 702.686.2695.

10 Mistakes Home Sellers Make - Part 1

Selling your home - especially if you've never done it before - can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging. Strangers will come into your home and poke around in your closets and cabinets. They will criticize a place that has probably become more than just four walls and a roof to you, and then, to top it all off, they will offer you less money than you think your home is worth. With no experience and a complex, emotional transaction on your hands, it's easy for first-time home sellers to make lots of mistakes, but with a little know-how, many of these pitfalls can be avoided altogether. Read on to find out how you can get the highest possible price for your home within a reasonable time frame - without losing your mind.

Mistake No.1 - Getting Emotionally Involved
Once you decide to sell your home, it can be helpful to start thinking of yourself as a businessperson and a home seller rather than as the home's owner. By looking at the transaction from a purely financial perspective, you'll distance yourself from the emotional aspects of selling the property that you've undoubtedly created many memories in.

Also, try to remember how you felt when you were shopping for that home. Most buyers will also be in an emotional state. If you can remember that you are selling not just a piece of property but also an image, a dream and a lifestyle, you'll be more likely to put in the extra effort of staging and perhaps some minor remodeling to get top dollar for your home. These changes in appearance will not only help the sales price, they'll also help you create that emotional distance because the home will look less familiar.

Mistake No.2 - Not Hiring an Agent

Although real estate agents command a hefty commission (usually 5-6% of the sale price of your home), trying to sell your home on your own, especially if you haven't done it before, is probably ill advised. A good agent will help you set a fair and competitive selling price for your home that will increase your odds of a quick sale. An agent can also help take some of the high emotion out of the process by interacting directly with potential buyers so you don't have to, and eliminating tire kickers who only want to look at your property but have no intention of putting in an offer.

An agent will also have more experience negotiating home sales than you do, potentially helping you get more money than you could on your own. Further, if any problems crop up during the process - and they commonly do - an experienced professional will be there to handle them for you. Finally, agents are familiar with all the paperwork and pitfalls involved in real estate transactions and can help make sure the process goes smoothly. (Keep reading on this subject in Do You Need A Real Estate Agent? and Finding A Listing Agent.)

Mistake No.3 - Setting an Unrealistic Price
Whether you're working with an agent or going it alone, setting the right asking price is key. Remember the comparable market analysis you did when you bought a home to figure out a fair offering price? Buyers will do this for your home, too, so as a seller you should be one step ahead of the game.

Absent a housing bubble, overpriced homes do not sell. Don't worry too much about setting a price that's on the low side because, in theory, this will generate multiple offers and bid the price up to the home's true market value. In fact, underpricing your home a bit can actually be a strategy to generate extra interest in your listing.

Mistake No.4 - Expecting To Get Your Asking Price
Any smart buyer will negotiate, and if you want to complete the sale, you'll have to play the game. Most people want to list their homes at a price that will attract buyers while still leaving some breathing room for negotiations. This will allow the buyer to feel like he or she is getting a good value and allow you to get the amount of money you need from the sale. Of course, whether you end up with more or less than your asking price will likely depend on whether you're in a buyer's market or a seller's market and on how well you have staged your home.

Mistake No.5 - Skimping on Listing Photos
So many buyers look for homes online these days and so many of those homes have photos that you'll be doing yourself a real disservice if you don't offer photos as well. At the same time, there are so many poor photos of homes for sale that if you do a good job, it will set your listing apart and help generate extra interest. Good photos should be crisp and clear, should taken during the day when there is plenty of natural light available, and should showcase your home's best assets. Consider using a wide-angle lens if possible - this will allow you to give potential buyers a better idea of what entire rooms look like.
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The Foster Beckman Group specializes in helping you sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time. When you are ready to list your home, trust a specialist who has helped hundreds of clients through successful home sales; contact Mary Kay Beckman today at 702.686.2695.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Get a Grant to help buy your Las Vegas home!

For many, owning a home of is the Great American Dream. This Home is Possible™ grant program from the Nevada Housing Division is helping to make the dream a reality for qualified Nevadans.

This new program, focused on home buyers in Washoe and Clark Counties, provides a down payment grant along with a competitive fixed mortgage rate. This grant, which can total up to 4% of the loan’s value, never needs to be repaid. It is free money to help the home buyer achieve the dream of home ownership.

The Home is Possible™ down payment grants are funded through private taxable mortgage funds. No government funds are used for these down payment grants.

Home is Possible™ Key Benefits:
  • Provides a grant up to 4% of the home loan amount that
  • can be used for down payment assistance or closing
  • costs
  • Fixed interest rate 30-year loan
  • No first-time home buyer requirement
  • Grant is non-repayable
  • Home buyer must live in home as primary residence
  • No asset limits for home buyers

Program Requirements
  • Minimum credit score of 640 for government insured loans, 660 for manufactured homes and 680 for most conventional loans
  • Qualifying income on mortgage application must be below $95,500
  • Home price below $400,000
  • Home buyer education course required
  • Must meet normal government or conventional loan underwriting requirements

How to get started:
For those who would like to purchase a home using the Home is Possible™ grant program, it’s easy to get started:

1. Contact the Foster Beckman Group to start the home buying process
2. Complete home buyer paperwork with approved lender
3. Ask your lender how to maximize your savings by combining the Home is Possible™ grant program with the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) to save even more money.

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Summerlin Community Cielo de Oro by Woodside Homes

New homes at Cielo de Oro in Summerlin
Cielo de Oro in Summerlin sits at the base of the mountains in The Mesa village in Summerlin, 89135. Homes in Cielo de Oro range from 2,102 to 3,147 square feet with 3-6 bedrooms and 3-5 bathrooms. New home prices range from $364,490-$428,490,

Built by Woodside Homes, the semi-custom homes in Cielo de Oro feture kitchens with granite, generous pantries, GE appliances, and awesome outdoor living spaces.

Download PDF of Cielo de Oro Home Features
 
The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Zip Code 89144 - The Place to Call Home!

Summerlin Communities in 89144
Zip code 89144 is in the Master Planned Community of Summerlin (North), and is home to several great communities sittuated over 3.9 square miles that house close to 9,000 residential homes. The majority of homes in this zip code were built after 1990, and range from the high $100's to over $1,000,000.

Summerlin has more than 150 parks, more than 2 dozen public and private schools, 14 houses o f worship, nine golf courses, three resort hotels, world-class recreational facilities, retail and entertainment centers, well-established office parks, as state-of-the-art medical center, and more - all playfully connected by more than 150 miles of nationally-recognized, award-winning trails that span the community. A wealthy of high desert activities, including hiking and rock climbing, encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle. In Summerlin, the abundance of amenities combine to create the community's hallmark quality of life. 

Well known communities in the Summerlin 89144 zip code include Tournament Players Club, Canyon Gate and Summerlin Parcel MM.  Also located in 89144 are:
  • Chardonnay
  • West Hills
  • Royal Woods
  • Arbor View 
  • Marbella Ridge
Of course all of these great neighborhoods are served by Summerlin schools, including Staton Elementary, Rogich Middle School, and Palo Verde high, making this a great zip code to raise a family.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in any of the communities in the 89144 zip code, please  contact our team of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents and home specialists at Foster Beckman Group, who are available to help you buy, sell or invest in Summerlin North property. Call us today at 702-686-2695 to see how we can help you with all of your real estate needs!

Meet Mary Kay!


Friday, November 14, 2014

How to Finance a Fixer-Upper

We can help you get your own fixer upper!
There are many reasons why you may want to buy a fixer-upper. Buying the "worst home in the best neighborhood" can often provide a great return on your home buying investment. Maybe you just like the challenge of bringing a home back to life, or you see you a fixer-upper as the ideal way to customize an existing home into a home of your dreams.

In the past it was a challenge to get financing for a home that was in less than stellar condition. The lender's appraisers would never qualify a home for a mortgage that needed major repairs, so if you were looking at a fixer-upper, you often had to pay cash or find non-traditional financing. But my how things have changed!

The FHA no offers two "fixer-upper" loan products, called the FHA 203K and FHA 203K Streamlined. The standard 203K is given for properties that need structural repairs such as moving walls or replacing a roof. The Streamlined 203K is for homes that don't need structural repairs, like new floor coverings or new appliances. Other items the standard 203K may cover are:
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen Remodels
  • Plumbing
  • Siding
  • Additions (even including a second story)
  • HVAC
Both the standard and streamlined 203K are available now, however the application process can be tricky, which is why you will need a GREAT loan officer to help you navigate the process. 

To find out more information on these exciting loan products and how the Foster Beckman Group can help you get into a fixer-upper, please contact Mary Kay at 702.686.2695.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why Now is the TIme to Buy for Veterans and Military Members

Buying a home is in reach with great lending options!
If you are currently in the service or have served and were honorably discharged, you have a great benefit available to you in the form of your VA loan. You are probably familiar with this benefit and know the basics - the VA doesn't actually lend money, but instead guarantees the loan up to a certain amount. When the VA backs a loan they also have certain rules that must be followed, including allowing you to borrow with no money down and eliminating mortgage insurance. In addition, VA loans are easier to qualify for, and often come with lower interest rates. All of these elements combined can really open up the amount of home available for you to purchase.

If VA loans are so great, how come more qualified people don't use them?
There are many misconceptions out there about these loans, mostly based on information that is flat out wrong or out dated. One of the common misconceptions is that it takes a long time to close a home with a VA loan. This is not true! Generally the longest "wait" for VA funding is how long it takes the appraiser to get the property on the schedule, which can take up to two weeks. However, after that hurdle has been cleared, funding can happen very quickly, with the entire process taking as little as 21 days (and in some cases even quicker) if you have the right loan officer working for you.

There are other loan programs available to active military and veterans, and in Nevada the Hero to Home program is one to consider. Here are some of the great features of the Hero to Home mortgage program:
  • Below Market Loans (2.75%)
  • Use of any loan type (not just VA)
  • Low upfront costs
  • Increased purchase power with lower monthly costs
  • HURRY! Only available while funds last!
Of course getting a loan is only on half of the home buying equation - the other half is finding the right home for you! That is where a focused Buyer's Agent comes in, ready and willing to help you through the entire home buying process. And as a military spouse, I understand some the complexities that come with moving and deciding to put down roots. I am available to help you achieve your home ownership goals! 

Beth Sandland, Buyer's Agent, Foster Beckman Group, Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas. 702.672.6791

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Listing - 4405 Meadowlark Wing Way, 89084

 NEW LISTING from the FOSTER BECKMAN GROUP
Newly Listed is this lovely 4 bedroom, 2 bath single story home in Aliante

Another exclusive Foster Beckman Group listing is now available for previewing in the Cove at Aliante.
Large Kitchen has Breakfast Bar open to Family Room

This lovely 1,598 SF home has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths all on one level!

Gas Fireplace in Family Room

Located inside the gated community of Cove at Aliante, this home has a spacious back yard, solid surface counter tops and gas fireplace in the living room.
Spacious back yard is ready for your touches!
The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Why Rent when you could Buy? Renting vs Buying in Las Vegas

You are looking for a new home, but the questions lingers; should you rent, or should you buy? The average rent in Las Vegas is $1150 per month. Renting offers you no equity, no tax benefit, and no protection against regular rent increases. If you're paying rent, you are really just paying your landlord's mortgage.

Let's compare* the real costs of owing vs. renting in today's market:

 * Approximate Payment/Cost Comparison based on estimated annual tax results.  Based on 2.5 tax bracket and on estimated first year interest and taxes.  Recommend consulting with tax expert.  Payment based on FHA 30-year fixed rate loan with 7% interest rate, sales price of $125,000 and a loan balance of $121,250.  Interest rate/rental rates, prices, terms, and availability subject to change without notice.  See a qualified tax consultant for more details.

Many people think they have to rent because they believe they cannot afford to buy, but when you look at the average rent prices in Las Vegas, you could very well be owning a home for what you're paying in rent!

If you have not had a recent foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy you could very well qualify to buy a home! We can recommend qualified lenders to help you determine if you can buy a home, and how much home you can afford to buy. In many cases, they can do much of the pre-qualification process over the phone!

Our team of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents and home specialists at Foster Beckman Group are available to help you buy, sell or invest in Las Vegas property. Call us today at 702-686-2695 to see how we can help you with all of your real estate needs!

Staging your Home to Sell in 10 Simple Steps


If you want to sell your house fast and at top dollar, then your home needs to look great in this competitive market. Follow these steps to ensure that you get the absolute top dollar for your house!

1. Most people do a drive by before they decide if they want to see your home, so make sure your curb appeal is second to none. In Vegas that means no bare gravel, no dead plants, no broken sprinklers, and no dirt and dust build up! Consider the following
  • Power wash siding and walkways
  • Hang easy-to-read house numbers
  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
  • If you have grass, keep it trimmed. If your grass doesn't look nice, consider replacing it with synthetic grass
  • Wash front windows
  • Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed
2. Clean up your porch! If you live in a home where you normally enter via the garage, make sure you pay special attention to the porch, which is where prospective buyers will enter. Make sure you have a clean doormat and leafy green or flowering plants in pots.  Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by.

3. Get the interior of your home spotlessly clean - and keep it that way until your home sells! If it is too much for you to have your home "magazine photo clean" then hire a cleaning agency to do it for you! This step really is key, so make sure you do a great job!

4. If you really want top dollar for your home, you MUST de-clutter. Remember, what is a treasure to you may very well keep someone else from seeing the value in your home. It is not easy to put things you love away, but remember, it's only temporary! You can break out all of your beloved treasures as soon as you get into you new home! And please, don't just cram everything into one room or the garage. Rent a storage unit and get it off site, so people can see your home at it's most spacious!

5. Look down! That's right - take a GOOD look at your floors! Make sure you have all carpets professionaly steam cleaned.  Make sure you mop and buff your real wood floors, and shine your tiel. Broken tiles or loose floor boards should be fixed and replaced. And how about your wood trim? Make sure it is clean and any scuffs are removed.

6. Is it time to repaint? You should have cleared up some wall space during your decluttering process so take a good look at those walls. If walls were painted dark accent colors or have a lot of marks, dirt and stains, then get out the roller and repaint! Dirty, dark or dingy walls will lead to less profit for you at the end of the sale.

7. Don't forget about the kids! If you have children, make sure they are part of the cleaning and decluttering. No wants to look at kids toys all over the house; it will make it seem like your home doesn't have enough space so the kids have to take over. Make sure the kids rooms are clean and organized, including the closets!

8. Make sure your bonus room has a purpose, which cannot be to store extra stuff! When people tour your home, they want to get a good idea of what each room can be used for. If your home has an extra room that can be an office, then make it an office. If it can be a craft room, then make it craft room. Just don't use it to store extra "stuff" or try and make it a combination "craft/exercise/office/we don't really know what it is" room!.

9. If you have an awkward area in your home, address it! Some homes are built with an odd angle or a strange extra space thrown in. Make sure you stage these in a way that they seem to make sense. Use furniture, rugs and tasteful decor pieces to make it clear that the space is not wasted and can be used effectively as part of the living space.

10. This can be a very sensitive topic, but it's time to talk about how your home smells, especially if you have pets. You get used to the smell of your home, but someone walking in for the first time will notice ever odd or "off" odor. If you have pets make sure you keep their bedding and any furniture they are allowed on meticulously clean. If you have cats, make sure the cat box is kept clean at all times. Keep carpets vacuumed and use a product like "pet fresh" on your carpets once a week. Febreze does a wonderful job on furniture odors, too!

If you follow these 10 simple steps and adhere to the "showing policies" of keeping the lights on, making sure your home smells wonderful (baked cookies and cinnamon rolls are two favorite odors of home buyers) and keeping the house clean and tidy, you will be miles ahead of the competition!

Our team of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents and home specialists at Foster Beckman Group are available to help you buy, sell or invest in Las Vegas property. Call us today at 702-686-2695 to see how we can help you with all of your real estate needs! 

Closing 101 - What to Expect at Closing When you Sell Your Home


The closing process finalizes the sale of your home and makes everything official. Also known as settlement, the closing is when you get paid and the buyer receives the deed to your home. The day of closing is usually 1-3 business days after the day you sign your closing documents.

Here are a few things to bring to the signing appointment:
•House keys
•Garage door remote(s)
•Mailbox key(s)
•Any community gate/pool key(s)
•A picture ID

What can you expect?
The closing agent (escrow officer) will look over the purchase contract and identify what payments are owed and by whom; prepare documents for the closing; conduct the closing; make sure taxes, title searches, real estate commissions and other closing costs are paid; ensure that the buyer's title is recorded; and ensure that you receive any monies due to you.

What are your costs?

Sellers commonly pay the following at closing:
•Mortgage balance and prepayment penalties, if applicable
•Other claims against your property, such as unpaid property taxes
•Unpaid HOA dues / special assessments on your property
•Nevada state transfer tax
•Real estate commission
•½ of the escrow fee
•Title insurance premium

After the closing, make sure you keep the following for tax purposes:
• Copies of all closing documents

And finally, put your check in the bank!

Our team of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents and home specialists at Foster Beckman Group are available to help you buy, sell or invest in Las Vegas property. Call us today at 702-686-2695 to see how we can help you with all of your real estate needs!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to Sell your House in 10 Easy Steps

1.   Hire the Foster Beckman Group to make sure steps 2-9 run smoothly and get you the most money for your property in the shortest amount of time!

 2.  Define your goals, wants, needs and expectations.  A good place to begin is by exploring your short and long term goals in life and how selling your home fits in.  We will walk through a process we use to thoroughly understand our client’s goals, wants and needs to ensure that your expectations are met.

3. Determine the best price for what’s going on in the market right now.  We assess the current state of the market and what comparable homes are actually selling for by reviewing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) on your home.  That way, we can objectively determine its fair market value and price it right.

4. Prepare your property so that it is in top-selling condition.  Most of us don’t keep our homes in top-selling condition.  We will work with you to help you see things from a buyer’s point of view.  We will consult with you on what to repair, replace or remove so that your home makes a GREAT first impression.

5. Implement time-proven, research-based marketing strategies.  Your home will be marketed with a 10 point marketing plan that has the highest potential for bringing not only the most buyers, but also the most qualified buyers to your doorstep.

6. Show your property.  Always keep your home in top-selling condition.  When you leave for work, make sure that your home remains in top-selling condition.  You know what they say about first impressions!

7. Receive an offer and Negotiate to Sell. When a buyer decides to buy your home, an offer will be presented.  We will  advise you on the offer and whether the buyer is qualified to purchase your home.

8. Have your home appraised and inspected.  Once you have accepted an offer, we will work with the buyer’s agent to coordinate an appraisal, inspections and a survey (if required).  If the buyer requires that certain repairs be made on your home, we will continue to negotiate on your behalf and recommend vendors so we move successfully from contract to closing.

9. Prepare for closing.  A few days before closing (also known as settlement), we will contact the title company and the buyer’s agent to ensure that all the necessary forms and documents have been prepared.  We will meet with you to review the closing documents and let you know what additional forms and information you need to bring to the closing meeting.

10. Close!  Once recorded, ownership of your property is legally transferred to the buyer.  We will    advise you and ensure that everything goes according to plan.

Our team of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents and home specialists at Foster Beckman Group are available to help you buy, sell or invest in Las Vegas property. Call us today at 702-686-2695 to see how we can help you with all of your real estate needs!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Eight Steps to Buying a Home

1. Decide to buy.

Although there are many good reasons for you to buy a home, wealth building ranks among the top of the list. We call home ownership the best “accidental investment” most people ever make. But, we believe when it is done right, home ownership becomes an “intentional investment” that lays the foundation for a life of financial security and personal choice. There are solid financial reasons to support your decision to buy a home, and, among these, equity buildup, value appreciation, and tax benefits stand out.

Base your decision to buy on fact, not fears.
  1. If you are paying rent, you very likely can afford to buy
  2. There is never a wrong time to buy the right home. All you need to do in the short run is find a good buy and make sure you have the financial ability to hold it for the long run
  3. The lack of a substantial down payment doesn't prevent you from making your first home purchase
  4. A less-than-perfect credit score won't necessarily stop you from buying a home
  5. The best way to get closer to buying your ultimate dream home is to buy your first home now
  6. Buying a home doesn't have to be complicated - there are many professionals who will help you along the way

2. Hire your agent.
The typical real estate transaction involves at least two dozen separate individuals-insurance assessors, mortgage brokers and underwriters, inspectors, appraisers, escrow officers, buyer's agents, seller's agents, bankers, title researchers, and a number of other individuals whose actions and decisions have to be orchestrated in order to perform in harmony and get a home sale closed. It is the responsibility of your real estate agent to expertly coordinate all the professionals involved in your home purchase and to act as the advocate for you and your interests throughout.
Seven main roles of your real estate agent

A Buyer's Real Estate Agent:

  1. Educates you about your market.
  2. Analyzes your wants and needs.
  3. Guides you to homes that fit your criteria.
  4. Coordinates the work of other needed professionals.
  5. Negotiates on your behalf.
  6. Checks and double-checks paperwork and deadlines.
  7. Solves any problems that may arise.

Eight important questions to ask your agent

Qualifications are important. However, finding a solid, professional agent means getting beyond the resume, and into what makes an agent effective. Use the following questions as your starting point in hiring your licensed, professional real estate agent:
  1. Why did you become a real estate agent?
  2. Why should I work with you?
  3. What do you do better than other real estate agents?
  4. What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
  5. What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
  6. What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
  7. What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
  8. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?

3. Secure financing.
While you may find the thought of home ownership thrilling, the thought of taking on a mortgage may be downright chilling. Many first-time buyers start out confused about the process or nervous about making such a large financial commitment.
From start to finish, you will follow a six-step, easy-to-understand process to securing the financing for your first home.

Six steps to Financing a Home
  1. Choose a loan officer (or mortgage specialist).
  2. Make a loan application and get preapproved.
  3. Determine what you want to pay and select a loan option.
  4. Submit to the lender an accepted purchase offer contract.
  5. Get an appraisal and title commitment.
  6. Obtain funding at closing.

4. Find your home.
You may think that shopping for homes starts with jumping in the car and driving all over town. And it's true that hopping in the car to go look is probably the most exciting part of the home-buying process. However, driving around is fun for only so long-if weeks go by without finding what you're looking for, the fun can fade pretty fast. That's why we say that looking for your home begins with carefully assessing your values, wants, and needs, both for the short and long terms.
Questions to ask yourself
  1. What do I want my home to be close to?
  2. How much space do I need and why?
  3. Which is more critical: location or size?
  4. Would I be interested in a fixer-upper?
  5. How important is home value appreciation?
  6. Is neighborhood stability and priority?
  7. Would I be interested in a condo?
  8. Would I be interested in new home construction?
  9. What features and amenities do I want? Which do I really need?

5. Make an offer.
When searching for your dream home, you were just that-a dreamer. Now that you're writing an offer, you need to be a businessperson. You need to approach this process with a cool head and a realistic perspective of your market. The three basic components of an offer are price, terms, and contingencies (or “conditions” in Canada).

Price
The right price to offer must fairly reflect the true market value of the home you want to buy. Your agent's market research will guide this decision.

Terms
The other financial and timing factors that will be included in the offer.
Terms fall under six basic categories in a real estate offer:
  1. Schedule-a schedule of events that has to happen before closing.
  2. Conveyances-the items that stay with the house when the sellers leave.
  3. Commission-the real estate commission or fee, for both the agent who works with the seller and the agents who works with the buyer.
  4. Closing costs-it's standard for buyers to pay their closing costs, but if you want to roll the costs into the loan, you need to write that into the contract.
  5. Home warranty-this covers repairs or replacement of appliances and major systems. You may ask the seller to pay for this.
  6. Earnest money-this protects the sellers from the possibility of your unexpectedly pulling of the deal and makes a statement about the seriousness of your offer.

6. Perform due diligence.
Unlike most major purchases, once you buy a home, you can't return it if something breaks or doesn't quite work like it's supposed to. That's why home owner's insurance and property inspections are so important.
A home owner's insurance policy protects you in two ways:
  1. Against loss or damage to the property itself
  2. liability in case someone sustains an injury while on your property

The property inspection should expose the secret issues a home might hide so you know exactly what you're getting into before you sign your closing papers.
  • Your major concern is structural damage.
  • Don't sweat the small stuff. Things that are easily fixed can be overlooked.
  • If you have a big problem show up in your inspection report, you should bring in a specialist. If the worst-case scenario turns out to be true, you might want to walk away from the purchase.

7. Close.
The final stage of the home buying process is the lender's confirmation of the home's value and legal statue, and your continued credit-worthiness. This entails a survey, appraisal, title search, and a final check of your credit and finance. Your agent will keep you posted on how each if progressing, but your work is pretty much done.
You just have a few preclosing responsibilities:
  1. Stay in control of your finances.
  2. Return all phone calls and paperwork promptly.
  3. Communicate with your agent at least once a week.
  4. Several days before closing, confirm with your agent that all your documentation is in place and in order.
  5. Obtain certified funds for closing.
  6. Conduct a final walk-through.

On closing day, with the guidance of a settlement agent and your agent, you'll sign documents that do the following:
  1. Finalize your mortgage.
  2. Pay the seller.
  3. Pay your closing costs.
  4. Transfer the title from the seller to you.
  5. Make arrangements to legally record the transaction as a public record.
As long as you have clear expectations and follow directions, closing should be a momentous conclusion to your home-searching process and commencement of your home-owning experience.

8. Protect your investment.
Throughout the course of your home-buying experience, you've probably spent a lot of time with your real estate agent and you've gotten to know each other fairly well. There's no reason to throw all that trust and rapport out the window just because the deal has closed. In fact, your agent wants you to keep in touch!
Here are some tips to help you with your new home. 
Handle your first tax return as a home owner.
  1. Find contractors to help with home maintenance or remodeling.
  2. Help your friends find homes.
  3. Keep track of your home's current market value.
Attention to you home's maintenance needs is essential to protecting the long-term value of your investment.
Home maintenance falls into two categories:
  1. Keeping it clean: Perform routine maintenance on your home's systems, depending on their age and style.
  2. Keeping an eye on it: Watch for signs of leaks, damage, and wear. Fixing small problems early can save you big money later.
The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Will you know what to do when you sell your home?

Selling your home is a big decision and can be a very stressful process. When you are ready to list your home, choose proven real estate professionals who will provide you with the greatest possibility of selling your home for the highest price in the shortest period of time with the least amount of hassles. Choose the Foster Beckman Group!

There are many things to think about when putting your home up for sale and if you overlook one or two key components, you may not get the desired result - selling your home quickly and for top dollar!

Since most people don't sell more than two homes in their lifetime, it is not something most people develop an expertise in. There are ever-changing laws, ethical practices and practical considerations that can be overwhelming and very costly.

When you use an experienced REALTOR, you can rest assured that we will watch out for your interests, provide a positive experience, and help you sell your home quickly for top dollar in any market!

If you would like more information, please download a copy of our Listing Booklet and then be sure to contact Mary Kay at 702.686.2695.

Buying a Home in Las Vegas

Purchase a home in Las Vegas with the Foster Beckman Group!
We understand that buying a home can be an extremely stressful and daunting process, regardless of if you are a seasoned pro or a first time home buyer. That is why you need an agent that is going to focus on you, work hard for you, and make the home buying process as easy and stress free as possible!

There are some very simple steps that we need to take together to make the purchase of your new home a quick and easy transaction. By following these steps, you rest easy that the Foster Beckman Group will offer you a relaxed home buying experience, whether it's your first time purchasing a property or your 100th.

The first step in finding your dream home is to come to our office for an initial consultation, which will take between 15-20 minutes. It is imperative that we have this initial consultation, so that I can clearly understand your wants and needs.

The second step, which is equally as important as the first, is to introduce you to a lender so that you can get pre-qualified. We do not show homes to buyers who have not been qualified to purchase a home.  We can introduce you to several lenders so you can find the right one to work with, and they can help you quickly get pre-qualified. An experienced lender will also be able to talk to you about the latest loan programs such as Conventional, FHA, VA and current interest rates, which will ultimately save you money. There are even programs available that may help you with your down payment, or give you the cash to fix up a home!

To find out more about how Foster Beckman Group will work for you to help you get into the home of your dreams, please download a copy of our Buyer Handbook.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Featured Neighborhood - West Mesa Estates

West Mesa Estates is an extremely popular neighborhood located south of Alta drive and east of Boca Park and Tivoli village. Built in the late 80's and early 90's, West Mesa consists of large Bailey & McGah homes, including their famous Tri-Levels, all on spacious lots.  West Mesa does not have an HOA, which means there are no dues!

West Mesa Estates consists of 274 homes, the majority of which are owner-occupied. Homes range from 3 bedroom, 2 baths to 5+ bedrooms and 3+ baths.  It is a great neighborhood for families and is served by Walter Jacobson Elementary, Walter Johnson Middle School, and Palo Verde High School.
Close to Tivoli Village and Boca Park, West Mesa provides a lovely environment to relax and enjoy your home with ease of access to a wide variety of amenities. Durango avenue provides the eastern boundary for the neighborhood, which allows easy access in and out of the subdivision.



Beckman Foster Group has been serving the West Mesa community for many years, which makes us your realtor of choice when moving into or out of the neighborhood! We can help you find a home for sale in West Mesa! Our team of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents and home specialists at Foster Beckman Group are available to help you buy, sell or invest in West Mesa property. Call us today at 702-686-2695 to see how we can help you with all of your real estate needs!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Featured Listing - 3924 Quiet Pine MLS# 1466185

This lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1324 SF condo is located in a gated community in northwest Las Vegas. With no occupancy rules, this condo could be a great second/vacation home or an investment property.



The condo has two large bedrooms, spacious baths and an open living area with a fireplace. Community amenities include in ground pool fitness center.  Home is listed for $80,000. For more information or to see the home, please contact Beth at 702.672.6791.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ryland Homes Capistrano in The Paseos, Summerlin

Part of my job as a Buyer's Specialist is to tour new homes to see what builders have to offer and which models might be right for my clients. Ryland has been in business building homes across the nation for 45 years, and offers energy efficiency and roof top decks as a few of the hallmarks of their semi custom Las Vegas homes.

Ryland Homes new community, Capistrano, is located in Summerlin's Paseos Village. Capistrano is full of single family homes prices from $405,000 and ranging from 2612-3020 square feet. At Capistrano, Ryland Homes offers 4 brand new floor plans that include rooftop decks and gourmet kitchens.


The Paseos are located north of Charleston and just northwest of Redrock Casino and Dowtown Summerlin, which means all the amenities you could ever need are close at hand! Schools include some of the best in Clark country, including Clarence Piggott Elementary, Walter Johnson Middle School, and Palo Verde High.

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Do you need a REALTOR if you are buying a brand new home?

The short answer is yes. Builders are not different than any other home seller; their goal is to get the best price for the home they are trying to sell you. To complicate matters, new home builders often offer to help you finance the home through their "in house" financing service by telling you they can help you get a better rate.


Think about it - new home builders are in the business of making money by building homes. If they offer to sell you a home, finance the home, and then offer you other "incentives," you can bet they will find SOMEWHERE to make up for all of the "savings" they are offering you.

By hiring a Buyer's Specialist to help you purchase your brand new home, you can rest assured you will have someone in your corner who's sole purpose is to watch out for YOU. We will make sure that you get the best deal for YOU - not for the builder - by helping you secure the home of your dreams for the best possible price.

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FSBO - Does it Save Money to Sell your home Yourself?

Approximately 10% of home sellers attempt to sell their homes themselves in an effort to avoid paying the REALTOR commission.  Of those For Sale By Owner (FSBO) listings, over one third of home sellers do not do any marketing on their home, and 64% do not offer any buyer incentives.

Many FSBO's think they don't need an agent to list their home because they plan on selling to someone they know. Why spend time and money on marketing and Agent commissions when you already have a buyer signed up, right?

Here is why: In 2013, the typical home sold by the owner him/herself sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 for homes listed and sold by agents. That is a difference of $-46,000! On a $230,000 home, the total commission paid would be $13,800. That means that in an effort to save money, FSBO's may actually lose an average of $-32,200!

Why the difference? What do Listing Agents know that FSBO sellers don't? First of all, we know how to market your home to today's buyer. In addition, we also market your home to other Agents, and we put your home in the Multiple Listing Service. But that is not all - we also hold open houses, get out in the community, and network, network, NETWORK to get your home sold.

If you are ready to list your home with a professional real estate agent who will get your the highest dollar in the quickest amount of time, then contact Mary Kay Beckman today at 702.686.2695.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Zillow Factor - Don't Lose Out on the Right House for You

 People often ask me if, as a Real Estate Agent, I find sites like Zillow/Trulia threatening. The thought seems to be that if people can find a home they want on Zillow, why do they need a real estate agent? My answer is short - No. Zillow is great for what it is, a huge database of homes that are available to purchase or to rent, that is consumer friendly and easy to use. Consumers jump on, put in some criteria, and BAM! Zillow spits out a bunch of homes that meet their requirements, and the house hunt begins. It really is a great tool for our "do it yourself" technology driven nation, with only one not-so-small disadvantage - it is often wrong.

The data on Zillow/Trulia and other consumer driven sites - the data YOU, the consumer receives - is often old. Take as case in point a call that we received this week from some potential buyers who found a home on Zillow that they were very interested in. The home happened to be located in West Mesa Estates, which is a neighborhood Foster Beckman Group specializes in. The buyers were only in town for the rest of the day, so they asked if I could take them over to see the property right away. I said sure, and asked them for the the address. I pulled up MLS and saw that the address they had given me did not have an active listing, but the house next door was active, so I drove over to the neighborhood to meet them and discuss what was available.

When I got there, they were standing in the driveway looking at the house that was no longer on the market. I let them know that, unfortunately, the house was no longer available, but the one next door was. They were clearly confused and said, very adamantly, "But we just saw it on Zillow!" The fact is, the house had sold and closed almost a month earlier and closed over a week earlier, but Zillow just hadn't quite caught up yet. This is more the norm than the exception! The ONLY real-time, accurate source for real estate data is the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) that is available to professional real estate agents. When it comes to buying your new home, only a professional REALTOR can get you the most current pricing, listing and status information.

Another issue with Zillow, especially in a market like Las Vegas, is that their "Zestimates" of a home's value are often very, very off base. Again, this is usually due to the database being unable to keep up in "real time" with what is happening in the market, so houses can show up in the "Zestimate" as much higher, or substantially lower,  than the current market value. Again, a professional Agent can give you a real-time, accurate market analysis and comparables to help you make the right pricing decision, whether you are buying or selling.

So what is a savvy home buyer to do? By all means, go ahead and check Zillow out. Research neighborhoods, schools, and the types of homes available. But when it comes time to actually look for a home - YOUR new home - contact a REALTOR, who has instant access to real-time data and knows and understands the current market trends and conditions for the neighborhood you want to call home.

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home. We work closely with all of our home buyers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Las Vegas Home Values are Rising

Property values across Las Vegas are rising. Do you really know what your home is worth? Contact us today for a free market analysis of your home, and find out where you really stand!

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Recently Sold in the beautiful West Mesa Estates Subdivision
524 Ampere Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89145  Sold by Foster Beckman Group, 09/21/14 for $305,000


This lovely 3 bedroom Bailey & McGah tri-level on a spacious lot sold in September for $305,000. The home was in move-in ready condition with mature desert landscaping. If you are looking for a spacious home on a LARGE lot, the West Mesa Estates subdivision may be a great choice for you!

The Foster Beckman Group would love to help you find your new home or sell your current home. We work closely with all of our home buyers and sellers to help you find the right home at the best price for the least amount of stress! Call us today at 702.686.2695.  

About the Foster Beckman Group, Las Vegas Real Estate

Passion. Vision. Purpose.

These words are synonymous with the Foster Beckman Group and the service we provide our clients!

Passion
Mary Kay Beckman, along with her life partner, Tom Foster, founded the Foster Beckman Group in 2006. New to real estate and new to Las Vegas, they took a leap of faith when they joined Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas and took a crash course on being successful in real estate. Their passion and dedication were obvious, and they quickly rose the ranks of top achievers in their Market Center and in the Las Vegas valley.

Vision
In 2009, Tom Foster passed away unexpectedly, leaving Mary Kay to carry on with the business. Although the next several years brought much turmoil and heartache for Mary Kay, she never lost site of the vision she and Tom shared; making each and every real estate transaction as easy and painless for their clients as possible. Despite nearly dying herself from a brutal attack and subsequently spending months in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries, Mary Kay continued to stay near the top of the ranks at Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas, and eventually moved on to a leadership position at the Market Center. 

Purpose
In 2014, Mary Kay rediscovered her love for working real estate and moved back into her business full time. She brought on Beth Sandland, who was new to real estate but brought with her 14 years of successful print and electronic marketing experience, allowing Foster Beckman Group to not only help clients sell their property, but mass market it for the quickest sale at the best price.

Foster Beckman Group wants to be your real estate team in Las Vegas! You can count on Mary Kay and Beth to help you sell your home for top dollar and to get the best possible deal on your new home, so you can feel good about your real estate transaction.