Fur children (our dogs) and dog parks…

Today I decided to take Tucker and Sunny to Paradise Valley dog park. As I got them ready putting their leashes on my 14 year old fur child Sassy just wimpered and layed by my husbands feet. She loves to go to the park with us but not the dog park. She is getting old and can’t run around like she used to. But the other two are raring to go! We are fortunate to have quite a few dog parks in the Phoenix Metro Area to choose from. My last count shows 36 dog parks!

I recommend finding several dog parks close by and going and checking them out. Many now have two fenced dog parks. One for the little dogs and one for big dogs. Check to see if there is water available Many have double water fountain-one for pups and one for humans! Some parks just have a water spiggot to fill bowls. Check to see if the area is well maintained-make sure it has grass and not a dust bowl or mud bath. Look for a shade structure and trees.

New to the area or thinking about making the move to the Phoenix area? For information on the 36 dog parks contact me at [email protected]

Click here to see map of the 36 dog parks in Phoenix Metro Area…

 

 

 

More home buyers looking for mutli-generation homes…

The last buyer I worked with to help find a multi-gen home I met at an Open House in Queen Creek. They were being relocated from South Carolina and were bringing their parents with them and wanted to live under one roof… the search began. After two months looking at eight different properties we found the ideal floor plan by Lennar Homes.

Multigenerational living continues to trend upward. As baby boomers retire, many are choosing to live with their adult children. A recent survey by Pew Research Center showed that 19% of US population is living in multigenerational homes. The survey showed 44 percent of respondents said they would like to accommodate their elderly parents in their next home, while 42 percent said they plan to accommodate their adult children. Many builders have responded to this trend and are now building muligenerational homes.

In Arizona, specifically the Phoenix Metro area it has become difficult to find affordable homes that meet this growing sector. Especially for families moving from other area’s of the country where housing cost are significantly lower. As the Valley of the Sun continues to build further out increasing it’s footprint it has created some affordable opportunities to meet our growing population.

There are several housing options that will accomodate this sector one being two story homes offering a bedroom with full bath downstairs. The other option is one and two story homes with a separate/private suite offering private living and bedroom/bath. Some properties even have separate entrances and garages.

To search Multigenerational Homes For Sale on the MLS click here

 

 

 

 

 

What the Baby Boomers are looking for …


I work with many out of state buyers looking for a second home as well as empty nesters wanting to downsize.  Neville and Sharon are a couple I recently worked with from California looking to downsize from their current home. We looked at various communities in North Scottsdale looking for the right home. After our three day house hunt we found the right home and the views they were looking for in Troon.

The number one thing I am finding is that this sector of home buyers are looking for 3000 square foot or less one-story homes. They have had the big house and are now want a smaller, more manageable home. Home builders have responded and are building smaller homes. In order to get the new smaller homes baby boomer buyers are having look further outside of the initial area they wanted to be in.

Recently we found a rare professionally remodeled home in North Scottsdale’s Ancala West/Ancala Country Club for $760,000 3000 SF 1-story with pool that surpasses anything in Scottsdale in this price range!

Lowest price home in the East Valley…

LOWEST PRICE BASEMENT HOME IN THE EAST VALLEY! Incredible 1 STORY+BASEMENT home offers 4963 SF*6 BR 3.5 BA FORMALS+FAMILY ROOM+LARGE KITCHEN W/GRANITE COUNTERTOPS. 4 CAR GARAGE + REFRESHING POOL WITH RV GATE *Association allows RV’s and boats behind gate. The 30,000 square foot lot backs to 2.5 acre lot for privacy! This is a semi-custom home built in 2001 by Cornerstone Builders. Open House this SAT & SUN

Solar Panels…Are they a good investment? What you need to know.

So you agree to meet with the solar company that called and they are offering solar panels to you at no initial cost. They say that they will save you significant money on your electric bills. You want to save money and our planet so you sign up. Then a few years later you decide to sell the house. You just know that those solar panels will help sell your home and at a higher price…Right?

That’s not always the case… the buyer really likes your home, then their real estate agent tells them that they will need to qualify to take over your solar lease payments for the next 15 to 17 years! If they don’t qualify for the solar lease they can’t buy your house.  Or another scenario unfolds…the buyers won’t make an offer unless you buy out the remaining lease payments…OUCH! This can be tens of thousands of dollars! They are worried about the solar equipment-what if it needs to be repaired? What will it cost me? Will I really save that much money on my electric bills?

Be aware of the potential challenges with buying or leasing solar panels and make sure you understand before you sign on the dotted line!

Is the Valley heading towards a real estate bubble?

 

Growth or “Bubble”?

The Phoenix/Scottsdale appears to be steadily emerging from the real estate crash in 2008, but is the city headed toward a re-bubbling of the market and repetition of all the sordid problems of that historical time?

While some critics believe history is destined to repeat itself, key players in the metropolitan Phoenix real estate industry believe such gloom-and-doom soothsaying is bogus and completely without merit.

Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, believes the Metro Phoenix real estate market is healing and stabilizing. “The idea that there is another bubble in the real estate market is absurd. We are just seeing a normal reaction to lack of supply. Prices are still below the long-term trend line and none of the conditions that define a bubble are currently in existence.”

Based on historic average (past 20 years) we are increasing at a healthy increase of 5-6%. Our supply of 16,753 homes for sale when we should have 40,000 homes for sale. This translates to a 2 month supply when we should have a 4 to 5 month supply of homes. This has created a seller’s market. Low supply high demand and the increase in the population will continue to sustain a healthy market

See what your home is worth today!