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Saturday 09/06/2014
Study says millennials preparing to leave the nest
Posted: September 06, 2014

We’ve heard for years how the weak job market, student-loan debt and tight lending standards have forced recent college graduates and other members of the millennial generation to live with their parents instead of owning houses of their own. But a recent study by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies indicates the situation may be on the verge of changing.

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Wondering what type of financing is available or right for you?
Posted: September 06, 2014

The VA Jumbo Loans are probably one of the most misunderstood and under utilized tool in the VA benefits package. The majority of lenders do not know how to leverage this lending tool to its full and complete capacity on behalf of their VA borrowers. If you are a veteran looking to purchase a home above $417,000, you can get a no hassle, no obligation review of your VA benefits to see, if you qualify. There are a few select lenders that do this product well. You will be amazed at how low your rate will be and how little money you need to put as a down payment on VA Jumbo Loans through select lenders. Here are some features and benefits:

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New flooring is great investment to your house
Posted: September 06, 2014

Dear Claudia: My husband and I decided to replace the flooring in the second level of our two-story house. We are having a hard time choosing from hardwood, engineered wood floors, laminates, bamboo, ceramic tile (wood like) and vinyl (wood like). Which flooring do you recommend?

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Decor in all its facets
Posted: September 06, 2014

Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor.

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Get to know your homeowners policy
Posted: September 06, 2014

We take tremendous pride in the places we call home. We constantly invest time, energy and expense to make sure these residences fit our ever-changing needs and tastes.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Decorating touches help retreats sparkle
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:37 pm

From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

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3 things homebuyers should know about HERS ratings
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Ah, summertime in Arizona. A time for cooling off in the backyard swimming pool, barbecuing with family and neighbors and planning our seasonal escapes to cooler climates. It’s also the time when living in an energy-efficient home can mean the difference between receiving a monthly electricity bill that’s manageable and one that causes your blood to boil.

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How to find your interior style
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Finding your interior design style can be challenging with so many choices to love and gravitate toward. I’ve often thought I need at least three or more houses to get my styles fully expressed with all the interior design choices we have today. I’d have an elegant traditional home with luxury fabrics in colorful patterns, florals and lots of big spectacular furniture rich in architectural details and finishes. The next home would reflect my love of the cowboy West using big plush sofas, leather and nail-head trims, Western artwork and lots of whimsical details on fireplace screens, door handles, towel racks, lamps and wood-carved furniture. And my next home would be a sophisticated soft contemporary place with clean-lined seating, geometric patterns, glass and metal tables, colorful big abstract art and a few traditional pieces to keep it from having a cold, hard-edge appearance. Alas, if I could only win the Mega Millions jackpot!

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Your guide to navigating the Good Faith Estimate
Posted: August 24, 2014

How much is this new loan going to cost me?

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Sunday 08/10/2014
With the ‘Great Recession’ behind us, knowing when it’s time to buy again is key
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:41 pm

It seems as if almost everyone you meet has experienced the negative effects of the “Great Recession.” If you or someone you know has had a derogatory credit event, check this cheat sheet, to help you determine when you can buy again. Lenders have loosened the requirements and restrictions surrounding a negative credit event. It may be time to buy before interest rates rise in 2015.

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Local real estate company adds 2 executives to its leadership team
Posted: August 10, 2014

The No. 1 company for real estate sales in the Valley, with $4.8 billion worth of residential real estate sales in the past year, is expanding its leadership team with the addition of two executives.

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Saturday 08/09/2014
Culling options helps when choosing plumbing fixtures
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Dear Claudia: I am remodeling my master bathroom and I am not sure what plumbing fixtures to use. There are so many choices. How can I find the plumbing fixtures I like?

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Ahwatukee sees more inventory, fewer buyers than last year
Posted: August 09, 2014

Increasing inventory, more competition and a smaller buyer pool. That continues to sum up the market. According to the Arizona Regional MLS, July property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes were 137 sales, down 17.5 percent from 166 in July 2013 and 1.5 percent higher than the June sales of 135. July 2014 sales numbers were lower than July of 2013 and 2012. July’s year-to-date (YTD) sales of 868 down 19.2 percent behind last year’s YTD sales of 1074.

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Friday 08/08/2014
Survey says: buyers prefer new homes 2 to 1
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Modern features, customizable options and reduced maintenance are among the many reasons most Americans — twice as many to be exact — would prefer purchasing a new home rather than an existing home, according to the latest online survey from Trulia, a leading online residential real estate site. Of the more than 2,000 survey respondents interviewed last spring, 41 percent said they’d prefer buying a new home, whereas only 21 percent would choose an existing home. The remaining 38 percent of respondents had no preference.

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The nuisances of buying and selling in August
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 10:50 am

When buying or selling a home in Ahwatukee in the month of August, there are a few things you need to think about. First, if you are a seller, be prepared August is coming. Most schools in the area start back the beginning to the middle of August. This means many potential buyers are going to be super busy trying to get school supplies, back to school shopping, vacations completed, etc. They don’t have a lot of time to spend looking around, so make your place stand out. Think of a model home and start staging your home to look like one. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just make your house the best looking your house can be. Ask your Realtor for some help in what you should or shouldn’t do, or hire a consultant or a stager; they will be worth the investment.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Homebuyer confidence is on the upswing
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:47 pm

As we enter peak home-buying season, it appears that overall consumer confidence is on the rise, according to the latest information from Fannie Mae and other sources.

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Lighting can be gorgeous, dramatic and functional
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 11:31 am

Lighting has so many functions and personalities that developing a thoughtful plan to incorporate function, drama, ambience, mood, tricks and style is always worth the time and money to get it right. Pre-planning a well thought out lighting scheme should be at the top of any remodeling or redecorating venture. There are so many ways both natural and artificial lighting affect any room and the people in it all day and all evening.

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Monday 07/28/2014
3 simple staging tips for sellers
Posted: July 28, 2014

Thinking about putting your property on the market? In today’s real estate market, buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. For most people, a home is the biggest purchases they’ll ever make. That means they don’t want to spend a lot of money updating and fixing the property as well. “Staging” a home is easy, cost little to no money, and is one of the most effective things you can do to ensure that a buyer makes an offer. Before you put the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, here are a few simple tips to get it looking better than the competition.

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Avoid paths to credit troubles
Posted: July 28, 2014

Failure to repay the credit extended as agreed, paying only the minimum payment due and assuming they have great credit is where most people get in trouble.

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Replaced roof, air condition units are the new granite counters, stone flooring
Posted: July 28, 2014

With the average age of our properties here in Ahwatukee at around 20 years there seems to be a shift in what is most important to buyers out here looking to purchase. Ten years ago interior upgrades like granite counter tops, newer fixtures and flooring were on top of most buyers list when searching for a home. Top of the radar these days are big-tickets items that have reached their life span like roofs and air condition units. Another non-cosmetic item high on the list is energy efficiency such as newer windows and solar equipment.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
RE/MAX Fine Properties names new leader
Posted: July 15, 2014

RE/MAX Fine Properties has announced Sandy Karpen as Designated Broker for the franchise. Karpen previously served as a top-producing real estate agent for the office.

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Saturday 07/12/2014
Where does credit come from?
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 9:47 am

Credit is most frequently extended by department stores, finance companies, oil companies, credit unions, commercial banks and credit card companies. Those who extend credit are called creditors.

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VA loans offer options for service members
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Veterans can benefit from their service to our country with special mortgage financing options!

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Tips for living in a small space
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 9:42 pm

For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity.

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Saturday 06/28/2014
Many seek new homes near cities but are priced out
Posted: June 28, 2014

Washington • City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

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5 tips for summer energy savings
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Though the calendar won’t announce the official arrival of summer for a few more weeks, the Arizona heat already is settling in. Blasting the A/C may sound like a great plan, but it’s not so great for your energy use — or your wallet. From the air conditioner to the washing machine, a few adjustments can make a huge difference on your home and the environment. The grass will always be greener on your side of the fence with a little inspiration from these energy-saving tips.

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Plenty of options for ‘green’ interiors
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 11:31 am

"Green” interiors are not a new style, a preferred color choice or even a new trend. “Green” interiors means using energy-efficient, non- or low-polluting products, built with sustainable resources and can be maintained without the use of toxic cleaning products, to create interiors that are both for people and good for the environment. Why should it make a difference in our interiors and our lives? Because most people want their home to be a place where they feel comfortable, secure and at ease knowing they are living in a safe and healthy environment that is also beautiful.

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Understanding credit key to successful homeownership
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 9:47 am

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a home, it’s time to review your credit standing. If you don’t, you can be sure your lender will when you apply for a mortgage. It’s a good idea to know what you’re working with before you fill out your mortgage application. That way, you have some time to establish, improve or repair your credit standing. Exactly where you stand will help determine whether you are approved for a mortgage and, if so, the interest rate you will be charged.

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Friday 06/27/2014
A neoclassical moment in decor
Posted: June 27, 2014

If you’re a fan of traditional décor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
Housing industry responds to more adults living with parents
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 12:47 pm

The Great Recession may be in the rear-view mirror, but its effects on household formation are still being felt. According to researchers, 1.2 million more adults live with their parents than just eight years ago.

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School highlight: Ambassador Academy

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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit www.ambassadoracademy.us.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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