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Arizona Home Buying Tips 

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If you’ve ever bought a home, you know it can be a unique combination of excitement and uncertainty. The process can feel overwhelming with constant changes in the housing market, fluctuating interest and increasing inflation. While those are circumstances you can’t control, there are many things you can do to make the experience easier, especially when buying a home in Arizona, and at Torreon in Show Low.

Andrew Escamilla, the Managing Broker of Torreon Realty offers the following tips:

  1. Interview at least a few buyer’s agents before you start working with one. You don’t need to work with the first agent you speak to. You may find that you vibe better with different personalities. After all, the homebuying experience is going to get stressful and intimate. It’s important to work with someone you trust.
  2. Allocate money and time! You are going to need to reserve cash upfront for earnest money, travel, inspections and appraisals.
  3. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. In the world of real estate and in general, almost anything is negotiable. It may not be wise to lowball an offer on a home that is two days on the market with ten showings per day, however, don’t be ashamed to ask for what you want.
  4. Sit in the living room for a good moment. Do you feel at peace? If not, tell your agent you’re moving on to the next showing.
  5. Have some fun! Buying a home can be demanding but remember it’s just a ripple in the wave of life.

Valley based Realtor and President of the West Valley Women’s Council of Realtors; Angela Knott also offers these tips:

  1. Contact a lender and get pre-qualified. Even if you have excellent credit, you want to have a clear understanding of how much house you can afford and what your monthly payment will look like. Just because you qualify for a certain amount, doesn’t mean you’ll be comfortable with the monthly payment. 
  2. Factor in HOA fees, taxes and insurance. These will add up and increase your monthly expenditures so it’s important to include them in your calculations. Oftentimes homebuyers look at homes first only to find themselves disappointed once they realize it’s not a practical or affordable option. Getting a prequalification eliminates this headache and any potential time wasted.
  3. Be specific with your wants/needs but also be realistic. Finding EVERYTHING you want in a home can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Focus on the must-have elements like the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
  4. As questions throughout the process. Realtors often offer a lot of information up front and buyers don’t always process all of it right away. Circle back on things you need repeated or explained. This is your process and the biggest purchase you will make in your life. You deserve to be in the know.

The decision to buy a home isn’t one that’s taken lightly. Understanding why you want to buy a house and what type of home, location, neighborhood, etc., you’re looking for is paramount. When you’re looking at those options, try to talk to people who already live there. They’re the best ones to give insight on what you can expect. Torreon’s Realty Group is happy to connect potential buyers to current homeowners and help facilitate those conversations. 

Torreon proudly offers homes in a variety of sizes and prices, with customized options available. Our community, tucked away in the pine forest of the White Mountains is the perfect sanctuary for those looking to escape the busyness of the city or those who are seeking year-round serenity. We’d love to welcome you to the neighborhood!

Located just three hours from Phoenix in Show Low, Ariz., Torreon is a luxury golfing community nestled in the White Mountains. It offers convenience, world-class recreation, and amenities for the entire family. Offering everything from a sprawling outdoor pool, expansive fitness center to award-winning food at Torreon Grille as well as a family and game center, fishing pond and endless trails throughout the community, every member or guest is sure to enjoy time at Torreon. Learn more at

Contact Linda Cedarblade, designated broker for Torreon Realty at (928) 532-3030 or for more information on gorgeous, high-country lots or move-in-ready Golf Villas nestled in the White Mountains.