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Simple Stepts For a Quick Home Sale

by Michelle Metcalf

Simple Steps For A Quick Home Sale

By Michelle Metcalf, Associate Broker CRS, SRES, RE/MAX Valley Properties

Want it to sell your home quickly at or near your asking price? Then it needs to show well, be

marketed well, and be priced correctly. Here are some simple steps to help you get offers

quickly that are close to, or even above, your asking price.


1. Declutter the right way

Stuffing all your holiday decorations, seasonal clothes, sports equipment, and unused whatever

into closets and storage spaces is a bad idea. It will be discovered and serve to emphasize that

your home lacks adequate storage space. Instead, move your clutter into a rented storage unit

off-site. The general rule is to get rid of at least one-third of the things you don’t use everyday.


2. Nothing personal

Removing personal items like photos and memorabilia allows prospective buyers to imagine

themselves living in your house. It’s easier for them to focus on your home’s features, too.

While baby pictures are adorable, they need to come down if you want to sell your home quickly.

Likewise, don’t let your artwork become a distraction. While you love it, it might not be appealing

to buyers. Your home should be the focus, not your artwork.


3. Small changes have big impacts

No need to make major remodeling changes. Chances are you won’t recoup the money you

spend. Instead, focus on small upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms. A new sink and cabinet

hardware in the kitchen, or light fixtures, shower curtains, and hand towels in the bathrooms, are

inexpensive ways to transform your space.


4. Curb appeal is critical

Your home’s exterior is the first thing a buyer sees in person and on listing sites. If it doesn’t

look good, a buyer won’t even consider looking inside. Tidy up your yard by trimming and

shaping hedges, trees and bushes. Add new gravel or mulch. Consider pressure-washing your

house, walkways, and driveway. Add a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters. Everything

matters — even things as small as the brass on your front door. Flowers at the entryway add a

hint of color to make your home feel alive and inviting.


5. Find the right agent

The most important tip is to find a realtor with a proven track record of sales. Are they familiar

with the pros and cons of your neighborhood? Can they walk into your home and tell you

precisely what is good and what you need to change? For starters, check the online client

reviews and feedback on the agents you are considering. Make sure your agent promotes their

properties online. Do they hire professionals to take a variety of photos on their site and for

social media? How long has the realtor been selling?


In the Green Valley area, Michelle Metcalf ranks at the top of her profession. Michelle is one of

the top 10 producers in the Green Valley/Sahaurita markets. Michelle has earned the

prestigious Certifed Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation -- less than 1% of over 1 million

Realtors today have achieved this designation. Michelle has lived and worked in the Green

Valley/Sahuarita area for 18 years. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact

Michelle at: 520 400-5735. Or email her:

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Michelle Metcalf

Sahuarita Pecan Festival Nov. 10, 2018

by Michelle Metcalf

10th Anniversary of Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Nov. 10

Sahuarita, Ariz. – Green Valley Pecan Company is hosting the 10th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. The festival, which is held on the Green Valley Pecan farm, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be $5 on-site parking available immediately south of the Festival grounds with a portion of the proceeds benefiting groups volunteering at the event. A free shuttle service will also be available from Sahuarita School District and Walden Grove High School. This year’s Sahuarita Pecan Festival is dedicated to farmers and their essential work to feed communities worldwide.

This year’s Sahuarita Pecan Festival attractions include:

  • The 10th Annual Pecan Classic and Family Fun Run, starting at 8 a.m. Register online at Participants will receive a free race t-shirt; top qualifiers in the Pecan Classic will win pecan-themed awards. Members of the Sahuarita 4-H Club will volunteer at the race and receive a portion of the funds for their activities.
  • A Kids Area—to include bounce houses, bungee jumping, a rock climbing wall, the Boy Scouts monkey bridge, petting zoo, craft activities and Arabian horse demonstrations presented by the Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association.
  • Arts and crafts vendors in the marketplace, selling mostly, locally made, unique items perfect for holiday shopping.
  • A large area of Food vendors from all over Southern Arizona, preparing BBQ, sweets, and treats.
  • A Heritage Area, featuring tractor pull contests and antique tractor displays.
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides into the orchard for pecan harvest demonstrations. Cost is $2 per person (free for kids four years old or younger). All proceeds go directly to the Community Food Bank – Green Valley/Amado.
  • A Pecan Pie Contest, sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian Barbeque. The entry fee is $10 and the registration form is due on Nov. 10. Open to all ages!
  • Pecan cracking contests.
  • Special entertainment guests include the Walden Grove High School dance team (The PAC), Southern Reins Band, Grizzly Band, and more.
  • Commemorative Festival items for purchase, including tote bags, t-shirts, lapel pins, and posters. In addition to the Festival, these items can be purchased in advance of the event at the Pecan Store.

“The Sahuarita Pecan Festival turns 10! We’re making our 10th anniversary the best one yet, featuring the America’s Got Talent famous dancers from Walden Grove’s PAC dance team, unique farming and pecan interactive activities, and the best gifts offered in the Santa Cruz Valley! We’re honoring the contributions of farmers this year and we’re excited to invite the community to celebrate with us,” said Paula Beemer, Sahuarita Pecan Festival Coordinator.

The success of the Sahuarita Pecan Festival is a result of the collaboration of Green Valley Pecan Company and its community partners through various sponsorships. Major sponsors of the 2018 Festival include: Desert Diamond CasinosCrown Community DevelopmentDay’s ExcavatingMeritage HomesSierra Mining & Crushing LLCStotz EquipmentGreen Valley News, and KGUN 9 on Your Side.

The Sahuarita Pecan Festival is held at the Green Valley Pecan Company located at 1625 E. Sahuarita Road in Sahuarita, AZ. The inaugural event was in 2009 and averages approximately 20,000 attendees each year. Over the past nine years, the Festival has raised more than $100,000 for local charities. For the more details, please visit the official Festival website at Additional information can also be found on Facebook (/SahuaritaPecanFestival) and Twitter (@PecanFestival).

One thing that home buyers won't compromise on....

by Michelle Metcalf
The one thing that home buyers won't compromise on
Many home buyers are willing to compromise on certain characteristics. They'll give in on price (21%), the condition of the home (19%), the size of the home (18%), and even the distance of the home to their place of work (13%).
But according to the National Association of REALTORS®, the two characteristics home buyers are least willing to compromise on are the quality of schools and distance from schools. Just 4% of recent buyers compromised on the distance to schools, and a mere 2% compromised on the quality of schools. 
Twice as many recent buyers were willing to compromise on both the quality of the neighborhood and the distance of their home from family and friends.

RE/MAX Valley Properties 
210 W Continental Rd ste 220, Green Valley, AZ 85622
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated. 
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Beach Style Meets Desert


The biggest home-improvement mistake that folks make

by Michelle Metcalf
The biggest home-improvement mistake that folks make
Homeowners are expected to spend a near record $317 billion on home improvement this year. The trend is expected to continue, as areas have fewer homes for sale and homeowners have little incentive to move from homes with record low fixed mortgage rates, experts say.
What's the biggest home improvement mistake that most folks make? Over-improving one's home can be the costliest, housing experts say. Remodeling magazine found that only attic insulation netted an immediate return on investment (108%). A new entry door was next best (91%). Even the popular minor kitchen remodel only netted an 80% return. 
In time, these improvements will net a return. But sometimes homeowners customize and overspend, thinking they'll sell at a profit in the future, but are unlikely to ever recoup their investments.

RE/MAX Valley Properties 
210 W Continental Rd ste 220, Green Valley, AZ 85622

Do Better Schools Mean higher home values?

by Michelle Metcalf
Do better schools mean higher home values?
The data is clear: Homes in the best school districts sell for higher prices than similar homes in less-popular school districts. Research also tells us that one of the most important factors that buyers consider when buying a home are schools. One study shows buyers are willing to pay as much as $50 a square foot extra for a home in a better school district. 
A 2013® survey of buyers found that 91 percent said school boundaries were important in their search. Buyers are even willing to give up things to buy near a good school district. One in every five buyers would give up a garage or bedroom. One in three would settle for a smaller home to get access to a good school. Over half would sacrifice nearby shopping options for a better school.
Is being near a top school district important to you?

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Michelle Metcalf CRS, SRES®, REALTOR®, Associate B
RE/MAX Valley Properties
210 W. Continental Rd. #220
Green Valley AZ 85622
Mobile: (520)400-5735
Fax: (520)648-2221