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May
11

Beautiful Ahwatukee Custom Home Lot

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Views, seclusion, privacy, serenity. This spectacular custom home lot in one of Ahwatukee’s finest gated communities, is found on a tucked away street cul-de-sac street, nestled in the foothills of South Mountain Park, surrounded by distinctive custom homes. With a 22,000sf building pad, this lot offers a unique setting worthy of the most beautiful dream home. Although secluded, Canyon Reserve is conveniently situated within the larger community, minutes from shopping, dining, Sky Harbor, and preferred Kyrene and Tempe Union schools. More details.

14015 S Rockhill Road from Blaremy Productions on Vimeo.

Categories : Ahwatukee, Tempe
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May
04

Looking for summer kid activities?

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 Options abound. Here are 3 terrific camp ideas, as well as a link to find others.

The Best Summer Ever, Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA 1030 E Liberty LN Phoenix, AZ, Ages 5-10, starts May 30th -July 28th, 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, $175 a week for members, $215 a week for non-members, $35 deposit required, Camps include field trips, special events, traditional activities, swimming and more.

School of Rock Ahwatukee- Rock 101, School of rock Ahwatukee, 4645 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ, June 19th – June 23, ages 7-12, $100 daily cost, a deposit is required,  Rock 101 camp is perfect for the beginner! Aspiring rockers will spend the week learning the foundation of musical concepts through rock songs.

Nerding: STEM Classes for Kids,  Nerding Space,  51 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, Arizona, 85284,  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, ages 6-16,  an Average week long camp is $150 for half day or $285 for a full day,  10:1 Student to Teacher ratio! Nerds get lots of individual attention, help, and encouragement.  Nerding classes and camps in Tempe, AZ are all about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Making. Kids explore amazing tools like Makey Makeys, Arduinos, and iPads, program robots like Sphero and Ozobot, code original games, create rocket launchers, or learn to sew!

You can search by age and type of camp using the link below. Happy camping!

http://summercamps.azcentral.com/

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May
02

Want to buy a house, but don’t have a down payment? 

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You are not alone.  First-time buyers often have to plan and save for a few years.  Start by knowing how much down payment you need to pull together.   There are many programs not requiring 20% down.   A buyer applying 20% of the purchase price as down payment can avoid mortgage insurance.  But – there are 3% and 5% down payment loan programs.   Call or email for a few great mortgage loan offers to get an idea what your budget should be, and with that, how much down payment you’ll need.
  1. With the end goal as your target, start watching every expense and purchase.  Start eliminating all “frivolous” purchases.
  2. Create a separate savings account just for your down payment.   Have an automated deposit come out of each paycheck. 
  3. Buddy up with your spouse or friend and make a game out of it, start a little friendly competition and see who can meet the goal first or save the most each month. 
  4. Save unexpected money, such as a larger tax refund, bonus or gift. 
  5. Find a side business or hustle, a little freelance working or selling on Ebay. 
  6. Create a budget for your mortgage, if you plan on going from a $1,500 monthly rent payment to a $2,000mortgage payment, start putting that extra $500 away now.  This will boost your savings account and help you assess how you’ll manage the mortgage payment once you do buy a house or condo. 
  7. This may be hard in the Valley, but see if you can downsize the rental for a year or two. Rent cheaply as possible to save up for the house purchase. 
  8. There are a few down payment assistance programs for buyers that qualify (maximum income and minimum credit scores, generally). 
Again – please contact me so that I can recommend a knowledgeable lender to provide any and all mortgage information you need.
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Apr
28

April Events at Tempe Center for the Arts:

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Childsplay presents Wonderland: Alice’s Rock’n’Roll Adventure
Apr 23 – May 21 $12 – $26 Check out this rock ‘n’ roll version of Alice in Wonderland

Music Under the Stars
Apr 28 7:00 pm Free The performance provides the opportunity for young Tempe musicians to play for the public in the open air alongside Tempe Town Lake.

Stray Cat Theatre presents HIR
Apr 28 –May 13 $20 – $30 You won’t want to miss out on this subversive, hilarious implosion of the nuclear family.

Art After Work: Primary Colors, inspired by Mondrian
April 28 6:00 – 8:30 pm $35 Have a drink on us while you and your friends or coworkers unwind from the workday at the beautiful Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, relax during a friendly night of art creating, while enjoying a complimentary drink voucher (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) and enough guidance to ensure that everyone leaves with a lovely painting.
Sourced http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-center-for-the-arts/tca-event-calendar

Categories : Ahwatukee, Blog, Tempe
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Jul
03

Phoenix real estate market early July

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Market summary courtesy Michael Orr of The Cromford Report early July 16, with a few points highlighted in blue:

“The market conditions improved a little for sellers during June, with the Cromford® Market Index breaking through the 140 level as we enter July. However there is no dramatic new trend, just a continuation of what we have been seeing for several months now. Sales volume was strong during June but it is clear that July will be much quieter for closings since the number of homes under contract has fallen quite a bit. This is quite normal for the season.

The ranges from $200,000 to $350,000 saw strong growth in closed sales over June last year – up almost 19%. Between $350,000 and $400,000 we saw a little weakness, down 2%, but sales from $400,000 all the way up to $1.5 million were strong – up an impressive 21%. Sales over $1.5 million were very much weaker than last year – down 44%. Sales below $175,000 were also well down, but this was caused by a lack of supply. The segment over $1.5 million cannot use that excuse. There are plenty of homes available, even though a large number have been removed from the market for the summer. Many of these are likely to be relisted at the end of September.

At first sight it looks as though pricing was strong during June, with the median sales price up 2.2% from last month. However this is deceiving because the average home price only rose 0.3% and the average home size jumped 1.3% from 1,978 in May to 2,004 in June. The average price per square foot retreated 1.0% over the month, and we see this as more accurate measure than the median sales price.

We expect overall prices to be flat to slightly lower over the next 3 months as luxury homes make a smaller contribution when the temperatures exceed 100 degrees. Prices are still rising below $200,000 and falling for most homes over $1 million.

Dollar volume in June was a healthy $2.529 billion, up 7% from June 2015, with about half of that coming from higher sales volume and the rest from higher pricing.

The main difference we saw between May and June was an improvement in demand for homes in the lower ranges of the luxury market, between $500,000 and $1.5 million. In particular:

  • $500K-$600K saw an increase of 30% in dollars spent (compared with June 2015)
  • $600K-$800K saw an increase of 20% in dollars spent
  • $800K -$1M saw an increase of 24% in dollars spent
  • $1M-$1.5M saw an increase of 27% in dollars spent

There is a big contrast above $1.5M:

  • $1.5M-$2M saw an increase of 2%
  • $2M-$3M saw a decrease of 41%
  • $3M and over saw a decrease of 61%

Mind you, June 2015 was a very good month for the super-luxury market so the comparison is quite tough for June 2016.”

Please call or email if you want to know how your house or potential purchase fits in with the current market.  Happy 4th!

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