What should you look at to determine if Chandler is a good place to start a new business? You need good community support and quality of life. Take a look at the benefits below that affect an entrepreneur and see how this incredible area can fulfill your needs to call it your new home.
Finding a Home
When looking for homes to purchase, a quick market trend search will give you an idea of the median list price of houses in the area. Work with local real estate agents like the Darwin Wall Team who know the neighborhoods to easily find what your family needs. An agent can also guide you in how to obtain down payment assistance, including a mortgage credit certificate or VA loan as well as working with the Energy Efficient Mortgage Program and Homeownership Voucher Program.
Community support from your local leaders, advisors, other business owners, and customers is key to growth and success. This support can inspire you and provide motivation in more difficult times. Check out these organizations that serve entrepreneurs:
● Chandler Chamber of Commerce
● Maricopa Small Business Development Center
● City of Chandler Economic Development Department
Consider this list of resources to get your company started. Also, check out the Chandler Small Business resource page. When registering your business, consider forming a corporation. The benefit of a corporation is the ease of transferring shares in comparison to transferring LLC membership interests. As well, investors may prefer the well-established structure of a corporation. Each state has different regulations, so research Arizona's rules before you open an LLC in Arizona.
After getting your business legally registered, you’ll want to create some branding materials. While it’s tempting to hire a graphic designer, to start out you can use a free online logo maker and download logo ideas. There are dozens of templates and color schemes available to adjust until you find something that works for you. You can also browse examples to kickstart your creativity.
Local colleges give you a powerful workforce and provide a pool of talent. Below are just some of the colleges and universities in the area from which to find employees:
● Arizona State University
● University of Arizona
● Grand Canyon University
● Northern Arizona University
There are also plenty of community colleges to choose from as well. Mesa Community College, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Central Community College, and others are also great options for anyone wanting to continue their education or gain a certificate in a trade skill. Most of the community colleges also offer transfer programs to the universities listed above. The benefits of attending a community college are a lower cost in tuition, anyone can apply and start during the fall or spring semesters, and so much more. Make sure to check out the different community colleges to see what they offer and how to get started with the process.
If you have school-aged children, the community's schools are high on the list for checking out when considering a move. Below are just a few of the top-rated schools in the area:
● Arizona College Prep Erie Campus
● Legacy Traditional School
● Great Hearts Academies
● Knox Gifted Academy
Quality of Life
Quality of life in a location is important to you and your family. Events, food, and culture all have an impact on the city's happiness and its availability of workers. Venues to enjoy include:
● Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
● KOLI Equestrian Center
● Veterans Oasis Park
● Arizona Railway Museum
● Chandler Museum
Along with numerous restaurants to explore, there are miles of hiking, biking, and nature trail opportunities to enjoy with your family and friends. Chandler is a city that’s very community driven and there are plenty of local events throughout the year. One of the well-known events is the Chandler Ostrich Festival. This annual event takes place at Tumbleweed Park and has ostrich themed activities, live performances, a carnival midway and much more. Another great local event in Chandler is the annual Save Second Base pub crawl, hosted by the Darwin Wall Real Estate team. Every October, the Darwin Wall team takes over the downtown Chandler area to help fundraiser for breast cancer. With the help of local restaurants and bars in the downtown area, pub crawl goers get a chance to have some fun while supporting a great local cause. Each year, the team chooses a different recipient to help cover the costs of recovering from breast cancer. The team always surpasses their goal for attendees and money raised for something that is meaningful to everyone on the team.
Finding a great city to provide a home for your organization and your family takes research, time, and a lot of consideration. Using the above guide will allow you to assess your needs to make the right decision of calling Chandler your home.
Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
You have decided to take that giant step into home ownership. It is a worthy goal
that involves some planning and discipline on your part. Here are a few tips that will
make the buying process a little bit smoother and stress-free.
Tip #1: Check Your Credit
Your credit score and the information contained within your credit report will
determine how much of a home loan you will qualify for and if you can qualify. You
can obtain a free report from each of the three main credit-reporting agencies. Look
these reports over carefully and dispute any errors that they may contain. One thing
you should never do when preparing to obtain a home loan is to open a new line of
credit, like applying for a new credit card or purchasing a new car on credit.
Tip #2: Get Preapproved
Getting preapproved will tell you exactly how much home you can afford. With a
preapproval letter from a mortgage lender, any purchase offer you make will be
considered a stronger offer. Both the sellers and the real estate agents involved will
know that you can complete the purchase and do so in a timely manner.
Be aware that there is a major difference between a preapproval and a
prequalification. A prequalification is only an estimate of the size of loan that you
could qualify for. It is based on informal information. While a preapproval is still not
a loan guarantee, it is a stronger sign of what you can afford.
Tip #3: Explore Your Neighborhoods of Interest
Open houses provide you with an opportunity to visit and view homes that are for
sale in neighborhoods that you would like to live in. Never rush into buying the first
home that you come across. Seeing and comparing the homes that are on the market
will give you the information that you need to determine whether a home is a good,
or reasonably good, deal. It will also keep you from making an offer on over-priced
Another possibly important consideration for your new home is off-street parking.
Having a garage, or off-street parking, is important when the time may come to sell
the home. Even if you are looking for a downtown condo, off-street or covered
parking will increase the value of any property.
Once you have a better idea of the types of homes and neighborhoods that appeal to
you, find a good real estate agent to work with. This will be one of the few times in
life that you can hire an expert and not have to take any money out of your own
pocket to pay for their help. Sellers pay commissions to realtors, not buyers!
Tip #4: Adhere to Your Budget
Don’t over-spend on the home. It’s easy to discount the fact that life happens and
financial surprises will crop up at the most inconvenient times. Don’t stretch
yourself too thin financially. Also remember that there are other costs involved in a
home purchase; things like insurance costs, appraisal fees, and closing costs. All
these things must be planned for and added to the final cost of the home.
Tip #5: Never Skip a Home Inspection
It may look great and it may seem perfect but a thorough home inspection is still a
necessity. You can’t determine whether every structural or mechanical component
is in good condition if you don’t know what you are looking at. A qualified home
inspector knows and understands what to look for. If possible, be present when the
inspection is done so that you can ask questions immediately if an issue comes up. If
you can’t be present, be sure to carefully review the inspection report and ask about
any concerns you may have. This is another area that a good real estate agent can
help you with.
In the End
Purchasing your first home should not be overwhelming. Being prepared will enable
the process to be accomplished quickly and smoothly. These tips will increase your
chances of a successful and stress-free first home purchase.
Our own team leader Darwin Wall had the honor of being named one of the highly coveted Men of Chandler for 2022 by Chandler City Lifestyle. The notable Chandler City Lifestyle magazine releases a monthly issue consisting of articles that highlight all things Chandler. Every year the magazine recognizes Chandler men who are making a meaningful impact in the community. Darwin, alongside the 12 other phenomenal recipients, were featured in the June issue of the Chandler City Lifestyle magazine and were named the 2022 Men of Chandler.
Darwin was deemed one of the Men of Chandler for 2022 due to a plethora of reasons, with one of them being his level of involvement in the community. Darwin’s real estate team participated in numerous philanthropy events throughout the year and made it a priority to give back to the Chandler community in which he was born and raised in. In the past month Darwin and his real estate team put on a golf fundraiser in honor of Emily, who is battling metastatic cervical cancer. With the help from the fundraiser’s sponsors and the participants of the event, the Darwin Wall team was able to raise $20,000 for Emily to assist in paying for her medical bills. On top of that Darwin and his team put on their annual Save Second Base Pub Crawl every October in efforts to spread cancer awareness and give back to Chandler locals battling breast cancer.
Aside from Darwin’s dedication in giving back to the Chandler community he is a superb team leader. Darwin followed in his family footsteps and decided to get into real estate from a very young age. Darwin uses his extensive experience and knowledge in the real estate field to provide guidance and encouragement for his team members. Darwin and his team were recognized as being the Top Team Realty ONE group in the East Valley last year and were rated in the top 1% of Realtors in Arizona. Be sure to check out the June issue of the Chandler City Lifestyle’s magazine to see our very own Darwin Wall! Congrats Darwin on this great achievement!
Many seniors want to live with their families as they age. If your parent or other relative is moving in with you, you must consider the space in your home, their caregiving needs, and the financial aspects of the situation. Open the lines of communication and have a frank discussion with your loved one to make the right decisions for everyone involved. To help you along, here are some tips, courtesy of the Darwin Wall Team.
Create a Comfortable, Safe Space
If you have an extra bedroom available in your home, it will make things a lot easier. However, even if you don't, you could convert a den or garage into a bedroom for your loved one without spending much money. Also, a bathroom should be available on the floor where your relative will be sleeping. If your loved one is in a wheelchair or has mobility issues, you may need to make some renovations to your home to meet their short- and long-term health needs.
Work out the financial details
In addition to the logistics of where your relative will sleep, you also need to talk about the finances, too. Will you be charging rent? How will you be splitting utility costs and grocery bills? Will you be handling all their caregiving needs, or will they hire an outside caregiver? It's important to talk about all the financial details of your arrangement to avoid issues in the future.
Depending on how much money you can contribute to your loved one's care, you will need to discuss how those expenses will be paid. Do they have any savings or retirement funds? Are they receiving any benefits? Also consider what options you have for freeing up more income. While discussing finances, also talk about house rules, privacy issues, and other details to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Figure out what to do with their home
If your loved one currently owns a home, you need to help them figure out what to do with it. If you plan to keep it, there needs to be a plan for dealing with the mortgage. Renting it out can provide a stream of income, but becoming a landlord isn't something that many seniors want to take on, so it may be best to prepare the house for sale. Selling a house can be emotionally and physically taxing — though it’s a lot easier if you work with professionals like the Darwin Wall Team.
If the house is kept, even if it's paid off, there will be a number of ongoing expenses including property taxes, homeowners insurance, maintenance, and repairs. If it's going to be rented out, then your loved one may need to hire a property manager to handle all the details, especially if you (or another relative) does not live close to the home to oversee the situation.
Your relative may decide to sell the home if the upkeep is too much. Selling the house may be the practical solution if they have equity in the home and need an influx of money for their future. Before selling, consider the condition of the home. Is it in good enough shape to attract buyers or will renovations need to be done? Also consider the local real estate market, as well as your loved one's willingness to sell. If they want a family member to inherit the home, they may not want to sell at all. Before rushing to rent out or sell the home, talk about all these factors and any others that are important to your family in order to make a sound decision.
Allowing a relative to come live with you isn’t an easy decision, but it can be a rewarding situation for everyone involved. With some careful planning and honest communication, you can enjoy time with your loved one as they live out their golden years in your home.
The Darwin Wall Team has the experience and expertise to give you the BEST the East Valley has to offer. Our marketing strategy gives our home sellers the advantage in our extremely competitive real estate market. For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!
Hi everyone! My name is Erin and I am the new intern for the Darwin Wall team! I am so excited to have this opportunity and expand my knowledge on all things real estate.
I was born and raised right here in Chandler, Arizona. I went to Hamilton High School where I was on the school’s pom and dance team throughout all four years and held the position of captain my senior year. During my senior year of high school I was also a part of the Chandler Service Club’s Flower Girl program where I volunteered at numerous philanthropic events. Throughout my time as a Flower Girl, I experienced leadership opportunities, self-improvement seminars and had the opportunity to learn more about the community.
After high school I continued my education at the University of Arizona (sorry to all the DW team Sun Devils!). During my time in Tucson I spent a majority of my time hanging out at my sorority house and studying to maintain my 3.9 GPA. With my major being in Communication and minor in Business Administration, I have learned an abundance of effective interpersonal communication skills and am equipped with critical thinking skills that I can apply to the real world. I am eager to put into practice what I have learned over the past three years in a classroom setting. I’m looking forward to finishing my last semester of college this upcoming fall remotely!
In my free time I like to stay active whether that’s going to the gym, going for a hike with friends, or taking my new puppy for a walk. During the summertime I love staying cool by hanging by the pool or traveling to the San Diego beaches! If I were to choose three words to describe me I would pick determined, versatile, and reliable. I'm excited to learn from everyone at the DW team and more about real estate and marketing!
Owning a home can be considered a huge milestone in a person's life. You spend years saving money, you spend a couple hours a week searching through Zillow for your dream home, you want a place where you can kick back and relax, but more importantly you want a home that truly feels like home. As Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz once said, "there's no place like home".
The developer for 2560 E Vaughn Ct built this home with pure and future intention for the next homeowners to be. Built in 2004, this traditional ranch style home has over 5,000 SF to its name and has 7 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Located in the prestigious gated community of Whitewing at Wiehl Estates in Gilbert, Arizona, you'll be surrounded by friendly neighbors, a safe neighborhood, and a beautiful walking and biking path a few steps away from your backyard.
Step outside to the spacious backyard and you'll find a detached garage fit for an RV and is specifically built to make it easy for any driver to enter and exit the garage with their RV. The walking path near the outskirts of the backyard lead you to a couple of different trails that are near ponds and the Eastern Canal Trail. Use a bike, horse, or your own two feet to walk through the paths that are a few feet away from your backyard. To the side, you'll find a beautiful fountain surrounded by a wall of Lady Bank Roses. A perfect location for someone to spend some tranquil time outdoors encompassing the beauty of the Mother Nature.
Step back inside the home and you'll notice the grand Alder wood doors that look out to the backyard. The kitchen comes with 2 dishwashers and ovens, a brand new GE monogram fridge, and 5 burner gas monogram cooktop. The island centering the kitchen was build with the intention of adding more storage, but it also has a butcher countertop to make cooking much easier.
Walk toward the front of the home and you'll find yourself in a nice little private library that has a beautifully built bookshelf with a moving ladder to help you find your favorite books to read. off to one side, you'll find a quiet room that was originally built as a piano room. The master bedroom is located on one wing of the home. Enter the double doors of the master bedroom and you'll see a private office room to the side where you can work from home and have another quiet space to get your work done in the comfort of your own home. The spacious bedroom has a nice view of the backyard fountain while the master bathroom comes with a walk-in closet, a double sink, and a built-in bathtub.
A fun and unique feature to this custom built home is the basement. Not many homes in Arizona come with basements, but this specific one has plenty of space and cabinet storage. 3 additional bedrooms and a full bathroom are located downstairs as well. The extra storage was built with the purpose of being able to store your household items in a much more organized manner.
This home truly has a lot of story behind it and the sellers hope that the new owners will appreciate the hard work and vision that was given to this property. We invite you to take a look at this custom luxury property to see all the amazing and carefully crafted details that bring this home to life. Follow our social media to find out when the next open house will be hosted, or reach out to any of the DW team members to schedule a private showing.
Us real estate agents love being able to close on a home, whether it's from the buyer or seller's perspective. As a seller's agent, it's important to get a proper tour of the home before signing a listing agreement, making sure the prospective seller gives the agent as much information as possible regarding the property, and selling yourself to be the agent the sellers want to work with.
As a buyer's agent, it's important to ask the right questions to the selling agent, viewing the property in person with your clients, doing the due diligence of researching the property before writing an offer, and taking the time to create a solid offer that makes sense to both the buyer and seller.
Regardless of what side you're representing, the goal as an agent is to protect your client at all costs. Being a real estate agent takes a lot of time, patience, negotiation, and so much more. An agent is dealing with multiple people during one transaction and has to make sure that the communication is strong and clear between everyone involved in the deal. We all wish it truly was that easy to have clear communication and transparency when working with multiple people to get the job done, but sometimes that just doesn't happen.
Being a new agent can be thrilling but nerve wracking. There is a lot to learn in the beginning and it can be overwhelming at times. Once you've landed serious clients to work with you get super excited and hope for the best. Starting the process can be hard at first. What type of questions should I be asking my clients? How does showingtime work? Who do I call if there's a co-listing agent involved? What documents do I need to be looking at to create an offer? What do I ask the listing agent when it comes to knowing what offers they currently have? Will other agents be nice or rude to me? There are a ton of questions running through your head as a new agent because what you learn in school is much different from the real life experience you have to go through to make a deal happen.
The last thing a new agent wants to go through is a very stressful transaction. Unfortunately things don't always go as planned, sometimes the unexpected happens and can kill a deal, you don't know what you're doing and you can't seem to figure out a solution. You might even question yourself on whether being an agent was the right career choice for you, but if you are fortunate enough to work on a team or work with a broker who's very knowledgeable, you'll eventually find the solution that best fits the situation.
One other important factor to keep in mind when it comes to learning the ropes to real estate as a new agent is to take the time to find the right people to work with. That includes the right brokerage for you, a knowledgeable and professional lender, a title company that communicates well, and even external resources you can pass on to your clients. Why is all of this important? It will make your job easier and you'll get to truly learn how to manage an entire transaction on your own. Don't be afraid to ask questions either, the answer will always be no if you don't try asking.
Who knew how much of an impact we could make from simply coming up with the idea of creating another meaningful event that gives back to our community. Last year, when we found out that one of our own was diagnosed with colon cancer, we all came together as a team and decided to put together a golf tournament. We wanted to help raise funds for medical expenses and whatever else was needed for the recovery process.
With only a short period of time to fully plan and execute our idea, we went into this tournament with one goal in mind: to raise as much money as we can to fight against cancer. The team spent countless hours planning, asking for sponsorships and raffle items, securing a golf course in time, and getting the word out about the tournament. Our hard work truly did pay off because we were able to sell out of all foursome spots, fill each hole with a sponsor, sell as many raffle tickets as we could, and much more. The turnout was amazing and we were thankful to have raised as much money as we could that day. The success of the golf tournament made us want to do it again this year, so the Darwin Wall Real Estate Team presents to you the 2nd annual Eagles for Emily golf fundraiser!
Eagles for Emily takes place on Saturday May 14th at the Springfield Golf Course in Chandler, AZ. Foursome cost is $500, which includes lunch and a chance to place in the tournament. Thankfully we have a good chunk of sponsors, but we would love to get more raffle items donated to us so we can have awesome items to raffle off.
Not only are we raffling off items and awarding the top foursome of the tournament, we're also doing a hole in 1 challenge for a $25,000 cash prize! On top of that, we'll also be giving out an award for the best dressed golfer, longest putt, and closest to the pin! We're excited to be planning the 2nd annual golf fundraiser and we hope to see many of you out there. Registration link can be found by clicking here. Don't know how to golf but still want to help? You can donate here as well.
We can't wait for the golf tournament and we hope that you all feel the same way we do. Our goal is to raise more money than we did last year while still having a good time at the golf course. Don't forget to sign up, and feel free to reach out to any of us on the DW team for any questions you may have. See ya on May 14th!