Ahwatukee Foothills News: Real Estate

Real Estate

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Homebuyer confidence is on the upswing
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 9:28 am

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
Posted: July 29, 2014

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
Posted: July 12, 2014

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: July 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

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: July 29, 2014 - 9:21 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: July 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

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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Avoid zillow and zestimate pitfalls
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 9:56 am

A new survey from Zillow.com is projecting that metro Phoenix home prices will rise 3.6 percent by April 2015. That is not a significant increase compared with the 17 percent rise last year and the 30 percent jump in 2012. Zillow has Phoenix ranked 15th for projected home-price appreciation on Zillow’s list of large metros for 20104. Las Vegas, which has lagged the Valley in the housing rebound, ranks No. 1 with an almost 11 percent expected jump in home values for 2014.

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Ahwatukee Foothills rental market going strong
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 9:50 am

The number of rental homes offered for lease on ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, excluding vacation rentals) was 3,695 as of April 1, 2014, dramatically lower than the 4,122 we saw a month earlier.

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Countertops get creative
Posted: June 14, 2014

The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art.

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Home ownership doesn’t make sense for millennials
Posted: June 14, 2014

While the baby boomer generation dreamed of owning suburban homes behind white picket fences, a new study shows that this isn’t the reality for millennials.

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Saturday 05/31/2014
Access to data affects how we shop for a home
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

Computer technology has changed the way consumers shop for everything from shoes to homes. Thanks to easy access to online data, 90 percent of homebuyers surveyed by the National Association of Realtors in 2012 said the Internet was their top information source when searching for a home. Further, 62 percent of buyers who participated in the NAR poll reported that virtual tours propelled them to follow up with a personal visit to the homes they viewed online.

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Paint solutions: Colors, hues and tints
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 9:21 am

We have all made the classic mistake of selecting a paint color for our walls from a tiny 2-inch-by-1-1/2-inch paint chip on a long strip of descending hues. I’ll never forget my own classic paint color mistake.

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Tips to help simplify your move
Posted: May 31, 2014

Buying or selling a home is an exciting process — a new adventure. But unfortunately in order to start that adventure, we have to deal with the dreaded moving process.

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Friday 05/30/2014
Keys 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.

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What’s happening in the Ahwatukee Foothills marketplace?
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 9:03 am

More inventory, more competition, smaller buyer pool. That sums up April’s market. According to the Arizona Regional MLS, April property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes were down by 150 sales or -12.8 percent from 172 in April of 2013 and 68.5 percent higher than the March sales of 89. April 2014 sales were lower than April of 2013 and 2012. April’s Year-to-Date (YTD) sales of 349 are 33.3 percent behind last year’s YTD sales of 523.

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Sunday 05/11/2014
Construction job growth contributes to overall market recovery
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

Job creation and construction spending are on the rise in the home building industry, government sources report. Though modest compared to their respective peaks, industry watchers agree the increases demonstrate market recovery continues its slow march forward.

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The pendulum continues to swing in 2014 real estate market
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 9:56 am

There are many factors that affect housing inventory levels and pricing. One factor on the Valley’s real estate market is cash buyers. However, these cash buyers are losing their enthusiasm for the Phoenix area. Cash purchases during the first quarter were about 3,500 for local homes, but plunged 38 percent from the same period last year, according to research by Fletcher Wilcox, vice president of business development for Grand Canyon Title Agency Inc. Those 3,500 cash purchases also made up 28 percent of all Valley home sales during the first quarter. That is significantly down from the 38 percent market share claimed by last year’s cash buyers.

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How to update a room on a budget
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Dear Claudia: I have been living in my house in Ahwatukee for the last seven years. I fixed it up back then, but now it’s looking outdated. I have a minimum budget of $1,000 to spruce up my living dining room. Without seeing my space what do you recommend I should do within my budget?

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Saturday 05/10/2014
Ahwatukee home part of annual pond tour
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 10:14 am

Pam Brooks said when she told her husband six years ago he could get rid of their backyard pool and install a koi pond, she never imagined he’d end up transforming the entire pool into a pond, or that the transformation would actually reduce their water usage.

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Sunday 04/27/2014
Interior design trends, forecasts
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 9:21 am

Interior design trends are always altering, varying and changing as new ideas and merchandise enter the world of home design. It’s exciting to see what new trends are making a difference and what forecasts will fill the future of design.

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Buying still cheaper than renting in Phoenix, Tucson
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 9:49 pm

To own or rent, that is the question that continues to weigh on the minds of potential homebuyers everywhere. While the gap may have narrowed over the past year due to rising mortgage rates and home values, buying is still a better bargain than renting in most communities across the country — including Phoenix and Tucson — according to an online real estate company.

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God’s Garden Preschool of Ahwatukee

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Beth Wilson, director at God's Garden Preschool of Ahwatukee, poses with students on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

God’s Garden Preschool of Ahwatukee has been in the area for the past 14 years, giving each child a centralized learning experience.

Students range from 2 to 4 years old, with more than 140 students currently enrolled at the school.

Throughout the summer, God’s Garden offered weekly summer programs that were themed differently each week.

Some themes ranged from “Cat in the Hat,” science, math to superheroes.

Director Beth Wilson said programs were flexible to the needs of the community.

“We changed it up every year to the demand of what’s out there,” she said.

God’s Garden will also offer enrichment classes for students from culinary to dual-language courses.

Currently, God’s Garden is accepting enrollment for the fall semester, which will begin on Aug. 4.

For more information about the preschool, visit www.godsgarden.com.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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