What challenges do we face purchasing properties ARIZONA???

Arizona is truly a goldmine right now!   Although the economy is not at its peak, as it was in 2005/2006, we are surrounded in a Buyers Haven!!


The three most commonly purchase properties in Arizona are:

  • Short Sales
  • Lender Owned properties
  • Traditional Sales

We see very few traditional sales in this market; in fact, they are few and far between.  It’s always a pleasure for a Buyer and Seller to work a traditional sale where deals still close, timely, have little to no frustration, and all parties are satisfied.

There are many Lender Owned properties and these are also a relatively satisfying experience as long as we are working with the Lender before the scheduled auction date.  Typically the Lender will have an appraisal done, so if the Buyer is being financed, we could encounter a problem.  Why?  Because we have absolutely no idea what the appraisal value will come in at.  If it’s lower than the purchase price, the deal is pretty much dead since the Buyers Lender won’t fund, unless of course the Buyer comes in with more cash… and would a Buyer want to do that in this economy when the home doesn’t appraise for the purchase price?  Likely not!

So in summary, Lender owned properties are perfect for Cash Deals, and financed deals, as long as they appraise in your favor.

Short Sales are another matter.  I have seen them cause both Buyers and Sellers, misery, grief, frustration, upset, yet on the flip side, relief.  Allow me to explain.   A short sale is a property being sold short of the debt owing on the property.  In saying that, the Seller/Homeowner, is not the sole decision maker when offers come in on the Short Sale.  Because they are selling the house short of their debt, the Lender/Investor, also has a say in this matter.  The dilemma we are faced with is that the Lender/Investor do not expedite these transactions, in fact, they are extremely slow, tedious, and require a lot of patience and perseverance.  Again the appraisal factor comes in, and ultimately, several months (typical time frame) later the Investor either accepts, denies, or counter offers the Buyer.  Often times a Buyer wants a house and they don’t particularly care to wait through this long drawn out process and they ‘walk’.  When they do persevere, it could be a win/win/win;  the Buyer gets a great house, the Seller breathes a sigh of relief, and the Investor is satisfied.

On the flip side, when the buyer walks, it’s lose/lose/lose, with the Buyer gets no home, the Seller/homeowner is still at risk of a foreclosure, and the Lender/Investor still does not acquire any funding towards their loan.

In summary, if everyone works together, and commits to a transaction, working in a timely manner, can you imagine how we can turn this around and have our economy back in much better standing in lieu of dragging this out with the predicted 5 years of Short Sale inventory on our hands?  We CAN get through this together, we CAN close deals together, and we CAN get families the relief they need, and we CAN find Buyers wonderful properties.  The inventory is all there, the Buyers are there, it’s just a matter of getting people to work together.

Your thoughts ?

Joyce Corsi Hazen, REALTOR

Long Realty Arizona Properties
Cell: 602-284-9822
Email: JoyceHazen@ymail.com

About Joyce Hazen, REALTOR, CIPS, CNE, SFR

An Arizona and Greater Metropolitan Phoenix Realtor, I am a full service professional with an International Designation, CIPS, who works with Buyers, Sellers & Investors all around the world. I have experience in both the residential and commercial communities. In addition, as a Certified Negotiation Expert I work my hardest to utilize my negotiation skills to benefit all clients. I also speak French, English and Italian. Originally from Canada, having moved to the Valley in 2000, I pay special attention to your personal individual needs and desires, to find you the home, land, or building that you’ve been dreaming of. Real Estate has given me the privilege of working with so many wonderful people and with my knowledge, tools and skill set I have been fortunate to realize that individual needs change from person to person, business to business, culture to culture, and that every request is important to you. For that very reason, when I embark on a journey, I work closely with you, whether you are buying or selling a home or commercial space, whether it is a tradition sale, short sale or foreclosure. I will help you as I am highly motivated, results driven and have taken time to research the marketplace, trends and opportunities to know how to best serve you. With my experience, culture and languages, you can rest assured that your best interests are my priority. I will help you find the home or property of your choice and professionally negotiate on your behalf. It is for these reasons that so many of my clients refer me to their friends and families. The Valley of the Sun has been one of the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan communities, Phoenix has grown tremendously over the past couple decades. Financial Institutions are working with Americans, offering terrific mortgage deals, as well as with foreign investors who are interested in purchasing second homes… the opportunities are endless. My mission and goal is to provide you with superior service. Welcoming new residents to Arizona including Americans and International clients who want to relocate permanently, a home away from home or to escape cold winters, is a pleasure! I enjoy meeting new people and always set my goals high and strive to achieve them. If you’re ready to search for the perfect property, I am here to show you the very best homes that meet your criteria.
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