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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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Monday 10/10/2016
Ahwatukee home sales fell from previous month and August 2015
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:38 pm

August home sales in Ahwatukee fell from the previous month and the previous August as year-to-date sales for the first eight months of 2016 stayed slightly ahead of the same time period last year.

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Sunday 10/09/2016
Just plane fun: Homeowners are flying high at Chandler’s Stellar Airpark
Posted: October 09, 2016

Mike Lane and his wife, Sally, like to have breakfast some weekends at Crosswinds restaurant at the Payson Airport.

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Short sale produces a happy ending for a neighborhood as well as the buyers and sellers
Posted: October 09, 2016

So, I had a short sale in Ahwatukee Customs. No one wanted it, its customer appeal narrowed by its unique Asian flare.

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Saturday 10/08/2016
Existing home sales slump despite historically low mortgage rates
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:42 pm

With mortgage rates lingering near historic lows and home prices retreating from their peak during summer, the busiest home buying time of the year, existing home sales should be skyrocketing.

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Appraisers protect banks and the buyer from bad deals
Posted: October 08, 2016

If you need a mortgage to buy a home, your lender will require a home appraisal—where a professional estimates the value of your place to make sure it’s at least enough to cover the mortgage.

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Appraiser shortage threatens to slow down closures in home sales
Posted: October 08, 2016

Home buyers may have to prepare to hurry up and wait.

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Friday 10/07/2016
Luxury home market picking up in Ahwatukee
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:46 pm

The forecast for the Valley’s luxury-home market this year is sunny with a chance of a big improvement over last year.

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Fall is a good time to buy a house: Here are 7 reasons why
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Spring and summer usually get all the real estate glory with lofty accolades as the best time to buy a home—and, of course, the busiest.

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Thursday 10/06/2016
$1.44 mil Ahwatukee home sells in just 17 days
Posted: October 06, 2016

It took only 17 days for yet another Ahwatukee home to fetch more than $1 million.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
House flipping approaches pre-crash levels in housing market
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:43 am

As we’ve watched homeowners buy, remodel, and cash out over the years on shows like “Flip This House,” house flipping has come to seem like just another variation on the American dream of homeownership and financial stability.

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Ahwatukee Farms another example of growing trend in ‘agrihoods’
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:43 am

The proposal to convert the closed golf course at Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club into a multi-use development with homes, a community farm and other features is part of an accelerating global trend in the development of what the Urban Land Institute calls “agrihoods.”

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
Mortgage refinancing still attractive with current interest rates
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:43 am

Mortgage rates remained at their near-standstill this week after a so-so employment report. And home values in many areas are consistently increasing.

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Move-in-ready homes offer more than fast occupancy
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:44 am

By now, you’ve probably heard the term  “move-in-ready home” and maybe even wondered if purchasing one is right for you and your family.

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The future has arrived as tech-savvy homeowners smarten up houses
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:21 am

Remote-controlled window shades, voice-activated TVs, and door bells with high-quality video were once limited to sci-fi novels, Hollywood movies, and TV shows like “The Jetsons.”

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Ahwatukee averaging 400 active listings a month
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 9:33 am

Lots of activity going on in Ahwatukee real estate with some topics dividing communities, creating passionate conversations on Ahwatukee411, and sparking promises by some people to move to Canada if the wrong candidate is elected president.

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Monday 09/26/2016
Before buying, check out a house at different times of day
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:27 am

Different times of day change the reality of a home.

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Before you sell, go ‘Judge Judy’ when looking for dirt, clutter
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:27 am

Admit it: It’s easy to get a little “Judge Judy” inside someone else’s home. We notice gunk on the floor, cobwebs in the corners, and dust on the overhead fan. But guess what?

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New homes are larger these days, but those in Phoenix are below national average
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:28 am

It may feel like you’re short on space at home. After all, you had to rent a storage unit to keep all the items that don’t fit in your place.

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
VA loans offer five big advantages for home-buying vets
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 11:21 am

Tight credit, tougher mortgage lending and flat-lining wages have all breathed new life into the historic VA loan program. Veterans and military families are turning to these flexible, no-down payment loans like never before.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Third home this year sells for more than $1 million on Presario Trail
Posted: September 12, 2016

Another home has been sold on Ahwatukee’s millionaires’ row.

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Saturday 09/10/2016
Shop local when seeking a real estate agent
Posted: September 10, 2016

So, I get this mailer at my house labeled “Record Sale.”

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Home ownership rates have fallen since the recession while rents have risen
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Since the recession of 2007-2009, the U.S. homeownership rate has fallen steadily, and recently dropped to its lowest level since 1965.

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Friday 09/09/2016
Realtor recalls 3 decades of change in Ahwatukee
Posted: September 09, 2016

By the time R.J. Fullmer moved to Arizona in 1985, he’d already been in real estate in Las Vegas for nine years, so the climate and the position were familiar.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Luxury homes sporting live-in closets, garages turned into galleries
Posted: August 30, 2016


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Two more Ahwatukee million-dollar-plus sales boost tally to 6 since June
Posted: August 30, 2016


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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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