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Friday 08/19/2016
Wise investing is a marathon, not a sprint
Posted: August 19, 2016

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, one of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece.

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Tuesday 08/16/2016
Tapestry Canyon home offers million-dollar views ($1.22 million, to be exact)
Posted: August 16, 2016

The home at 14251 S. 14th St. in Ahwatukee’s Tapestry Canyon neighborhood offers 5,717 square feet of living space on a secluded 3.28 acre lot.

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10 questions to ask when you’re buying a house
Posted: August 16, 2016

 

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Here’s why the short sale process often makes no common sense
Posted: August 16, 2016

 

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Monday 08/15/2016
Variety of unsettled issues may be making Ahwatukee market sluggish
Updated: August 18, 2016 - 9:37 am

It seems there are so many things going on in Ahwatukee right now it is hard to keep track of what’s really happening: Urban-Ag proposed at The Lakes, Club West going brown, school starting, neighborly discussions about the elections, the bobcat wandering Club West, the hot summer and, lest we forget, the South Mountain Freeway.

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Two Ahwatukee home sales pass $1-million mark
Posted: August 15, 2016

 

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$1.4-million Tuzigoot Court house in Ahwatukee a ‘hard to find’ newer custom home
Posted: August 15, 2016

Designed by an architect and built under the supervision of a civil engineer, the $1.43 million house at 11803 S. Tuzigoot Court, Ahwatukee, is “a masterpiece of a home,” according to the listing on mls.com.

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Sunday 08/14/2016
25-home gate community under construction near Mountain Pointe High
Posted: August 14, 2016

Work has begun on a new gated community on the last piece of vacant land in the Silver Creek planning district near Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee.

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Friday 08/12/2016
Single-story homes are regaining in popularity and here’s why
Posted: August 12, 2016

 

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Thursday 08/11/2016
Millennials may fear commitment in the housing market
Posted: August 11, 2016

Much hand-wringing has occurred over the fact that millennials are putting off what used to be one of the main achievements of adult life: buying a home. This ownership-interruptus has been attributed to everything from fast-rising home prices to towering student loan debt to the ultrastrict credit requirements to score a mortgage.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Lakes’ Ahwatukee Farm plan stirs questions, enthusiasm, anger
Updated: August 10, 2016 - 5:06 pm

Initial reaction to True Life Companies’ Ahwatukee Farms proposal on the former Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club site was strong last week, with likes and shares on the Ahwatukee Foothills News’ website and Facebook page taking the posts near-viral. As discussions continue, however, questions and concerns are surfacing as Ahwatukee residents digest the possibilities.

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Tuesday 08/02/2016
Ahwatukee home that sold for $1.19 million offers stunning views inside and out
Posted: August 02, 2016

What will $1,195,000 buy in Ahwatukee?

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Monday 08/01/2016
American net housing wealth totals $11 trillion, report says
Posted: August 01, 2016

When people say they own their home, it’s usually a half-truth at best. Often, a bank owns the home they live in — most of it, anyway.

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Monday 07/18/2016
How to know if a neighborhood is right for you
Posted: July 18, 2016

We’ve all heard the old saying, “location, location, location.” That phrase never rings more true than when you’re in the market for a new home.

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Small-business owners have options for good retirement plans
Posted: July 18, 2016

If you’re a small-business owner, you think a lot about today.

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Sunday 07/17/2016
Homeowners should act before interest rates rise
Posted: July 17, 2016

The Federal Reserve has started raising interest rates and it appears that rates will continue to inch upward into 2017. The certainty of rate increases calls for action from savvy homeowners.

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Friday 07/15/2016
Bookshelves can be made a beautiful part of any room
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Dozens of paperbacks. Jumbled picture frames. Oh, and a slippery stack of random catalogs and mail that keeps sliding to the floor. Bookshelves often end up looking like haphazard catch-alls in your home — which is a shame, since, if they’re done right, they can be breathtaking.

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Monday 07/04/2016
As rents rise, home buying becoming even more attractive in Ahwatukee
Updated: July 07, 2016 - 9:55 am

Rents in Ahwatukee have increased 16 percent year-over-year.

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Sunday 07/03/2016
Learn the lingo to greening your home
Posted: July 03, 2016

Experts say that making your home more water- and energy-efficient can help the planet and often save you money.

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Friday 07/01/2016
Some Ahwatukee businesses are marking ”Independents Week” to push local shopping
Posted: July 01, 2016

At least six Ahwatukee businesses have joined a statewide nonprofit organization’s 11th “Independents Week” campaign to encourage shoppers to patronize stores and other companies in their community.

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Thursday 06/30/2016
Chefs weigh in on what a gourmet kitchen needs
Posted: June 30, 2016

Liz Alterman of realtor.com recently interviewed three top chefs to get their take on what a gourmet kitchen should include.

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Monday 06/27/2016
A healthy home helps the planet, you and your wallet
Posted: June 27, 2016

If you ask a person who’s in the market for a new home to name their favorite color, chances are good they’ll answer “green.”

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Saturday 06/25/2016
3 Ways to Maximize Social Media for Small Business
Posted: June 25, 2016

While using social media is a no-brainer for most people looking to promote their small businesses, few understand how to use it correctly.  There is an art to posting, tweeting, and pinning that will attract new customers while ensuring loyalty to old ones.

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Monday 06/20/2016
Single, female homebuyers poised to return to housing market
Posted: June 20, 2016

Before the housing crisis, single women purchased homes at nearly double the rate of their male counterparts, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). In fact, single, female buyers are the second-most influential group of homebuyers in the U.S. housing market, ranking only behind married couples. 

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Sunday 06/19/2016
Use the deny, deny, rely method to repel pests at home
Posted: June 19, 2016

Homeowners may feel they’re in an undeclared war with ants, roaches, mice, scorpions, roof rats and the many other pests that want to pay an unwelcomed visit.

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Friday 06/17/2016
Painting, other sprucing up can make your house more attractive on the market
Posted: June 17, 2016

Ready to Sell?  Home improvements can add value to your home.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
Interior Design: Beige gets boring — bring color back!
Posted: June 16, 2016

Does this sound familiar? 

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Monday 05/30/2016
What’s happening in the Ahwatukee/Foothills marketplace?
Posted: May 30, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Market Action Real Estate Report for the Ahwatukee/Foothills market for April of 2016. According to the Arizona Regional MLS, April property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes reached 164 sales, down 14.6 percent from April of 2015 and 5.7 percent lower than the 174 sales in March of 2016. The median sales price in April was $280,350, up 1.6 percent from April of 2015 and up .7 percent from $278,450 last month.  The average sales price of $312,478 was down .9 percent from last April and down 2.4 percent from last month. The market has been fluctuating up and down for the past few months.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
Ahwatukee rental market: The good, the bad and the ugly
Posted: May 28, 2016

If you are looking to rent in Ahwatukee right now, you better wait in line. The rental market is going crazy here in what we all call, “The World’s Biggest Cul-de-sac.” Many reasons for the shortage and high demand for rentals are evident. First, our community is relatively safe, close to the airport and Interstate 10, and is home to award-winning schools. However, we still have a few other factors that come into play. Many folks are recovering from the hit they took during the real estate crash and their credit is still suffering from foreclosures, short sales and bankruptcies. Instead of homeownership, they are forced to rent and wait it out a few more years. Lastly, millennials are entering the market and are not financially ready or are simply unwilling to take on a mortgage.

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Local Luxury Market lacks luster so far this year
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am

Here in the Valley we consider the true Luxury Market to be properties valued at $1,000,000-plus.

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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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