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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 9:45 am

It seems like it was just a few short months ago we could not keep a listing on the market. The house went active on the MLS, received multiple offers, and then it was gone. It felt like it was all in a matter of days, maybe even hours. I had buyers say forget it I cannot keep up with this competition, and they stopped looking. Now, it feels like houses are sitting for weeks with no movement. Uh, oh … time to panic; time to make a drastic price reduction? Before you make big decisions, know this, this cycle is normal. Phew!

Over the past month showings have slowed down and this has caused sellers to feel like their house is doomed to stay on the market forever. The truth is that this down turn is very common this time of year. School starts the end of July, beginning of August, here in Ahwatukee so many home buyers have settled in prior to that day. School starts, vacations are over, and we get busy. According to Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at Arizona State University, this happens in late summer. His expert opinion is that come October we will see the pick up again, with people wanting to be in houses before the holiday season. Then again the beginning of the year, we will see our typical spring rush develop.

So what does that mean for the home seller and buyer? For the seller, don’t panic. If you have priced your house well and your house is in good condition, the buyers will come soon, hang in there. If you are a buyer, this is a good opportunity to take advantage of less competition, having some time to negotiate the deal and beat the potential demand that will hit in the next few weeks.

I know all the uncertainty is frustrating. The best thing to do is stay in communication with your agent. He or she can help you understand the market trends, for sellers share ideas that will make your house more appealing than the comps and for all parties, keep you informed on pricing. The market is poised to be busy soon and you want to be ready for it.

• Christie Ellis, owner of United Brokers Group, is a real estate broker specializing in the Ahwatukee area. She is the author of “Real Estate Agent CEMETERY: How to Survive the Fears, Challenges, and Mistakes That Can Kill Your Real Estate Career.” Reach her at (480) 201-3575 or www.StopTheCarThisIsIt.com.

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Keystone Montessori

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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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