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Tuesday 01/17/2017
WI-FI home security systems not impressing home insurers
Posted: January 17, 2017

Americans are snapping up millions of new security cameras and smoke detectors connected to their Wi-Fi networks. But insurers apparently aren’t yet persuaded the devices will make homes any safer.

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Monday 01/16/2017
Breaking these bad habits can help save your house
Posted: January 16, 2017

A new year means it is time to break those deplorable habits that are hurting your home.

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Sunday 01/15/2017
Modular, 3-D printed homes among housing trends forecast for 2017
Posted: January 15, 2017

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change itself.

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Saturday 01/14/2017
A brief guide to Medicare premiums, co-pays and deductibles
Posted: January 14, 2017

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years.

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Friday 01/13/2017
Inventory down, mortgage rates climbing as new year begins
Posted: January 13, 2017

The nation ended 2016 in better economic shape than in recent years. Unemployment is down to 4.6 percent, its lowest level since August 2007; consumer confidence is higher than it has been since July 2007; and home values nationally and in more than half of the major markets in the country have recovered.

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Classic auto business showroom displays millions in memorabilia
Updated: January 16, 2017 - 4:47 pm

Walt Brown Jr. is obsessed with cars.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Being in escrow requires attention to dos and don’ts
Posted: January 11, 2017

If you are “in escrow,” you are probably no more than 30 days from closing on your new home. Here is a simple guide on what to do—and what not to do—during this period.

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Monday 01/09/2017
Part-time home rentals, tax delinquents to benefit from new state laws
Posted: January 09, 2017

Ahwatukee residents who like to rent out their homes to visitors and don't want local officials to stop them are among those who will benefit from new laws that took effect Sunday. .

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
Low mortgage rates beginning to disappear
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 8:23 pm

Not only did the election of Donald Trump rock the U.S. political establishment, it has had a major influence on interest rates as well—resulting in the economy’s single biggest post-election shift, according to Realtor.com.

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Staging helps sell your home—and at a higher price
Posted: December 27, 2016

We know from historical cycles that the best time to try and sell your home in Ahwatukee is in the spring.

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Monday 12/26/2016
Reduce the chance of burglary when selling your home
Posted: December 26, 2016

Have you ever observed the trash that gets discarded after Christmas?  The giant discarded TV boxes, the remote-controlled car box and other boxes?  This screams, “We have very expensive new items in the house.”

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Saturday 12/24/2016
High demand, low inventory fuel rising home values
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 8:25 pm

As inventory remains low and demand increases, home values have reached new heights across the nation, surpassing their previous peak from July 2006, according to Zillow’s September Real Estate Market Report.

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Thursday 12/22/2016
Buyers and sellers in Ahwatukee should start making plans now
Posted: December 22, 2016

You may have seen the information on social media, it was probably a post from a Realtor or a lender, about what 2017 is going to look like for the Phoenix real estate market.

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Sunday 12/11/2016
Contrary to popular belief, the holidays are a good time for home sellers
Posted: December 11, 2016

Who is looking for a home during the holidays? The serious buyer.

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Saturday 12/10/2016
Fifth house tops $1 million price tag on S. Presario Trail
Posted: December 10, 2016

A 5,456-square-foot house has become the fifth property on S. Presario Trail in Ahwatukee to sell for more than $1 million this year.

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Friday 12/09/2016
Here are 10 questions to ask when applying for a mortgage
Posted: December 09, 2016

Getting ready to buy a home? Make sure you ask these 10 key questions when you submit your mortgage application.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
First-time millennial homebuyers to revolutionize the real estate industry
Posted: November 23, 2016

As we look ahead to 2017, some experts believe the housing industry will look very different than it did this year.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
Is it time to sell your house? Here are things to consider
Posted: November 22, 2016

No matter how many fond memories you’ve accumulated in your home, there may come a time when you start wondering: Should I sell my place?

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Sunday 11/20/2016
Strong housing market seen continuing across country
Posted: November 20, 2016

The strong first half of the year for housing nationwide did not lose momentum as kids went back to school and temperatures cooled.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Buying a home from your landlord can have pitfalls
Posted: November 17, 2016

Recently, I represented a seller in Ahwatukee, who ended up selling their home to their tenant. This seems like it should be a smooth and easy transition. However, it created several nuisances in the transaction.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
Huge Canyon Reserve home sells for $1.7 million
Posted: November 08, 2016

An eye-popping 8,100-square foot home set atop a five-tiered hill in Canyon Reserve is the latest home to sell in Ahwatukee for more than $1 million.

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Saturday 11/05/2016
New developments add excitement to Ahwatukee market
Posted: November 05, 2016

If you’re looking for new construction in the Ahwatukee Foothills, here’s a look at some exciting housing developments currently underway.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Fewer people are becoming repeat home buyers, study finds
Posted: November 03, 2016

A lot of ink has been spilled over the woes of first-time home buyers struggling to save up for a down payment while paying off student loan debt, securing a mortgage in an age of sky-high credit scores, and then finding an abode they can afford at a time when the lack of properties on the market is driving prices to new heights.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Homeownership runs in the family, study finds
Posted: October 25, 2016

 

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Monday 10/24/2016
Fourth home on Presario Trail sells for $1 million this year
Posted: October 24, 2016

Another home on Presario Trail in Ahwatukee has joined the million-dollar club.

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Sunday 10/23/2016
Renting out a house involves many considerations
Posted: October 23, 2016

 

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Data show good and bad news for Ahwatukee housing market
Posted: October 23, 2016

I am always grateful when I am asked to share Ahwatukee housing statistics and information for the AFN and the real estate section because it gives me the opportunity to share the good news and the challenges of the Ahwatukee market with the readers.

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Saturday 10/22/2016
Ahwatukee home sales this year running slightly ahead of same period in 2015
Posted: October 22, 2016

September home sales in Ahwatukee totaled 143—up 10.9 percent over September 2015 and just one home less than the number sold in August.

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Friday 10/21/2016
Data show good and bad news for Ahwatukee housing market
Posted: October 21, 2016

 

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Tuesday 10/11/2016
Developer of leased-luxury-home communities eyeing Ahwatukee
Posted: October 11, 2016

A developer whose communities of leased luxury homes are sprouting up around the East Valley is eyeing Ahwatukee for what is becoming the latest trend in housing for millennials and Baby Boomers alike.

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Keystone Montessori

[David Jolkovski/AFN]
Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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