Happy Friday everyone! Who's ready to enjoy the weekend??
We definitely are, but we also wanted to share with you another awesome article written by our friends over at Happy Writers Co. Just like buying a home, adopting a dog can be exciting but nerve wracking. Having a furry companion has plenty of benefits, but how do we know we are ready to adopt a dog? Take a look at a few different reasons on whether or not you're ready to bring a new family member to your household!
In case you didn't know, we also have dog bandanas for your 4 legged friends! Check out this good boy Gus rockin' one of our bandanas! If you are considering adopting a dog, here are a few local organizations that have dogs up for adoption who need loving homes.
Arizona Humane Society
Halo Animal Rescue
Arizona Small Dog Rescue
Am I Ready to Adopt A Dog?
Choosing to adopt a rescue dog is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make! It might feel as if you are ready to commit to bringing home a new member of the family, but there are some honest questions you need to ask yourself before making your final choice.
One reason alone is not usually enough to consider adopting a dog. For example, even if you want to adopt a dog to give it a new, loving home, that is not necessarily enough. Of course it is a great reason to adopt a dog, but you also need to make sure that you will be capable of giving your new dog a loving home at all times.
How can you know if you are ready to provide a loving home for a dog that needs one? Here are some of the main questions to ask yourself and your family before adopting a dog:
Do you have the time to devote to training an adopted dog?
Many adopted dogs come with the need for intensive training. Some might have been raised in dysfunctional families, or have gone through other traumatic experiences which make them fearful of humans or other dogs. These dogs will need plenty of care and attention, so it would not be wise to consider adopting a dog if you are going to be out of the home very often.
Is your job going to cause any issues?
Does your job require you to work long hours away from home? Do you have a history of being posted to other locations on a whim? These situations aren’t going to mix well with a new, adopted dog that needs your love and attention.
If you decide that you are adopting a dog but are going to be working away from home for more than 4-6 hours per day, ensure someone else is available to give your dog a walk and check up on them.
Is your home environment right for the dog?
First off, if you rent from a landlord, you must be told in writing that dogs can be allowed in your home. This way, you can avoid any major problems with your dog being allowed in your home after you have made the decision to adopt.
Also, remember that large and outdoorsy breeds like Border Collies or Greyhounds are not well-suited for apartments. Some breeds of dog need hours of exercise each day, so do your research carefully before committing.
Do you have previous experience owning a dog?
Whether you have owned one yourself or have owned one as a child with your parents, it is a good building block to have owned a dog before. This will have you better prepared for the potential challenges of adopting a dog from a rescue center.
Lastly, and most importantly… is everyone in my household ready to take this on?
You should ensure that yourself and everybody you live with is completely on board with the decision to adopt a dog. This is a major commitment, and the questions in this article are only a handful of the ones you should consider before extending your home to a new, four-legged member of the family!
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with K9 Sport Sack, the top retailer for dog backpack carriers.
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By Jennifer Riner, Trulia
Thanks to low housing inventory and eager homebuyers, the national housing market is moving at its fastest pace seen since 2012. According to Trulia’s latest price and inventory report, the total number of homes for sale in the United States is down a full 20 percent compared to five years ago.
Not only are there fewer homes to choose from, the homes that are available end up selling at an extraordinary pace. In 2012, over half of homes (57 percent) lingered on the market after 60 days. Today, less than half (47 percent) are still available two months after listing.
If you’re thinking about buying a home in Phoenix, preparing yourself for the fast-moving road ahead is crucial. Plus, consider the following tips on what you need to do as a homebuyer to remain ahead of the curve, especially in a metro like Phoenix where homes go quicker than most.
Phoenix Market Time and Inventory
Homes in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro are moving faster than the majority of U.S. markets. Just 39.5 percent of Phoenix condos and single-family homes are still on the market after 60 days, which is far less than the national average. While homes sell fast in the Phoenix metro, there’s not much of a housing shortage compared to other mid-sized markets across the U.S.
Fortunately for Phoenix homebuyers, for-sale inventory rose 34 percent during the same 5-year period. Given the quick moving market yet improved for-sale supply, Phoenix is somewhat of an outlier. For most metros, large drops in inventory and fewer homes on the market after 60 days transpire concurrently. That’s because low inventory typically encourages buyers to move fast, which brings the average market time down considerably.
However, greater housing supply lessens the chance for competition or bidding wars that put many buyers in the hot seat. For example, in the Gilbert real estate market, the median sales price is a moderate $292,250. While this figure is a big jump from when home prices fizzled in 2012 ($212,000), the median sales price only jumped 2.5 percent since last year.
Tips for Homebuyers
While inventory in Phoenix is higher than it was four years ago, it’s still one of the fastest moving housing markets in the nation. The share of homes still on the market after 60 days is down 4 percent from 2012. While you may not struggle to find homes that suit your needs, acting fast is important if you want to close.
Being prepared before you put an offer in on your dream home helps. A qualified real estate agent will guide you through the necessary steps, some of which include getting pre-qualified for a mortgage loan or talking to a home inspector. And, don’t rule out homes that have been on the market past 60 days. Although they might need a little bit of work and don’t impress buyers searching for move-in ready interiors, a home in good working condition with a competitive asking price could be a lucrative investment. Older homes may only need a few cosmetic tweaks to make them shine, giving you the chance to customize your new home exactly to your liking.
Ready to buy your new home in the Phoenix metro area? Check out our featured listings or contact us directly so we can help you with your home search.
The darwin Wall Team. Assisting Arizona Home buyers and Sellers in the East Valley.