Tips and useful info for home buyers and sellers, local events, real estate updates things to do in the area.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!

Check out these trending floors!

When it comes to flooring, most people want something that is stylish and practical.

Flooring trends typically change throughout the years as many homeowners acquire new taste and technology advances creating new varieties of flooring. Here are some Trending 2018 floor styles that will make your home look stylish and amazing!

Hard Wood:

Solid Hard Wood flooring is certainly a durable flooring option and high quality, well-maintained hardwood floors will outlast us all! Choosing the right species of hardwood floor is a major factor of how durable the floor will be. Some of the most durable hardwoods are Brazilian Walnut and Ipe.  And some of the most popular hardwoods used today are Red Oak, White Oak, Maple and Brazilian Cherry.

The average cost for homeowners to install Hard Wood Floors is $4,113, with most homeowners spending between $2,952 and $4,646. Pre-finished solid wood flooring prices start at about $4 and can cost as much as $12 per square foot, but most is found in the $4-$10 per square foot price range.

Some of the colors trending with Hard Wood Floors are; dark browns, grey, light, and white washes.

Porcelain Plank Tile:

 

Porcelain Plank wood tile has always been available but has only recently found popularity with global décor trendsetters, thanks in large part to vastly improved technologies that make the wood effect more realistic than ever. Although colors and patterns of wood-like tile may change from year to year, its popularity in dazzling, contemporary home designs is here to stay.

Porcelain Tile floors are waterproof. So, they are often used in areas that may have water or moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements and on top of concrete sub-floors where it may be difficult, inappropriate and too expensive to install solid hardwood flooring.

The average cost to install Porcelain Tile Planks is $1,986, with most homeowners spending between $1,008 and $2,048. Average budget ranges at around $3 per square foot to exclusive ranges from upwards of $15 per square foot.

The colors trending with Porcelain Plank Tile floors are cooler tones such as whites, grays, and espressos.

Vinyl Plank:

 

Forget the ugly vinyl tiles of the past. Plank shapes that are long and narrow, mimicking real wood boards; “click” joinery, allowing adjoining boards to snap together; and improved embossing techniques, vinyl flooring is gaining in popularity once again.

With superior resistance to moisture Vinyl flooring has gained popularity among many homeowners looking for a less expensive floor alternative.

Vinyl flooring ranges from extremely inexpensive, about $0.50 for thin vinyl squares in basic patterns and styles, to moderate about $3.00 for a vinyl plank in so-called premium luxury styles.

It looks and feels amazing, and it’s a floating floor, which means that it can go on top of virtually any type of surface, including tile, as long as the surface is flat and level.

Furthermore, for all those do-it yourself folks, this is a project you can do on your own.

What’s your favorite flooring trend?

Wishing you an EGG-CELLENT Easter Weekend!

Here are some local ideas for your Easter weekend with the family!

The Art of Ice Cream Experience Egg Hunt

4224 N Craftsman Ct. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This art pop-up in Scottsdale is an interactive ice-cream themed exhibit where many Easter eggs will be hidden through out along with ice-cream treats! There will be an Easter egg hunt for kids 5 and younger and one for kids 6 years and older. The cost is $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Click Here For More Info

Bunnyland at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E Princess Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85255
This Scottsdale resort is hosting a Alice in Wonderland themed Easter egg hunt on 4/1. Other activitites include brunch, corn maze, train rides and even a visit from Alice, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and the Easter Bunny. Brunch is $49 for kids and $109 for adults. Egg hunts are scheduled for every half-hour from 10 am through 4 pm. Click Here For More Info


6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This Scottsdale Hotel will be having a FREE Easter egg hunt for both guests and the community starting at 9 am 4/1 on the ZuZu patio. ZuZu, the restuarant will have brunch available from 6 am to 2:30 pm. Cost is $19 for kids and $59 for adults. This includes the brunch and hunt. Make sure to bring your own basket! Click Here For More Info