Arizona Canadian cross border realtor

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Approximately 20% of the $50Billion Canadian home buyers buy here in Arizona. What’s not to love? The weather is wonderful, cost of living low, traffic is mild, and we are centrally located with a large convenient International Airport.  People are friendly, mostly transplanted from the Midwest, and, more recently, from the higher costs of California and the Gulf Coast States.

Buying a home in Arizona is similar to Canada, but there are many dfferences you should be aware of.  Of note, you won’t need the services of an attorney as paperwork is handled by a licensed escrow officer. The Seller pays both sides of the Realtor fees in 95% of all transactions. And you can do the transaction remotely, with necessary documents emailed or sent by UPS or FedEx. A mortgage typically takes 4-6 weeks, and cash is just 2-4 weeks. When you sell you will need to be aware of FIRPTA. When you buy FIRPTA is even more important! Learn more here!

I have helped dozens of Canadian families relocate to Arizona, or buy a vacation home. I have also helped families from Canada and Europe relocated their entire businesses here to Arizona. Call, text or email me for a free consumer guide about Buying Real Estate Cross-Borders  602.980.0737

 Finding your Agent:   Normally the Seller pays for a Realtor to represent him, and a Buyer’s Agent to represent you. But beware, Maricopa County has enjoyed one of the best U.S. real estate markets of the last 3 decades, and as a result, there are now over 80,000 agents:  As of February 2020, 33.6% of those are inactive. And an additional estimated 35% do less than 1 transactions each year!

Make sure you are selective and review qualifications, experience, and area of expertise. There is a significant difference in negotiating your new home, and your risk of liability whether it is a $300,000 or a $1Million+.  Agents are Salesmen, so do your homework!   You could be underwater by the end of the inspection period, without even knowing you are sinking.  Ask for references, and make sure those offered closely resemble your needs.


"We are so thankful for all the hard work Denise did for us in the whole process of buying a house. We had a huge task moving our family of 6 from Canada in the time span of less than 4 months from start to finish (looking to buy, buying then moving). Denise helped us narrow down our search, found us a house, then helped us make a deal and then did all the other details for us from lining up home inspection, making sure all the work got completed to final possession. It was such a relief to know we could trust Denise with all these details while we were back in Canada selling our home there and packing up to move. Through this whole Life changing process Denise was there for us every step of the way! We will use her again for sure! We have even referred her to close friends who are now purchasing a beautiful vacation home with a Denise’s help."

Denise van den Bossche 602-980-0737
Realty Executives Scottsdale
10607 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Realty Executives Scottsdale

AZ DRE License Numbers: DV139
10607 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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