Want to Know What to Look for When Buying a House in Arizona?
Luckily buying a home in Arizona is much easier than in many other states. There are still some things that you should know what to look for when buying a house in Arizona.
What is the Best Part of Arizona to Live In?
Many out of state homebuyers are unaware of just how geographically diverse Arizona is. We are more than just a big desert. In fact, Arizona is home to the largest Ponderosa Pine forrest in the world!
You can divide Arizona into three basic geographic regions. Northern Arizona, Central Arizona and Southern Arizona. The vast majority of the population lives in Central Arizona. Central Arizona is home to Phoenix, the state capital and largest city in Arizona.
Personally, I have lived in all three Arizona regions. I was born in Tucson (Southern Arizona) but raised in Show Low (Northern Arizona) and have lived most of my adult life in the East Valley Suburbs of the Phoenix Metro area (Central Arizona).
Each geographical region in Arizona has its pro’s and con’s. The weather varies greatly between Northern Arizona (known for the cold weather and snow) and Central Arizona (Hottest Part of the State).
In each part of Arizona you can choose to live in a large city or a small town. You will find vibrant communities of all types spread throughout AZ. It really just depends on what you value in the place that you live.
You Should Think About Your New Home's Orientation.
One thing that most Arizona home buyers overlook is home orientation. In most states this doesn’t matter but here in AZ where the sun shines bright almost all year it is vital that you buy a home that is favorably orientated.
Generally a North/South home orientation will help keep you home a bit cooler in the Summer. The flip side is that in the winter an East/West oriented home will be easier to keep warm in the winter.
It may not be a factor for everyone but for me personally, I like a home that has a good view of the sunset. If you haven’t spend much time in Arizona you may not know that we get spectacular sunsets here. I have visited well over 30 countries and have never been anywhere in the world that can compete with Arizona’s sunset game.
Does the Home that You Want to Buy Have an HOA?
HOAs (Home Owner’s Associations) are very common in Arizona. Most of the newer neighborhoods will have some sort of an HOA. If you buy a home that is located in a neighborhood you will have to pay HOA dues and follow the HOA’s rules.
If you don’t like the idea of having a monthly HOA payment don’t worry there are also plenty of homes without an HOA in Arizona. Ask your Realtor to do a little bit of research if you don’t want to live in a community with a Home Owners Association. They should be able to easily filter out all of the HOA homes from your real estate search.
HOA’s while fairly unpopular with most homeowners do actually serve a purpose. If you move into a neighborhood that does have an HOA in Arizona you can expect that neighborhood to have steadier property values than homes without HOA’s.
Depending on the community, some HOA’s will also provide for all of the front yard landscaping and maintenance. This is actually a really nice feature if you like to live in a neighborhood that always looks consistently nice.
Give me a Call Today to learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts of the HOA world in Arizona.
Should I Get a Home Inspection Before I Buy a Home in Arizona.
Yes, Absolutely 100% Yes! In my professional opinion all buyers should always have their home inspected. When buying a home in Arizona the buyer is generally allowed 10 days to have a property inspected.
I always suggest that my buyers get a home inspection before purchasing. It is also probably a good idea to have your HVAC unit checked out as well. I would even go as far as having a termite/pest control company come out and evaluate your potential new home.