Bad Advice When Selling Your House (and how to avoid)

Tue, Apr 18th 2017 4:29 pm by Tammy Emineth Sellers

Selling your house can be a stressful situation but there are some ways that you can alleviate that stress by preparing, planning ahead, and choosing the right real estate agent. But no matter how long we've done this we still here are some of the most horrific selling advice. There's always something new or some new tactic that homeowners have heard that may work to sell their house, but chances are, the best way to sell a house is to stage accordingly, price it right from the beginning, and marketed to the right buyer. However, if you've heard some of these tactics, you might be tempted to try them as well.

Here's some of the worst home selling advice we've ever heard.

#1. Don't make ...

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Sedona Living and the Local Wildlife

Thu, Mar 9th 2017 6:06 pm by Tammy Emineth Sedona

Sedona Living and the Wildlife that surrounds you

Family adventures in Sedona


There are many perks to living in Sedona and the surrounding towns. You have everything from small city living, nights out on the town, hole in the wall shops, awarding winning restaurants and more. There are a few hidden gems in Sedona that you can stumble upon such as breathtaking hiking trails and beautiful wildlife. While there may be brightly colored wildflowers peppered through Sedona, there are also many different animals to discover.

When you think of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico or really any sunny and dry state, one of the first animals that come to mind would be the rattlesnake. Sedona is home to multiple different species ...

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Sunday Fun day - A Family Affair at Coffeepot Trail

Wed, Feb 8th 2017 2:02 pm by Tammy Emineth Events and Activities

Finding a family friendly adventure can often be a much more difficult task than you may think. Of course, there are many different things you can do indoors that require a pretty penny, however, I am always on the lookout for adventures that can not only get my family outside but also get my family moving to maintain a healthy life style.  While the adventurer in me is nearly bursting at the seems I love it when I just so happen to stumble upon a beautiful piece of nature that can be explored by not only beginners, but also beginners in training. AKA: a grumpy, tired, hungry, mood-swinging toddler. Grab your calendar and a pen and make sure your weekend plans are filled with a trip to ...

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The Top Three Wineries You Won’t Want to Miss in Sedona

Wed, Jan 25th 2017 1:14 pm by Tammy Emineth Local

The Top Three Wineries You Won’t Want to Miss in Sedona

While you might not have a winery on your wish list when searching for a new home, it is a huge bonus when you just so happen to stumble upon the perfect winery only right next door. It’s these unexpected surprises that can help make a house a home and a neighborhood a community. For those of you who are lucky enough to call Sedona and the surrounding areas your home, you are able to experience and discover multiple great wineries to help satisfy your weekend tasting or even offer you a much-needed nightcap to the end a long and exhausting work day. While each winery has its own unique charm, each and every one of these wineries has something new to offer and many feature live music, ev...

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A Rustic Lovers Dream | Rustic Decor in Sedona and Cottonwood

Thu, Dec 15th 2016 7:00 pm by Tammy Emineth Local

A Rustic Lovers Dream | Rustic Decor in Sedona and CottonwoodWith Television show such as “Fixer Upper,” “Property Brothers” and “Rustic in the Rockies” airing on HGTV and catching our attention, many people have found a new love and appreciation for rustic décor. With the renovations and beautiful rustic remodels many people have also decided to forego their modern decorations and structures to create a homey, cozy, rustic sanctuary. Someone’s trash truly can be someone else’s treasure, and these shows are here to prove it! Distressed wood, antiques, re-purposed furniture, the possibilities are endless and allow you to create and add that perfect little touch of rustic charm. With rustic charm on the verge of expansion, everyone is left wonderin...

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Herkenham Trail - A Good Cooler Weather Hike

Fri, Nov 11th 2016 12:30 pm by Tammy Emineth Events and Activities

Located on Chavez Ranch Road is Herkenham Trail. The trail is named after Norm Herkenham, a local resident that work for the National Forest Service and volunteered with Friends of the Forest, who passed away in 2010. The trail is an easy walk great for all skill levels of hikers and the lack of shade along the trail makes this a great hike in the cooler months.Herkenham Trail - A Good Cooler Weather Hike

To find the trail from Chavez Road, go to the Old Post Trailhead. Old Post is popular with mountain bikers and used to be a road. From this point you will stroll through a few piñon pine and juniper trees with mesas on the right and Schuerman Mountain to the left. This portion of the hike is very scenic and if you glance back a l...

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Greenbelt Living - Verde Valley Homes and Properties

Thu, Oct 20th 2016 7:32 pm by Tammy Emineth Sedona

Greenbelt living in Verde Valley

Without a doubt, the Verde Valley is one of the prettiest areas of Arizona. The stretch along the very important Verde River in an area known as the greenway or greenbelt is particularly lush and beautiful.

The Verde River is one of few free- flowing rivers left in the state of Arizona. The 36 miles of lush land along the shores of the river, the greenbelt is some of the most notable and beautiful land in the Verde Valley. This is the habitat for most of the valley’s wildlife including blue heron, black hawks, ducks, coyotes, raccoons, mule deer, beavers, frogs, turtles, toads, and more. You will also find a few endangered species including river otter, southwestern bald eagles, and le...

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Best Hikes and Walks in Sedona Arizona

Fri, Sep 16th 2016 6:54 pm by Tammy Emineth Local

Looking for some of the best hikes or short walks around the Sedona area? Being real estate agents we travel to and from various places around the Sedona area and come across some unique hikes, events, activities and things to do, plus we get a lot of insights from the locals. It is our collection of some of the best hikes in and around Sedona Arizona.Great hikes and trails in Sedona AZ

The Cathedral Trail. This is a beautiful location paired with the beauty of Oak Creek and its canopied forest. This is a moderate adventure and when you get to the creek, the kids can jump in the water, cool off and get ready for the hike back. It's a great little spot also called the Templeton trail. This trail can be found off of Back O'...

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Should You Get a Specific Inspection or General Inspection?

Mon, Aug 8th 2016 2:10 pm by Tammy Emineth Buyers

A common question we get from our real estate buyers is the difference between a specific inspection or a regular home inspection and a general inspection. We urge all of our homebuyers to get a home inspection contingency when they make an offer. This means that the buyers will not agree to finalize the sale on the home until an inspection has been completed and approved.Should You Get a Specific Inspection or General Inspection?

A general inspection is where the buyer pays for an inspection and can either continue with the purchase or terminate the transaction if they are not satisfied. This is the most common type and it allows the buyer to back out if they are not satisfied with the results of the inspection report or the response from the s...

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Should I Short Sale My House?

Thu, Jun 2nd 2016 5:32 pm by Tammy Emineth Sellers

It can happen to anyone.... job change, divorce, medical emergency. Anything that makes it difficult to pay your mortgage. That mortgage - the one thing that's sheltering you and your family. You don't want to lose your house but you just can't make ends meet any longer. The problem is, you can't just sell the house. You may owe more than the home is currently worth. But you also don't want to just walk away and have a foreclosure tainting your credit history for up to 10 years! 

What can you do?

There are options.

Short sale options for homeownersSurprisingly, quite a few. The short sale is just one of those options. Arizona is a title theory state, which means that your property remains in trust until the loan is pa...

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What Can You Get for $1 Million in Sedona Arizona

Fri, May 6th 2016 6:07 pm by Tammy Emineth Buyers

Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in the Unites States. It is no wonder that thousands come to visit the red rocks every year. But Sedona is more than just a top Arizona vacation destination, it is a great place to live. Many home buyers seeking a quieter and more relaxed lifestyle are settling down in Sedona.Million dollar Sedona homes

The real estate market in Sedona has always been fairly strong even through the recession around 2008. The general set of permanent residents you will find in Sedona are affluent, many from parts of California where prices are the same or more. Real estate prices have been on a steady climb for a while and are expected to keep going.

So if you are searching for a home in ...

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In the Details - The Little "Extras" That Really Help Sell Your Sedona House

Tue, Apr 5th 2016 5:29 pm by Tammy Emineth Sellers

Details that help sell a house

It's all in the details, right? It's the little things that really help sell a house. Most sellers want to do everything they can to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers whether it's professional staging, the right photographs, proper layout or fantastic curb appeal. But it's those details and little extras that really showcase a home and show buyers that you've gone the extra mile in order to sell the property. Here are five extras that really will help sell a house.

#1. New flooring.

Now, this is not a minor detail and it can be quite expensive but new carpet, flooring, hardwoods or tile can really make a room or the entire house stand out. If buyers are looking at houses with older...

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5 Home Selling Mistakes That Could Cost You a Sale

Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 1:07 pm by Tammy Emineth Sellers

The last thing any home seller wants to do a sabotage their own sale, right? But surprisingly, many homeowners do so without even knowing it. Overpricing is often one of the biggest mistakes that a homeowner can do when selling their home but it is not the only mistake. Many sellers feel that these mistakes aren't even a mistake it all but when their home sits on the market far longer than intended, they may step back and take a look at the process to see if there's any place they can alter their method to gain more buyers and a potential offer on the table. Here are some of our top five selling mistakes that could seriously cost a sale. Most of these we've all seen on a monthly basis but...

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Location, Location, Location - Why Your Home Location Can Make or Break a Sale

Mon, Feb 15th 2016 1:15 pm by Tammy Emineth Sellers

We always say location, location, location when it comes to businesses, restaurants, and even real estate. But it is so true when we're talking about certain landmarks around a particular neighborhood or property that could truly make or break a sale. Something that could be a great benefit to one buyer might be a huge detriment to another. And while you can't move the house itself to a new location, you can emphasize the positive and de-emphasize the negative. Here are some things that can really make or break a sale about your homes location.


You might think being next to a school is a great benefit, but only for some. If you live in a great school district, the school close ...

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Cold Weather Home Checks to Protect Your Property

Mon, Jan 4th 2016 11:04 am by Tammy Emineth Sedona

It may not get that cold around the Sedona area in the winter but low temperatures in December, January and February can reach freezing. You want to protect your home year-round and even though we don't have below freezing or zero temperatures during the winter there are some things you can do to protect your home year-round. Here are some basic tips to protect your home during cold weather, especially in our dry weather.Cold weather checks to protect your home

Disconnect any drain hoses and cover up your faucets with protective foam covers. Turn off all the water to outside faucets if this is available and is even a good idea to open the valves on faucets to allow them to drain so that you don't get freezing water in your hos...

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Housing Trends in 2016 for Sedona AZ

Mon, Dec 28th 2015 2:32 pm by Tammy Emineth Buyers

Housing Trends in 2016 

2016 is almost here! And we have a great reason to celebrate a fabulous 2015!....The housing market in Sedona and elsewhere has been the best it’s been since 2007! That’s certainly a reason to celebrate the closing of 2015 and anticipate all the great things to be expected in 2016! 

Why is everything going so well and expected to continue? Well, with economic growth making headway, employment will continue to increase, meaning that people will have more money coming in and they’ll be able to buy their first home or upgrade to a new one. Housing Trends in 2016 for Sedona AZ

Here’s a closer look at the trends on the housing market in 2016. 

1. We’ll return to normal  

The year ahead will see healt...

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Sedona at Christmas

Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 4:32 pm by Tammy Emineth Buyers

Sedona at Christmas time is a season favorite! Check out all there is to do: 


Come to  Sedona Heritage Museum in Uptown Sedona from  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This is a free event. Visit or call 928-282-7038 to find out more about how every age can enjoy making holiday ornaments at the free activity table.  Create small gifts, adornments for holiday packages or trees and wreaths, or just spend some quality time with family or friends. This is a ‘make & take’ activity to do on your own, though instructions and samples are provided. 


Head to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Uptown Sedona where...

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Homes in Oak Creek Canyon

Wed, Oct 28th 2015 4:17 pm by Tammy Emineth Local

Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona Arizona

Oak Creek Canyon

Considered Sedona's gateway to Flagstaff is Oak Creek Canyon, located in north Sedona on State Route 89A. When you live in Oak Creek Canyon, you're surrounded by nature and living next to or on the creek. Oak Creek Canyon is known for their autumn beauty in its vast array of colors.

You'll find several camping grounds in Oak Creek Canyon all with creek access. Slide Rock State Park is a huge hit with Sedona tourists and residents alike.  You'll find it just about 8 miles into Oak Creek Canyon. Additionally, the Trout Farm is a huge fan favorite and a great place to find a fresh fish dinner.

Have you been thinking about relocating to either Sedona or ...

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What to Look for in a Resale Home?

Mon, Sep 28th 2015 1:55 pm by Tammy Emineth Buyers

What to Look for in a Resale Home?

Many Sedona home buyers are looking for a home to potentially resale down the road. However, deciding upon a home's value can be a complex process. Do upgrades and remodeling projects really pay off? What is worth more: a three bedroom or four bedroom home with the same square footage? Read ahead to learn the answers to questions like these.

What to Look for in a Resale Home:What to look for in a resale home

  1. Location. You've heard again and again.... "location, location, location." Location is important and  includes factors such as the price of recent nearby home sales, the quality of local schools and whether the area has a strong sense of community. Buyers are valuing community...

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7 Reasons to Buy and Sell During the Summer

Mon, Aug 24th 2015 2:15 pm by Tammy Emineth Buyers

7 Reasons to Buy and Sell During the Summer [in Sedona]7 Reasons to Buy and Sell During the Summer

Not everyone is lucky enough to choose when they move whether you live in Sedona or elsewhere. For many people, it is just a waiting game. They can’t move until they either sell their current house or close on a new home. Moving is almost always secondary to the buying or selling.

However, if you are blessed enough to have the opportunity to choose when you are going to move, there is absolutely no question that the summer season is the ideal time to do it!

No matter your family’s situation, just about everyone is better off to move sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And that is exactly the reason summer is the most popu...

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