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Tips for Seasonal Residents Buying a Home in Scottsdale 

Troon house backyard photoAre you a “snowbird?” Are you thinking of becoming a “snowbird” in the near future? When you’re looking for a seasonal home in Scottsdale, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure you’re buying the right property to suit your needs. Buying a home for year-round living isn’t quite the same as the experience you may have shopping for a seasonal home, and the factors you’ll need to keep in mind may be quite different than you expected. Check out our tips to help you learn how to make the right decision so that you can find a seasonal home you’re sure to love for many years to come.

Are you allowed to rent the home?

If you’re not considering renting out your home during the time you aren’t living in it, then there’s no need to worry about this one. However, many snowbirds living in Scottsdale prefer to rent their homes during the months they aren’t occupying them. If you’re going to do this, it’s important that you buy a home in a community where you’re allowed to do this. Some neighborhoods monitor this very closely and you may be unable to rent. And if you purchase a condo instead of a single-family home, the limitations may be even more extreme.

Are you ready to handle the taxes on a second home?

This is going to be a potential cause for concern no matter where you plan to buy your home—including Scottsdale. While you may be able to afford the initial cost of buying a second home, don’t forget you’ll need to pay taxes on it, too. You’ll also have to keep up with home insurance whether you’re staying there or not, and you’ll have to pay for utilities when you’re there. And, finally, if you aren’t renting your home, you may need to pay someone to stop by and take care of it periodically when you aren’t there, too.

Is the location right for the lifestyle you’re looking for?

Are you looking for something close to golf courses? What about something near hiking or other outdoor experiences? Would you rather live in the heart of the city or near the mountains? This is all going to help you decide where to buy your seasonal home. You need to be sure you’re very satisfied with the location, because you don’t want to end up deciding to sell your seasonal home in just a couple of years when it doesn’t turn out to be what you’re looking for.

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Things That Will Lower the Value of Your Home

home wiht mountain view backyard photoWhen you’re looking to buy a new home, you want to consider every aspect of the investment you’re about to make. Although you, of course, can’t see the future, you may still want to try to remember some problems that may cause the value of your home to decrease instead increase. Some of these may be situations you can avoid or try to do something about, but others could be something you’re stuck with.  Before you ever go house shopping, familiarize yourself with these problem areas.

Nearby Odor Sources

This is one of the problem areas you might not be able to do much about. If the house in the vicinity of a waste disposal area, chances are good you’re going to be able to smell it at the house, especially on a hot day or any time the breeze blows just the right way.  And, if located close a power plant—nuclear or otherwise—there’s going to be a lot of smell associated with it, too. Proximity to a nuclear power plant tends to scare away buyers and may lower the value of your home even more.

Trouble with Neighbors

If you observe noisy, rude, or messy neighbors, it may be in your best interest to move on and look for another house. You may not have an issue with troublesome neighbors, but unruly front yards and obvious lack of care without an HOA to sep in may devalue your home as well.

Sex Offenders

Registered sex offenders in the area are a definite cause of a decline in the value of your home. The information is readily available to all potential buyers with just a little online research.

Bad Local Schools

If the home is located in a low performing school district, this could be off-putting to some buyers. However, if you’re selling to a couple without children, a single person, or an older family, you may not have to worry about this issue as much. You could always go the extra mile and research some better private school solutions in the area for your potential buyers if you wish.

Billboard Placement and Traffic Light Visibility

Last but not least, if there are a lot of billboards in the area, you may notice a steeper decline in the value of the home.  Even billboards that are kept up well tend to cause a decrease in property value because they’re widely regarded as an eyesore. Same goes for backyards facing a major road that has the visibility of a traffic light.

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Private Schools in Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, Arizona is a great place for families. While the public school system is always a good option, you may find that you prefer to send your kids to something a little different. And if you’re interested in private schools, Scottsdale is definitely the place to be. This area features some of the best and most celebrated private schools in the region with plenty of options for kids of all ages who live nearby, too. We’ll give you a brief rundown of your options when it comes to choosing the perfect private school in the Scottsdale area.

El Dorado Private School

El Dorado Private School, located in Scottsdale, has been around since 1970 and continues to offer high-quality education to students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and middle school grades. This is a smaller school that cultivates a sense of family and close bonds between all the teachers, students, and parents. Kids do great in this school and feel accomplished with their work when they take part in the good education from this establishment.

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If you’d like to send your children to one of the most technologically savvy private schools in the Scottsdale area, take a look at Notre Dame Preparatory High School. This Catholic school provides a safe and secure learning environment that leaves most students feeling happy with their school surroundings. It offers plenty of fun clubs and extracurricular activities for kids who want to do a little more outside the classroom, too. Many parents have reported their children’s grades improving after making a change to this quality school.

Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Rounding out our examples of great private schools in Scottsdale is Rancho Solano Preparatory School, another popular choice. This school incorporates all grades, from preschool through 12th grade, and ranked as the number two best private K-12 school in Arizona in 2016. The school functions like a traditional school but can also be used as a boarding school for students who need to stay on-site as well. This is one of the most expensive private schools in Scottsdale.

The right school can be tough to find, but with some good information to help you get started, you should be well on your way to picking the perfect education for your kids as soon as possible. Don’t forget to ask around and look for reviews as well as word of mouth recommendations for schools you might want to check out in your area.

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Highly Recommend Jackie

Zillow 5 Star Agent badgeI highly recommend Jackie, she was an absolute pleasure to work with. She took great care of our needs and really listened to what it was that we wanted. She delivered on every aspect and was so kind and understanding. Her communication was excellent and she took the time to explain the process.
No one can prepare you for selling a home and buying a new one. We had no idea how much time and effort that it would take and Jackie worked day and night to help us. Her work ethic is outstanding and she really took care of us. She was so understanding when we were stressed out and called her over everything single thing we needed. She always returned our calls and texts.
I would recommend Jackie to anyone and everyone that I know. I cannot say enough that we are so thankful for her. We will always use her for our real estate needs. She is the BEST and I highly recommend her!

07/05/2017 – Adam Knobloch

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Great Negotiating Skills

Zillow 5 Star Agent badgeJackie made the entire process of relocating easy. We moved from Wisconsin to Arizona and did not know what areas we wanted to target. She spent time with us looking around potential areas as we figured out where we wanted to live. We are thrilled with the house we decided upon. Jackie had great  negotiating skills, with other interested parties also expressing interest in the house. We would highly recommend her!

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How To Take Care Of Your Pool During Monsoon

poo photoBeing a pool owner in Phoenix is one of the luxuries many valley residents enjoy. During Monsoon, nights continue holding high temperatures and a midnight dip in a pool after long day is fun and refreshing.  However, heavy rainfalls during this time of the year means extra pool maintenance to keep your water clear and balanced.  With the help of professional pool service you can always assure your pool is swim ready and here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Check you water levels often

Keep testing the pH levels frequently to ensure your water is safe.  Salt water systems are becoming very popular so that you don’t subject your family to harsh chemicals but these pools still need extra maintenance after heavy rain storms.

2. Keep an eye on the clarity of your water

The most dreaded result of unbalanced water is hidden bacteria which creates green swamp like water.  Pollen, heavy rain and other particles get swept into the pool causing algae overgrowth but sometimes green water may be due to e.Coli which is dangerous to come into contact with.  Once you start noticing you water is less than crystal clear – don’t wait!

3. Take care of your equipment

Keep your equipment in top working condition and don’t underestimate your filter – it is responsible to clean up the the algea after heavy rain storms.  If you are taking care of your own pool, don’t delay weekly backwashing.

4. Make time for maintenance

You or your professional should schedule time for routine maintenance while you skim your water daily for debris that float on the surface and fill up your skimmer.  Empty the skimmer basked every day which may sometime hold small, dead rodents that offset the pH balance.

Being a pool owner means accepting the responsibility to keep your pool and water in sanitary condition but it also allows the opportunity to swim and play anytime you desire.

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