Ahwatukee Foothills News: Real Estate

Real Estate

Saturday 10/18/2014
Nation’s new-home industry on track for strong 4th quarter
Posted: October 18, 2014

After stalling out in the first half of the year, the national housing recovery appears to be on solid footing for a strong year-end finish, according to recently released reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Treasure hunting at consignment shops
Posted: October 18, 2014

Have you ever considered purchasing fine furniture and/or accessories from a consignment shop? I didn’t until recently, when I took a tour of the huge selection of consignment and thrift shops in the Valley. I was truly amazed at the selections, styles and most of all, the prices.

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Don’t overlook the value of properly staging a home
Posted: October 18, 2014

There are many important factors when sellers are preparing to market their home such as timing, pricing and market strategy. Although, one of the most important things that sellers often overlook is staging their homes to sell prior to photos and showings.

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Light up Halloween night with homemade luminaries
Posted: October 18, 2014

This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partiers or trick-or-treaters.

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Plenty of players, terms in a real estate transaction
Posted: October 18, 2014

In the midst of NFL season, I got to thinking about teams, coordinating them, strategizing, picking the right person for the task, everyone understanding the goal and planning on how to attain it. Real estate isn’t much different because we use teams and strategy and goal planning to create a successful transaction. We have lots of players with different roles, who use words you may never have heard of; therefore I would like to introduce you to the Real Estate Gridiron

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Monday 10/06/2014
Making the most of your design studio experience
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 10:19 pm

One of the most exciting parts of building a new home is the opportunity to put your own stamp on it. From flooring and lighting to appliances and countertops, there certainly is no shortage of choices available when the time comes to select the perfect balance of colors, textures and finishes that reflect your taste.

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Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound
Posted: October 06, 2014

Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.

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Is it wise to do commercial investments in Arizona?
Posted: October 06, 2014

Information from the United States Census Bureau indicated that Arizona’s estimated population for 2013 was 6,626,624 which is a 3.7 percent change from just three years ago in 2010. Private non-farm establishments in 2012 was 131,375. Total firms in 2007 was 491,529. Arizona State University student population in the city of Tempe alone is 38,735 undergraduate enrollment on a 630-acre campus. Having a healthy population of college students drive the apartment and rental housing and retail markets in those cities in the upward scale. ASU’s growing footprint in downtown Phoenix has helped draw more restaurants and bars as well as draw high technology companies in the area.

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Where is the housing market?
Posted: October 06, 2014

Is the housing market good or bad? The housing recovery is doing very well. We are seeing almost every measure doing much better than it was two to three years ago. Pretty much everything that should be improving is up such as construction, sales and prices. As well as everything that should be down is down. So there are fewer vacancies, fewer people falling behind on their mortgage, which means fewer foreclosures.

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Mortgages: Fixed-rate vs. adjustable-rate
Posted: October 06, 2014

Fixed-rate mortgages and adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are the two primary mortgage types. While the marketplace offers numerous varieties within these two categories, the first step when shopping for a mortgage is determining which of the two main loan types — the fixed-rate mortgage or the adjustable-rate mortgage — best suits your needs.

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Creating harmony within your home, business
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 8:17 am

Dear Claudia: I hear a lot about feng shui, what exactly is it and how does it relate to interior design?

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Saturday 09/20/2014
Housing’s effect on the economy
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 10:19 pm

The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well, just as it was before the housing crisis hit. Despite the extreme fallout from the Great Recession, people still want a place to call their own. A place where they can raise a family, make memories and live comfortably. And, while purchasing a new home provides tremendous opportunity for families looking to improve their lives, the implications are even greater to the economy as a whole.

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Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role
Posted: September 20, 2014

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in awhile for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with.

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Even a small patio can have a fish pond
Posted: September 20, 2014

When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they’d built and tended for years. It was brimming with elegant plants, fish and its own ecosystem.

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Phoenix housing market off in August
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 10:03 pm

The month of August saw a 5.2 percent decrease in the number of closed sales compared with July 2014. Approximately 5,800 residential properties sold in Maricopa County. Sellers may be interested to know the follow statistics before pricing and listing their homes.

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Home inventory up, but more buyers returning to Ahwatukee market
Posted: September 20, 2014

Good news for the market: even though inventory continues to grow, there is evidence that the buyers are returning to the market. According to the Arizona Regional MLS, August property sales in the 85044, 85045 and 85048 ZIP codes were 116 sales, down 6.5 percent from 124 in August of 2013 and 15.3 percent lower than the July sales of 137. August 2014 sales numbers were lower than August of 2013 and 2012. Year-to-date (YTD) sales of 983 are 17.9 percent behind last year’s YTD sales of 1198.

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Saturday 09/06/2014
Study says millennials preparing to leave the nest
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 10:19 pm

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?
Updated: October 05, 2014 - 9:22 pm

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
Updated: October 05, 2014 - 9:16 pm

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: October 16, 2014 - 10:19 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: October 16, 2014 - 10:11 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
Updated: October 05, 2014 - 9:19 pm

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: October 05, 2014 - 9:22 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: October 05, 2014 - 9:16 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
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 9:55 pm

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: October 05, 2014 - 9:37 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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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle school Principal Mike Deignan poses with students in front of the school sign that is advertising their "A" rating.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of its Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

According to its website, the name of the school is from the Akimel O’odham language and it means, “Children of the River.”

Principal Mike Deignan said the school offers sport activities and a learning lab before school starts, which provides students time before school to seek extra help with work completion or tutoring.

“That keeps our students involved with a lot of things, between the sports and the learning lab,” Deignan said.

For more information, visit www.kyrene.org/aki.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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