Utility Bills in Maricopa AZ

What Can I Expect to Pay in Utilities in Maricopa AZ

Utility Bills in Maricopa AZ

Many people ask me what to expect on their utility bills in Maricopa AZ.  It’s tough for a realtor to answer this question because each home is different.  Some are more energy efficient than others.

The electric company used for most of the homes in Maricopa is Electrical District #3.  Gas is SouthWest Gas.  Water/Sewer is Global Water.  Trash is Waste Management.  Then if you want cable and internet there are a lot of choices.  I use Centurylink for both but if you use Orbitel Communications you get a slight discount if your subdivision comes with the basic cable already included in your HOA which some do.

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What do I pay for my Utility Bills in Maricopa AZ

I am a resident of Maricopa and have lived in two different houses.  My first one I had for about 6 years which was single story (about 1500 square feet) and the utility bills in Maricopa AZ were about $35 for gas, $100 for sewer/water (sewer was the majority of that payment), and electric varied.  The electric was quite inexpensive during the winter months since the furnace ran on gas.  So, for winter the bills were about $70/mo.  In the summer when we were running the air conditioner at a comfortable 80 degree temperature the bills were around $250 at most.

Related: What subdivision in Maricopa should I live in?What’s it like living in Maricopa?, Is Maricopa Safe?

I am currently in a house that is 2200 square feet and it’s two stories.  The electric utility bills in Maricopa AZ for me during the summer were around $450 during the hottest months.  That was running the temperature at 78 degrees.  There is also an irrigation system that waters a backyard full of grass and my water bills are usually $110.

I asked my sister who lives in Chandler, AZ what her utility bills were to compare and she said hers were about the same as mine in a similar size house.

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

Relocate to Maricopa AZ

Relocate with a Maricopa Arizona Specialist

If you find yourself wanting or needing to relocate to Maricopa AZ you are in for a treat. The city of Maricopa is a great place to be.  I am a resident and real estate agent in Maricopa, AZ and have experience assisting home buyers relocate from other states.

Maricopa, AZ has lots to offer.  It is expanding a fast pace, you can get more house for your money than in the Phoenix valley area while staying within commuting distance, and it offers a small town feel.  It’s an amazing city and you can see for yourself on my YouTube page.  I like to do lots of videos around town.  My goal is provide as much information as I can so you can make clear decisions and know everything there is to know before you relocate.

To get started you should first seek out a mortgage lender to see if you qualify for a mortgage.  You will most likely need an offer letter from a company you may be relocating for.  Once you have the pre qualification from a lender we can make offers on homes.  Next, I will set you up with a personalized search from the MLS so you can see all of the homes that are active on the market that meet your needs.  When you see some you like I can go over to the house and provide you with a personal video tour of the home.  This way you will have a better idea of the condition and floor plan.  Pictures can definitely be deceiving so the video helps a lot in your decision making.  Not everyone can visit to see homes in person so this really helps out.

After you find the perfect house I can work with you to put together an offer and walk you through the whole process.  It usually takes 30-45 days to close and get your keys so you will want to include that in your planning.  Soon you will be on your way to Arizona with the confidence that you’ve made a great choice.

Some things that you may want to investigate are below…

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5 Reasons to Relocate to Maricopa

Is Maricopa AZ Safe?

Video Tour of Maricopa AZ

Relocating to Maricopa, AZ Checklist

What does it cost to buy a home in Arizona

Schools in Maricopa Arizona

Churches in Maricopa AZ

Tell me everything about your relocation.  Questions are encouraged!…

This website is packed with information so please click around and find out a lot more information that will guide you on your big change.  I would love to assist you with your real estate needs so feel free to contact me anytime.  I respond quickly and make you my main priority.

Jason Bechtold, Maricopa Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

Seller Closing Costs in AZ

How Much Does it Cost to Sell a Home in Arizona

First of all, there comes a time when you need to sell your house.  There are many reasons why. It could be to upgrade, downgrade, or relocate.  You’ll need to do some math and figure out exactly what you’ll be left with after a sale.  Here is where you’ll find the answers you are looking for.

In Arizona the seller pays the real estate agent commissions.  This goes for the buyer’s agent and the selling agent.  The average cost of commission is 6% of the purchase price.  3% goes to the buyers agent and 3% goes to the seller’s agent.  All commissions are negotiable but if you go to, let’s say 5%, that will be 2.5% for each agent which could lead to a buyers agent taking your home of a search list for they clients because he or she doesn’t want to make less money.  It’s a good idea to stay at the average 6%.  Let’s say you sell your home for $200,000.  This will be $12,000 that you will pay in commissions.

So how much are the seller closing costs in AZ?  You can expect this to be around 1% of the purchase price.  1% usually covers all the business that happens in the background… transferring the deed, paying fees for paperwork processing, etc.  Let’s stick with the number of $200,000.  This would be $2,000 in closing costs.  Tag that on to the $12,000 in commissions and you’re now at $14,000.

What else is there to pay in your seller closing costs in AZ?  Furthermore, there are a few things in the offer you get that will let you know what you have to pay for.  For instance, sometimes the buyer asks the seller to pay for the appraisal, a home warranty, and even their closing costs.  It’s pretty common for a buy to ask the seller to pay their closing costs since buyers may not have much cash on hand to pay them theirselves.  This is called seller concessions.  In contrast, It doesn’t always seem fair but if they offset this amount with their offer price it may be worth it.  For example, buyers usually pay 3% of the purchase price for their closing costs.  So if you have to pay this you would be adding on an additional $6,000 to cover them.

Finally, another thing to prepare for would be the inspection period.  The buyer will have the opportunity to have inspections performed on the home.  The inspection always come with a laundry list of items that need correcting and the buyer may request that you repair or replace these items.  You can deny their request, pick a few things you can take care of, or fix all of the issues.  This can add some more money to your costs.

In conclusion, taking all of this into consideration is important to know where you will stand financially after you sell your home regarding your seller closing costs in AZ.  You’ll want to really understand the offer on your house when received and counter offer if necessary to make it work out well for you and the buyer.  There are many different ways to do this.

I am a realtor in Maricopa, AZ but also work the Phoenix area.  If you’re looking to sell your home a good place to begin is to find out what your home will sell for.  To find out for free, please fill out the form below and we can get started.  If you have questions feel free to contact me via email, text or a call.

What’s My Home Worth…

To Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

Tour Maricopa AZ

Tour Maricopa AZ

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Here is a video I made to tour Maricopa AZ that has some of the highlights Maricopa has to offer.  Highlighted are Harrahs Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino, Ultrastar Multitainment Center, the Copper Sky Multigenerational Center and much more.

Maricopa is a wonderful place to live.  It’s expanding at a fast pace, offers a small town feel, is within commuting distance to Phoenix, and has everything you need.  I moved to Maricopa with my family in 2011 and have been working as a real estate.  This is a great profession for me.  I get to learn everything I can about the city and post it on this site!

My youtube channel has lots of videos of Maricopa real estate and what it’s like to live there.  So check it out, like, share, and subscribe!  Join me to tour Maricopa AZ…

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

Closing Costs for Buyers in Arizona

Closing Costs for Buyers in Arizona

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If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in the Phoenix, AZ area you may be wondering how much money you need saved up.  There are lots to consider so let’s go through them.

Let’s first think about down payments.  You can put as much money down as you’d like but in terms of minimums it depends.  FHA loans usually require 3.5% of the purchase price.  If you buy a home for $100,000 you’d need to put down $3,500.  Conventional loans are 5% so that would be $5,000.

However, there are many programs where you can get down payment assistance or get zero down payment.  One of which is the USDA mortgage loan which some areas offer and some don’t.  The down payment could possibly be the biggest chunk of change you’d need to have saved up.  But wait, there’s more to find out on how much does it cost to buy a home in Arizona

Next let’s talk about closing costs.  In Arizona, you can usually count on your closing costs being 3% of the purchase price.  If you bought a home for $100,000 you would pay around $3,000 for these costs.  However, if you don’t have cash on hand when you make an offer you can ask the seller to cover your closing costs.  It’s pretty common.  However, you may want to raise your offer price to make up the difference so the seller doesn’t see your offer as a weak one.

When you get an accepted offer you will put down earnest money.  This proves your seriousness about your decision to buy the house.  If you were to back out of the contract by breaking the terms within you will lose this money.  This usually averages 1% of the purchase price but there is no set figure.  So if you bought a home for $100,000 you would deposit $1,000 into an escrow account with the title company once the offer is accepted.

Related: Search Homes for Sale in Arizona, Making the Move from Renter to Buyer, What to Consider When Making an Offer

One thing you don’t want to ignore when wondering how much does it cost to buy a home in Arizona, is the home inspection.  You have 10 days after the accepted offer to do your due diligence and have the home inspected.  The amount of this depends on the size of the home but you can probably count on paying anywhere from $350-$500.  This will tell you everything there is to know about the condition of the house.

Next up is the appraisal.  If you are financing your new home your mortgage lender is going to want an appraisal performed.  They won’t lend more than the home’s appraised value.  In the contract offer you can choose to pay this yourself or ask the seller to pay.  The appraisal can usually cost around $300-$400.

When figuring what does it cost to buy a home in Arizona you’ll want to consider all of these things.  On the high end it could cost about $10,000 out of pocket to get the house.  However, on the low end, it could only cost you under $1500 if you asked the seller to pay the appraisal and your closing costs and got a zero down payment loan.  You would only be paying the earnest deposit and inspection.

It’s all how you negotiate the offer.  I happen to be a pro at negotiations so if you’re looking to buy your next home in the Phoenix area, please contact me and we can get started.  I specialize in Maricopa, AZ but also work in the Phoenix valley area.

 

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

Where to Live When Moving to Phoenix AZ: VIDEO

Where to Live When Moving to Phoenix AZ

Where to Live When Moving to Phoenix AZ

Where to Live When Moving to Phoenix AZ?  Many people move into the Phoenix area and aren’t sure where to live.  Some don’t realize the great choice Maricopa is being within commuting distance to Phoenix, developing at a rapid pace, and with it’s small town feel!  You can find out about the pros and cons here.  Have a look at the video and if you are planning on moving to Phoenix, let me be your real estate agent.  We can find you a home whether it’s in Maricopa or up in the Phoenix valley area.

Where to Live When Moving to Phoenix AZ…

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

 

Maricopa AZ Real Estate Agent – VIDEO

Maricopa AZ Real Estate Agent

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Here’s a funny little video I did just to let people know I’m a Maricopa AZ Real Estate Agent.  I want people to see what they are getting when they allow me to help them buy or sell a home.  I love to build my online marketing for real estate!  If you need anything, please contact me at the information below.

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

VIDEO – 5 Steps to Buying a Home in Maricopa AZ

5 Steps to Purchasing a Home in Maricopa Arizona

5 Steps to Buying a Home in Maricopa AZ

Here I am in this video going through the 5 steps to buying a home in Maricopa AZ… or anywhere in Arizona for that matter.  I hope you find it informative.  If you would like a free personalized home search, fill out the form below and I will set it up for you.  Or feel free to browse homes for sale in Maricopa AZ on your own.

In any case, it is a great idea to work with a realtor when finding your new home.  Especially, one who lives and works in the town you want to move to.  I moved to Maricopa AZ in 2011 and have loved every minute of it.  It’s a great place to be.  In addition, it is expanding at a rapid pace, is within commuting distance to Phoenix, and has a small town feel.  You can find out more on the 5 reasons to move to Maricopa.

I hope you enjoy the video below on 5 Steps to Buying a Home in Maricopa AZ.  My youtube channel is packed with information about Maricopa!  Make sure to check it out as well.

5 Steps to Buying a Home in Maricopa AZ

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Cell: (732) 306-7971
jasonbechtoldrealtor@gmail.com

Homes for Sale in Casa Grande AZ under $100,000

Homes for Sale in Casa Grande AZ under $100,000

Homes for Sale in Casa Grande AZ under $100,000

Casa Grande, Arizona is a great place to live with it’s culture, history and lots of fun things to do.  In truth, even though I specialize in Maricopa I like to think of Casa Grande as our friendly neighbor.  In short, I’d love to assist you in your home search in Casa Grande.

Casa Grande is located about 30 miles south of Chandler Arizona.  The population for 2017 is as much as 50,000.  It is located just about halfway from Phoenix to Tucson and in the Spanish translation means “big house”.  Maybe we can find you a big house?  😉

Homes for Sale in Casa Grande AZ under $100,000

One thing about CG is that there’s a lot of opportunity for real estate from every angle.  You can definitely find some great deals if you’re looking for a home for sale under $100,000.

Just remember that it’s hard to obtain financing if it’s under $50,000 and they may require cash purchases.  And if you will be buying on some acreage you may want to keep an eye out to see if there’s electric, water or gas connections.  It may make a difference in your decision depending on what you’re looking for.

Even though we are looking at homes for sale in Casa Grande AZ under $100,000 they can be great for fix and flip, investors, or then again just to find inexpensive housing for you to live in.  There’s something for everyone.  They even have horse properties.  If you need a more specific search set up, let me know and I’ll email you the listings.

If you’re looking to flip houses you’ll want to do thorough research to see how much the home is, how much renovations would cost and how much could it be sold for afterward.  I can be of great value with figuring this out so if fix and flip is on your mind, let me know and we’ll check out your options.

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Another option would be to buy and hold which is where you purchase a house then rent it out afterward having your mortgage paid for and hope the values rise.  You’ll want to make sure you can rent it at or above the amount of the mortgage.

If you just need an inexpensive home to live in we’ll want to make sure you are getting the most for your money.  If there are items that need to be repaired you don’t want to move in and have tons of work to do on it.  You’ll want something with good bones and that is functional.

If you have your home inspection they will be able to break down everything about the house so you are well aware of what needs to be done.  The best case scenario is that nothing needs to be done and you can move right in!

You can contact me on the form below, shoot me an email or text, or give me a call to discuss your home buying goals in detail.  I look forward to working with you!

To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com

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What County is Maricopa AZ in?

Maricopa AZ is in what County?

What County is Maricopa AZ in

What County is Maricopa AZ in?  Maricopa, Arizona is also called the city of Maricopa.  Ironically, it is not located in Maricopa County.  It is in Pinal County.  It is located 16 miles south of I-10 south of Chandler just outside the Phoenix area.  It is the second most populated city in Pinal County and was incorporated on October 15, 2003.

What County is Maricopa AZ in?

Related: Where is Maricopa, AZ?, 5 Reasons to Move to Maricopa, Search Maricopa Homes for Sale

To Buy or Sell a Home in Maricopa Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Call or Text: (732) 306-7971
JasonBechtoldRealtor@gmail.com