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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:32 pm

The real estate market is improving dramatically according to real estate professionals, and those looking to get involved in the market can learn all about their options at the Arizona Homebuyers Expo this Saturday, April 13.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center South, 33 S. 3rd St. in Phoenix. Information on financial resources, pre-approvals for loans, showcases of housing inventory, information on mortgage or renovation loans, a broad range of business contacts and Realtors and lenders familiar with government programs will all be available.

The expo is coming at a good time, according to Ahwatukee broker, Allen Henderson.

“The market is improving dramatically,” Henderson said. “Nice properties that are priced appropriately are selling in days, not weeks or months.”

Henderson said prices are up 15 to 20 percent from last year. He recommends potential homebuyers should look to purchase early in the year because prices tend to drive upward during summer months when competition is high.

The Homebuyers Expo is put on by Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., a community development corporation that provides services to Arizona to help with economic development, education, housing and social services.

Topics will include buying a first home, loans for veterans, lease to own and rentals, determining needs near retirement, pre-purchase counseling, short sales and home inspections. The expo brings together business and nonprofits to provide all the information a potential homebuyer could need.

This is the second year CPLC has put on an expo. Last year, more than 1,300 people attended. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit or call (602) 257-6749.

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Lyndsey Klein reads to children from Homeward Bound.

Throughout the years, Summit School of Ahwatukee has been assisting children with entering school with its preschool program.

Ages for the preschool program are from 30 months to 5 years old; all students must be potty trained prior to entering school.

There are four classes within the preschool, with a maximum of 18 students per classroom.

“We are a quality school, with quality coming first,” said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education. “Instead of a more traditional model, where there is a classroom with students and a teacher and an aide, each one of our rooms has two teachers. That allows us to high-functioning and high-quality.”

Summit School’s preschool program has been voted the top preschool in Best of Ahwatukee for six consecutive years.

According to Summit School’s website, children are given the opportunity to participate in large and small group settings.

The private-school curriculum focuses toward growth in areas such as social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science, technology, social studies and language comprehension.

Benkel said teachers add to the success at Summit School, with each of them being passionate about furthering their students’ education.

Teachers and administrators are gearing up for the first day of school, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 6.

For additional information about Summit School, visit

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